Antony Blinken says Biden administration supports zero-Covid protesters in China

CNN — Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Sunday that the Biden administration is supporting zero COVID protesters in China, saying he will raise the topic when he visits the country early next year. ‘Of course we do,’ Blinken told CNN’s Jake Tapper on ‘State of the Union’ when asked about US support for protesters … Read more

Portugal vs. Uruguay: Pitch invader with rainbow flag interrupts World Cup match

CNN — The World Cup match between Portugal and Uruguay was briefly interrupted by a pitch invader waving a rainbow flag on the pitch at the iconic Lusail stadium on Monday. FIFA’s global television feed avoided showing the pitch invader, but the individual could be seen running around the pitch following the flag as he … Read more

Iran calls for US to be kicked out of 2022 World Cup after it changes Iran flag on social media to show support for protesters

CNN — Iranian state media have called for the expulsion of the United States from the 2022 World Cup after the United States Soccer Federation changed the Iranian flag on its social media platforms to show support for protesters in Iran. The federation had temporarily displayed the Iranian national flag on its official Twitter, Instagram … Read more

Morocco vs Belgium: Big World Cup upsets as Atlas Lions shock Red Devils and Costa Rica defeats Japan

CNN — It was a day of big upheaval at the World Cup as Belgium and Japan both succumbed to shock defeats to Morocco and Costa Rica respectively. Morocco have won their first World Cup game since 1998 – and their third – earning a sensational 2-0 victory over heavyweights Belgium to ensure they can … Read more

Turkey isn’t the reason you’re sleepy — really

CNN — Do you believe in holiday food comas? Lots of people do. A mainstay on the dinner table this time of year, turkey contains tryptophan, which is widely thought to be responsible for uncontrollable yawning and sudden naps common after big family celebrations. “Tryptophan is an essential amino acid needed to make serotonin, a … Read more

Germany vs. Japan: German players cover mouths in protest against FIFA clampdown on free speech in ‘OneLove’ armband row

CNN — It was such a brief moment that the thousands of fans inside Khalifa International Stadium on Wednesday could easily have missed it. But a moment, the time it took photographers crowded in front of Germany’s World Cup squad to take a picture, was enough for the four-time winners to send a message to … Read more

US Iran envoy highlights CNN’s report on rapes of activists in detention

CNN — The top US diplomat for Iran pointed to CNN’s sexual violence investigation which uncovered sexual assaults on male and female activists, calling the reports “unspeakable”. Robert Malley, the US special envoy for Iran, said the regime would not succeed in its efforts to crush protests that have spread across the country over the … Read more

Group’s E and F get underway with Belgium, Germany and Spain in action

CNN — Some of football’s biggest names – including Croatian Luka Modrić and Belgian Kevin De Bruyne – will kick off their World Cup campaigns on Wednesday, as the decades-long wait is almost over for Canada fans as their side make his first tournament for the first time in 36 years. We’ve already seen some … Read more

Saudi Arabia vs Argentina: Lionel Messi’s team in one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history

Lusail, Qatar CNN — Saudi Arabia produced one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history on Tuesday when they beat Lionel Messi’s Argentina 2-1 in a stunning Group C match. Many expected the South American side, ranked third in the world, undefeated for three years and among the favorites to win the tournament, to … Read more

England’s Harry Kane and several other European captains told not to wear ‘OneLove’ armband at World Cup

CNN — The captains of several European teams will not wear “OneLove” armbands during the World Cup in Qatar due to the risk of receiving yellow cards. England, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and Wales were to take part in the “OneLove” campaign to promote inclusion and fight discrimination. But associations in those countries … Read more