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French Citizen Returns Home after Iran Prison Ordeal

Frenchman Louis Arnaud returned to Paris on Thursday after his release from an over 20-month prison ordeal in Iran, but a dozen Europeans are still detained in…

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Arab World Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein. (AP)

Iraqi FM Says He is Concerned Israel Might Escalate Military Action in Lebanon

Iraq’s top diplomat expressed concerns Thursday that Israel might escalate its military operations in Lebanon with ripple effects that could reach his country…

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Gulf Kuwaiti First Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Minister of Interior Sheikh Fahad Yusuf Al-Sabah (C-R) visits the site of a residential building after a fire broke out in Mangaf area, southern Ahmadi governorate, Kuwait, 12 June 2024. EPA/NOUFAL IBRAHIM

Kuwait Emir Orders Accountability for Mangaf Residential Building Fire

Kuwait’s Emir, Sheikh Mishal al-Ahmad al-Sabah, has directed authorities to hold accountable those responsible for a fire in Mangaf that broke out early…

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World Ramezan Sharif the spokesperson for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps. (Archive- Tasnim)

IRGC: We Will Not Side with any Presidential Candidate

Ramezan Sharif, the spokesperson for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), said on Wednesday that his forces “will not side with any candidate” in the…

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Israeli Forces Thrust Deeper Into Rafah as Diplomacy Falters

Arab World Palestinians pursue their daily chores, as smoke rises following the Israeli bombardment of the city of Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip on June 11, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas group. (Photo by Eyad BABA / AFP)

Israeli Forces Thrust Deeper Into Rafah as Diplomacy Falters

Israeli tanks advanced deeper into the western area of Rafah, amid one of the worst nights of bombardment from air, ground, and sea, forcing many families to…

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Arab World A boat carrying migrants in the Mediterranean. Reuters file photo

One Year Later, Migrants Who Cheated Death Off Greece Seek Justice

Desperate hands clutched at Ali Elwan's arms, legs and neck, and screams misted his ears, as he spat out saltwater and fought for three hours to keep afloat in…

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Arab World International Criminal Court (ICC) Persecutor Karim Khan (AFP)

Sudan: Legal Experts Urge ICC to Dispatch Team to Probe War Crimes in Darfur

The ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan urged civil society organizations to provide any evidence and material to aid an urgent investigation into allegations of war…

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First Najran Wheat Festival Celebrates Region's Rich Heritage

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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Medieval Mummies 'Beyond Repair' after Dublin Church Fire

Five medieval mummies preserved in the crypt of a Dublin church have likely been damaged beyond repair by a fire and water used to douse the flames, a church…

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Culture King Willem-Alexander, center, and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands place a wreath at the tombs of Martin Luther King Jr., and Coretta Scott King as the King's daughter Bernice King, left, looks on during a visit to the King Center, Monday, June 10, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP)

King and Queen of the Netherlands Pay Tribute to MLK During Visit to Atlanta 

The king and queen of the Netherlands began a four-day tour of the US on Monday in Atlanta, where they paid tribute to the late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr…

Culture Chef Michael Rafidi of Albi in Washington, DC, stands on the red carpet before the James Beard Awards ceremony Monday, June 10, 2024, in Chicago. Rafidi won the James Beard award for Outstanding Chef. (AP)

Palestinian DC Chef, Senegalese Restaurant in New Orleans Win Coveted James Beard Awards 

A Palestinian chef using ancient cooking techniques a Senegalese restaurant in New Orleans and an upscale Thai restaurant in Oregon won coveted James Beard…

Culture Saudi Ministry of Culture Launches Camel Studies Grant

Saudi Ministry of Culture Launches Camel Studies Grant

The Saudi Ministry of Culture, in partnership with the Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture, launched the Camel Studies Grant, which aims to shine a…

Saudi Boxer Al-Amoudi Makes History at Muay Thai World Championship

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Saudi Boxer Al-Amoudi Makes History at Muay Thai World Championship

Saudi boxer Al-Baraa Al-Amoudi clinched the gold medal in the International Federation of Muaythai Associations (IFMA) Senior Championship 2024, held in Greece…

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Sports Lionel Messi will miss the Olympics but could feature at a sixth World Cup in 2026 © Patrick McDermott / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP

Messi to Miss Olympics But Leaves Door Open For 2026 World Cup

Eight-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi has confirmed in an interview with US broadcaster ESPN that he will not attempt to win a second gold medal with…

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Sports FILE - FIFA President Gianni Infantino walks on the stage before the start of the 69th FIFA congress in Paris, Wednesday, June 5, 2019. FIFA was facing more opposition to its newly-expanded Club World Cup in America on Thursday, June 13, 2024 after World players’ union FIFPRO said a legal claim had been submitted against the decision to create the tournament. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)

Expanded Club World Cup in 2025 Faces Legal Challenge by Players' Unions

Soccer players’ unions legally challenged FIFA on Thursday for expanding the Club World Cup. The 32-team event, up from seven, is slated for June-July 2025…

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Sports Faisal Halim was severely injured in an acid attack last month.  Arif Kartono / AFP

Malaysia Footballer Badly Hurt in Acid Attack Pledges to Play Again

A Malaysian international badly hurt in an acid attack in May broke down in tears on Thursday as he pledged to return to football in "one to two months"…

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Sports  France's Antoine Griezmann, right, and France's William Saliba head the balls during a training session in Paderborn, Germany, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. (AP)

UEFA Promises More Clarity for Fans and Players on Refereeing Decisions at Euro 2024

Clarity for players and spectators and zero tolerance for serious foul play and dissent — that’s what referees have been tasked with at the European…

Saudi ‘Satellite’ Shift: From ‘Devil’s Street’ to Visual Clutter

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Saudi ‘Satellite’ Shift: From ‘Devil’s Street’ to Visual Clutter

Saudi Arabia still reverberates with the warnings issued in the early 1990s by a prominent figure of the Sahwa movement against the risks posed by satellite…

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Varieties Tourists take a selfie in front of the Parthenon temple atop the Acropolis hill during a heatwave, in Athens, Greece, 11 June 2024. EPA/KOSTAS TSIRONIS

Heat Wave in Greece Halts Visits to Acropolis

Authorities in Athens announced on Wednesday the closure of the Acropolis for five hours due to heat wave temperatures that also prompted many schools to close…

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Varieties In this May 2024 image provided by Garry Kozak, remains of what experts believe to be is a 10-seat Jet Commander aircraft, rest on the floor of Lake Champlain off Juniper Island, Vt. (Garry Kozak via AP)

Jet Missing Since 1971 Found Submerged in Vermont Lake

Fifty-three years after a private plane carrying five men disappeared on a snowy Vermont night, experts believe they have found the wreckage of the long lost…

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Varieties An Indian woman uses a scarf as sunlight protection during hot afternoon in Kolkata, eastern India, 11 June 2024. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

Extreme Heat Triggers Novel Payout for 50,000 Women in India

A group of 50,000 self-employed women in India have become the first beneficiaries of a novel insurance scheme that pays out when temperatures hit certain…

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Varieties This handout photo obtained on June 10, 2024 courtesy of ESA shows a 3D model of the Olympus Mons volcano on Mars, as observed by the HRSC camera aboard ESA's Mars Express. (Photo by Adomas Valantinas / AFP)

Frost Discovered on Top of Giant Mars Volcanoes

Early morning frost has been detected on the peaks of massive volcanoes on Mars, an unexpected discovery about the dispersal of water on Mars that could one…

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