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UN labor body: Qatar pledges to end 'kafala' employment laws

Oct. 16, 2019 10:02 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The energy-rich nation of Qatar is pledging to fully eliminate a labor system that ties foreign workers to their employer and requires them to have their company's permission to leave the country. That's according to the United Nations' International Labor Organization,...

Olympic marathons set to move out of Tokyo to cooler north

Oct. 16, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Amid concern about the expected searing heat in Tokyo, the IOC wants to move the 2020 Olympic marathons 800 kilometers (500 miles) north to find cooler and safer race conditions. The International Olympic Committee detailed a new plan Wednesday to stage the marathons and race walking events...

The Latest: Turkey says troops captured Syrian border town

Oct. 12, 2019 9:30 PM EDT

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's military offensive into northeastern Syria against Syrian Kurdish fighters (all times local): 11:25 p.m. France is halting exports of any arms to Turkey that could be used in its offensive against Kurds in Syria, and wants an immediate meeting of the U.S.-led...

Taliban welcome Trump's call to bring US troops home

Oct. 11, 2019 8:34 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Taliban spokesman is apparently carefully following President Donald Trump's comments even though the U.S. leader declared last month that the talks between an American peace envoy and the insurgents were "dead." Suhail Shaheen, the spokesman of the Taliban political office in...

Qatar's World Cup challenge magnified by track worlds issues

Oct. 8, 2019 12:38 PM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — By day, Juma Marzouq approves Qatar's masterplans for the vast stadium infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup. By night, Marzouq goes into fan mode, tackling the challenge of filling soccer arenas in this tiny nation. Marzouq has seen encouraging signs since Qatar's breakthrough on the...

Next up, Tokyo: Track leaves Qatar still looking for a star

Oct. 7, 2019 7:39 AM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — If the goal of this year's track and field world championships was to find a fresh face, a vibrant personality, a one-of-a-kind talent to replace the mile-wide void left by Usain Bolt's absence, then consider it still a work in progress. The 10-day run in the desert had its moments...

Peters wins javelin for 2nd-ever world gold for Grenada

Oct. 6, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — As a kid, Grenadian javelin thrower Anderson Peters would hurl sticks at mangoes and apples to get them to fall to the ground. He had the best arm of all his friends. He showed it off on an even bigger stage. Peters won the javelin throw Sunday night for his country's second-ever gold...

Mommy's medal: Mother of 2 closes worlds with hurdles title

Oct. 6, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — It's no big leap to say Nia Ali had her hands full Sunday night — with one kid in her arms, another on her hip and a gold-medal ceremony on her schedule. And that was after the race. The American put an exclamation point on a world championships that any mother could love, adding...

The Latest: US wins men's 4x400, last event of track worlds

Oct. 6, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The Latest on the world track and field championships Sunday (all times local): 9:40 p.m. The United States has won the men's 4x400 relay, the final event of the track and field world championships. A strong second leg from Michael Cherry put the U.S. into a clear lead, before Rai...

Hanging on: US sets past aside, wins men's 4x100 gold medal

Oct. 6, 2019 6:21 AM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Noah Lyles let out a huge scream and kept right on running — through the finish line and straight toward his teammate, Christian Coleman. After a quick hug, Lyles stuck the baton out and Coleman grabbed hold, too. Nobody was letting it go. Motivated by a team meeting in the...