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G7 Leaders Agree to Lend Ukraine Billions Backed by Russia’s Frozen Assets

Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy democracies have agreed to engineer a $50 billion loan to help Ukraine in its fight for survival. Interest earned on…

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Business Members of the honor guard stand at attention during a flag-raising in place of Kasba in Tunis, Tunisia, June 26, 2018. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi

Tunisia to Receive 450 Million Euros in European Loans, Grants

The European Investment Bank on Tuesday announced grants and loans worth 450 million euros ($480 million) for crisis-hit Tunisia to support small and medium…

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Arab World A massive fire at an oil refinery in northern Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region of Irbil has been raging since Wednesday night, injuring at least 10 firefighters and destroying three fire engines, according to the regional civil defense department. Many firefighters suffered from breathing difficulties due to the thick smoke. (AP Video by Rashid Yahya)

Firefighters Battle Massive Fire at Northern Iraq Oil Refinery

A team of 32 firefighters in northern Iraq was battling to put out a massive fire Thursday, a day after it broke out at an oil refinery, local officials said…

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Gulf Kuwait's fire service said an electrical short circuit caused the blaze that killed the people in a building housing foreign workers (AFP Photo)

Kuwait to Bring One Citizen, Residents into Custody over Fire in Foreign Workers Accommodation

Kuwaiti prosecutors asked on Thursday to bring one citizen and a number of residents into protective custody over accusations of manslaughter due to safety…

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G7 Urges Hamas to Accept Gaza Truce Deal

Arab World Children stand in the rubble of a collapsed building in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on April 9, 2024. (Photo by AFP)
Children stand in the rubble of a collapsed building in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on April 9, 2024. (Photo by AFP)

G7 Urges Hamas to Accept Gaza Truce Deal

G7 leaders on Thursday called on Palestinian militant group Hamas to accept a roadmap towards a ceasefire in Gaza announced by US President Joe Biden in May. …

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World US President Joe Biden attends a flags ceremony with paratroopers at Borgo Egnazia Golf Club San Domenico during the G7 Summit hosted by Italy in Apulia region, on June 13, 2024 in Savelletri. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)

US, Ukraine Ink 10-year Defense Agreement

US President Joe Biden and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy signed a 10-year bilateral security agreement on Thursday aimed at bolstering Ukraine's…

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Arab World Palestinians pursue their daily chores, as smoke rises following the Israeli bombardment of the city of Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip on June 11, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas group. (Photo by Eyad BABA / AFP)

Israeli Forces Thrust Deeper Into Rafah as Diplomacy Falters

Israeli tanks advanced deeper into the western area of Rafah, amid one of the worst nights of bombardment from air, ground, and sea, forcing many families to…

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Greek Culture Ministry: Acropolis Closed During Afternoon Hours Due to Heat

Culture Tourists visit the Acropolis hill archaeological site, before it closes due to a heatwave hitting Athens, Greece, June 13, 2024. REUTERS/Louiza Vradi

Greek Culture Ministry: Acropolis Closed During Afternoon Hours Due to Heat

Authorities in Greece have closed down the Acropolis in Athens during the afternoon on Thursday for a second day as the country swelters under unseasonably…

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Culture Saudi Arabia Set to Captivate Seoul International Book Fair as Guest of Honor

Saudi Arabia Set to Captivate Seoul International Book Fair as Guest of Honor

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is gearing up for a grand showcase at the upcoming 66th Seoul International Book Fair (SIBF) 2024. Held under the Korean Publishers…

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Culture Najran brown wheat, known locally as Al-Bur Al-Najrani (Al-Samraa), has been grown in the region for centuries.  - SPA

First Najran Wheat Festival Celebrates Region's Rich Heritage

The inaugural Najran Wheat Festival drew a remarkable crowd, showcasing the deep cultural significance of wheat in Najran society. Visitors participated in…

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Culture Police in Ireland. Reuters file photo

Medieval Mummies 'Beyond Repair' after Dublin Church Fire

Five medieval mummies preserved in the crypt of a Dublin church have likely been damaged beyond repair by a fire and water used to douse the flames, a church…

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Culture King Willem-Alexander, center, and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands place a wreath at the tombs of Martin Luther King Jr., and Coretta Scott King as the King's daughter Bernice King, left, looks on during a visit to the King Center, Monday, June 10, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP)

King and Queen of the Netherlands Pay Tribute to MLK During Visit to Atlanta 

The king and queen of the Netherlands began a four-day tour of the US on Monday in Atlanta, where they paid tribute to the late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr…

Macron: Decision to Dissolve Parliament Should Not Spoil Olympics Mood

Sports French President Emmanuel Macron attends a flags ceremony at Borgo Egnazia Golf Club San Domenico during the G7 Summit hosted by Italy in Apulia region, on June 13, 2024 in Savelletri. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)

Macron: Decision to Dissolve Parliament Should Not Spoil Olympics Mood

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday he did not think his decision to dissolve parliament and call for new parliamentary elections would spoil the…

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Sports Saudi boxer Al-Baraa Al-Amoudi - SPA

Saudi Boxer Al-Amoudi Makes History at Muay Thai World Championship

Saudi boxer Al-Baraa Al-Amoudi clinched the gold medal in the International Federation of Muaythai Associations (IFMA) Senior Championship 2024, held in Greece…

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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 Olympics But Leaves Door Open For 2026 World Cup

Eight-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi has confirmed in an interview with US broadcaster ESPN that he will not attempt to win a second gold medal with…

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Sports FILE - FIFA President Gianni Infantino walks on the stage before the start of the 69th FIFA congress in Paris, Wednesday, June 5, 2019. FIFA was facing more opposition to its newly-expanded Club World Cup in America on Thursday, June 13, 2024 after World players’ union FIFPRO said a legal claim had been submitted against the decision to create the tournament. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)

Expanded Club World Cup in 2025 Faces Legal Challenge by Players' Unions

Soccer players’ unions legally challenged FIFA on Thursday for expanding the Club World Cup. The 32-team event, up from seven, is slated for June-July 2025…

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Sports Faisal Halim was severely injured in an acid attack last month.  Arif Kartono / AFP

Malaysia Footballer Badly Hurt in Acid Attack Pledges to Play Again

A Malaysian international badly hurt in an acid attack in May broke down in tears on Thursday as he pledged to return to football in "one to two months"…

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Madinah Red Crescent Saves Pilgrim's Life

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Madinah Red Crescent Saves Pilgrim's Life

Swift action by the Saudi Red Crescent ambulance teams in Madinah successfully revived a 50-year-old pilgrim who suffered a cardiac arrest at the Al-Miqat…

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Varieties 'The (US) Library of Congress holds more than 178 million items in its collections, perhaps the most comprehensive collection of human knowledge ever assembled in one place,' says Hayden. Photo: AFP

US Library of Congress Spotlights its American 'Treasures'

The US Library of Congress houses more than just books, with a new exhibit opening this week highlighting some of the institution's most diverse and symbolic…

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Varieties FILE PHOTO: An astronaut is shown in this handout photo provided by NASA participating in a spacewalk that took place on December 24, 2013, released on December 27, 2013. REUTERS/NASA/Handout via Reuters

Human Bodies Mostly Recover From Space, Tourist Mission Shows

How bad for your health is space travel? Answering this question will be crucial not just for astronauts aiming to go to Mars, but for a booming space tourism…

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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 Calls Off Astronauts' ISS Spacewalk Over 'Spacesuit Discomfort'

NASA said a "spacesuit discomfort issue" forced the cancellation of a planned spacewalk outside the International Space Station (ISS) by two US astronauts on…

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Varieties Boxes containing the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine are prepared to be shipped at the McKesson distribution center in Olive Branch, Mississippi, on December 20, 2020. (AFP)

Moderna Says Next-generation COVID Vaccine Efficacy Non-inferior to Current Shot

Moderna said on Thursday its next-generation COVID-19 vaccine candidate showed it was not inferior in efficacy compared to its approved shot in a late-stage…

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