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Thousands of farmers flood streets of Madrid amid key EU meeting

Thousands of farmers flood streets of Madrid amid key EU meeting

February 27, 2024, 4:22 pm

OVIEDO, Spain – Thousands of Spanish farmers staged another massive protest in Madrid on Monday, this time coinciding with a key agriculture meeting in Brussels. Government officials said at least 5,000 farmers and 100 tractors joined the march in the Spanish capital. Unlike last week’s… Read More

Self-immolation of US airman outside Israeli Embassy tragic: Pentagon

Self-immolation of US airman outside Israeli Embassy tragic: Pentagon

February 27, 2024, 4:08 pm

WASHINGTON – The deadly self-immolation of a US airman outside the Israeli Embassy in Washington over the weekend was "very tragic," the Pentagon said Monday. "It certainly is a tragic event. We do extend our condolences to the airman's family," Pentagon spokesperson Maj. Gen. Patrick Ryder told… Read More

Severe food insecurity looming in Gaza: Red Cross chief

Severe food insecurity looming in Gaza: Red Cross chief

February 27, 2024, 3:55 pm

WASHINGTON – The head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) on Monday expressed concern over food security in the Gaza Strip. "A severe food insecurity is looming in Gaza. The risk of hunger is increasing daily, as about 80 percent of the population… Read More

US soldier sets himself on fire in front of Israeli embassy

US soldier sets himself on fire in front of Israeli embassy

February 26, 2024, 8:00 pm

WASHINGTON – An active-duty member of the US Air Force set himself on fire Sunday outside the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C. in protest against the war in Gaza, according to multiple reports. “I will no longer be complicit in genocide. I’m about to engage in an extreme act of protest… Read More

UAE's floating hospital starts receiving Gaza patients

UAE's floating hospital starts receiving Gaza patients

February 26, 2024, 1:35 pm

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – The United Arab Emirates on Sunday began providing medical aid to Palestinians wounded in Israel’s ongoing war on the Gaza Strip, utilizing a floating hospital anchored in Al-Arish Port in northeastern Egypt. According to the UAE's official news agency, WAM,… Read More

Trump wins GOP primary in Haley’s ‘territory’

Trump wins GOP primary in Haley’s ‘territory’

February 25, 2024, 5:49 pm

WASHINGTON – Former president Donald Trump scored another victory in the Republican Party's presidential nomination contest in South Carolina on Saturday, CNN and the Associated Press projected, reaffirming his overwhelming lead against former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley. His much-anticipated… Read More

Pope OKs resignation of Polish bishop accused of ignoring child abuse

Pope OKs resignation of Polish bishop accused of ignoring child abuse

February 25, 2024, 4:29 pm

ANKARA – Pope Francis accepted the resignation of a Polish archbishop accused of covering up the sexual abuse of minors in the Catholic Church, a Vatican statement said on Saturday. "Holy Father Francis accepted the resignation of Archbishop Andrzej Dziega from serving as Archbishop Metropolitan… Read More

US military intercepts high-altitude balloon over state of Utah

US military intercepts high-altitude balloon over state of Utah

February 25, 2024, 12:56 pm

TRENTON, Canada –The US military has intercepted a “small balloon” over Utah on Friday, but officials said it poses no security threat. The high-altitude balloon was first observed by the US military and later by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), which is responsible for… Read More

China opposes proposed US arms sale to Taiwan

China opposes proposed US arms sale to Taiwan

February 24, 2024, 12:59 pm

ANKARA – Beijing has opposed a USD75 million “potential” US arms sale to Taiwan, terming it a move that would undermine China's sovereignty and security interests. "The US arms sales to China’s Taiwan region seriously violate the one-China principle and one of the three China-US joint… Read More

China warns of global risks over Fukushima nuclear wastewater release

China warns of global risks over Fukushima nuclear wastewater release

February 23, 2024, 8:42 pm

ISTANBUL – Japan's disposal of nuclear-contaminated wastewater into the surrounding ocean poses a risk "not only for human health, but also for the global marine environment and international public interests," China said on Friday. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said Beijing and… Read More

Trump tops Biden in US 2024 presidential survey

Trump tops Biden in US 2024 presidential survey

February 23, 2024, 6:42 pm

NEW YORK – President Joe Biden is trailing former President Donald Trump, according to a recent survey, months before this year’s presidential elections. The Marquette Law School national survey released Thursday showed that 51 percent of voters expressed their intention to vote for the former… Read More

Spacecraft makes 1st US moon landing in more than 50 years

Spacecraft makes 1st US moon landing in more than 50 years

February 23, 2024, 4:03 pm

HOUSTON, US – The Odysseus lander on Thursday became the first US spacecraft in more than a half century to land on the moon. Intuitive Machines, the Houston, Texas-based company that built the craft, became the first commercial enterprise to ever land a spacecraft on the lunar surface. "We can… Read More

Laos hosts high-level task force meeting on ASEAN economic integration

Laos hosts high-level task force meeting on ASEAN economic integration

February 23, 2024, 2:18 pm

VIENTIANE – Laos' Ministry of Industry and Commerce hosted the 45th meeting of the high-level task force on ASEAN economic integration in Vientiane province to discuss the policy of ASEAN economic integration. The meeting was held on Feb. 20-21 under the chairmanship of Lao Deputy Minister of… Read More

UN hails Afghanistan for letting girls enroll in medical schools

UN hails Afghanistan for letting girls enroll in medical schools

February 23, 2024, 12:54 pm

KARACHI, Pakistan – The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Thursday welcomed the Afghan interim government's decision to allow female high school graduates to be admitted to state-run medical colleges beginning this academic year. “UNAMA welcomes the decision by Afghanistan’s de… Read More

Apple releases new app for sports, free for iPhone

Apple releases new app for sports, free for iPhone

February 22, 2024, 3:15 pm

ISTANBUL – US-based global tech firm Apple announced Wednesday it is releasing a new app for sports that would be free for all iPhone models running iOS 17.2 or later. Apple Sports delivers real-time scores, stats, and more, designed for speed and simplicity, the company said in a statement. The… Read More

Global debt climbs to record high of $313T in 2023

Global debt climbs to record high of $313T in 2023

February 22, 2024, 2:59 pm

ISTANBUL – The amount of global debt climbed to a record high of USD313 trillion last year, according to a report by the Institute of International Finance (IIF) on Wednesday. "Over USD15 trillion was added to the global debt mountain last year, bringing the total to a new record high of USD313… Read More

Taiwan university develops new 'cheaper' tumor treatment for pets

Taiwan university develops new 'cheaper' tumor treatment for pets

February 22, 2024, 2:48 pm

ANKARA – A Taiwanese university claims to have developed a new medicine that could lower the cost of treating tumors in pets, local media reported on Wednesday. The medicine, named PCD-17, was developed by the National Chung Hsing University and can be given orally at home to pets diagnosed with… Read More

Google introduces new open-source AI models named Gemma

Google introduces new open-source AI models named Gemma

February 22, 2024, 1:42 pm

ISTANBUL – Google introduced its new generation of open-source artificial intelligence (AI) models on Wednesday, named Gemma, to help developers and researchers build AI responsibly. "Gemma is a family of lightweight, state-of-the-art open models built from the same research and technology used… Read More

Wikileaks founder Assange's extradition hearing ends, decision soon

Wikileaks founder Assange's extradition hearing ends, decision soon

February 22, 2024, 12:26 pm

LONDON – The last attempt by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to avoid extradition to the US ended its second day of hearings on Wednesday at the UK High Court in London. The verdict is expected to be delivered at a later time as justices will have to communicate with involved parties for… Read More

Gang behind ‘world’s biggest’ ransomware taken down: Europol

Gang behind ‘world’s biggest’ ransomware taken down: Europol

February 21, 2024, 2:30 pm

ROME – After a month-long operation, authorities from 10 countries disrupted the “world’s biggest” ransomware criminal operation behind LockBit, causing damages worth billions of dollars, Europol said Tuesday. In a statement, Europol said authorities took down LockBit’s 34 servers in the… Read More