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Covid-19 cases worldwide down 10% in past week: WHO

Covid-19 cases worldwide down 10% in past week: WHO

September 29, 2021, 3:31 pm

GENEVA – Over 3.3 million novel coronavirus cases and more than 55,000 deaths were registered worldwide in the past week, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a weekly bulletin released in Geneva early on Wednesday. According to the global organization, the number of new cases and… Read More

WHO chief calls for delinking travel from trade restrictions

WHO chief calls for delinking travel from trade restrictions

September 29, 2021, 2:34 pm

GENEVA – The World Health Organization chief called Tuesday for “delinking travel from trade restrictions" during global public health emergencies, saying $2.4 billion vaccines are needed for those most at risk of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. WHO Director-General Tedros… Read More

Japan to end Covid-19 emergency measures Sept. 30

Japan to end Covid-19 emergency measures Sept. 30

September 28, 2021, 3:01 pm

TOKYO – The Japanese government will end the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) state of emergency covering Tokyo and 18 prefectures and a quasi-state of emergency for eight regions when they expire on Sept. 30, as the number of infections declined steadily, local media reported on Monday.… Read More

US pushes through with Covid-19 vax plan as booster shot approved

US pushes through with Covid-19 vax plan as booster shot approved

September 26, 2021, 2:42 pm

NEW YORK – The United States government keeps pushing through its vaccination plan with a booster shot finally approved this week, and financial support has been provided to toughen up some school districts that suffer from salary losses for defying local ban on mask mandates. According to The… Read More

US CDC panel endorses Pfizer booster shot for elderly

US CDC panel endorses Pfizer booster shot for elderly

September 24, 2021, 10:50 am

WASHINGTON – A US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory panel on Thursday endorsed booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for Americans aged 65 and older and some adults with certain high-risk conditions. The panel voted 15-0 to recommend a booster dose for… Read More

End economic sanctions on Afghanistan, China at G20

End economic sanctions on Afghanistan, China at G20

September 23, 2021, 8:18 pm

ANKARA – China has called for an end to economic sanctions on Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover. “Economic sanctions must be stopped. All kinds of unilateral sanctions or restrictions on Afghanistan should be lifted,” China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi told a G20 meeting hosted by… Read More

US FDA OKs Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine boosters for some Americans

US FDA OKs Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine boosters for some Americans

September 23, 2021, 7:11 pm

WASHINGTON – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine booster shots Wednesday for adults at high risk of severe illness due to the virus, and senior citizens. The FDA's authorization applies to people aged 62 and older,… Read More

Volcanic eruptions intensify on Spain's Canary Islands

Volcanic eruptions intensify on Spain's Canary Islands

September 23, 2021, 1:41 pm

MADRID – Eruptions from a volcanic grew in intensity Wednesday on the island of La Palma that has forced more than 6,000 people to be evacuated on the Canary Islands off southwest Spain. The Cumbre Vieja on one of the smallest islands in the region has active volcanic geography. Local government… Read More

Taliban ask to participate in UN General Assembly session

Taliban ask to participate in UN General Assembly session

September 22, 2021, 8:47 pm

UNITED NATIONS – The Taliban has sent a letter to the United Nations requesting to attend General Assembly meetings and fielded spokesman Suhail Shaheen as a candidate for UN ambassador. Amid disputes over who will represent Afghanistan at the international body, the Taliban said in the letter… Read More

Magnitude 6.0 earthquake jolts Australia's Victoria state

Magnitude 6.0 earthquake jolts Australia's Victoria state

September 22, 2021, 4:30 pm

MELBOURNE – A magnitude 6.0 earthquake jolted Australia's Victoria state Wednesday, damaging some buildings in the capital Melbourne. A tsunami warning has not been issued so far, government agency Geoscience Australia said in a statement. The quake reportedly occurred at a depth of 10… Read More

Covid-19 jabs prevent hospitalizations, severe illness: WHO

Covid-19 jabs prevent hospitalizations, severe illness: WHO

September 22, 2021, 3:26 pm

GENEVA –  The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday called on people to get coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines, saying 99 percent of Covid-19 deaths are among unvaccinated people. WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris was asked at a UN press conference by Anadolu Agency about… Read More

UN chief raises alarm: 'The world must wake up!'

UN chief raises alarm: 'The world must wake up!'

September 22, 2021, 10:17 am

WASHINGTON – United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres raised the alarm on Tuesday as world leaders convened in New York for the 76th General Assembly, telling them to "wake up" in the face of cataclysmic challenges. Speaking as the General Debate opened, Guterres said the international… Read More

Japanese sisters declared world's oldest living identical twins

Japanese sisters declared world's oldest living identical twins

September 22, 2021, 9:04 am

ANKARA – Witness to two World Wars, 107-year-old sisters of Japan are the world’s oldest identical and oldest ever living twins, the Guinness World Records has said in its latest survey. In a statement released on Monday evening, Guinness World Records said Umeno Sumiyama and Koume Kodama… Read More

Japan to pick new premier early October

Japan to pick new premier early October

September 21, 2021, 6:38 pm

ANKARA – Japan on Tuesday decided to pick Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's successor at an extraordinary parliament session on Oct. 4, meaning a general election is likely to be held in November, Kyodo News reported. "We need to nominate a next prime minister after the elections, so we will… Read More

U.S. to ease travel restrictions for fully vaxxed visitors

U.S. to ease travel restrictions for fully vaxxed visitors

September 21, 2021, 12:25 pm

WASHINGTON – The United States will no longer prohibit foreign visitors from entering the country starting November if they are fully vaccinated against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the White House said Monday when announcing a set of policy changes that will ease the international… Read More

Biden seeks phone call with Macron amid submarine deal rift

Biden seeks phone call with Macron amid submarine deal rift

September 21, 2021, 10:36 am

WASHINGTON – US President Joe Biden is seeking to hold a phone call with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, US officials said on Monday, an effort to reduce tensions caused by a controversial submarine deal. A diplomatic rift emerged between Washington and Paris over the announcement that… Read More

Pfizer, BioNTech post positive vax results in children age 5-11

Pfizer, BioNTech post positive vax results in children age 5-11

September 20, 2021, 9:21 pm

ANKARA – US pharmaceutical Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech on Monday announced positive results from trials of their Covid-19 vaccine in children age 5-11. The Phase 2/3 trial showed "a favorable safety profile and robust neutralizing antibody responses," said a joint statement by the… Read More

Commitment to Asean 'steadfast as ever' after UK, US pact: envoy

Commitment to Asean 'steadfast as ever' after UK, US pact: envoy

September 20, 2021, 9:20 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia – The Indo-Pacific security pact between the United States, United Kingdom and Australia (AUKUS) does not change Canberra’s commitment to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), Australia’s envoy to the regional bloc said on Monday. AUKUS is “not a defense… Read More

Over 5K people evacuated as volcano erupts on Spain's La Palma

Over 5K people evacuated as volcano erupts on Spain's La Palma

September 20, 2021, 11:41 am

MADRID – Between 5,000 and 10,000 people are being evacuated after a volcano began erupting on the La Palma island of Spain's Canary Islands on Sunday afternoon. Regional authorities confirmed that the evacuations have begun in the wake of the eruption, which began at 3:12 p.m. local time on the… Read More

4 space tourists come back to Earth after 3 days in orbit

4 space tourists come back to Earth after 3 days in orbit

September 20, 2021, 7:00 am

WASHINGTON – The first space tourists on board the SpaceX Inspiration4 mission have landed safely on Earth after a three-day voyage. After completing the first-ever mission in Earth’s orbit with no professional astronauts on board, the four tourists splashed down off Florida’s coast. The… Read More