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SoKor, Japan, China set for summit as NoKor plans to launch satellite

SoKor, Japan, China set for summit as NoKor plans to launch satellite

May 27, 2024, 4:12 pm

SEOUL – Leaders of South Korea, China and Japan were set to meet in Seoul on Monday for their first trilateral summit in over four years amid rising tension over North Korea's impending spy satellite launch. President Yoon Suk Yeol, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Chinese Premier Li… Read More

Chinese archaeologists unearth over 2k years old tombs

Chinese archaeologists unearth over 2k years old tombs

May 27, 2024, 12:40 pm

ANKARA – Archaeologists have excavated over 400 tombs in northern China dating back more than 2,000 years, local media reported on Sunday. According to the Beijing-based Xinhua news agency, local archaeological authorities have excavated 445 tombs in northern Shanxi province, providing valuable… Read More

At least 20 killed in Indian gaming zone fire incident

At least 20 killed in Indian gaming zone fire incident

May 26, 2024, 2:39 pm

NEW DELHI – At least 20 people were killed in a massive fire incident in a gaming zone in India's western state of Gujarat, officials said on Saturday. The fire broke out Saturday afternoon and 20 bodies have been recovered, Raju Bhargava, a top police officer in the state's Rajkot city, where… Read More

Canadian school notifies pro-Palestinian protesters to pack, leave

Canadian school notifies pro-Palestinian protesters to pack, leave

May 26, 2024, 12:33 pm

TRENTON, CANADA – A showdown may be in the works as pro-Palestinian protesters vowed Friday to ignore a University of Toronto trespass notice to pack and leave by 8 a.m. Monday. If the protesters remain past the deadline, university officials said the trespassers will face “consequences under… Read More

UN chief recalls ICJ decisions 'binding,' urges parties to comply

UN chief recalls ICJ decisions 'binding,' urges parties to comply

May 25, 2024, 10:08 am

WASHINGTON – UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Friday recalled that the rulings of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) are "binding" after it ordered Israel to halt military operations in southern Gaza. "The Secretary General recalls that... decisions of the International Court of… Read More

UN court orders Israel to halt military operations in Rafah

UN court orders Israel to halt military operations in Rafah

May 25, 2024, 9:47 am

THE HAGUE – The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Friday ordered Israel to stop its military offensive in Rafah, with immediate effect. "The situation has deteriorated since the last rulings on January 26 and March 28," Judge Nawaf Salam, president of the court, stated at the Peace Palace… Read More

Increasing occurrence of drought tests Amazon rainforest's resilience

Increasing occurrence of drought tests Amazon rainforest's resilience

May 24, 2024, 12:48 pm

ISTANBUL – The recovery of the Amazon rainforest has been slow due to frequent droughts since 2015, but the rainforest continues to demonstrate remarkable resilience, scientists from Belgium's KU Leuven University said in a recently released study. "Since the turn of the century, four extreme… Read More

Officials from 68 countries attend Iranian president’s funeral

Officials from 68 countries attend Iranian president’s funeral

May 23, 2024, 5:02 pm

TEHRAN, Iran – High-ranking officials from at least 68 countries attended a ceremony in Tehran on Wednesday to pay respect to Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his companions killed in a helicopter crash this weekend. The ceremony was held hours after hundreds of thousands of people took part… Read More

UK premier announces general election on July 4

UK premier announces general election on July 4

May 23, 2024, 3:58 pm

LONDON – British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Wednesday announced that the general election in the UK would be held on July 4. "Earlier today, I spoke with His Majesty the King to request the dissolution of parliament. The King has granted this request and we will have a general election on the… Read More

US maintains opposition to unilateral recognition of Palestinian state

US maintains opposition to unilateral recognition of Palestinian state

May 23, 2024, 3:01 pm

WASHINGTON – The White House reiterated its opposition Wednesday to any unilateral recognition of the state of Palestine after three European nations moved to open ties. In response to action from Ireland, Norway, and Spain, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan maintained that any Palestinian… Read More

Microplastic particles detected in fish brains in eastern Türkiye

Microplastic particles detected in fish brains in eastern Türkiye

May 23, 2024, 2:48 pm

ERZURUM, Türkiye – Microplastic particles were detected in fish brains during a scientific study conducted on aquatic creatures in Türkiye's eastern province of Erzurum. Disposable plastics discarded in nature can turn into microplastic particles in water under the influence of waves, sun, and… Read More

Seoul summit adopts joint ministerial statement on safe, innovative AI

Seoul summit adopts joint ministerial statement on safe, innovative AI

May 23, 2024, 12:22 pm

SEOUL – Ministerial level representatives of 28 countries and international organizations on Wednesday adopted a joint statement calling for the advancement of the safety, innovation and inclusivity of artificial intelligence (AI) technology in a global AI summit, Seoul's science ministry said.… Read More

WHO head urges Israel to lift restrictions on aid into Gaza

WHO head urges Israel to lift restrictions on aid into Gaza

May 22, 2024, 2:41 pm

GENEVA – Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Tuesday asked Israel to lift blockade on medical supplies into Gaza, saying around 700 seriously ill patients are stuck in a war zone. "Crossings from Egypt into Gaza have remained closed for two weeks, cutting off… Read More

Int’l tourism reaches 97% of pre-virus levels in Q1

Int’l tourism reaches 97% of pre-virus levels in Q1

May 22, 2024, 1:43 pm

ANKARA – International tourism reached 97 percent of its pre-pandemic level in the first quarter of the year, the UN Tourism said Tuesday. More than 285 million tourists traveled internationally in January-March, rising 20 percent from the previous year, it said. While export revenues from… Read More

S. Korea reports 1st ASF case in 9 months

S. Korea reports 1st ASF case in 9 months

May 22, 2024, 12:43 pm

SEOUL – South Korea on Tuesday reported its first African swine fever (ASF) case in around nine months. The latest ASF case was found at a farm located in the inter-Korean border county of Cheorwon in Gangwon Province, which raised some 1,200 pigs, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food… Read More

S. Korea, US hold 2nd round of talks on defense cost sharing

S. Korea, US hold 2nd round of talks on defense cost sharing

May 22, 2024, 12:27 pm

SEOUL – South Korea and the United States held a new round of negotiations Tuesday on sharing the costs for stationing American troops here. The three-day talks through Thursday are aimed at determining how much Seoul should shoulder for the upkeep of the 28,500-strong US Forces Korea (USFK),… Read More

Singapore Airlines passenger dies after 'severe turbulence'

Singapore Airlines passenger dies after 'severe turbulence'

May 22, 2024, 7:48 am

ISTANBUL – At least one passenger of British origin was killed and many others injured after a Singapore Airlines flight from London to the Southeast Asian city-state encountered "severe turbulence," the company said on Tuesday. It said flight number SQ321, carrying 211 passengers and 18 crew… Read More

How South Korea won the battle vs. food waste

How South Korea won the battle vs. food waste

May 21, 2024, 3:15 pm

ANKARA – When it comes to food, the world is divided, as in many other ways, between the haves and have-nots: hundreds of millions face immense hunger as millions more waste staggering amounts of food. This glaring contradiction was illustrated in a recent UN report, which showed that households… Read More

Iran to hold presidential election on June 28

Iran to hold presidential election on June 28

May 21, 2024, 2:50 pm

TEHRAN – Iran's government decided on Monday that the country's 14th presidential election would be held on June 28, the official news agency IRNA reported. The election date was determined in a meeting attended by Iran's First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber, currently assuming the presidency,… Read More

Magnitude 6.0 quake jolts Japan's Ogasawara Islands

Magnitude 6.0 quake jolts Japan's Ogasawara Islands

May 21, 2024, 2:32 pm

TOKYO – A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck near the Ogasawara Islands in the Pacific Ocean south of Tokyo Tuesday morning, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA). Its epicenter was traced at a depth of around 50 kilometers (31 miles), measuring 4 on the Japanese seismic intensity… Read More