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Comment: Britain is hoping for $42 billion worth of trade in the Gulf post-Brexit, and Qatar is to be a major part of that, writes Anthony Harwood.

Morocco is shooting for the 2026 World Cup following an outstanding performance in the Championship of African Nations.

Italian gunman targets Africans in drive-by shooting spree Italian gunman targets Africans in drive-by shooting spree

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Italian gunman targets Africans in drive-by shooting spree

A lone Italian gunman wounded six African immigrants in a two-hour drive-by shooting spree on Saturday in a small Italian city

International transfer drama: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

International transfer drama: This week in Middle East football

In football, January means one thing - the international transfer window, which means rumours, names, speculation and fantasy.

British referee praised for pausing football during prayer call

The New Arab

British referee praised for pausing football during prayer call

Football fans heap praise on British head of Saudi football refereeing after his 'respectful' gesture during a Saudi King's Cup game on ...

Tom Charles

UAE can't replicate Manchester City's easy victories

Comment: Moving up the regional league table will be tough with rulers known for foul play, writes Tom Charles.

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NBA removes 'Palestine' wording after bowing to Israeli pressure

Israeli sports minister Miri Regev had sent a letter to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver calling Palestine 'an imaginary state'.

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Israeli security guard stabbed as Jerusalem protests flare up

A Palestinian stabbed and seriously wounded an Israeli security guard in Jerusalem on Sunday, amid unrest over the White House's declaration of ...

Uri Levy

Heartbreak and golden-boys: This week in Middle East football

In the Asian Championship League, Arabs received heartbreaking news this week with Al-Hilal's dramatic loss, but on the other side of ...

Hariri 'to travel to Egypt' before Lebanon visit

The New Arab

Hariri 'to travel to Egypt' before Lebanon visit

Lebanon Prime Minister Saad Hariri who resigned in Saudi Arabia under mysterious conditions, will fly out to Cairo before a visit to Beirut, his ...

Ben Jacobs

Levelling the playing field at 19000 feet

Long read: a team of women footballers from across the Middle East broke a world record when they played a game on top of Mount Kilimanjaro, ...

UK courting UAE despite human rights alarm

Tom Charles

UK courting UAE despite human rights alarm

Comment: For the UK, cultural ties, such as the British Council-UAE collaboration act as a lubricant to facilitate the easy flow of capital, ...

Champions of Africa: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Champions of Africa: This week in Middle East football

Moroccans celebrated late into the night as Wydad Casablanca defied naysayers and thumped Egypt's al-Ahly in Africa's premier ...

Egypt’s football fans persist with their battle over stadiums

Jo Schietti

Egypt’s football fans persist with their battle over stadiums

In-depth: After Egypt qualified for the 2018 World Cup, parliamentarians have called on President Sisi to allow 'Ultras' football fans to attend ...

Hola, Saudi Arabia: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Hola, Saudi Arabia: This week in Middle East football

Blog: Saudi Arabia is hoping a stint for its national players in Spanish teams will help its World Cup chances, writes Uri Levy.

Gehad Quisay

For the love of the game

Comment: Unlike Mubarak before him, Sisi can't use football as a PR tool, but the regime can still exploit it to rally blinding patriotism, writes Gehad Quisay.

Uri Levy

Morocco's Abdelhamid Sabiri joins the Premier League

This 20-year-old striker is a little-known talent that has yet to play in any international or top-level matches, notes Uri Levy.

Uri Levy

Bidding wars: This week in Middle East football

Morocco has thrown its hat into the ring to host the 2026 World Cup, but face a challenge from a US-Canada-Mexico super-bloc who want to bring ...

Uri Levy

#NoBan4OurPlayers: This week in Middle East football

While Iranian authorities mulled over whether two national team players deserved a lifetime ban, Western media outlets jumped the gun and ...

Saudi Arabia blocks Paypal 'to close Qatar sports-channel loophole'

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Saudi Arabia blocks Paypal 'to close Qatar sports-channel loophole'

Saudis have taken to social media to complain that online payment service PayPal has been blocked in the kingdom amid allegations the move was ...

Uri Levy

Chaos and cups: This week in Middle East football

Blog: A tempestuous end to the Arab Club Championship, Iranian players facing social media enmity over playing Israelis and the Palestine Cup ...

Let women watch: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Let women watch: This week in Middle East football

Blog: The finals of the Arab Club Championship are almost here, while in Iran, the campaign to allow women enter sports stadiums takes a giant ...

Football star Mahrez spotted in barefoot kick-about in Algeria

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Football star Mahrez spotted in barefoot kick-about in Algeria

The Leicester City ace enjoyed a relaxing kick about in Algeria as speculation buzzes over his future at the former English Premier ...

Egyptian Mohamed Salah joins Liverpool for record transfer fee

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Egyptian Mohamed Salah joins Liverpool for record transfer fee

Liverpool completed the signing of Egyptian Mohammed Salah from Roma on Thursday for a fee of around £36 million, making him the club’s most ...

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