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Egypt frees Al-Jazeera journalist detained since 2016

May. 23, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has ordered the release of Al-Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein, detained since 2016 on allegations of spreading false news and defaming Egypt's reputation. Hussein, an Egyptian journalist working for the Qatar-based satellite network, was detained at the Cairo airport in...

PSG president targeted by French corruption probe

May. 23, 2019 7:42 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has been placed under investigation for corruption as part of an inquiry into the bidding process for the 2017 and 2019 track world championships, a judicial official said Thursday. The official told The Associated Press the preliminary charge...

Supreme leader criticizes Iran's politicians amid US tension

May. 22, 2019 10:34 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader publicly chastised the country's moderate president and foreign minister Wednesday, saying he disagreed with the implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal they had negotiated with world powers. The extraordinary comments by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the first time he's...

BeIN media group CEO charged in corruption probe in France

May. 22, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The chief executive officer of media group beIN was handed preliminary charges of corruption as part of an investigation into the bidding process for the 2017 and 2019 track world championships, a judicial official said Wednesday. The official said Yousef Al-Obaidly was indicted on March 28...

FIFA keeps 32 teams for 2022 World Cup, scrapping expansion

May. 22, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

FIFA scrapped plans to expand the 2022 Qatar World Cup to 48 nations, deciding Wednesday to stick with 32 countries due to the political and logistical complexities of using another Persian Gulf nation. FIFA President Gianni Infantino's hopes of expanding the Middle East's first World Cup in the region were...

Ayo Akinola to miss U20 World Cup, replaced by Julian Araujo

May. 22, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Toronto forward Ayo Akinola will miss the Under-20 World Cup because of an ankle injury and has been replaced on the U.S. roster by LA Galaxy defender Julian Araujo. Araujo has played in five games for the Galaxy this season. His addition to the roster was announced Wednesday by the U.S....

Israel expands Gaza fishing zone, implementing cease-fire

May. 21, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel says it is expanding the permitted fishing zone off Gaza's coast, the latest sign that a cease-fire deal with Palestinian militants is moving forward. COGAT, the Israeli defense body responsible for Palestinian civilian affairs, said Tuesday that it had expanded the fishing zone to...

Semenya to race in 3,000 in wake of new testosterone limits

May. 20, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Caster Semenya will compete in the 3,000 meters at the Prefontaine Classic next month, a distance that doesn't fall under track and field's new rules for testosterone limits. The two-time Olympic 800-meter champion from South Africa said after her 800 win at the Doha Diamond League...

US: Iran military could misidentify airliners amid tension

May. 18, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Commercial airliners flying over the Persian Gulf risk being targeted by "miscalculation or misidentification" from the Iranian military amid heightened tensions between the Islamic Republic and the U.S., American diplomats warned Saturday, even as both Washington and...

Qatari referee will work CONCACAF Gold Cup

May. 17, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — One of the 16 referees for this year's CONCACAF Gold Cup will be from Qatar, host of the 2022 World Cup. The Confederation of North and Central American and Caribbean Association Football said Friday this is part of an agreement in which CONCACAF officials worked at this year's Asian Cup in...