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World A number of new generation Iranian centrifuges are seen on display during Iran’s National Nuclear Energy Day in Tehran, Iran April 10, 2021. (Reuters)

Iran Responds to UN Condemnations by Installing More Centrifuges at Fordow

Iran has rapidly installed extra uranium-enriching centrifuges at its Fordow site and begun setting up others, a UN nuclear watchdog report said in what…

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Arab World A fire rages in a market area in El Fasher, the capital of Sudan's North Darfur state. The Sudanese conflict has continued for 14 months.

UN Security Council Demands Halt to Siege of El Fasher in Sudan

The UN Security Council on Thursday demanded a halt to the siege of El Fasher - a city of 1.8 million people in Sudan's North Darfur region - by the…

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Arab World FILE - This image provided by the US Army shows trucks loaded with humanitarian aid from the United Arab Emirates and the United States Agency for International Development cross the Trident Pier before arriving on the beach on the Gaza Strip, May 17, 2024. (Staff Sgt. Malcolm Cohens-Ashley/U.S. Army via AP, File)

US Pier in Gaza Facing Latest Challenge - Whether the UN Will Keep Delivering Aid

The US-built pier to bring food to Gaza is facing one of its most serious challenges yet — its humanitarian partner is deciding if it's safe to keep delivering…

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World Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (AFP)

South Korea, US Sound Alarm over North Korea-Russia Ties ahead of Putin Visit

A possible impending visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to North Korea could deepen military ties between the two countries in violation of UN Security…

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2 Million Pilgrims Begin Hajj on Friday with Comprehensive Services at Their Disposal

Gulf The pilgrims will spend the day at Mina ahead of heading to Arafat on Saturday. (SPA)

2 Million Pilgrims Begin Hajj on Friday with Comprehensive Services at Their Disposal

Over 2 million pilgrims will begin on Friday the annual Hajj pilgrimage, starting at Mina, and amid a comprehensive package of services at their disposal aimed…

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Arab World Former member of Israel's three-man war Cabinet, Benny Gantz (AP)

Gantz: Netanyahu Hindering Prisoner Exchange Deal in Gaza for Political Reasons

Benny Gantz, former member of Israel's three-man war Cabinet, said on Thursday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu obstructed a prisoner exchange deal with…

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World FILE - United Nation's special representative for children and armed conflict, Virginia Gamba, speaks during a press conference, in Yangon, Myanmar, Tuesday, May 29, 2018, her first visit to the country. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw, File)

Sudan Tops UN Envoy's Concerns about Children Caught in Conflicts, With Congo and Haiti Next

The United Nations envoy charged with reporting on violations against children in conflicts around the world said Thursday that first and foremost she is…

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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…

Soaring High: Indonesian Speed Climbers Race for Rare Olympic Gold

Sports Indonesian climbing athlete Nurul Iqamah takes part in a training session in Bekasi, West Java. BAY ISMOYO / AFP

Soaring High: Indonesian Speed Climbers Race for Rare Olympic Gold

Indonesian speed climber Desak Made Rita Kusuma Dewi checks her harness, her brow dripping with sweat and her breaths labored, gripping the hold and swinging…

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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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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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