Gargash: Doha seeking the satisfaction of Washington, Iran

:: UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Friday that Doha’s opportunism is out in the open, and that Qatar is floundering in its own contradictions, appealing to More »

Russia’s Putin: Trump’s foes have blocked his agenda

:: President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia remains open to cooperation with Washington even though President Donald Trump’s political foes in the US have tried to prevent him from fulfilling More »

Baghdad court issues arrest warrant for Iraqi Kurd VP

:: A Baghdad court on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for the vice president of Iraqi Kurdistan on charges of “provocation” against Iraq’s armed forces, the judiciary said. Kosrat Rasul had referred More »

Tillerson off to Middle East, South Asia with eye on Iran, Iraq

:: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson heads to the Middle East, South Asia and Europe this week on a diplomatic mission focused on conflicts in Iraq and Syria and blunting Iranian More »

King Salman makes telephone call to Iraqi PM Abadi

:: King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud made a telephone call to Prime Minister Dr. Haydar Al-Abadi of Iraq today. According to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), during the telephone conversation, they reviewed More »

 

Category Archives: Sport

Saudi Crown Prince congratulates Sisi on Egypt’s qualification to World Cup

:: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has congratulated Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Egypt’s qualification to the World Cup for the first time in 28 years. The 2018 World Cup is set to take place in Russia. The

Kingdom’s sports authority chief announces major revamp on Saudi football

:: President of the General Sports Authority (GSA) Turki Al-Asheikh has announced a series of historic decisions concerning Saudi football. In a press conference at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah on Tuesday, Al-Asheikh announced the cancelation of the “Crown

Australian cyclist Perkins gets Russian passport

Shane Perkins

:: Australia-born track cyclist Shane Perkins, a 2012 Olympic bronze medallist, has received a Russian passport, his coach Vladimir Khozov said on Monday. The 30-year-old announced in February that the Russian Cycling Federation (RCF) offered him an opportunity of qualifying

India captain seeks smooth relations with Shastri

:: India captain Virat Kohli said Wednesday he wants a good working relationship with new coach Ravi Shastri after the acrimonious departure of Anil Kumble. And the skipper expressed confidence he can make it work with Shastri. “We know what’s

Ronaldo leaves Portugal team to be with baby twin sons

:: Cristiano Ronaldo has left the Confederations Cup in Russia to join his twin sons who were born before the tournament began. Ronaldo says on his Facebook page after Portugal’s semifinals loss to Chile that “I’m very happy to finally

Messi loses Supreme Court appeal over tax-fraud conviction

:: Lionel Messi has lost his Supreme Court appeal over a tax-fraud conviction in Spain. The court confirmed the 21-month prison sentence handed to Messi for defrauding tax authorities of 4.1 million euros ($4.6 million) from 2007-09. He is not

Meet Saudi Arabia’s first female boxer

Hala al-Hamrani is the first Saudi female boxer. She said that if she starts all over again, she would still have chosen boxing, expressing her passion and love for this sport and martial arts in general. She had already discovered

Nadal wins second round in Indian Wells, Federer rematch looms

Spaniard Rafa Nadal marched towards a possible showdown with Roger Federer, emphatically winning his second-round match at the BNP Paribas Open in the California desert on Sunday. Fifth seed Nadal pounced on Guido Pella’s serve, breaking the Argentine five times

Football: Turkish company wins Qatar World Cup contract

Qatar World Cup organisers announced on Wednesday that Turkish construction company Tefken will build the 40,000-seater Al Thumama Stadium for the tournament in five years’ time. A statement from the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, the tournament organising body

Trump’s sons guests of honor at Dubai branded golf course opening

US President Donald Trump’s sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump are expected to visit Dubai this week to open a Trump-branded golf complex. Trump’s sons will be the guests of honor for the opening of the Trump International Golf

Max Mosley ‘would have kept’ Bernie Ecclestone at F1 helm

Formula One’s new owners Liberty Media may have made a mistake in ousting commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone immediately after completing their takeover of the sport, according to former FIA president Max Mosley. Ecclestone, 86, was replaced by American Chase Carey

FIFA to expand World Cup to 48 teams in 2026

FIFA says it will expand the World Cup to 48 teams, adding 16 extra nations to the 2026 tournament. President Gianni Infantino’s favored plan – for 16 three-team groups with the top two advancing to a round of 32 –

‘Greatest of all time’ Muhammad Ali dies aged 74

World renowned heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali has passed away on Friday at the age of 74, leaving behind a legacy filled with trophies, knock-outs and controversial stands, making him out of the most well-known athletes of the 20th century.

Africa ‘unanimously’ backs Sheikh Salman for FIFA presidency

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) said Friday it was backing Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa of Bahrain as its candidate to succeed Sepp Blatter as president of world body FIFA. “The executive committee decided that CAF will give full

Sheikh Salman says FIFA race is duel with Infantino

FIFA presidential frontrunner Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa told AFP on Sunday that only he or Europe’s Gianni Infantino can win the race to become leader of world football. The Asian Football Confederation president also said any candidate who does

Unorthodox Bumrah gives Dhoni welcome option at the death

Jasprit Bumrah

By capitalizing on his chance selection in Australia, India paceman Jasprit Bumrah has afforded his captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni a rare pleasant feeling — of having a settled bowling unit at his disposal. India’s bowling frailties were laid bare in

Sock beats Ferrer to reach Auckland final

Jack Sock ended David Ferrer’s hopes of a fifth singles title in Auckland when he beat the top-seeded Spaniard 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the ASB Classic semifinals on Friday. Ferrer seemed on track for another final when he took the

Rohit ton in vain again as Bailey leads Australia to victory

India’s Rohit Sharma burnished his reputation in limited-overs cricket with a second successive century but could not stop Australia from winning the second one-dayer by seven wickets on Friday to consolidate their lead in the series. For the second time

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