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At least 1 killed, 15 wounded in Vienna attack

At least 1 killed, 15 wounded in Vienna attack

November 3, 2020, 9:39 am

BERLIN – At least one person was killed and 15 others wounded in Austria’s capital Monday evening in a suspected terrorist attack by multiple gunmen. Interior Minister Karl Nehammer told ORF television that one of the gunmen was shot and killed by the police and a major anti-terror operation… Read More

WHO chief quarantines after contact with Covid-19 patient

WHO chief quarantines after contact with Covid-19 patient

November 2, 2020, 2:32 pm

ANKARA – World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Sunday that he had been identified as a contact of someone who tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) but remained healthy. “I have been identified as a contact of someone who has… Read More

Turkey earthquake death toll rises to 76

Turkey earthquake death toll rises to 76

November 2, 2020, 1:29 pm

ANKARA – The death toll in Turkey from Friday's magnitude 6.6 earthquake in the Aegean Sea has risen to 76, the country’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said early Monday. Some 1,044 aftershocks have hit the area since then, 43 of them above magnitude 4, AFAD said. It added… Read More

Over 80M vote early ahead of US presidential election

Over 80M vote early ahead of US presidential election

October 30, 2020, 8:53 am

WASHINGTON – Over 80 million Americans have cast early ballots ahead of the US's November 3 presidential election, a running tally from the US Elections Project found Thursday. In all, the study counted 80,721,858 early votes, with the vast majority -- over 52 million -- coming from mail-in… Read More

UN official calls for mutual respect amid cartoon row

UN official calls for mutual respect amid cartoon row

October 29, 2020, 3:48 pm

UNITED NATIONS – The United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations has called for the mutual respect of all religions and beliefs and for fostering a culture of fraternity and peace. In a statement on Wednesday, Miguel Angel Moratinos said he is following with deep concern… Read More

France heads for 2nd virus lockdown as infections soar

France heads for 2nd virus lockdown as infections soar

October 29, 2020, 8:45 am

PARIS – France will enter a second coronavirus lockdown from Friday midnight, the country’s president announced on Wednesday. The national lockdown will remain in place at least until Dec. 1, Emmanuel Macron said in a televised address to the nation. The announcement came as France reported… Read More

Covid-19 cases in Indonesia top 400K

Covid-19 cases in Indonesia top 400K

October 28, 2020, 8:42 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Indonesia on Wednesday reported 4,029 new cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), bringing the total number of cases to 400,483. According to government figures, as many as 100,000 new virus cases were reported over the past 26 days. In the last 24 hours, as many as… Read More

APEC meeting calls for open trade to ensure food security

APEC meeting calls for open trade to ensure food security

October 28, 2020, 7:15 pm

KUALA LUMPUR – Agriculture and food ministers and senior representatives from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies have pressed for stronger cooperation and open and predictable trade regimes to ensure that global food systems remain accessible, innovative, reliable,… Read More

India: Doctors on strike as virus cases soar past 7.9M

India: Doctors on strike as virus cases soar past 7.9M

October 26, 2020, 8:40 pm

NEW DELHI – Senior doctors at government-run hospitals in India’s capital Delhi wore black ribbons on their arms Monday to support their colleagues for non-payment of salaries since June. The doctors at the state-run hospital, Hindu Rao, have been on an indefinite hunger strike since Friday to… Read More

Russia reports 16,521 coronavirus cases in 24 hours

Russia reports 16,521 coronavirus cases in 24 hours

October 24, 2020, 9:42 pm

MOSCOW, Russia – The number of coronavirus cases in Russia increased by 16,521 over the past day bringing the total to 1,497,167, the operational headquarters to combat coronavirus told reporters on Saturday. In relative terms, the growth, according to the headquarters, slowed down to 1.1%. In… Read More

IMF expects multi-speed recovery in Asia-Pacific region

IMF expects multi-speed recovery in Asia-Pacific region

October 22, 2020, 2:38 pm

ISTANBUL – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Wednesday that the economy of the Asia and Pacific region started to recover "tentatively, but at multiple speeds". The region's economy is expected to contract by 2.2 percent in 2020 but rebound by 6.9 percent in 2021, while the global… Read More

US facing 'distressing' phase in Covid pandemic: CDC

US facing 'distressing' phase in Covid pandemic: CDC

October 22, 2020, 8:51 am

WASHINGTON – The US is facing an extremely alarming trend in its battle with Covid-19 as cases multiply across most of the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned Wednesday. “Unfortunately we’re seeing a distressing trend here in the United States with Covid-19… Read More

APEC App Challenge helps tourism biz respond to Covid impacts

APEC App Challenge helps tourism biz respond to Covid impacts

October 21, 2020, 8:38 pm

JAKARTA – The annual APEC App Challenge is inviting talented software developers and designers from 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) members to contribute to regional efforts to mitigate adverse impacts of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) on the tourism industry, the region’s key… Read More

Air pollution adds over 6.67M deaths to toll in 2019

Air pollution adds over 6.67M deaths to toll in 2019

October 21, 2020, 8:30 pm

ANKARA – Air pollution, the fourth leading risk factor for early death, added 6.67 million deaths to the global toll last year, according to a new study published on Wednesday. "Air pollution is the leading environmental risk factor for early death, with its total impact exceeding only by high… Read More

Rohingya crisis among worst modern tragedies: Turkish diplomat

Rohingya crisis among worst modern tragedies: Turkish diplomat

October 21, 2020, 9:14 am

ANKARA – The Rohingya crisis is among the gravest tragedies in modern times, a senior Turkish diplomat said Tuesday. In a ministerial committee meeting on the persecuted Muslim group held by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Deputy Foreign Minister Yavuz Selim Kiran underlined that… Read More

Thai anti-gov't rallies widen beyond Bangkok

Thai anti-gov't rallies widen beyond Bangkok

October 20, 2020, 9:21 am

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Thousands of people across Thailand joined protests Monday demanding that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha step down. The rallies, organized by the pro-democracy group the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration (UFTD), have expanded to areas outside the capital Bangkok… Read More

Global coronavirus cases surpass 40M

Global coronavirus cases surpass 40M

October 19, 2020, 7:25 pm

ANKARA – The number of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the world has surpassed 40 million early Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University data. More than 1.11 million people have lost their lives around the world from Covid-19 so far. The US still leads the world in the… Read More

China-Asean education exhibit embraces technological innovation

China-Asean education exhibit embraces technological innovation

October 19, 2020, 12:52 pm

NANNING – The China-Asean education exhibition held in Nanning, capital of south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, has witnessed a growing demand for smart educational equipment, local authorities said. The event, which concluded on Sunday, set up seven galleries showcasing a great… Read More

UN arms embargo against Iran ends

UN arms embargo against Iran ends

October 18, 2020, 11:26 am

ANKARA – An arms embargo imposed since 2007 by the UN Security Council (UNSC) ended Sunday, according to Iran’s foreign ministry. All restrictions on the transfer of arms, related activities and financial services to and from Iran, and all prohibitions regarding the entry into or transit… Read More

Death toll from Covid-19 surpasses 1.1M worldwide

Death toll from Covid-19 surpasses 1.1M worldwide

October 16, 2020, 8:34 am

ANKARA – The number of people worldwide who has succumbed to the novel coronavirus exceeded 1.1 million Thursday, according to Worldometer, which compiles Covid-19 data from around the globe. Its website reported that the death toll from the virus has reached 1,101,420, while the number of cases… Read More