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World A displaced Syrian woman Rudaina al-Salim runs errands for her family at a tent encampment in the village of Harbnoush, in Idlib province, Syria, Monday, May 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Omar Albam)

UN Refugee Agency Says Record 117 Mln People Forcibly Displaced in 2023

The United Nations refugee agency on Thursday said the number of people forcibly displaced stood at a record 117.3 million as of the end of last year, warning…

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Gulf Saudi Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman

Saudi Crown Prince Apologizes for Not Attending G7 Summit in Italy

Saudi Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz informed Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni of his inability to attend the Group of…

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Arab World Israeli soldiers operate inside the Gaza Strip, as seen from southern Israel, on Feb. 13, 2024. (AP)

WHO Says Many People in Gaza Facing ‘Famine-like Conditions’

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that many people in Gaza were facing "catastrophic hunger and famine-like conditions". "A…

Arab World Smoke billows from the site of an Israeli airstrike on Zibqin in southern Lebanon on June 12, 2024 amid ongoing cross-border tensions as fighting continues between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. (AFP)

US Military Urges De-escalation as Israel-Lebanon Tensions Rise

The US military on Wednesday urged a de-escalation in rising tensions between Israel and Lebanon, and said US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin raised the matter…

Gaza Ceasefire Plan Hangs in Balance as US Says Hamas Seeking Changes

Arab World Destruction in Gaza caused by Israeli airstrikes (AP)

Gaza Ceasefire Plan Hangs in Balance as US Says Hamas Seeking Changes

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday that Hamas had proposed numerous changes, some unworkable, to a US-backed proposal for a ceasefire with…

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World  NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg gives a press conference on the eve of a NATO Defense ministers meeting at the organization's headquarters in Brussels on June 12, 2024. (AFP)

NATO Chief Says the Alliance Is Adapting Its Nuclear Arsenal to Security Threats

In a rare reference to the Western nuclear arsenal, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday highlighted the alliance's efforts to adapt its capabilities to…

Gulf Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, receives Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy  in Jeddah on Wednesday. (SPA)

Saudi Crown Prince, Zelenskyy Discuss Developments in Ukraine-Russia Crisis

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, received in Jeddah on Wednesday Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The…

Medieval Mummies 'Beyond Repair' after Dublin Church Fire

Culture Police in Ireland. Reuters file photo

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…

Culture Dragon boat crew members participate in a traditional Chinese dragon boat race in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Taiwan Nighttime Dragon Boat Racing Puts Modern Twist on Ancient Tradition

Across the Chinese diaspora, racing in dragon boats has been a tradition reaching back thousands of years. But change is afoot, most recently in central Taiwan…

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

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…

Sports Munich's Aleksandar Pavlović celebrates scoring during the Bundesliga soccer match between FC Augsburg and Bayern Munich at the WWK-Arena, Augsburg, Germany, on Jan. 27, 2024. (dpa via AP, File)

Germany’s Aleksandar Pavlović to Miss Euro 2024, Emre Can Called Up to Replace Him

Germany coach Julian Nagelsmann has called up Borussia Dortmund midfielder Emre Can to replace Bayern Munich's Aleksandar Pavlović, who will miss the European…

Sports Bologna's head coach Thiago Motta waits for the start of an Italian Cup round of 16 soccer match between Inter Milan and Bologna, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, on Dec. 20, 2023. (AP)

Thiago Motta Signs 3-Year Deal to Coach Juventus

Thiago Motta was announced as Juventus’ new coach on Wednesday, replacing the fired Massimiliano Allegri. Juventus said Motta signed a three-year contract…

Sports The Saudi Esports Federation said Riyadh will be hosting the GCC Esports League 2024 finals on June 27- 28. SPA

Riyadh to Host Gulf Esports League Finals 2024 on June 27-28

The Saudi Esports Federation has announced that Riyadh will be hosting the GCC Esports League 2024 finals, taking place from June 27 to 28. The championship…

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Sports While the national team could yet coax reluctant Germans to celebrate, the country itself is going through difficult times politically (The AP)

Why Germany's 2006 World Cup Patriotic Fervor is Unlikely to Repeat at Euro 2024

When Germany hosted the 2006 World Cup, it unleashed an unexpected burst of national pride across the country. For many Germans, it was the first time they…

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Heat Wave in Greece Halts Visits to Acropolis

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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Varieties English Heritage said the shots were fired in a siege of Kenilworth Castle in 1266 (English Heritage)

Stone Projectiles that are Nearly 800 Years Old Found at Castle in Britain

Eight 13th Century catapult shots have been discovered “perfectly preserved” outside the walls of a castle in Warwickshire, BBC reported on Tuesday. English…

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