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  • Match-fixer Perumal nabbed again in Finland
    Match-fixer Perumal nabbed again in Finland Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    HELSINKI (AP) — Convicted match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal is being held by Finnish police on an international arrest warrant, two years after the Singaporean was jailed in the Nordic country for bribing Finnish league players, officials said Wednesday. More »

  • Qatar says dispute with Gulf neighbours 'over'
    Qatar says dispute with Gulf neighbours 'over' Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Qatar's dispute with three fellow Gulf states, which withdrew their envoys from Doha last month, is "over", the Qatari foreign minister said Wednesday, while insisting his country had made no concessions. More »

  • Bahrain expels envoy of Shiite Ayatollah Sistani
    Bahrain expels envoy of Shiite Ayatollah Sistani Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Authorities in Sunni-ruled Bahrain on Wednesday expelled the representative of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, in the latest manifestation of tension with the kingdom's Shiite majority. More »

  • Saudi prince says Gulf states must balance threat from Iran
    Saudi prince says Gulf states must balance threat from Iran Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    A senior member of Saudi Arabia's royal family said on Wednesday that Gulf states should work on acquiring nuclear know-how to balance any threat from Iran. Prince Turki al-Faisal, a former intelligence chief, also told a security conference in the Bahraini capital Manama, that the Gulf states should be prepared for any possible outcome from Iran's nuclear talks with world powers. "We do not hold any hostility to Iran and do not wish any harm to it or to its people, who are Muslim neighbours," he said in a speech. "But preserving our regional security requires that we, as a Gulf grouping, work to create a real balance of forces with it, including in nuclear know-how, and to be ready for any possibility in relation to the Iranian nuclear file. More »

  • Vietnam club make last 16 despite match-fixing admission Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Vissai Ninh Binh, who quit the Vietnam top flight over a match-fixing scandal in the AFC Cup, took advantage of a slow moving investigation into the matter to book a place in last 16 of the tournament as Group G winners on Tuesday. Earlier this month, 11 players of the Vietnam Cup winners told police they received around 800 million dong ($37,900) for fixing a March 18 AFC Cup match against Malaysia's Kelantan in which they came from 2-1 down to win 3-2. The team were withdrawn from the Vietnam top flight amid fears domestic games could also have been fixed, but they were allowed to carry on their commitments in Asia's second tier continental competition. Asked why Ninh Binh were granted the green light to continue, tournament organisers the Asian Football Confederation told Reuters they would wait for a "detailed investigation report from the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) before AFC can take any action". More »

  • Iran denies role in Bahrain unrest, urges respect for human rights Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran denied any role in the violent unrest affecting neighbouring Bahrain, accusing Manama of looking for a scapegoat to justify its human rights abuses. "Instead of projecting onto others and raising unfounded charges, Bahraini authorities had better seriously consider their citizens' civil rights demands," the official IRNA news agency cited an "informed" foreign ministry official as saying late Tuesday. "They should avoid police, security and tribal tactics and pave the way for serious dialogue through trust-building actions. ... More »

  • Bahrain sentences 12 people for life for spying, Iran links Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    A Bahraini court has sentenced 12 men to life in prison for spying, receiving training from Iran's Revolutionary Guard and processing weapons and explosives, a defence lawyer and rights activist said on Tuesday. Bahrain accuses Shi'ite power Iran of fuelling unrest in the country since a 2011 uprising led by the Shi'ite Muslim community demanding reforms and more share in running the kingdom ruled by the Sunni Muslim al-Khalifa dynasty. Tehran denies the accusation, but defends the cause of Bahrain's Shi'ite opposition. Attorney Fatima al-Adraj said the court convicted the men on Sunday, and sentenced two others to 15 years. More »

  • Centerbridge mulls options for Apcoa refinancing Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Claire Ruckin LONDON (Reuters) - Distressed debt investor Centerbridge is looking at ways to refinance debt in struggling German car parking business Apcoa once it completes an imminent debt restructuring that will see it take control of the company, banking sources said. Centerbridge bought millions of euros of Apcoa's debt on Europe's secondary loan market at the end of last year in a bid to gain control of Europe's biggest parking management firm from private equity house Eurazeo. In March, a UK judge agreed to change the jurisdiction of Apcoa's loan documents to the UK to enable an amend and extend (A&E) on its 650 million euros (533.06 million pounds) of debt using a scheme of arrangement, which only needs consent from 75 percent of lenders. By using an A&E, Apcoa can extend the upcoming April maturities on its debt giving the company and lenders breathing space to thrash out a full blown financial restructuring that will involve a debt-for-equity swap. More »

  • Antagonising Iran: A strategic miscalculation?
    Antagonising Iran: A strategic miscalculation? Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    How the 'crippling sanctions' policy has started to cripple the tormentor. More »

  • Kuwaiti telcom giant Zain posts 7.5% profit rise in Q1
    Kuwaiti telcom giant Zain posts 7.5% profit rise in Q1 Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    A man sits behind a desk at a store in Kuwait City on October 3, 2010 More »

  • Bahrain sacks prisons chief after two inmates escape
    Bahrain sacks prisons chief after two inmates escape Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Bahrain's interior minister, Sheikh Rashid bin Abdullah al-Khalifa, ordered Monday the dismissal of the country's prisons chief after two inmates escaped from a main jail, his office said. More »

  • Bahrain sacks prisons chief after escape
    Bahrain sacks prisons chief after escape Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Interior minister dismisses prisons chief after two inmates escape from a main jail in southwestern Bahrain. More »

  • Bahrain court jails 12 for life in security case Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — A Bahraini defense lawyer says a court in the Gulf island nation has sentenced 12 citizens to life imprisonment after finding them guilty of supporting terrorist activities and receiving training from Iran's Revolutionary Guard. More »

  • Happy Hamilton hails incredible Mercedes
    Happy Hamilton hails incredible Mercedes Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    After holding on to win what he called a "racer's race" a fortnight ago in Bahrain, Lewis Hamilton revelled in having the track to himself as he cruised to a hat-trick of victories in the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday. Hamilton, who claimed his 25th career win to draw level with British great Jim Clark and his Mercedes team boss Niki Lauda, led every single lap of the shortened 54-lap race, at times pulling away from his rivals by over a second a lap. I had such a great race, I really enjoyed it, particularly the last few laps," Hamilton said. "(I was) Really trying to keep temperature in the tyres, pushing a little bit more, just to keep temperature up and the car was great." Delighting in the formidable speed of his Mercedes, Hamilton, who crossed the line 18 seconds ahead of team mate Nico Rosberg, only lifted off briefly when the chequered flag was accidentally waved one lap early. More »

  • Hamilton seals first F1 hat-trick
    Hamilton seals first F1 hat-trick Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    Lewis Hamilton sealed his first hat-trick of Formula One wins and led Mercedes to their third straight one-two finish at the Chinese Grand Prix as the team tightened their grip on the season Sunday. More »

  • Ferrari's Alonso: 'We're still in the fight'
    Ferrari's Alonso: 'We're still in the fight' Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    SHANGHAI (AP) — Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso said his struggling team is "still in the fight" after he finally got on the podium for the first time this season, finishing third at the Chinese Grand Prix. More »

  • Alonso credits Domenicali after Ferrari podium
    Alonso credits Domenicali after Ferrari podium Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    Fernando Alonso earned Ferrari their first podium finish of the Formula One season on Sunday and handed some of the credit to former team boss Stefano Domenicali. The Spaniard said his third place in China, the fourth race of the year, was a confidence boost for Formula One's most glamorous team after a difficult start to the season led to Domenicali's resignation last week. "We have definitely made a step forward, because compared to two weeks ago, we have partly closed the gap to the leaders, but we are well aware there's still a long way to go and we have to keep our feet on the ground." Mercedes have won every race this year, with Lewis Hamilton leading Nico Rosberg in a one-two finish in the last three including China. More »

  • Hamilton wins third straight F1 race at Chinese GP
    Hamilton wins third straight F1 race at Chinese GP Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    SHANGHAI (AP) — Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton captured his third straight Formula One race with ease on Sunday, leading from start to finish to win the Chinese Grand Prix. More »

  • Influential cleric attempts to soothe Gulf rift Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian-born cleric whose sermons have often admonished the authorities in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), said all views expressed in his preaching were his own and not those of Qatar. The ageing cleric used unusually placatory language about Qatar's neighbours, some of whom he has accused of a variety of failings including being insufficiently Islamic. "I would like to say I love all the countries of the Gulf, and they all love me: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Bahrain. On March 5, in an unprecedented move, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain recalled their ambassadors from Qatar, accusing Doha of failing to abide by an accord not to interfere in each other's internal affairs. More »

  • Vettel asked to make way for teammate again
    Vettel asked to make way for teammate again Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    SHANGHAI (AP) — Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel isn't used to being asked to step aside for a teammate. Now it's happened twice in two races. More »

  • McLaren woes continue in China Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    McLaren endured another tough weekend in China on Sunday with both drivers failing to score points for the second race running and the team tumbling down the Formula One constructors' standings. After a double retirement in Bahrain, the team's first since 2006, Jenson Button and Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen finished a distant and disappointing 11th and 13th respectively in Shanghai. McLaren, the second most successful team in the sport, had led the constructors' championship after the opener in Australia when Magnussen was second and Button third but they slumped to fifth overall on Sunday. "We've got a lot of work to do and it's tough for all of us, it's tough for us out there driving the car because we've got to put up with it for an hour and a half." Magnussen said the car overall was good but lacked overall grip: "We just need loads of downforce," he said. More »

  • Hamilton wins Chinese GP in Mercedes one-two
    Hamilton wins Chinese GP in Mercedes one-two Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    By Abhishek Takle SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton raced to a hat-trick of wins in Sunday's Formula One Chinese Grand Prix, cruising unchallenged to the flag ahead of team mate Nico Rosberg as a dominant Mercedes claimed a third straight one-two finish. The win was the 25th of Hamilton's career and drew him level with British legend Jim Clark and his current Mercedes boss, triple world champion Niki Lauda, in the all-time winner's list. It is also the first time that Hamilton - who moved ahead of Clark to become the top British qualifier on Saturday - has managed to win three races in a row. This team is on a roll, that's for sure." Fernando Alonso, winner of last year's race in China, finished third to give Ferrari their first podium of the season and the first under new boss Marco Mattiacci, who looked on from the pitwall. More »

  • Hamilton looks to topple Rosberg in China GP
    Hamilton looks to topple Rosberg in China GP Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Dominant Lewis Hamilton will gun for his third win in a row at Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix and hope he can also snatch the world championship lead from his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg. More »

  • Two killed by bomb inside Bahrain car - ministry
    Two killed by bomb inside Bahrain car - ministry Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Two people were killed in a car that blew up in a mainly Shi'ite village in Bahrain on Saturday, and the interior ministry said the initial investigation showed that a homemade bomb had detonated inside the vehicle. Sunni-ruled Bahrain has been hit by several small bombings in recent weeks as the kingdom struggles to end simmering unrest among its Shi'ite Muslim majority, which rose up unsuccessfully in an Arab Spring-inspired revolt in 2011. A third person was wounded and was being treated in hospital for second-degree burns, the statement said, citing the health ministry. Bahrain's Shi'ites want political reforms and an end to alleged discrimination against them, which the government denies. More »

  • Ministry: 2 killed in apparent Bahrain car bombing
    Ministry: 2 killed in apparent Bahrain car bombing Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Authorities in Bahrain say an apparent car bombing has killed two people and wounded one west of the capital, Manama. More »

  • Engine problem makes a mockery of Maldonado penalty Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Pastor Maldonado's five place grid penalty was rendered meaningless on Saturday after engine problems ruled the Lotus Formula One driver out of Chinese Grand Prix qualifying. While Romain Grosjean powered to the team's first top 10 grid position of the season, Maldonado never got out of the garage. The penalty, imposed for running into the back of Esteban Gutierrez's Sauber at the previous race in Bahrain, will be deemed to have been served even though the former Williams driver lines up last anyway on Sunday. Maldonado's problems developed a little over halfway into Saturday morning's final practice when his car's Renault power unit developed a leak. More »

  • Bahrain car bomb 'kills two, wounds one'
    Bahrain car bomb 'kills two, wounds one' Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Two people were killed Saturday when their car exploded in a Shiite village in Bahrain, the interior ministry said, although it was unclear whether the vehicle itself had been targeted. More »

  • Two killed in Bahrain car blast
    Two killed in Bahrain car blast Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Explosion in a car kills two and wounds a third in a mostly Shia village outside the capital, interior ministry says. More »

  • Motor racing-Engine problem makes a mockery of Maldonado penalty Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Pastor Maldonado's five place grid penalty was rendered meaningless on Saturday after engine problems ruled the Lotus Formula One driver out of Chinese Grand Prix qualifying. While Romain Grosjean powered to the team's first top 10 grid position of the season, Maldonado never got out of the garage. The penalty, imposed for running into the back of Esteban Gutierrez's Sauber at the previous race in Bahrain, will be deemed to have been served even though the former Williams driver lines up last anyway on Sunday. Maldonado's problems developed a little over halfway into Saturday morning's final practice when his car's Renault power unit developed a leak. More »

  • Hamilton takes pole at Chinese Grand Prix
    Hamilton takes pole at Chinese Grand Prix Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    SHANGHAI (AP) — Lewis Hamilton maintained Mercedes' perfect record in qualifying this season, holding off the two Red Bulls to capture his third pole position of the campaign on Saturday at the rainy Chinese Grand Prix. More »

  • Hamilton on pole for Mercedes in wet China
    Hamilton on pole for Mercedes in wet China Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    By Abhishek Takle SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton will line up on pole position for Sunday's Chinese Formula One Grand Prix after putting in a storming lap in treacherous conditions to maintain Mercedes' qualifying stranglehold. The Briton's best time of one minute 53.860 seconds through rain and spray was a hefty 0.595 of a second quicker than Red Bull's Australian Daniel Ricciardo, who joined him on the front row. "It is so slippery out there, the conditions - trying to find the grip, not making mistakes on your lap and really putting it together," said Hamilton, who will be chasing his third win in a row on Sunday. Red Bull's quadruple Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel was third fastest, but more than a second slower than Hamilton and outqualified by team mate Ricciardo for the third time in four races. More »

  • Ricciardo fastest in rainy practice
    Ricciardo fastest in rainy practice Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo sets the pace during an inconclusive wet final practice at the Chinese Grand Prix. More »

  • Ricciardo fastest in rainy practice at Chinese GP
    Ricciardo fastest in rainy practice at Chinese GP Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    SHANGHAI (AP) — Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo set the fastest time on a slippery track in the final practice session at the Chinese Grand Prix on Saturday as the other top drivers limited their running due to the wet weather. More »

  • AP PHOTOS: Sailors return from 9-month deployment
    AP PHOTOS: Sailors return from 9-month deployment Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Thousands of sailors were greeted Friday by cheerful friends and family who packed a pier at Naval Station Norfolk to welcome them home from a nine-month deployment. More »

  • Gulf deal leaves the ball in Qatar's court: analysts
    Gulf deal leaves the ball in Qatar's court: analysts Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Wealthy Gulf Arab states have reached a "vague" compromise to thaw tensions over the Muslim Brotherhood with Qatar which has yet to prove its good intentions, analysts say. More »