Iran welcomes home soccer team after World Cup place booked (Reuters)

DUBAI, June 19 (Reuters) – Thousands celebrated the return of Iran’s national soccer team on Wednesday after they secured a place in next year’s World Cup finals, cheering wildly in the streets and making the most of new-found apparent freedoms since an election last week. The celebration came just days after the relative moderate, Hassan Rohani, won the presidential vote and ended eight years of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s hardline presidency. …

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