Taliban says they freed US, Australian hostage for 3 Taliban

Asia & Pacific 11/18/19, 23:45

The Taliban said it freed on Tuesday, Nov. 19, an American and an Australian hostage held since 2016 in exchange for three top Taliban figures who were released by the Kabul government and flown out of Afghanistan the previous day. The hostages—American, Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks—were released in southern ...

Trump administration reviewing foreign money to US colleges

U.S. 06/13/19, 17:47

The U.S. Education Department is opening investigations into foreign funding at Georgetown University and Texas A&M University as the Trump administration increases its scrutiny of international money flowing to American colleges. Letters sent to the schools Thursday and obtained by The Associated Press accuse the schools of failing to report gifts ...

Xavi Hernandez to coach Qatari champion Al-Sadd

Sports 05/28/19, 10:00

Barcelona great Xavi Hernandez will begin his coaching career with Qatari club Al-Sadd. Al-Sadd says Xavi is taking charge of the team he helped become Qatari league champion this season.The 39-year-old midfielder played four seasons with Al-Sadd after a storied 17-year career with Barcelona.Qatar's Al-Sadd player Xavi Hernández, center, a former ...

Neymar loses Brazil captaincy to Dani Alves for Copa America

Soccer 05/27/19, 22:11

Brazilian star Neymar lost his national team's captaincy for the Copa America to veteran Dani Alves, in another move suggesting the striker will be under heavy pressure to deliver the title of the South American tournament on home soil.Brazil's football confederation, CBF, said in a statement on Monday that 36-year-old ...

Soccer club president latest tie to French corruption probe

Sports 05/25/19, 01:03

The president of French soccer champion Paris Saint-Germain is the latest sports official implicated in a sprawling five-year corruption probe that keeps spreading.Prosecutors in France have implicated Nasser al-Khelaifi — who leads Qatar-owned PSG, is chairman of Qatar-owned broadcaster beIN Sports, and sits on the executive committee of European soccer ...

PSG president targeted by French corruption probe

Soccer 05/23/19, 06:09

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has been placed under investigation for corruption as part of an inquiry into the bidding process for the 2017 and 2019 track world championships, a judicial official said Thursday.The official told The Associated Press the preliminary charge of "active corruption" was filed against the beIN ...

Ayo Akinola to miss U20 World Cup, replaced by Julian Araujo

Soccer 05/22/19, 14:33

Toronto forward Ayo Akinola will miss the Under-20 World Cup because of an ankle injury and has been replaced on the U.S. roster by LA Galaxy defender Julian Araujo.Araujo has played in five games for the Galaxy this season. His addition to the roster was announced Wednesday by the U.S. ...

Source: FIFA to keep 2022 World Cup with 32 teams

Soccer 05/22/19, 14:15

A person with knowledge of the situation says the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will have 32 teams, with FIFA scrapping a proposal to expand the tournament to 48 nations.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the decision publicly.FIFA ...

US B-52 bombers land in Qatar over unspecified Iran threat

Asia & Pacific 05/10/19, 02:43

B-52 bombers ordered by the White House to deploy to the Persian Gulf to counter unspecified threats from Iran have arrived at a major American air base in Qatar, the U.S. Air Force acknowledged Friday. Images released by the U.S. Air Force's Central Command show B-52H Stratofortress bombers arriving at Al ...

As Sudan uprising grew, Arab states worked to shape its fate

Africa 05/08/19, 01:22

As the popular uprising against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir gained strength earlier this year, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia began reaching out to the military through secret channels to encourage his removal from power, according to Egyptian and Sudanese officials.The three Arab states are ruled by autocrats ...

Qatar to send money for West Bank, Gaza after Israel truce

Asia & Pacific 05/07/19, 06:43

Qatar on Tuesday said it is sending $480 million to Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip after a cease-fire deal ended the deadliest fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants since a 2014 war.Qatar's Foreign Ministry said $300 million would support health and education programs of the Palestinian ...

Taliban say gap narrowing in talks with US

Asia & Pacific 05/04/19, 05:09

The Taliban on Saturday said the gap is narrowing in talks with Washington's special peace envoy over a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The two sides are continuing to meet in Qatar, where the insurgent movement maintains a political office.In a voice message to The Associated ...

Semenya responds to court case with victory on track in 800

Sports 05/03/19, 13:09

Caster Semenya raised a fist to the crowd when her name was called, then easily won what could be the last 800-meter race for the Olympic champion.She responded to her defeat in a landmark court case against track and field's governing body with a dominant victory Friday in a place ...

IAAF will ignore court, apply testosterone rules to 1,500

Sports 05/02/19, 05:20

IAAF president Sebastian Coe says the sport's governing body will apply its testosterone regulations to the 1,500 meters, ignoring advice from the Court of Arbitration for Sport.CAS said there was not enough evidence to show Caster Semenya had an advantage in that event because of her naturally high testosterone levels.Coe's ...

Taliban: Fresh round of talks with US peace envoy starting

Asia & Pacific 05/01/19, 03:44

The Taliban say a fresh round of talks with U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is to start in Qatar, where the religious movement maintains a political office.Khalilzad is trying to negotiate an end to Afghanistan's 17-year war, America's longest military confrontation. He was in Pakistan on Tuesday.Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid ...

FIFA to hold human rights talks on 2022 World Cup expansion

Soccer 04/27/19, 07:24

FIFA assured human rights groups on Saturday it will talk to them about risks associated with expanding the 2022 World Cup in the Persian Gulf beyond host Qatar before taking a final decision.FIFA is formulating a formal plan on how logistical and political complexities can be overcome to expand the ...

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