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Pope Francis holds a mass for thousands of Catholics at Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi [Tony Gentile-Reuters]

Pope Francis holds first Papal Mass in Abu Dhabi

Pope Francis has held the first Papal Mass at a stadium in Abu Dhabi, the first time the papal visited the Arabian Peninsula.
Pope Francis on Sunday urged EU leaders to show “concrete solidarity” with 49 migrants stranded on NGO ships off the coast of Malta who have been refused permission to land.

Pope Francis heads to UAE for historic trip

Pope Francis heads to the UAE Sunday for the first-ever papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula, birthplace of Islam, where he will hold an open-air mass for tens of thousands of Catholics.
The Asian Cup kicked off in the UAE on Saturday and will run until February 1 [Hassan Ammar-AP]

AFC vows legal action over pirate beoutQ broadcasting Asian Cup

Organisers of the 2019 football Asian Cup have vowed to take legal action against pirate company, beoutQ, for illegally broadcasting its matches in an ongoing piracy row in the Gulf region.
Real Madrid capped off another memorable year by claiming a third successive FIFA Club World Cup title, defeating host team Al Ain at Abu Dhabi’s Zayed Sports City Stadium.

Real Madrid win 3rd successive Club World cup

Real Madrid capped off another memorable year by claiming a third successive FIFA Club World Cup title, defeating host team Al Ain at Abu Dhabi’s Zayed Sports City Stadium.
Gareth Bale scores the opening goal for Real Madrid in their Club World Cup semi-final against Kashima Antlers on Wednesday. Hassan Ammar-AP

Gareth Bale fires Real Madrid into Club World Cup final

Gareth Bale hit an 11-minute hat-trick on Wednesday as Real Madrid strolled into the Club World Cup final by beating Kashima Antlers 3-1 in Abu Dhabi.

Real Madrid seek to be first to retain Club World Cup

Real Madrid have twice lifted the Club World Cup and are seeking their third victory in in the United Arab Emirates to pull level with Barcelona and become the first side to retain the trophy.

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