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Flooding Forces People From Homes in Some Parts of Lowa While Much of US Broils Again in Heat

Varieties People in hundreds of homes where told to evacuate early Saturday in Rock Valley, Iowa, as the nearby Rock River could no longer take the heavy rain that has slammed the region. - The AP

Flooding Forces People From Homes in Some Parts of Lowa While Much of US Broils Again in Heat

Floodwaters forced people out of their homes in parts of Iowa, the result of weeks of rain, while much of the United States longed for relief Saturday from yet…

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Varieties This artist's illustration courtesy of Blue Origin obtained October 25, 2021, shows the core module of Orbital Reef. Handout BLUE ORIGIN/AFP/File

NASA Faces $80,000 Claim After Space Debris Hit Family Home

An American family is claiming more than $80,000 from NASA after a small piece of debris fell from space and smashed through the roof of their Florida home, a…

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Varieties A plane drops water during a wildfire, in Kitsi, near the town of Koropi, Greece, June 19, 2024. (Reuters)

Greece Battles Wildfires Fanned by Gale Force Winds

Hundreds of firefighters struggled on Saturday to contain wildfires fanned by gale force winds on two Greek islands and in other parts of Greece, as…

Varieties The massive Vehicle Assembly Building where NASA’s powerful new 322-foot-tall moon rocket has been assembled for the unpiloted Artemis 1 mission, is reflected after a hard rain at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, US October 28, 2021. REUTERS/Thom Baur/Files

NASA Delays Return of Boeing Starliner for More Technical Checks

NASA has further postponed the Boeing Starliner's return to Earth from the International Space Station with its first crew of astronauts, to allow more time…

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Varieties People were also advised against filming or photographing the floods for safety reasons. - The AP

Several Missing in Landslide in Swiss Alps as Heavy Rains Cause Flash Floods

Three people were missing on Saturday after massive thunderstorms and rainfall in southeastern Switzerland caused a landslide, authorities said. One woman was…

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Varieties This photo shows the launch platform for the French-Chinese Space Variable Objects Monitor (SVOM) satellite mission in Xichang, in China’s southwestern Sichuan province on June 21, 2024. (AFP)

China, France Launch Satellite to Better Understand the Universe

A French-Chinese satellite blasted off Saturday on a hunt for the mightiest explosions in the universe, in a notable example of cooperation between a Western…

Varieties Japanese Emperor Naruhito, center left, and Empress Masako, center right, smile as they depart for the state visit to Britain, at Haneda airport in Tokyo, Japan, Saturday, June 22, 2024. (Kyodo News via AP)

Japanese Royals Arrive for Three-Day State Visit to UK

Japan's Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako arrive in Britain on Saturday ahead of a three-day state visit hosted by King Charles III. The royal couple are…

Varieties The health cluster has distributed 3,500 bags of ice, 10,300 water bottles, 4,850 umbrellas, and 3,297 medical kits to 12,000 visitors. (SPA)

Madinah Health Cluster Launches Heat Stress Awareness Campaign for Prophet's Mosque Visitors

The Madinah Health Cluster launched an awareness campaign to educate visitors to the Prophet's Mosque about heat stress, coinciding with increasing…

Varieties Students review their exam preparation materials in the last minutes before the National College Entrance Exam, or Gaokao, outside an exam venue in Hai'an city in east China's Jiangsu province Friday, June 7, 2024. (Chinatopix via AP)

Vocational School Student Stuns China by Besting University Competitors in Math Contest

A 17-year-old vocational school student from rural China became a celebrity on social media after reaching the final round of a math competition, beating many…

Varieties The sea lioness Hilla from Leipzig Zoo, Germany aims for a goal with Scotland and German marked balls Thursday June 13, 2024, where she predicted that the two teams will play out a draw during their opening match ar the start of the Euro 2024 soccer championship on Friday. (dpa/AP)

Trains, Petri Dishes and a Struggling Sea Lion Join Football’s Dubious Oracles

Spare a thought for Hilla the "oracle" sea lion from Leipzig Zoo, whose reputation for football prophesy is hanging by a thread after she predicted Scotland…

Varieties  Children enjoy the cold water of a fountain at Columbus Square in Vienna as Austria is being hit by extreme heat on June 21, 2024. (AFP)

How Does Heat Kill? It Confuses Your Brain. It Shuts Down Your Organs. It Overworks Your Heart.

As temperatures and humidity soar outside, what's happening inside the human body can become a life-or-death battle decided by just a few degrees. The…

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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…

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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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Varieties This picture taken on June 19, 2024 and released on June 20, 2024 from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) via KNS shows North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (R) presenting Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) with a pair of dogs in the garden of the Kumsusan State Guesthouse in Pyongyang. (Photo by KCNA VIA KNS / AFP)

North Korea's Kim Gives Pair of Dogs to Putin

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gave Russian President Vladimir Putin a pair of Pungsan dogs, a local breed, state media KCNA reported on Thursday. Kim and…

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Varieties Las Vegas police spotted the reflective shape during a search and rescue mission over the weekend in a hiking area an hour north of Sin City. - AFP

New Mystery Monolith Appears in Nevada Desert

A mysterious shiny monolith has appeared in a Nevada desert, the latest other-worldly installation to materialize in recent years across North America and…

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Varieties A photograph shows the Parthenon Temple at the top of the Acropolis hill in Athens on November 28, 2023. (AFP)

French Woman Missing in Greece Sent Distress Text

A 73-year-old French woman missing on the Greek island of Sikinos since Friday sent a distress message to her hotel before disappearing, the owner said. A…

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Varieties The Saudi delegation will host a side event themed “Saudi Towards Space - SPA

Saudi Arabia Participates in UN Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is participating in the 67th session of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) taking place June…

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Varieties 2.2 Million Pilgrims Transported by Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah Metro Line

2.2 Million Pilgrims Transported by Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah Metro Line

Saudi Arabia Railways (SAR) announced the successful operation of Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah Metro Line during this year's Hajj season, with the train…

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Varieties A high-efficiency air conditioning system is at the forefront of these efforts - SPA

Prophet's Mosque Prepares for Hot Weather as Pilgrims Arrive

The Saudi General Authority for the Care of the Two Holy Mosques has prepared for the summer heat as Hajj pilgrims arrive. With rising temperatures, the…

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Varieties Travelers are seen at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah. (SPA)

Jeddah Airports Launches 'Journey 45' Awareness Campaign to Streamline Pilgrim Departures

The Jeddah Airports has launched "Journey 45," an awareness campaign to streamline the departure process for Hajj pilgrims leaving through King Abdulaziz…

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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…

Varieties In this image taken from video provided by Spencer Warren, who works for a wilderness guiding service, he arrived about 6:30 a.m. Friday, June 14, 2024, to prepare the floatplane for a client’s trip when he discovered the calf trapped in Beluga Lake in Homer, Alaska. (Spencer Warren via AP)

Baby Moose Trapped in Lake Is Saved by Alaska Man and Police as Its Worried Mom Watches 

An Alaska man and two police officers rescued a baby moose from what police described as “a sure demise” after it fell into a lake and got stuck in a narrow…