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Russia in mourning after deadly concert hall attack

Russia in mourning after deadly concert hall attack

March 24, 2024, 6:40 pm

ISTANBUL – Russia is observing a national day of mourning on Sunday after a deadly attack at a concert hall in the Moscow region. Flags were lowered to half-mast, while people laid flowers at Crocus City Hall, the concert hall where armed men opened fire on Friday, killing at least 133 people… Read More

Korea healthcare standoff to worsen as professors vow mass resignation

Korea healthcare standoff to worsen as professors vow mass resignation

March 24, 2024, 6:26 pm

SEOUL – The monthlong confrontation between the government and doctors was feared to worsen further as medical school professors were to tender mass resignations and cut back on patient care starting this week, while the government was to suspend the licenses of striking trainee doctors,… Read More

Ukraine denies alleged links to Moscow terror attack

Ukraine denies alleged links to Moscow terror attack

March 24, 2024, 2:30 pm

ISTANBUL – Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak on Saturday said that his country has "no slightest connection" with Friday’s terrorist attack in the Russian capital Moscow. “Any attempts to connect Ukraine to the terrorist attack are absolutely untenable. Ukraine has not the… Read More

4 perpetrators of concert hall attack held while heading to Ukraine

4 perpetrators of concert hall attack held while heading to Ukraine

March 24, 2024, 12:32 pm

MOSCOW – The Russian Investigative Committee said Saturday that four perpetrators of Friday's Moscow region concert hall attack were detained in the border region of Bryansk while heading to Ukraine. Separately, the Federal Security Service (FSB) said it learned that a handler was waiting for… Read More

Biden signs $1.2-T budget bill, averts government shutdown

Biden signs $1.2-T budget bill, averts government shutdown

March 24, 2024, 12:27 pm

NEW YORK – US President Joe Biden on Saturday signed the USD1.2-trillion budget bill approved by the US Senate. Biden said in a written statement that the budget bill would prevent a government shutdown, while also stating that it invests in the American people, strengthens the economy, and… Read More

UK's Princess of Wales says she is under cancer treatment

UK's Princess of Wales says she is under cancer treatment

March 23, 2024, 12:15 pm

LONDON – The United Kingdom's (UK) Princess of Wales said on Friday that she has been diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy. In a personal video message posted on X (formerly Twitter), 42-year-old Princess Kate said that tests after her planned abdominal surgery in January had… Read More

UN chief condemns Moscow concert hall shooting 'in strongest terms'

UN chief condemns Moscow concert hall shooting 'in strongest terms'

March 23, 2024, 12:05 pm

NEW YORK – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned "in the strongest possible terms" a deadly attack Friday at a concert hall northeast of central Moscow. "The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s terrorist attack at a concert hall outside… Read More

16.7 million Syrians in need of humanitarian assistance: UN

16.7 million Syrians in need of humanitarian assistance: UN

March 22, 2024, 3:42 pm

ONTARIO, Canada – The United Nations on Thursday noted that 16.7 million people in Syria need humanitarian assistance, marking the highest in the 13-year conflict. Geir Pedersen, the UN Special Envoy for Syria, who virtually briefed member states at a UN Security Council meeting, said all… Read More

King Charles is ‘doing very well,' says Camilla

King Charles is ‘doing very well,' says Camilla

March 22, 2024, 3:40 pm

LONDON – Britain’s Queen Camilla said her husband, King Charles, is doing very well. The queen provided an update on King Charles’ condition during a visit to Northern Ireland, British media said Thursday. “Charles is doing very well,” Camilla told a crowd of well-wishers in Belfast.… Read More

S. Korea to deploy more military surgeons, public health doctors

S. Korea to deploy more military surgeons, public health doctors

March 22, 2024, 1:56 pm

SEOUL – Prime Minister Han Duck-soo said Friday that the government will deploy additional military surgeons and public health doctors to help cope with the prolonged walkout by junior doctors. Over 90 percent of the country's 13,000 junior doctors have been on mass resignations for more than a… Read More

Extreme weather expected in coming months

Extreme weather expected in coming months

March 22, 2024, 1:42 pm

ISTANBUL – As ocean temperatures hit new dangerous peaks, experts are warning the unprecedented levels of accumulated heat will trigger intense chain reactions, including deadly hurricanes and cyclones, over the coming months. Recent reports have shown that oceans worldwide are now at their… Read More

Police boost Jerusalem security ahead of second Friday of Ramadan

Police boost Jerusalem security ahead of second Friday of Ramadan

March 22, 2024, 1:16 pm

JERUSALEM -- Israel security officials are gearing up in Jerusalem with an increased police presence ahead of the second Friday of Ramadan. Friday morning prayers on the Temple Mount during Ramadan are especially large and Palestinian terror attacks have surged during the Islamic holy month.… Read More

Vietnamese president resigns

Vietnamese president resigns

March 21, 2024, 12:34 pm

ISTANBUL – Vietnam President Vo Van Thuong stepped down from his position on Wednesday, the ruling Communist Party said in a statement. The party said Thuong, who served only for one year, was guilty of "violations and shortcomings." His resignation was accepted by the central committee. He also… Read More

Trump, Biden sweep latest primary elections en route to pres’l rematch

Trump, Biden sweep latest primary elections en route to pres’l rematch

March 21, 2024, 11:05 am

HOUSTON, Texas – President Joe Biden and former president Donald Trump made a clean sweep of the presidential primaries that took place on Tuesday in the states of Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Kansas and Ohio, according to media reports. Biden received 89 percent of the vote in Arizona's… Read More

Multicultural marriages in S. Korea rise to 18.3% in 2023

Multicultural marriages in S. Korea rise to 18.3% in 2023

March 20, 2024, 2:15 pm

SEOUL – The number of marriages between South Koreans and foreign spouses rose more than 18 percent in 2023, as those between Vietnamese bridegrooms and naturalized South Korean brides gained sharply, data showed Wednesday. The number of multicultural marriages increased 18.3 percent on-year to… Read More

Red Cross chief: Barely any food available in Gaza

Red Cross chief: Barely any food available in Gaza

March 20, 2024, 11:46 am

LONDON – The head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) expressed concern Tuesday about food security in the Gaza Strip. "The hunger in Gaza serves as a stark reminder of the immense hardships civilians are enduring," Jagan Chapagain posted on X, saying,… Read More

Taiwan's Smart City summit opens, lures record-high number of visitors

Taiwan's Smart City summit opens, lures record-high number of visitors

March 19, 2024, 4:06 pm

TAIPEI, Taiwan – The 11th Smart City Summit and Expo (SCSE) officially opened at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center (TaiNex) here Tuesday. The event, organized by the Taipei Computer Association (TCA), the Kaohsiung City government, and the National Development Council, runs from Tuesday to… Read More

Japan to study health impact of PFAS chemicals amid concern

Japan to study health impact of PFAS chemicals amid concern

March 19, 2024, 11:55 am

TOKYO – Japan will launch a study on the health impact of potentially harmful chemicals known as PFAS, after their detection across the country fueled concern among local residents, local media reported on Monday. The government-led study, planned for three years from around June, will be… Read More

Gaza kids don’t even have energy to cry: UNICEF

Gaza kids don’t even have energy to cry: UNICEF

March 18, 2024, 4:20 pm

TEHRAN – The UN children’s agency says over 13,000 children have been killed by Israeli strikes in Gaza, adding many kids were suffering from severe malnutrition and did not “even have the energy to cry.” United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Catherine… Read More

Biden claims Trump not mentally competent

Biden claims Trump not mentally competent

March 18, 2024, 3:15 pm

TEHRAN – US President Joe Biden has attacked his predecessor and election challenger Donald Trump with jokes about the latter’s mental fitness to compete for the White House. Biden took jabs on Saturday during a speech at the traditional Gridiron Club dinner where politicians and journalists… Read More