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WHO warns of ‘tsunami of cases’ from Omicron, Delta

WHO warns of ‘tsunami of cases’ from Omicron, Delta

December 30, 2021, 2:04 pm

GENEVA – The World Health Organization (WHO) cautioned on Wednesday that the more transmissible Omicron together with the currently circulating Delta variants might lead to "a tsunami of cases," putting immense pressure on national health systems. Recapping WHO's response since the onset of the… Read More

France sees record surge in daily Covid cases to nearly 180,000

France sees record surge in daily Covid cases to nearly 180,000

December 29, 2021, 3:37 pm

PARIS – France posted a new record for daily coronavirus cases Tuesday, registering nearly 180,000 infections in the past 24 hours. According to data released by the country’s public health agency, 179,807 cases and 290 fatalities were recorded. The previous high was registered on December 25… Read More

2 Save the Children staff members among 35 dead in Myanmar attack

2 Save the Children staff members among 35 dead in Myanmar attack

December 29, 2021, 2:59 pm

ISTANBUL – Save the Children, a global non-government organization (NGO), on Tuesday confirmed that two of its staff members were among the 35 people killed in an attack blamed on the Myanmar military. “It is with profound sadness that we are confirming today that two members of Save the… Read More

Latest Spider-Man movie tops $1B at global box office

Latest Spider-Man movie tops $1B at global box office

December 27, 2021, 9:39 pm

ISTANBUL – Spider-Man: No Way Home has become the first film during the pandemic to reach USD1 bllion at the box office worldwide. “Sony’s comic-book epic has eclipsed that milestone in a near-record 12 days, tying with 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” as the third-fastest film to… Read More

Coronavirus cases in China see over 20-month high

Coronavirus cases in China see over 20-month high

December 27, 2021, 5:46 pm

ISTANBUL – The coronavirus tally in China hit an over 20-month high on Sunday as infections in the country kept rising in recent weeks. This comes as people are preparing to move to their homes during the upcoming New Year holidays and as Beijing prepares to host Winter Olympics. The National… Read More

World leaders mourn passing of South Africa’s anti-apartheid hero

World leaders mourn passing of South Africa’s anti-apartheid hero

December 27, 2021, 2:29 pm

JOHANNESBURG – Messages of condolences are pouring in from across the world, mourning South Africa’s anti-apartheid campaigner Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu who died Sunday at the age of 90. “I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He was a critical figure in… Read More

South Korea pardons ex-president jailed for corruption

South Korea pardons ex-president jailed for corruption

December 24, 2021, 5:34 pm

ISTANBUL – South Korea on Friday pardoned former President Park Geun-hye, who was serving a 22-year jail term for corruption. The government said the move to release Park, who was impeached in 2017 and convicted of abuse of power, coercion and bribery a year later, will “help bolster national… Read More

Cambodia, Vietnam call for upholding int'l law in South China Sea

Cambodia, Vietnam call for upholding int'l law in South China Sea

December 22, 2021, 10:03 pm

ISTANBUL – Cambodia and Vietnam on Wednesday called for upholding international law in the disputed South China Sea, urging adherence to the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of Sea (UNCLOS). “The two sides reiterated Asean’s position on (the) importance of maintaining peace, security,… Read More

More than 3.3M people died from Covid-19 in 2021: WHO chief   

More than 3.3M people died from Covid-19 in 2021: WHO chief  

December 21, 2021, 4:37 pm

GENEVA – More than 3.3 million people have lost their lives to Covid-19 this year – more deaths than from HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), malaria and tuberculosis combined in 2020, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday. WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus said the… Read More

Malaysia flood evacuees rise to 64K, 8 deaths reported

Malaysia flood evacuees rise to 64K, 8 deaths reported

December 21, 2021, 11:29 am

KUALA LUMPUR – Eight people have been reported dead due to severe flooding in Malaysia as of Monday, authorities in Selangor state said. Selangor police chief Arjunaidi Mohamed said floods hit various districts in Selangor and claimed eight lives so far, according to state news agency Bernama.… Read More

UK records biggest daily jump of Omicron cases

UK records biggest daily jump of Omicron cases

December 20, 2021, 3:18 pm

LONDON – Another 12,133 Omicron cases have been recorded in Britain, the biggest daily increase since the COVID-19 variant was detected in the country, taking the total Omicron cases found in the country to 37,101, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said Sunday. Meanwhile, Britain reported… Read More

EU to supply 20M more vaccine doses to fight Omicron variant

EU to supply 20M more vaccine doses to fight Omicron variant

December 20, 2021, 2:00 pm

BRUSSELS – Member states of the European Union (EU) will receive an additional 20 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in the first three months of next year to hasten the pace against the fast-spreading Omicron variant, the European Commission said on Sunday. "The Commission has today… Read More

More than 10K new Omicron cases confirmed in UK

More than 10K new Omicron cases confirmed in UK

December 19, 2021, 5:06 pm

LONDON – Britain on Saturday reported more than 10,000 new Omicron coronavirus variant cases as the new variant-related death toll rose to seven. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) confirmed an additional 10,059 cases of the new variant, three times as many as Friday and taking the total… Read More

WHO Europe urges caution over double coronavirus surge

WHO Europe urges caution over double coronavirus surge

December 17, 2021, 3:21 pm

COPENHAGEN – The World Health Organization's (WHO) Regional Office for Europe on Thursday urged people to exercise caution this holiday season, as the region is now coping with two highly transmissible coronavirus strains that have the potential to overload the already overburdened health… Read More

UK records highest daily infections since start of pandemic

UK records highest daily infections since start of pandemic

December 16, 2021, 9:15 pm

LONDON – The UK on Wednesday recorded its highest daily number of Covid-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. The daily case-count reached 78,610, beating the Jan. 8 record when the UK was in its third national lockdown. The substantial rise in cases has prompted a warning by UK’s Chief… Read More

History-making NASA spacecraft touches sun for 1st time

History-making NASA spacecraft touches sun for 1st time

December 16, 2021, 5:23 pm

ANKARA – A NASA spacecraft has entered the solar atmosphere, making a piece of human technology touch the sun for the first time in history. “NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has now flown through the Sun’s upper atmosphere – the corona – and sampled particles and magnetic fields there,”… Read More

US agency releases John F. Kennedy assassination document

US agency releases John F. Kennedy assassination document

December 16, 2021, 3:17 pm

WASHINGTON -- US President Joe Biden released secret documents Wednesday concerning the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy. The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) published nearly 1,500 confidential documents about the assassination, which include memos by CIA… Read More

Omicron spreading faster than any other variant: WHO chief

Omicron spreading faster than any other variant: WHO chief

December 15, 2021, 2:15 pm

GENEVA – The World Health Organization (WHO) chief said on Tuesday the new omicron variant of coronavirus has been confirmed in 77 countries and is spreading faster than any previous variant. "Omicron is probably in most countries, even if it hasn’t been detected yet. Omicron is spreading at… Read More

US, China, NoKor agree in principle to officially end Korean War

US, China, NoKor agree in principle to officially end Korean War

December 14, 2021, 1:21 pm

ANKARA – The United States, China and North Korea have agreed “in principle” to officially end the Korean War, South Korea President Moon Jae-in said Monday. South Korea will push for this accord to happen, said Moon during a joint press conference with Australian Prime Minister Scott… Read More

Kentucky tornado death toll may reach 100, governor says

Kentucky tornado death toll may reach 100, governor says

December 12, 2021, 11:12 am

ANKARA – The death toll from tornadoes that hit the southeastern US state of Kentucky overnight will "probably end up closer to 70-100 lost lives," the governor said Saturday. Describing the area as "devastated," Andy Beshear told a press briefing that multiple counties were affected by strong… Read More