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Gulf China's Defense Minister Dong Jun receives Saudi counterpart Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz. (Photo: Saudi Defense Ministry account on X platform)

Saudi Minister of Defense Arrives in Beijing on Official Visit

Saudi Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz and an accompanying delegation arrived in China on Tuesday on an official visit. The visit…

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World A man carries an Israeli flag next to an ultra-Orthodox Jew as protesters gather for a demonstration against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government, near the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in Jerusalem June 17, 2024. (Reuters)

Israeli Supreme Court Says Ultra-Orthodox Men Must Serve in Military

Israel’s Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled unanimously that the military must begin drafting ultra-Orthodox men for military service, a decision that could lead…

World A billboard with a picture of the presidential candidates is displayed on a street in Tehran, Iran, June 17, 2024. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via Reuters

Iran’s Supreme Leader Calls for ‘Maximum’ Turnout for Presidential Election as Voter Apathy High 

Iran’s supreme leader called Tuesday for “maximum” voter turnout in this week's presidential election to “overcome the enemy," denouncing politicians who he…

Arab World This handout photo released by the US Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS) shows the US Navy Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Laboon (DDG 58) and USS Gravely (DDG 107), part of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Group (IKECSG), sailing in formation in the Red Sea with the Italian aircraft carrier ITS Cavour (CVH 550) on June 7, 2024, as part of their mission to support maritime stability and security in the Middle East region. (US Navy / AFP)

US Army Vows to Degrade Houthi Military Capabilities

A merchant vessel in the Arabian Sea reported an explosion in close proximity to it on Monday, the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) said. …

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Israel Prefers Diplomacy to End Hezbollah Conflict, Security Adviser Says 

Arab World Smoke billows during Israeli bombardment on the village of Khiam in south Lebanon near the border with Israel on June 8, 2024 amid ongoing cross-border tensions as fighting continues between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. (AFP)

Israel Prefers Diplomacy to End Hezbollah Conflict, Security Adviser Says 

Israel will spend the coming weeks trying to resolve the conflict with Lebanon's Iran-backed group Hezbollah and would prefer a diplomatic solution, Israel's…


World Supporters cheer during a campaign rally for reformist candidate Massoud Pezeshkian at Afrasiabi Stadium in Tehran on June 23, 2024 ahead of the upcoming Iranian presidential election. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)

The Race is on for Iran's Next President

Six candidates have been approved by Iran's theocracy to run in Friday’s presidential election to replace the late President Ebrahim Raisi, who died in a…

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World Ukrainian soldiers, of 43rd artillery brigade, fire by 2s7 self-propelled howitzer towards Russian positions at the frontline in Donetsk region, Ukraine, Monday, June 24, 2024. (AP)

Ukraine Drone Attacks on Russia’s Belgorod Region Kill One, Injure Four, Governor Says 

An elderly woman was killed, four people injured and scores of buildings damaged in multiple air attacks by Ukraine on the Belgorod region, the governor of the…

Archaeological Discovery: Innovative Tomb Patterns Found in Saudi Arabia

Culture Ancient tombs dating back 4,500 years discovered in the northwestern part of the Arabian Peninsula. (SPA)

Archaeological Discovery: Innovative Tomb Patterns Found in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is actively exploring its rich archaeological heritage, uncovering treasures that are prompting a reevaluation of the region’s history. These…

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Culture This underwater photo taken on April 5, 2024, shows bleached and dead coral around Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef, located 270 kilometers (167 miles) north of the city of Cairns. (AFP)

'Urgent' for Australia to Protect Great Barrier Reef, Says UNESCO 

Australia must take "urgent" action to protect the Great Barrier Reef, including setting more ambitious climate targets, the UN's cultural organization has…

Culture Stonehenge in southwest England -- carved and constructed at a time when there were no metal tools -- symbolizes Britain's semi-mythical pre-historic period, and has spawned countless legends. William EDWARDS / AFP

UNESCO Wants to Add Stonehenge to List of Endangered Heritage Sites

The UN's cultural organization said Monday it recommended adding Stonehenge, the renowned prehistoric site in England, to its world heritage in danger list, in…

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Culture This handout picture released by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities on June 24, 2024 shows the top fragment of a sarcophagus discovered at the site of a discovery of 33 ancient tombs in Egypt's southern city of Aswan. (Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities / AFP)

Egypt Tomb Find May Shed Light on Ancient Diseases, Says Ministry

A new discovery of 33 ancient tombs in Egypt's southern city of Aswan could reveal "new information on diseases" prevalent at the time, the tourism and…

Culture The first cultural asset of the newly announced Qiddiya City, the center is poised to receive over 800,000 visitors each year. SPA

Saudi Arabia: Qiddiya City Unveils Groundbreaking Performing Arts Center

Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC) has announced an innovative Performing Arts Center to enrich Saudi Arabia's cultural landscape and enhance the array of…

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Djokovic to Play Wimbledon but Only if He Feels He Can Challenge for the Title 

Sports 24 June 2024, United Kingdom, London: Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon ahead of the Wimbledon Championships, which begins on July 1st. (dpa)

Djokovic to Play Wimbledon but Only if He Feels He Can Challenge for the Title 

Novak Djokovic is encouraged by his progress after undergoing minor knee surgery less than three weeks ago, but the seven-times Wimbledon champion said he will…


Sports Afghan cyclist Masomah Ali Reza, leader of the refugee team for the Paris Olympics, poses at the COJO headquarters in Saint Denis on June 19, 2024. (AFP)

Afghan Masomah ‘Proud’ to Be a Voice for Refugees at Olympics 

Masomah Ali Zada is "proud" to represent "all those who have been forced to flee their country" in her role as chef de mission of the Refugee team at the Paris…

Sports Croatia's midfielder #10 Luka Modric celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the UEFA Euro 2024 Group B football match between the Croatia and Italy at the Leipzig Stadium in Leipzig on June 24, 2024. (AFP)

Croatia’s Modric Is Oldest Player Ever to Score at European Championship and He’s Not Done Yet 

A standing ovation, a man-of-the-match award and a record. But Croatia star Luka Modric was in no mood to celebrate, regardless of the accolades, after what…

Sports 24 June 2024, US, Inglewood: Brazil's Vinícius Júnior (L) and Costa Rica's Haxzel Quirós battle for the ball during the CONMEBOL Copa America 2024 Group D soccer match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the SoFi Stadium. (dpa)

Brazil Held to 0-0 Draw by Costa Rica in a Stunner to Open Copa America Group Play 

Brazil was held to a 0-0 draw by Costa Rica on Monday night, with the international powerhouse inauspiciously failing to break through in its Copa America…

Sports The championship is organized by the West Asian Football Federation with the participation of 12 teams from several countries including - SPA

Taif Hosts Arab Diar Championship for West Asian U-19 Teams

The Arab Diar Championship for West Asian U-19 teams, hosted by Taif Governorate, is scheduled to start Tuesday and will continue until July 5. The…

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Protecting 1.2% of Earth Would Prevent Most Extinctions, Study Says 

Varieties Mexican gray wolves, an endangered native species, are seen resting in their enclosure at the Museo del Desierto in Saltillo, Mexico July 1, 2020. Picture taken July 1, 2020. (Reuters)

Protecting 1.2% of Earth Would Prevent Most Extinctions, Study Says 

Setting aside an additional 1.2% of the world's land as nature preserves would prevent the majority of predicted plant and animal extinctions and cost about …


Varieties China’s Chang’e-6 probe after it landed on the surface of the moon on June 4. China National Space Administration / Xinhua / AP

A Chinese Lunar Probe Returns to Earth With the World's First Samples from the Far Side of the Moon

China's Chang'e 6 probe returned to Earth on Tuesday with rock and soil samples from the little-explored far side of the moon in a global first. The probe…

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Varieties Researchers have also speculated that plants may be able to count, make decisions, recognize their relatives and even remember events. - Getty Images/DailyMail

Scientist Says Plants Have Intelligence

Plants have been observed to interact with the environment in ways that one scientists has claimed proves they are conscious. Paco Calvo, a professor at the…

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Varieties The Picostim neurotransmitter is made by UK company Amber Therapeutics. (File/Reuters)

World First Epilepsy Device Fitted in UK Boy's Skull

A boy with severe epilepsy has become the first patient in the world to trial a new device fitted in their skull to control seizures. The neurostimulator,…

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Varieties The Kingdom's pavilion was widely visited by the Chinese public - SPA

Saudi Arabia Concludes Participation in Beijing International Book Fair 2024

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia concluded its participation in the Beijing International Book Fair, where it was the guest of honor this year, which was held from…

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