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New virus cases under 30K for 2nd day; on-arrival test lifted

SEOUL – South Korea's new Covid-19 cases remained below 30,000 for the second consecutive day on Saturday as the country lifted the test requirement for arrivals amid an easing virus wave.The country reported 26,960 new Covid-19 infections, including 301 from overseas, bringing the total... Read More

NASA's Juno spacecraft reveals 1st image of Jupiter's moon Europa

LOS ANGELES – NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has revealed the first picture of Jupiter's ice-encrusted moon Europa, which was taken by the Juno spacecraft as it was flying by.The image was captured during the solar-powered spacecraft's closest approach on Thursday at a... Read More

Royal Mint unveils first coins to feature King Charles III

LONDON – Britain's Royal Mint has unveiled the first coins to feature the portrait of King Charles III, the Associated Press (AP) reported.Britons will begin to see Charles's image in their change from around December, as 50-pence coins depicting him gradually enter circulation.The new... Read More

Hurricane Ian makes 2nd US landfall as it hits S. Carolina

WASHINGTON – Hurricane Ian made its second landfall as it lashed into the South Carolina coast as a powerful Category 1 storm on Friday after leaving much of Florida asunder, and re-energizing in the Atlantic Ocean."Ian" is packing maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (137 kph), and authorities... Read More

N. Korea fires 2 ballistic missiles into East Sea

SEOUL – North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the East Sea on Saturday, South Korea's military said, in its fourth such provocation in less than a week.The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said it detected the launches from the Sunan area in Pyongyang between 6:45 a.m. and 7:03... Read More

Germany to spend $196B to curb rising energy costs

BERLIN – Germany's chancellor on Thursday announced plans for a €200 billion ($196 billion) fund to protect consumers and companies from high energy costs.Speaking at a news conference via video link, Olaf Scholz said: "The German government will do everything in its power to bring prices... Read More

US Senate approves stopgap gov’t funding bill

WASHINGTON – The United States Senate on Thursday approved a stopgap funding bill to fund the government through mid-December, ahead of a government shutdown deadline.The upper chamber voted 72-25 to clear the bill, which now goes to the House for its consideration. The so-called continuing... Read More

Myanmar's military court sentences Suu Kyi to 3 years in jail

ANKARA – A military junta court in Myanmar has sentenced ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her Australian economic adviser to three years in prison on charges of violation of the official secret act, local media reported on Thursday.Suu Kyi and Australian professor Sean Turnell were convicted... Read More

299 Canadian military personnel expelled for refusing Covid vax

TORONTO – A total of 299 military personnel in Canada who refused to get vaccinated against Covid-19 have been expelled nearly a year after a mandatory vaccination policy was implemented for the Canadian Armed Forces, Canadian broadcaster CTV News reported Wednesday.According to CTV News, a... Read More

85% of Americans say inflation impacts spending, buying habits

HOUSTON, United States – Eighty-five percent of Americans said inflation has impacted their recent spending and buying habits, according to a new survey released this week.According to a poll taken by 1,000 working professionals by the online technology platform Bluecrew, inflation, which... Read More

US vice president, South Korean leader discuss threats from North

SEOUL – President Yoon Suk-yeol and US Vice President Kamala Harris shared their concern about North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, and discussed ways to address Seoul's concerns about the US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the presidential office said.Yoon and Harris met for 85 minutes... Read More

Morocco celebrates birthday of Princess Lalla Asmaa

RABAT – The Royal Family and the entire Moroccan people celebrate, on Thursday the birthday of Princess Lalla Asmaa, an occasion to highlight her various actions in the social field and her constant and unwavering commitment to the improvement of the situation of children with special needs,... Read More

Russia-Ukraine war is ‘a world war’: Pope Francis

VATICAN – Pope Francis said on a recent trip to Kazakhstan that it is a mistake to call the conflict in Ukraine the Russia-Ukraine war, since in reality, it is a world war, the Vatican said Wednesday.According to news outlets close to the Vatican, the Pope met with some Jesuit priests during... Read More

Hurricane Ian makes landfall as Category 4 storm

WASHINGTON – Hurricane Ian made landfall on Wednesday near Florida's southwestern Cayo Costa state park as an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm, the National Hurricane Center announced.Ian is packing maximum sustained winds of 150 miles per hour (241 kph), down slightly from 155 mph (249... Read More

Surging cost of living makes global recession likely: WEF

GENEVA – The World Economic Forum (WEF) Community of Chief Economists said on Wednesday it expects reduced growth and stubbornly high inflation to continue in the remainder of 2022 and 2023, while real wages will keep falling.In the WEF forum's quarterly Chief Economists Outlook, seven out of... Read More

California to turn unused comm'l areas into housing

HOUSTON, Texas – California Governor Gavin Newsom signed two bills Wednesday designed to help alleviate the chronic problem of unaffordable housing in the US state."This is a moment on a journey to reconcile the original sin, the original sin in the state of California, and that's the issue of... Read More

Alzheimer's drug proves effective in slowing symptoms: Eisai

TOKYO – Japanese drug maker Eisai Co. said Wednesday its Alzheimer's disease drug under development with US firm Biogen Inc. has proved to be effective in slowing aggravation of symptoms in a clinical trial.Eisai is aiming to win government approval for the drug, lecanemab, in 2023.In the... Read More

Russia's referendums to annex Ukrainian territories 'illegal': UN

UNITED NATIONS – The UN's political chief said Tuesday that Russian-backed referendums in Ukraine's occupied territories are "not a genuine expression of popular will" or "legal" under international law."Unilateral actions aimed to provide a veneer of legitimacy to the attempted acquisition by... Read More

European bank cuts economic forecasts for 2023

ANKARA – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on Wednesday cut its 2023 growth forecasts for economies where it invests due to the energy crisis led by the Russia-Ukraine war and mounting inflationary pressures.The bank projected the gross domestic product in its regions... Read More

Over 78K Russians flee to Georgia since partial mobilization

TBILISI, Georgia – Over 78,000 Russian nationals have entered Georgia in the past 10 days, Georgian authorities said on Tuesday after Moscow called up reservists in the country to fight in Ukraine.While nearly 78,800 Russian citizens have entered the South Caucasian country in that period,... Read More