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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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World Arnaud was greeted by Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne. POOL/AFP

French Citizen Returns Home after Iran Prison Ordeal

Frenchman Louis Arnaud returned to Paris on Thursday after his release from an over 20-month prison ordeal in Iran, but a dozen Europeans are still detained in…

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Arab World Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein. (AP)

Iraqi FM Says He is Concerned Israel Might Escalate Military Action in Lebanon

Iraq’s top diplomat expressed concerns Thursday that Israel might escalate its military operations in Lebanon with ripple effects that could reach his country…

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Hezbollah Fires New Barrage at Israel, Which Vows to Hit Back

Arab World Hezbollah members take part in a military exercise during a media tour organized for the occasion of Resistance and Liberation Day, in Aaramta, Lebanon, May 21, 2023. (Reuters)

Hezbollah Fires New Barrage at Israel, Which Vows to Hit Back

Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah group said it fired a new wave of rockets and drones at the Israeli army on Thursday, after an Israeli strike killed one of its…

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Gulf Kuwaiti First Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Minister of Interior Sheikh Fahad Yusuf Al-Sabah (C-R) visits the site of a residential building after a fire broke out in Mangaf area, southern Ahmadi governorate, Kuwait, 12 June 2024. EPA/NOUFAL IBRAHIM

Kuwait Emir Orders Accountability for Mangaf Residential Building Fire

Kuwait’s Emir, Sheikh Mishal al-Ahmad al-Sabah, has directed authorities to hold accountable those responsible for a fire in Mangaf that broke out early…

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World Ramezan Sharif the spokesperson for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps. (Archive- Tasnim)

IRGC: We Will Not Side with any Presidential Candidate

Ramezan Sharif, the spokesperson for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), said on Wednesday that his forces “will not side with any candidate” in the…

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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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NASA Calls Off Astronauts' ISS Spacewalk Over 'Spacesuit Discomfort'

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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Varieties Cocoa pods are seen at a cocoa farm in Daloa, Ivory Coast October 2, 2023. REUTERS/Ange Aboa/File Photo Purchase Licensing Rights

Ivory Coast Cocoa Regulator Suspends Bean Purchases in June

Ivory Coast's cocoa regulator has suspended purchase and export of cocoa beans for the month of June, sources said on Thursday, in a bid to retain sufficient…

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Varieties This service follows the successful conclusion of an extensive 90-day trial operation phase - SPA

Al-Mashaer Metro Line Begins Operations for Hajj Season

Al-Mashaer Al-Mugaddasah Metro Line embarked on its inaugural journey this morning, marking the commencement of service for the this year's Hajj season…

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Varieties Sneakers of Italian high fashion sneaker brand Golden Goose are displayed at its store in Beijing, China, September 23, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang/File Photo Purchase Licensing Rights

Luxury Sneaker Maker Golden Goose's IPO Books Fully Covered

Books for the initial public offering (IPO) of Italian luxury sneaker maker Golden Goose were covered in full shortly after the offer opened on Thursday, with…

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