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Death toll in Japan floods rises to 63

Death toll in Japan floods rises to 63

July 11, 2020, 5:13 pm

TOKYO – The death toll from massive floods in Japan rose to 63, local media reported on Saturday. As many as 92 rivers in 10 prefectures have overflown their banks, and there have been 251 cases of damage from landslides, about one-fifth of which occurred in Kumamoto Prefecture, hit hardest by… Read More

Singapore's ruling People's Action Party wins general election

Singapore's ruling People's Action Party wins general election

July 11, 2020, 1:41 pm

SINGAPORE – Singaporean voters have delivered a victory to the ruling People's Action Party (PAP) in Friday's general election, according to the official election results. The PAP won 83 of the 93 parliamentary seats in the polling, compared to 83 of the 89 seats in the last general election in… Read More

Rising temperatures will not curb Covid-19: expert

Rising temperatures will not curb Covid-19: expert

July 10, 2020, 5:46 pm

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey – Hotter temperatures will not help slow the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), according to an expert.  "If you maintain social distance and wear a mask, the infection rate of the disease may decrease, but the temperature alone does not work," Recep Tekin,… Read More

Seoul mayor found dead hours after reported missing: police

Seoul mayor found dead hours after reported missing: police

July 10, 2020, 8:53 am

SEOUL – Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon was found dead in Seoul on Friday, hours after he was reported missing, police said. A police search team found his body in the forested hills of Mount Bukak near his official residence, one minute after midnight. He is presumed to have taken his own life.… Read More

South Korea: Seoul mayor goes missing

South Korea: Seoul mayor goes missing

July 9, 2020, 8:54 pm

ANKARA – The mayor of South Korea’s capital is missing, local media reported on Thursday. South Korean police has launched a manhunt to find Seoul city mayor Park Won-soon after his family reported him missing, Yonhap News Agency said. A missing report by his daughter was filed with police at… Read More

Global coronavirus cases top 12 million

Global coronavirus cases top 12 million

July 9, 2020, 1:46 pm

ANKARA – Global coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases exceeded 12 million late Wednesday, according to a running tally by US-based Johns Hopkins University. The number of deaths from the virus has reached 548,822, with recoveries topping 6.5 million. The US remains the worst-hit country with… Read More

Virus infects top echelons of governments world over

Virus infects top echelons of governments world over

July 9, 2020, 9:51 am

ANKARA – The novel coronavirus has spread to the top echelons of governments across the world. Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has so far been the highest authority diagnosed with Covid-19. Prime ministers British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, Armenian… Read More

Harvard, MIT sue US gov't over rule on int'l students

Harvard, MIT sue US gov't over rule on int'l students

July 9, 2020, 9:49 am

WASHINGTON – Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Wednesday filed a federal suit to prevent the US government from enforcing a rule that would imperil international students if their universities switch to online-only courses in the fall due to the coronavirus… Read More

US coronavirus cases top 3 million

US coronavirus cases top 3 million

July 9, 2020, 8:51 am

ANKARA – Coronavirus cases in the United States shot past 3 million on Wednesday, according to a running tally by Johns Hopkins University. The Maryland university's tally counted 3,009,611 confirmed infections and 131,594 fatalities in the US, while 936,476 people have recovered from the… Read More

WHO refrains from commenting on planned US withdrawal

WHO refrains from commenting on planned US withdrawal

July 8, 2020, 8:04 pm

GENEVA – The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday stopped short of commenting on a recent US decision to officially withdraw from the UN organization at the height of the coronavirus outbreak. The UN office in Geneva said the office of the Secretary-General had been notified by the US… Read More

Ending poverty by 2030 a fading dream: UN expert

Ending poverty by 2030 a fading dream: UN expert

July 8, 2020, 3:09 pm

GENEVA – The global coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic has pushed more than 250 million people to the brink of starvation and dashed hopes of eradicating extreme poverty by 2030, a UN expert said in a report on Tuesday. The report was presented to the UN Human Rights Council by Olivier… Read More

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for Covid-19

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for Covid-19

July 8, 2020, 9:52 am

RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced on Tuesday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Bolsonaro came down with symptoms on Monday, including a fever of 38 degrees Celsius, cough, and headache, leading to a test at the Brazilian Armed… Read More

Trump administration formally pulls US out of WHO

Trump administration formally pulls US out of WHO

July 8, 2020, 9:39 am

ANKARA – President Donald Trump's administration has officially withdrawn the United States from the World Health Organization (WHO) amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak, a top Democrat confirmed Tuesday. "Congress received notification that POTUS officially withdrew the US from… Read More

Oil down with more Covid-19 cases in key US states

Oil down with more Covid-19 cases in key US states

July 8, 2020, 8:59 am

ANKARA – Crude oil prices were down on Tuesday as the rising number of new coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in some key US states is dampening the outlook for oil demand in the country. International benchmark Brent crude was trading at USD42.66 per barrel at 0648 GMT for a 1.02-percent loss after… Read More

NoKor rules out more talks with US

NoKor rules out more talks with US

July 7, 2020, 8:20 pm

ANKARA – North Korea on Tuesday reiterated that it will not hold a dialogue with the US, slamming South Korea for “meddling" in its affairs. In a statement carried by state-run Korean Central News Agency, Kwon Jong Gun, director general of US affairs at the Foreign Ministry, said:… Read More

UN warns of more animal-to-human viruses

UN warns of more animal-to-human viruses

July 7, 2020, 6:07 pm

WASHINGTON – Further outbreaks will emerge unless governments take active measures to prevent other zoonotic diseases from crossing into the human population, according to a UN report Monday. Covid-19, Ebola, MERS, West Nile and Rift Valley fever are caused by viruses that have jumped from… Read More

UN: Terrorists must not exploit post-virus fragilities

UN: Terrorists must not exploit post-virus fragilities

July 7, 2020, 2:12 pm

ANKARA – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday urged countries to prevent terror groups from exploiting fragilities caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). "Psycho-social, economic and political stresses associated with Covid-19 have risen dramatically," Guterres said at… Read More

India becomes 3rd worst virus-hit country, cases near 700K

India becomes 3rd worst virus-hit country, cases near 700K

July 6, 2020, 3:49 pm

NEW DELHI – India on Sunday became the third worst virus-hit country in the number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases after the US and Brazil. India registered 24,248 positive cases in the last 24 hours taking the tally to 697,413, according to the Health Ministry. The death toll… Read More

Nearly 25K virus cases in India in record daily jump

Nearly 25K virus cases in India in record daily jump

July 5, 2020, 6:18 pm

NEW DELHI, India – With 24,850 new cases and 613 deaths in the last 24 hours, India Sunday saw its biggest surge in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases. The country’s tally of infections rose to 673,165 as the death toll zoomed to 19,268, according to the Health Ministry data. The total… Read More

WHO suspends hydroxychloroquine trial for second time

WHO suspends hydroxychloroquine trial for second time

July 5, 2020, 3:14 pm

GENEVA – The World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday said it stopped a clinical trial of the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to treat coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) patients. “WHO today accepted the recommendation from the Solidarity Trial’s International Steering Committee to… Read More