Iranian Female Soccer Star Faces Husband-Imposed Travel Ban

Iranian Female Soccer Star Faces Husband-Imposed Travel Ban
In Iran, however, married women need the consent of their husbands to leave the country and can be banned from traveling abroad if their spouses do not sign the paperwork needed to obtain or renew a passport. Ardalan says her husband, a sports …
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U.S. travelers may face passport renewal crunch
The U.S. State Department fears a crush to renew passports beginning in 2016, much as we experienced when new passport regulations led to prolonged delays in processing in 2007. Brenda Sprague, deputy assistant secretary for passport services, …
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US soccer players abroad, weekend roundup

US soccer players abroad, weekend roundup
Before we get started, digest this: One of American soccer's best young attackers, Juan Agudelo, has not played a competitive match in five months. He is not injured or suspended; he just does not … The latest rumbling has New York City FC, a 2015 …
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Do Conservatives Fear Winning Elections Won't Make a Real Difference?
In a highly symbolic symbol of rot at the top, a series of stories in the Washington Post revealed embarrassing mistakes and cover-ups at the U.S. Secret Service. Now a new allegation claims investigators were pressured “to remove information that …
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Firm says US State Department to construct office building in Charleston
The U.S. General Services Administration awarded the $ 2.6 million, two-year deal to J.M. Waller Associates, a subsidiary of Springfield, Va.-based Versar Inc. … The federal agency also processes passports on the old base through a private-sector …
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Hassle-free system Abshir gains popularity
Regional passport offices and the traffic police no longer provide services at their offices. Officials there now refer … "It really makes life easy for us," he said, adding that the technology places Saudi Arabia on par with many advanced countries …
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Bahrain Detains Soccer Teams And Scores Of Players And Athletes – Analysis

Bahrain Detains Soccer Teams And Scores Of Players And Athletes – Analysis
One of the people who hit me said: 'I'm going to break your legs.' They knew who we were. … Mr. Hader was arrested a year ago when he sought to renew his passport while Mr. Al Asfoor was picked up while swimming. Mr. Abdul Ghani was sent to jail for …
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Got your STAR ID yet? Few Alabama drivers do
If you're kicking yourself or cursing the government because you recently renewed your drivers license but didn't get the STAR ID required for future air travel, it may not be as bad as you think. … 1, 1964, will need the new ID or a passport …
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Museum and Gallery Listings for Jan. 3-9
Brooklyn Museum: 'Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt' (through December 2014) If your dream of heaven is eternity spent with the pets you love, this show is for you. All of its 30 objects, sifted from the museum's renowned Egyptian collection, are …
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