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Gulf The decision comes a day after a major power outage was witnessed in large parts of residential areas in the country. (KUNA)

Kuwait Implements Systematic Power Cuts to Reduce Load on Grid

Kuwait began on Thursday to implement scheduled power cuts during peak consumption hours, with the aim to meet increased demand caused by extreme summer heat. …

Asharq Al Awsat (Kuwait)
Arab World Houthi footage shows the moment of attacking the sunken Greek ship “M/V Tutor” in the Red Sea (Reuters)

Houthi Leader Claims 153 Ship Attacks in 7 Months

Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, leader of Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group, has asserted responsibility for targeting 153 ships in a heightened maritime campaign…

Ali Rabih (Aden)
Arab World Sudanese families prepare to ride on trucks while on their way to Egypt through the Qustul border, after the crisis in Sudan's capital Khartoum, in the Sudanese city of Wadi Halfa, Sudan May 1, 2023. (Reuters)

Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces Seize Al-Fula, West Kordofan Capital

Sudan's Rapid Support Forces (RSF) announced on Thursday that they have fully captured the strategic city of Al-Fula, the capital of West Kordofan state. …

Mohammed Amin Yassin (Wad Madani (Sudan))
Arab World File photo: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a joint news conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the State Department in Washington, US, June 18, 2024. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz

Blinken Tells Israeli Officials of Need to Avoid Further Escalation with Lebanon

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Israeli officials during a meeting on Thursday of the need to avoid further escalation in Lebanon amid the war in…

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Armenia Recognizes Palestine as a State, Says Armenian Foreign Ministry 

Arab World A Palestinian flag is placed on the ground during a protest from the Freedom for Palestine Platform in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, in Madrid, Spain, June 15, 2024. (Reuters)

Armenia Recognizes Palestine as a State, Says Armenian Foreign Ministry 

Armenia has officially recognized a Palestinian state, the Armenian foreign ministry said in a statement on Friday, the latest country to do so despite…

World  A Ukrainian soldier watches a self-propelled weapon fire at Russian positions (AFP)

US Gives Priority to Air-Defense Missile Deliveries for Ukraine

The United States will prioritize deliveries of anti-air missiles to Kyiv, sending the desperately needed munitions to Ukraine ahead of other countries that…

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World US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said 'no other country is doing more' to help Israel defend itself. SAUL LOEB / AFP/File

New Tensions between White House, Israeli PM

New tensions emerged this week between President Joe Biden's administration and Benjamin Netanyahu over the Israeli premier's criticism of US weapons…

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

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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Culture The Kingdom is the guest of honor at the exhibition. SPA

Saudi Heritage Commission Enriches Visitor's Experience at BIBF

The Saudi Heritage Commission is seeking to provide visitors to the Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF) with a platform to expand their knowledge about the…

Asharq Al Awsat (Beijing)

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

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…

Sports Italy's Riccardo Calafiori (5) scores an own goal during a Group B match between Spain and Italy at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Thursday, June 20, 2024. (AP)

Own-Goals Lead the Way in the Scoring Chart After Bizarre Start to Euro 2024 

There’s just no stopping the top scorer at the European Championship. Own-goals lead the way in the scoring chart, with the fifth one of the tournament…

Sports Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen of Netherlands walks in the paddock in Barcelona, Spain, 20 June 2024. (EPA)

Verstappen Aims for Another F1 Win in Barcelona as Sainz Hopes to Showcase His Talents at Home Race 

Max Verstappen will be out to quash any hopes that his Red Bull could be beatable at the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend, where the three-time world champion…

Sports Spain's Alvaro Morata celebrates with teammates after Italy's Riccardo Calafiori, right, lies face down on the pitch after scoring an own goal during a Group B match between Spain and Italy at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Thursday, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Spain Beats Italy 1-0 and Advances to Knockout Round at Euro 2024

Europe beware — Spain might just be back, The Associated Press reported. The three-time European champion advanced to the round of 16 at Euro 2024 after a 1…

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Sports Marcelo Bielsa, Giovanni Reyna and Gregg Berhalter. Composite: Getty/The Guardian Sport

Can the USMNT Prove They are Among the World’s Best at Copa América?

The theory always was that what the USMNT needed was for more of their players to be playing with the best in Europe. Good, tough, regular competition, proper…

Jonathan Wilson

Retired Azzurri Star Roberto Baggio Robbed at Home During Italy’s Loss to Spain 

Varieties Roberto Baggio. (Reuters)

Retired Azzurri Star Roberto Baggio Robbed at Home During Italy’s Loss to Spain 

Retired Italy star Roberto Baggio was robbed at gunpoint at his home while watching the national team’s game against Spain at the European Championship At…

Varieties People walk with umbrellas during a heatwave in Manila on April 29, 2024. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

As Millions Sweat Out the Heat Wave, Blocks of Lake Ice Keep These Campers Cool

As New England baked in a heat wave Thursday, guests at one campground were keeping their food and beer cold with blocks of ice harvested months earlier from a…

Asharq Al Awsat
Varieties TOPSHOT - This handout picture taken and released by Valencia's Oceanografic Oceanarium on June 19, 2024 shows veterinary staff members taking care of one of the two belugas on June 19, 2024. (Photo by Marc Domenech / Oceanografic Oceanarium of Valencia / AFP)

Beluga Whale Pair Move from Ukraine's Kharkiv to Spain's Valencia

Marine biologists have moved a pair of beluga whales from the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv - the target of daily shelling by Russian forces - to the eastern…

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Varieties The municipality famous for Himeji Castle is reportedly mulling making the World Heritage site's admission fees for overseas tourists four times as expensive as those for local residents. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

Japan Seeks More Visitors Despite Overtourism Woes

Japan's tourism chief said Thursday its ambitious goal of luring 60 million foreign tourists a year -- more than double the current level -- is well within…

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Varieties A snake antivenom is seen in a container at Kenya Snakebite Research and Intervention Centre (KSRIC) in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, April 5, 2024. (AP Photo/Andrew Kasuku)

It's Hard to Find Treatment for Snakebites in Kenya. Thousands of People are Dying Every Year

Esther Kangali felt a sharp pain while on her mother’s farm in eastern Kenya. She looked down and saw a large snake coiling around her left leg. She screamed,…

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