Al Bawaba - Daily Headlines https://www.albawaba.com/rss/all/Violence%20flares%20at%20anti-Islam%20rallies%20across%20Australia en Gina Haspel Sworn in as First Woman CIA Director Amid Much Flak https://www.albawaba.com/news/gina-haspel-sworn-first-woman-cia-director-amid-much-flak-1135454 <p><strong>After weeks of criticisms aimed at her candidacy, Gina Haspel was sworn in Monday as the CIA's first permanent female director during a ceremony attended by President&nbsp;Donald Trump.</strong></p> <p>Vice President&nbsp;Mike Pence&nbsp;and Secretary of State&nbsp;Mike Pompeo&nbsp;also attended the swearing-in ceremony at the intelligence agency's Langley, Va., headquarters.</p> <p>"Gina, there is no one in this country better qualified for this extraordinary office," Trump said at the ceremony.</p> <div class="field field-type-imceimage field-field-headline-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/news/gina-haspel-sworn-first-woman-cia-director-amid-much-flak-1135454" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb imagecache-linked imagecache-article_headline_thumb_linked"><img src="https://albawabacdn-albawabamiddleea.netdna-ssl.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_headline_thumb/im/USA_2017/Gina_Haspel_new_ciaa.jpg" alt="Gina Haspel has sworn as the CIA&#039;s first permanent female director during a ceremony attended by President Donald Trump. 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(AFP/ File Photo)" title="Houthi rebels. (AFP/ File Photo)" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb" width="147" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-computed field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://aawsat.com/english" title="Asharq Alawsat - English" target="_blank"><img src="http://logo.albawaba.com/logos/small/425.png" title="Asharq Alawsat - English" border="0" /></a> Copyright © Saudi Research and Publishing Co. 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(AFP/ File Photo)" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb" width="147" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-computed field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://www.aa.com.tr/en" title="Anadolu Agency (AA)" target="_blank"><img src="http://logo.albawaba.com/logos/small/400.png" title="Anadolu Agency (AA)" border="0" /></a> © Copyright Andolu Ajansi </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="https://www.albawaba.com/news/two-soldiers-loyal-haftar-killed-car-bomb-eastern-libya-1135506" target="_blank">read more</a></p> NEWS Main Headlines Libya Tue, 22 May 2018 18:00:00 +0000 1135506 at https://www.albawaba.com Aoun Asks Hariri to Lead Caretaker Cabinet Until Lebanese Government Chosen https://www.albawaba.com/news/aoun-asks-hariri-lead-caretaker-cabinet-until-lebanese-government-chosen-1135484 <p class="selectionShareable"><strong>Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Tuesday asked Prime Minister Saad Hariri to continue leading his cabinet until a new government can be drawn up.</strong></p> <p class="selectionShareable">In a statement, Aoun thanked Hariri and his cabinet ministers for remaining at their positions until a new cabinet can be formed following Lebanon’s May 6 parliamentary poll.</p> <p class="selectionShareable">The newly elected parliament is slated to hold its first session on Wednesday, when lawmakers will choose a new assembly speaker.</p> <div class="field field-type-imceimage field-field-headline-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/news/aoun-asks-hariri-lead-caretaker-cabinet-until-lebanese-government-chosen-1135484" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb imagecache-linked imagecache-article_headline_thumb_linked"><img src="https://albawabacdn-albawabamiddleea.netdna-ssl.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_headline_thumb/im/Lebanon_2017/Aoun_and_hariri.jpg" alt="President Michel Aoun has asked PM to continue leading his cabinet until a new government can be drawn up. 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As this Russian World Cup is the third to coincide with the advent of Ramadan, a lot of questions were raised about whether the Muslim players should fast during the matches and the pre-tournament camps or not.</p> <div class="field field-type-imceimage field-field-headline-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sport/will-muslim-players-fast-during-2018-world-cup-russia-1135560" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb imagecache-linked imagecache-article_headline_thumb_linked"><img src="https://albawabacdn-albawabamiddleea.netdna-ssl.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_headline_thumb/im/Sport/morocco_squad_2017.jpg" alt="Morocco&#039;s national football team" title="Morocco&#039;s national football team" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb" width="147" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-computed field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://scoopempire.com/" title="Scoop Empire" target="_blank"><img src="http://logo.albawaba.com/logos/small/2080.png" title="Scoop Empire" border="0" /></a> © Scoop Empire 2018. 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Portugal and Argentina stand in the fourth and fifth places and above Iran.</p> <div class="field field-type-imceimage field-field-headline-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sport/iran%E2%80%99s-futsal-remains-asia%E2%80%99s-top-latest-rankings-1135544" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb imagecache-linked imagecache-article_headline_thumb_linked"><img src="https://albawabacdn-albawabamiddleea.netdna-ssl.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_headline_thumb/im/Sport/iran_futsal.jpg" alt="Photo: Mehr News" title="Photo: Mehr News" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb" width="147" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-computed field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://en.mehrnews.com/" title="Mehr News Agency (MNA)" target="_blank"><img src="http://logo.albawaba.com/logos/small/399.png" title="Mehr News Agency (MNA)" border="0" /></a> © 2003-2018 Mehr News Agency </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="https://www.albawaba.com/sport/iran%E2%80%99s-futsal-remains-asia%E2%80%99s-top-latest-rankings-1135544" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sport Football Main Headlines Asia Iran Tue, 22 May 2018 14:06:19 +0000 1135544 at https://www.albawaba.com Saudi Arabian Football Clubs Helped with Debts by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman https://www.albawaba.com/sport/saudi-arabian-football-clubs-helped-debts-crown-prince-mohammed-bin-salman-1135540 <p>The General Sports Authority and <a href="http://www.the-waff.com/en/team/Saudi-Arabia-49.html" target="_blank">Saudi Arabia Football Federation (SAFF)</a> have announced that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will cover all external debts owed by Saudi Professional League clubs.</p> <p>According to reports, the Crown Prince will provide 1,277,000,000 Saudi riyals (around $340 million) that will not only clear monies owed but also enable clubs to invest ahead of the 2018-19 season.</p> <div class="field field-type-imceimage field-field-headline-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sport/saudi-arabian-football-clubs-helped-debts-crown-prince-mohammed-bin-salman-1135540" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb imagecache-linked imagecache-article_headline_thumb_linked"><img src="https://albawabacdn-albawabamiddleea.netdna-ssl.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_headline_thumb/im/Sport/saudi_fa_logo.png" alt="Saudi Arabia Football Federation logo" title="Saudi Arabia Football Federation logo" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb" width="147" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-computed field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.arabnews.com/" title="Arab News" target="_blank"><img src="http://logo.albawaba.com/logos/small/9.png" title="Arab News" border="0" /></a> Copyright: Arab News © 2018 All rights reserved. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="https://www.albawaba.com/sport/saudi-arabian-football-clubs-helped-debts-crown-prince-mohammed-bin-salman-1135540" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sport Football Main Headlines Saudi Arabia Tue, 22 May 2018 13:53:04 +0000 1135540 at https://www.albawaba.com