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Diplomatic talks for denuclearization of Korean Peninsula pushed

Diplomatic talks for denuclearization of Korean Peninsula pushed

January 18, 2022, 3:06 pm

UNITED NATIONS – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calls for diplomatic talks between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and all parties concerned toward the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, said his spokesman on Monday. The DPRK reportedly fired two short-range… Read More

World’s 10 richest men’s fortune more than doubled in pandemic

World’s 10 richest men’s fortune more than doubled in pandemic

January 17, 2022, 9:47 pm

ANKARA – The world’s 10 richest men have more than doubled their collective fortunes – from USD700 billion to USD1.5 trillion – in the first two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, UK-based charity Oxfam said on Monday. Incomes of the 99 percent of the world population have dropped in the same… Read More

NoKor fires 2 short-range projectiles to eastern coast

NoKor fires 2 short-range projectiles to eastern coast

January 17, 2022, 3:49 pm

SEOUL – North Korea fired two short-range projectiles into eastern waters, the fourth launch in less than two weeks, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said Monday. The JCS said in a statement that the South Korean military detected two projectiles, presumed to be short-range ballistic… Read More

US sees highest rate of children Covid-19 hospitalizations

US sees highest rate of children Covid-19 hospitalizations

January 17, 2022, 1:47 pm

WASHINGTON – US pediatric hospitalizations related to Covid-19 are at the highest level since the start of the pandemic, according to the latest data of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The country is averaging 893 new hospital admissions each day for children 17 years… Read More

Communication problems reported in Tonga amid volcanic eruption

Communication problems reported in Tonga amid volcanic eruption

January 16, 2022, 6:27 pm

MELBOURNE, Australia – Communication difficulties were reported in Tonga following a massive underwater volcanic eruption in the Pacific country, according to local media on Sunday. In a news conference, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said communication with the country had been… Read More

NoKor fires another projectile after warning shot on US sanctions

NoKor fires another projectile after warning shot on US sanctions

January 14, 2022, 6:12 pm

ANKARA – North Korea may have possibly tested another missile on Friday, hours after rebuking the US for trying to undermine Pyongyang’s “legitimate right to self-defense”. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff claimed North Korea fired an unidentified projectile in the early hours of… Read More

US sanctions 5 North Koreans after ballistic missile launches

US sanctions 5 North Koreans after ballistic missile launches

January 13, 2022, 4:35 pm

WASHINGTON – The US on Wednesday sanctioned five North Koreans allegedly involved in Pyongyang's weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs after the North repeatedly tested apparent hypersonic missiles. The North has carried out roughly six ballistic missile launches since… Read More

Omicron less severe than Delta strain, but still dangerous: WHO

Omicron less severe than Delta strain, but still dangerous: WHO

January 13, 2022, 2:01 pm

GENEVA – The World Health Organization head warned Wednesday the Omicron coronavirus variant may be less severe than delta, but remains a dangerous variant, particularly for the unvaccinated. WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus said at a coronavirus webinar that the record number of 15… Read More

Large asteroid to pass close to Earth

Large asteroid to pass close to Earth

January 13, 2022, 1:28 pm

TRENTON, Canada – An asteroid wider than the tallest building in the world will cross Earth's orbit next week, media reports said Wednesday. Named 7482 (1994 PC1), the asteroid is slated to fly by Jan. 18 but is not expected to threaten Earth with a direct collision. But it will come within… Read More

North Korea claims it successfully test-fires hypersonic missile

North Korea claims it successfully test-fires hypersonic missile

January 12, 2022, 6:36 pm

ANKARA – North Korea on Wednesday said it has “successfully” conducted the final test-firing of its newly developed hypersonic missile, state-run media reported. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un along with other senior government officials witnessed the flight test conducted by the Academy of… Read More

US calls on North Korea to halt 'provocations,' turn to talks

US calls on North Korea to halt 'provocations,' turn to talks

January 12, 2022, 1:12 pm

WASHINGTON – The US urged North Korea to halt "provocations" after a recent test launch was determined by regional countries to be an advanced hypersonic missile. "It is, we think, incumbent on the DPRK to cease these provocations, to demonstrate that they too are interested in, and serious… Read More

US, other countries condemn NoKor’s ballistic missile launch

US, other countries condemn NoKor’s ballistic missile launch

January 11, 2022, 4:50 pm

ANKARA – The US and five other countries urged North Korea on Monday to end its nuclear program and ballistic missile tests. The US, UK, France, Ireland, Albania, and Japan issued a joint statement ahead of a UN Security Council session that discussed Pyongyang’s latest missile test. US… Read More

US surgeons make history with pig heart transplant into man

US surgeons make history with pig heart transplant into man

January 11, 2022, 2:22 pm

TRENTON, Canada – US surgeons made medical history by transplanting a pig heart into a human and the patient has survived three days so far, doctors said Monday. The transplant, conducted at the University of Maryland Medical Center, was a desperate highly-experimental operation agreed to by… Read More

US urges immediate release of Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi

US urges immediate release of Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi

January 11, 2022, 11:07 am

WASHINGTON – The US called on Myanmar's junta to "immediately release" opposition leader and former civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi after she was sentenced to yet another prison term by a military court. Suu Kyi was sentenced on Monday to four more years in jail on charges related to… Read More

Death toll in canyon wall collapse in Brazil rises to 10

Death toll in canyon wall collapse in Brazil rises to 10

January 10, 2022, 11:04 am

BUENOS AIRES – The death toll in southeastern Brazil, where a canyon wall collapsed on speedboats in a lake, rose to 10 on Sunday, according to local authorities. The Minas Gerais Fire Department, in a statement, said the bodies of two more people who were missing were found. Officials also said… Read More

EU, US execs discuss Russia’s military build-up around Ukraine

EU, US execs discuss Russia’s military build-up around Ukraine

January 9, 2022, 1:21 pm

ANKARA, Turkey – EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed Russia’s military build-up around Ukraine during a telephone call Saturday. The call came ahead of a Jan. 10 US-Russia meeting on security in Geneva. They reaffirmed the EU and US support… Read More

Myanmar’s junta leader agrees to support Asean peace effort

Myanmar’s junta leader agrees to support Asean peace effort

January 9, 2022, 12:05 pm

ANKARA, Turkey – The head of the military junta in Myanmar has agreed to support peace efforts of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in the country, an official statement said. This came during a meeting between Min Aung Hlaing and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who was on a… Read More

US logs more than 1M new daily Covid-19 cases

US logs more than 1M new daily Covid-19 cases

January 5, 2022, 2:00 pm

WASHINGTON – More than 1 million coronavirus cases were reported in the US, a record single-day number, amid the rapid increase of the new Omicron variant, according to Johns Hopkins University. The Maryland-based school registered 1,082,549 new cases on Monday. The US currently has 56.1 million… Read More

Canadian court awards $107-M to families of Iran plane crash

Canadian court awards $107-M to families of Iran plane crash

January 4, 2022, 9:47 pm

TORONTO – A Canadian court on Tuesday awarded USD107 million (PHP5.35 billion) to the families of the people who died when a Ukraine International Airlines plane was downed almost two years ago. The lawsuit was filed by the families of six Canadian citizens who lost their lives aboard Flight… Read More

2021 deadliest year as 4,404 migrants died trying to reach Spain

2021 deadliest year as 4,404 migrants died trying to reach Spain

January 4, 2022, 1:27 pm

OVIEDO, Spain – More than 4,400 migrants perished while trying to reach Spain in 2021, making it the deadliest year on record, according to a report released on Monday. The total number of victims – 4,404 – is up 103 percent from 2020, Spanish NGO Caminando Fronteras said in its report, as… Read More