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Gulf Pilgrims stone the three pillars representing the devil on the first day of Tashreeq. (SPA)

Pilgrims Prepare to Depart Holy Sites after Completing Main Hajj Rituals

The majority of Hajj pilgrims are packing their belongings in preparation to leave the holy sites on Tuesday, known as the “Day of Hastening.” This comes…

World A dilapidated but still active Philippine Navy ship BRP Sierra Madre sits at the Second Thomas Shoal, locally known as Ayungin Shoal, at the disputed South China Sea on Aug. 22, 2023. (AP)

US Renews Warning It’s Obligated to Defend the Philippines after Its New Clash with China at Sea

The United States renewed a warning Tuesday that it’s obligated to defend its close treaty ally a day after Filipino navy personnel were injured and their…

Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim. (Reuters-Archives)

Malaysia Preparing to Join BRICS Economic Group

Malaysia is preparing to join the BRICS group of emerging economies, Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim said in an interview with Chinese media outlet Guancha. The…

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World  NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg addresses a media conference after a meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Friday, June 14, 2024. (AP)

NATO Allies are Hitting Their Defense Spending Target During War in Ukraine

A record 23 of NATO's 32 member nations are hitting the Western military alliance’s defense spending target this year, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg…

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Saudi Crown Prince Renews Call to Recognize State of Palestine

Gulf Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, is seen at the Mina palace on Monday. (SPA)

Saudi Crown Prince Renews Call to Recognize State of Palestine

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, held on behalf of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz the…

Arab World Relatives visit the graves of killed Hezbollah fighters during Eid al-Adha in the southern Lebanese town of Naqoura. (AFP)

Israel Resumes Attacks on Southern Lebanon after ‘Temporary Truce’

Israel resumed on Monday strikes on southern Lebanon after two days of an undeclared truce that emerged after Hezbollah stopped its attacks against Israel on…

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Arab World Rapid Support Forces members. (AP)

Clashes Escalate in Sudan’s North Darfur

Clashes renewed on Monday between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in several locations in North Darfur, while each side claimed…

Mohammed Amin Yassin (Wad Madani)

Saudi Arabia's Diriyah Celebrates Eid Al-Adha with Cultural Performances, Festivities

Culture DGDA announced the celebration of Eid Al-Adha with various artistic and cultural events. SPA

Saudi Arabia's Diriyah Celebrates Eid Al-Adha with Cultural Performances, Festivities

The Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) has announced the celebration of Eid Al-Adha with various artistic and cultural events designed to entertain and…

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Culture The Royal Institute of Traditional Arts distributed special gifts to pilgrims. SPA

Saudi Royal Institute of Traditional Arts Welcomes Pilgrims with Gifts

The Royal Institute of Traditional Arts has played a key role in this year's Hajj season, continuing its mission to promote Saudi Arabia's rich artistic…

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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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Alcaraz Hoping to Learn from Nadal at Paris Games

Sports 16 June 2024, United Kingdom, London: Spanish tennis player Carlos Alcaraz attends a press conference on day two of the cinch Championships at The Queen's Club, London. (dpa)

Alcaraz Hoping to Learn from Nadal at Paris Games

World number two Carlos Alcaraz said he is looking forward to learning from 22-times Grand Slam champion Rafa Nadal when they pair up in the doubles at the…

Sports Ryan Murphy of the United States reacts during the Men's 100m backstroke medal ceremony on Day Three of the 2024 US Olympic Team Swimming Trials at Lucas Oil Stadium on June 17, 2024 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Getty Images/AFP)

Murphy Eyes Return to Top of the Podium in Paris

Ryan Murphy said his desire to regain his Olympic 100m backstroke title burns hotter than ever after he punched his ticket to the Paris Games on Monday. The…

Sports France's forward #10 Kylian Mbappé sits on the pitch after being injured during the UEFA Euro 2024 Group D football match between Austria and France at the Duesseldorf Arena in Duesseldorf on June 17, 2024. (AFP)

Kylian Mbappé’s Nose Injury Places Doubt on His Continued Involvement in Euro 2024

Kylian Mbappé’s facial injury in France’s 1-0 win against Austria on Monday has put in doubt whether he will continue at the European Championship. An aerial…

Sports A rescue boat cruises on the Seine river near the Eiffel Tower during a rehearsal for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games opening ceremony, Monday, June. 17, 2024 in Paris. (AP)

Boats Cruise Seine River in Rehearsal for Paris Olympics’ Opening Ceremony

Curious onlookers gathered on bridges as dozens of boats snaked along the Seine river on Monday in a rehearsal for the Paris Olympics' unique opening ceremony…

Sports  Croatia's midfielder #10 Luka Modric looks on during the UEFA Euro 2024 Group B football match between Spain and Croatia at the Olympiastadion in Berlin on June 15, 2024. (AFP)

Licking Their Wounds, Croatia and Albania Prepare for Group B Dogfight

Chastened by defeats to the heavyweights of Group B, Croatia and Albania both need a win in their clash on Wednesday to ignite their Euro 2024 campaign and…

Perfectly Preserved Centuries-Old Cherries Unearthed at George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Varieties 18th century artifacts found underneath George Washington's residence in Mount Vernon, Va., Monday, June 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Nathan Ellgren)

Perfectly Preserved Centuries-Old Cherries Unearthed at George Washington’s Mount Vernon

George Washington never did cut down the cherry tree, despite the famous story to the contrary, but he did pack away quite a few bottles of the fruit at his…

Varieties  Workers set up a gate at the 5th station for a trail to Mt. Fuji, in Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi prefecture, Japan Monday, June 17, 2024. (Kyodo News via AP)

Gate Installed on Mount Fuji Trail to Control Crowds, Governor Says More Measures Needed

A crowd-control gate was installed halfway up Japan's Mount Fuji on Monday ahead of the July 1 start of this year's climbing season, but the governor of…

Varieties Tunisians react as they attend the inauguration of “1001 Bricks Fresco”, a participatory artwork by more than 500 inhabitants of Tunis led by Swiss artist Anne Francey, illustrating the diversity of the city, with the bas relief installed on the edge of the medina, the old town listed by UNESCO, in the capital's El-Hafsia district on June 7, 2024. (Fethi Belaid / AFP)

Unveiling Tunis: Mural Celebrates ‘Invisible’ Talents

In the old medina of Tunis, a wall installation titled "1001 Bricks" showcases the talents of "invisible" creators, including art students, people with…

Varieties Indian commuters use umbrellas during a hot afternoon in Kolkata, India, 14 June 2024. (EPA)

India’s Monsoon Rains a Fifth Below Normal So Far

India's monsoon has delivered a fifth less rain than normal so far this season, the weather department said on Monday, in a worrying sign for the vital…

Varieties  Snowmelt is the source of about a quarter of the total water flow of 12 major river basins that originate high in the Himalayan region. (AFP)

Low Snow on the Himalayas Threatens Water Security, Finds Study

Millions of people dependent on Himalayan snowmelt for water face a "very serious" risk of shortages this year after one of the lowest rates of snowfall,…