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China contributes to APEC sub-fund on combating Covid-19

China contributes to APEC sub-fund on combating Covid-19

August 25, 2021, 6:42 pm

JAKARTA – China contributed US$1 million for creating a new Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) sub-fund on combating the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and fostering economic recovery to support initiatives that strengthen member economies' capacity to address impacts of the pandemic… Read More

US evacuates around 48,000 people from Afghanistan

US evacuates around 48,000 people from Afghanistan

August 24, 2021, 2:18 pm

US evacuates 48K people from Afghanistan since Aug. 14 ANKARA – The US has evacuated or helped evacuate around 48,000 people from Afghanistan since Aug. 14, the White House said Monday in a written statement. Over 10,900 people were evacuated from the capital Kabul over a 12-hour period Monday,… Read More

US FDA gives full approval to Pfizer Covid-19 vax

US FDA gives full approval to Pfizer Covid-19 vax

August 24, 2021, 10:59 am

CHICAGO – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine on Monday, nine months after it rolled off assembly lines under a special emergency use authorization. "The FDA's approval of this vaccine is a milestone as we continue to battle the… Read More

Nations unite to aid fleeing Afghans

Nations unite to aid fleeing Afghans

August 21, 2021, 6:37 pm

ANKARA – With the Taliban takeover of Kabul on Aug. 15, thousands of Afghans rushed to the airport in the capital with hopes of catching planes to western countries. In the days after seizing power, Taliban leadership assured the "peaceful transition of power" and has publicly disavowed any… Read More

US Covid-19 hospitalization rate for kids hits highest level

US Covid-19 hospitalization rate for kids hits highest level

August 21, 2021, 4:26 pm

WASHINGTON – The Covid-19 hospitalization rates for children in the United States hit their highest levels ever, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was quoted by CNN on Friday. As for adults, every age group under 50 has also surpassed its previous record of hospitalization,… Read More

US advises booster shots 8 months after Pfizer, Moderna vax

US advises booster shots 8 months after Pfizer, Moderna vax

August 19, 2021, 1:48 pm

WASHINGTON – The US recommended vaccine boosters on Wednesday for individuals eight months after completing the two-round Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA regiments. The booster distribution plan anticipates distribution beginning Sept. 20 following independent evaluation from the Food and Drug… Read More

Global new Covid-19 cases keep rising in last 2 months: WHO

Global new Covid-19 cases keep rising in last 2 months: WHO

August 19, 2021, 1:21 pm

GENEVA – The global number of new Covid-19 cases has been increasing for the last two months, as cases of the Delta variant have been reported in 148 countries, territories or areas, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a weekly overview report issued Wednesday. With over 4.4 million new… Read More

'Covering Covid-19 was the most difficult assignment'

'Covering Covid-19 was the most difficult assignment'

August 18, 2021, 7:14 pm

NEW DELHI – When India was hit with a second devastating wave of Covid-19 earlier this year, at the forefront were photojournalists, who with the help of images told India's pandemic story to the world. On the eve of World Photography Day, which is being observed Thursday, Anadolu Agency spoke… Read More

Afghanistan war cost US more than $2-T, over 200K killed: report

Afghanistan war cost US more than $2-T, over 200K killed: report

August 18, 2021, 1:03 pm

CHICAGO, United States – With the US presence in Afghanistan rapidly winding down, the costs are being added up. A Costs of War project from the Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs at Brown University shows the US spent USD2.26 trillion for the war in Afghanistan from the fall… Read More

Unacceptable to let 'terrorist organization' overrun Afghanistan

Unacceptable to let 'terrorist organization' overrun Afghanistan

August 17, 2021, 9:32 pm

GENEVA – It is unacceptable for states to stand on the sidelines as a UN Security Council listed terrorist organization overruns Afghanistan and commits acts that may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity, UN human rights experts said on Monday. The experts said international law… Read More

Malaysia's premier, Cabinet resign

Malaysia's premier, Cabinet resign

August 16, 2021, 8:51 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Malaysia’s king has accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and told him to continue as caretaker until a successor is appointed, the royal palace announced on Monday. Muhyiddin becomes the country’s shortest ruling prime minister as he leaves after… Read More

Taliban surprised by speed of its takeover

Taliban surprised by speed of its takeover

August 16, 2021, 2:41 pm

ANKARA – The Taliban did not expect to achieve its goals in Afghanistan so quickly, the head of the group’s political bureau in Qatar said Sunday. "I must say that I did not expect that we would achieve such a success so quickly and so easily," Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar said of the Taliban's… Read More

Afghan president leaves country, Taliban controls capital Kabul

Afghan president leaves country, Taliban controls capital Kabul

August 16, 2021, 2:00 pm

KABUL – Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani left the country on Sunday night, while the Taliban forces entered the capital of Kabul and took control of the presidential palace. Ghani confirmed on his Facebook page late on Sunday that he has left the country, saying the move was to prevent… Read More

Death toll from 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Haiti rises to 1,297

Death toll from 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Haiti rises to 1,297

August 16, 2021, 1:17 pm

SANTO DOMINGO – The death toll from the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on Saturday rose to 1,297, the country's civil protection agency reported on Sunday. A breakdown of the fatalities in terms of departments shows that 1,054 people were killed in Sud, 122 in Nippes, 119 in… Read More

US to send 5K troops to evacuate embassy staff in Afghanistan

US to send 5K troops to evacuate embassy staff in Afghanistan

August 15, 2021, 3:40 pm

WASHINGTON – US President Joe Biden said Saturday that Washington will send 5,000 troops to Afghanistan's capital to evacuate embassy staff. “I have authorized the deployment of approximately 5,000 U.S. troops to make sure we can have an orderly and safe drawdown of U.S. personnel and other… Read More

304 people killed after magnitude 7.2 earthquake hits Haiti

304 people killed after magnitude 7.2 earthquake hits Haiti

August 15, 2021, 11:08 am

ANKARA – At least 304 people are dead and more than 2,000 injured after a magnitude-7.2 earthquake struck Haiti on Saturday, according to the country’s civil defense agency. The quake's epicenter was 12 kilometers northeast of Saint-Louis-du-Sud, at a depth of 10 kilometers. The US Tsunami… Read More

US OKs 3rd Covid-19 vax dose for immunocompromised people

US OKs 3rd Covid-19 vax dose for immunocompromised people

August 14, 2021, 4:53 pm

WASHINGTON – The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday authorized the third dose of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines for people with weakened immune systems. "The country has entered yet another wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the FDA is especially cognizant… Read More

China bats for 'science-based, no politics' Covid origin-tracing

China bats for 'science-based, no politics' Covid origin-tracing

August 14, 2021, 9:42 am

MANILA – The Chinese government is willing to work on a "science-based" global origin-tracing of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) but opposes any attempt to politicize such initiative. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu, in a briefing for diplomatic envoys in China on August 13, said… Read More

WHO to test 3 new drugs for Covid-19 treatment

WHO to test 3 new drugs for Covid-19 treatment

August 12, 2021, 1:11 pm

GENEVA – The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday announced that it will test three new drugs for Covid-19, which will involve thousands of researchers at more than 600 hospitals in 52 countries. According to a press release issued by WHO, the three new drugs are artesunate, a treatment… Read More

Global Covid-19 cases surpass 200M: Johns Hopkins University

Global Covid-19 cases surpass 200M: Johns Hopkins University

August 5, 2021, 3:07 pm

NEW YORK – Global Covid-19 cases surpassed 200 million on Wednesday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The global case count reached 200,014,602, with 4,252,873 deaths worldwide, as of 3:21 p.m. local time (1921 GMT), showed the data. The United States reported 35,292,721 cases… Read More