White House adviser Kushner in Jordan to promote peace plan

World 05/29/19, 08:51

Presidential adviser Jared Kushner is in Jordan as he tries to rally Arab support for a U.S. peace conference next month in Bahrain.Jordan, a key U.S. ally, has not yet said whether it will attend.Kushner, who arrived from Morocco, has said the conference will focus on the economic foundations of ...

Rejecting taboos, Palestinian businessman welcomes US plan

Politics 05/22/19, 01:44

A Palestinian businessman who flouts political taboos by working with Israeli settlers in the West Bank could soon have a role in President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan. While Palestinian officials have swiftly rejected next month's planned Mideast conference in Bahrain, Ashraf Jabari says he will be thrilled to attend. Jabari ...

Bahrain defends decision to host White House Mideast meeting

Asia & Pacific 05/21/19, 10:42

Bahrain on Tuesday defended its decision to host a White House-engineered conference to address the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, saying its only objective is to support the "brotherly Palestinian people." The Palestinian Authority has rejected the economic conference planned for next month, which is part of the rollout of the White House's long-awaited ...

US to roll out economic part of Mideast peace plan

Business 05/19/19, 16:01

The Trump administration will unveil the first phase of its long-awaited blueprint for Mideast peace next month at a conference in the region designed to highlight economic benefits that could be reaped if the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is resolved, the White House said Sunday. The plan, which has been two years in ...

FIFA chief hails re-election of Asian football chief

Sports 04/06/19, 00:07

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has hailed the re-election of Asian football chief Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, saying it will help the region move forward in stability.Bahrain's Sheikh Salman returned unopposed in the Asian Football Confederation's presidential election Saturday after two candidates withdrew last month.Infantino told the AFC Congress ...

Head of Asian soccer running unopposed for new term

Soccer 04/04/19, 19:56

The Asian Football Confederation holds its presidential election on Saturday with incumbent Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain standing unopposed for a new term.With soccer politics in the region fractured, it was expected that the election in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, would be fiercely-contested when Mohammed Khalfan Al Romaithi ...

Hamilton wins Bahrain GP after latest Ferrari failure

Sports 03/31/19, 12:03

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton profited from Ferrari's latest failure and won the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday.The race looked likely to finish a Ferrari 1-2 for Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel. But Vettel cracked under the pressure of Hamilton's attack with less than 20 laps left and span ...

Ferrari 1-2 in 3rd Bahrain GP practice before qualifying

Sports 03/30/19, 08:27

Ferrari is looking increasingly strong at Formula One's Bahrain Grand Prix, with Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel clinching the top two spots in the third and final practice ahead of qualifying later Saturday.Leclerc was 0.169 seconds ahead of his teammate. They were also 1-2 in both practice sessions Friday, each ...

Mick Schumacher ‘totally confident’ he can handle pressure

Sports 03/28/19, 07:49

Mick Schumacher feels comfortable being under the spotlight in the desert heat of Bahrain.It will be an intense few days for the 20-year-old son of Formula One great Michael Schumacher as he makes his F2 debut for the Prema team this weekend and then drives in his first F1 test ...

Refugee soccer player happy he’s now an Australian citizen

Soccer 03/11/19, 22:34

A former Bahraini soccer player and refugee has become an Australian citizen, after a detention in a Thai prison and an extradition request from his homeland raised international concern.Hakeem al-Araiby told reporters he's "an Aussie now" and is happy to be safe.The 25-year-old soccer player fled Bahrain citing political repression ...

Australia police say they didn’t know Bahraini was refugee

Soccer 02/18/19, 03:41

Australian Federal Police did not know a Bahraini soccer player was a refugee who feared persecution in his homeland when the agency alerted Bahrain and Thailand that he was on a flight bound for Bangkok, a top police official said Monday.Police Deputy Commissioner Ramzi Jabbour told a Senate committee the ...

Refugee footballer thanks Australian leader for freedom

Soccer 02/13/19, 19:33

A refugee soccer player who was detained in Thailand for three months under threat of extradition to Bahrain came to the Australian capital on Thursday to thank the prime minister for his freedom.Hakeem al-Araibi flew to Canberra on Wednesday, only a day after arriving home in Melbourne on a flight ...

Refugee footballer freed by Thailand returns to Australia

Soccer 02/11/19, 21:42

A refugee soccer player has returned home to a celebrity welcome in Australia hours after the threat of extradition to Bahrain was lifted three months after he was detained in Thailand.Hundreds of supporters carrying welcome signs were waiting at Melbourne Airport on Tuesday when Hakeem al-Araibi arrived on a commercial ...

Update: Bahrain says it could still pursue refugee

Soccer 02/11/19, 05:56

The Latest on the release of Bahraini soccer player with refugee status in Australia who was released from Thai detention after extradition request was withdrawn (all times local):5:55 p.m.Bahrain says that it "reaffirms its right to pursue all necessary legal actions against" a soccer player who has been granted refugee ...

Thai court orders release of Bahrain refugee soccer player

Soccer 02/11/19, 03:44

A Thai court ordered the release of a refugee soccer player on Monday after prosecutors said they were no longer seeking his extradition to Bahrain in a case that had drawn worldwide attention.Court spokesman Suriyan Hongvilai said that Hakeem al-Araibi, who lives and plays professional soccer in Australia, was being ...

Column: A sad, shocking week that tested football’s heart

Soccer 02/09/19, 03:18

It was a week of sad and shocking images for football.From the murky depths of the cold sea that separates France and England came a chilling photograph, shot remotely, of the crumpled plane that crashed Jan. 21 as it was flying Emiliano Sala to a new career in the English ...

Thailand: Soccer player must go through extradition hearings

Sports 02/06/19, 06:27

Thailand's government insisted Monday it cannot free a detained soccer player who has refugee status in Australia until hearings on Bahrain's request for his extradition are completed.Thailand has come under great pressure from Australia's government, sporting bodies and human rights groups to send Hakeem al-Araibi back to Australia. He was ...

Australia scraps game in Thailand, campaigns to free refugee

Soccer 02/05/19, 19:36

Australian soccer authorities have canceled a game in Thailand to protest the continued detention in Bangkok of a refugee player who is fighting extradition to Bahrain.Football Federation Australia announced Wednesday it had scrapped the game against China, a scheduled warmup ahead of next month's qualifiers for the Asian under-23 championships.Former ...

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