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Read our World Cup blog which will be featuring over the coming weeks. Lee Power reviews the second of three matches on day two of the tournament

Never mind who wins the tournament, who will score the most goals in Russia?

Which country will win the World Cup?

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

We look at the frontrunners for this summer’s tournament

On day 800 of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s incarceration in Iran, her family and supporters held a demonstration outside the Foreign Office in Whitehall – and called on the Prime Minister to personally meet Richard Ratcliffe to discuss his wife’s case.

Campaigners for the release of West Hampstead mum Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has spent more than two years in Iranian prison, will tonight mark her daughter’s birthday by lighting candles outside the Foreign Office.

Most football fans will not know who all the singers are in the official Russia 2018 song, how to find Nizhny Novgorod or what formation Iran will use against Morocco, but there is one thing we can be sure of: there will be controVARsy.

The plight of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has dominated our headlines since I became editor of the Ham&High in 2016 and I am sickened still to be writing about it two years later.

Jailed West Hampstead mum Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe faces being hauled back into an Iranian court to face new charges.

It is part of writing for local newspapers that you find yourself covering the same stories year after year.

The husband of jailed Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is calling on supporters to mark the second anniversary of his wife’s arrest in Iran by sharing jokes to lift her spirits.

Homeland actress Nazanin Boniadi joined Richard Ratcliffe, the husband of jailed West Hampstead mum Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, at a special performance of a play to raise awareness of his wife’s plight.

Campaigners to free Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe laid 707 pebbles outside the Foreign Office in a protest to mark the second Mother’s Day the mum-of-one has spent in jail in Iran.

The husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has called on families to paint a pebble in a show of support for his jailed wife as she endures a second Mother’s Day in an Iranian prison.

In October I watched a play about the devastating story of West Hampstead mum Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe - who has spent two years trapped in an Iranian jail cell falsely accused of being a spy.

Shelly McKevitt, Irene Bax and I are three retired inner city primary school teachers. Together we have tried to attend and follow every event that there has been for the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is in jail because of an argument between Britain and Iran, campaigners claim.

An open letter to His Excellency Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei from supporter of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Jessica Learmond-Criqui.

Campaigners battling to free Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe left letters of solidarity for the jailed mum on the steps of the Iranian Embassy.

The husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has said the care a school has shown in hosting a play about their ordeal has made a great difference to his jailed wife.

The husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is calling on United Nations to intervene in his wife’s case claiming the degrading cruel and inhumane way she has been treated in an Iranian jail amounts to torture.

An open letter to the people of Iran about Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe from Jessica Learmond-Criqui.

An open letter to His Excellency Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei regarding Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe from Jessica Learmond-Criqui.

The plight of jailed West Hampstead mum Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was the central theme of the Belsize Christmas Show on Saturday which saw around 150 people gather around a stage set up outside Budgens, in Haverstock Hill.

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