Posts Tagged Middle East

Sepp Blatter says he’s on ‘mission of peace’ to Israel

FIFA president Sepp Blatter, left and President of the Israeli Football Association Ofer Eini attend a press conference in Jerusalem, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Blatter said Tuesday he is on a “mission of peace” to resolve tensions between the Israeli and Palestinian soccer federations in hopes of staving off a Palestinian bid to oust Israel from the world governing body. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

JERUSALEM (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Tuesday he is on a “mission of peace” to resolve tensions between the Israeli and Palestinian soccer federations in the hope of staving off a Palestinian bid to oust Israel from the world governing body.

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Brazilian soccer confederation says squads chosen by coach

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Brazilian Football Confederation says a marketing company that pays $1.05 million for the commercial rights to each international friendly match does not have the power to select the team.

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Workers’ group to FIFA sponsors: Qatar a blot on your brand

In this Sunday, May 3, 2015 file photo taken during a government organized media tour, Nischal Tamang from Nepal takes a break in his work, in Doha, Qatar. Tamang lives in a housing facility for laborers that has been cited by labor inspectors for substandard conditions. Advocates for workers' rights are urging FIFA sponsors to take more responsibility for the treatment of World Cup workers in Qatar, calling the "horrific" working conditions there a blot on any company's brand. At a press conference Monday, May 18, 2015 they singled out FIFA sponsors such as McDonalds, Visa, Coca-Cola, Adidas, Budweiser, Gazprom, KIA and Hyundai, saying they have the power to pressure both FIFA and Qatar into improving the treatment of hundreds of thousands of migrant workers. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)

LONDON (AP) — Advocates for workers’ rights are urging FIFA sponsors to take more responsibility for the treatment of World Cup workers in Qatar, calling the “horrific” working conditions there a blot on any company’s brand.

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BBC says team reporting on migrant workers arrested in Qatar

LONDON (AP) — A BBC reporting crew spent two nights in a Qatari prison after being arrested while trying to meet migrant workers in the nation that will host the 2022 World Cup, the British broadcaster said Monday.

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Kerry slams North Korea, vows security for South

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, and U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert walk to a car upon his arrival from China, at the Seoul Military Airport in Seongnam, South Korea, Sunday, May 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday accused North Korea of a litany of crimes and atrocities while reassuring South Korea of America’s “ironclad” security commitments.

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