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'Simplicity is genius': Joshua boxes smart to reclaim titles

Dec. 7, 2019 7:28 PM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Anthony Joshua jumped up and down in the ring with his massive entourage, celebrating being around $70 million richer and having three world heavyweight belts back in his possession. For the British boxing superstar, it was well worth this controversial trip to Saudi Arabia. In...

Anthony Joshua beats Andy Ruiz Jr. on points in Saudi Arabia to reclaim world heavyweight titles

Dec. 7, 2019 5:11 PM EST
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Anthony Joshua beats Andy Ruiz Jr. on points in Saudi Arabia to reclaim world heavyweight titles.

‘Sportswashing’ fears dog Ruiz-Joshua fight in Saudi Arabia

Dec. 6, 2019 3:25 PM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — In one part of Riyadh, two of the world’s most high-profile boxers squared off at a weigh-in outside a 5-star hotel ahead of the first heavyweight title fight to take place in the Middle East. Across town, American rappers Akon and Chris Brown were about to headline a...

Ruiz even heavier for his heavyweight rematch with Joshua

Dec. 6, 2019 12:18 PM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — World heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. will be nearly 50 pounds heavier than Anthony Joshua for their title rematch on Saturday in Saudi Arabia. Ruiz weighed in at 283 pounds (128 kilograms) on Friday — about 15½ pounds (7 kilograms) more than he was for the first...

OPEC countries, Russia to cut oil output, pushing up prices

Dec. 6, 2019 10:47 AM EST

The OPEC oil-producing countries and ally Russia said Friday they have agreed to cut crude production, prompting a surge in global crude prices that they hope to sustain into next year. The group decided to cut output by an extra 500,000 barrels a day as they try to support the price of energy and bolster their...

Lebanese PM asks friendly nations for credit amid crisis

Dec. 6, 2019 8:57 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's outgoing prime minister called on several Arab and world leaders Friday to help his country secure credit lines for imports from friendly nations as the tiny Mediterranean country passes through its worst economic and financial crisis in decades. According to a statement released by...

US considers sending several thousand more troops to Mideast

Dec. 5, 2019 9:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is considering sending several thousand additional troops to the Middle East to help deter Iranian aggression, amid reports of escalating violence in Iran and continued meddling by Tehran in Iraq, Syria and other parts of the region. John Rood, defense undersecretary for...

OPEC talks end without announcement of expected cuts

Dec. 5, 2019 5:59 PM EST

VIENNA (AP) — The countries that make up the OPEC oil-producing cartel ended talks late Thursday without an announcement on possible deep cuts to production that would support the price of fuel around the world. An OPEC spokesman told waiting journalists at 10 p.m. (2100 GMT) that an expected news...

Saudi Aramco plans $25.6B share sale in biggest ever IPO

Dec. 5, 2019 4:08 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil company Aramco on Thursday set a share price for its IPO — expected to be the biggest ever — that puts the value of the company at $1.7 trillion, more than Apple or Microsoft. The company said it will sell its shares at 32...

New dawn for boxing as Ruiz, Joshua set for Saudi rematch

Dec. 5, 2019 8:01 AM EST

The thick, sparkling ring on his right hand and the diamond-studded watch around his left wrist were indications of just how much life has changed for Andy Ruiz Jr. since he became world heavyweight champion. It was another part of his attire that really stood out, however, when the portly Mexican came face to...