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Top lawmaker suspended amid lobbying scandal at EU assembly

Dec. 09, 2022 18:39 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — A vice president of the European Union’s parliament was suspended Friday by her party group after Belgian police carried out several raids linked to an investigation into suspected influence peddling at the EU assembly by a Gulf state. The center-left Socialists...

Germany players cover mouths at World Cup in FIFA protest

Nov. 23, 2022 16:31 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Germany's players covered their mouths for the team photo before their opening World Cup match on Wednesday to protest against FIFA following the governing body's clampdown on the “One Love” armband. The Germany team lined up in the traditional formation...

Belgium politician wears 'One Love' armband at World Cup

Nov. 23, 2022 15:50 PM EST

AL RAYYAN, Qatar (AP) — Belgium’s foreign minister wore a “One Love” armband when she met with FIFA president Gianni Infantino at her country’s World Cup match against Canada on Wednesday. Hadja Lahbib was pictured wearing the colorful armband — regarded as a symbol for...

Infantino scolds World Cup critics in extraordinary diatribe

Nov. 19, 2022 09:04 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Gianni Infantino said he feels gay. That he feels like a woman. That he feels like a migrant worker. He lectured Europeans for criticizing Qatar’s human rights record and defended the host country’s last-minute decision to ban beer from World Cup stadiums. ...

Israel urges soccer fans going to Qatar to keep low profile

Nov. 16, 2022 13:03 PM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel is urging its citizens traveling to the FIFA World Cup this week to be less visibly Israeli. The unprecedented influx of thousands of Israeli fans descending on Doha for the first World Cup in the Middle East has raised fears of an embarrassing...

Documents show big foreign gov't spending at Trump hotel

Nov. 15, 2022 14:20 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump hotel in Washington took in more than $750,000 from six foreign governments at sensitive moments in their U.S. relations, with guests spending as much as $10,000 per room a night, according to documents from the Trump family company's former accountants released Monday...

Israelis, Palestinians can fly on same flights to World Cup

Nov. 10, 2022 15:30 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Soccer fans from Israel and the Palestinian territories will be able to fly directly to the FIFA World Cup in Qatar from Tel Aviv for the first time, soccer’s global governing body announced Thursday. The development is a breakthrough agreement for Israel and Qatar — two...

Some LGBTQ fans skip Qatar World Cup, fearing hostility

Nov. 09, 2022 07:07 AM EST

At first, Saskia Niño de Rivera was excited about going to Qatar for a World Cup that would mark a significant professional event for her partner, a sports agent for Mexico soccer players. She even contemplated privately proposing there during a game, and posting photos once they left the country....

World Cup ambassador from Qatar denounces homosexuality

Nov. 08, 2022 20:18 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — An ambassador for the World Cup in Qatar has described homosexuality as a “damage in the mind” in an interview with German public broadcaster ZDF only two weeks before the opening of the soccer tournament in the Gulf state, highlighting concerns about the conservative...

Qatar details World Cup preparedness for health emergencies

Nov. 02, 2022 16:20 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — After a fatal crowd crush in South Korea and deaths at a soccer game in Indonesia, Qatar’s readiness for a health emergency at the World Cup was detailed Wednesday. Public health experts in Qatar explained — in an online briefing hosted by the Geneva-based World...