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Saeid Mollaei, who fled Iran after refusing to obey an order to lose a fight to avoid Israeli opponent, represented Mongolia in the Tel Aviv tournament.

Iranian media had named Shia cleirc Hassan Kordmihan as a 'mastermind' behind the attack on the Saudi embassy in 2016.

Second UAE delivery land in Israel, without consulting Palestinians

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Second UAE delivery land in Israel, without consulting Palestinians

The Palestinian PM says he was not consulted about a delivery of coronavirus aid, coordinated by Israel and the UN.

'Saddam Hussein' denied visa to Kuwait

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'Saddam Hussein' denied visa to Kuwait

Yemeni judo coach Saddam Hussein bin Hazeb lashed out at Kuwaiti authorities after his visa was rejected, but Kuwait has hit back with ...

Iranian chess referee says she won't return home

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Iranian chess referee says she won't return home

Chess referee Shohreh Bayat is the latest Iranian athlete to mull never returning home over the country's strict codes for sports competitors.

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Iran's top chess champ 'ready to renounce citizenship'

In a major blow to Iran's chess federation, the world's second-highest-rated junior player is ready 'forgo his nationality' because of a ban on competing with Israel opponents.

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Iran 'banned from world judo' for boycotting Israeli athletes

The International Judo Federation imposed an indefinite ban on Iran's team until it promises to end a long-running boycott of Israel.

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Iran banned from world judo over Israel boycott policy

Iranian sports teams have for several decades had a policy of not competing against Israelis, which the country does not recognise.

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Iranian judoka 'afraid' to go home after Israel dispute

Iranian authorities have been accused of pressuring and intimidating an athlete who refused to pull out of a judo competition to avoid ...

UAE tells Arab states to establish ties with Israel

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UAE tells Arab states to establish ties with Israel

A senior official in the UAE has called on Arab states to be more open with Israel, expecting more contact between the two rivaling parties to ...

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Iraq festival pulls Israeli film amid warming Gulf-Israeli relations

A film festival in Iraqi Kurdistan has removed an Israel picture from its official competition, prompting the jury to protest by refusing to ...

Israeli minister tours UAE mosque during first official visit

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Israeli minister tours UAE mosque during first official visit

UAE officials took sports minister Miri Regev on a guided tour of the grand mosque of Abu Dhabi, a sign of warming ties between Israel and Gulf ...

Israeli national anthem plays in UAE

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Israeli national anthem plays in UAE

The Israeli national anthem was played in the UAE at a judo sporting event, as ties between Israel and Gulf states appear to warm.

Israel minister makes first official visit to UAE

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Israel minister makes first official visit to UAE

Israel's minister of sport and culture has travelled to the United Arab Emirates, where athletes have been allowed to compete under the Jewish ...

UAE to allow Israeli athletes to 'compete equally'

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UAE to allow Israeli athletes to 'compete equally'

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has reversed its policy of banning Israeli athletes from competing under the Israeli flag or playing the national ...

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Jordanian judo athlete refuses to fight Israeli competitor

A Jordanian Judo practitioner has refused to compete against an Israeli at an international tournament in the latest act of boycott against Israeli athletes.

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Head of Syrian opposition's HNC quits amid intensifying violence

Senior Syrian opposition leader Riad Hijab quit his post as the head of the HNC on Monday, just a week before a new round of UN-sponsored peace ...

The New Arab

UAE apologises for athlete who rebuffed Israeli competitor's handshake

UAE judo officials have 'apologised' on behalf of Emirati athletes who refused to shake hands with their Israeli competitors.

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UAE bans Israeli flag, anthem as judoka wins gold

An Israeli judoka won a gold medal at a competition in Abu Dhabi on Thursday but did not compete under the Israeli flag or have the national ...

UAE allows Israel <em>judo</em> team to attend tournament

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UAE allows Israel judo team to attend tournament

The United Arab Emirates has allowed an Israeli team to take part an international Judo tournament in Abu Dhabi, but ordered them not ...

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Morocco tourists make tracks on 007's 'desert express'

The Orient Desert Express, made famous in the 2015 Bond movie "Spectre", trundles tourists between the town of Oujda and the former mining city ...

Iran slams footballers for playing against Israeli team

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Iran slams footballers for playing against Israeli team

Iran's football federation has condemned two Iranian players for participating in a match on Friday against an Israeli team, with the move ...

Egypt's Sisi will soon become a Taekwondo black belt

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Egypt's Sisi will soon become a Taekwondo black belt

Egypt's president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has bizarrely been awarded a black belt in Taekwondo, despite never having set a foot onto the mats.

Egyptian kebab-shop wrestler sparks debate after winning for Bulgaria

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Egyptian kebab-shop wrestler sparks debate after winning for Bulgaria

Rejected by Egypt's wrestling federation, a young grappler and kebab shop worker has made a controversial comeback while representing a ...

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