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  • Soccer-Falcao equals Colombia goals record in 3-1 win in Kuwait 8 hours ago

    Striker Radamel Falcao equalised Colombia's international goals record with a 74th-minute penalty in his country's 3-1 away win over Kuwait in a friendly on Monday. Falcao took his tally to 24 in 56 internationals, level with former striker Arnoldo Iguaran, with his third goal in two matches on tour in the Middle East after a brace in Colombia's 6-0 rout of Bahrain last Thursday. Colombia, warming up for the Copa America in Chile from June 11-July 4, took the lead with a volley by holding midfielder Abel Aguilar in the 22nd minute. Defender Mesaed Al Enezi equalised at a corner on the stroke of halftime and substitute Edwin Cardona restored the third-ranked South Americans' lead in the 68th. More »

  • Pakistan to join Saudi coalition against Yemen rebels - senior official
    Pakistan to join Saudi coalition against Yemen rebels - senior official 9 hours ago

    By Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan will send troops to Saudi Arabia to give military support to a coalition of mainly Gulf states fighting Yemeni Houthi rebels, a senior government official said on Monday. Largely Sunni Muslim Pakistan - a regional ally of Saudi Arabia, the Gulf's main Sunni Muslim power - would join a Saudi-led military coalition conducting air strikes against Shi'ite Houthi forces, the official said. Pakistan's Defence Minister Khawaj Asif denied that the country had made a decision to send troops to Saudi Arabia, saying a delegation led by him and foreign policy chief Sartaj Aziz, would go to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday and then decide. Saudi Arabia has not decided yet whether to send ground troops into Yemen but is keeping its options open, its ambassador to the United States said on Sunday, but was committed to completing its air campaign. More »

  • Former FIFA official Fernando loses appeal against life ban 10 hours ago

    GENEVA (AP) — A former FIFA executive committee member lost his appeal against a life ban for corruption in a long-running case of alleged bribery in a 2009 election. More »

  • A look at those involved in Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen
    A look at those involved in Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen 11 hours ago

    CAIRO (AP) — A Saudi-led coalition is targeting Shiite rebels and their allies in Yemen in a campaign of airstrikes that began last week. Here's a look at the Sunni Arab countries involved in the fighting so far, as well as others offering material support or backing the operation: More »

  • The greater reality for Iran and Saudi Arabia
    The greater reality for Iran and Saudi Arabia 20 hours ago

    The geopolitics of the Middle East are being re-written before our very eyes, yet no one is truly at the helm. More »

  • Andy Roxburgh named AFC's new technical director 21 hours ago

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Former Scotland manager Andy Roxburgh is the new technical director for the Asian Football Confederation. More »

  • Arab League unveils joint military force amid Yemen crisis
    Arab League unveils joint military force amid Yemen crisis Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — A two-day Arab summit ended Sunday with a vow to defeat Iranian-backed Shiite rebels in Yemen and the formal unveiling of plans to form a joint Arab intervention force, setting the stage for a potentially dangerous clash between U.S.-allied Arab states and Tehran over influence in the region. More »

  • Stanchart says committed to Islamic banking after head of unit exits
    Stanchart says committed to Islamic banking after head of unit exits Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    By Tom Arnold DUBAI (Reuters) - Standard Chartered remains committed to Islamic banking and expects growth in its core markets, a spokesman for the lender said on Sunday, after the head of its Islamic arm departed. Afaq Khan left Standard Chartered Saadiq, the lender's global Islamic banking business, after 12 years with the Asia-focused bank to take a career break, the spokesman said. "Standard Chartered remains committed to our Islamic banking business, and we continue to position ourselves for further growth in the core markets where the largest Islamic banking opportunities exist," the spokesman said. The core markets include Bahrain, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates, where Standard Chartered offers personal banking services, the spokesman said. More »

  • Q&A: Plans for an Arab joint intervention force
    Q&A: Plans for an Arab joint intervention force Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Arab League member nations formally announced on Sunday an agreement to form a joint military force. While details of how such a force would actually operate remain thin, the agreement is a telling sign of a new determination among Saudi Arabia, Egypt and their allies to intervene aggressively in regional hotspots, whether against Islamic militants or Iran-backed groups. More »

  • Saudi Arabia claims success in airstrikes on Yemen
    Saudi Arabia claims success in airstrikes on Yemen Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Gulf kingdom's top army officer says airstrikes into Yemen have pushed Houthi rebels out of contested air bases. More »

  • Argentina, Mexico notch Copa America warmup wins
    Argentina, Mexico notch Copa America warmup wins Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    By Rex Gowar BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina rested Lionel Messi to let him recover from a sore foot but still had too much attacking firepower for El Salvador on Saturday as they ran out 2-0 winners in a friendly in Washington. Coach Gerardo Martino fielded a side led by Angel Di Maria that included only three others from the 2014 World Cup, and tested a two-pronged attack in Carlos Tevez and Gonzalo Higuain. Tevez is getting another shot at the Copa America in Chile in June after being overlooked since Argentina’s exit in the quarter-finals of the 2011 tournament they hosted and missing last year’s World Cup. More »

  • Soccer-Argentina, Mexico notch Copa America warmup wins Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    By Rex Gowar BUENOS AIRES, March 29 (Reuters) - Argentina rested Lionel Messi to let him recover from a sore foot but still had too much attacking firepower for El Salvador on Saturday as they ran out 2-0 winners in a friendly in Washington. Coach Gerardo Martino fielded a side led by Angel Di Maria that included only three others from the 2014 World Cup, and tested a two-pronged attack in Carlos Tevez and Gonzalo Higuain. Tevez is getting another shot at the Copa America in Chile in June after being overlooked since Argentina's exit in the quarter-finals of the 2011 tournament they hosted and missing last year's World Cup. More »

  • Questions and answers about the Arab peacekeeping force
    Questions and answers about the Arab peacekeeping force Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Arab League member states have agreed in principle to form a joint inter-Arab military peacekeeping force. While details of how such a force would actually operate remain thin, the agreement is a telling sign of a new determination among Saudi Arabia, Egypt and their allies to intervene aggressively in regional hotspots, whether against Islamic militants or spreading Iranian power. Here's a look at some of the questions surrounding the plan: More »

  • Arab states see a month of Yemen strikes, maybe longer, official says Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    (Reuters) - An Arab alliance attacking Shi'ite Muslim Houthi forces in Yemen initially plans a month-long campaign, but the operation could last five or six months, a Gulf diplomatic official said on Saturday. The official, from a country that belongs to the alliance, said Shi'ite Iran, the Houthis' main foreign ally, was likely to retaliate indirectly, by encouraging pro-Iranian Shi'ite activists to carry out armed attacks in Bahrain, Lebanon and eastern Saudi Arabia. Iran, in a tug-of-war with Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia for influence across the Middle East, has denied supporting the Houthis militarily, and has criticised the Gulf Arabs for their military action. He said Gulf Arab concern over the Houthis' influence in Yemen had been heightened in January by satellite imagery showing Houthi forces repositioning long-range Scud missiles in northern districts near the Saudi border. More »

  • Athletics-World cross-country championship men's team cross country long … Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    March 28 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the World cross-country championship Men's Team Cross Country Long Distance on Saturday 1. Ethiopia 20 2. Kenya 20 3. Bahrain 54 4. Eritrea 91 5. Uganda 92 6. Tanzania 130 7. U.S. 131 8. Rwanda 153 9. South Africa 162 10. Algeria 189 11. Australia 210 12. Spain 256 13. Peru 264 14. China 285 15. Britain 295 16. Ecuador 299 17. Canada 323 More »

  • Athletics-World cross-country championship men's individual cross country … Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    March 28 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the World cross-country championship Men's Individual Cross Country Long Distance on Saturday 1. Geoffrey Kamworor (Kenya) 34:52 2. Bedan Karoki Muchiri (Kenya) 35:00 3. Muktar Edris (Ethiopia) 35:06 4. Hagos Gebrhiwet (Ethiopia) 35:15 5. Leonard Barsoton (Kenya) 35:24 6. Tamirat Tola (Ethiopia) 35:33 7. Atsedu Tsegay (Ethiopia) 35:47 8. Moses Kibet (Uganda) 35:53 9. Ismail Juma (Tanzania) 35:55 10. Aweke Ayalew (Bahrain) 35:56 11. Albert Rop (Bahrain) 35:59 12. Phillip Kiprono Langat (Kenya) 36:05 13. Abrar Osman Adem (Eritrea) 36:13 14. ... More »

  • Joint military action, Yemen to dominate Arab summit
    Joint military action, Yemen to dominate Arab summit Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Egypt is hosting a weekend Arab summit at which regional leaders will discuss plans to form a joint military force against the backdrop of Saudi-led strikes on rebels in Yemen. More »

  • Ex-Scotland boss Roxburgh appointed AFC technical director Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) have appointed former Scotland manager Andy Roxburgh as their new technical director in a bid to improve standards across the continent. "Having someone of his calibre join the AFC shows the attraction Asia has as global football's future powerhouse," AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said in a statement on Saturday. Roxburgh, who will be based in Kuala Lumpur at AFC House, was previously sporting director at the New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer but left that role last year. More »

  • Soccer-Ex-Scotland boss Roxburgh appointed AFC technical director Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) have appointed former Scotland manager Andy Roxburgh as their new technical director in a bid to improve standards across the continent. "Having someone of his calibre join the AFC shows the attraction Asia has as global football's future powerhouse," AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said in a statement on Saturday. Roxburgh, who will be based in Kuala Lumpur at AFC House, was previously sporting director at the New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer but left that role last year. More »

  • MotoGP sees Qatar as key to Middle East Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    (Reuters) - Qatar will be part of the MotoGP world championship for years to come and will also have a say in any expansion in the Middle East, the sport's commercial head said on Friday. "Qatar has become one of the traditional MotoGP dates," the crash.net website quoted Dorna chief executive Carmelo Ezpeleta as saying. We can already say that MotoGP will continue in Qatar for many more years." "Qatar is our organizer for MotoGP and WSBK (Superbike)," added the Spaniard. "Anything we do in the Middle East will be in agreement with Qatar. More »

  • Motorcycling-MotoGP sees Qatar as key to Middle East Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Qatar will be part of the MotoGP world championship for years to come and will also have a say in any expansion in the Middle East, the sport's commercial head said on Friday. "Qatar has become one of the traditional MotoGP dates," the crash.net website quoted Dorna chief executive Carmelo Ezpeleta as saying. We can already say that MotoGP will continue in Qatar for many more years." "Qatar is our organiser for MotoGP and WSBK (Superbike)," added the Spaniard. "Anything we do in the Middle East will be in agreement with Qatar. More »

  • Saudi Arabia's Yemen gamble may define its regional role for years
    Saudi Arabia's Yemen gamble may define its regional role for years Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    By Angus McDowall RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's campaign to stop the Houthis from ruling over Yemen could define its role in the Middle East for years and shape its regional struggle with the rebels' ally Iran. Success would establish Riyadh as de facto leader of the region's Sunni states it has pulled together in a complex armed operation, and embolden it to pursue a more assertive stance against what it sees as the expansionist ambitions of its arch rival Shi'ite Iran in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Bahrain. "This campaign has confirmed that Saudi Arabia is the heavyweight power in the region. "If this thing fails, Iran is going to be much more emboldened and in this region there's usually a zero-sum game between Tehran and Riyadh. More »

  • Saudi Arabia's coalition against Yemen's Houthis
    Saudi Arabia's coalition against Yemen's Houthis Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Saudi Arabia and allies launched air strikes in Yemen on Thursday to stop the advance of the Iran-allied Houthi militia towards President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's southern refuge of Aden. The United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Kuwait, and Qatar signed a joint statement with Saudi Arabia announcing the military action, leaving Oman as the only member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) not to join the coalition. Egypt, Jordan and Sudan said their forces were involved in the operation, with Sudan pledging ground troops as well as warplanes. Morocco said on Friday it would make forces already stationed in the UAE available to the coalition, and provide intelligence and logistical support. More »

  • Kuwait reassures citizens on strategic food stocks Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Kuwait said on Friday that its strategic food stocks were at their highest level, in a message designed to reassure citizens after it joined a Saudi-led military operation in Yemen. He said any rise in food prices on the back of regional turmoil would not be justified. Kuwait, which this week joined the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, and Qatar in signing a joint statement with Saudi Arabia announcing military action to stop the advance of Iran-allied Houthis in Yemen, relies on imports for the majority of its food needs. Kuwait also said on Thursday it had raised security around its oil facilities inside and outside the country. More »

  • Pakistan mulling Saudi request to send ground troops to Yemen Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    The Sunni Muslim monarchy has been assembling allies to defend Yemen's weak government against rebels backed by both Iran and a former Yemeni president. The Pakistani foreign ministry confirmed that the Saudis have asked Pakistan contribute ground forces to Yemen, Reuters reports, but Defense Minister Khawaja Asif indicated that Pakistan is reluctant to get involved. We have not promised any military support to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen," Asif told parliament. "In Syria, Yemen and Iraq, division is being fueled and it needs to be contained. More »

  • College students make bracelets to help jailed journalists
    College students make bracelets to help jailed journalists Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    University of Maryland journalism students are raising money to launch a line of bracelets emblazoned with the names of journalists imprisoned around the world to raise money for the cause, and awareness ... More »

  • Yemen's Civil War Threatens Global Stability
    Yemen's Civil War Threatens Global Stability Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Yemen's civil war has just gone international, officially. Saudi Arabian jets are now pounding Shia militia bases housing covert agents from Tehran. This is the latest round in the rapidly evolving regional war between Shia and Sunni . It threatens to drag most of the Gulf monarchies plus the junta-ruled Egypt into a campaign against Houthi hill tribesmen who have threatened to overrun Yemen, traditionally a Sunni nation. More »

  • Factbox - Saudi Arabia's coalition against Yemen's Houthis Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Saudi Arabia and allies launched air strikes in Yemen on Thursday to stop the advance of the Iran-allied Houthi militia towards President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's southern refuge of Aden. The United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Kuwait, and Qatar signed a joint statement with Saudi Arabia announcing the military action, leaving Oman as the only member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) not to join the coalition. Egypt, Jordan and Sudan said their forces were involved in the operation, with Sudan pledging ground troops as well as warplanes. Morocco said on Friday it would make forces already stationed in the UAE available to the coalition, and provide intelligence and logistical support. More »

  • Falcao hits brace for six-goal Colombia, Chile lose 2-0 Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    By Rex Gowar BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - World Cup quarter-finalists Colombia cruised to a 6-0 rout of Bahrain while Chile lost 2-0 to Iran in contrasting Copa America warm-ups for the two South American teams on Thursday. Colombia captain Radamel Falcao laid on an opening 14th-minute goal for strike partner Carlos Bacca then scored twice in five minutes, his first a sweet volley, as Colombia hardly broke sweat at Bahrain’s National Stadium in Riffa. More »

  • Coalition jets continue to hit Houthi targets in Yemen
    Coalition jets continue to hit Houthi targets in Yemen Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Saudi Arabia leads attack on rebel military bases in second night of raids as embattled President Hadi flees to Riyadh. More »

  • Yemen is a defining moment for King Salman
    Yemen is a defining moment for King Salman Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Saudi Arabia may balk at an Iran-backed actor gaining legitimacy through talks but it has little choice in the long run. More »

  • Arabs inch closer to old dream of joint Arab force
    Arabs inch closer to old dream of joint Arab force Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Arab leaders meeting this weekend in this Egyptian Red Sea resort are moving closer than ever to creating a joint Arab military force, a sign of a new determination among Saudi Arabia, Egypt and their allies to intervene aggressively in regional hotspots, whether against Islamic militants or spreading Iranian power. More »

  • Turmoil in Yemen escalates as Saudi Arabia bombs rebels
    Turmoil in Yemen escalates as Saudi Arabia bombs rebels Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The turmoil in Yemen grew into a regional conflict Thursday, with Saudi Arabia and its allies bombing Shiite rebels allied with Iran, while Egyptian officials said a ground assault will follow the airstrikes. More »

  • Gulf states ask UN Security Council for Yemen arms embargo Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies presented powerful members of the U.N. Security Council with suggested elements for a resolution that would impose an arms embargo on the Shiite rebels who have thrown Yemen into turmoil and caused its Western-backed president to flee. More »

  • Yemeni leader Hadi leaves country as Saudi Arabia keeps up air strikes
    Yemeni leader Hadi leaves country as Saudi Arabia keeps up air strikes Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    By Khaled Abdallah and Sami Aboudi SANAA/ADEN, Yemen (Reuters) - Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi left his refuge in Aden for Saudi Arabia on Thursday as Houthi rebels battled with his forces on the outskirts of the southern port city. Throughout the day, warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab allies struck at the Shi'ite Houthis and allied army units, who have taken over much of the country and seek to oust Hadi. Warplanes resumed bombing the Houthi-held capital Sanaa on Thursday evening, shaking whole neighbourhoods and terrifying residents. We live near the airport, where we think a lot of the Houthi leaders are living and many of the air strikes are." Houthi leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi said in a televised speech Yemenis would confront the "criminal, unjust and unjustified aggression" by Saudi Arabia. More »