India’s crackdown vs child marriage nets 1,800

NEW DELHI – More than 1,800 people have been arrested in a massive crackdown on child marriages in India’s northeastern state of Assam, an official said on Friday.Assam’s state government, which is led by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, last month decided to prosecute men who... Read More

Bullying experienced by Italian children rises 10% in 2021

ANKARA – There was a 10 percent increase in bullying experienced by Italian children in 2021, compared to 2020, according to a report.The research conducted by the MOIGE parental group and the Piepoli Institute examined the use of the web by children.The report published Thursday showed... Read More

UN 'concerned' about heightened tension over balloon row

UNITED NATIONS – The United Nations said Friday it would not want to see heightened tensions between China and the US in the aftermath of a suspected Chinese balloon detected in American airspace.“We are concerned with whenever there are heightened tensions between China and the US and... Read More

Myanmar military junta declares martial law in 37 more townships

ANKARA – Amid ongoing clashes between government and resistance forces, the Myanmar military junta declared martial law in 37 more townships across the country, local media said on Friday.The military junta ordered on Thursday to impose martial law in areas where fighting between the Burma... Read More

BTA opens new press club in Ankara

ANKARA – The Bulgarian News Agency (BTA) on Thursday unveiled a National Press Club in the Turkish capital of Ankara, not only making a full comeback but is also expanding its presence in Turkiye with a new press club, BTA Director General Kiril Valchev said.Valchev said BTA is planning to... Read More

UN predicts China to drive East Asia's economic recovery in 2023

BANGKOK–The economic growth in East Asia is projected to accelerate in 2023 driven by an improvement in the Chinese economy, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) said here on Thursday.Quoting the UN World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2023 report,... Read More

Pentagon tracking suspected Chinese 'spy balloon' over US

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon is tracking a suspected Chinese high-altitude surveillance balloon over the continental US, an official said Thursday.“We continue to track and monitor it closely," Pentagon spokesman Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder told reporters.“The balloon is currently traveling... Read More

U.S. House OKs resolution denouncing socialism, NoKor dictators

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives adopted a resolution Thursday denouncing socialism and socialist dictators, including North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.House lawmakers passed the resolution, titled "Denouncing the horrors of socialism," in a 328-86 vote.The resolution highlights... Read More

Greece, Italy face persisting drug shortages

ATHENS / ROME – Pharmacists in Greece and Italy have pinpointed two main reasons for the persisting drug shortage in the two countries.The first is the limitation by China and India on the export of raw materials needed for drug production, and the second is the ongoing war in Ukraine.Speaking... Read More

35% of world's wetlands disappeared in last 50 years

ANKARA – Considered the world's most threatened ecosystems, over 35 percent of the world's wetlands have disappeared in the last 50 years, according to the official website of World Wetlands Day.The importance of wetlands which are among the world's most productive ecosystems is taking the... Read More

UN welcomes African leaders' commitment to end AIDS among kids

NEW YORK–United Nations agencies have welcomed a pledge by 12 African countries to end AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) in children by 2030, at a meeting in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.The first ministerial meeting of the Global Alliance to end AIDS in children marked a step-up in action... Read More

Trump's former UN envoy Nikki Haley hints at presidential run

NEW YORK – Former US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, is expected to join the 2024 presidential race, according to media reports.Haley, a former governor from the state of South Carolina, teased her intention to run in a tweet.“It's time for a new generation to lead,” she wrote.... Read More

EU chief negotiator says Brexit 'lose-lose game'

LONDON – A former European Union (EU) chief negotiator said Wednesday that there are no advantages from the Brexit deal for anyone as it was a "lose-lose game."Michel Barnier, former head of the European Commission's Task Force for relations with the United Kingdom (UK), spoke at a conference... Read More

Power outage leaves one of world's busiest airports dark in US

NEW YORK – The Los Angeles International Airport, one of the world's busiest airports, briefly lost power on Wednesday.The airport said it was assessing a power issue affecting some facilities.“The airfield is operating normally but some terminals, traffic lights, and other systems may... Read More

Tokyo aims to cut estimated deaths from major quake in half

TOKYO – The Tokyo metropolitan government has said that it plans to set a new target of "roughly halving" the estimated maximum death toll in the event of a significant earthquake occurring directly under the Japanese capital.The current estimated figure stands at around 6,100 people and the... Read More

Over 1.5M people displaced in Myanmar since military coup

ANKARA – Over 1.5 million people have been displaced in past years, with more than five million children in dire need of humanitarian aid in Myanmar, the United Nations said Tuesday or two years after the military takeover.On Feb. 1, 2021, Aung San Suu Kyi's government was deposed in a... Read More

Actor Alec Baldwin charged with involuntary manslaughter

WASHINGTON –American actor Alec Baldwin was formally charged Tuesday with involuntary manslaughter related to a deadly 2021 shooting on the set of the western film, Rust.Authorities announced earlier this month that charges were forthcoming.Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, who was in charge of firearms... Read More

IMF projects growth rate of 6.1% for India

NEW DELHI – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Tuesday projected a growth rate of 6.1 percent for the Indian economy during the next financial year from April 2023 to March 2024, and 6.8 percent in the subsequent financial year.It indicated that a resilient domestic demand in India will... Read More

European countries face continued medicine shortages: Survey

BRUSSELS–European countries are still experiencing high incidence of medicine shortages, with deteriorating burdensome impact on patients, according to a recent survey.The Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union (PGEU) conducted a survey with pharmacies in 29 countries, including EU... Read More

Death toll from Pakistan's mosque suicide blast rises to 88

ISLAMABAD – The death toll from a suicide bomb blast that hit a mosque on Monday in Pakistan's northwest provincial capital of Peshawar rose to 88, an official told Xinhua on Tuesday.Deputy Commissioner of Peshawar Shafiullah Khan said the death toll rose after some injured succumbed to their... Read More