Qatar’s against-the-odds Asian Cup triumph

Qatar secured the biggest soccer prize in its history, beating the tournament favourite Japan 3-1 in the Asian Cup final in Abu Dhabi — an against-the-odds victory that prompts hope that the tiny Gulf nation will avoid humiliation at the World Cup it will host in three years. By winning the title, behind two spectacular first-half goals and a late penalty, […]

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How one woman went from backpacker to movie star in five years

From British backpacker to Asian movie star: How former barmaid, 28, was discovered while teaching in Thailand and is now on a 10ft swimwear poster and in a hit film Libby Jennings, 28, from Newcastle, has become a superstar in South East Asia  The former bartender and retail assistant was scouted while working in Thailand  Five years after going backpacking […]

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Redraw in Asian Games men's soccer tournament as two nations left out

A fresh draw for the men's soccer tournament at this year's Asian Games will be held on Wednesday after two countries were left out of the first one earlier this month, an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) spokeswoman said. The new draw will take place at the organisation's headquarters in Malaysia at 3:00pm local time (0700 GMT). The United Arab Emirates […]

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Xi welcomes India, Pakistan to authoritarian-led Central Asian bloc

Qingdao, China: Chinese President Xi Jinping hailed the entry of India and Pakistan into a Chinese-led bloc at a closely orchestrated gathering Sunday that stood in stark contrast to the Donald Trump-dominated G7 summit that ended in disarray. Xi welcomed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain, calling their presence "of great historic significance" in opening remarks at […]

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Socceroos to meet Syria, Palestine and Jordan in Asian Cup group

Graham Arnold's Socceroos will face familiar foes in their defence of the Asian Cup at next year's tournament in the United Arab Emirates. The draw for the 24-team event was made in Dubai on Friday with top-seeded Australia facing Syria and Jordan, who they met en route to qualification for the World Cup in Russia, and Palestine in Group B. […]

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