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FILE - This is a Thursday, Feb 25, 2015 file photo, Hassan Al Thawadi, head of the Qatar 2022 World Cup organizing committee speaks during a press conference, in Doha.  Organizers of the 2022 World Cup have become the latest Qatari state entity to make staff redundant. The World Cup organizing committee secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi recently spoke Monday July 6, 2020, of his concerns about the looming global recession, without directly citing the coronavirus pandemic.(AP Photo/Osama Faisal, File)

2022 Qatar World Cup cuts jobs after 'efficiency exercise'

Jul. 6, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

Organizers of the 2022 World Cup have become the latest Qatari state entity to make staff redundant. The World Cup organizing committee did not directly cite the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic in a statement announcing the job losses. But secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi recently spoke of his...

FILE - In this March 9, 2020 file photo, Washington's peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, attends Ashraf Ghani's inauguration ceremony at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. According to a statement released Thursday, July 2, 2020, by the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Khalilzad told Pakistani officials that Afghanistan’s Taliban and Kabul’s political leaders were close to starting negotiations to decide the face of a post-war Afghanistan, a crucial next step in a U.S. deal signed with the Taliban in February. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

US envoy forges ahead with troubled Taliban peace deal

Jul. 4, 2020 9:20 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Washington's envoy to Afghanistan on Saturday emphasized the economic benefits of the peace deal with the Taliban, forging ahead with an agreement that has run into new political obstacles in the U.S. and the region. Zalmay Khalilzad was wrapping up a week-long trip that included stops in...

FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2019, file photo, Christian Coleman, of the United States, poses after winning the men's 100 meter race during the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar. Reigning world champion Coleman insists a simple phone call from drug testers while he was out Christmas shopping could’ve prevented the latest misunderstanding about his whereabouts, one he fears could lead to a suspension. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

World's fastest man suspended for missing doping tests

Jun. 17, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

The likelihood that the world’s fastest man, Christian Coleman, might miss the Olympics next summer increased Wednesday when he received a provisional suspension for failing to be home when drug testers showed up last year. Coleman, the reigning world champion at 100 meters, said his latest flare-up with...

People wearing protective gear disinfect as a precaution against the new coronavirus at a wedding hall in Suwon, South Korea, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. (Kim Jong-taik/Newsis via AP)

The Latest: UN body calls for action on debt amid pandemic

Jun. 2, 2020 10:33 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. ___ UNITED NATIONS — The president of the U.N. Economic and Social Council is calling...

Greek Minister of Tourism, Harry Theoharis speaks during an interview with the Associated Press at his office in Athens, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Greece is ready to welcome tourists from all over the world this summer _ but the country will be adhering to the advice of health experts to ensure it remains a safe destination in terms of the risk of coronavirus spread, the country's tourism minister said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Greek tourism minister says all foreign visitors welcome

Jun. 2, 2020 12:50 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece is preparing to admit tourists from all over the world this summer but will be adhering to the advice of health experts to ensure it remains a safe destination in terms of coronavirus exposure, the country’s tourism minister said Tuesday. “Every tourist is...

FILE - In this Feb. 29, 2020 file photo, U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, left, and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban group's top political leader shake hands after signing a peace agreement between Taliban and U.S. officials in Doha, Qatar. An Afghan official said Thursday, May 14, 2020, that a suicide attack in eastern Afghanistan targeted a military compound but was detonated before it reached the compound killing several civilians and wounding tens of others. The Taliban took responsibility for the bombing calling it retaliation for statements Tuesday by President Ashraf Ghani blaming Taliban for a brutal attack on a maternity hospital that killed tens of people, an attack that the Taliban were quick to condemn. (AP Photo/Hussein Sayed, File)

UN report: Afghan Taliban still maintain ties with al-Qaida

Jun. 2, 2020 8:05 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban in Afghanistan still maintain close ties with the al-Qaida terror network, despite signing a peace deal with the United States in which they committed to fight militant groups, a U.N. report released on Tuesday said. The insurgents promptly slammed the report as...

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2019 file photo, Republican Conference chair Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., speaks with reporters at the Capitol in Washington. The United States is on track to withdraw several thousand troops from Afghanistan as agreed in February, even as violence flares and the Taliban and the Afghan government have failed to start peace talks. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

US on track to pull troops from Afghanistan despite turmoil

May. 15, 2020 11:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is on track to meet its commitment to the Taliban to withdraw several thousand troops from Afghanistan by summer, even as violence flares, the peace process is stalled, and Kabul struggles in political deadlock. U.S. officials say they will reduce to 8,600 troops by July...