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Saudi sports minister says 2034 World Cup could be hosted in summer or winter despite desert heat

Dec. 08, 2023 11:24 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Saudi Arabia is looking into the possibility of hosting the 2034 men's World Cup during the traditional months of June-July despite daily temperatures above 100 degrees F (38 C), according to the desert kingdom's sports minister. In a rare interview since FIFA...

Putin continues his blitz round of Mideast diplomacy by hosting the Iranian president

Dec. 07, 2023 10:59 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted Iran’s president Thursday as part of a blitz round of Middle East diplomacy that also included visits to United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia in efforts to raise Moscow’s profile as a power broker in the region. Putin has...

Russia's Putin is visiting the UAE and Saudi Arabia, seeking to bolster Moscow's Mideast clout

Dec. 06, 2023 17:02 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia on Wednesday in a lightning tour intended to raise Moscow's profile as a Middle East power broker, even as his war in Ukraine grinds on. Putin landed in Abu Dhabi,...

UN food agency stops deliveries to millions in Yemen areas controlled by Houthi rebels

Dec. 05, 2023 18:42 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations food agency said Tuesday it is stopping food distribution in areas of war-torn Yemen controlled by the Houthi rebels, a move that will impact millions of people. The World Food Program said the “pause” was driven by limited funding and...

Putin plans to visit UAE and Saudi Arabia this week, according to Russian media reports

Dec. 04, 2023 17:04 PM EST

President Vladimir Putin plans to visit the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia this week, Russian media outlets reported Monday. Putin will travel to the two countries for a working visit, during which he will meet the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, Russian state news...

China presents UN with vague Mideast peace plan as US promotes its own role in easing the Gaza war

Nov. 29, 2023 13:22 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — China on Wednesday presented the United Nations Security Council with a four-point plan for Middle East peace in a demonstration of its ambitions to be a global superpower. But the plan was short on details, and the United States quickly reminded the council of its attempts...

Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh chosen to host the 2030 World Expo

Nov. 29, 2023 01:19 AM EST

ISSY-LES-MOULINEAUX, France (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh was chosen Tuesday to host the 2030 World Expo following its bid that focused on shaping a prosperous and sustainable future, beating out Rome and the South Korean port city of Busan for an event expected to draw millions of...

Today in History: November 20, Future Queen Elizabeth marries Prince Philip

Nov. 20, 2023 00:12 AM EST

Today in History Today is Monday, Nov. 20, the 324th day of 2023. There are 41 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 20, 1947, Britain’s future queen, Princess Elizabeth, married Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at...

John Oliver's 'Last Week Tonight' censored by UAE broadcaster over references to Khashoggi's killing

Nov. 03, 2023 09:13 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Dubai-based television network broadcasting across the Middle East cut substantial portions of an episode of the satiric news program “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” over references to Saudi Arabia's crown prince being implicated in the 2018 killing...

2034 World Cup would bring together FIFA's president and Saudi Arabia's Prince Mohammed

Nov. 02, 2023 11:43 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The near certainty that Saudi Arabia will host the 2034 men's World Cup unites two of the most influential men in world sports: the leader of soccer's governing body and the kingdom's crown prince. Under its President Gianni Infantino, FIFA has become increasingly...