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Israel to Halt Nighttime ‘Mapping’ of Palestinian Homes

The Israeli military says it is reining in a controversial practice of conducting late-night raids of Palestinian homes in the West Bank aimed at gathering information about the houses and their inhabitants. The military has in the past defended the practice, known as “intelligence mapping,” as a

Waddling into View Are the Stars of Netflix’s ‘Penguin Town’

They arrive every year in their snazzy black and white tuxedos, causing traffic jams and clamoring for quality real estate. Endangered African penguins have long been a source of delight to visitors of the South African community of Simon’s Town, mixing with humans as they go about their penguin

Review: Kevin Hart Shows Range in Tearjerker ‘Fatherhood’

Kevin Hart can make us laugh and cry, it seems, even if the vehicle was practically engineered to bring on the waterworks.

Federer Fails to Make Halle Open Quarterfinals for 1st Time

Roger Federer failed to reach the Halle Open quarterfinals for the first time Wednesday when Félix Auger-Aliassime rallied from a set down to stun the former champion 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the second round. The 20-year-old Auger-Aliassime is 19 years younger than the Swiss great, who has won the Halle

Belgium to Stop Game against Denmark for Eriksen Tribute

Belgium's players will kick the ball out of play in the 10th minute of their European Championship game against Denmark so the stadium can pay tribute to Christian Eriksen with a minute’s applause, striker Romelu Lukaku said Wednesday. The fans at Parken Stadium are planning a loud ovation for Er

US Senate Leader Backs Repealing 'Forever War' Authorization

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday threw his weight behind an effort to repeal the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force that allowed the war in Iraq, saying it would prevent "military adventurism" such as former President Donald Trump's 2020 airstrike on a Baghdad airport.

First Patient Receives Controversial Biogen Alzheimer's Drug

A US hospital on Wednesday gave the first infusion of an expensive, controversial new Alzheimer's drug from Biogen Inc before Medicare had even said what it will pay for - and with some doctors upset by its approval last week. Mark Archambault, a 70-year-old realtor from Wakefield, Rhode Island,

EU's Chief Diplomat Expects Ties with Russia to Deteriorate Further

The European Union must expect a further deterioration in relations with Russia even though ties have already sunk to their "lowest level", EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Wednesday. He said the 27-nation bloc must become more "robust and resilient" and apply a mixture of pushing ba

Ronaldo, Pogba Snub Sponsors at Euro 2020

France midfielder Paul Pogba removed a Heineken bottle in front of him at a Euro 2020 news conference, a day after Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo removed two Coca-Cola bottles, sparking a furor among football fans. Pogba, a practicing Muslim, moved away the beer bottle when he sat down to spe

Lebanese Entrepreneur Defies Country's Crises with Tech Hub

His employees struggle to find petrol for their cars to drive to work and he has to offer a unique product to get customers to trade with a company based in high-risk Lebanon, but against all odds Fadi Daou's technology firm is thriving. The entrepreneur's company, MultiLane, produces testing and

Gulf States: Nuclear Talks Should Address Iran Missile Program

Gulf Arab states said on Wednesday it would be dangerous to separate global powers' nuclear deal with Iran from Tehran's missile program and destabilizing behavior, and reiterated a call that they be included in the dialogue. World powers and Iran entered a sixth round of talks in Vienna on Satur

Palestinian Woman Shot Dead by Israelis in West Bank

The Israeli military on Wednesday shot and killed a Palestinian woman who it said tried to ram her car into a group of soldiers guarding a West Bank construction site. In a statement, the army said soldiers opened fire at the woman in Hizmeh, just north of Jerusalem, after she exited the car and

Putin Agrees at ‘Pragmatic’ Summit with Biden to Resume Arms Talks

US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed at a “pragmatic” first summit on Wednesday to resume arms control talks and to return ambassadors to each other’s capitals after they were withdrawn earlier this year. The discussions at the lakeside Villa La Grange in Geneva last

UAE Announces 2,011 New COVID-19 Cases

The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) reported 2,011 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the UAE to 603,961. The Ministry conducted 227,684 COVID-19 tests over the past 24 hours and stressed its aim to continue expanding the scope of testing nationwide t

Iraq’s ‘Hezbollah Brigades’ Militia Digs Tunnels East of Raqqa, Sets Up New Camp

Bracing for greater recruitment, the Iraq-based “Hezbollah Brigades” militia set up a new boot camp in Syria’s eastern governorate of Raqqa, local sources reported, revealing that its location is somewhere near Al-Sabkha valley.

Rep. Senators Call For Holding Houthis Accountable for Atrocities in Yemen

A number of prominent Republicans in the Senate called on the US administration to shed light on the human rights violations committed by the Houthis in Yemen. The senators sent a letter to US Permanent Representative to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield asking her to bring “internationa

Griffiths Hails Saudi ‘Exceptional Efforts’ to End War in Yemen

United Nations Special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths has said that warring parties “could not agree” on a comprehensive cessation of military operations in the country.

624 New Sites Added to the Saudi Heritage List

The Saudi Heritage Authority approved the registration of 624 new archaeological and historical sites in the National Antiquities Register, during the first quarter of 2021, bringing the total number of archaeological sites registered since its establishment to 8,176 sites across the country. He

Erdogan Visits Nagorno-Karabakh Town

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Tuesday the symbolic town of Shusha that was recaptured by his country’s close ally Azerbaijan during a war last year with Armenia for the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Erdogan arrived early Tuesday in Azerbaijan's capital Baku and held official talks wi

Iran's Raisi Faces Charges of ‘Heinous’ Human Rights Violations

Ebrahim Raisi, the favorite in Iran's presidential election, has used his position at the heart of the judiciary for grave rights violations, including mass executions of political prisoners, activists say. They say Raisi -- who now has victory in his sights on Friday after even conservative riva

IAEA Head: Nuclear Deal Must Await New Iran Gov't

Reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear accord will have to await the formation of a new Iranian government, the head of the UN nuclear watchdog said in remarks published on Wednesday, adding a deal needed political will from all parties. "Everyone knows that, at this point, it will be necessary to wait f

US Senators Want Commerce Dept to List Tech to Keep Away from China

A group of 10 Republican US senators on Tuesday urged Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo to direct her department to work faster to identify new American technologies that China's government could misuse if exported to that country. The letter led by Senator Tom Cotton and seen by Reuters urged the

Back in Fashion: Chanel Enjoys Strong Recovery from Pandemic

French luxury group Chanel expects to increase sales by double digits this year compared with their 2019, pre-pandemic levels, the group's chief financial officer said on Tuesday after the coronavirus crisis hit revenues in 2020. Privately-owned Chanel, known for its tweed suits, quilted handbags

Houthis Accused of Setting up Network of 900 Companies to Evade Financial Monitoring

A Yemeni organization tracking money plundered by Houthi coup militias accused the Iran-backed militant group of operating over 910 companies and money exchange facilities in the areas under its control. According to the financial monitor, Houthis rely on the network to perform complex financial

EU Denies Asking Police to Move Anti-Iranian Regime Protesters in Vienna

A top EU diplomat on Tuesday denied asking Austrian police to remove Iranian opposition protesters from outside a Vienna hotel where world powers have been holding nuclear talks with Tehran since April. “What happened was that twice some delegations in these conversations complained about the pre

Paris Mayor Hints at Bid to be France's 1st Woman President

Paris' Socialist mayor Anne Hidalgo has hinted she is planning to stand in 2022 presidential elections, saying that having a woman as president for the first time would change the relationship of the French with those in power, in an interview published Wednesday. If she declares her candidacy, H

Sudan’s Prime Minister Warns of Risk of Chaos, Civil War

Sudan’s prime minister warned on Tuesday of the risk of chaos and civil war fomented by loyalists of the previous regime as he sought to defend reforms meant to pull the country out of a deep economic crisis and stabilize a political transition. Abdalla Hamdok made the comments in a televised add

Khamenei Calls for High Turnout in Iran Vote; Field Shrinks to Four Candidates

Iran's supreme leader urged voters on Wednesday to turn out in large numbers for the June 18 presidential election, saying such a show of strength would reduce foreign pressure on the country. Two hardliners and one moderate quit the field of seven officially permitted candidates on Wednesday, le

Turkish Forces Arrest ISIS Terrorist during Intelligence Operation in Syria

Turkey has announced arresting a wanted ISIS terrorist during an intelligence operation in Syria.

Saudi Cabinet Approves Merging Public Pension Agency Into GOSI

Saudi Arabia’s Cabinet approved Tuesday merging the Public Pension Agency (PPA) into the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI) during a videoconference meeting chaired by King Salman bin Abdulaziz, the state-owned Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. The Cabinet meeting also approved tha

Dubai Authorities Enforce Law on ‘Regulating Possession of Dangerous Animals’

The Dubai Police General Command and the Dubai Municipality have unveiled a joint task force to implement Federal Law No.

Lebanon's Crisis Threatens its Army

Since the civil war, through wars with Israel, militant bombings and domestic turmoil, Lebanese have considered their military as an anchor for stability, one of the only institutions standing above the country’s divisions. But the military is now threatened by Lebanon’s devastating financial col

Sleep in Berlin, Wake up in Vienna!

Is it not more romantic and elegant to fall asleep on a train and wake up in a new city?

Japan Weighing 10,000-spectator Cap Ahead of Olympics

Japan could allow up to 10,000 fans at sports events ahead of the Olympics, media reported Wednesday, as organizers weigh how many domestic fans can attend the Games. The measure, intended to come into force after a coronavirus state of emergency ends on June 20, will be discussed by the governme

Germany Denies Deporting Migrants to Syria

Germany has not deported any migrants to Syria despite the expiration of the country’s blanket deportation ban six months ago, the government announced on Tuesday.

More than 450,000 People Apply for Hajj During 1st 24 Hours of Registration

The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has said that an electronic portal for domestic pilgrims received more than 450,000 applications within 24 hours of opening. Male registrations made up 60 percent and females 40 percent of the total applications, the ministry said on its Twitter account. Re

Physicist: Communicating with Aliens May End Life on Earth

Maybe trying to contact E.T. and his interstellar friends isn't such a great idea after all.

Algeria's FLN Wins Most Seats in Parliament, Election Authority Says

Algeria's National Liberation Front party (FLN) won the most seats in Saturday's parliamentary election, the head of the electoral authority said on Tuesday. Fewer than a third of registered voters took part in the election. The protests that erupted in 2019 demanded the ousting of the ruling

Uninhabited Japanese Island Offers Survival Adventures

Feeling ground down by the pressures of everyday life? Wish you could get away from it all?

Israel-Gaza Violence Erupts for First Time since End of Last Month’s Fighting

Israel mounted air strikes in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, the first since the end of 11 days of cross-border fighting last month, in response to incendiary balloons launched from the Palestinian territory. The flare-up, a first test for Israel’s new government, followed a march in East Jerusalem

Biden Names Israel Ambassador Days after New Government

US President Joe Biden on Tuesday nominated veteran Democratic Party official Thomas Nides to be US ambassador to Israel, filling the post two days after the formation of a new government eager to renew ties. Nides, a former top banker at Morgan Stanley who has spent his adult life in Democratic

Saudi Foreign Minister Meets Counterparts from Jordan, Mauritania and Libya

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan met separately on Tuesday with his Jordanian, Mauritanian and Libyan counterparts on the sidelines of the Arab League ministerial meeting in the Qatari capital. Prince Faisal met with Jordanian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs a

Libya's Benghazi Hosts Rare 'Week of Culture'

Libya's eastern city of Benghazi is hosting a rare "week of culture" featuring art, music and theater, as the country attempts to turn the page on a decade of violence. "It's an honor to have an exhibition for the first time in Benghazi," said Elham el-Ferjani, an artist who traveled from the cap

Iran to Elect President Amid Nuclear Talks, Sanctions Pain

Iranian voters are to elect a new president Friday, with the ultraconservative Ebrahim Raisi expected to replace the moderate Hassan Rouhani after a host of candidates were disqualified. The vote comes at a time when the recession-hit country is in talks with world powers to revive a battered 201

Emirates Airline Posts First Annual Loss in over 30 Years

Dubai-based Emirates airline on Tuesday posted a $5.5 billion annual loss, its first in more than three decades, after the coronavirus pandemic devastated the aviation industry. The carrier said it received a capital injection of $3.1 billion from its owner, the government of Dubai, to help it su

Sisi Invites Qatari Emir to Visit Egypt

Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani on Tuesday held talks with Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, who visited Doha to deliver a letter from Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi inviting the Qatari Emir to visit Egypt soon. Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez said the m

Israel Strikes Gaza Over Incendiary Balloons

Israel carried out airstrikes on the Gaza Strip early Wednesday after militants in the Palestinian territory sent incendiary balloons into the south of the country, in the first flare-up between the two sides since a major conflict in May in which hundreds were killed. According to Palestinian so