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Arab World Turkish tanks are seen in areas adjacent to regions held by the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northern Syria. (Turkish Defense Ministry file)

Türkiye Fortifies its Positions in Idlib Ahead of Possible Military Escalation

The Turkish army has brought in military and logistic reinforcements to its positions in de-escalation zones in Syria’s Idlib that lie in the areas covered in…

Saeed Abdulrazek (Ankara)
Arab World Rear Admiral Vasileios Gryparis addresses Red Sea security during a press conference in April. (AFP)

European Naval Force Seeks to Double Fleet in Red Sea

Head of the naval force deployed by the European Union to protect vessels in the Red Sea said it needs to more than double in size because of escalating…

Asharq Al Awsat (Berlin)
World US State Department spokesperson Mathew Miller. (AP)

US Vows to Help Countries in Designating Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as Terrorist

Washington welcomed on Thursday Canada’s designation of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as terrorist, saying it was prepared to provide…

Asharq Al Awsat (London)
Gulf The Armenian government meets on Thursday. (Armenian government)

Saudi Arabia Welcomes Armenia’s Recognition of State of Palestine

Saudi Arabia welcomed on Friday Armenia’s decision to recognize the state of Palestine. In a statement, the Foreign Ministry said the move is a “significant…

Israeli Strikes on Tent Camps Near Rafah Kill at Least 25, Wound 50, Gaza Health Officials Say

Arab World Smoke from Israeli bombardment billows in the background near an area previously housing displaced Palestinians leaving Rafah towards Khan Younis on June 20, 2024, in the southern Gaza Strip, amid the ongoing conflict in the Palestinian territory between Israel and Hamas. (AFP)

Israeli Strikes on Tent Camps Near Rafah Kill at Least 25, Wound 50, Gaza Health Officials Say

Israeli forces shelled tent camps for displaced Palestinians outside Gaza's southern city of Rafah on Friday, killing at least 25 people and wounding another…

World  A war crimes prosecutor works at a site of a Russian drone attack, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, on the outskirts of Lviv, Ukraine June 19, 2024. (Reuters)

Russia’s Air Strike Damages Ukrainian Power Facilities, Injures Two

Russia launched a new barrage of missiles and drones in an overnight attack on Ukraine on Saturday, damaging energy facilities in the southeast and west of the…

World The Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), a US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, is anchored in Busan, South Korea, 22 June 2024. (EPA)

US Aircraft Carrier Arrives in South Korea for Military Drills

A nuclear-powered US aircraft carrier, the Theodore Roosevelt, arrived in South Korea's port city of Busan on Saturday for joint military exercises this month…

Egypt Parliament Acts to Confront Online Sale of Antiquities

Culture An artifact that was displayed at foreign auctions. (Dr. Abdul Rahim Rayhan)

Egypt Parliament Acts to Confront Online Sale of Antiquities

The Egyptian parliament has taken new measures to confront the online sale of antiquities through social networking sites, based on a request submitted by a…

Culture While yoga is not itself a religious practice, it has its origins in Hindu philosophy and many residents of Kashmir are indifferent it. DIBYANGSHU SARKAR / AFP

India's Modi Leads Yoga Day Celebration in Muslim-majority Kashmir

Stretching, arching his back and kneeling on a mat, India's Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi led hundreds of people performing yoga in the Muslim…

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Culture A man walks past the entrance of the Kunsthaus Zürich art museum on March 14, 2023. (AFP)

Swiss Museum Removes Works by Artists Like Monet, Van Gogh as Origin of Nazi-Looted Art Examined

A Swiss museum on Thursday pulled down five paintings, including a van Gogh and a Monet, after the foundation that owns them called for a deeper look at their…

Culture A Mayan vase over 1,000 years old and purchased for about four dollars at a Washington area thrift shop, will return to Mexico along with other cultural artefacts that date to the country's storied ancient past, at the Cultural Institute of Mexico in Washington, DC, US, this handout distributed on June 20, 2024. National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH)/Handout via Reuters

Antiquities Returning to Mexico Include Mayan Vase Sold for $4 in US Store 

The Mexican government will welcome back 20 cultural artifacts that date to the country's storied ancient past, all found in the United States including a…

Culture "Visit Madinah" offers a wealth of information to enrich visitors' stays. (SPA)

Madinah Invites Visitors and Pilgrims to Explore Its Rich History, Landmarks

The Madinah Region Development Authority in Saudi Arabia invited visitors and pilgrims who have completed their Hajj rituals to explore the city's rich history…

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Mbappé Watches from Subs’ Bench as France and Netherlands Produce Euro 2024’s First 0-0

Sports Kylian Mbappé of France leaves the field at the end of a Group D match between the Netherlands and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Leipzig, Germany, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP)

Mbappé Watches from Subs’ Bench as France and Netherlands Produce Euro 2024’s First 0-0

Kylian Mbappé watched from the substitutes’ bench as France and the Netherlands finished 0-0 in a heavyweight European Championship clash on Friday. Antoine…

Sports Brazil's Endrick, right, celebrates with Rodrygo after scoring his side's second goal during a friendly soccer match between Spain and Brazil at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, March 26, 2024. (AP)

Brazilian Prodigy Endrick Looks to Make Major Tournament Debut at Copa America

Brazil's teenage prodigy Endrick will be hoping to make his first appearance for the national team at a major tournament when his country take on Costa Rica in…

Sports Chile midfielder Erick Pulgar reacts after the CONMEBOL Copa America 2024 group A match between Peru and Chile, in Arlington, Texas, USA, 21 June 2024. (EPA)

Chile Frustrated after Stop-Start Copa America Draw with Peru

Coach Ricardo Gareca lamented Chile's inability to find their rhythm in a stop-start 0-0 Copa America draw with Peru on Friday, but he stressed he was not…

Sports Caeleb Dressel of the United States looks on during the medal ceremony for the Men's 50m freestyle final on Day Seven of the 2024 US Olympic Team Swimming Trials at Lucas Oil Stadium on June 21, 2024 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Getty Images/AFP)

Dressel Wins 50 Meters Free Splash and Dash to Set up Paris Title Defense

Seven-time Olympic champion Caeleb Dressel earned a shot a defending is 50 meters freestyle title in Paris after powering home first in the event known as the…

Sports Colombia's Radamel Falcao celebrates after scoring against Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny during the group H match at the soccer World Cup at Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, June 24, 2018. (AP)

After Nearly 25 Years Away, Falcao Returns Home to Colombia to Play for Millonarios de Bogotá 

After nearly 25 years away, Radamel Falcao is coming back home to Colombia. The 38-year-old striker will play for Millonarios de Bogotá next season, the team…

China, France Launch Satellite to Better Understand the Universe

Varieties This photo shows the launch platform for the French-Chinese Space Variable Objects Monitor (SVOM) satellite mission in Xichang, in China’s southwestern Sichuan province on June 21, 2024. (AFP)

China, France Launch Satellite to Better Understand the Universe

A French-Chinese satellite blasted off Saturday on a hunt for the mightiest explosions in the universe, in a notable example of cooperation between a Western…

Varieties Japanese Emperor Naruhito, center left, and Empress Masako, center right, smile as they depart for the state visit to Britain, at Haneda airport in Tokyo, Japan, Saturday, June 22, 2024. (Kyodo News via AP)

Japanese Royals Arrive for Three-Day State Visit to UK

Japan's Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako arrive in Britain on Saturday ahead of a three-day state visit hosted by King Charles III. The royal couple are…

Varieties The health cluster has distributed 3,500 bags of ice, 10,300 water bottles, 4,850 umbrellas, and 3,297 medical kits to 12,000 visitors. (SPA)

Madinah Health Cluster Launches Heat Stress Awareness Campaign for Prophet's Mosque Visitors

The Madinah Health Cluster launched an awareness campaign to educate visitors to the Prophet's Mosque about heat stress, coinciding with increasing…

Varieties Students review their exam preparation materials in the last minutes before the National College Entrance Exam, or Gaokao, outside an exam venue in Hai'an city in east China's Jiangsu province Friday, June 7, 2024. (Chinatopix via AP)

Vocational School Student Stuns China by Besting University Competitors in Math Contest

A 17-year-old vocational school student from rural China became a celebrity on social media after reaching the final round of a math competition, beating many…

Varieties The sea lioness Hilla from Leipzig Zoo, Germany aims for a goal with Scotland and German marked balls Thursday June 13, 2024, where she predicted that the two teams will play out a draw during their opening match ar the start of the Euro 2024 soccer championship on Friday. (dpa/AP)

Trains, Petri Dishes and a Struggling Sea Lion Join Football’s Dubious Oracles

Spare a thought for Hilla the "oracle" sea lion from Leipzig Zoo, whose reputation for football prophesy is hanging by a thread after she predicted Scotland…