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WHO says climate, health intimately linked

WHO says climate, health intimately linked

October 12, 2021, 1:43 pm

GENEVA – Climate and health are intimately linked, so countries must set ambitious commitments to sustain a healthy and green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday. “The Covid-19 pandemic has shone a light on the intimate and delicate links… Read More

Japan’s vaccination showing results as Tokyo posts lowest cases

Japan’s vaccination showing results as Tokyo posts lowest cases

October 11, 2021, 9:50 pm

ANKARA – Japan’s anti-coronavirus vaccination campaign is showing results as the capital Tokyo registered the lowest Covd-19 cases in at least one year, authorities said Monday. The Japanese government revealed that more than 64 percent of the country’s 126 million population was “fully… Read More

240M Covid jabs at risk of waste in advanced countries: analysis

240M Covid jabs at risk of waste in advanced countries: analysis

October 11, 2021, 9:12 pm

TOKYO – Developed countries hold hundreds of millions of excess Covid-19 vaccine doses at risk of expiring before they can be given to people in developing countries that have had greater difficulty in sourcing shots, according to a recent report by Nikkei Asia. An analysis by British research… Read More

Facebook, Instagram down again for some users

Facebook, Instagram down again for some users

October 9, 2021, 11:55 am

ANKARA – Some users were unable to access Facebook and Instagram on Friday, the second time in a week. “We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products,” Facebook said in a statement on Twitter. “We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as… Read More

IMF sees inflation returning to pre-pandemic level by mid-2022

IMF sees inflation returning to pre-pandemic level by mid-2022

October 7, 2021, 1:07 pm

ANKARA – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Wednesday said higher inflation will likely continue in the coming months, but it would return to pre-pandemic levels by mid-2022. "The economic recovery has fueled a rapid acceleration in inflation this year for advanced and emerging market… Read More

Pope expresses shame over sexual abuses of children

Pope expresses shame over sexual abuses of children

October 7, 2021, 10:54 am

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis said Wednesday he was ashamed of the fact that over 216,000 children have been sexually abused in the French churches since 1950. Following a meeting at the Vatican, Pope Francis said: “I would like to express my sadness and pain for the trauma they experienced.… Read More

Covid-19 incidence declines by 9% worldwide in 1 week: WHO

Covid-19 incidence declines by 9% worldwide in 1 week: WHO

October 6, 2021, 7:00 pm

GENEVA – Over 3.1 million people have contracted the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infection worldwide, while just more than 54,000 new deaths were reported during the week from September 27 to October 3.  The World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Wednesday that the number of new… Read More

Whistleblower says Facebook apps 'harm children, stoke division'

Whistleblower says Facebook apps 'harm children, stoke division'

October 6, 2021, 2:00 pm

WASHINGTON – Facebook knows its family of apps causes sweeping damage across a number of areas, but chooses to ignore its problems in preference for profit, a whistleblower alleged Tuesday. Frances Haugen, an ex-Facebook product manager who leaked a trove of internal documents to the Wall Street… Read More

About 450M cyberattacks prevented during Tokyo Olympics

About 450M cyberattacks prevented during Tokyo Olympics

October 6, 2021, 1:19 pm

TOKYO – Around 450 million cyberattacks were avoided at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics as attempts against the official website and organizing committee’s system were blocked each time, local media reported Tuesday. The cyberattack attempts took place from the opening of the Olympics on… Read More

Facebook blames ‘faulty’ configuration changes for global outage

Facebook blames ‘faulty’ configuration changes for global outage

October 5, 2021, 3:14 pm

NEW YORK – Facebook announced on early Tuesday that the global outage was caused by “faulty” configuration changes on the backbone routers and that there was no evidence that user data was compromised. “Our engineering teams have learned that configuration changes on the backbone routers… Read More

Facebook family of apps gradually returning to service

Facebook family of apps gradually returning to service

October 5, 2021, 1:20 pm

WASHINGTON – Facebook and its family of apps began to slowly return to service Monday following a six-hour worldwide outage whose cause remains unknown. Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp have resumed operations for some users, though the services appeared to be operating at a slower pace than… Read More

Fumio Kishida elected as Japanese PM to succeed Suga

Fumio Kishida elected as Japanese PM to succeed Suga

October 4, 2021, 5:16 pm

TOKYO – Fumio Kishida, leader of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), was elected on Monday as the country's new prime minister to succeed Yoshihide Suga. As the ruling coalition led by the LDP controls both chambers, 64-year-old Kishida secured a majority of votes of both the House of… Read More

NoKor restores all inter-Korean communication lines

NoKor restores all inter-Korean communication lines

October 4, 2021, 11:47 am

PYONGYANG – North Korea decided to restore all communication lines with South Korea starting from 9 a.m. on Monday, according to the official Korean Central News Agency. The report said the decision was announced to follow the promise made by North Korean top leader Kim Jong Un in a speech last… Read More

Russia's royal family holds 1st wedding in more than 100 years

Russia's royal family holds 1st wedding in more than 100 years

October 2, 2021, 4:24 pm

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia – A descendant of Russia's renowned House of Romanovs, Georgy Romanov, was married in St. Petersburg’s Saint Isaac’s Cathedral on Friday. Romanov's marriage to Italian writer Rebecca Bettarini was the first wedding of a royal family member in Russia in more than 100… Read More

California 1st US state with Covid-19 vax mandate for schools

California 1st US state with Covid-19 vax mandate for schools

October 2, 2021, 12:56 pm

LOS ANGELES – California became the first state in the United States to announce plans to require student vaccination for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) by adding the vaccine to the list of vaccinations required for schools, such as the vaccines for measles, mumps, and rubella.… Read More

Oral antiviral drug reduces death risk by 50% in Covid-19 patient

Oral antiviral drug reduces death risk by 50% in Covid-19 patient

October 2, 2021, 11:05 am

ANKARA – An oral antiviral treatment drug has reduced the risk of hospitalization or death by about 50 percent in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) patients, Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics announced on Friday. The companies said their Phase 3 trials, which included 775 patients, yielded… Read More

NoKor test-fires new anti-aircraft missile

NoKor test-fires new anti-aircraft missile

October 1, 2021, 6:39 pm

ANKARA – North Korea announced on Friday that it has successfully test-fired a new type of anti-aircraft missile capable of shooting down its air target. The country's Academy of Defense Science on Thursday conducted a test of the anti-aircraft missile it has recently developed, the state-run… Read More

Antibody levels reduce quickly even after 2 vaccine doses: study

Antibody levels reduce quickly even after 2 vaccine doses: study

September 29, 2021, 7:49 pm

STOCKHOLM – Antibody levels following coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccination decrease more rapidly than previously believed, according to a study of staff at a hospital in Stockholm, Swedish Television reported on Tuesday. Seven months after receiving the second dose, the number of… Read More

Japan’s former foreign minister Kishida to become new premier

Japan’s former foreign minister Kishida to become new premier

September 29, 2021, 4:40 pm

ANKARA – Japan’s former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida has been elected the new leader of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) on Wednesday, local media reported. He will succeed outgoing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. Kishida defeated Vaccination Minister Taro Kono in a runoff,… Read More

NoKor confirms test of newly developed 'hypersonic missile'

NoKor confirms test of newly developed 'hypersonic missile'

September 29, 2021, 3:41 pm

ANKARA – North Korea on Wednesday confirmed that it tested a newly developed hypersonic missile a day earlier that has "strategic significance" in bolstering its self-defense capabilities, state-run media said. In a statement, a defense official said that the Academy of Defense Science… Read More