Posts Tagged Middle East

Rwanda disqualification from African Cup upheld

CAIRO (AP) — African soccer’s governing body has upheld a decision to oust Rwanda from African Cup qualifying for using a player with different names and passports for club and international games.

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FIFA opens talks on 2022 World Cup dates in Qatar

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA will step up the search for new dates to play the 2022 World Cup in Qatar at talks with football officials next Monday.

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Islamic State group becomes target of Arab satire

In this image made from an undated cartoon broadcast on state-run al-Iraqiya TV in Iraq, a cartoon character portrayed as a member or a supporter of the Islamic State group sings a song. Television networks across the Middle East have begun airing cartoons and comedy programs using satire to criticize the group and its claim of representing Islam. And while not directly confronting their battlefield gains, the shows challenge the legitimacy of the Islamic group and chips away at the fear some have that they are unstoppable. The Arabic writing on the flag reads, "One Arab nation," top, and "Having an eternal message." "ISIS" on the cartoon character's head cover is the outdated acronym of the group. (AP Photo/al-Iraqiya)

BAGHDAD (AP) — The bumbling young militant first drops the rocket launcher on the toes of his boss before taking aim and firing toward a military checkpoint outside of an Iraqi town — not realizing he’s fired it backward at his leader.

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Down at half, US beats Turkey in basketball worlds

United States's Kyrie Irving, right, goes for the basket in front Turkey's Baris Hersek, left, during the Group C Basketball World Cup match, in Bilbao northern Spain, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition take place in various cities in Spain from  last Aug. 30 through to Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

BILBAO, Spain (AP) — Kenneth Faried scored 22 points, Anthony Davis all of his 19 in the second half, and the U.S. rebounded from a rare deficit at halftime to beat Turkey 98-77 on Sunday in the Basketball World Cup.

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UEFA postpones Israel’s Euro 2016 home opener

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has postponed Israel’s opening 2016 European Championship qualifying match against Belgium for security reasons.

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