In election victory speech, Erdogan says Turkey will advance in Syria

:: Turkey will continue to “liberate Syrian lands” so that refugees can return to Syria safely, President Tayyip Erdogan said in an election victory speech on Monday. Speaking to supporters from the More »

Iraq PM Abadi warns armed groups against stockpiling weapons

:: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi warned on Saturday he would not allow militias to stockpile arms, two weeks after a weapons depot belonging to an armed group exploded in Baghdad. At More »

UN’s Yemen envoy to present a peace plan to EU on Monday

:: The United Nations special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, is expected to present to EU foreign ministers next Monday a report on Yemen at a meeting in Luxemburg.. Official Sources confirmed More »

Turkey’s Erdogan, main rival stage final election rallies

:: President Tayyip Erdogan and his main challenger, Muharrem Ince, made a final push for support at rival rallies in Istanbul on Saturday, a day before presidential and parliamentary elections widely viewed More »

Lebanon’s Hariri signals new government near

:: Lebanon’s Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri said on Friday he was very close to forming a new government and would hold more talks with the country’s main parties. Foreign donors have said More »

 

Category Archives: Football

General Sport Authority gives STC exclusive rights to broadcast Saudi football

:: The General Sport Authority (GSA), the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) and Saudi Telecom Group (STC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for STC to obtain the exclusive rights to broadcast Saudi domestic competitions and the Saudi Arabian

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

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

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

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 –

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

Zidane pledges to restore Madrid’s attacking prowess

Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane promised Tuesday to make up for his lack of coaching experience by inspiring Real Madrid to play with the same attacking flair he displayed during his playing career. “Football with a personal touch, with attacking play, is what

Redemption looms for Scolari in Asia

Luiz Felipe Scolari

Just over a year after Brazil’s calamitous appearance at the World Cup, Luiz Felipe Scolari can prove he’s a winner once again when he leads Guangzhou Evergrande into the AFC Champions League finals on Saturday. The ebullient Brazilian has proved

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