Son calls for patience as Koreans turn to youth for 2022
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The pressure is on in Asia as attention turns to qualification for the 2022 World Cup.
Son Heung-min is among those players already calling for patience. The...
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain won an initial legal battle with UEFA on Tuesday over the monitoring of its spending on player transfers and wages, and sponsorship deals linked to the...
Iran’s president inaugurates new gas projects
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has inaugurated a new phase in the development of a massive natural gas field.
State TV on Sunday quoted the CEO of the South Pars gas...
MIAMI (AP) — Concerned by political and logistical impediments, FIFA will face resistance in Qatar to attempts to expand the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams and spread games across the Persian Gulf,...
Afghan journalist wounded in bombing; 10 troops killed
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan journalist who has long received death threats was seriously wounded in a bombing in the country's south, while in the western province of Farah, the Taliban...
Escalating a sports television rights dispute, a Qatar-owned broadcaster accused Asian soccer leadership of breaking contracts and deciding to stream games for free in Saudi Arabia.
Longest US-Taliban peace talks see ‘progress’ in Qatar
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The longest peace talks between the U.S. and the Taliban to end America's 17-year war in Afghanistan concluded Tuesday night in Qatar, with both sides saying progress had been...
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The Latest on peace talks in Qatar between the Taliban and the U.S. (all times local):
The longest round of Afghanistan peace talks yet between the U.S....
LONDON (AP) — Persian Gulf countries would have to lift boycotts of Qatar before being eligible to join hosting of the World Cup, FIFA determined in a feasibility study recommending its ruling...
LONDON (AP) — A FIFA feasibility study concluded the 2022 World Cup can expand to 48 teams by using at least one of Qatar's neighbors as an additional host, and found there is a low legal risk to...
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Track and field's governing body is revamping the top-tier Diamond League series with shorter meetings and fewer long-distance races.
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.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Russia's doping ban from international track and field will remain in place until the Moscow laboratory data has been analyzed, a process that could lead to the country's...
Harding wins 1st European Tour title in Qatar
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Justin Harding birdied three of the last four holes to win the Qatar Masters by two strokes on Sunday and earn his first European Tour title.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Oliver Wilson of England grabbed the sole lead of the Qatar Masters by shooting a 3-under 69 in the third round on Saturday despite making his first bogey of the...
Three share 2nd-round lead at Doha Masters
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — South Africans Justin Harding and George Coetzee and French player Mike Lorenzo-Vega shared the second-round lead at the Qatar Masters on Friday after all three shot 4-under 68...
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Justin Walters of South Africa and Spanish rookie Adri Arnaus mastered the tricky winds at the Doha Golf Club on Thursday to sit tied for the first-round lead at the Qatar...
An agenda for FIFA's ruling council says plans to expand the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams will be assessed at next week's meeting.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino has said fast-tracking the...
FIFA continues the push to expand the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams, considering Kuwait and Oman becoming co-hosts with Qatar, which remains in the middle of a complicated diplomatic standoff with...
ZURICH (AP) — Qualifying games for the 2022 World Cup will begin in Asia in June, though political tensions between Qatar and its neighbors means FIFA's push to expand the tournament is still...
US envoy says US-Taliban talks in Qatar to resume Saturday
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The U.S. envoy leading the talks with the Taliban says the negotiations have been put on hold until this weekend.
Zalmay Khalilzad wrote on Twitter on Thursday that "both...
Infantino looks toward June deadline for expanding ’22 WCup
ROME (AP) — FIFA president Gianni Infantino has hinted that his plan to expand the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from 32 to 48 teams won't be finalized at next month's council in Miami — leaving it for...
Taliban hopeful on deal amid new round of talks with US
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The Taliban and Washington's peace envoy are close to reaching an agreement on U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, a spokesman for the Islamic insurgents said Tuesday amid a...
US envoy meets with Taliban co-founder ahead of new talks
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met with one of the founders of the Taliban for the first time on Monday ahead of the latest round of talks with the insurgents aimed at ending the...
US to play Ukraine, Nigeria, Qatar at U20 World Cup soccer
The United States was drawn to play Ukraine, Nigeria and Qatar in the Under-20 World Cup in Poland.
The U.S. opens Group D play against Ukraine on May 24, then faces Nigeria three days later...
The Latest: Qatari minister warns of remaining IS threat
MUNICH (AP) — The Latest on the Munich Security Conference (all times local):
Qatar's foreign minister is cautioning that the Islamic State group will continue to be a threat even after its last pocket of resistance in Syria is shut down.
IS once controlled territory in large parts of Syria and Iraq, but steadily lost ground to Syrian forces.
An operation is now underway to squeeze the extremist group's fighters out of their last redoubt in eastern Syria.
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Mertens upsets Halep in Qatar Open final for biggest title
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Unseeded Elise Mertens came from a set and a break down to beat recent No. 1 Simona Halep 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the Qatar Open final and capture the biggest title of her career on Saturday.
Halep led 6-3, 2-0, then lost a service game for a third time to see the second set back on serve. Mertens continued to pressure, missing two more break chances in the seventh game but finally breaking — to love — in the ninth. The set was the first Mertens took from Halep in three matchups.
AP Interview: Karzai worries Pakistan talks risk peace pact
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Saturday that previously unscheduled peace talks between the Taliban and the United States in Pakistan risk engulfing the country in regional rivalries.
Taliban announce surprise talks with US in Pakistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban will hold a previously unexpected round of peace talks with the United States in Pakistan on Monday, ahead of scheduled meetings in the Middle Eastern state of Qatar a week later, the insurgent group said in a statement Wednesday.
Trump’s Afghan envoy intensifies peace efforts with Taliban
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's special envoy for Afghanistan is returning to the country after stops in Europe and the Middle East for an extended diplomatic tour aimed at pushing a U.S. peace initiative.
The State Department said in a statement Sunday that Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad would spend the rest of February traveling to Belgium, Germany, Turkey, Qatar, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
US officials visiting Mideast to seek backing for peace plan
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and other administration officials are headed to the Middle East later this month to brief diplomats in at least five countries on the economic section of a U.S. proposal for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
UAE says British-Sudanese man charged in Qatar jersey claim
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A British-Sudanese man who activists say was detained for wearing a Qatari soccer jersey in the United Arab Emirates during the recent Asian Cup tournament has been charged with "wasting police time and making false statements," Emirati officials say.
Exxon, Qatar Petroleum to expand LNG export plant in Texas
DALLAS (AP) — Exxon Mobil is making a big bet on the future of exporting natural gas.
Exxon and Qatar Petroleum announced Tuesday that they will go ahead with a $10 billion project to export liquefied natural gas from a plant on the Texas Gulf Coast.
The companies said construction at the Golden Pass plant in Sabine Pass, Texas, would start before April, and the export operation is expected to begin running in 2024.
Guard’s 114th Fighter Wing welcomed home
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Three-hundred-35 members of the South Dakota Air National Guard are welcomed home in Sioux Falls.
The 114th Fighter Wing's homecoming celebration Sunday in Sioux Falls had been delayed since December because of the weather. The fighter wing members were deployed to Afghanistan, Qatar and Germany.
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.
To watch Asian Cup final, some fans had to pay betting sites
LONDON (AP) — At Qatar's embassy in London, a screening of the Asian Cup final used a feed from the country's sports network. Qataris in the rest of Britain had to give money to betting companies to view the nation win its first major soccer title.
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.
UAE tries to thwart Qatar Asian Cup final debut with protest
After being denied a spot in Friday's Asian Cup final by Qatar, the host United Arab Emirates has launched a late challenge to get its regional rival disqualified by alleging it fielded ineligible players at the tournament in a protest that carries political undertones.
The complaint adds another layer to Qatar's politically-charged progress to the final of the continental soccer showpiece in the UAE, which is part of a quartet of countries boycotting Doha diplomatically and politically.
Spanish league head wants to block Al-Khelaifi from UEFA
LONDON (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi should be blocked by the UEFA Congress from taking a seat on European soccer's top decision-making body, the head of the Spanish league said on Thursday.
PSG chairman Al-Khelaifi to join top UEFA body amid probes
Paris Saint-Germain chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi is set to join the UEFA executive committee, despite the French club being under financial investigation and the Qatari himself being embroiled in criminal proceedings.
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.
Qatar reaches Asian Cup final, routs UAE 4-0 amid insults
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Amid shoes being thrown in insult, Qatar won its politically charged match against host United Arab Emirates 4-0 Tuesday and advanced to the Asian Cup final.
The Qataris, who will host the World Cup in 2022, have won all six of their matches and have yet to concede a goal — the first country to do that at the continental soccer championship.
In Kabul, US reports ‘agreements in principle’ with Taliban
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Negotiators for the United States and the Taliban insurgents have reached "agreements in principle" on key issues for a peace deal that would end 17 years of war in Afghanistan, the top U.S. envoy said Monday.
The statement by U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad followed six days of talks last week with the Taliban in Qatar, where he urged the insurgents to enter into direct negotiations with the government of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
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.
Bahrain court upholds life sentences for opposition figures
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain's highest court on Monday upheld life sentences for a prominent Shiite cleric who led the country's now-outlawed opposition party and two of his colleagues after their earlier acquittal, continuing a yearslong crackdown on all dissent in the island nation.
Sheikh Ali Salman, a central figure in Bahrain's 2011 Arab Spring protests and the secretary-general of the barred Al-Wefaq political party, is already serving a nine-year prison sentence.
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.