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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

Japan issues warning as Fukushima leak raises safety concerns

Japan issues warning as Fukushima leak raises safety concerns

February 21, 2024, 2:06 pm

ISTANBUL – The Japanese government issued a stern warning Tuesday to the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) after a leak of contaminated water from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, according to media reports. Economy, Trade, and Industry Minister Ken Saito stressed the… Read More

Haley vows to stay in Republican primary race as Trump takes lead

Haley vows to stay in Republican primary race as Trump takes lead

February 21, 2024, 1:42 pm

WASHINGTON – Former UN envoy Nikki Haley vowed Tuesday to remain in the US race for the Republican presidential nomination despite former President Donald Trump's commanding lead. Speculation had mounted that Haley would announce her exit from the White House during a news conference Tuesday,… Read More

57 dead in Papua New Guinea tribal fight

57 dead in Papua New Guinea tribal fight

February 19, 2024, 6:26 pm

ISTANBUL – At least 57 people were killed in what appears to be a tribal fight in Papua New Guinea, police said on Monday. The deaths occurred after one of the tribes was ambushed by arms-wielding members of another group in the northernmost Enga province on the island nation’s highlands.… Read More

BTA opens Press Club at Bulgarian Antarctic base on Livingston Island

BTA opens Press Club at Bulgarian Antarctic base on Livingston Island

February 19, 2024, 2:49 pm

LIVINGSTON ISLAND – The Bulgarian News Agency (BTA) opened a national press club at the Bulgarian Antarctic base on Livingston Island on Feb. 9. Attending the event were BTA Director General Kiril Valchev, Bulgarian Ambassador to Argentina Stoyan Mihaylov, the leader of the 32nd Bulgarian… Read More

UAE offers condolences to PH over landslide deaths

UAE offers condolences to PH over landslide deaths

February 18, 2024, 12:37 pm

ABU DHABI – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has expressed its sincere condolences and solidarity with the Republic of the Philippines over victims of the landslide that took place in the south of the country, in the Province of Davao de Oro, resulting in dozens of deaths and injuries, as well as… Read More

Shed full light on Navalny death, says Meloni 

Shed full light on Navalny death, says Meloni 

February 18, 2024, 11:36 am

ROME – Premier Giorgia Meloni on Friday called on Russia to shed full light on the death in prison of Putin's opposition leader Alexei Navalny. "The death of Alexei Navalny, during his detention, is another sad page that warns the international community," she said. "We express our heartfelt… Read More

G7 urges suspension of hostilities in Gaza for hostages, aid

G7 urges suspension of hostilities in Gaza for hostages, aid

February 18, 2024, 11:25 am

ROME – The G7 is calling for a suspension of fighting in Gaza to ensure both the release of Israeli hostages taken by Hamas and the provision of aid to Palestinian civilians, Foreign Minister and Deputy Premier Antonio Tajani said on Saturday. In the Middle East, the G7 "aims to guarantee the… Read More

Florence mourns dead in building site collapse

Florence mourns dead in building site collapse

February 18, 2024, 11:11 am

ROME – Florence paused on Saturday to mourn the victims of Friday's structural collapse at a supermarket building site that has left four construction workers confirmed dead and a fifth still missing feared dead and three more people injured. Mayor Dario Nardella led a minute's silence at 3 p.m.… Read More

Nike to cut 2% of global workforce amid restructuring

Nike to cut 2% of global workforce amid restructuring

February 17, 2024, 4:47 pm

ISTANBUL – American athletic footwear and apparel corporation Nike will cut two percent of its global workforce amid a corporate restructuring plan. "We are not currently performing at our best, and I ultimately hold myself and my leadership team accountable," CEO John Donahoe said Thursday in a… Read More

Google unveils next-gen AI model called Gemini 1.5

Google unveils next-gen AI model called Gemini 1.5

February 17, 2024, 2:04 pm

ISTANBUL – Google introduced its new artificial intelligence (AI) model called Gemini 1.5, almost two months after its initial release. "The model delivers dramatically enhanced performance, with a breakthrough in long-context understanding across modalities," the company said in a blog post on… Read More

YouTube counts 2.7B active users as it turns 19

YouTube counts 2.7B active users as it turns 19

February 16, 2024, 2:41 pm

ISTANBUL – YouTube, the world’s biggest video-sharing platform with over two billion active users, turned 19 this month. Founded on Feb. 14, 2005 by three entrepreneurs, it was acquired by the technology giant Google for USD1.65 billion slightly over a year and a half after its inception.… Read More

Andrei Stenin international press photo contest now accepting entries

Andrei Stenin international press photo contest now accepting entries

February 16, 2024, 3:10 am

MOSCOW – The 10th annual Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest, an annual competition in honor of Rossiya Segodnya international media group photojournalist Andrei Stenin, who was killed on duty in Donbas, Ukraine in 2014, is already open for entries. The contest is an annual… Read More

1 dead, 22 hurt in shooting at Super Bowl parade in Kansas City

1 dead, 22 hurt in shooting at Super Bowl parade in Kansas City

February 15, 2024, 2:40 pm

WASHINGTON – The Super Bowl victory parade for the Kansas City Chiefs was marred with a shooting spree on Wednesday, killing one person and wounding 22 others. "This is still an active investigation," Kansas City Police Chief Stacey Graves said during a press briefing. Graves said police have… Read More

4 people in Cambodia infected with HIV every day – AIDS authority

4 people in Cambodia infected with HIV every day – AIDS authority

February 14, 2024, 3:54 pm

PHNOM PENH – About four people in Cambodia become infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) every day, the National AIDS Authority said in a statement on Wednesday. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. "Approximately 1,400 people become newly infected… Read More

WAM organizes roundtable on future of business media

WAM organizes roundtable on future of business media

February 13, 2024, 6:30 pm

DUBAI – The Emirates News Agency (WAM) organized a roundtable entitled "Shaping Economic Narratives: The Role of News Agencies" as part of Day 1 of the World Governments Summit (WGS) 2024, which kicked off on Monday. The event was attended by a number of officials and directors of news agencies… Read More

Bulgaria 1st in Europe in young people's desire to start own business

Bulgaria 1st in Europe in young people's desire to start own business

February 13, 2024, 1:35 pm

SOFIA, Bulgaria – Bulgaria ranks first in Europe in terms of young people's desire to start their own business, according to the latest Eurobarometer survey, Minister of Innovation and Growth Milena Stoycheva said. The main topic of the Innovation Nexus event at Sofia Tech Park, organized on… Read More

Biden joins TikTok ahead of 2024 elections

Biden joins TikTok ahead of 2024 elections

February 12, 2024, 7:13 pm

ISTANBUL – US President Joe Biden made a significant leap into the realm of social media on Sunday, officially joining the short-form video app TikTok as part of his administration's outreach efforts. The first video shared by his campaign carried the caption "lol hey guys" and a bio that… Read More

UN food agency says Gazans have ‘too few meals’ amid Israeli onslaught

UN food agency says Gazans have ‘too few meals’ amid Israeli onslaught

February 12, 2024, 1:37 pm

ISTANBUL – There are too few meals for most Palestinians in the Gaza Strip amid a deadly Israeli offensive on the enclave, the World Food Program (WFP) said on Sunday. “For most in Gaza, there is no house, no table, and too few meals,” WFP Country Director for Palestine Matthew Hollingworth… Read More

King Charles thanks public for support after cancer diagnosis

King Charles thanks public for support after cancer diagnosis

February 11, 2024, 6:53 pm

LONDON – King Charles III expressed his "heartfelt thanks" Saturday to the public for their support and good wishes in his first message after being diagnosed with cancer. "I would like to express my most heartfelt thanks for the many messages of support and good wishes I have received in recent… Read More