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Trump acquitted in 2nd US Senate impeachment trial

Trump acquitted in 2nd US Senate impeachment trial

February 14, 2021, 11:25 am

WASHINGTON – US Senate voted on Saturday and acquitted former President Donald Trump, concluding his second impeachment trial which is the shortest one in the US history. Seven Republican senators joined all the Democrats to vote "guilty," failing to reach two-thirds majority required for Trump… Read More

Trump impeachment team seeks to obscure blame for riot

Trump impeachment team seeks to obscure blame for riot

February 13, 2021, 11:48 am

WASHINGTON – Lawyers representing former president Donald Trump in his second Senate impeachment trial sought Friday to obscure any blame their client may have for the fatal January 6 assault on the US Capitol. Making its sole arguments in the case, Trump's team launched salvos at the team of… Read More

US secures deals for 200M more vaccines Biden promised

US secures deals for 200M more vaccines Biden promised

February 12, 2021, 2:25 pm

WASHINGTON - The US has finalized agreements to secure 200 million more coronavirus vaccine doses, President Joe Biden announced Thursday. The announcement fulfills a pledge the president made in January to buy 100 million more doses each of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna's vaccine. The purchase… Read More

Myanmar junta releases over 23K prisoners

Myanmar junta releases over 23K prisoners

February 12, 2021, 2:09 pm

YANGON, Myanmar -- Myanmar began releasing tens of thousands of inmates Friday after an amnesty was announced, the first such release under the new military junta. The National Administrative Council (NAC), chaired by the coup leader and country’s military chief Sen. Gen Min Aung Hlaing,… Read More

SARS-CoV-2 virus present in France since November 2019

SARS-CoV-2 virus present in France since November 2019

February 11, 2021, 2:42 pm

PARIS – The Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 or SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) disease was found to be circulating in France since November 2019, a new study by the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) has revealed. The… Read More

Biden forms China task force to meet growing challenges

Biden forms China task force to meet growing challenges

February 11, 2021, 2:08 pm

WASHINGTON – US President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that the Department of Defense has established a China task force. "We need to meet the growing challenges posed by China to keep peace and defend our interests in the Indo-Pacific and globally," Biden told reporters during his first visit… Read More

UN Human Rights Council to hold special session on Myanmar

UN Human Rights Council to hold special session on Myanmar

February 10, 2021, 10:25 am

GENEVA – The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) said it is to hold a special session on Myanmar on Friday, on the day the UN office there voiced strong concerns over Tuesday's reported use of violence by security forces against demonstrators.  "I call on the security forces to respect… Read More

Pfizer vaccine effective against UK, SA strains

Pfizer vaccine effective against UK, SA strains

February 9, 2021, 2:13 pm

ANKARA – The Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine is effective against the South African and United Kingdom variants of the virus, the companies announced Monday. They cited a study published in Natural Medicine that said the vaccine elicits antibodies that neutralized mutated versions of the… Read More

Rich countries at risk of their own vaccine nationalism

Rich countries at risk of their own vaccine nationalism

February 8, 2021, 1:52 pm

ANKARA – The world's richest countries would do well to hurry in supplying and distributing vaccines against the novel coronavirus, as failing to do so would eventually harm their economies more severely than projected by earlier studies, experts say. As the world tries to free itself from the… Read More

Thousands rally in Myanmar against military coup

Thousands rally in Myanmar against military coup

February 7, 2021, 5:39 pm

YANGON, Myanmar – Tens of thousands of demonstrators, mostly young people, staged four separate rallies against the military coup in Myanmar on Sunday amid tight security and roadblocks on the major street of Yangon, the country's largest city. The police in Yangon are struggling to block the… Read More

UN Security Council to discuss situation in Myanmar

UN Security Council to discuss situation in Myanmar

February 2, 2021, 1:02 pm

ANKARA – United Nations Security Council will meet on Tuesday to discuss the situation in Myanmar after the military seized power in the country, according to a schedule shared Monday by the international body. On Sunday, Myanmar's military declared a state of emergency hours after detaining de… Read More

US 'alarmed' after Myanmar military seizes power

US 'alarmed' after Myanmar military seizes power

February 1, 2021, 1:51 pm

WASHINGTON – The US said Sunday it is "alarmed" by reports that the Myanmar military has seized power and arrested the country's top officials. "The United States is alarmed by reports that the Burmese military has taken steps to undermine the country’s democratic transition, including the… Read More

Myanmar leader, other ruling party members detained

Myanmar leader, other ruling party members detained

February 1, 2021, 1:36 pm

ANKARA – Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior members of the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party were reportedly detained early Monday. The detention of Suu Kyi, President Win Myint, and other senior figures follows days of rising tensions between the military and… Read More

January deadliest month for UK in fight vs. Covid-19

January deadliest month for UK in fight vs. Covid-19

January 31, 2021, 11:45 am

LONDON – January has been the deadliest month for the UK in its fight against the coronavirus as new statistics reveal that on average every day more than 1,000 people have died. Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of when the country recorded its first death caused by the virus, with the… Read More

Biden signs memo condemning anti-Asian racism amid pandemic

Biden signs memo condemning anti-Asian racism amid pandemic

January 27, 2021, 3:05 pm

WASHINGTON – US President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed a memorandum condemning the surge of anti-Asian racism in the country during the Covid-19 pandemic, while directing the Department of Justice to make more concerted efforts to address hate crimes and harassment against Asian Americans and… Read More

Global coronavirus cases surpass 100 million

Global coronavirus cases surpass 100 million

January 27, 2021, 1:26 pm

ANKARA – The number of novel coronavirus cases surpassed the 100 million mark Tuesday, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University. More than 25.3 million cases were recorded in the US since the start of the pandemic. India has almost 10.7 million infections and Brazil exceeds 8.8… Read More

Indonesia's Covid-19 cases pass 1-M mark amid vaccination drive

Indonesia's Covid-19 cases pass 1-M mark amid vaccination drive

January 26, 2021, 9:01 pm

JAKARTA – Indonesia has registered more than one million confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) since the first infection was confirmed in the country in March last year, amid the current vaccination drive. On Tuesday, the Covid-19 cases in the world's fourth most populous… Read More

UN urges donors to raise funds for climate change adaptation

UN urges donors to raise funds for climate change adaptation

January 26, 2021, 6:59 pm

UNITED NATIONS – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday urged donor countries and banks to significantly increase the volume and predictability of their finance for climate change adaptation and resilience. "Donor countries and multilateral, regional, and national… Read More

China overtakes US as top destination for FDI in 2020: BBC

China overtakes US as top destination for FDI in 2020: BBC

January 26, 2021, 4:32 pm

LONDON – China overtook the United States as the world's top destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2020, showing China's growing influence on the world economic stage, the BBC reported Monday. Experts said the figures "underline China's move toward the center of the global economy,… Read More

Mexico’s president tests positive for Covid-19

Mexico’s president tests positive for Covid-19

January 25, 2021, 3:20 pm

MEXICO – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Sunday announced that he has been diagnosed with Covid-19 and has started medical treatment. “I regret to inform you that I’m infected with Covid-19. The symptoms are mild and I’m already under medical treatment. As always, I am… Read More