It was likely the last World Cup match for the 37-year-old Ronaldo, and probably his last chance to win soccer's biggest prize. ``No regrets,'' Portugal coach Fernando Santos said of not starting Ronaldo. Santos later said Ronaldo was ``not happy'' to be told he was being benched, but never threatened to leave the World Cup because of the decision. Portugal was trying to make it to the World Cup semifinals for the third time, having finished third in 1966 and fourth in 2006. The next chance to win the golden trophy will come in four years at the 2026 World Cup in North America, but it will likely be without Ronaldo on the team.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Thursday pressed Chinese leader Xi Jinping on regional security issues including North Korea, as Pyongyang fired the latest missile in a record blitz that has sent nuclear fears soaring. North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile as Xi and Kishida prepared to meet, and warned Washington and its allies to expect a "fiercer" military response. Kishida's office earlier condemned the latest launch by North Korea, which adds to a flurry that began this month and has included an intercontinental ballistic missile. Biden said after his talks with Xi on Monday he was confident China did not want Kim Jong Un's regime to escalate tensions any further. Xi last held face-to-face talks with a Japanese prime minister in December 2019, when he met Shinzo Abe in Beijing, although he has spoken to Kishida by phone.2 months ago Ahram Online
Japan, India, South Korea and Taiwan have responded to the wave of infections by requiring virus tests for visitors from China. China stopped issuing visas to foreigners and passports to its own people at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020. The National Immigration Administration of China said it will start taking applications Jan. 8 for passports for tourists to go abroad. China will ``gradually resume'' admitting foreign visitors, the agency said. Business groups have warned global companies were shifting investment away from China because foreign executives were blocked from visiting.1 month ago Ahram Online
"America's comeback starts right now," Trump told cheering supporters at his Mar-a-Lago resort, as he formally announced his candidacy. A probe into his attempt to overturn the 2020 election could also potentially result in charges. Back in 2016, many Americans literally laughed at the idea of a future Trump White House. But as the Covid tragedy spiraled, Trump looked inept, granting Biden an opening. One typically brazen claim, though, was hard to contest: "There's never been a president like President Trump."2 months ago Ahram Online
China has announced its first population decline in decades as what has been the world's most populous nation ages and its birthrate plunges. The tally includes only the population of mainland China, excluding Hong Kong and Macao as well as foreign residents. Yi said that, based on his own research, China's population has actually been declining since 2018, showing the population crisis is “much more severe” than previously thought. China's looming economic crisis will be worse than Japan's, where years of low growth have been blamed in part on a shrinking population, Yi said. In a report released on World Population Day, the U.N. also said global population growth fell below 1% in 2020 for the first time since 1950.16 days ago Ahram Online
More than 150 people were killed in a stampede at a Halloween event in central Seoul, officials said Sunday, with South Korea's president vowing a full investigation into one of the country's worst disasters. The fire department said at least 151 people, including 19 foreigners, were killed in the stampede, which occurred around 10:00 pm (1300 GMT). Police had also not expected such a large crowd at the Halloween event, he said. Paramedics at the scene, quickly overwhelmed by the number of victims, were asking passers-by to administer first aid. The Chinese Embassy in Seoul confirmed on its official WeChat account that three Chinese citizens had died in the stampede.3 months ago Ahram Online
After a fatal crowd crush in South Korea and deaths at a soccer game in Indonesia, Qatar's readiness for a health emergency at the World Cup was detailed Wednesday. Public health experts in Qatar explained _ in an online briefing hosted by the Geneva-based World Health Organization _ their preparations for a tournament that is expected to attract at least 1.2 million visitors to the tiny emirate. ``Surprises happen but we are prepared as much as humanly possible for such events,'' said Dr. Soha Al Bayat from the Qatari Ministry of Public Health. Public health experts describe soccer's World Cup, which begins Nov. 20, as the biggest mass gathering of spectators since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Qatari's preparation for a major health incident was tested at the Arab Cup tournament last December and, after a post-tournament review, another simulation exercise in August.3 months ago Ahram Online
Whether China wants to increase pressure on North Korea is "of course up to them", Sullivan said. However, with North Korea rapidly ramping up its missile capacities, "the operational situation is more acute in the current moment", Sullivan said. Biden and Xi, the leaders of the world's two biggest economies, have spoken by phone multiple times since Biden became president in January 2021. As well as Biden, Xi will also meet French President Emmanuel Macron before heading to Bangkok later in the week for the APEC summit. Lavrov will press Moscow's view that the United States is "destabilising" the Asia-Pacific region with a confrontational approach, the Russian TASS news agency reported.2 months ago Ahram Online