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'Covid-19 is not over anywhere until it’s over everywhere': WHO

'Covid-19 is not over anywhere until it’s over everywhere': WHO

May 23, 2022, 4:58 pm

GENEVA – The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) told global health ministers on Sunday that although reported Covid-19 cases and deaths have declined significantly, it is not time to lower the guard. Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus delivered his message during the kick-off of the annual World… Read More

WHO reports 92 confirmed, 28 suspected monkeypox cases

WHO reports 92 confirmed, 28 suspected monkeypox cases

May 22, 2022, 6:24 pm

GENEVA – The World Health Organization (WHO) has been informed about 92 confirmed and 28 suspected monkeypox cases at countries that are not endemic to the virus, it said on Twitter on Sunday. "Ninety-two laboratory confirmed cases, and 28 suspected cases of monkeypox with investigations… Read More

G7 countries determined to rein in rising inflation

G7 countries determined to rein in rising inflation

May 21, 2022, 5:37 pm

FRANKFURT – The Group of Seven (G7) countries are determined to rein in the spiraling inflation, German Finance Minister Christian Lindner said on Friday. Speaking at a press conference after the G7 finance ministers and central governors meeting held in Germany's Petersberg, Lindner called on… Read More

More than 160M children worldwide in child labor: UN report

More than 160M children worldwide in child labor: UN report

May 19, 2022, 9:02 pm

GENEVA – More than 160 million children are in child labor worldwide, said a report released on Wednesday by the International Labor Organization (ILO) and UN children's agency UNICEF. In the report, the ILO and UNICEF warned that without relief strategies, the number of children in child labor… Read More

Pollution kills more than 9M people each year globally: study

Pollution kills more than 9M people each year globally: study

May 19, 2022, 8:23 pm

ANKARA – Despite declines in deaths from household air and water pollution, pollution still kills more than 9 million each year, or one in six deaths worldwide, according to research published Wednesday in a top medical journal. "Over the past two decades, deaths caused by the modern forms of… Read More

Internally displaced worldwide reached record 59.1M in 2021

Internally displaced worldwide reached record 59.1M in 2021

May 19, 2022, 8:20 pm

GENEVA – People living in internal displacement due to conflicts or natural disasters worldwide reached a record 59.1 million at the end of 2021, up from 55 million a year earlier, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) said Thursday. "The situation today is phenomenally worse than… Read More

Spain, Morocco reopen borders for 1st time since pandemic

Spain, Morocco reopen borders for 1st time since pandemic

May 17, 2022, 7:15 pm

OVIEDO, Spain – The land borders separating Spain’s two African enclaves from Morocco reopened for the first time in 26 months on Tuesday. The border crossing of El Tarajal was festive at the time the border opened around midnight. According to Spanish daily El Pais, people applauded and sang… Read More

Omni-media, platform-based communication rising trend in China

Omni-media, platform-based communication rising trend in China

May 17, 2022, 3:15 pm

BEIJING – Omni-media and platform-based communication became a rising trend in China's news media industry in 2020 and 2021, according to a report by the All-China Journalists Association (ACJA) unveiled Monday. The report, titled "Development of China's News Media," the sixth of its kind from… Read More

Biden considers DMZ trip during upcoming visit to S. Korea

Biden considers DMZ trip during upcoming visit to S. Korea

May 17, 2022, 2:17 pm

SEOUL – US President Joe Biden may visit the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas during his trip here later this week, as the allies are in consultations on his specific itinerary, informed sources said Tuesday. Biden is set to arrive in Seoul on Friday, the eve of his first… Read More

French hospital accuses Israel of attacking journalist’s funeral

French hospital accuses Israel of attacking journalist’s funeral

May 16, 2022, 7:59 pm

JERUSALEM – The French Hospital in occupied East Jerusalem on Monday accused Israeli police of assaulting the funeral procession of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. On Friday, Israeli police surrounded mourners and used stun grenades and batons to assault pallbearers carrying Abu… Read More

NoKor reports over 392K new 'fever' cases amid Covid-19 outbreak

NoKor reports over 392K new 'fever' cases amid Covid-19 outbreak

May 16, 2022, 6:03 pm

ANKARA – North Korea reported 392,920 people with "fever" and eight related fatalities over the past 24 hours amid a growing Covid-19 outbreak, local media reported on Monday. The total number of people with "fever" rose to 1.21 million since the first such case was reported in late April,… Read More

1 dead, 4 critically injured in California church shooting

1 dead, 4 critically injured in California church shooting

May 16, 2022, 3:37 pm

WASHINGTON – One person was killed and four others were critically injured Sunday during a shooting at a church in Orange County, California, according to authorities. The shooting took place inside Geneva Presbyterian Church on the 24000 block of El Toro Road in Laguna Woods, the Orange County… Read More

Finland officially confirms bid to join NATO

Finland officially confirms bid to join NATO

May 16, 2022, 3:08 pm

ANKARA – Finland on Sunday officially confirmed its intention to join the NATO alliance, expressing readiness to engage in talks with Turkiye on the issues it raised on the Scandinavian country's membership. The country's Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy approved its… Read More

Sweden to send delegation to Turkiye to discuss NATO membership

Sweden to send delegation to Turkiye to discuss NATO membership

May 16, 2022, 3:00 pm

STOCKHOLM – Sweden will send a delegation of diplomats to Turkiye to discuss the Scandinavian country’s decision to apply for NATO membership, the government announced Sunday. Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde confirmed that the delegation will visit Turkiye and said it will be sent to Ankara… Read More

Finland's entering NATO could affect Russian-Finnish ties: Putin

Finland's entering NATO could affect Russian-Finnish ties: Putin

May 15, 2022, 7:31 pm

MOSCOW – The leaders of Russia and Finland on Saturday discussed the issue of Helsinki's admission to NATO and its possible affects to relations between the two countries. According to a Kremlin statement, President Vladimir Putin talked to his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto over the phone… Read More

‘Consuming too much data, information causes digital obesity’

‘Consuming too much data, information causes digital obesity’

May 15, 2022, 7:30 pm

ANKARA – Consuming too much data, information, and media may lead to digital obesity, which could bring about negative effects on people’s lives, according to an expert. “Digital obesity is basically about overconsuming (of information), not giving enough rest. It is basically the same as… Read More

Finland prepares to apply to NATO on May 18: top diplomat

Finland prepares to apply to NATO on May 18: top diplomat

May 15, 2022, 6:55 pm

STOCKHOLM – Finland may apply to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on May 18, Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto told the Aftonbladet newspaper. "Our permanent representative to NATO in Brussels will do this [apply] possibly on Wednesday. If talks with NATO begin, they will… Read More

G7 countries call on Russia to end war on Ukraine

G7 countries call on Russia to end war on Ukraine

May 15, 2022, 2:55 pm

ISTANBUL – The G7 countries called on Russia on Saturday to end its war against Ukraine, pledging strong support for Kyiv. "We are steadfast in our support for Ukraine in its defence against Russia's unjustifiable, unprovoked and illegal war of aggression and reiterate our constant call on… Read More

Germany accuses Russia of waging 'grain war'

Germany accuses Russia of waging 'grain war'

May 15, 2022, 12:55 pm

BERLIN – Germany on Saturday accused Russia of waging a "grain war," endangering global food security. Addressing a news conference at the end of the G7 foreign ministers' meeting at the Baltic resort town of Weissenhaus, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said Moscow was consciously trying to… Read More

At least 10 dead in supermarket mass shooting in New York

At least 10 dead in supermarket mass shooting in New York

May 15, 2022, 11:49 am

WASHINGTON – A gunman opened fire at a supermarket in Buffalo city in the US state of New York on Saturday afternoon, killing at least 10 people, according to Buffalo Police Department. The mass shooting took place at the Tops Markets on Jefferson Avenue. The gunman was an 18-year-old white… Read More