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June 21, 2018 2:40 PM Opec confident of deal ahead of crucial talks with partners

VIENNA: Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) energy ministers expressed optimism today they were nearing a compromise on oil output policy, with Saudi Arabia acknowledging that a big production increase would be "politically unacceptable" to arch foe Iran. Opec and non-Opec partner countries are due to hold crunch talks here today 4

June 20, 2018 11:46 PM Queiroz 'concerned' as Iran staff member in hospital after Spain defeat

KAZAN ARENA: Iran coach Carlos Queiroz said he was concerned after a member of his staff was taken to hospital during the nail-biting 1-0 World Cup defeat to Spain on Wednesday. A lucky goal by Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa handed Spain their first win of the tournament following a 3-3 draw with Portugal last week. Iran, 1-0 winners over Morocco 4

June 18, 2018 9:15 AM Portugal 'stronger than Morocco', says Andre Silva

KRATOVO, Russia: Portugal striker Andre Silva believes the European champions are well equipped to beat Morocco ahead of their upcoming World Cup group stage clash in Moscow. "I think we are stronger than Morocco if we compare the two teams, but I'm not saying the game will be easy for us," Silva told reporters at Portugal's team base on Monday 5

June 16, 2018 12:34 PM Man stabbed to death in fight between migrants in Bosnia

SARAJEVO: A 24-year-old Moroccan man was stabbed to death in a fight between migrants in northwestern Bosnia, police said Saturday. The violence broke out in a street in Velika Kladusa late Friday when one man attacked another with a knife, police spokeswoman Snezana Galic said, quoted by N1 television. She said the victim, who died from a stab wound 5

June 16, 2018 10:19 AM UN envoy in Yemen for emergency talks on Hodeida

SANAA: The UN envoy for Yemen arrived in the rebel-held capital Sanaa on Saturday for talks on the key aid port of Hodeida where rebel fighters are battling a regional coalition. Martin Griffiths is expected to propose to rebel leaders that they cede control of the Red Sea port to a UN-supervised committee to avoid further fighting with advancing government 6

June 16, 2018 1:06 AM Spain and Portugal draw in thrilling battle on the Black Sea

Sochi, Russia (dpa) - A hat-trick from Cristiano Ronaldo helped Portugal draw 3-3 with Spain in World Cup Group B on Friday after a gripping clash amid the evening heat of the Black Sea resort of Sochi. Ronaldo slotted home a penalty to put Portugal 1-0 up after just 2 minutes, but Diego Costa equalized for Spain on 24 minutes. Then, right on half-time 12

June 15, 2018 11:36 PM Three things we learned today at the World Cup

SAINT PETERSBURG: The blockbuster clash of the day at the World Cup didn't disappoint as Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick denied Spain the perfect response to a turbulent week following the sacking of Julen Lopetegui in a thrilling 3-3 draw in Sochi. Both sides will remain confident of progressing to the knockout stages as Iran shocked Morocco 1-0 in Saint 9

June 14, 2018 6:44 PM EXTRA Renard's Morocco out to upset odds in World Cup

St Petersburg (dpa) - Herve Renard says his Morocco team are underdogs in World Cup Group B ahead of their debut against Iran on Friday, but they will be fighting hard to triumph. "For us it's rather simple, we have three teams who in the FIFA rankings are all above us, are superior to us, and we've prepared to face Iran like we've prepared to face Spain 9

June 13, 2018 5:03 AM Iraq's Sadr announces alliance with pro-Iranian Ameri

BAGHDAD: Nationalist cleric Moqtada Sadr announced on Tuesday a surprise political alliance with pro-Iranian Hadi al-Ameri in a bid to lead Iraq over the next four years. The two blocs won first and second place in the war-scarred country's May 12 parliamentary election. The move by Sadr, who is staunchly opposed to Iranian involvement in the country 6

June 11, 2018 4:48 AM China's Xi backs nuclear deal in talks with Iran leader

BEIJING: Chinese leader Xi Jinping called for the Iran nuclear deal to be "earnestly" implemented as he met the country's president following the US withdrawal from the pact, state media said Monday. Xi met one-on-one with Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Sunday following a two-day regional security summit in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao 3