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Bruised Ronaldo scores twice to edge showdown with Messi

Jan. 19, 2023 16:55 PM EST

Grimacing in pain from his bruised cheekbone, Cristiano Ronaldo steadied himself before scoring from the penalty spot for his first goal in Saudi Arabia against a Paris Saint-Germain team featuring old foe Lionel Messi. Messi had already scored early in Thursday's exhibition game...

Top Iran diplomat says talks with Saudis could restore ties

Jan. 13, 2023 10:25 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Talks between regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia are continuing and could eventually restore diplomatic relations that were severed years ago, Iran’s foreign minister said Friday. Hossein Amirabdollahian told reporters in Beirut that he met with Saudi Foreign...

Cristiano Ronaldo experiences surreal start in Saudi Arabia

Jan. 06, 2023 12:13 PM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The palm trees lining the desert roads leading out of Riyadh’s King Khalid International Airport were wet with rain drops when Cristiano Ronaldo arrived this week in Saudi Arabia’s capital city. The surprising weather greeted the soccer great’s...

Ronaldo rejected offers elsewhere for top salary Saudi deal

Jan. 03, 2023 16:53 PM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo was presented as the superstar new signing of Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr on Tuesday, with the team’s president saying the Portugal great deserves to be the highest paid player on the planet. Ronaldo said he turned down “many...

Explosion in northern Iraq kills two soldiers, injures three

Dec. 22, 2022 03:21 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Two soldiers were killed and three were injured in an explosion in northern Iraq, Iraqi state news said Thursday. The soldiers were traveling in an army vehicle a day earlier in the Makhmour district when an explosive device detonated, the state Iraqi News Agency...

Official: 8 killed in attack by gunmen on an Iraqi village

Dec. 19, 2022 17:16 PM EST

Eight people were killed and three injured Monday in an attack by gunmen on an Iraqi village previously held by the Islamic State extremist group, officials said. The attack took place in the village of Albu Bali northwest of Fallujah in Iraq. Uday al-Khadran,...

Iraq officials: Explosion in northern Iraq kills 9 policemen

Dec. 18, 2022 09:47 AM EST

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — An explosive device went off in northern Iraq on Sunday, killing at least nine members of the Iraqi federal police force who were on patrol, Iraqi security officials said. Among the fatalities was an officer with the rank of major, according to a tweet from a...

China's Xi vows to buy more Mideast oil as US focus wanes

Dec. 09, 2022 11:45 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Chinese leader Xi Jinping vowed on Friday to import more oil and natural gas from energy-rich Gulf Arab states while not interfering in their affairs, likely seeking to cast Beijing in a more favorable light than Washington as America's attention in the region...

China's Xi at Saudi palace to meet royals on Mideast trip

Dec. 09, 2022 00:48 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Chinese leader Xi Jinping met on Thursday with Saudi Arabia's king and crown prince while on a visit to the kingdom, solidifying ties with a region crucial to his country's energy supplies as sanctions intensify on Russia over its war on Ukraine. ...

China's Xi visits Saudi Arabia to cement Gulf Arab ties

Dec. 07, 2022 10:12 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Chinese leader Xi Jinping arrived in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to attend meetings with oil-rich Gulf Arab nations crucial to his country's energy supplies as Beijing tries to revive an economy battered by its strict coronavirus measures. Saudi...