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November 2, 2018 3:46 PM Soccer: Four Balkan countries consider 2030 World Cup, Euro 2028 bids

VARNA, Bulgaria (Reuters) - Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia and Romania are considering a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup and the European championship two years earlier, Balkan countries’ officials said on Friday. No Balkan nation has hosted the World Cup while the former Yugoslavia, which broke up in 1991, hosted the four-country European Championships 92

October 26, 2018 2:01 PM Israel's Netanyahu made unpublicized visit to Oman: PM's office

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made an unpublicised visit to the Gulf state of Oman on Friday, and discussed peace initiatives in the Middle East, his office said. A statement from Netanyahu’s office after he returned home, said he met with Omani leader Sultan Qaboos. A joint statement said that “ways to advance the peace 66

October 24, 2018 10:30 AM Japanese journalist taken hostage in Syria three years ago released

TOKYO/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Japanese journalist held hostage by Islamist militants after being captured in Syria three years ago has been released and would be brought home as soon as possible, Japan’s foreign minister said on Wednesday. Japanese diplomats in Turkey confirmed the released man was Jumpei Yasuda, a 44-year-old freelancer who was reported 73

October 24, 2018 5:00 AM Japan awaits ID confirmation of reporter freed from Syria

Men walk past a TV screen showing a news program with an image of Japanese freelance journalist Jumpei Yasuda, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018 in Tokyo. A man believed to be Yasuda who disappeared three years ago in Syria has been released and is now in Turkey, a Japanese official said. Japanese characters at top right read: "Jumpei Yasuda was released." (AP Photo/Eugene 65

October 24, 2018 2:43 AM Japan PM Abe 'relieved' at hostage's release but wants to confirm identity

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday he was “relieved” that a Japanese hostage believed to have been captured in Syria three years ago had been released, but added that the government still needed to confirm the man’s identity. Late on Tuesday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Tokyo had received information 66

October 24, 2018 1:59 AM A Japanese Journalist Who Disappeared in Syria Is Believed to Have Been Freed in Turkey

(TOKYO) — A man believed to be a Japanese freelance journalist who disappeared three years ago in Syria has been released and is now in Turkey, a Japanese official said. The man is being protected by Turkish authorities in Antakya near Turkey’s border with Syria and is being identified but he most likely is journalist Jumpei Yasuda, Chief Cabinet Secretary 89

October 24, 2018 12:41 AM Japan says journalist captured in Syria three years ago has been freed

TOKYO (Reuters) - A man believed to be a Japanese freelance journalist who was captured three years ago in Syria has been freed, a Japanese government spokesman said on Tuesday. “We received information from Qatar that Mr. Jumpei Yasuda had been released,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters. “We were informed that he is in an immigration 52

October 23, 2018 3:11 PM Japan: Man believed to be missing journalist in Syria freed

In this photo taken on Feb. 18, 2015, Japanese freelance journalist Jumpei Yasuda speaks during an interview in Tokyo. Japan's government says a man believed to be a Japanese freelance journalist who went missing three years ago while in Syria has been released and is now in Turkey. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference late Tuesday 71

October 20, 2018 1:55 AM Silenced forever: Saudi Arabia admits Khashoggi is dead

In this image made from a March 2018 video provided by Metafora Production, Jamal Khashoggi speaks during an interview at an undisclosed location. Eighteen days after Khashoggi disappeared, Saudi Arabia acknowledged early Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, that the 59-year-old writer has died in what it said was a “fistfight” inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul 84

October 15, 2018 8:57 AM Bahrain minister backs boycott of Uber over Khashoggi case

DUBAI (Reuters) - Bahrain’s foreign minister called for a boycott of the ride-hailing company Uber Technologies [UBER.UL] after its chief executive officer said he will not attend a business conference in the kingdom’s ally Saudi Arabia. Uber’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a statement last week he is pulling out of the Future Investment Initiative conference 95