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Saudi Crown Prince Holds Separate Phone Conversations with Iraqi PM, Russian President

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who is also the Prime Minister of the Kingdom, called on Wednesday Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed…

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Arab World A truck carries humanitarian aid across Trident Pier, a temporary pier to deliver aid, off the Gaza Strip, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, near the Gaza coast, June 25, 2024. (Reuters)

US Military Ends Gaza Floating Pier Mission to Bring Aid to Palestinians by Sea

The US military announced on Wednesday that its mission to install and operate a temporary, floating pier off the coast of Gaza was complete, formally ending…

World Ukrainian Defense Minister Rustem Umerov arrives for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) defense ministers dinner hosted by US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin during the annual NATO summit at the Fort McNair on July 10, 2024 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images via AFP)

Defense Chief Says Ukraine Will Find Battlefield Solutions No Matter Who Wins US Election

Ukraine will find a way to battle Russia's invading forces even if former President Donald Trump wins a second term and imperils vital US support for its…

Gulf Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, and French President Emmanuel Macron. (Saudi Foreign Ministry)

Saudi Crown Prince, French President Discuss Regional, Int’l Developments

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, received a telephone call on Wednesday from French President…

Biden Tests Positive for COVID, Will Self-Isolate in Delaware

World President Joe Biden walks up the steps of Air Force One at Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas, Wednesday, July 17, 2024. (AP)

Biden Tests Positive for COVID, Will Self-Isolate in Delaware

US President Joe Biden, under fire from fellow Democrats to drop his re-election campaign, tested positive for COVID-19 while on a trip to Las Vegas on…

Gulf  Palestinians carry away the body of a person killed in an Israeli strike in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip on July 17, 2024. (AFP)

Saudi Arabia Condemns Israeli Attack on UNRWA School in Gaza

Saudi Arabia strongly condemned on Thursday Israel’s targeting of the Al-Razi United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) school in…

Arab World Palestinians gather amidst the rubble of Moussa family's destroyed home following an Israeli airstrike, in Al-Maghazi refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, 29 March 2024. EPA/MOHAMMED SABER

Israeli Delegation Arrives Cairo for Gaza Ceasefire Talks

An Israeli delegation has arrived in Egypt to continue ceasefire talks as Israel and Hamas consider the latest proposal. That’s according to three Egyptian…

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Fake Luxuries Supplant Tradition in Istanbul's Grand Bazaar

Culture This photograph taken on July 9, 2024 shows a shop displaying items said to be from 'luxury' brands at historical Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. (Photo by Yasin AKGUL / AFP)

Fake Luxuries Supplant Tradition in Istanbul's Grand Bazaar

Cut-price branded perfumes and fake high-end handbags line the ornate alleys of Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, with traditional merchants saying the luxury…

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Culture A woman poses for a photo with smoke from a fire at the background, during a hot, windy day at Acropolis hill, in Athens, Tuesday, July 16, 2024. Much of Greece was also sweltering in a heat wave due to last until the end of the week, with temperatures in some areas forecast to reach 42 degrees Celsius (over 107 degrees Fahrenheit).(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Greece Culture Ministry Shuts Acropolis During the Hottest Part of the Day

Greece’s Culture Ministry ordered the closure of the Acropolis — the country’s biggest cultural attraction — for several hours in the middle of the day…

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Culture Five Revolutionary War musket balls, which are believed to be fired at the British by colonial militia men, are displayed at Minute Man National Historical Park, Monday, July 15, 2024, in Concord, Mass. (AP)

Archeologists Find Musket Balls Fired during 1 of the First Battles in US Revolutionary War

Nearly 250 years ago, hundreds of militiamen lined a hillside in Massachusetts and started firing a barrage of musket balls toward retreating British troops,…

Culture A Glimpse of Saudi Arabia’s geological heritage (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Saudi Geological Parks Nearing UNESCO Recognition

The National Center for Vegetation Cover Development and Combating Desertification in Saudi Arabia is working to establish and enhance several sites with…

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Culture The medal is one of the highest French honors awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions in the fields of art, literature, and history. (SPA)

Saudi Artists Receive French Order of Arts and Letters at Knight Rank

France has awarded the French Order of Arts and Letters at the rank of Knight, in the name of the French President, Saudi artists and establishments in…

‘I am Not a Klopp Clone,’ Insists Slot

Sports Arne Slot admitted he had big shoes to fill. Photograph: Craig Brough/Action Images/Reuters

‘I am Not a Klopp Clone,’ Insists Slot

Arne Slot believes Liverpool need only marginal improvement to win the Premier League and has insisted there is more to his football style than being a clone…

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Sports At the Euros, transport infrastructure broke down, basic security was inept and illogical and no effort was made to tackle the scourge of beer being used as a projectile. - Reuters

Mediocre Euros, Copa América Show There is Such a Thing as Too Much Football

On the one hand, the best side in both the Euros and Copa América ended up triumphant. On the other hand, there was just about everything else, from the…

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Sports  Paris 2024 Olympics - Paris 2024 Olympics Preview - Paris, France - July 17, 2024 General view of stands and a big screen installed on the banks of the river Seine ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympics. (Reuters)

In and on the Water, French Troops Secure the River Seine for the Paris Olympics Opening Ceremony

French soldiers and police are being deployed both in and along the River Seine to make it safe during the grandiose opening ceremony of the Paris Olympics,…

Sports Lionel Messi will miss the Olympics but could feature at a sixth World Cup in 2026 © Patrick McDermott / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP

Messi to Miss Next Two Miami MLS Matches with Ankle Injury

Lionel Messi will miss Inter Miami's next two Major League Soccer matches after injuring his right ankle in Argentina's Copa America final triumph, Miami coach…

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Sports  Paris 2024 chief Tony Estanguet and the top government official for the Paris region, Marc Guillaume, joined along with swimmers from local swimming clubs. - The AP

Paris Mayor Dips Into Seine River to Showcase Its Improved Cleanliness Before Olympic Events

After months of anticipation, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo took a dip in the long-polluted Seine River on Wednesday, fulfilling a promise to show the river was…

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New York Storm Topples B-52 Bomber, Tears Roof off 19th Century Church

Varieties A picture showing some of the damage resulting from the hurricane that struck New York (The AP)

New York Storm Topples B-52 Bomber, Tears Roof off 19th Century Church

A storm powerful enough to knock a B-52 bomber off a platform and tear the roof off a 19th century church ripped through central New York state, killing a man…

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Varieties FILE PHOTO: The NASA logo is seen at Kennedy Space Center ahead of the NASA/SpaceX launch of a commercial crew mission to the International Space Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, US, April 16, 2021. REUTERS/Joe Skipper/File Photo

NASA Cancels its Moon Rover Mission

NASA said Wednesday it's canceling its water-seeking moon rover, citing cost overruns and launch delays. The Viper rover was supposed to launch in late 2023…

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Varieties Smoke billows at a shopping centre following fire in the city of Zigong, Sichuan province, China, in this still image obtained from social media video on July 17, 2024. - Reuters

Fire at Shopping Center in China Kills 16

Sixteen people were killed in a fire at a department store in Sichuan province in China's southwest on Wednesday evening, state media said on Thursday. The…

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Varieties Stray dog in Istanbul's Türkiye - File/The AP

Turkish Legislators Hold Tense Debate on Bill to Control Stray Dogs

A Turkish parliamentary commission began a tense debate Wednesday on a bill to manage the country's large stray dog population that animal advocates fear…

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Varieties As much as 11 inches (nearly 28 centimeters) of rain fell overnight into Wednesday on parts of Marion County, Arkansas, in the Ozark Mountains, the National Weather Service said. (The AP)

Water Rescues Underway in Arkansas after New Wave of Storms Across US, Canada

Water rescues were underway Wednesday in Arkansas after a new wave of severe storms that have pummeled a vast swath of the US and Canada, officials said. High…

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