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NATO enters 73rd year at a critical time for Europe's security

NATO enters 73rd year at a critical time for Europe's security

April 3, 2022, 3:43 pm

BRUSSELS – In the 73rd year of its establishment, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) plays a more critical role in the security of the continent with the effect of the Russia-Ukraine war, which is described as "the biggest threat Europe has faced since the Cold War" and "the greatest… Read More

Ukraine bans Russian military symbols Z, V

Ukraine bans Russian military symbols Z, V

April 2, 2022, 3:19 pm

KYIV - The Ukrainian parliament passed a law banning the use of Russian military symbols Z and V. Russia was recognized as a "terrorist country" under the law passed by parliament's deputies on April 1, according to Ukraine's Servant of the People party. Nikita Poturayev, one of the deputies who… Read More

Russia registers world’s 1st nasal spray coronavirus vax

Russia registers world’s 1st nasal spray coronavirus vax

April 2, 2022, 3:15 pm

MOSCOW - The world’s first nasal spray coronavirus vaccine has been registered in Russia, the Health Ministry said in a statement on Friday. "The Russian Health Ministry has registered the nasal spray form of the Gam-COVID-Vac (Sputnik V) coronavirus vaccine developed by the Health Ministry’s… Read More

Will Smith resigns from film academy after slapping Chris Rock

Will Smith resigns from film academy after slapping Chris Rock

April 2, 2022, 1:47 pm

HOUSTON, Texas – Will Smith resigned Friday from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after he slapped Chris Rock at the Oscar awards last weekend. “I will fully accept any and all consequences for my conduct,” Smith said in a statement. “My actions at the 94th Academy Awards… Read More

Red Cross team fails to reach besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol

Red Cross team fails to reach besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol

April 2, 2022, 12:34 pm

GENEVA - A Red Cross team on its way to Mariupol, Ukraine to facilitate the safe passage of some 100,000 civilians had to backtrack after arrangements and conditions made it impossible to proceed, said the humanitarian group on Friday. "The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) team,… Read More

Ukraine urges France to enforce planned evacuation corridors

Ukraine urges France to enforce planned evacuation corridors

April 2, 2022, 12:25 pm

PARIS – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Friday urged France to continue diplomatic efforts with Russia to enforce its planned humanitarian corridors after Moscow's evacuation plan failed to let civilians out of the besieged city of Mariupol. “The initiative of France on… Read More

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

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

April 1, 2022, 8:51 am

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

US believes Putin misled by key advisors on Ukraine war

March 31, 2022, 9:57 am

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

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

March 30, 2022, 7:48 pm

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

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

March 29, 2022, 8:53 pm

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

Ukraine claims Russia lost 17,000 troops during war

March 28, 2022, 8:44 pm

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

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

March 28, 2022, 5:23 pm

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

Night of historical firsts at 2022 Academy Awards

March 28, 2022, 4:26 pm

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

France, Saudi, UAE talk about diversifying Europe energy supplies

March 28, 2022, 2:39 pm

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

Second black box found in China plane crash

March 27, 2022, 6:44 pm

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

WHO, India establish global center for traditional medicine

March 26, 2022, 3:11 pm

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 of… Read More

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

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

March 26, 2022, 2:43 pm

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 the… Read More

45% of Ukraine population worry about accessing food: UN

45% of Ukraine population worry about accessing food: UN

March 26, 2022, 1:36 pm

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

EU summit ends with no solution to high energy prices

March 26, 2022, 1:28 pm

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,… Read More

EU readies new tough sanctions vs. Russia, Belarus

EU readies new tough sanctions vs. Russia, Belarus

March 25, 2022, 8:38 pm

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