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Iranian female photographer defies football match restrictions
An Iranian photographer has caught the world's attention after she defied restrictions that prevent women from covering men's sporting events. Parisa Pourtaherian, 26, was unable to enter the Vatani Stadium in northern Iran to cover a top-flight football match last month. But she was undeterred and covered the game from a nearby rooftop using a long camera lens.

Images of her on the roof have been widely shared on social media. Although there's no official ban on women going to sporting events in Iran, it is rare for them to attend as they are often refused entry. Many people have praised Ms Pourtaherian's determination to cover this match despite the restrictions.

Parisa Pourtaherian: I arrived at the match three hours early and all my focus was on a finding a way to take photographs. I looked for a nearby building that I could use, but I couldn't find one anywhere. I knocked on doors one after another, but I was determined not to get upset when I wasn't successful. If I had got upsetat my first attempt I would never have had this opportunity. Finally, by half-time, I convinced the owners of a house near the stadium to let me go on to their roof. I wasn't scared. The police in the stadium saw me that night but they did nothing and left me alone as I did my job. I felt very excited to be taking photographs of such a high-level football match in Iran, especially in that particular situation.
Russia shuns US dollar for trade as it joins Turkey in protest against Trump
RUSSIA has announced it will shun the US dollar for trade as the nation joined forces with Turkey in protest of punishing sanctions hiked by Donald Trump. Moscow declared it will decrease its holdings of US assets in retaliation against crippling tariffs imposed by US President Mr Trump on Russia and Turkey. Chillingly, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Russia would regard any US move to curb the activities of its banks as a “declaration of economic war” and added the country would retaliate.

Fresh sanctions against Russia has been threatened by President Trump who declared Moscow were responsible for the Salisbury Novichok nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and daughter Yulia, 33, back in March. Mr Siluanov said the new sanctions were “unpleasant but not fatal” and used a TV interview to shed light on the drop in Russia’s holdings of US government bonds restricted as a result of the tariffs.

But while admitting that sanctions would boost inflation in Russia as they hurt the rouble, Mr Siluanov said there were no plans to ban using the dollar in Russia. He said: “Of course, the government has no such plans. That would be a step to an impasse.” Russia’s rouble fell to a two-year low following the threat of sanctions which were forced upon Turkey.
 
UK Parliament Crash: Pedestrians Injured as Car Driven into Barriers
A man has been arrested and a number of pedestrians injured after a car crashed into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament, Scotland Yard has said. Streets around Parliament Square, Millbank and Victoria Tower Gardens have been cordoned off as dozens of armed police swooped on the scene. Officers could be seen surrounding the car before leading a man away in handcuffs. A number of ambulances were at the scene.

It is understood Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism command is part of the investigation and is monitoring the situation. It is yet to determine whether this was a terrorist incident or not and to then make that finding public. A Downing Street source said it was too soon “to give the incident any firm description”.

Scotland Yard said: “At 0737 hours today, a car was in collision with barriers outside the Houses of Parliament. The male driver of the car was detained by officers at the scene. A number of pedestrians have been injured. Officers remain at the scene. “At this stage, officers do not believe anybody is in a life-threatening condition. Cordons are in place to assist the investigation. Westminster tube station is closed.”

A witness, Ewalina Ochab, said: “I think it looked intentional – the car drove at speed and towards the barriers. I was walking on the other side [of the road]. I heard some noise and someone screamed. I turned around and I saw a silver car driving very fast close to the railings, maybe even on the pavement. The person driving did not go out of the vehicle.” The car did not appear to have a front registration plate when it crashed, she said.

Report will detail sexual abuse by more than 300 priests in Pennsylvania's Catholic Church
A grand jury's report on sexual abuse by hundreds of Catholic priests in Pennsylvania is expected to be released later Tuesday. The report is "an honest and comprehensive accounting of widespread sexual abuse by more than 300 priests in six Pennsylvania dioceses," according to the attorney general's office. The Church has said that the grand jury's inquiry dates to 1947.

Court action has delayed the report's publication. A number of individuals named in the report claimed that its findings were false or misleading, that they were denied due process of law and that its release would impair their reputations.

On July 27, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered the grand jury report to be released by 2 p.m. August 14 with redactions in sections where litigation was ongoing.  

State Attorney General Josh Shapiro had written to the head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, on July 25, requesting that the Pontiff direct church leaders to stop "efforts to silence the survivors."

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