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Top UN woman urges Muslims: Move Taliban into 21st century

Jan. 25, 2023 21:59 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The highest-ranking woman at the United Nations said Wednesday she used everything in her “toolbox” during meetings with Taliban ministers to try to reverse their crackdown on Afghan women and girls, and she urged Muslim countries to help the Taliban move from the...

LIV to stage 3 events on Trump sites; ranking decision looms

Jan. 23, 2023 18:57 PM EST

The second year of Saudi-funded LIV Golf will be going to three courses owned by former President Donald Trump as part of a 14-event schedule in 2023, according to a report from SI.com. The report said LIV Golf announced its schedule, although the LIV website only said that a full...

Ronaldo makes Saudi league debut for Al Nassr, doesn't score

Jan. 22, 2023 18:27 PM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo failed to score in his Saudi Pro League debut for Al Nassr, but his presence electrified fans at King Saud University Stadium as the team beat Ettifaq 1-0 to retake first place on Sunday. Talisca headed the winner in the 31st minute...

Deadly stampede could affect Iraq's World Cup hopes

Jan. 19, 2023 19:31 PM EST

Iraq won the Gulf Cup for the first time since 1988 with a 3-2 victory over Oman on Thursday but the triumph was marred by a deadly stampede outside the Basra International Stadium. The disaster could have repercussions for the country’s 2026 World Cup hopes. As fans...

LIV Golf announces TV partnership with The CW network

Jan. 19, 2023 14:19 PM EST

Saudi-funded LIV Golf has a television partner five weeks before the start of its second season, announcing Thursday it has an agreement with The CW to air tournaments on the weekend and stream the first rounds on The CW's app. A U.S. television deal was seen as critical for the...

Yemen rebels, Saudis in back-channel talks to maintain truce

Jan. 17, 2023 08:13 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Amid Yemen’s longest-ever pause in fighting — more than nine months — Saudi Arabia and its rival, the Iran-backed Houthi rebels, have revived back-channel talks, according to Yemeni, Saudi and U.N. officials. The two sides hope to strengthen the informal cease-fire and lay out...

UN envoy encouraged by intensified efforts to end Yemen war

Jan. 16, 2023 12:40 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Yemen said Monday he is encouraged by intensified regional and international diplomatic activity to end the country’s eight-year conflict. He urged the warring parties to work toward “a shared vision” with concrete steps to restore peace to...

Saudi Arabia: Hajj pilgrimage returning to pre-COVID levels

Jan. 10, 2023 00:40 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Islam's annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia will return to pre-pandemic levels this year after restrictions saw the annual religious commemoration curtailed over concerns about the coronavirus, authorities say. The hajj, required of all...

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...

Can Ronaldo keep the eyes of the world on him in Saudi?

Jan. 04, 2023 11:05 AM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo’s latest coach spoke of his surprise as he looked out at a room filled with reporters on Tuesday. “Normally after the game there is three or four journalists. Today, I don’t know why…” Al Nassr head coach Rudi Garcia said at...