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Russian FM in Pakistan, Afghan talks to dominate agenda

Apr. 06, 2021 14:19 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Russia’s foreign minister arrived Tuesday in Pakistan for a two-day visit expected to focus on efforts to bring peace to neighboring Afghanistan. Sergey Lavrov's visit comes as a May 1 deadline for U.S. troops to leave Afghanistan in line with a deal...

Afghan officials say gunmen kill policewoman on way to work

Apr. 01, 2021 07:04 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Attackers gunned down a policewoman on Thursday in eastern Afghanistan as she was headed to work, provincial officials said, the latest targeted killing in the war-torn country. Provincial police spokesman Fared Khan said the officer shot in...

Europe top teams win WCup qualifiers as Swiss move goalposts

Mar. 28, 2021 18:47 PM EDT

World Cup qualifying in Europe took a quirky turn when the goalposts were removed before a match between Switzerland and Lithuania because they were deemed the incorrect size. It was one of the few things that didn’t go to script on Sunday. All of...

UN envoy: Attacks must end for Afghan peace talks to succeed

Mar. 23, 2021 20:20 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Afghanistan warned Tuesday that peace talks won’t succeed unless escalating violence stops, and urged any peace agreement to reflect that half the population today was born after the 2001 defeat of the Taliban and saw women rise to...

EXPLAINER: Qatar prepares for World Cup amid rights concerns

Mar. 23, 2021 20:18 PM EDT

As European teams set out on their paths to the 2022 World Cup, scrutiny of Qatar is far from subsiding. Criticism is intensifying as teams come under pressure from activists and fans to register disapproval of discriminatory laws and conditions for the migrant workers...

Column: Golf fortunes change quickly for Antoine Rozner

Mar. 23, 2021 16:34 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — For a sport known for its glacial pace, fortunes can change quickly in golf. Antoine Rozner is the latest example. Two weeks ago, Rozner was No. 99 in the world and tied for the lead in the Qatar Masters when the 28-year-old...

Afghan president appoints 2 ministers, angers ruling partner

Mar. 20, 2021 11:31 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has made two key Cabinet changes, a move condemned on Saturday as “unacceptable” by his powerful governing partner, Abdullah Abdullah, at a time when the U.S. is ratcheting up the pressure to reach a peace agreement with the...

Israel and UAE rugby teams face off in 1st after new ties

Mar. 19, 2021 16:08 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In the Middle East, where sport and diplomacy are closely intertwined, political passions can spill over onto the playing field. With the Palestinian cause the core issue uniting Arabs across the region for decades, Israeli players...

Revenue on track, reserves down in FIFA virus-era accounts

Mar. 19, 2021 15:08 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — FIFA expects to hit its four-year revenue target of $6.44 billion up to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar despite the coronavirus pandemic. Total spending of $1.04 billion in 2020 included $270 million in grants to soccer bodies worldwide as part of a COVID-19...

Watchdog: Mideast arms imports grew by a quarter in a decade

Mar. 18, 2021 11:23 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Arms imports to the Middle East rose by a quarter in the decade to 2020 even though arms sales globally remained stable over the same period, a Swedish watchdog said Monday. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, or SIPRI, said the Middle...