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FIFA: Iran agrees to allow women watch upcoming 2022 World Cup qualifiers

Iran’s Football Federation has agreed to allow women to attend upcoming 2022 World Cup qualifiers of their men’s national team but that approval from the government is still needed.
The Human Rights Foundation is applauding Nicki Minaj's decision to back out of a concert in Saudi Arabia.

Cancellation of Nicki Minaj’s Saudi concert stirs online anger

The cancellation of a concert by rapper Nicki Minaj in Saudi Arabia triggered a fresh social media storm on Wednesday, with many fans in the ultra-conservative kingdom voicing disappointment and demanding ticket refunds.

Two Qatari military training planes collide, pilots eject safely

Two military training aircraft have collided in mid-air without causing any casualties in Qatar as both pilots ejected safely, according to the Gulf nation's defence ministry.
Bahrain on Friday summoned an Iraqi diplomat in the kingdom over an attack the previous evening on its embassy in Baghdad, condemning the protesters who stormed the mission and urging Iraqi authorities to protect the diplomatic compound, Bahrain’s state-run news agency reported.

Bahrain summons Iraqi ambassador over embassy attack

Bahrain on Friday summoned an Iraqi diplomat in the kingdom over an attack the previous evening on its embassy in Baghdad, condemning the protesters who stormed the mission and urging Iraqi authorities to protect the diplomatic compound, Bahrain’s state-run news agency reported.
Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard force said Thursday it shot down a US spy drone over its territory, Iranian state television reported.

Report: Iran’s revolutionary guard shoots down US ‘spy’ drone

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard force said Thursday it shot down a US "spy drone" over its territory, Iranian state television reported.
Saudi King Salman

Mecca summit supports Palestinians, backs Saudis in Iran standoff

Political leaders and heads of state from Islamic nations on Saturday condemned countries who have made the "illegal and irresponsible decision" to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 16, 2019 White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner arrives to hear the US president speak on immigration proposals in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC. – US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and assistant Jared Kushner has departed on a trip to Morocco, Jordan and Israel, the White House said on May 28, 2019, signalling a fresh round of talks on a proposed US Mideast peace plan. Kushner is accompanied by Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s special representative to international negotiations, and Brian Hook, the special US representative for Iran, the White House said. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

White House’s Jared Kushner in Jerusalem for Israeli talks

US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and aide Jared Kushner was in Jerusalem on Thursday as part of a Middle East trip focused on the White House’s expected plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace.
A multilateral diplomat Dr Babafemi Badejo has hailed what he sees as a peace move initiated by a Bahraini leader to Qatar, saying it accorded with the Ramadan spirit.

Promoting global peace not UN’s duty alone – diplomat

A multilateral diplomat Dr Babafemi Badejo has hailed what he sees as a peace move initiated by a Bahraini leader to Qatar, saying it accorded with the Ramadan spirit.
FIFA HQ

World Cup: FIFA drops plan to expand Qatar 2022 to 48 teams

FIFA shelved a proposed expansion of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams on Wednesday, dealing a blow to the world football body’s president Gianni Infantino.
Fifa World Cup

FIFA: Qatar World Cup to be played with 32 teams

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be played with 32 teams after a proposed expansion of the tournament to 48 sides was scrapped, FIFA announced on Wednesday.
Saeb Erekat speaks during a press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on September 11, 2018. (AP Photo-Nasser Shiyoukhi)

Palestinians reject US economic peace summit

The Palestinian leadership on Monday pushed back against a plan for an economic conference next month in support of Washington’s Middle East peace plan, saying it was not consulted and no party was entitled to negotiate on its behalf.
The US government has approved the deployment of a Patriot missile defence battery and another war ship to the Middle East amid increasing tensions between the US and Iran.

US sends Patriot missiles, war ship to Middle East to deter Iran

The US government has approved the deployment of a Patriot missile defence battery and another war ship to the Middle East amid increasing tensions between the US and Iran.
TEHRAN - Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Wednesday that it is the U.S. regime which must change its nature and not Iran.

Ministry: Iran will not let any country replace its oil in the market

Iran will not allow any country replace its oil sales in the global market, the Foreign Ministry on Thursday said, after the U.S. told importers to halt Iranian purchases from May.
Three of the vessels and the destroyer USS Farragut are supporting an accompanying mission in the Strait of Hormuz

US sanctions: Iran to block US ships from important waterway

The spokesperson for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Abbas Mousavi, issued a statement on Monday that warned of “adverse consequences” if the U.S. ended their sanctions waiver on the Persian Gulf nation’s oil imports.
An Israeli delegation composed of businessmen and government officials has cancelled its participation in a conference set to take place in Bahrain.

Israel delegation cancels trip to Bahrain on security grounds

An Israeli delegation composed of businessmen and government officials has cancelled its participation in a conference set to take place in Bahrain.
Benjamin Netanyahu held surprise talks with Oman's Sultan Qaboos in Muscat last year [ Reuters]

Oman calls on Arabs to ease Israel’s ‘fears for its future’

A top Omani government official has said Arabs must take initiatives to make Israel overcome "fears for its future" in the region, drawing criticism from Jordan.

India earn top FIFA seat, eye 2026 World Cup

India set their sights on qualifying for the 2026 World Cup as Praful Patel became their first representative on the powerful FIFA Council on Saturday.
Bahrain's Sheikh Salman returned unopposed in the Asian Football Confederation's presidential election.

FIFA supremo hails re-election of Asian football chief

FIFA President Gianni Infantino on Saturday hailed the re-election of Asian football chief Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, saying it will help the region move forward in stability.

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Troops invade Bayelsa community, raze houses over killing of soldiers

Troops of the 16 Brigade of the Nigerian Army on Tuesday allegedly invaded the Azagbene community in the Ekermor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State and burnt down houses after chasing away residents.
Ini Umotong scored a goal as Brighton thrashed Crystal Palace 5-1 to launch their preseason training activities in style.

Ini Umotong scores as Brighton thrash Crystal Palace in preseason opener

Ini Umotong scored a goal as Brighton thrashed Crystal Palace 5-1 to launch their preseason training activities in style.

Presidential panel summons NNPC boss over ExxonMobil underpayment

The Special Presidential Investigation Panel for Recovery of Public Property has summoned the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr Mele Kyari, over alleged $1.8bn owed the Federal Government by Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (ExxonMobil).
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Troops kill 132 bandits, arrest 25 others

The Defence Headquarters yesterday said its operations launched to wipe out banditry, kidnapping and robbery in the North West part of the country have killed 132 armed bandits, recovered 39 firearms and 2,437 rounds of ammunitions between May and July.

Central bank chief defends planned restriction of forex for milk importation

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Tuesday confirmed that its planned policy to restrict allocation of foreign exchange (FOREX) for milk importation and other diary products into the country will soon become effective.