Palestinians voice cautious optimism as Gaza truce holds

Aug 15, 2014

Palestinians voice cautious optimism as Gaza truce holds

Palestinian officials voiced cautious optimism Thursday, hinting at progress in Egyptian-mediated negotiations with Israel to bring an end to the fighting in Gaza and secure new arrangements for the war-battered territory. But with the sides’ demands still seemingly irreconcilable, that optimism may be premature ...

U.N. chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon

Jul 23, 2014

U.N. chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon

The U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday it is his “hope and belief” that his emergency mission to the Middle East will lead to an end to the fighting between Hamas and Israel “in the very near future.” Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council by videoconference ...

Soccer sponsors raise pressure on FIFA over Qatar bribe claims

Jun 9, 2014

Soccer sponsors raise pressure on FIFA over Qatar bribe claims

Sponsors Adidas, Sony, Visa and Coca-Cola called on soccer’s rulers Sunday to deal thoroughly with allegations that bribery was used to secure the 2022 World Cup for Qatar, an issue overshadowing this week’s kickoff in Brazil. With its showpiece event only four days away, ...

Sony urges vigorous FIFA probe of Qatar World Cup 'bribes'

Jun 8, 2014

Sony urges vigorous FIFA probe of Qatar World Cup 'bribes'

Sony Corp. became the first World Cup sponsor to call for a thorough investigation into accusations bribes were paid to secure the 2022 tournament for Qatar, raising pressure on soccer chiefs who have threatened to move the event if the allegations are proved true. ...

May 17, 2014

Blatter admits FIFA mistake in Qatar

Awarding the 2022 soccer World Cup to Qatar was a “mistake” and the tournament will may have to be held in the winter because of the heat, FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said. “Of course, it was a mistake. You know, one comes across ...

U.S. ties in gulf at risk as Obama backs off

Sep 12, 2013

U.S. ties in gulf at risk as Obama backs off

The United States risks damaging relations with Persian Gulf states as it warily embraces a Russian initiative for Syria to relinquish its chemical arsenal, analysts say, with Sunni monarchies fearful that the U.S. pullback from military strikes will bolster President Bashar Assad and the ...

Japan men, women spikers earn victories in Asian qualifying

Sep 5, 2013

Japan men, women spikers earn victories in Asian qualifying

The Japan men’s volleyball team defeated Qatar in straight sets on Thursday in its opening match at the Asian qualifying round for the FIVB World Championships, while Japan’s women improved to 2-0 Tatsuya Fukuzawa was the match’s top scorer, netting 12 points as the ...

Aug 31, 2013

Middle Eastern nations' support for military strikes notably muted

Middle Eastern nations that desperately want to rid the region of Syrian President Bashar Assad have been notably muted as the United States pushes forward with plans for military action against the Syrian government. Despite throwing their own weight behind efforts to oust Assad ...