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Arab World  21 February 2024, Israel, Tel Aviv: Israeli Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant addresses the annual Conference of Presidents at the MoD Headquarters in Tel Aviv. (dpa)

Israeli Minister Rejects French Contact Group Plan to Ease Tensions with Lebanon 

Israeli defense minister Yoav Gallant ruled out joining an initiative promoted by French President Emmanuel Macron in which France, the United States and…

Arab World Samir Geagea, leader of the Lebanese Forces party, gestures as he speaks during an interview with the Associated Press, in Maarab east of Beirut, Tuesday, April 30, 2024. (AP)

Lebanon: Geagea Warns of Legal Measures against UNHCR over its Refugee Policy

Lebanese Party leader Samir Geagea said on Friday that he sent a message to the UN Secretary-General warning of legal measures to close the UNHCR’s regional…

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World Ukrainian servicemen of the 148th Separate Artillery Brigade of the Ukrainian Air Assault Forces, prepare to fire a BM-21 Grad multiple-launch rocket system toward Russian troops, on a front line, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Donetsk region, Ukraine June 12, 2024. (Reuters)

Putin Says Russia Will Cease Fire if Ukraine Pulls Troops from Four Regions 

President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that Russia would cease fire and enter peace talks if Ukraine dropped its NATO ambitions and withdrew its forces from…

World A national Iranian flag waves in the wind over a building of the Iranian embassy, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine September 24, 2022. (Reuters) 

G7 Warns Iran Over Continuing Nuclear Program Escalation 

The Group of Seven leaders warned Iran on Friday against advancing its nuclear enrichment program and said they would be ready to enforce new measures if…

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 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Cabinet Minister Benny Gantz attends a news conference in the Kirya military base in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Oct. 28, 2023. (AP)

Israeli Polls Show Netanyahu Party Narrowing Gap Behind Gantz 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right wing Likud party has reduced the gap behind the centrist party of former minister Benny Gantz, who quit the…

World Colombia's President Gustavo Petro shakes hands in Stockholm, Sweden on June 13, 2024, as the Colombian navy's flagship ARC Gloria seen in the background is docked at the Skeppsbron during the president's visit to Sweden. (TT News Agency / AFP)

Colombia Plans to Provide Medical Treatment to Palestinian Children Injured in Israel-Hamas War 

A Colombian military hospital would provide medical treatment to Palestinian children injured in the Israel-Hamas war under a plan announced Thursday by the…

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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North Macedonia's Beekeepers Face Climate Change Challenge

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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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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