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FIFA to choose North America or Morocco for 2026 World Cup

FIFA members vote Wednesday on whether to award the 2026 World Cup to a slick North American bid or to Morocco, which has African support to bring football's showpiece event back to the continent. On the eve of the 2018 World Cup, delegates from 207 nations gathered in Moscow are faced with a clear choice. The United States, Mexico, and Canada are the frontrunners, boasting modern, established stadiums and well-developed transport links. Morocco's bid exists largely on paper -- many stadiums will need to be built and…

Saudi sports chief backs North America 2026 World Cup bid

RIYADH: Saudi sports authority chief Turki al-Sheikh on Tuesday extended his support for a joint US-Canada-Mexico bid to host the 2026 World Cup, calling it a "strong" contender. The comment from Sheikh, an advisor to powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, came as he hosted United States Soccer Federation chief Carlos Cordeiro, who sought Saudi support for the joint bid in competition with Morocco. "I was pleased to meet with the president of the American Football Association and chairman of the joint bid for US,…

Oldest human footprints discovered in North America

MONTREAL, Canada: Human footprints found on an island off the coast of western Canada date back to around 13,000 years ago, making them the oldest discovered in North America, according to a study published Wednesday. The footprints are likely those of two adults and one child walking barefoot on clay on what is today a beach on Calvert Island, northeast of Vancouver Island, according to the authors of the study published in the PLOS ONE journal. A total of 29 footprints were found during excavation work from 2014 to…

Contest for second Amazon HQ heats up as finalists named

SEATTLE: With billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs at stake, Amazon's quest for a second North American headquarters has thrust 20 cities into a cutthroat "Hunger Games" style contest -- but at what cost? The US technology and lifestyle giant last week narrowed its list of candidates from 238 applications for the prize, which could provide an estimated $5 billion in investments and 50,000 new jobs. Amazon expects to announce a decision later this year on "HQ2," which will be equal to its Seattle…

Former president of Japan’s Toyota dies at 88

TOKYO: Toyota's former president Tatsuro Toyoda, who helped the Japanese auto giant establish a foothold in North America, has died at the age of 88, the company said Saturday. Toyoda, an uncle of current Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda, died of pneumonia on December 30, the firm said in a statement. His funeral has already been held and was attended by close relatives, but company said it plans to hold a separate farewell ceremony. Toyoda joined the company -- founded by his father Kiichiro Toyoda -- in 1953 and in 1984…

First eclipse in 99 years to sweep North America

MIAMI: The first total solar eclipse to sweep North America in nearly a century will march across the continent August 21, casting a shadow over millions of people from coast to coast. The event, coined the "Great American Eclipse," is inspiring a surge in tourism in the United States, along with sky-high prices for travel to key viewing spots and a rise in scams such as counterfeit solar eclipse glasses. Celebrations are planned nationwide, including weddings timed to coincide with the eclipse and a live Caribbean…

North American movie box office sets record in 2016

OTTAWA: The North American movie box office raked in $11.4 billion in 2016, making it the highest-earning year in history, according to box office tracker comScore. Last year's total eclipsed the previous record of $11.14 billion in 2015. The crop of blockbuster movies in 2016 was topped by "Finding Dory," which tallied $486.3 million in sales in the United States and Canada, comScore said. The latest Star Wars movie, "Rogue One," finished the year in second place, but it was only released on December 16 in the…