Tunisia kicked off with a strong performance against European Championship semifinalist Denmark holding the pre-tournament dark horse to a 0-0 deadlock, three hours after Saudi Arabia upset the mighty Argentina.
Christian Eriksen marked his return to a major tournament football less than a year and a half after his cardiac arrest on the pitch at Euro 2020.
Messi put his team in the lead with a penalty in the 10th minute but the Saudis roared back to life with two goals in the second half.
There was a scary moment during stoppage time after Saudi's Yasser Al-Shahrani took a flying knee to the head from his teammate goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais. Al-Shahrani was flattened and appeared unconscious before he was stretchered off.
One of the bombmakers in the Bali blasts that killed more than 200 people two decades ago was released on parole on Wednesday after serving half of his sentence, an Indonesian official said, despite protests from Australia.
Philippine lawmakers have proposed a $4.9 billion sovereign wealth fund to be chaired by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr to boost growth, but critics warn it will be prone to graft and risk Filipino pensions.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had listed Indian drugmaker Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd's facility in the western Indian state of Gujarat under an import alert, the company said on Thursday, sending its shares down 3.6%. The import alert means all future shipments of products made at the Halol plant can be refused admission to the U.S. market until the facility becomes compliant with the FDA's Current Good Manufacturing Practice standards, Sun Pharma said in a statement. "The company continues to cooperate with the U.S. FDA and will undertake all necessary steps to resolve these issues and to ensure that the regulator is completely satisfied with the company's remedial action," Sun Pharma said.
Dining in underground restaurants, drinking in secretive bars spread by word-of-mouth, and hiding their Covid symptoms -- some Beijing residents are defying strict curbs as the government tentatively relaxes pandemic control measures.