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Australia Imposes Sanctions on Israeli Youth Group, Settlers over West Bank Violence

Australia on Thursday imposed financial sanctions and travel bans on seven Israeli settlers and a youth group it said had been involved in violence against…

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World In a rare Oval Office address to the nation explaining why he stepped down from the 2024 presidential race, President Joe Biden said he believes the best way to unite the nation is to “pass the torch to a new generation. - The AP

Biden Uses Oval Office Address to Explain Decision to Quit 2024 Race

Insisting that “the defense of democracy is more important than any title,” President Joe Biden on Wednesday will explain in an Oval Office address his…

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Arab World Israelis and hostage families watch a screening of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he addresses Congress on a visit to the US, amid the ongoing conflict in Gaza between Israel and Hamas,at the so-called "Hostages Square", in Tel Aviv, Israel, July 24, 2024. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes Purchase Licensing Rights

Israeli Forces Recover Bodies of Two Hostages from Gaza

Israeli forces have recovered the bodies of two hostages killed in Hamas' Oct. 7 attack and held in Gaza since then, Israel's Army Radio reported on Wednesday,…

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Arab World Palestinian boy Ahmed Qannan, who is suffering from malnutrition, is attended to at a healthcare center, in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, March 4, 2024. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem Purchase Licensing Rights

WHO: 15 Gaza Children Going to Spain for Urgent Care

The World Health Organization said Wednesday that 15 children and one adult from war-ravaged Gaza were travelling from Egypt to Spain to receive care for…

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Gaza Ceasefire Deal in 'Closing Stages', Says US Official

Arab World Smoke billows over Rafah in the south of Gaza after an Israeli bombardment during its war against Palestinian militant group Hamas © SAID KHATIB / AFP

Gaza Ceasefire Deal in 'Closing Stages', Says US Official

Negotiations for a Gaza ceasefire and hostage release deal are in their "closing stages," a US official said Wednesday, ahead of talks between US President Joe…

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World Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba speaks during the Ukraine Recovery Conference in Berlin, Germany, June 11, 2024. REUTERS/Nadja Wohlleben/File Photo Purchase Licensing Rights

Ukraine Tells China it is Open to Talks if Moscow Acts in Good Faith

Ukraine's top diplomat said on Wednesday, after a day of "very deep and concentrated" talks in China, that Kyiv was prepared for talks on the conflict with…

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World  Paris 2024 Olympics - Beach Volleyball Training - Eiffel Tower Stadium, Paris, France - July 24, 2024. General view as the Olympic Rings and the Eiffel Tower are seen during training. (Reuters)

French Authorities Foil Several Plots on the 2024 Olympics in Paris

French authorities have foiled several plots to disrupt the 2024 Olympics, officials said Wednesday, two days before the opening ceremony of the Summer Games…

UN Agency Rejects Plan to Place Britain’s Stonehenge on List of Heritage Sites in Danger

Culture Sheep graze beside the prehistoric monument at Stonehenge in southern England, on April 26, 2020, closed during the national lockdown due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (AFP)

UN Agency Rejects Plan to Place Britain’s Stonehenge on List of Heritage Sites in Danger

The United Nations’ cultural agency rejected recommendations Wednesday to place Stonehenge on the list of world heritage sites in danger over concerns that…

Culture Photos of bullfighters decorate the walls of the bullring in Choachi, Colombia, Saturday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Colombian Bullfighters Decry New Ban on Centuries-old Tradition

Sebastián Caqueza says a new law to ban bullfighting in Colombia by 2028 will not dampen his passion for the sport that he has been practicing since has was a…

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Culture The Ministry of Culture brings the Year of the Camel to life at Jeddah Season 2024 - SPA  

Camel Culture Takes Center Stage at Jeddah Season

The Ministry of Culture is bringing the Year of the Camel to life at Jeddah Season 2024, SPA reported. From life-size camel sculptures to interactive displays…

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Culture A presidential security officer stands behind antiquities repatriated from Germany and put on display at the Archeological museum, in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Monday, July 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Cyprus Displays Jewelry, Early Christian Icons and Bronze Age Antiquities Once Looted From Island

Cyprus on Monday put on display artifacts — some of them thousands of years old — that were returned after a Turkish art dealer looted them from the ethnically…

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Culture The conference aims to highlight the cultural and civilizational values of camels. SPA

King Saud University Hosts Int’l Conference on 'Camels in Arab Culture'

The Department of Arabic Language and Literature at King Saud University (KSU) will host the fifth International Conference on Camels in Arab Culture on…

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'We Love Life': Gaza's War-weary Footballers Play On

Sports In the courtyard of a displaced persons shelter in north Gaza's Jabalia, two football clubs squared off - AFP

'We Love Life': Gaza's War-weary Footballers Play On

On an improvised pitch in war-ravaged Gaza, a young player and goalkeeper block out the boisterous crowd and focus solely on the football as they square off. …

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Sports Paris 2024 Olympics - Football - Men's Group B - Argentina vs Morocco - Geoffroy-Guichard Stadium, Saint-Etienne, France - July 24, 2024. Achraf Hakimi of Morocco reacts as pitch invaders run to the pitch after the match. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani Purchase Licensing Rights

Chaos, Crowd Trouble as Morocco Beat Argentina in Men's Olympic Football Opener

Chaos and confusion reigned on Wednesday as Morocco beat Argentina 2-1 in their opening game of the men's Olympic football tournament, but only after a late…

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Sports Paris 2024 Olympics - IOC Session 2030 & 2034 Announcements - Le Palais des Congres de Paris, Paris, France - July 24, 2024. French President Emmanuel Macron, Member of Parliament Laurent Wauquiez, President of the region Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur Renaud Muselier and David Lappartient, President of the France's Olympic Committee during the IOC Session. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

IOC: France Conditionally Confirmed as 2030 Winter Games Hosts

France was conditionally picked as the host of the 2030 Winter Games on Wednesday and must now deliver key financial guarantees in a timeline to be set by the…

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Sports The last five champions have all been Latin American, largely because of the willingness of Argentina and Brazil to send major stars such as Lionel Messi and Neymar.  (file photo/The AP)

Men’s Olympic Soccer Remains Stuck in the Game’s Second Tier

The Poststadion still stands, about 10 minutes’ walk north-west of Berlin’s Hauptbahnhof. It’s set up for American football these days and this summer it was…

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Sports Eddie Howe directs training at the Adidas training facilities in Herzogenaurach, Germany. Photograph: Serena Taylor/Newcastle United/Getty Images

Eddie Howe Seeks Right ‘Dynamic’ as Newcastle Future Comes Under Question

Appearances can be deceptive and the apparently carefree Howe had much to ponder at a moment when he appears high on the Football Association’s shortlist to…

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Wildfire Smoke Chokes Parts of Canada, Western US amid Air Quality Alerts

Varieties Fires burning in California, Oregon, Arizona, Washington and other western states, as well as Canada, have filled the skies in regions of the western US - The AP

Wildfire Smoke Chokes Parts of Canada, Western US amid Air Quality Alerts

Fires burning in California, Oregon, Arizona, Washington and other western states, as well as Canada, have filled the skies in regions of the western US with…

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Varieties The park will be a verdant oasis north of the capital, bordered by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Road, Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz Road, Prince Badr bin Abdul Mohsen Road, and Anas bin Malik Road. (SPA)

Construction Begins on King Abdulaziz Park, a Green Riyadh Landmark

Riyadh’s skyline is set to dramatically change as construction kicked off on King Abdulaziz Park, a cornerstone of the ambitious Green Riyadh initiative, said…

Varieties A Cuban fisherman rests in a makeshift raft at sunset in Havana Bay on July 19, 2024. (Photo by YAMIL LAGE / AFP)

World Breaks Hottest Day Record for 2nd Day in a Row

The world again registered its hottest day on record on Monday, July 22, inching past Sunday which had just taken the title, according to preliminary data from…

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Varieties The incident occurred Tuesday near Odiorne Point State Park.  (file photo/The AP)

Whale Surfaces, Capsizes Fishing Boat off New Hampshire Coast

Two occupants of a fishing vessel are safe Tuesday after a whale surfaced under their boat, capsizing it off the New Hampshire shore, according to the US Coast…

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Varieties In this Aug. 17, 2023, file photo, the McDougall Creek wildfire burns in the hills West Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. - The AP

Wildfires Threaten Communities in the West

Firefighters in the West are scrambling as new wildfires threaten communities in Oregon, California and Washington, with at least one Oregon fire so large that…

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