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Pope's Dubai trip canceled despite health improvement

Pope's Dubai trip canceled despite health improvement

November 29, 2023, 12:17 pm

ROME – Pope Francis has canceled his trip to the 2023 UN Climate Change Conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, later this week following the advice of his doctors, Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said Tuesday. "Although the Holy Father's general clinical picture has improved with regards to… Read More

4th batch of hostages released by Hamas arrives in Israel

4th batch of hostages released by Hamas arrives in Israel

November 28, 2023, 7:10 pm

JERUSALEM – The Israeli army announced late Monday that 11 Israeli hostages held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip had arrived in Israel as part of a hostage swap deal with the Palestinian group reached through Qatari, Egyptian, and American mediation. “An elite unit of the Israeli army and a force… Read More

Korea making last-ditch efforts to snag World Expo hosting in Busan

Korea making last-ditch efforts to snag World Expo hosting in Busan

November 28, 2023, 3:45 pm

SEOUL – The vote for the host city of the 2030 World Expo is set to take place in Paris on Tuesday, with South Korea's southeastern city of Busan making last-ditch efforts to pull off an upset in the competition against two other candidates. The host country will be selected by the member states… Read More

Elon Musk tours scenes of Oct. 7 atrocities in Israel

Elon Musk tours scenes of Oct. 7 atrocities in Israel

November 28, 2023, 8:44 am

JERUSALEM – Elon Musk saw the devastation from the Oct. 7 massacre on a tour of Kibbutz Kfar Aza with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday. The tech billionaire and X (formerly Twitter) owner was briefed by the head of the Sha’ar HaNegev Council Yossi Keren and IDF… Read More

PM urges opposition to condemn 'intimidation' of anti-abortion group

PM urges opposition to condemn 'intimidation' of anti-abortion group

November 27, 2023, 8:44 pm

ROME - Premier Giorgia Meloni on Monday called on Italy's opposition parties and the CGIL trade union to condemn the "intimidation" of the Pro Vita & Famiglia association, which campaigns against abortion and same-sex parents. This after some protestors threw bottles and flares at the building… Read More

Netanyahu offers to extend pause if 10 hostages freed

Netanyahu offers to extend pause if 10 hostages freed

November 27, 2023, 7:50 pm

JERUSALEM – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that his government would accept an extension of the humanitarian pause in Gaza in exchange for the release of more hostages.Netanyahu said in a video statement published by his office that he spoke by phone with US President Joe… Read More

Pope thanks God for Gaza truce

Pope thanks God for Gaza truce

November 27, 2023, 4:18 pm

ROME – Pope Francis on Sunday thanked God for the truce in the war between Hamas and Israel and for the release of some of the hostages taken by Hamas in the Oct. 7 attacks in exchange for the release of Palestinian prisoners. "Today, we thank God that there is finally a truce between Israel… Read More

SoKor to double ceiling of immediate tax refund for foreign tourists

SoKor to double ceiling of immediate tax refund for foreign tourists

November 27, 2023, 1:25 pm

SEOUL – South Korea will double the maximum limit of purchases eligible for an immediate tax refund by foreign tourists to 5 million won (USD3,831) next year to attract overseas visitors and bolster the tourism industry, the finance ministry said Monday. Currently, the country provides… Read More

2nd Israeli-linked ship hijacked off Yemen coast

2nd Israeli-linked ship hijacked off Yemen coast

November 27, 2023, 11:40 am

JERUSALEM – An Israeli-linked ship with 22 crew onboard, including Filipinos, was hijacked in the Gulf of Aden, off the coast of Yemen, the vessel’s management said Sunday. The Zodiac Maritime ship management company, part of Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer’s Zodiac Group, called the attack on… Read More

39 Palestinians released in second batch of prisoners swap

39 Palestinians released in second batch of prisoners swap

November 26, 2023, 6:31 pm

PALESTINIAN TERRITORY – Israeli authorities released 39 Palestinians, including six females and 33 minors, from Israeli jails on Sunday as part of a second batch of a prisoner swap deal between Israel and the Palestinian resistance group, Hamas. Earlier Saturday, 13 Israelis and four foreigners… Read More

2nd group of Israeli, foreign hostages handed over to Red Cross

2nd group of Israeli, foreign hostages handed over to Red Cross

November 26, 2023, 4:58 pm

GAZA/JERUSALEM – The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) said in a statement late Saturday that it had handed over the second group of Israeli and foreign hostages to the Red Cross. A total of 17 hostages, including 13 Israelis and four Thais, have crossed into Egypt and are on their… Read More

Pope has CT scan after showing flu-like symptoms

Pope has CT scan after showing flu-like symptoms

November 26, 2023, 1:06 pm

ROME – The Holy See said Pope Francis had a computer tomography (CT) scan at the Gemelli hospital on the Tiber Island in Rome on Saturday after showing flu-like symptoms.  In a statement, the Holy See Press Office said the test yielded negative results, ruling out the risk of "pulmonary… Read More

Bulgaria to receive over 1.7M foreign tourists this winter

Bulgaria to receive over 1.7M foreign tourists this winter

November 23, 2023, 10:52 am

SOFIA, Bulgaria – The number of foreign tourists Bulgaria will receive this winter season is expected to exceed 1.7 million, which is an increase compared to 2019, Institute of Analysis and Assessment in Tourism (IAAT) Director Rumen Draganov said. Some 3.5 million Bulgarians will make trips… Read More

Israel, Hamas announce prisoner swap deal

Israel, Hamas announce prisoner swap deal

November 22, 2023, 6:38 pm

ISTANBUL – The Israeli government and the Palestinian group Hamas agreed to a prisoner exchange deal early Wednesday. After almost six hours of debate, a deal was approved by the Israeli Cabinet where 50 hostages consisting of children and women held by Hamas in Gaza would be released in… Read More

Gaza death toll from Israeli attacks tops 14,100

Gaza death toll from Israeli attacks tops 14,100

November 22, 2023, 3:06 pm

ISTANBUL – The Palestinian death toll from Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip has soared to 14,128, the Health Ministry in the blockaded enclave said Tuesday. “The victims include over 5,840 children and 3,920 women,” the ministry added in a statement. Israel has launched relentless air and… Read More

National Palace of Culture to light up in blue on World Children’s Day

National Palace of Culture to light up in blue on World Children’s Day

November 20, 2023, 10:00 pm

SOFIA, Bulgaria – Landmark building across the world will light up in blue on Nov. 20, World Children’s Day, UNICEF Bulgaria said. The National Palace of Culture convention centre in Sofia is one of them. “Each year on November 20, we mark World Children’s Day to commemorate the 1989… Read More

SpaceX's Starship soars in 2nd test flight from US state of Texas

SpaceX's Starship soars in 2nd test flight from US state of Texas

November 19, 2023, 4:37 pm

ISTANBUL – SpaceX successfully launched Starship's second test flight on Saturday. The US space shuttle and rocket manufacturer conducted the unmanned test flight for its largest rocket, Starship, in the state of Texas. Starship, a 121-meter (397-foot) long spacecraft with 33 "Raptor Vacuum"… Read More

Elon Musk to suspend users using ‘From the River to the Sea’

Elon Musk to suspend users using ‘From the River to the Sea’

November 19, 2023, 12:13 pm

JERUSALEM – Elon Musk, owner of X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, warned Friday that people using terms such as “from the river to the sea” and “decolonization” would have their accounts suspended. “As I said earlier this week, ‘decolonization’, ‘from the… Read More

GMC cements UAE’s position as leading media hub

GMC cements UAE’s position as leading media hub

November 17, 2023, 9:12 am

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – The Global Media Congress (GMC) reinforces Abu Dhabi’s position as a leading media hub, bringing together policymakers, media personalities, and private as well as state-run news agencies to collaborate, share their best practices, and stay updated with the… Read More

Biden, Xi agree to restore military dialogue, curb fentanyl production

Biden, Xi agree to restore military dialogue, curb fentanyl production

November 16, 2023, 3:55 pm

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to resume bilateral military communications and curb illicit fentanyl production during a summit in California on Wednesday, a display of their desire to stabilize the taut relationship between the two superpowers. It… Read More