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China Prepares to Send First Civilian into Space 

Varieties A member of People's Liberation Army (PLA) runs on the site of Shenzhou-16 manned space flight mission on the eve of launching in Jiuquan, Gansu province, China, 29 May 2023. (EPA)

China Prepares to Send First Civilian into Space 

China will send its first civilian astronaut into space as part of a crewed mission to the Tiangong space station on Tuesday as it pursues its ambitious plans…

Varieties The Carnival entertainment zone embodies excitement and challenge, including kinetic game - SPA

City Walk Jeddah’s Carnival...a Place for Fun, Enjoyment

The "Carnival" zone at City Walk is offering a number of events within the Jeddah Events Calendar 2023, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The Carnival…

Asharq Al Awsat
Varieties Thick plumes of heavy smoke fill the Halifax sky as an out-of-control fire in a suburban community quickly spread, engulfing multiple homes and forcing the evacuation of local residents, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Sunday May 28, 2023. (The Canadian Press via AP) 

Eastern Canada’s Halifax Declares Emergency Over Wildfire 

The eastern Canadian city of Halifax declared a state of local emergency late on Sunday after a wildfire caused evacuations and power outages. "Emergency…

Varieties Gondolas navigate by the Rialto Bridge on Venice's historical Grand Canal as a patch of phosphorescent green liquid spreads in it, Sunday, May 28, 2023. (AP)

Venice’s Waters Turn Fluorescent Green Near Rialto Bridge

The waters in Venice's main canal turned fluorescent green on Sunday in the area near the Rialto bridge and authorities are seeking to trace the cause, Italy's…

Varieties In this photograph taken on May 20, 2023, a painting of late mountaineer Sherpa Tenzing Norgay's Everest summit is on display at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute museum, in Darjeeling. (AFP)

70 Years after First Summit, Everest Keeps Giving

When Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa first climbed Everest 70 years ago, they paved the way for thousands of foreign climbers to try to follow in…

Varieties Indian villagers collect water for drinking from a well running dry at Padal village of the district of Samba on June 2, 2019. (AFP/Getty Images)

Indian Official Suspended after He Drains Reservoir to Retrieve Phone He Dropped While Taking Selfie

A government official in India has been suspended from his job after he ordered a water reservoir to be drained so he could retrieve his smartphone, which he…

Varieties The Saudi astronauts aim to carry out 14 scientific research experiments in several fields during their mission to the ISS.

Saudi Space Experiment to Increase Artificial Seeding

Saudi Astronaut Ali al-Qarni began an artificial seeding experiment in space, which will contribute to the development of the technology used on the earth and…

Jubair Alansari (Riyadh)
Varieties Arian Moayed. EPA

Arian Moayed Plays Creepy Men for Thoughtful Reasons

By Laura Collins-Hughes The actor Arian Moayed has an old passport photo that he usually keeps in his wallet: a black-and-white image of a small, darling…

Varieties Badael’s vision is to curb smoking and deliver on PIF’s strategy to improve the quality of life for all

PIF Establishes Badael to Reduce Smoking Prevalence in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund has announced the establishment of the Badael Company, which aims to reduce the prevalence of smoking and promote a…

Asharq Al Awsat (Riyadh)
Varieties Portuguese Judicial Police (PJ) criminal investigation unit members leave the base camp set near the Arade dam in Silves on May 25, 2023, after the search operation in the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has been declared over. (AFP)

Madeleine McCann Search Wraps up with Slim Chance of Breakthrough Seen

A German prosecutor played down hopes of an imminent breakthrough in the 16-year-old hunt for missing British girl Madeleine McCann on Thursday, as police…

Varieties Travelers crowd the security queue in the departures lounge at the start of the Victoria Day holiday long weekend at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, May 20, 2022. REUTERS/Cole Burston/File Photo

Expect Big Crowds for the Summer Travel Season -- and Big Prices, Too

The unofficial start of the summer travel season is here, with airlines hoping to avoid the chaos of last year and travelers scrounging for ways to save a few…

Asharq Al Awsat
Varieties ‘NEOM’ Accelerates Global Transition towards Green Hydrogen

‘NEOM’ Accelerates Global Transition towards Green Hydrogen

NEOM has made qualitative progress in supporting the green hydrogen production industry on a large scale and exporting it to global markets, the Saudi State…

Varieties Saudi astronauts Rayyanah Bernawi and Ali al-Qarni (SPA)

Saudi Astronauts at ISS Make Amateur Radio Contact with Students in Saudi Arabia

Saudi astronauts Rayyanah Barnawi and Ali Al-Qarni have used the Amateur Radio on board the International Space Station (ISS) to talk with a group of students…

Asharq Al Awsat
Varieties Newcastle: The City of Bridges (Shutterstock)

Saudi Arabia Breathes Life into Newcastle Tourism

In a monumental occurrence within the sports world, the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) finalized its acquisition of Newcastle Football Club on October 7,…

Jocelyne Elia (New Castle, England)
Varieties Portuguese and German police search a reservoir near the area where British girl Madeleine McCann went missing in the Portuguese Algarve in May 2007, in Silves, Portugal, May 24, 2023. (Reuters)

German Prosecutor Says Clues to McCann Child Disappearance Possible at Portuguese Dam Site 

Police searching for clues regarding the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, the British child who went missing in 2007 in Portugal, were concentrating…

Varieties A scientist holds a sea urchin specimen of the long-spined Diadema setosum, found in the Mediterranean, at the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History of Tel Aviv University in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, May 24, 2023. (AP Photo/ Maya Alleruzzo)

Red Sea Corals Threatened by Mass Sea Urchin Die-off

Sea urchins in Israel's Gulf of Eilat have been dying off at an alarming rate, researchers announced Wednesday — a development that threatens the Red Sea’s…

Asharq Al Awsat (Tel Aviv)
Varieties Incandescent materials, ash and smoke are spewed from the Popocatepetl volcano as seen from the San Nicolas de los Ranchos community, state of Puebla, Mexico, on May 23, 2023. (AFP)

Concern about Mexico’s Popocatepetl Volcano Changes with the Wind

Concern about the Popocatepetl volcano changes with the wind. While east of the mountain residents swept streets and didn’t remove their masks on Tuesday, here…

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Varieties A journalist undergoes a Covid-19 PCR test ahead of the China-Central Asia Summit welcome ceremony at a hotel in Xi'an, Shaanxi province, China, 18 May 2023. (EPA)

Rich Countries Should Play Bigger Role in Combating Pandemics, Says WHO Draft

Richer countries should be asked to better pull their weight in helping the world cope with pandemics, according to a new draft of a treaty being negotiated at…

Varieties (FILES) Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (L) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, attend the annual One Young World Summit at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, north-west England on September 5, 2022. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)

Prince Harry’s Effort to Pay for British Police Protection Fails in Court

A London judge ruled Tuesday against Prince Harry in his efforts to pay for police protection when he visits Britain. A High Court judge rejected the Duke of…

Varieties Vehicles and tents of Portugal's investigative Judicial Police are seen at the site of a remote reservoir where a new search for the body of Madeleine McCann is set to take place, in Silves, Portugal, in this screen grab from a video, May 22, 2023. (Reuters)

Police in Portugal Resume Search for Madeleine McCann, British Child Missing Since 2007 

Portuguese police aided by German and British colleagues on Tuesday resumed their search for Madeleine McCann, the British child who disappeared in the country…

Varieties The astronauts, aboard the Falcon 9 Rocket, head towards the International Space Station. (Saudi Space Authority)

Saudi Astronauts Embark on Scientific Mission at ISS

The long-awaited moment has arrived for Saudi Arabia’s inaugural scientific expedition into space following a 16-hour journey since the triumphant launch of…

Omar al-Badwi (Riyadh)
Varieties An endangered Lear's macaw (Anodorhynchus leari) flies over a reserve near the Canudos Biological Station, close to the Canudos Wind Energy Complex in Canudos, Bahia state, Brazil, on May 5, 2023. Rafael Martins / AFP

Brazil Faces Dilemma: Endangered Macaw vs. Wind Farm

A wind farm in northeastern Brazil sounds like a welcome climate-friendly energy solution, but it is causing controversy over another kind of environmental…

Varieties Saudis watch the Axiom Mission 2 (Ax-2) launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 and Dragon capsule, carrying four astronauts, two of whom are Saudi nationals, to the International Space Station, from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, US in an event organized to celebrate the first Saudi woman into Space in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 22, 2023. (Reuters)

Khalid bin Salman: Saudi Arabia Carrying out Historic Space Mission to Serve Humanity

Saudi Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman stressed on Monday that the Kingdom was carrying out a historic space mission to serve humanity as the…

Varieties Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends the World Health Assembly at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, May 21, 2023. (Reuters)

Don’t Delay Reforms to Prepare for Next Pandemic, Urges WHO Chief

The head of the World Health Organization urged countries on Monday to carry out reforms needed to prepare for the next pandemic, hailing their "historic"…

Varieties Roads are flooded in Villa Paranacito, Entre Rios, Argentina, Thursday, April 28, 2016. (AP)

UN Agency: 2M Killed, $4.3 Trillion in Damages from Extreme Weather Over Past Half-Century 

Nearly 12,000 extreme weather, climate and water-related events over much of the past half-century around the globe have killed more than 2 million people and…

Varieties Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, Saudi Arabia’s former permanent representative to the UN, and Tariq Al-Homayed, the former editor-in-chief of Asharq Al-Awsat, at the event. (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Al-Mouallimi: Neutrality in Journalism Does Not Imply Neglecting the Truth

Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, advisor to the Saudi Foreign Minister and the Kingdom’s former permanent representative to the UN, emphasized the importance of…

Fatah Al-Rahman Youssef (Riyadh)
Varieties FILE - In this April 11, 2018, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a House Energy and Commerce hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election and data privacy. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Mark Zuckerberg’s Wealth Grows $44 Billion in 2023

Mark Zuckerberg's fortune grew $44 Billion this year, most among billionaires tracked by the Bloomberg Billionaires Index during that same period. After the…

Varieties Saudi Arabia’s first astronauts in decades, Rayana Bernawi, and Ali Al-Qarni, rocketed toward the International Space Station on Sunday. (SPA)

Saudi Arabia’s Bernawi, Al-Qarni Rocket towards ISS

Saudi Arabia’s first astronauts in decades, Rayana Bernawi, and Ali Al-Qarni, rocketed toward the International Space Station on Sunday. SpaceX launched the…

Varieties Sara bint Mashhour Launches New Science and Technology Initiative 'ilmi' in Riyadh

Sara bint Mashhour Launches New Science and Technology Initiative 'ilmi' in Riyadh

Saudi Arabia has announced the launching of ilmi, a new Center for Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STREAM) learning, created…

Asharq Al Awsat (Riyadh)