– Tehran has banned shoe throwing from attending soccer matches, deeming the practice a “curse” on those who throw them. Shoe throwing at players of Iran’s national soccer team, often in celebration or anger, has been a feature of several matches held recently on the Asian Cup’s tourney, including a 5-0 loss to Saudi Arabia and a penalty shootout loss to Kuwait.
– A soccer referee in Iran has been punished for not stopping to ask for an official score to check whether a goal was scored or a penalty was given. In the match in the northern city of Rasht, Ramin Zakkarzadeh, who heads Iran’s referees’ association, ordered officials not to stop the game to check on the result, but instead to allow the score to be published on the scoreboard. After a video review, the referee discovered that there had been no goal and a penalty had been awarded for handball. The match ended in a draw.
– Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has opened her summer residence, Balmoral, in Scotland, giving viewers a rare glimpse of the monarch’s private house and its significant collection of contemporary art. The Highgrove Estate boasts a rich collection of contemporary British art and its walls are adorned with works by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Richard Hamilton and more. Along with portraits and landscapes, paintings are displayed around the estate, including one titled “Mount Kate,” which depicts the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, and her children.
– The American-led Global Coalition fighting the Islamic State group says it has killed nearly 80 fighters in recent operations in Iraq. In a statement Wednesday, it called the Iraqi forces in charge of the battle “world-class” for their efforts to retake Ramadi from IS. The coalition is made up of 34 countries that participate in coalition air strikes in Iraq and Syria.
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