The challenge for the Asian Football Confederation presidency is down to two candidates.
Mohamed Khalfan Al Romaithi, the chairman of the United Arab Emirates General Authority for Sports,...
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways said Thursday it lost $1.28 billion in 2018, the third-straight year the government-owned long-haul carrier has lost over a billion...
Karen Pence, wife of US vice president, visits the UAE
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Karen Pence, the wife of Vice President Mike Pence, is in the United Arab Emirates for the Special Olympics.
LONDON (AP) — A look at the stadiums in five countries in the Persian Gulf that FIFA identifies as possible venues if the 2022 World Cup is expanded to 48 teams and additional venues outside Qatar...
Asian Cup host UAE fined $150K for fans targeting Qatar
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Asian Cup host United Arab Emirates was fined $150,000 on Monday for fan misconduct during the team's semifinal loss to eventual champion Qatar.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Mario Mola began his bid for a fourth successive world triathlon championship in style when he won the series opener in Abu Dhabi by three seconds on...
UEFA opens formal investigation into Manchester City
GENEVA (AP) — Manchester City is under formal investigation by UEFA into whether financial monitoring rules were violated, after months of confidential club documents being published in the...
UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules have a seemingly unlikely supporter: the United Arab Emirates government sports chief.
Mohamed Khalfan Al Romaithi says he would back any decision by...
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says his country reserves the right to deploy missiles prohibited by a nuclear arms treaty that the Trump...
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A leading Dubai bank warned on Tuesday that non-oil companies across the United Arab Emirates have cut staff at their sharpest rate in nearly a decade amid an...
Burlington officer to lift torch to Special Olympics
BURLINGTON, Wis. (AP) — Burlington Police Officer Bryan Wangnoss doesn't consider himself much of a "gym rat," but he's been hitting the treadmills lately.
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — The Latest on tensions between India and Pakistan (all times local):
Pakistan's foreign ministry says the world's largest body of Muslim-majority...
US religious freedom envoy: Pakistan has ‘desire to change’
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pakistan has "a desire to change" its ways and be removed from an American blacklist of countries that infringe on religious freedoms, a U.S. special envoy...
Abu Dhabi arms fair opens amid Yemen war criticism
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates' yearslong war in Yemen alongside Saudi Arabia bled into the start of a biennial Abu Dhabi arms fair Sunday, which saw the Emirates sign $1.3 billion in weapons deals.
Etihad restructures plane purchases amid fiscal turbulence
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways said Thursday it has restructured planned airplane purchases from both Airbus and Boeing as the government-owned carrier struggles through serious financial turbulence.
Once making headlines in 2013 for fleet purchases valued at $67 billion, Etihad has seen its strategy of rapidly buying stakes in other airlines to expand its global footprint expose it to major losses.
Trump former inaugural committee chair defends Saudi Arabia
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The man who led President Donald Trump's inaugural committee has said America is in no moral position to criticize Saudi Arabia over the killing of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
UAE to host Pak-Aus ODI series next month
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan will host the five-match ODI series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates next month after Cricket Australia sought more time to assess the security situation in the country.
The PCB was hoping that it could convince Australia to play a few matches of the ODI series in Pakistan, but now they will all be played in Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai from March 22-31.
Pope praises girl who zipped by security to give him letter
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis has praised the courage of a young girl who broke through police barricades in Abu Dhabi to hand-deliver a letter to him.
Francis was being driven around the city's sports stadium in his pope mobile before Mass when the child dashed from the crowd so quickly that police couldn't catch her.
Pope caps visit to Arabian Peninsula with historic Mass
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The soft hymns of "Hallelujah" boomed from speakers Tuesday as Pope Francis celebrated the first papal Mass in the Arabian Peninsula for about 180,000 people, capping a visit to the United Arab Emirates that emphasized the presence of minority Christians in the region and a greater understanding with Islam.
Pope senses ‘good will’ in UAE for Yemen peace process
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis said Tuesday he sensed "good will to bring about a process of peace" in Yemen during his meetings with officials from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia's key ally in the war.
Francis acknowledged that after only two days in Abu Dhabi and discussions with only a few people "it's difficult to offer an opinion." But speaking to reporters en route home, he said: "I found good will to bring about a process of peace" in the conflict.
The Latest: Girl approaches pope as he enters UAE stadium
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' historic visit to the United Arab Emirates (all times local):
Pope Francis received a surprise when a little girl crawled under the barrier at an Abu Dhabi stadium and ran to hand him a piece of paper.
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Jews, evangelicals reach out to Sunni Gulf Arab leaders
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Against the backdrop of the first papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula is an interfaith conference that includes prominent U.S. rabbis and Christian evangelicals, who are seeking stronger recognition of Israel through closer ties with Muslim figures and Arab leaders.
Pope in historic UAE visit urges faith leaders to reject war
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pope Francis urged religious leaders Monday to work together to reject the "miserable crudeness" of war as he opened the first-ever papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula, the birthplace of Islam, with a strong denunciation of violence committed in God's name.
The Latest: Pope, senior Muslim cleric pledge hope for peace
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis's visit to the United Arab Emirates (all times local):
Pope Francis and the grand imam of Egypt's Al-Azhar, the highest seat of learning in Sunni Islam, have signed a statement with their hopes for world peace and human understanding.
The two signed the document Monday night during the pope's visit to the United Arab Emirates. It is the first papal visit ever to the Arabian Peninsula, the birthplace of Islam.
The Latest: Pope on first papal visit to Arabian Peninsula
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The latest on Pope Francis' visit to the United Arab Emirates (all times local):
Pope Francis has been greeted by Abu Dhabi's powerful crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on his arrival to the Arabian Peninsula.
A young boy and girl in traditional Emirati dress handed the pontiff flowers after landing Sunday night. The two leaders then walked past an honor guard, all with traditional Arabic daggers at their waists.
Pope in UAE for historic trip after call for Yemen relief
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pope Francis landed Sunday in Abu Dhabi on the first-ever papal trip to the Arabian Peninsula, where he is seeking to turn a page in Christian-Muslim relations while also ministering to a unique, thriving Catholic community.
Francis earlier Sunday called for the urgent observation of a limited cease-fire in Yemen reached in December and for food and medicine to get to its people, who are suffering the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
Qatari players celebrated on return from Asian Cup victory
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Qatar's footballers have paraded the Asian Cup through the streets of Doha on an open-top bus decorated with a picture of the team on the side.
Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani met the players to toast the 2022 World Cup host nation winning its first major football title by beating Japan 3-1 in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
UAE firm says it bought 3 tons of Venezuela gold
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An investment firm in Abu Dhabi says it has bought some 3 tons of gold from Venezuela amid that country's political turmoil.
Abu Dhabi's Noor Capital posted a statement on its website early Saturday acknowledging the purchase after being called out in a tweet Thursday by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida.
Qatar beats Japan in Asian Cup final for first major title
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Long scorned for a lack of soccer pedigree, Qatar will enter the 2022 World Cup as the champion of Asia.
The Asian Cup was lifted by Qatar for the first time on Friday after a series of victories on the field just as improbable as winning the vote in 2010 that secured the FIFA showpiece for the small, super-rich Gulf nation.
Qatar to play in Asian Cup final after UAE protest dismissed
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar has been cleared to play in Friday's Asian Cup final after a United Arab Emirates protest about possible ineligible players was rejected.
Less than three hours before the final, the Asian Football Confederation published the decision of its disciplinary panel without giving reasons.
Qatar will now play Japan for the title at 6 p.m. local time (1400 GMT) at Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Asian Cup organizers investigate shoe-throwing
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Asian Cup organizers have opened an investigation after soccer fans threw shoes and bottles at Qatar's players during their semifinal victory over the United Arab Emirates.
The stadium in Abu Dhabi was packed with home fans. The UAE has cut economic, diplomatic and travel ties with Qatar, making it difficult for fans of the team to travel to the tournament.
Abu Dhabi TV cameraman killed, reporter wounded in Yemen
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Authorities in Abu Dhabi say a bombing in Yemen has killed a cameraman for the Emirati capital's state television channel and wounded one of its reporters.
The state-run WAM news agency reported Tuesday that Abu Dhabi officials were mourning the death of Ziad al-Sharabi. It says reporter Faisal al-Dhahbani was wounded in the same attack on Monday in Yemen's port city of Mokha, which killed another five civilians.
Emirati banks say their merger brings total assets of $114B
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Three banks in the United Arab Emirates say they will merge into one institution with assets of $114 billion.
Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Union National Bank and Al Hilal Bank made the announcement Tuesday after markets closed in the UAE.
Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank and Union National Bank plan to operate under the name of Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank. Al Hilal Bank will retain its name and operate as a separate Islamic bank within the group.
Osako’s 2 goals send Japan to Asian Cup final
AL AIN, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Japan will play for a record fifth Asian Cup title after reaching the final by defeating Iran 3-0 on Monday.
The host United Arab Emirates and Qatar meet in the other semifinal on Tuesday in Abu Dhabi for a berth in Friday's final.
Forward Yuya Osako did the damage in the second half by scoring the first goals conceded by Iran in the tournament.
Abu Dhabi’s ADNOC inks $5.8B deals with Eni and OMV
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The state-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. says it has signed agreements worth $5.8 billion with Italy's Eni and Austria's OMV for a share in the firm's refining unit and for the creation of a new trading venture.
Qatar, UAE to play politically-charged Asian Cup semifinal
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar and the United Arab Emirates will meet in a politically-charged semifinal at the Asian Cup after they knocked out the two favorites Friday.
Since June 2017, the UAE has been part of a quartet of nations leading an economic and diplomatic boycott of Qatar. The standoff has impacted Qatar's logistics at the Asian Cup in the UAE but not its performances on the field.
AP Interview: UAE sees pope’s visit as way to build bridges
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — As the United Arab Emirates prepares to host Pope Francis in February, the country's minister of tolerance said the first-ever papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula will contribute to building bridges at a time of growing nationalism and insularism around the world.
South Korea, Australia, Japan aiming to improve at Asian Cup
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — South Korea, Japan and defending champion Australia all made it through to the quarterfinals of the Asian Cup knowing there is plenty of room for improvement.
Even with the arrival of Tottenham forward Son Heung-min, South Korea struggled to beat Bahrain 2-1 in the last 16. The 2015 finalists needed an extra-time goal from Kim Jin-su to advance and set up a quarterfinal match against Qatar.
Korea, Japan, Australia aiming to improve at Asian Cup
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — South Korea, Australia and Japan have all made it through to the quarterfinals of the Asian Cup knowing there is much room for improvement as the continental tournament enters its finals stages.
South Korea will face Qatar in Asian Cup quarterfinals
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Tottenham will be without Son Heung-min for a while longer after the midfielder helped South Korea reach the quarterfinals of the Asian Cup.
South Korea, which finished runner-up in 2015, is one of the tournament favorites but needed extra time to beat Bahrain 2-1 in the round of 16 on Tuesday.
It will face Qatar at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Friday after the 2022 World Cup host beat Iraq 1-0.
Lowry resists Sterne’s challenge in Abu Dhabi for 1-shot win
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Shane Lowry made birdie on the last hole to finish off a wire-to-wire victory in the Abu Dhabi Championship.
If only it were that simple.
His three-shot lead to start the final round Saturday was gone in three holes. When he walked off the 11th green with his fourth bogey of the round, Lowry found himself trailing Richard Sterne by four shots with seven holes to play.
Lowry takes 3-shot lead into final round in Abu Dhabi
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Shane Lowry kept up his brilliant scoring on the par-3 holes at the Abu Dhabi Championship in shooting a 5-under 67 in the third round to extend his lead to three strokes on Friday.
For the third straight day, the Irishman made birdie on the each of the short Nos. 7, 12, and 15 holes to strengthen his bid for a first victory in 3 1/2 years. His last win was in 2015 at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational.
Lowry fights to hold Abu Dhabi halfway lead by 1 stroke
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Shane Lowry of Ireland recovered from two early bogeys Thursday by hitting enough good shots for a 2-under 70, giving him a one-shot lead going into the weekend at the Abu Dhabi Championship.
Louis Oosthuizen and Richard Sterne of South Africa each shot 68 and were one shot behind.
Shane Lowry shoots 62 in 1st round, leads in Abu Dhabi
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Irish golfer Shane Lowry is looking to reignite his career after losing his card on the PGA Tour last year.
Beginning 2019 with a 10-under 62 is pretty much the ideal way to start.
Lowry rolled in 10 birdies and did not drop a shot in the first round of the Abu Dhabi Championship on Wednesday, giving him a three-stroke lead in the European Tour's opening event of the year.
Saudi energy minister concerned about oil price volatility
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's energy minister said Sunday that major oil producers need to do better to narrow swings in prices that dip below $60 a barrel and rise above $86.
"I think what we need to do is narrow the range ... of volatility," Khalid al-Falih said.
"We need to do better and the more producers that work with us, the better we're able" to do so, he told the Atlantic Council's Global Energy Forum in Abu Dhabi.
Pompeo says US diplomats’ morale ‘good’ despite shutdown
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — American diplomats are upbeat despite the government shutdown that has left many of them working without pay, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday.
Pompeo confident of US deal with Turkey to protect Kurds
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Despite Turkey's vows to the contrary, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday he was confident the two nations can agree on a way to protect U.S.-allied Kurdish rebels in Syria after American troops withdraw from the country.