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Volcanic eruptions intensify on Spain's Canary Islands

Volcanic eruptions intensify on Spain's Canary Islands

September 23, 2021, 1:41 pm

MADRID – Eruptions from a volcanic grew in intensity Wednesday on the island of La Palma that has forced more than 6,000 people to be evacuated on the Canary Islands off southwest Spain. The Cumbre Vieja on one of the smallest islands in the region has active volcanic geography. Local government… Read More

Taliban ask to participate in UN General Assembly session

Taliban ask to participate in UN General Assembly session

September 22, 2021, 8:47 pm

UNITED NATIONS – The Taliban has sent a letter to the United Nations requesting to attend General Assembly meetings and fielded spokesman Suhail Shaheen as a candidate for UN ambassador. Amid disputes over who will represent Afghanistan at the international body, the Taliban said in the letter… Read More

Magnitude 6.0 earthquake jolts Australia's Victoria state

Magnitude 6.0 earthquake jolts Australia's Victoria state

September 22, 2021, 4:30 pm

MELBOURNE – A magnitude 6.0 earthquake jolted Australia's Victoria state Wednesday, damaging some buildings in the capital Melbourne. A tsunami warning has not been issued so far, government agency Geoscience Australia said in a statement. The quake reportedly occurred at a depth of 10… Read More

Covid-19 jabs prevent hospitalizations, severe illness: WHO

Covid-19 jabs prevent hospitalizations, severe illness: WHO

September 22, 2021, 3:26 pm

GENEVA –  The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday called on people to get coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines, saying 99 percent of Covid-19 deaths are among unvaccinated people. WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris was asked at a UN press conference by Anadolu Agency about… Read More

UN chief raises alarm: 'The world must wake up!'

UN chief raises alarm: 'The world must wake up!'

September 22, 2021, 10:17 am

WASHINGTON – United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres raised the alarm on Tuesday as world leaders convened in New York for the 76th General Assembly, telling them to "wake up" in the face of cataclysmic challenges. Speaking as the General Debate opened, Guterres said the international… Read More

Japanese sisters declared world's oldest living identical twins

Japanese sisters declared world's oldest living identical twins

September 22, 2021, 9:04 am

ANKARA – Witness to two World Wars, 107-year-old sisters of Japan are the world’s oldest identical and oldest ever living twins, the Guinness World Records has said in its latest survey. In a statement released on Monday evening, Guinness World Records said Umeno Sumiyama and Koume Kodama… Read More

Japan to pick new premier early October

Japan to pick new premier early October

September 21, 2021, 6:38 pm

ANKARA – Japan on Tuesday decided to pick Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's successor at an extraordinary parliament session on Oct. 4, meaning a general election is likely to be held in November, Kyodo News reported. "We need to nominate a next prime minister after the elections, so we will… Read More

U.S. to ease travel restrictions for fully vaxxed visitors

U.S. to ease travel restrictions for fully vaxxed visitors

September 21, 2021, 12:25 pm

WASHINGTON – The United States will no longer prohibit foreign visitors from entering the country starting November if they are fully vaccinated against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the White House said Monday when announcing a set of policy changes that will ease the international… Read More

Biden seeks phone call with Macron amid submarine deal rift

Biden seeks phone call with Macron amid submarine deal rift

September 21, 2021, 10:36 am

WASHINGTON – US President Joe Biden is seeking to hold a phone call with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, US officials said on Monday, an effort to reduce tensions caused by a controversial submarine deal. A diplomatic rift emerged between Washington and Paris over the announcement that… Read More

Pfizer, BioNTech post positive vax results in children age 5-11

Pfizer, BioNTech post positive vax results in children age 5-11

September 20, 2021, 9:21 pm

ANKARA – US pharmaceutical Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech on Monday announced positive results from trials of their Covid-19 vaccine in children age 5-11. The Phase 2/3 trial showed "a favorable safety profile and robust neutralizing antibody responses," said a joint statement by the… Read More

Commitment to Asean 'steadfast as ever' after UK, US pact: envoy

Commitment to Asean 'steadfast as ever' after UK, US pact: envoy

September 20, 2021, 9:20 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia – The Indo-Pacific security pact between the United States, United Kingdom and Australia (AUKUS) does not change Canberra’s commitment to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), Australia’s envoy to the regional bloc said on Monday. AUKUS is “not a defense… Read More

Over 5K people evacuated as volcano erupts on Spain's La Palma

Over 5K people evacuated as volcano erupts on Spain's La Palma

September 20, 2021, 11:41 am

MADRID – Between 5,000 and 10,000 people are being evacuated after a volcano began erupting on the La Palma island of Spain's Canary Islands on Sunday afternoon. Regional authorities confirmed that the evacuations have begun in the wake of the eruption, which began at 3:12 p.m. local time on the… Read More

4 space tourists come back to Earth after 3 days in orbit

4 space tourists come back to Earth after 3 days in orbit

September 20, 2021, 7:00 am

WASHINGTON – The first space tourists on board the SpaceX Inspiration4 mission have landed safely on Earth after a three-day voyage. After completing the first-ever mission in Earth’s orbit with no professional astronauts on board, the four tourists splashed down off Florida’s coast. The… Read More

Japan raises alert level after volcano erupts

Japan raises alert level after volcano erupts

September 17, 2021, 7:25 pm

TOKYO – A volcano erupted early Friday on an island in southwestern Japan, prompting the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) to raise its alert level to 3 on a scale of 5. The JMA announced that the eruption, which occurred at the crater of Mt. Otake on Suwanose Island in Kagoshima prefecture,… Read More

Court finds Indonesian President guilty in air pollution lawsuit

Court finds Indonesian President guilty in air pollution lawsuit

September 17, 2021, 4:53 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia  – An Indonesian court on Thursday ordered President Joko Widodo and Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan to improve the hazardous air quality of the capital. The court found seven top officials, including Joko and Anies, guilty of environmental negligence in a civil lawsuit… Read More

EU steps up engagement with Indo-Pacific countries, including PH

EU steps up engagement with Indo-Pacific countries, including PH

September 17, 2021, 1:36 pm

MANILA – The European Union is stepping up its strategic engagement with countries in the Indo-Pacific, including the Philippines as it recognized the region’s "growing economic, demographic, and political weight" in shaping the rules-based international order and in addressing global… Read More

3 dead, 60 injured in magnitude 6 Sichuan earthquake

3 dead, 60 injured in magnitude 6 Sichuan earthquake

September 16, 2021, 1:10 pm

CHENGDU – Three people were confirmed dead and 60 others were sent to hospital after a 6.0-magnitude earthquake jolted Luxian County of Luzhou City, southwest China's Sichuan Province. Among those hospitalized, three were seriously injured, according to the city's emergency management bureau.… Read More

SoKor fines Google $177-M over alleged abuse of market dominance

SoKor fines Google $177-M over alleged abuse of market dominance

September 14, 2021, 9:48 pm

ANKARA – South Korea’s antitrust regulator has imposed a USD177 million fine on global tech giant Google for its alleged abuse of the market dominance in the mobile operating system and app markets, local media reported. “Since 2016, the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) has been looking… Read More

US renews its call for dialogue with NoKor

US renews its call for dialogue with NoKor

September 14, 2021, 4:42 pm

ANKARA – The US on Tuesday renewed its call for dialogue with North Korea and said Washington has no hostile intent toward Pyongyang, according to local media. Speaking at a summit of the top nuclear envoys of South Korea, Japan and the US held in Tokyo, Washington's special envoy for North… Read More

North Korea tests new long-range cruise missile

North Korea tests new long-range cruise missile

September 13, 2021, 9:27 pm

ANKARA – North Korea has carried out a successful test of its new long-range cruise missile over the weekend, state-run media reported on Monday. The Korean Central News Agency in a statement said the country's Academy of Defense Science successfully test-fired a new type of long-range cruise… Read More