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Oscars bans Will Smith for 10 years after slapping incident

Oscars bans Will Smith for 10 years after slapping incident

April 9, 2022, 12:22 pm

WASHINGTON – Hollywood actor Will Smith has been banned from attending the next 10 Oscars after he slapped comedian Chris Rock onstage during the 94th Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences announced on Friday. The decision to ban Smith comes after the Academy's Board of… Read More

US Senate confirms 1st African American woman for Supreme Court

US Senate confirms 1st African American woman for Supreme Court

April 8, 2022, 1:20 pm

WASHINGTON – The US Senate confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for the Supreme Court in a 53-47 vote on Thursday. Only three Republicans joined Democrats and independents in supporting Jackson to be the first African American woman on the highest court. At age 51, Jackson has sat on the US… Read More

Pope decries ‘horrendous cruelties’ in Ukraine amid war

Pope decries ‘horrendous cruelties’ in Ukraine amid war

April 6, 2022, 10:05 pm

ROME – Pope Francis on Wednesday condemned the “horrendous cruelties” in war-torn Ukraine. “Ever more horrendous cruelties [are occurring], even against civilians, women, and helpless children. They are victims whose innocent blood cries out to heaven and implores,” Francis said during… Read More

Ukraine war may delay net-zero emission targets in EU: expert

Ukraine war may delay net-zero emission targets in EU: expert

April 5, 2022, 9:33 pm

ANKARA – Aside from costing thousands of lives, the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine has also raised concerns on the energy crisis and of net-zero targets becoming increasingly distant worldwide. One result of these risks is that countries dependent on coal may fall behind on their… Read More

Billions worldwide still breathe unhealthy air: WHO data

Billions worldwide still breathe unhealthy air: WHO data

April 5, 2022, 11:25 am

GENEVA – Most people globally, some 99 percent of the world's population, breathe air that exceeds World Health Organization (WHO) air quality limits, new data shows, the UN agency said on Monday, urging a world less dependent on fossil fuels. The WHO said its 2022 updates on its air quality… Read More

Journalists in Ukraine pay high price for reporting Russia's war

Journalists in Ukraine pay high price for reporting Russia's war

April 4, 2022, 6:50 pm

ANKARA – Local journalists and press members who have flooded into Ukraine from around the world are risking their lives at every turn to report the latest developments on the ground in the war-torn country. On March 26, Ukraine's Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova said 12 journalists died and… Read More

6 dead, at least 9 wounded in Sacramento shooting

6 dead, at least 9 wounded in Sacramento shooting

April 4, 2022, 4:18 pm

SAN FRANCISCO – Six people were killed and at least nine others were wounded in a shooting in downtown Sacramento, the capital city of the US state of California, local police said Sunday. "Officers located at least 15 shooting victims, including six who are deceased," a spokesperson for the… Read More

NATO enters 73rd year at a critical time for Europe's security

NATO enters 73rd year at a critical time for Europe's security

April 3, 2022, 3:43 pm

BRUSSELS – In the 73rd year of its establishment, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) plays a more critical role in the security of the continent with the effect of the Russia-Ukraine war, which is described as "the biggest threat Europe has faced since the Cold War" and "the greatest… Read More

Ukraine bans Russian military symbols Z, V

Ukraine bans Russian military symbols Z, V

April 2, 2022, 3:19 pm

KYIV - The Ukrainian parliament passed a law banning the use of Russian military symbols Z and V. Russia was recognized as a "terrorist country" under the law passed by parliament's deputies on April 1, according to Ukraine's Servant of the People party. Nikita Poturayev, one of the deputies who… Read More

Russia registers world’s 1st nasal spray coronavirus vax

Russia registers world’s 1st nasal spray coronavirus vax

April 2, 2022, 3:15 pm

MOSCOW - The world’s first nasal spray coronavirus vaccine has been registered in Russia, the Health Ministry said in a statement on Friday. "The Russian Health Ministry has registered the nasal spray form of the Gam-COVID-Vac (Sputnik V) coronavirus vaccine developed by the Health Ministry’s… Read More

Will Smith resigns from film academy after slapping Chris Rock

Will Smith resigns from film academy after slapping Chris Rock

April 2, 2022, 1:47 pm

HOUSTON, Texas – Will Smith resigned Friday from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after he slapped Chris Rock at the Oscar awards last weekend. “I will fully accept any and all consequences for my conduct,” Smith said in a statement. “My actions at the 94th Academy Awards… Read More

Red Cross team fails to reach besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol

Red Cross team fails to reach besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol

April 2, 2022, 12:34 pm

GENEVA - A Red Cross team on its way to Mariupol, Ukraine to facilitate the safe passage of some 100,000 civilians had to backtrack after arrangements and conditions made it impossible to proceed, said the humanitarian group on Friday. "The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) team,… Read More

Ukraine urges France to enforce planned evacuation corridors

Ukraine urges France to enforce planned evacuation corridors

April 2, 2022, 12:25 pm

PARIS – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Friday urged France to continue diplomatic efforts with Russia to enforce its planned humanitarian corridors after Moscow's evacuation plan failed to let civilians out of the besieged city of Mariupol. “The initiative of France on… Read More

Istanbul talks gave 'meaningful impetus' to end war: Erdogan

Istanbul talks gave 'meaningful impetus' to end war: Erdogan

April 1, 2022, 8:51 am

ANKARA – Negotiations between Russia and Ukraine held this week in Istanbul have given “meaningful impetus” to efforts to end the war, Turkey's president said in a phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart on Thursday. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also reiterated his offer to host… Read More

US believes Putin misled by key advisors on Ukraine war

US believes Putin misled by key advisors on Ukraine war

March 31, 2022, 9:57 am

WASHINGTON – The US said Wednesday it believes Russian President Vladimir Putin is being misinformed by his senior advisors about how his war against Ukraine is faring and the state of the Russian economy. The assessment is based on recently declassified US intelligence that indicates Putin is… Read More

Russia's war in Ukraine exacerbating global food crisis: diplomat

Russia's war in Ukraine exacerbating global food crisis: diplomat

March 30, 2022, 7:48 pm

WASHINGTON – Russia's war in Ukraine is exacerbating a global food crisis already worsened by coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said Tuesday. Speaking at a UN Security Council meeting, Sherman said Russian warships are blocking access to Ukraine's… Read More

Biden requests historic $813-B for defense-related programs

Biden requests historic $813-B for defense-related programs

March 29, 2022, 8:53 pm

WASHINGTON – United States President Joe Biden requested on Monday a historic USD813 billion to fund the Department of Defense and defense-related programs at external agencies. The funds include USD773 billion in direct Pentagon funding, and an additional USD40 billion to fund defense-related… Read More

Ukraine claims Russia lost 17,000 troops during war

Ukraine claims Russia lost 17,000 troops during war

March 28, 2022, 8:44 pm

ANKARA – Nearly 17,000 Russian soldiers have been killed in Ukraine so far, the Ukrainian General Staff said on Monday. Ukrainian forces have destroyed 123 Russian aircraft, 127 helicopters, 586 tanks,1,694 armored vehicles, 1,150 vehicles, 66 UAVs, 73 fuel tankers and seven boats, according to… Read More

Allies view NoKor’s ICBM launch involves not new missile: sources

Allies view NoKor’s ICBM launch involves not new missile: sources

March 28, 2022, 5:23 pm

SEOUL – South Korea and the United States regard North Korea as having disguised its launch of an existing intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) last week as that of a new larger one, informed sources said Sunday. The allies believe that the North again tested a Hwasong-15 ICBM on Thursday,… Read More

Night of historical firsts at 2022 Academy Awards

Night of historical firsts at 2022 Academy Awards

March 28, 2022, 4:26 pm

HOUSTON, Texas – Despite a violent moment at the 2022 Academy Awards where Best Actor winner Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock in the face, it was a historical night at the Oscars on Sunday. Ariana DeBose became the first Afro-Latina and first openly queer woman of color to win an Oscar,… Read More