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Gulf Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi arrives in Jeddah on Friday. (SPA)

Egyptian President Arrives in Jeddah to Perform Hajj

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi arrived in Jeddah on Friday to perform the Hajj pilgrimage. He was received by Deputy Governor of Makkah Region…

Arab World 12 June 2024, Palestinian Territories, Khan Younis: Tents for displaced Palestinians at al-Mawasi area in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis. (Omar Ashtawy/APA Images via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa)

Hamas’ Armed Wing Says Israeli Airstrike Killed Two Hostages in Rafah

Hamas' armed wing al-Qassam Brigades said on Friday that two Israeli hostages held in Gaza were killed in an Israeli airstrike on Rafah a few days ago. The…

Arab World Palestinians walk along a devastated street in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on June 14, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas group. (AFP)

Food Supplies in Southern Gaza at Risk, Says UN Official

Supplies of food to southern Gaza are at risk after Israel extended its military operations and those displaced by the offensive there face a public health…

World This photograph shows a sign representing Ukraine on the bank of Lake Lucerne in Lucerne, on June 14, 2024, ahead of a Ukraine peace summit on June 15-16, 2024.

Ukraine Summit Attracts World Leaders, Fails to Isolate Russia

World leaders will join Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy at a summit this weekend to explore ways of ending the deadliest conflict in Europe since World…

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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World Palestinians look at the destruction after an Israeli airstrike in Rafah, Gaza Strip, Friday, Feb. 9, 2024. (AP)

US Imposes Sanctions on Israeli Group that Attacked Gaza Aid

Washington imposed sanctions on an Israeli group on Friday for attacking humanitarian aid convoys bound for starving civilians in Gaza, US officials told…

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Arab World This picture taken from Kibbutz Manara in northern Israel on November 27, 2023, shows the southern Lebanon village of Hula. (Photo by jalaa marey / AFP)

Israeli Jets Strike Targets in Lebanon after Missile Barrage Hits Northern Areas

Israeli jets and artillery hit targets in southern Lebanon on Friday after dozens of missiles were launched towards northern Israel, the military said as an…

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The High-Tech Art Lab Hidden Underneath Paris

Culture A bronze statue is tested with the center particle accelerator. JULIEN DE ROSA / AFP

The High-Tech Art Lab Hidden Underneath Paris

It looks like the lair of a Bond villain: behind armored doors, buried underground below the Louvre in Paris, lies one of the most high-tech art labs in the…

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Culture People gather to fish during the Sanké mon collective fishing rite in San, Sego Region on June 6, 2024. (AFP)

A Pond in Warming Mali Is Disappearing, and a UNESCO-Listed Fishing Tradition Is in Danger 

Thousands of fishermen holding cone-shaped nets stood side by side, cheering and chanting as they waited for the signal. Suddenly, they rushed to a large muddy…

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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Crystal Palace Signs Morocco Defender Chadi Riad to 5-Year Contract 

Sports Chadi Riad of Morocco celebrates after scoring the 0-2 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2026 CAF qualifiers soccer match between Morocco and Congo, in Agadir, Morocco, 11 June 2024. (EPA)

Crystal Palace Signs Morocco Defender Chadi Riad to 5-Year Contract 

Crystal Palace signed 20-year-old Chadi Riad to a five-year contract on Friday following the Morocco defender's impressive season with Real Betis. The center…


Sports Italy’s head coach Luciano Spalletti attends a training session at the Hemberg Stadion Nord Halle in Iserlohn, Germany, 12 June 2024. (EPA)

Euro 2024: Italy Opens Title Defense Against Albania in Group B 

Italy begins the defense of its European Championship title against Albania on Saturday in their first Group B match. The other teams in the group are Spain…

Sports The logo of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games is pictured in front of the National Assembly in Paris, France, May 2, 2024. (Reuters)

Palestinian Swimmer Hopes to Lift Spirits of Gazans at Olympics 

Palestinian swimmer Yazan Al Bawwab, who is training for the 2024 Olympic Games, has a mission. He wants to represent Palestinians suffering from Israel's…

Sports A women walks past inflatable soccer balls, orange tarp, orange bunting, and Dutch national flags as she walks along Marktweg street in The Hague, Netherlands, Thursday June 13, 2024, one day ahead of the start of the Euro 2024 Soccer Championship. (AP)

A Street in The Hague Gets an All-Encompassing Orange Facelift for Euro 2024 

The fluttering of 64 kilometers (40 miles) of orange bunting and a hammer driving a nail into a wall to hold up orange tarps are the sounds of a Dutch summer…

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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Kate, Princess of Wales, Says She’s Making ‘Good Progress’ in Cancer Treatment

Varieties  Britain's Kate, the Princess of Wales, Patron of The Forward Trust visits HMP High Down in Sutton, England, Sept. 12, 2023, to learn about how the charity is supporting those in the criminal justice system to manage and recover from their addictions. (AP)

Kate, Princess of Wales, Says She’s Making ‘Good Progress’ in Cancer Treatment

The Princess of Wales said Friday she is “making good progress” in her cancer treatment and will attend Saturday’s royal Trooping the Color ceremony, Kate’s…


Varieties The media delegations praised the services provided by the Ministry of Media at the media hub - SPA

Two Thousand Media Professionals Cover Hajj Season 2024

Two thousand media professionals from local and international media outlets from 150 countries are covering Hajj season for this year, SPA reported. They…

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Varieties Petroski has for 13 years spent his free time caring for 120 beehives. Robert ATANASOVSKI / AFP

North Macedonia's Beekeepers Face Climate Change Challenge

Every day, Magda Miloseska dons a white, protective suit and enters the domain of the honeybees in the backyard of her small weekend house in North Macedonia…

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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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