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French and Lebanese firemen search in the rubble of a building after the Tuesday explosion at the seaport of Beirut, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Lebanese officials targeted in the investigation of the massive blast that tore through Beirut sought to shift blame for the presence of explosives at the city's port, and the visiting French president warned that without serious reforms the country would

US aid begins flowing to Lebanon in wake of deadly explosion

Aug. 6, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Thursday began delivering aid to Lebanon in the aftermath of a massive deadly explosion, amid longstanding concerns about how officials can ensure that supplies get to those in need, and not to the Iranian-backed Hezbollah. The first C-17 transport aircraft with 11...

This satellite image taken on Wednesday Aug. 5, 2020 shows the port of Beirut and the surrounding area in Lebanon following a massive explosion on Tuesday. Residents of Beirut confronted a scene of utter devastation a day after a massive explosion at the port rippled across the Lebanese capital, killing at least 100 people, wounding thousands and leaving entire city blocks blanketed with glass and rubble. (Planet Labs Inc. via AP)

The Latest: Australia pledges $1.4M for Beirut relief effort

Aug. 5, 2020 11:13 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 6 a.m. Thursday The Australian government has pledged an initial 2 million Australian dollars ($1.4 million) to the relief effort in Lebanon following the deadly blast that ripped across the capital Beirut. Prime Minister Scott...

Players warm up before the English Premier League soccer match between Newcastle and Liverpool at St. James' Park in Newcastle, England, Sunday, July 26, 2020. (Laurence Griffiths, Pool via AP)

Saudis' Newcastle bid ends after piracy, human rights issues

Jul. 30, 2020 11:42 AM EDT

Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund withdrew its bid to buy English Premier League club Newcastle on Thursday after the process was stalled by concerns about piracy by the kingdom and human rights complaints. The league has spent four months considering whether to approve the 300 million pound ($392...

FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, spectators stadium seats are reflected on the class of the VIP launch of the Al Bayt Stadium, one of the 2022 World Cup stadiums, in Al Khor, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Doha, Qatar.  The gas-rich Persian Gulf nation Monday July 27, 2020, Qatar has expressed an interest in hosting the world’s biggest sporting events, the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, in a letter to the International Olympic Committee. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, FILE)

Qatar interested in bidding for 2032 Olympics, Paralympics

Jul. 27, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

Qatar is keen on on hosting the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The gas-rich Persian Gulf nation has expressed an interest in hosting the world's biggest sporting events in a letter to the International Olympic Committee. Qatar is turning its focus to bringing the Summer Games to the Middle East for the first...

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2018 file photo, Brian Hook, U.S. special representative for Iran, speaks at the Iranian Materiel Display at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington. The U.S. continues to push for an end of the four-nation boycott of Qatar, even after the hospitalization of Kuwait's ruling emir who led talks to resolve the yearslong dispute, Hook told journalists Sunday, July 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

US diplomat says America keeps pushing to end Qatar crisis

Jul. 26, 2020 10:11 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. continues to push for an end of the four-nation boycott of Qatar, even after the hospitalization of Kuwait's ruling emir who led talks to resolve the yearslong dispute, a U.S. diplomat said Sunday. U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook acknowledged the...

FILE - In this file photo dated Monday, May 20, 2019, Qatar's Al-Sadd player Xavi Hernandez, former Barcelona and Spain midfielder, during an AFC Champions League match at the Azadi stadium in Tehran, Iran.  40-year old Xavi Hernandez has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, according to an announcement Saturday July 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, FILE)

Spain and Barcelona great Xavi tests positive for COVID-19

Jul. 25, 2020 8:47 AM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Former Spain and Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez has tested positive for the coronavirus. The 40-year-old Xavi, now the coach of Qatari club Al-Sadd, said Saturday that he was tested according to the Qatar league protocol and that the latest test showed he had contracted COVID-19....

In this Friday, May 10, 2019 FILE photo, Swiss Federal Attorney Michael Lauber watches during a media conference at the Media Centre of the Federal Parliament in Bern, Switzerland. According to media reports, Lauber offered his resignation on 24 July 2020 amid impeachment proceedings over his handling of the FIFA corruption probe. (Peter Klaunzer/Keystone via AP)

Swiss attorney general offers to resign in FIFA case fallout

Jul. 24, 2020 10:42 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss attorney general Michael Lauber offered to resign Friday minutes before a federal court upheld allegations he lied about a meeting he had with FIFA president Gianni Infantino during a sprawling investigation into soccer corruption. Lauber offered his resignation to the parliamentary...

FILE - In this March 31, 2019 file photo, Kuwait's ruling emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, attends the opening of the 30th Arab Summit, in Tunis, Tunisia. Kuwait said its 91-year-old ruling emir, who recently underwent surgery, will travel to the U.S. on Thursday for further medical care. That’s according to a report late Wednesday, July 22, 2020, by the state-run KUNA news agency. Sheikh Sabah’s sudden surgery could inspire a renewed power struggle within Kuwait’s ruling family. (Fethi Belaid/Pool Photo via AP, File)

US flies Kuwait emir, 91, to Minnesota after surgery at home

Jul. 23, 2020 2:35 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kuwait's 91-year-old ruling emir landed on Thursday in the United States after being flown across the world in a U.S. Air Force C-17 flying hospital, and just days after undergoing an unspecified surgery at home. The dramatic airlift reflected the close ties between the...

FILE - In this May 14, 2019 file photo, two people take in the sea breeze at the Corniche waterfront promenade in Doha, Qatar. The small, neighboring sheikhdoms of Bahrain and Qatar have the world’s highest per capita rates of coronavirus infections in the world. In the two Mideast countries, COVID-19 epidemics initially swept undetected through camps housing healthy and young foreign laborers. In Qatar, a new study found that nearly 60% of those testing positive showed no symptoms at all. In Bahrain, authorities put the number of asymptomatic spreaders of the virus even higher, at 68%. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

2 Mideast countries have highest confirmed virus rates

Jul. 23, 2020 11:21 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The small, neighboring sheikhdoms of Bahrain and Qatar appear to have among world's highest per capita rates of confirmed coronavirus infections, a result of extensive testing and rapid, undetected spread through camps housing healthy and young foreign laborers, studies...

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2019 file photo, a Qatar Airways jet approaches Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia. Long-haul carrier Qatar Airways said Wednesday, July 22, 2020, it launched international arbitration seeking at least $5 billion from four boycotting Arab countries for blocking its flights from their airspace and their markets, years into a simmering political dispute between the nations. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Qatar Airways sues, seeks $5B from boycotting countries

Jul. 22, 2020 7:17 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Long-haul carrier Qatar Airways said Wednesday it launched international arbitration seeking at least $5 billion from four boycotting Arab countries for blocking its flights from their airspace and their markets, years into a simmering political dispute between the...