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Former US Secretary of State dies of Covid-19 complications

Former US Secretary of State dies of Covid-19 complications

October 19, 2021, 7:47 am

ANKARA – Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell died due to complications from Covid-19, his family confirmed on Monday. “We want to thank the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center for their caring treatment,” his family said in a statement. “We have lost a remarkable and… Read More

Former US President Clinton discharged from hospital

Former US President Clinton discharged from hospital

October 18, 2021, 11:31 am

ANKARA – Former US President Bill Clinton was discharged from a California hospital on Sunday after being treated for an infection, his spokesman said. Angel Urena said that after being admitted to the University of California Irvine Medical Center, Clinton's fever and white blood cell count… Read More

Former US President Bill Clinton hospitalized

Former US President Bill Clinton hospitalized

October 15, 2021, 11:08 am

WASHINGTON – Former US President Bill Clinton was hospitalized earlier this week, his spokesperson said Thursday. Clinton was admitted to the University of California Irvine Medical Center on Tuesday "to receive treatment for a non-Covid-related infection," Angel Urena said in a statement. "He… Read More

Global markets in positive territory on Fed minutes

Global markets in positive territory on Fed minutes

October 14, 2021, 7:23 pm

ISTANBUL – A positive trend is observed in global markets after investors shifted their focus from inflationary concerns to strong balance sheets, and uncertainty regarding monetary policy eased. According to the data released on Wednesday in the US, the consumer price index (CPI) rose by 0.4… Read More

UN chief asks for USD3.12-B for 2022 budget

UN chief asks for USD3.12-B for 2022 budget

October 14, 2021, 3:06 pm

UNITED NATIONS – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday asked for nearly USD3.12 billion as the world body's regular budget for 2022. "To fully implement the mandates entrusted to us, we will require a total of 3.12 billion U.S. dollars before re-costing, which represents a net… Read More

Downward trend continues in weekly Covid deaths globally: WHO

Downward trend continues in weekly Covid deaths globally: WHO

October 14, 2021, 2:07 pm

GENEVA – The number of weekly reported deaths from Covid-19 continues to decline worldwide and is now at the lowest level in almost a year, the World Health Organization chief said Wednesday. WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus said at a coronavirus webinar that there are still three… Read More

US drug overdose deaths jumped by nearly 30%

US drug overdose deaths jumped by nearly 30%

October 14, 2021, 1:45 pm

CHICAGO, United States – The number of US drug overdose deaths jumped nearly 30% from March of 2020 to March of 2021, according to newly-released figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There were a little more than 96,000 lives lost during that time. The CDC looked… Read More

G20 meeting on trade ends with commitment to multilateralism, WTO

G20 meeting on trade ends with commitment to multilateralism, WTO

October 13, 2021, 6:42 pm

ROME  – Italy's foreign minister Luigi Di Maio on Tuesday called on ministers from the Group of 20 (G20) to reinforce the global trade system through the World Trade Organization (WTO). Speaking at the G20 Trade and Investment Ministerial Meeting in the southern Italian city of Sorrento, Di… Read More

UN chief calls for injection of liquidity into Afghan economy

UN chief calls for injection of liquidity into Afghan economy

October 12, 2021, 2:50 pm

UNITED NATIONS – United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday called for the injection of liquidity to keep the Afghan economy afloat. In addition to humanitarian aid, the international community needs to act to prevent the economic collapse of Afghanistan, he told reporters.… Read More

WHO advisory group urges extra Covid dose for immunocompromised

WHO advisory group urges extra Covid dose for immunocompromised

October 12, 2021, 2:33 pm

GENEVA – An advisory group to the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended Monday that people with weakened immune systems who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) should get an additional dose of any WHO-approved Covid-19 vaccine. "SAGE recommended that… Read More

WHO says climate, health intimately linked

WHO says climate, health intimately linked

October 12, 2021, 1:43 pm

GENEVA – Climate and health are intimately linked, so countries must set ambitious commitments to sustain a healthy and green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday. “The Covid-19 pandemic has shone a light on the intimate and delicate links… Read More

Japan’s vaccination showing results as Tokyo posts lowest cases

Japan’s vaccination showing results as Tokyo posts lowest cases

October 11, 2021, 9:50 pm

ANKARA – Japan’s anti-coronavirus vaccination campaign is showing results as the capital Tokyo registered the lowest Covd-19 cases in at least one year, authorities said Monday. The Japanese government revealed that more than 64 percent of the country’s 126 million population was “fully… Read More

240M Covid jabs at risk of waste in advanced countries: analysis

240M Covid jabs at risk of waste in advanced countries: analysis

October 11, 2021, 9:12 pm

TOKYO – Developed countries hold hundreds of millions of excess Covid-19 vaccine doses at risk of expiring before they can be given to people in developing countries that have had greater difficulty in sourcing shots, according to a recent report by Nikkei Asia. An analysis by British research… Read More

Facebook, Instagram down again for some users

Facebook, Instagram down again for some users

October 9, 2021, 11:55 am

ANKARA – Some users were unable to access Facebook and Instagram on Friday, the second time in a week. “We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products,” Facebook said in a statement on Twitter. “We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as… Read More

IMF sees inflation returning to pre-pandemic level by mid-2022

IMF sees inflation returning to pre-pandemic level by mid-2022

October 7, 2021, 1:07 pm

ANKARA – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Wednesday said higher inflation will likely continue in the coming months, but it would return to pre-pandemic levels by mid-2022. "The economic recovery has fueled a rapid acceleration in inflation this year for advanced and emerging market… Read More

Pope expresses shame over sexual abuses of children

Pope expresses shame over sexual abuses of children

October 7, 2021, 10:54 am

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis said Wednesday he was ashamed of the fact that over 216,000 children have been sexually abused in the French churches since 1950. Following a meeting at the Vatican, Pope Francis said: “I would like to express my sadness and pain for the trauma they experienced.… Read More

Covid-19 incidence declines by 9% worldwide in 1 week: WHO

Covid-19 incidence declines by 9% worldwide in 1 week: WHO

October 6, 2021, 7:00 pm

GENEVA – Over 3.1 million people have contracted the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infection worldwide, while just more than 54,000 new deaths were reported during the week from September 27 to October 3.  The World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Wednesday that the number of new… Read More

Whistleblower says Facebook apps 'harm children, stoke division'

Whistleblower says Facebook apps 'harm children, stoke division'

October 6, 2021, 2:00 pm

WASHINGTON – Facebook knows its family of apps causes sweeping damage across a number of areas, but chooses to ignore its problems in preference for profit, a whistleblower alleged Tuesday. Frances Haugen, an ex-Facebook product manager who leaked a trove of internal documents to the Wall Street… Read More

About 450M cyberattacks prevented during Tokyo Olympics

About 450M cyberattacks prevented during Tokyo Olympics

October 6, 2021, 1:19 pm

TOKYO – Around 450 million cyberattacks were avoided at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics as attempts against the official website and organizing committee’s system were blocked each time, local media reported Tuesday. The cyberattack attempts took place from the opening of the Olympics on… Read More

Facebook blames ‘faulty’ configuration changes for global outage

Facebook blames ‘faulty’ configuration changes for global outage

October 5, 2021, 3:14 pm

NEW YORK – Facebook announced on early Tuesday that the global outage was caused by “faulty” configuration changes on the backbone routers and that there was no evidence that user data was compromised. “Our engineering teams have learned that configuration changes on the backbone routers… Read More