After lineup photographed, England urges media to help team

MOSCOW –  A photo of a scribbled team lineup, spotted in the hands of an assistant coach, threatens to sour the unusually cordial World Cup relations between the England team and its traveling media pack. Click Here! Four years after… Continue Reading

Syria shells rebel-held areas ahead of possible offensive

BEIRUT –  Syrian government forces shelled rebel-held areas in the south on Thursday, further undermining an international “de-escalation” agreement backed by the United States ahead of a threatened offensive, prompting a warning from the U.S. of “serious repercussions” for the… Continue Reading

Nothing stops Messi fan from rooting for star in Russia

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia –  Nothing has stopped Argentine fan Nora Espector from following Lionel Messi wherever he plays. Click Here! Espector, who needs a wheelchair because she has multiple sclerosis, traveled to the World Cup in Russia with her youngest… Continue Reading

Blurring the border, Turkey deepens roots in northern Syria

AL-BAB, Syria –  A newly paved road links the Turkish town of Cobanbey to its Syrian sister, al-Bab, across the border. In al-Bab, Turkish and Syrian flags line the streets, and signs on government buildings are in Arabic and Turkish.… Continue Reading