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Trump temporarily halts many new job visas for 2020

Trump temporarily halts many new job visas for 2020

June 23, 2020, 10:09 am

WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday that bars many new employment-based visas from being issued this year, including the type of visas generally used for high-skilled workers. In addition to H1-B visas, Trump's order bars his administration from issuing new… Read More

Covid-19 hits new daily record and is still deadly: WHO

Covid-19 hits new daily record and is still deadly: WHO

June 23, 2020, 9:24 am

GENEVA – With a record of more than 183,000 new cases of Covid-19 reported Sunday, the virus is still deadly and has not yet shown significant signs of losing potency, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday. "It seems that almost every day we reach a new and grim record," WHO… Read More

Thailand's Covid-19 vaccine trial on monkeys successful: minister

Thailand's Covid-19 vaccine trial on monkeys successful: minister

June 22, 2020, 9:57 pm

BANGKOK – Thailand's Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation announced on Monday that the country's coronavirus diseases 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine trial has made progress after macaque monkeys which were given the first doses of the candidate vaccine showed satisfactory… Read More

China's 600 kph maglev train begins test run

China's 600 kph maglev train begins test run

June 22, 2020, 8:46 pm

QINGDAO – Performance checks of China's domestically-developed prototype magnetic-levitation train, with a designed top speed of 600 kilometers per hour, began in Shanghai Sunday. The testing prototype, which has only one car, can check and optimize the key technologies and core system… Read More

Japan: Consortium working on ‘inexpensive’ virus test

Japan: Consortium working on ‘inexpensive’ virus test

June 22, 2020, 8:28 pm

ANKARA – A consortium of three universities and a pharma company in Japan will work to commercialize an inexpensive test method for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Shionogi & Co., a Japanese pharma company, has signed a licensing agreement with the Nihon University, Tokyo Medical… Read More

NoKor to send 12 million propaganda leaflets to S. Korea

NoKor to send 12 million propaganda leaflets to S. Korea

June 22, 2020, 4:46 pm

ANKARA – In a tit-for-tat move, North Korea on Monday said it is ready to publish and release propaganda leaflets and balloons to “teach the enemy a lesson”, referring to South Korea. In a statement by state-run Korea Central News Agency (KCNA), the impoverished country’s “publishing and… Read More

Late rock star’s guitar sells for record $6M at auction

Late rock star’s guitar sells for record $6M at auction

June 22, 2020, 1:42 pm

ANKARA – The guitar used by grunge rock band Nirvana's star performer Kurt Cobain in a 1993 MTV Unplugged performance was sold Sunday for a record price. Australian businessman Peter Freedman paid USD6,010,000 for the 1959 Martin D-18E guitar at an auction. The initial price of the guitar, which… Read More

Yoga boosts immune system fight against Covid-19: Guru

Yoga boosts immune system fight against Covid-19: Guru

June 22, 2020, 1:40 pm

ANTALYA, Turkey – Performing yoga could achieve greater success in fighting the novel coronavirus as it boosts the immune system, according to a guru of the ancient practice. Ankit Tiwari told Anadolu Agency there are many yogic asanas, or postures, that boost the endocrine system, strengthening… Read More

26 new coronavirus cases in China, 48 in South Korea

26 new coronavirus cases in China, 48 in South Korea

June 21, 2020, 8:03 pm

ANKARA – Both China and South Korea recorded new cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the last 24 hours. A total of 26 people were found to have contracted the virus in mainland China, according to the National Health Commission. The commission reported no deaths caused by the virus… Read More

Covid-19 vaccine reaches phase-2 trials in China

Covid-19 vaccine reaches phase-2 trials in China

June 21, 2020, 1:07 pm

BEIJING – An inactivated coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine candidate developed by the Institute of Medical Biology under the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences has entered phase-2 clinical trials in China, the Science and Technology Daily reported Saturday. The phase-2 trials, which… Read More

UN body holds urgent debate on systemic racism, police brutality

UN body holds urgent debate on systemic racism, police brutality

June 18, 2020, 8:28 pm

GENEVA -- The Human Right Council on Wednesday afternoon began an urgent debate on current racially inspired human rights violations, systemic racism, police brutality and violence against peaceful protests, in the follow-up to the killing of George Floyd in the United States. In her opening… Read More

Indonesia detains Filipino, Malaysian fishing boats over poaching

Indonesia detains Filipino, Malaysian fishing boats over poaching

June 18, 2020, 6:59 pm

JAKARTA – Patrol ships of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries’ (KKP's) Directorate General for Supervision of Maritime Resources and Fisheries (PSDKP) detained a Filipino fishing boat and Malaysian fishing vessel for poaching in Indonesian waters. "The KKP's patrol boats have… Read More

Chinese, US diplomats hold ‘constructive’ dialogue

Chinese, US diplomats hold ‘constructive’ dialogue

June 18, 2020, 1:42 pm

ANKARA – A senior Chinese diplomat has met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Chinese media reported Thursday. According to the state-run Xinhua news agency, Yang Jiechi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), held a dialogue with… Read More

Canada loses bid for UN Security Council seat

Canada loses bid for UN Security Council seat

June 18, 2020, 1:13 pm

TRENTON, Canada – Canada lost its bid for a UN Security Council seat Wednesday, and pro-Palestinian groups pointed to the country’s weak criticism of Israel’s plan to annex parts of the West Bank as the reason. The two available seats went to Ireland and Norway. The Canadians for Justice and… Read More

WHO chief hails news on steroid drug to treat virus

WHO chief hails news on steroid drug to treat virus

June 18, 2020, 9:19 am

GENEVA – The chief of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday welcomed positive news from a trial in the United Kingdom on dexamethasone, a common steroid, which showed recovery in patients severely ill with coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom… Read More

German clinical trial for Covid-19 vaccine approved

German clinical trial for Covid-19 vaccine approved

June 17, 2020, 9:20 pm

BERLIN – German biotech firm CureVac received regulatory approval on Wednesday for human trials of a potential coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine. “The authorization is the result of a careful assessment of the risk/benefit profile of the vaccine candidate,” the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut,… Read More

Tensions with North: S. Korea minister offers to resign

Tensions with North: S. Korea minister offers to resign

June 17, 2020, 8:05 pm

ANKARA – The South Korean unification minister on Wednesday offered to step down, a day after North Korea blew up a symbolic liaison office near the border, local media reported. Kim Yeon-chul, according to Yonhap News Agency, said he took responsibility for the worsening of inter-Korean… Read More

Beijing halts over 1,250 flights amid new wave of virus

Beijing halts over 1,250 flights amid new wave of virus

June 17, 2020, 5:39 pm

ANKARA – All residential areas in Beijing are under lockdown and thousands of flights in and out of the Chinese capital have been canceled due to a new outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections, state media reported on Wednesday. According to The Global Times, 1,255 flights --… Read More

Study: 2,000 more lynchings of blacks than were thought

Study: 2,000 more lynchings of blacks than were thought

June 17, 2020, 4:22 pm

WASHINGTON – The number of black Americans who were killed by enraged white mobs after slavery was formally outlawed in the US is at least 2,000 more than previously thought, according to a study released Tuesday. The Alabama-based Equal Justice Initiative's researchers studied what is known as… Read More

Honduran president tests positive for Covid-19

Honduran president tests positive for Covid-19

June 17, 2020, 4:10 pm

TEGUCIGALPA – Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez announced Tuesday in a message to the nation that he and his wife Ana Garcia both tested positive for the novel coronavirus. "Today I was diagnosed as having been infected with Covid-19," said Hernandez in a televised speech. "I have mild… Read More