Norway raises military readiness level amid increased tensions

LONDON–Norway announced Monday that it will increase its military preparedness in response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine and the "serious security situation in Europe.""We are in the most serious security policy situation in decades," Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store said in a... Read More

EU urges Russia to reverse decision to suspend grain deal

ISTANBUL–The European Union on Monday condemned Russia’s suspension of the Black Sea grain deal and urged it to reverse its decision."Russia’s unjustified decision to suspend its participation in the UN Black Sea Grain Initiative obstructs the export of much-needed grain to address... Read More

Elon Musk becomes sole director, fires Twitter board

HOUSTON, US – Elon Musk fired Twitter's entire board of directors Monday, just a week after finalizing the USD44 billion takeover of the social media giant.The swift move made the Tesla and SpaceX CEO the sole director of Twitter."This is just temporary," tweeted Musk after purging the... Read More

Deadly crowd crush spurs people's interest in CPR

SEOUL – The recent deadly crowd crush in Seoul sparked widespread interest among South Koreans in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) which can help save lives during cardiac emergencies.Videos from Saturday's accident during Halloween festivities in Itaewon, which left 155 dead, showed not... Read More

Instagram checking reports of account suspensions

WASHINGTON – Many Instagram users worldwide reported on Monday that their accounts were suspended, and the company said it is working to resolve the issue."We're aware that some of you are having issues accessing your Instagram account. We're looking into it and apologize for the... Read More

Yoon thanks foreign leaders for condolences over crowd crush

SEOUL, South Korea – President Yoon Suk-yeol thanked US President Joe Biden and other foreign leaders Tuesday for their condolences over the Halloween crowd crush, saying the government will provide the same assistance to local and foreign victims of the tragedy.Yoon expressed his thanks... Read More

Charges filed vs. alleged attacker of Nancy Pelosi's husband

HOUSTON, United States – The man accused of plotting to abduct US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and striking her husband in the head with a hammer was charged with two federal counts on Monday.David DePape, 42, was charged with attempted kidnapping and assault by the US... Read More

Ukraine faces emergency power outages amid fresh Russian strikes

ISTANBUL – Ukraine on Monday announced emergency power outages across the country after Russia launched a fresh barrage of missile strikes targeting critical infrastructure."Emergency power outages are being introduced due to massive shelling of critical infrastructure! Russian terrorists have... Read More

Economic Watch: Global firms upbeat on China's opening-up pledge

BEIJING – With the global economy facing multiple challenges including elevated inflation and the lingering coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, China's pledge of furthering opening-up will serve as a shot in the arm for many overseas investors who see vast opportunities in the... Read More

Death toll in India bridge collapse rises to 132: minister

NEW DELHI – The death toll from the collapse of a suspension bridge in India’s western Gujarat state had risen to 132 as of Sunday evening, according to a senior minister.Gujarat Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi said early Monday that so far, 132 people have died in the incident.Officials... Read More

Lula da Silva wins Brazil's presidential election

BUENOS AIRES – Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva beat far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil’s runoff presidential election Sunday, in what some have called the country’s most important polls since its return to democracy.Lula will become Brazil's 39th president on Jan. 1, 2023,... Read More

Itaewon crowd crush death toll now 154, including 26 foreigners

SEOUL – The death toll from the Halloween crowd crush in Seoul has risen to 154, including 26 foreigners, officials said Monday, as the country mourned the deadliest tragedy in years and tried to cope with the aftermath.The death toll could rise further, as 33 others remain in serious... Read More

At least 90 dead as suspension bridge collapses in western India

NEW DELHI – At least 90 people were killed as hundreds fell in the river after a suspension bridge in the western Indian state of Gujarat collapsed on Sunday, an official said.“The death toll has risen to 90,” Devendrasinh Jadeja, a senior fire official, told Anadolu Agency.Jadeja... Read More

Mother of Itaewon stampede victim searches for missing daughter

SEOUL – Seol Ye-sol, a 19-year-old girl, asked her mother for money before going out to Itaewon to meet her boyfriend on one of their last dates before he goes to the military for mandatory service. Seven hours later, her boyfriend called her mother, crying and saying that she was dead.The... Read More

People shoved in narrow alley causes Itaewon stampede: witnesses

SEOUL – Witnesses and survivors on Sunday said an overnight stampede that killed at least 151 people occurred after a massive group of people celebrating Halloween surged into a narrow downhill alley and were instantly pushed down by others.The deadliest stampede in South Korea's history... Read More

Death toll rises to 151 in South Korean stampede

ISTANBUL – At least 151 people have been killed, including 19 foreigners, in a deadly stampede in South Korea, according to media reports on Sunday.A total of 82 others, with 19 in serious condition, were also injured, said Yonhap News Agency, citing fire authorities.The death toll is... Read More

Biden to attend COP27 climate conference in Egypt: White House

WASHINGTON – US President Biden will travel to Egypt next month to attend the UN climate change summit, known as COP27, the White House said Friday."On November 11th, President Biden will attend the 27th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27) in... Read More

Man freed by DNA test after 38 yrs in US prison

HOUSTON, United States – A Black man who spent nearly four decades in prison for a murder he did not commit was released in the state of California on Friday after DNA tests showed he was not the killer.Maurice Hastings, 69, had his murder conviction overturned by the Los Angeles County... Read More

Elon Musk says Twitter to form new 'content moderation council'

WASHINGTON – Twitter owner Elon Musk announced on Friday that the social media company will form a new body to police content on the platform, though he did not offer much in the way of details."Twitter will be forming a content moderation council with widely diverse viewpoints," tweeted Musk.... Read More

N. Korea fires 2 short-range ballistic missiles toward East Sea

SEOUL – North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles toward the East Sea on Friday, the South Korean military said as Seoul's major military exercise drew to a close.The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said it detected the launches from the Tongchon area in Kangwon province between 11:59... Read More