OceanGate suspends exploration, commercial operations

WASHINGTON–OceanGate announced Thursday on its website the suspension of "all exploration and commercial operations".The decision comes after the Titan submersible suffered a catastrophic implosion during a mission to the Titanic shipwreck last month, which left the company's CEO and four... Read More

Global air travel at 96.1% of pre-pandemic levels in May

ANKARA–World air traffic reached 96.1 percent of its pre-coronavirus levels this May, thanks to strong demand for travel, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) on Thursday.Air traffic, measured in revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs), jumped 39.1 percent year-on-year... Read More

Vatican dismisses German clergyman due to sexual abuses

GENEVA–Pope Francis has dismissed Hans Bernhard Uedelhoven from the clergy following a request from German Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki in 2022, the Archdiocese of Cologne said in a statement Thursday."I very much welcome the decision from Rome. The dismissal of Uedelhoven from the clergy is... Read More

US FDA approves new Alzheimer's drug Leqembi

WASHINGTON – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday fully approved Leqembi, the first medicine shown to slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease.The FDA said the approval was based on clinical data showing the drug’s effect on a "surrogate endpoint" that is "reasonably... Read More

US welcomes IAEA report on release of Japan's treated water

WASHINGTON–The United States welcomes the outcome of a review by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the planned discharge of treated water from Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant, a state department spokesperson said Wednesday.US State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller... Read More

APEC pushes environmental services, marine debris clean-up

JAKARTA – The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) has released a set of guidelines to push the forum's work in environmental services and marine debris management.The guidelines encourage member economies to focus on services that support the clean-up of marine debris from beaches,... Read More

Meta officially launches Twitter rival, Threads

WASHINGTON – Facebook’s parent company Meta officially launched Threads, its text-based Twitter competitor, on Wednesday.Built by the Instagram team, the new app aims to provide a platform for real-time online conversations and sharing text updates.According to the company, posts can be... Read More

Heavy rains kill 15 in China, thousands displaced

ISTANBUL / ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – At least 15 people were killed while four others are missing due to heavy rains that have hit China since Monday.All the deaths were reported in the southwestern Chongqing municipality, state-run CGTN reported.The rains have triggered floods and landslides,... Read More

World hits new record for hottest day ever

ANKARA–The world reached a dubious distinction on Monday, hitting a new record for the hottest day ever, according to data from the US National Centers for Environmental Prediction.The global average temperature on July 3 reached 17.01°C (62.62°F), beating the previous record... Read More

Bulgarian photographer distinguished at Vienna competition

VIENNA, Austria – Vienna-based Bulgarian photographer Rossi Nedyalkova was distinguished in a competition of the Vienna Chamber of Professional Photographers, placing second in two categories: for documentary photography and for natural portrait.Taking pictures of people is what she really... Read More

People suffer, die under climate change-fueled heatwaves

ISTANBUL – This summer, climate change has fueled extreme heat waves around the world, triggering weather warnings and claiming numerous lives.From North America to Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, nations are grappling with scorching temperatures.In the United States, a nationwide alert has... Read More

Cambodia declares 22 Meta’s execs ‘persona non grata’

ISTANBUL – Cambodia has declared 22 members of Meta’s oversight board “persona non grata,” the country’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.This came after the board recommended suspending Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Facebook account over alleged content... Read More

7 injured in Tel Aviv car ramming, stabbing attack

JERUSALEM – Seven people were injured in Tel Aviv when a Palestinian rammed his car into pedestrians in a commercial area of northern Tel Aviv on Tuesday.The driver was shot and killed when he got out of his car and tried to stab people.The victims were evacuated to the Beilinson and Ichilov... Read More

PM Denkov: Strengthening military capacity is guarantee for peace

SOFIA,Bulgaria – Prime Minister Nikolay Denkov addressed Monday the heads of offices of the military attaché to Bulgaria's foreign representations at the opening of their conference, saying that peace is achieved when every aggressor knows that if they attack, they will be punished."In... Read More

China experiences hottest days in 6 decades

ANKARA – China has been experiencing the hottest days in six decades, with temperatures reaching 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in recent days, local media reported.The National Climate Center (NCC) in a statement on Sunday said the country has recorded the highest number of hot days in... Read More

'Explosion' heard in Tokyo: Police

ISTANBUL–An "explosion" was reported in the Japanese capital Tokyo on Monday.Scant details were shared by Japanese police, who said the "sound of an explosion was heard and smoke was seen" rising from a building in the Shimbashi district.An emergency call was made to police at roughly 3.15... Read More

Evacuation ordered as heavy rains lash Japan

ISTANBUL–Heavy rains triggered evacuation of thousands of people in Japan on Monday, local media said.Rains lashed the southwestern Kyushu region, during which a bridge collapsed and local authorities issued an evacuation order for the local people, according to the Japan Meteorological... Read More

OIC calls for collective measures to prevent desecration of Quran

ISTANBUL – The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) strongly condemned the burning of the holy Quran last week in Sweden and called for collective measures to prevent the recurrence of such provocative acts.The statement came during an extraordinary session of the OIC’s executive... Read More

Macron calls for order amid unrest sparked by teen’s killing

PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron urged the government on Sunday to take all necessary measures to restore order in the country following a fifth consecutive night of violent unrest sparked by the killing of a teenager last week by police.According to BFMTV, Macron convened a meeting at... Read More

First rioters jailed in France's Grenoble

PARIS – First verdicts to participants in mass riots have been pronounced in the city of Grenoble in southeastern France, where three people were sentenced to prison terms of from three to four months, the France info radio station said on Sunday.According to France info, the three were... Read More