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Istanbul talks gave 'meaningful impetus' to end war: Erdogan

ANKARA – Negotiations between Russia and Ukraine held this week in Istanbul have given “meaningful impetus” to efforts to end the war, Turkey's president said in a phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart on Thursday.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also reiterated his offer to host... Read More

US believes Putin misled by key advisors on Ukraine war

WASHINGTON – The US said Wednesday it believes Russian President Vladimir Putin is being misinformed by his senior advisors about how his war against Ukraine is faring and the state of the Russian economy.The assessment is based on recently declassified US intelligence that indicates Putin is... Read More

Russia's war in Ukraine exacerbating global food crisis: diplomat

WASHINGTON – Russia's war in Ukraine is exacerbating a global food crisis already worsened by coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said Tuesday.Speaking at a UN Security Council meeting, Sherman said Russian warships are blocking access to Ukraine's... Read More

Biden requests historic $813-B for defense-related programs

WASHINGTON – United States President Joe Biden requested on Monday a historic USD813 billion to fund the Department of Defense and defense-related programs at external agencies.The funds include USD773 billion in direct Pentagon funding, and an additional USD40 billion to fund defense-related... Read More

Ukraine claims Russia lost 17,000 troops during war

ANKARA – Nearly 17,000 Russian soldiers have been killed in Ukraine so far, the Ukrainian General Staff said on Monday.Ukrainian forces have destroyed 123 Russian aircraft, 127 helicopters, 586 tanks,1,694 armored vehicles, 1,150 vehicles, 66 UAVs, 73 fuel tankers and seven boats, according to... Read More

Allies view NoKor’s ICBM launch involves not new missile: sources

SEOUL – South Korea and the United States regard North Korea as having disguised its launch of an existing intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) last week as that of a new larger one, informed sources said Sunday.The allies believe that the North again tested a Hwasong-15 ICBM on Thursday,... Read More

Night of historical firsts at 2022 Academy Awards

HOUSTON, Texas – Despite a violent moment at the 2022 Academy Awards where Best Actor winner Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock in the face, it was a historical night at the Oscars on Sunday.Ariana DeBose became the first Afro-Latina and first openly queer woman of color to win an Oscar,... Read More

France, Saudi, UAE talk about diversifying Europe energy supplies

PARIS -- France held talks Sunday with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on diversifying Europe's energy supplies to reduce the continent’s dependence on Russia.Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in a phone call with his Saudi and UAE counterparts Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud and... Read More

Second black box found in China plane crash

BEIJING – The second black box has been recovered from the crash of China Eastern Airlines that killed all 132 people on board last week, authorities said on Sunday.The recorder was found 1.5 meters (5 feet) underground, according to emergency response headquarters for the accident.The Boeing... Read More

WHO, India establish global center for traditional medicine

ISTANBUL – The World Health Organization (WHO) and India signed an agreement to establish the WHO Global Center for Traditional Medicine, the agency said Friday.The center in Jamnagar in Gujarat state will open on April 21, the global health agency said in a statement.“For many millions... Read More

S. Korea new Covid cases below 400K for 3rd day amid Omicron wave

SEOUL– South Korea's new daily Covid-19 cases stayed below 400,000 for the third consecutive day Saturday, as the spread of the highly transmissible Omicron variant continues amid eased virus curbs.The country added 335,580 new Covid-19 infections, including 49 cases from overseas, bringing... Read More

45% of Ukraine population worry about accessing food: UN

GENEVA – As Russia's war on Ukraine enters its second month, the United Nations (UN) World Food Program said Friday it estimates that 45% of the people in Ukraine are worried about finding enough food to eat.“Food is one of the top three concerns, along with safety and fuel for... Read More

EU summit ends with no solution to high energy prices

BRUSSELS– European Union (EU) leaders were unable to agree on a way to tackle rising energy prices despite marathon talks on the second day of the EU summit on Friday."Today, we discussed energy-related matters," European Council President Charles Michel told reporters after the summit, adding... Read More

EU readies new tough sanctions vs. Russia, Belarus

BRUSSELS – Leaders of the European Union (EU) member-states expressed readiness to introduce new tough sanctions against Russia and Belarus, the European Council said in its statement released on Friday."The European Union has so far adopted significant sanctions that are having a massive... Read More

Trudeau announces sanctions on 160 more Russians over Ukraine war

TRENTON, Canada – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged Thursday to stand "steadfast" with allied countries and he introduced another 160 sanctions against individual members of the Russian Federation Council.It brings the total number of "catastrophic sanctions" applied by Canada to... Read More

UN Security Council rejects Russian draft resolution on Ukraine

WASHINGTON – The UN Security Council on Wednesday overwhelmingly rejected a draft resolution from Russia on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine.Only China joined Russia in voting in favor of the text, with all of the chamber's other 13 members abstaining.The draft resolution expresses "grave... Read More

Omicron subvariant infections on rise in US

LOS ANGELES – The BA.2 sub-lineage of the Omicron variant has made up over one third of new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections in the United States (US), coinciding with the allergy season that may complicate symptoms and delay timely distinction.The BA.2 variant accounted for... Read More

Ukraine hopes China will play ‘more prominent’ role to end war

ANKARA – A senior Ukrainian official said Tuesday that his country hopes China, as an important global actor, will play a more notable role to bring an end to the war with Russia."Kyiv is hopeful that Beijing will play a more prominent role in bringing this war to an end," Andriy Yermak, head... Read More

NATO leaders to meet on Ukraine-Russia war

BRUSSELS – The leaders of 30 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member countries will meet on Thursday to discuss the situation after Russia's attack on Ukraine and its long-term stance in Eastern Europe.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will also attend the NATO Leaders' Summit,... Read More

IMF working with Ukraine to prevent its economic collapse: chief

ANKARA – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is closely engaged with Ukraine on how to apply the best crisis management measures to prevent its economic collapse, Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said Tuesday."I would say that money is important, but support in how to keep the... Read More