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  • Kerry tries to reassure Iran's Gulf rivals on nuclear talks
    Kerry tries to reassure Iran's Gulf rivals on nuclear talks Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    By Arshad Mohammed RIYADH (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Gulf Arab states on Thursday Washington was not seeking a "grand bargain" with Iran, and said a nuclear deal with Tehran would be in their interests. The United State's Gulf allies, particularly the Sunni Muslim kingdom of Saudi Arabia, are concerned that Shi'ite Iran will gain from any agreement to end years of dispute over its nuclear ambitions. "Even as we engage in these discussions with Iran around its nuclear programme, we will not take our eye off of Iran's other destabilising actions in places like Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and the Arabian peninsula, Yemen particularly," Kerry said after meeting Saudi King Salman and Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal. More »

  • Kerry seeks to ease Arab concerns of Iran deal
    Kerry seeks to ease Arab concerns of Iran deal Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sought Thursday to ease Gulf Arab concerns about an emerging nuclear deal with Iran and vowed that any agreement reached would not reduce America's commitment to combating Tehran's destabilizing actions in the Middle East and beyond. More »

  • Things to watch in the new F1 season
    Things to watch in the new F1 season Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    With everyone looking to challenge Mercedes this year in Formula One, former world champions Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso will do so with new teams. More »

  • 2015 Formula One Teams and Drivers Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    Profiles of teams and drivers for the 2015 Formula One season: More »

  • Kerry in Riyadh to calm Gulf fears on Iran nuclear deal
    Kerry in Riyadh to calm Gulf fears on Iran nuclear deal Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    US secretary of state to brief Saudi king and GCC foreign ministers on latest talks and also discuss crisis in Yemen. More »

  • Kerry arrives in Saudi Arabia to consult on Iran nuke talks Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Fresh from the latest round of Iran nuclear negotiations, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Saudi Arabia Wednesday to ease Gulf Arab concerns about an emerging deal and discuss ways to calm instability in troubled Yemen and other Mideast nations. More »

  • 7 fight for 3 seats representing Asia on FIFA ruling board Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Seven candidates are competing for three vacant Asia seats on FIFA's executive committee. More »

  • Pirelli sticks with same tire choices for first 4 F1 races
    Pirelli sticks with same tire choices for first 4 F1 races Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    MILAN (AP) — Pirelli has nominated the same tire choices as last year for the first four races of the Formula One championship, starting with the Australian Grand Prix next week, the tire supplier said on Wednesday. More »

  • Soccer-Sheikh Salman set to win AFC presidency unopposed Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain is poised to retain his position as head of Asian football for another four years after no-one decided to oppose him at next month's Asian Football Confederation (AFC) elections. Along with the AFC presidency, Sheikh Salman will also secure himself a term as vice-president of soccer's world governing body FIFA, replacing Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, who is challenging Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency. Sheikh Salman was elected AFC president two years ago, replacing Qatari Mohamed Bin Hammam, who was banned for life by soccer's world governing body in 2011 amid allegations of trying to buy votes. More »

  • Netanyahu: He came, he delivered, he failed
    Netanyahu: He came, he delivered, he failed Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Netanyahu has been outmanoeuvred by Iran and this may mean he will fail to instigate yet another war in the region. More »

  • Yemeni leader proposes Riyadh as venue for talks with rebels Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's president on Tuesday proposed the Saudi capital of Riyadh as a possible venue for the resumption of U.N.-sponsored talks with Shiite rebels who have seized Yemen's own capital, Sanaa. More »

  • Kerry visits Riyadh to soothe fears of stronger Iran under nuclear deal
    Kerry visits Riyadh to soothe fears of stronger Iran under nuclear deal Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    By Arshad Mohammed and Angus McDowall MONTREUX, Switzerland/RIYADH (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flies to Riyadh this week to try to reassure King Salman that any nuclear deal with Iran will be in Saudi interests, despite the kingdom's fears that it may boost Tehran's backing for Shi'ite Muslim groups in the region. Convincing Saudi Arabia to accept any agreed nuclear deal is important to President Barack Obama because he needs Riyadh to work closely with Washington on a host of regional policies and to maintain its role as a moderating influence in oil markets. While the main critics of the U.S. push for a nuclear deal with Iran are Israel and Congressional Republicans, Sunni Muslim powerhouse Saudi Arabia is also concerned that an accord would allow Iran to devote more cash and energy to Shi'ite proxies in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen, escalating conflicts. More »

  • Singer John Legend talks about justice at Bahrain concert
    Singer John Legend talks about justice at Bahrain concert Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Award-winning American singer and songwriter John Legend took to the stage in Bahrain on Monday night, performing to a sold-out crowd of more than 2,000 people despite calls by some activists to cancel the concert due to concerns over human rights abuses in the Gulf Arab nation. More »

  • A big rethink: Security in the GCC
    A big rethink: Security in the GCC Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    Money and expensive toys don't buy regional stability. More »

  • Qatar World Cup shift gives Japan winter blues
    Qatar World Cup shift gives Japan winter blues Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    A November start to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar would cause severe disruption to Japan's domestic football schedule, the head of the J-League told AFP on Monday. More »

  • Rival Yemeni camps entrench as Iran flights arrive
    Rival Yemeni camps entrench as Iran flights arrive Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — An Iranian airplane delivered supplies to Yemen's Shiite rebel-held capital on Sunday, while the president gained support from influential tribal and provincial leaders in signs that the rival camps seeking to rule the rapidly unravelling country are entrenching their positions. More »

  • First Iran flight arrives in Houthi-held Yemeni capital
    First Iran flight arrives in Houthi-held Yemeni capital Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    Start of aviation links comes weeks after Shia rebels took over government in coup and shows their rising power. More »

  • Bahrain charges 17 bombing suspects Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    Bahrain's public prosecutor has charged 17 people with forming a militant group and carrying out bombings that wounded security personnel, the state news agency said on Saturday. The group had set off bombs in the island kingdom's Maqaba, Al-Janabiya, Budaiya and Qarya villages, prosecutor Ahmed Al-Hammadi was quoted as saying. "The members had agreed to set up a terror cell to make explosives and weapons to carry out terror acts, target security forces ... and spread panic among people," he said, according to Bahrain News Agency. More »

  • US drone strike in Yemen kills 3 suspected al-Qaida fighters
    US drone strike in Yemen kills 3 suspected al-Qaida fighters Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A suspected U.S. drone strike Saturday in central Yemen killed three men believed to be al-Qaida militants, security officials said. More »

  • Yemen, Iran sign agreement to open direct flight routes
    Yemen, Iran sign agreement to open direct flight routes Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Shiite rebels who control Yemen's capital have signed an agreement with Iranian authorities in Tehran to set up direct flights between the two countries, the nation's official news agency reported Saturday. ... More »

  • Private equity firm TowerBrook close to a deal for women's retailer J. Jill … Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Private equity firm TowerBrook Capital Partners is in advanced talks to acquire women's retailer J. Jill, according to two people familiar with the matter. San Francisco-based private equity firm Golden Gate Capital acquired J. Jill for around $75 million in 2009 from women's retailer Talbots, which had bought it three years earlier for more than $500 million. Golden Gate later sold a majority stake in the business to Bahrain-based Arcapita Bank. More »

  • Iraq statue-smashing sparks outrage, heritage fears
    Iraq statue-smashing sparks outrage, heritage fears Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    A video of jihadists in Iraq gleefully smashing ancient statues to pieces with sledgehammers sparked global outrage and fears Friday that more of the world's oldest heritage will be destroyed. More »

  • Qatar committed to 'stable' Egypt despite tensions: Emir
    Qatar committed to 'stable' Egypt despite tensions: Emir Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    The Emir of Qatar said Thursday he was committed to "stability" in Egypt, despite a recent row between the two nations over Cairo's airstrikes against IS militants in Libya. More »

  • Soccer-Kuwait nominates KFA honorary president for FIFA ExCo Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    (Makes clear in headline that Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah is honorary president) Feb 26 (Reuters) - The Kuwait Football Association has nominated Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah as a candidate to be one of Asia's three representatives on FIFA's executive committee, the KFA said on Thursday. Elections will be held at the Asian Football Confederation General Assembly in Bahrain in April. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah is honorary president of the KFA and was elected as an International Olympic Committee member in 1992. ... More »

  • Olympic power broker Sheikh Ahmad seeks seat on FIFA board Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Olympic power broker Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah is seeking election to the FIFA executive committee. More »

  • Bahrain court sentences three to death over police killings
    Bahrain court sentences three to death over police killings Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    A Bahraini court sentenced three Shiites to death on Thursday and jailed seven others for life after convicting them of killing three policemen in the Sunni-ruled Gulf state last year, prosecutors said. More »

  • Bahrain sentences three men to death for killing policeman Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Three Shi'ite Muslim men were sentenced to death by a Bahrain court on Thursday and seven others were given a life term for killing three policeman, the kingdom's Public Prosecution said on its Twitter account. Sporadic protests and occasional bomb attacks have shaken Bahrain since the Sunni Muslim-led government quelled mass protests in 2011 led by members of the Shi'ite majority demanding reforms. "Three defendants were sentenced to death and life imprisonment (was handed down) for the remaining accused," the public prosecution said on its Twitter account, adding that a number the men will be stripped of their nationality. Bahrain crushed demonstrations that began on Feb. 14, 2011, amid the protest wave sweeping other Arab countries, but it has yet to resolve the conflict between majority Shi'ites and the Sunni-led monarchy they accuse of oppressing them. More »

  • Bahrain court convicts 11 in deadly police bombing Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — A Bahraini court on Thursday found 11 Shiites guilty of involvement in a deadly bomb attack targeting police last year and sentenced three of them to death, according to a defense lawyer involved in the case. More »

  • Bahrain Shias sentenced to death over police killing
    Bahrain Shias sentenced to death over police killing Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Supreme criminal court hands down sentences to three men accused of killing policemen in anti-government protests. More »

  • Head of Arab Gulf council visits Yemen's embattled president
    Head of Arab Gulf council visits Yemen's embattled president Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A group of oil-rich Arab Gulf countries threw their support behind Yemen's embattled president Wednesday as the group's chief visited Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in the city he fled to amid the Shiite rebel power grab in the capital, Sanaa. More »

  • Search widens for abducted French woman, Yemeni guide
    Search widens for abducted French woman, Yemeni guide Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Efforts intensified Wednesday to find a French woman and her Yemeni interpreter kidnapped in crisis-hit Yemen, with relatives reaching out to tribal chiefs and the Shiite militia in control of the capital. More »

  • Iran destroys mock US aircraft carrier in naval drills
    Iran destroys mock US aircraft carrier in naval drills Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Revolutionary Guard attack vessel with missiles and fast boats during navy and air defence drills near Strait of Hormuz. More »

  • GCC reiterates support for beleaguered Yemen president
    GCC reiterates support for beleaguered Yemen president Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    The Gulf Cooperation Council reiterated its support Wednesday for Yemen's beleaguered president against the Shiite militia that holds Sanaa, as militiamen opened fire to disperse thousands of his backers demonstrating in the capital. More »

  • Fake US aircraft carrier the target in latest Iranian drills
    Fake US aircraft carrier the target in latest Iranian drills Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — With rockets roaring and guns blazing, more than a dozen swarming Iranian speedboats assaulted a replica of a U.S. aircraft carrier Wednesday during large-scale naval drills near the strategically vital entrance of the Persian Gulf. More »

  • Iran stages military exercises in Strait of Hormuz
    Iran stages military exercises in Strait of Hormuz Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Iran's Revolutionary Guards began naval exercises Wednesday in the Strait of Hormuz, just a few hundred kilometres away from western vessels engaged in the fight against the Islamic State group. More »