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World Members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards participate in a military parade to commemorate the anniversary of the start of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, in Tehran. (Reuters)

Canada Preparing to List Iran’s IRGC as a Terrorist Group, Says CBC

Canada is preparing to list Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization and could make an announcement as early as this week, the…

Arab World Longtime chief of Lebanon's Central Bank Riad Salameh, poses as he leaves office after a 30-year tenure, at Lebanon's Central Bank building in Beirut, Lebanon July 31, 2023. (Reuters)

Germany Cancels Arrest Warrant for Lebanon’s Ex-central Bank Chief

German authorities have cancelled their arrest warrant for Lebanon's former central bank chief for technical reasons, but are continuing their probe and…

World File photo: A handout photo made available by the Yemeni Al-Joumhouriya TV shows the last part of the British-registered cargo vessel, Rubymar, sinking in the Red Sea off the coast of Yemen, 03 March 2024 (issued 07 March 2024). EPA/Yemeni Al-Joumhouriya TV

Shipping Industry Urges Red Sea Action as Houthis Sink Second Vessel

Urgent action must be taken in the Red Sea to stop attacks on merchant shipping by Yemen's Houthis, leading industry groups said on Wednesday, after the…

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Business Gold bullion displayed in a store in the German city of Pforzheim (dpa)

Gold Gains Traction on Weak US Economic Data

Gold prices edged up on Wednesday after data suggesting lacklustre US economic activity kept alive hopes for at least one interest rate cut this year. Spot…

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Head of Lebanon’s Hezbollah Threatens Israel, Cyprus in Televised Address

Arab World Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah delivers a speech via a screen at a memorial ceremony for senior Field Commander, Taleb Sami Abdallah, known within Hezbollah as Hajj Abu Taleb who was killed on 11 June, in a suburb outside Beirut, in Beirut, Lebanon, 19 June 2024. (EPA)

Head of Lebanon’s Hezbollah Threatens Israel, Cyprus in Televised Address

The head of Lebanon's Hezbollah said on Wednesday that nowhere in Israel would be safe if a full-fledged war breaks out between the two foes, and he also…


Business A pumpjack brings oil to the surface in the Monterey Shale, California, US April 29, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo

Oil Hits Seven-week High on Demand Hopes, War Jitters

Oil prices hit seven-week highs on Wednesday as summer demand optimism and concerns over escalating conflicts offset an industry report that said US crude…

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A view shows a damaged private house at the site of a Russian drone strikes, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, on the outskirts of Lviv, Ukraine June 19, 2024. (Reuters)

Russia’s Drone Attack Damages Ukraine’s Energy Infrastructure, Injures Two 

Russian drone attacks on Wednesday damaged energy infrastructure in central Ukraine and injured at least two people in the western region of Lviv, Ukrainian…

Saudi Arabia Inaugurates its Pavilion at Beijing International Book Fair

Culture Saudi Arabia inaugurated its pavilion as the guest of honor at the Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF) in China. (SPA)

Saudi Arabia Inaugurates its Pavilion at Beijing International Book Fair

Saudi Arabia inaugurated its pavilion as the guest of honor at the Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF) in China, reported the Saudi Press Agency on…


Culture People walk around the Stonehenge stone circle, seen with dry fields surrounding it, as a second heatwave continues in parts of the country, in Amesbury, Britain, August 12, 2022. (Reuters)

Britain’s Stonehenge Sprayed with Paint by Environmental Protesters

Environmental protesters sprayed paint on Britain's Stonehenge on Wednesday, with orange marks covering some of the stones of the prehistoric megalithic…

Culture Kazuko Shiraishi speaks at a park in Tokyo, on Nov. 15, 1996. (Kyodo News via AP)

Japan’s ‘Beat Poet’ Kazuko Shiraishi, Pioneer of Modern Performance Poetry, Dies at 93 

Kazuko Shiraishi, a leading name in modern Japanese “beat” poetry, known for her dramatic readings, at times with jazz music, has died. She was 93. Shiraishi…

Culture King Salman Global Academy for Arabic Language to Participate in Beijing Int'l Book Fair

King Salman Global Academy for Arabic Language to Participate in Beijing Int'l Book Fair

The King Salman Global Academy for Arabic Language is preparing to participate in the Beijing International Book Fair 2024, reported the Saudi Press Agency on…

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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Mbappé Feeling 'a Bit Better' after Facial Injury, France Teammate Saliba Says

Sports Kylian Mbappe of France receives a treatment after suffering an injury during a Group D match between Austria and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Duesseldorf, Germany, Monday, June 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Mbappé Feeling 'a Bit Better' after Facial Injury, France Teammate Saliba Says

France striker Kylian Mbappé is feeling a “bit better,” teammate William Saliba said Wednesday, ahead of undergoing more tests on a facial injury sustained in…

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Sports Soccer Football - Europa League - Round of 16 draw - Nyon, Switzerland - February 28, 2020 General view of the UEFA logo at UEFA Headquarters. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Brussels City: Hosting Belgium-Israel Soccer Match Impossible Due to Insecurity

Staging an upcoming UEFA soccer match between Belgium and Israel in Brussels would be impossible due to insecurity and likely protests, the municipal…

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Sports Regan Smith of the United States looks on after setting a world record in the Women's 100m backstroke final on Day Four of the 2024 US Olympic Team Swimming Trials at Lucas Oil Stadium on June 18, 2024 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Getty Images/AFP)

Smith Conquers Self-Doubt to Regain Backstroke World Record 

Regan Smith was so riddled with self-doubt the American thought her days of breaking backstroke records were gone for good, but after learning to tame her…

Sports Serbia's Novak Djokovic reacts after a game during his men's singles round of sixteen match against Argentina's Francisco Cerundolo on Court Philippe-Chatrier on day nine of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros Complex in Paris on June 3, 2024. (AFP)

Novak Djokovic Is Confirmed for Paris Games, Serbian Olympic Committee Says 

Novak Djokovic will compete in the upcoming Paris Games, the Serbian Olympic Committee confirmed on Tuesday. Djokovic had knee surgery after withdrawing…

Sports Germany's midfielder #08 Toni Kroos celebrates after winning the UEFA Euro 2024 Group A football match between Germany and Scotland at the Munich Football Arena in Munich on June 14, 2024. (AFP)

Euro 2024 Takeaways: Fast Starts and Slow Trains, Old and Young Stars, Great Goals and Strong Views 

The opening round of group matches at the European Championship is complete. Here are some things we learned: - Top performers - Some of the best…


Greece Tames Wildfire Near Athens, Arson Suspected

Varieties A firefighting helicopter drops water during a fire that broke out in Varis - Koropiou, eastern Attica, Greece, 19 June 2024. (EPA)

Greece Tames Wildfire Near Athens, Arson Suspected

Greek firefighters appeared close to containing a wildfire near Athens on Wednesday that forced dozens to flee their homes, and authorities now believe the…


Varieties New Google Pixel 7 Pro smartphones are displayed at a launch event for new Google hardware devices in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York, US, October 6, 2022. REUTERS/Roselle Chen

Cyprus to Ban Mobile Use in Schools

Cyprus is to ban mobile phone use in schools, the education minister said on Wednesday, saying they were too much of a distraction for students and led to anti…

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Varieties File photo of Saudi Arabia's flag.

Saudi Taekwondo Champion Dunya AbuTaleb Soars to Fourth in World Rankings

Dunya AbuTaleb, the Saudi taekwondo champion, continues to shine on the global stage as she has secured the fourth place in the international rankings for the …

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Varieties The reserve highlighted the importance of preserving existing vegetation and supporting afforestation efforts. SPA

Imam Turki bin Abdullah Royal Reserve Marks World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

Saudi Arabia’s Imam Turki bin Abdullah Royal Reserve Development Authority has marked World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, themed this year "United…

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Varieties An armed policeman guards suspected poachers arrested over their alleged involvement in hunting Javan rhinos, during a press conference at the police headquarters in Banten on June 11, 2024. (AFP)

Javan Rhino Clings to Survival After Indonesia Poaching Wave 

In 2023, a newborn Javan rhino in Indonesia raised hopes for the highly endangered species. Now, conservationists fear poachers have killed up to a third of…