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Ukraine downs waves of missiles, drones over Odesa

  • KYIV: Ukraine downed three waves of Russian missiles and drones targeting Odesa, its army said early on Monday, the latest in a string of attacks in the southern region on the Black Sea coast. “The enemy attacked Odesa region three times during the night, using two waves of attack drones, a to...

Tricks and treats as Broadway magic comes to Saudi Arabia’s Ithra Theater

  • DHAHRAN: The world’s biggest-selling magic show, “The Illusionists,” has arrived in Dhahran to mesmerize Ithra audiences after breaking box office records across the globe, including Broadway and West End stints. Before each show, Ithra explains in both Arabic and English that the performers ...

Russia says it thwarts Ukrainian attacks on Crimean Bridge

  • LONDON: Ukrainian forces targeted the Crimean Bridge and a number of other unspecified targets on the Crimean peninsula on Saturday in a flurry of rocket and drone attacks, but there were no casualties or damage, Russia’s Defense Ministry said. Russia’s Foreign Ministry vowed retaliation for w...

Gulf countries warn citizens on Hawaii wildfires, urge caution

  • DUBAI: Several Gulf countries have issued warnings to their citizens in Hawaii to take caution against the wildfires and adhere to instructions of local authorities. The embassy of Saudi Arabia in the United States called on its nationals in the Hawaiian islands to leave as soon as possible an...

Huge blast at Moscow area factory adds to Russian jitters as new drone attacks are blamed on Ukraine

  • TALLINN, Estonia: An explosion Wednesday on the grounds of a factory north of Moscow that makes optical equipment for Russia’s security forces wounded 45 people, six of them severely, officials said. The blast occurred at a warehouse storing fireworks, though it was on the grounds of the Zagor...

Baha’s magnah bread grows in popularity among visitors

  • RIYADH: Magnah bread, which is native to Baha, is growing in popularity among tourists to the region, and was a popular attraction for visitors to the recent heritage festival. Each region of the Kingdom has developed recipes and culinary traditions that tell the story of its local history an...

1.5 million brave scorching heat for Pope Francis’ World Youth Day vigil in Portugal

  • LISBON, Portugal: An estimated 1.5 million young people filled a field in the Portuguese capital Lisbon on Saturday for Pope Francis’ World Youth Day vigil, braving scorching heat to secure a spot for the evening prayer and to camp out overnight for his final farewell Mass on Sunday morning. F...

Increase in cigarette prices in Egypt pushes smokers to find alternatives

  • CAIRO: Recent successive increases in the price of cigarettes in Egypt, both domestic and foreign, have prompted many citizens to abandon the brands they once smoked, opting instead to search for cheaper ones or switch to smoking hookahs in cafes or at home. Among those affected is Ahmed Fath...

Judge rejects military contractor’s effort to toss out Abu Ghraib torture lawsuit

  • FALLS CHURCH, Virginia: A federal judge has again refused to dismiss a lawsuit brought by former Abu Ghraib inmates against a military contractor they accuse of being complicit in torture at the infamous Iraqi prison. The horrific mistreatment of prisoners there two decades ago sparked interna...

Drone hits tower housing Russian ministries for second time in 3 days

  • MOSCOW: A high-rise building in Moscow’s business district that houses three Russian government ministries was struck by a drone for the second time in three days on Tuesday, in what Russia called an attempted Ukrainian “terrorist attack.” A Ukrainian presidential adviser said Moscow should ex...