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Iranian refugee beats 2-time Olympic taekwondo gold medalist

Jul. 25, 2021 01:00 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Iranian defector Kimia Alizadeh shocked two-time Olympic gold medalist Jade Jones at the Tokyo Games, beating the British champion 16-12 in the round of 16. Alizadeh, a bronze medalist in Rio de Janeiro, won twice for the Refugee Olympic Team on Sunday to...

Czech Republic tops Iran 84-78 in Olympic basketball opener

Jul. 24, 2021 23:01 PM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Patrik Auda scored 16 points, Blake Schilb added 14 and the Czech Republic wasted most of a 22-point lead before holding on to defeat Iran 84-78 in the first game of the Olympic men’s basketball tournament on Sunday. Jan Vesely added 11 for the...

Olympics Latest: US men get off to fast start in volleyball

Jul. 24, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ After a long wait to get on the court, the U.S. men’s volleyball team made quick work of...

Iran state news: Bandits kill 4 troops near Pakistan border

Jul. 24, 2021 08:27 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Armed bandits killed four members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard in fighting in a southern province, the official IRNA news agency reported Saturday. The report said the clash between Guard members and the bandits happened Friday night in the...

Algerian judoka refuses potential Olympic bout with Israeli

Jul. 23, 2021 22:32 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — An Algerian judo athlete will be sent home from the Tokyo Olympics after he withdrew from the competition to avoid potentially facing an Israeli opponent. Fethi Nourine and his coach, Amar Benikhlef, told Algerian media they were withdrawing to avoid a...

Iran's top leader says he understands protests over drought

Jul. 23, 2021 15:41 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s Supreme Leader leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday said he understands protesters' anger over a drought in the country's southwest, as a fourth death related to ongoing demonstrations there was reported. The remark,...

Syria accuses Israel of carrying out strike, 2nd this week

Jul. 22, 2021 12:47 PM EDT

DAMASCUS (AP) — Syria accused Israel of carrying out an airstrike in a central province early on Thursday, the second such attack this week. The aerial attack caused material damage, it said. The country's state news agency quoted an unidentified Syrian military...

Danish military spots Iranian vessels in the Baltic Sea

Jul. 22, 2021 10:26 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Danish military said Thursday it spotted an Iranian destroyer and a large support vessel sailing through the Baltic Sea, likely heading to Russia for a military parade in the coming days. The Danish Defense Ministry posted...

Refugee defector from Iran to face Iranian at Tokyo Olympics

Jul. 22, 2021 08:15 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A defector from Iran who competes in taekwondo for the refugee team at the Tokyo Olympics was drawn on Thursday to face an Iranian opponent in the qualifying round. Kimia Alizadeh, who left Iran citing institutional sexism, will face Nahid Kiyani Chandeh in...

The Latest: 3rd Czech athlete tests positive in Tokyo

Jul. 22, 2021 07:23 AM EDT

The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: A third athlete from the Czech Republic has tested positive for COVID-19 at the Tokyo Games. The Czech team...