Scrolling news:

Iraq: US seeks verification of ‘Islamic State’ beheading of journalist James Foley

Japan: Torrential rains unleash deadly landslide killing a dozen people in Hiroshima

Palestine: Three Palestinians killed, incl 3 year-old child, in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City

Palestine: Dozens Palestinians abducted by Israeli forces in West Bank, Jerusalem

Palestine: Israeli army demolishes cave housing family near Bethlehem

Palestine: Several Palestinians kidnapped by Israeli forces in West Bank, Israeli settlers attack cars

Palestine: Israel bombs Gaza, withdraws negotiators from Cairo

Pakistan: 18 suspected militants killed in fresh NWA, Khyber airstrikes

US: Ferguson curfew lifted, Obama appeals for restraint

Iraq: Obama says Mosul Dam retaken from extremists with US help

Palestine: Palestinian female detainee denied family visits since her arrest in 2012

Palestine: Nine Palestinians kidnapped by Israeli soldiers from West Bank, Jerusalem

Palestine: Israeli army detonates two homes in Hebron, seals one with concrete blocs

Palestine: Six Palestinians kidnapped by Israeli forces in West Bank

Syria: Airstrikes kill 31 terrorists in Raqqa city

Palestine: Body recovered in Shujaiyya a month after ‘massacre’ by Israel

Palestine: Hamas says Israel stalling on agreement as Gaza death toll hits 2016

US: Curfew imposed for second night in Ferguson, Missouri

Palestine: Palestinian arrested filming Israeli settlers throwing stones in W Bank

Israel: 5 of 64 Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza invasion were killed by ‘Friendly Fire’

Brief Sport

25th Oct 2013




[Britain’s Mo Farah and Ethiopias Mohammed Aman are both shortlisted for the World Athlete of the Year award]


Mo Farah has been shortlisted for the 2013 World Athlete of the Year award, the International Association of Athletics Federations  has announced.


Farah, 30, became only the second man in history to complete an Olympic and world double-double in the distance events in August. Farah is the only Britain to make the list.


Ethiopia’s 800m champion Mohammed Aman also made the 10 man shortlist.


Aman’s candidacy is of no surprise to many. He had a stellar 2013 season; he became the first Ethiopian athlete to win the 800m gold at any major championship at the world championships, he successfully defended his 800m Diamond League title, he set a new Ethiopian National Record, the 2013 World Leading time, and became the 9th fastest runner of all-time (1:42.37).


The winner will be announced at this year’s World Athletics Gala awards in Monaco on Nov 16.





[World no 1 Ramy Ashour has won the PSA International 70 in San Francisco]


NetSuite Open 2013 San Francisco, US  (Sept 27 – Oct 1)


Egypt’s world number one Ramy Ashour extends his unbeaten run to nine tournaments and 45 matches with an 11-4 7-11 7-11 11-3 11-2 victory over France’s world number two Gregory Gaultier in the final of the PSA International 70 in San Francisco.


Ashour moves into his tenth successive month as world number one, according to the new October Dunlop PSA Men’s World Squash Rankings published by the sports association.



The 26 year old is enjoying the best run of his career – unbeaten now in 44 matches in a row and boasting title triumphs in the last eight Tour events in which he has competed.




World Cricket League, Sharjah: Afghanistan 96-3 (20.5 overs) bt Kenya 93 (43.3 overs) by 7 wickets


Afghanistan will play in the World Cup for the first time in 2015 after beating Kenya by seven wickets in their final qualifying match.


Afghanistan only received associate status, the second tier below Test nations, earlier this year.


First match in the competition will be against Bangladesh in Canberra on February 18  and they will also face Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand before taking on England in Sydney on March 13.




FIFA vice president Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein has criticised FIFA for banning Iraq from hosting home internationals and called upon the organisation to do more for supporters in the Middle East.


Iraq hosted friendlies against Syria and Liberia earlier this year after FIFA lifted a previous ban, but it was reintroduced in July over security concerns in the war-torn country.


The 2007 Asian champions have long had to deal with the problem and hosted a majority of their 2014 World Cup qualifiers in Qatar and take on Saudi Arabia in a ‘home’ Asian Cup qualifying match in the Jordanian capital of Amman.


“Iraq should be able to host friendly matches, whether in the south or the north,” said Prince Ali.


World Cup Qualifiers: Germany secured a place at next year’s World Cup in Brazil with a game to spare by sweeping Ireland aside 3-0 in Group C qualifying on Oct. 11


Sami Khedira’s deflected shot gave the hosts a 12th-minute lead and Andre Schuerrle made it 2-0 in the second half following a fine turn.


Mesut Ozil then made sure of victory with the third goal in stoppage time as he played in an unfamiliar forward role against an Ireland side who were already effectively out of contention for a place at next year’s finals before kickoff.

Countries already qualified for World Cup: ASIA:  Australia, Iran,  Japan and Korea Republic. EUROPE: Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, England  German, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, Spain and Switzerland. SOUTH AMERICA: Argentina, Brazil,  Chile,  Colombia and     Ecuador.





China Open, Beijing, China (Sept 27 -  Oct 5)


Sania Mirza and Cara Black recorded their second straight title together by winning the China Open crown on Oct 5.


The eighth-seeded duo swept aside Vera Dushevina and Arantxa Parra-Santonja 6-2 6-2 in the title clash to sign off the 2013 season in style.


This is Sania’s 19th WTA doubles title. The victory also helped the Indian pocket her fifth WTA title of the season.


Earlier, the duo booked its final berth with an upset victory over top seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of Italy, winning 6-4 6-4.



2013 Asian Men’s Championship Dubai, UAE (Sept 28 – Oct 6)


Iran defeated South Korea in straight sets in the final of the Asian Men’s Championship winning their second straight Asian title.


In the match, which was held at the Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai Iran defeated the South Korean team 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-19).


In the bronze medal match, China beat Japan 3-1 (25-18, 25-22, 22-25, 25–20).


In September 2011, Iran won the Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship for the first time with a 3-1 victory over China.

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