Foreign

Whelan says he's ‘disappointed’ after Griner's release

WASHINGTON – A former US Marine imprisoned in Russia on charges of espionage expressed disappointment Thursday that more has not been done to secure his release.“I am greatly disappointed that more has not been done to secure my release, especially as the four-year anniversary of my... Read More

UN urges countries to save 200 stranded Rohingya since Dec 1

DHAKA, Bangladesh – The UN refugee agency on Wednesday urged countries in the region to help save the lives of about 200 Rohingya refugees whose boat has been stranded off the coast of Thailand since December 1.Unverified information said a number of Rohingya, including women and children,... Read More

Forum promotes Bulgaria as successful investment destination

PORTLAND, OREGON — The InvestBulgaria Agency is holding a Business and Investment Forum in Portland, Oregon, aiming to establish Bulgaria as a successful investment destination.The forum is focused on the electronics and information technology industry. It is part of a roadshow that has... Read More

Another strong quake hits Indonesia

ISTANBUL – A 6.1 magnitude earthquake shook Indonesia Thursday.According to Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), the earthquake hit the country’s West Java province at around 7:50 a.m. (0050GMT).The Southeast Asian nation saw several tremors in over a... Read More

UAE President hails Morocco for qualifying to WC quarter finals

RABAT–United Arab Emirates (UAE) President, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Ben Zayed Al Nahyane, joined other Heads of State in congratulating Morocco King Mohammed VI on the occasion of the qualification of the Moroccan soccer team to the quarter finals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.His... Read More

28 people try to flee as plane makes emergency landing

OVIEDO, Spain – An airplane flying from Casablanca to Istanbul made an emergency landing in Barcelona Wednesday morning, and 28 passengers used the opportunity to illegally flee into Spain, according to the Spanish daily El Pais.Authorities said they are still searching for 14 passengers who... Read More

2 trains collide in Barcelona, more than 150 hurt

ISTANBUL – Two trains collided at a station in Barcelona Wednesday, hurting more than 150 people.Most of the hurt suffered mild injuries, the Medical Emergencies System of Catalonia said in a Twitter post.Spanish state-owned operator Renfe said a train crashed into another one from behind at... Read More

Air transport body sees airlines return to profitability in 2023

ISTANBUL — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) on Tuesday said the global airline industry would return to profit next year for the first time since 2019.The association expects a small net profit of around $4.7 billion in 2023, while in 2022, the sector is expected to post a... Read More

High inflation may derail US economy into recession: JPMorgan CEO

ISTANBUL – JPMorgan Chase chief executive officer Jamie Dimon said Tuesday that record inflation may derail the United States economy and cause a recession in 2023.Dimon said American consumers have saved $1.5 trillion from stimulus programs during the coronavirus pandemic but they are now... Read More

Biden opposes lifting military Covid-19 vax mandate: White House

WASHINGTON – US President Joe Biden opposes the removal of the military's ongoing Covid-19 vaccine mandate, the White House said on Monday as lawmakers take up a key defense spending bill.Congress is currently weighing whether it will add the vaccine repeal to the annual National Defense... Read More

Samsung appoints first female president

SEOUL– Samsung Electronics Co. on Monday promoted Lee Young-hee, a female executive to head the global marketing for its mobile business.It was the first time the biggest conglomerate in South Korea tapped a female talent for a top post, and also the first to come from outside the founding... Read More

Russia says 'will not accept' price cap on oil exports

MOSCOW – Russia “will not accept” the price cap imposed by the European Union and G7 countries on its oil exports, the Kremlin said on Saturday.“We are analyzing it now. Some preparation has been made,” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters in... Read More

Global food prices overall hold steady in November

ROME – The measure of changes in world food commodity prices remained largely steady in November, with declining international prices of cereals, meat and dairy products offsetting increasing quotations for vegetable oils and sugar, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations... Read More

Innovation key to fairer world for people of determination

NEW YORK – Marking this year’s International Day of People of Determination, which falls on Saturday, António Guterres, the UN Secretary-General, called for transformative, innovative solutions, in a world confronted by crises which disproportionately affect people of... Read More

G7 countries agree to cap price of Russian oil at $60 per barrel

BRUSSELS – G7 countries, European Union member states and Australia agreed to cap the price of Russian seaborne oil at USD60 per barrel starting Dec. 5, the European Commission said in a statement on Saturday."The international Price Cap Coalition has today finalized its work on implementing... Read More

FBI director says TikTok 'national security concern' for US

WASHINGTON – Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Chris Wray said Friday the Chinese social media platform TikTok is a "national security concern" for the US.Speaking at an event at the University of Michigan, Wray voiced concern that the Beijing administration could use the data collected... Read More

Elon Musk releases Twitter files on Hunter Biden ‘scandal’

HOUSTON, United States – Twitter CEO Elon Musk promoted a series of tweets Friday that revealed old files that old management buried or blocked involving Hunter Biden’s laptop scandal story during the 2020 US presidential election.In a lengthy thread, independent journalist Matt Taibbi... Read More

World food prices fall slightly in November: FAO

ROME – Increased stability in grain exports from Russia and Ukraine sent global prices for grains and cereals lower in November, the Rome-based United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported on Friday.The broader FAO Food Price Index was flat compared to a month earlier,... Read More

Covid-19 emergency phase closer to end despite Omicron: WHO

GENEVA – The World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday that the world was "much closer" to end the emergency phase of the Covid-19 pandemic, while also warning that Omicron was still circulating rampantly around the world and continued to cause significant mortality."We are much closer to... Read More

US welcomes EU price cap deal on Russian oil

WASHINGTON–The White House on Friday welcomed a USD60 per barrel EU price cap for Russian oil exported by sea.“A price cap will help limit Mr. (Vladimir) Putin's ability to profiteer off the oil market so that he can continue to fund a war machine that continues to kill innocent... Read More