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Japan’s Robot Taxi eyes partnerships with automakers

Japan’s Robot Taxi aims to forge partnerships with carmakers to develop a driverless taxi service in time for the 2020 Olympics, the technology company said, holding its first tests on public roads and joining a global race to develop self-driving cars. The joint venture between gaming software maker DeNA Co and robotics developer ZMP has set the 2020 Games in ...

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Arabs lament missed opportunity at big Fifa race

The Arab region squandered the chance to help elect their first FIFA president because their two candidates failed to co-operate, leaving the door open for Swiss Gianni Infantino to triumph on Friday, Arab soccer chiefs and pundits said. UEFA’s Infantino got 88 votes in the first round, three more than Asian Football Confederation (AFC) chief Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al ...

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Kenya could pull out of Rio Olympics due to Zika concerns:committee head

ATHENS: Kenya could pull out of this year’s Rio Olympics due to concerns over the Zika virus outbreak in Brazil, the head of Kenya’s Olympics committee said on Tuesday. Kenya boasts some of the best middle and long-distance runners in the world and the East African nation topped the medals table at the 2015 World athletics championships. “Obviously, we are ...

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AEB wins Qatar stadium consultancy contract

Arab Engineering Bureau (AEB), the oldest architectural and engineering consulting firm in Qatar, has been appointed as the design consultant by Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) for the eighth proposed host venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which will be located in Al Thumama area of the country, said a report. The 40,000-seat stadium will host matches ...

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Sport brings $1.08bn a year to Dubai economy

  Sport contributes $1.08 billion to Dubai’s economy per annum, a report by consultants Deloitte revealed on Thursday. Golf is the biggest contributor, providing $270 million — or 25 percent — of the emirate’s total sports revenue in the 12 months to September 1, 2015, Nick Tarratt, director of European Tour International – Dubai, told a news conference. These figures ...

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Attackers planned multiple blasts in German stadium

A group of several attackers planned to set off multiple explosives in Hanover soccer stadium at Tuesday night’s friendly match between Germany and the Netherlands, which was called off, daily Bild reported on Thursday. Bild said it had obtained a copy of a document that Germany’s domestic intelligence service provided to Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere on Tuesday, the contents ...

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Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets are World U17 Champions

The Nigeria U17 team, the Golden Eaglets, have successfully defended their FIFA U17 World Cup title after recording a 2-0 victory over their West African foes, Mali, in the early hours of Monday. After a largely even first half contest in which Nigeria missed a penalty inside the first four minutes, Golden Eaglets gangling striker, Victor Osimhen, broke the deadlock ...

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Arab royals battle for Fifa leadership

Two Arab royals are set to face off for control of Fifa with the main battleground likely to be Europe, the home of world soccer’s scandal-hit governing body. The election to replace Sepp Blatter at the helm of Fifa took a fresh twist on Friday as the president of Asian soccer Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain entered ...

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Julius Baer says reports on its FIFA involvement are wrong

ZURICH: Swiss private bank Julius Baer said on Thursday media reports about its involvement with world soccer body FIFA were incorrect. It was responding to an advance summary of a report on Wednesday by the Handelszeitung paper which formed the basis of a number of news stories. “This preliminary information, which contains wrong statements, was partially corrected by Handelszeitung for ...

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As lawyers took control at Fifa, Blatter became isolated

Fifa President Sepp Blatter’s loss of control of soccer’s world governing body had been evident to staff in its hilltop glass headquarters here well before Thursday’s announcement by FifaA’s Ethics Committee that he had been suspended. The Swiss national who has won five successive elections to dominate Fifa for 17 years had become increasingly isolated in the months following the ...

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