World Cup fans put off by prices, beer limits commute by air

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Travel at this World Cup was supposed to be easy in the tiny host nation of Qatar, after fans had to take long flights between cities at the last three tournaments. The eight stadiums in Qatar are in or near the capital, so fans don’t have to go too far to … Read more

Dubai is cashing in on the 2022 Qatar World Cup

A yacht that can be rented to watch the World Cup while sailing around Dubai is docked in Dubai harbor on November 1, 2022, ahead of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup football tournament. Photo by Giuseppe CACACE/AFP) (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images) Giuseppe Cacace Afp | Getty Images DUBAI, United Arab Emirates … Read more

Activists: Iranian forces unleash heavy fire on protesters

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iranian security forces used heavy gunfire against protesters in a Kurdish town in the country’s west on Monday, killing at least five during an anti-government protest that erupted at the funeral of two people killed the day before. , activists said. Videos circulating online show dozens of protesters taking … Read more

Qatar’s World Cup opener shows its reemergence after boycott

AL KHOR, Qatar (AP) — Qatar opened the Middle East’s first World Cup on Sunday with its ruler sitting next to the leaders of two Arab countries that only a year and a half earlier had been part of a boycott trying to bring the energy- rich nation to its knees. No leaders of major … Read more

Iran protests rage on the streets as officials renew threats

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Protests in Iran raged on the streets into Thursday with demonstrators remembering a bloody crackdown in the country’s southeast, even as the nation’s intelligence minister and army chief renewed threats against local dissent and the wider world. Meanwhile, a top official in Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard claimed it had … Read more

Ray Hushpuppi: Instagram star sentenced to 11 years in prison for money laundering

CNN – A Nigerian social media influencer who flaunted a lavish lifestyle of private jets and luxury cars has been sentenced to 11 years in prison on charges related to a multimillion dollar scam that targeted companies in the United States and overseas. Ramon Abbas, known to his millions of Instagram followers as Ray Hushpuppi, … Read more

Gunmen attack major Shiite holy site in Iran, killing 15

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – Gunmen attacked a major Shiite holy site in Iran on Wednesday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens. The attack came as protesters elsewhere in Iran marked a symbolic 40 days since a woman’s death in custody ignited the biggest anti-government movement in over a decade. State TV … Read more

Iran’s Elnaz Rekabi, who competed without a hijab, in Tehran

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iranian competitive climber Elnaz Rekabi received a hero’s welcome on her return to Tehran early Wednesday, after competing in South Korea without wearing a mandatory headscarf required of female athletes from the Islamic Republic. Rekabi’s decision not to wear the hijab while competing Sunday came as protests sparked by … Read more

Satellite photos show damage at Iran prison amid protests

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – A weekend fire at Iran’s notorious Evin Prison damaged one of the largest buildings in the complex, according to satellite photos analyzed Monday. Authorities raised to eight the number of inmates killed, doubling the initial toll. What happened on Saturday night at the prison – for decades the main … Read more

Biden admin asked Saudi Arabia to postpone OPEC cut by a month, Saudis say

US President Joe Biden being welcomed by Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at Alsalam Royal Palace in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on July 15, 2022. Anadolu Agency | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The Biden administration asked Saudi Arabia, the de-facto leader of the oil producer group OPEC, to … Read more