Trump Administration acts as peace negotiator between Armenia and Azerbaijan

Europe 10/23/20, 20:11

Through Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, President Trump's administration made a new action in international politics for world peace when it intervened this Friday in the global efforts to stop the armed confrontations between Armenia and Azerbaijan, which are currently experiencing intense conflicts.  The Secretary of State met separately with Armenia ...

Iran 5.9 magnitude earthquake kills at least 5, injures 300

Asia & Pacific 11/08/19, 04:44

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck northwestern Iran early Friday, killing at least five people and injuring over 300 others, officials said. The temblor struck Tark county in Iran's Eastern Azerbaijan province at 2:17 a.m., Iran's seismological center said. The area is some 400 kilometers (250 miles) northwest of Iran's capital, Tehran. Over ...

Sarri gets a winners’ medal, but may still leave Chelsea

Soccer 05/30/19, 04:06

Maurizio Sarri can take the Europa League title to the bank.The Chelsea manager and ex-banker already had the most improbable rise from Tuscan amateur teams to soccer's elite, but he had never before had a winners' medal.That all changed with Wednesday's 4-1 win over Arsenal in the Europa League final. ...

Cech retires, beaten by the team he helped build

Soccer 05/29/19, 18:31

As Eden Hazard celebrated in a huddle with his Chelsea teammates, Petr Cech stood to one side, staring straight ahead.The last time Hazard and Cech played a Europa League final six years before, they won the trophy for Chelsea.On Wednesday, Hazard had just scored Chelsea's fourth goal, this time against ...

UEFA tightens rules on Kosovo, but leaves loopholes

Soccer 05/29/19, 11:54

UEFA is tightening its rules to stop countries which don't recognize Kosovo from excluding its national soccer team, but left some loopholes."This policy obliges all other teams to accept to play against Kosovo national and club teams as the result of a draw, be it on their own territory or ...

Update: 2 fans hurt before Europa League final

Soccer 05/29/19, 03:40

The Latest on the Europa League final (all times local):12:30 p.m.Two fans have been injured in confrontations ahead of the Europa League final between Arsenal and Chelsea.Tourists take pictures in at the fan zone in Baku, Azerbaijan, Tuesday May 28, 2019. English Premier League teams Arsenal and Chelsea are preparing ...

Arsenal faces Chelsea in Europa League final

Soccer 05/29/19, 03:34

Arsenal and Chelsea are gearing up to play a London derby far from home in the Europa League final.Playing three time zones and 2,460 miles (4,000 kilometers) from London in Azerbaijan, the game offers Arsenal coach Unai Emery the chance to win a record fourth Europa League title.It could be ...

Sarri says Kante 50-50 for Europa League final

Soccer 05/28/19, 12:34

Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri says midfielder N'Golo Kante has a 50-50 chance of being fit for the Europa League final, and that the team will be pushed to the brink without him.Kante hurt his knee in training on Saturday and is fighting against the clock to be fit for Wednesday's ...

Arsenal hopes to win Europa League for missing Mkhitaryan

Soccer 05/28/19, 10:08

Arsenal's Granit Xhaka and Sokratis Papastathopoulos say they want to win the Europa League title for their teammate Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who is missing the final for political reasons.Xhaka says "of course we're disappointed he's not here," adding that "we want to give him a trophy too."Papastathopoulos says "we have also ...

Baku quiet as Europa League fans struggle with travel

Soccer 05/28/19, 07:32

As Arsenal and Chelsea fans scramble for flights and buses to get to the Europa League final, Baku's streets are quiet.On the main shopping street, only soccer-shaped plant pots indicate there's a game on at all. Of the foreign fans scattered around the city on Tuesday, many were from Russia ...

Azerbaijan’s Europa League final complex for teams, fans

Soccer 05/27/19, 07:41

Azerbaijan hoped the Europa League final would mark its emergence as an international football power — off the field, anyway. But it has instead found itself in a storm of bad PR.Arsenal and Chelsea meet Wednesday in a country that few of their fans have been able to reach, and ...

Arsenal to leave Mkhitaryan at home for Europa League final

Sports 05/21/19, 06:02

Arsenal says Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be staying at home when the team plays Chelsea in the Europa League final because of concerns about political tension between his native Armenia and Azerbaijan, which is hosting the game. Arsenal says "we have thoroughly explored all the options for Micki to be part of ...

UEFA works on better Europa deals for Arsenal, Chelsea fans

Soccer 05/17/19, 06:58

UEFA says it's working "to help find cheaper solutions" for Arsenal and Chelsea fans going to the Europa League final in Azerbaijan.Fans of the English clubs have criticized their limited flight and hotel options for the May 29 game in Baku.Return tickets cost around 1,000 pounds ($1,275) on the few ...

Eurovision Song Contest decides this year’s final lineup

Europe 05/16/19, 16:20

The Eurovision Song Contest has decided the final 10 contestants who will battle to be crowned Europe's best pop act, following the event's second semifinal Thursday.The countries advancing to the cumulative show, held Saturday in Tel Aviv, are Netherlands, Sweden, North Macedonia, Albania, Russia, Azerbaijan, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland and Malta.The ...

Arsenal criticizes selection of Baku as Europa League host

Sports 05/16/19, 09:56

The choice of Azerbaijan capital Baku to host the Europa League final has caused "unacceptable" and "extreme" travel problems for Arsenal fans, the English club said on Thursday.Arsenal and Chelsea have been given just 6,000 tickets each by UEFA for the May 29 game, in a stadium with a capacity ...

UEFA picks Italian referee for Europa League final

Sports 05/13/19, 07:40

UEFA has picked Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi for the Europa League final between English rivals Arsenal and Chelsea.The 45-year-old Rocchi was previously picked by FIFA for the 2018 World Cup. He refereed three games in Russia, including the 3-3 between Spain and Portugal.The Italian match official team for the game ...

Arsenal into Europa League final; Chelsea, Frankfurt to ET

Sports 05/09/19, 15:56

Arsenal qualified for the Europa League final by beating Valencia 4-2 thanks to a hat trick from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on Thursday, completing a 7-3 win on aggregate.The other semifinal between Chelsea and Eintracht Frankfurt headed for extra time at Stamford Bridge following a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes. It was ...

Bottas cruises to win in Baku as Mercedes dominates again

Sports 04/28/19, 08:48

Valtteri Bottas held off Lewis Hamilton before cruising to victory in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Sunday to continue Mercedes' dominance of the title race.That was the fourth straight one-two finish for Mercedes, the best start to a season by a two-car team in Formula One history.Bottas was challenged by ...

Leclerc fastest in 3rd practice as Ferrari dominates

Sports 04/27/19, 06:11

Charles Leclerc set the fastest time as Ferrari comfortably outpaced the competition in the third practice session for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Saturday.Leclerc's time of 1 minute, 41.604 seconds was the best of the weekend so far — and 0.198 faster than teammate Sebastian Vettel.Max Verstappen was third fastest ...

F1 practice in Azerbaijan disrupted by loose drain cover

Sports 04/26/19, 04:48

A loose drain cover disrupted the Azerbaijan Grand Prix's first practice session, which had to be abandoned Friday after only two cars had set a time.George Russell was traveling at high speed when his Williams car hit the loose drain cover. The impact scattered fragments of the car's floor across ...

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