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 »

Saudi-Iraqi military talks held in Riyadh

:: The Iraqi Defense Ministry said that Army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Othman Al-Ghanmi headed a high-level military delegation on Monday for a two-day official visit to Saudi Arabia at the More »

UAE says to announce government reshuffle

:: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai, said in a tweet a government reshuffle will be announced later on More »

Emir of Qatar: We are ready for dialogue to solve the crisis

:: Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said during the conclusion of his Asian tour in Indonesia that Doha is ready for dialogue to resolve the Arab boycott crisis. Sheikh Tamim More »

 

Category Archives: Football

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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