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Global Covid-19 deaths surpass one million

Global Covid-19 deaths surpass one million

September 29, 2020, 1:04 pm

ANKARA – The number of deaths from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) around the world has surpassed one million, while the number of cases is above 33 million as of Monday (Sept. 28), according to Johns Hopkins University data. While the US leads the world with more than 7.1 million cases… Read More

UN chief says nuclear war cannot be won, must not be fought

UN chief says nuclear war cannot be won, must not be fought

September 27, 2020, 11:16 am

UNITED NATIONS – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Saturday that a nuclear war cannot be won and must not be fought. "The use of nuclear weapons would affect all states, meaning that all states have a responsibility to ensure that such deadly armaments are never used… Read More

Death toll in Ukraine military plane crash rises to 25

Death toll in Ukraine military plane crash rises to 25

September 26, 2020, 4:29 pm

KIEV – The death toll from a military plane crash near Kharkiv has reached 25, a statement by the chief prosecutor in Ukraine said early Saturday.  The prosecutor’s office said an investigation has been launched into the crash of an AN-26 type military plane that also severely injured two… Read More

SoKor to demand NoKor for add'l probe into killing

SoKor to demand NoKor for add'l probe into killing

September 26, 2020, 4:25 pm

SEOUL – South Korea will demand that North Korea carry out another investigation into its recent killing of a Seoul fisheries official near the tense sea border, as the North's explanation bore some key discrepancies from Seoul's account, the presidential office said Saturday.  On Tuesday,… Read More

Kim Jong-un apologizes for killing S. Korean official

Kim Jong-un apologizes for killing S. Korean official

September 25, 2020, 5:58 pm

ANKARA – North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has apologized to South Korea over the killing of an official who went missing in a border region, local media reported Friday. In a formal notice to South Korea, Kim said he felt “very sorry” for “disappointing” President Moon Jae-in and other… Read More

More than 90% of Americans 'susceptible' to Covid-19

More than 90% of Americans 'susceptible' to Covid-19

September 24, 2020, 2:03 pm

WASHINGTON – The director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention said Wednesday that most Americans remain susceptible to the coronavirus. Speaking at a Senate committee hearing, a day after the US death toll surpassed the 200,000 mark, Dr. Robert Redfield said CDC is in the… Read More

77% conflict-hit people lost income amid virus: study

77% conflict-hit people lost income amid virus: study

September 21, 2020, 9:32 pm

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – More than three-quarters of displaced and conflict-affected people have lost income since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, a humanitarian group said in a new report on Monday. The Norwegian Refugee Council’s report – titled Downward Spiral: the economic impact… Read More

Global coronavirus cases surpass 30M

Global coronavirus cases surpass 30M

September 18, 2020, 1:29 pm

ANKARA – Global coronavirus cases exceeded the 30-million mark Thursday, according to a running tally by US-based Johns Hopkins University. The number of deaths from the virus has reached 943,203, with recoveries topping 20.39 million. The US remains the worst-hit country with over 6.66 million… Read More

TikTok won’t sell its US operations, says owner

TikTok won’t sell its US operations, says owner

September 17, 2020, 8:38 pm

ANKARA – Chinese video-sharing app TikTok is not selling its US base but is in talks for a possible cooperation in operations, state-run media said on Thursday. In a statement to Global Times newspaper, TikTok owner ByteDance said it is in talks with US software giant Oracle, which beat… Read More

Masks assured ‘to protect' more than vaccine: CDC chief

Masks assured ‘to protect' more than vaccine: CDC chief

September 17, 2020, 1:20 pm

WASHINGTON – US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Robert Redfield said Wednesday that wearing masks may protect individuals against coronavirus disease (Covid-19) more than a vaccine. Speaking at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing, Redfield said face masks are "the… Read More

US House report blasts Boeing, gov't in 737 MAX crashes

US House report blasts Boeing, gov't in 737 MAX crashes

September 17, 2020, 10:27 am

ANKARA – The US House of Representatives on Wednesday blasted aerospace company Boeing and government regulators over the fatal crashes of 737 MAX aircraft that rocked world air travel in early 2019. After 18 months of investigation, a 250-page report from the House Committee on Transportation… Read More

Yoshihide Suga elected as Japan's new prime minister

Yoshihide Suga elected as Japan's new prime minister

September 16, 2020, 2:23 pm

TOKYO – Japan's parliament elected Yoshihide Suga as the country's new prime minister on Wednesday. Suga, a close confidante of outgoing Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, on Monday was elected to lead the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). He won the votes of 314 members of the parliament… Read More

UN calls for int'l solidarity to find vaccine accessible to all

UN calls for int'l solidarity to find vaccine accessible to all

September 16, 2020, 1:46 pm

UNITED NATIONS – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called on the international community to get united and find a vaccine that is accessible to all. "As the Covid-19 pandemic has upended our world, we have once again seen that international solidarity is no longer a… Read More

Nearly 550K children in US test positive for Covid-19

Nearly 550K children in US test positive for Covid-19

September 16, 2020, 1:20 pm

WASHINGTON – Nearly 550,000 children in the United States have been diagnosed with coronavirus disease (Covid-19) since the onset of the pandemic, according to a new report of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association. A total of 72,993 new child cases were… Read More

Ireland's entire gov't in self-isolation due to virus

Ireland's entire gov't in self-isolation due to virus

September 16, 2020, 9:54 am

LONDON – The Republic of Ireland’s entire government is in self-isolation after Irish Health Minister Stephen Donnelly felt unwell and asked for a Covid-19 test, the public broadcaster RTE reported on Tuesday. Donnelly felt sick on Tuesday and asked to be tested for the virus. Earlier in the… Read More

US university finds antibody effective vs. virus

US university finds antibody effective vs. virus

September 15, 2020, 9:22 pm

ANKARA – Scientists in the US state of Pennsylvania have managed to isolate the smallest biological molecule to date that neutralizes the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is the cause of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19). The molecule, which is said to completely and specifically neutralize the virus,… Read More

China extends tariff exemptions on US goods for 1 year

China extends tariff exemptions on US goods for 1 year

September 15, 2020, 9:16 pm

ANKARA – China on Tuesday said it has decided to exempt tariffs on some US products for one more year, a move seen as another concession in an ongoing trade dispute between the two economic giants. The Customs Tariff Commission of China’s State Council said no additional tariffs will be… Read More

China sends 9 satellites into orbit by sea launch

China sends 9 satellites into orbit by sea launch

September 15, 2020, 5:20 pm

QINGDAO – China successfully sent nine satellites into planned orbit at the Yellow Sea Tuesday. The nine satellites, belonging to the Jilin-1 Gaofen 03-1 group, blasted off atop a Long March-11 carrier rocket, China's first sea-launched rocket, at 9:23 a.m. (Beijing Time). The satellites were… Read More

US researchers find SUDs linked to Covid-19 susceptibility

US researchers find SUDs linked to Covid-19 susceptibility

September 15, 2020, 1:32 pm

WASHINGTON – A study funded by the US National Institutes of Health found that people with substance use disorders (SUDs) are more susceptible to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and its complications. The research, published Monday in Molecular Psychiatry, suggests that health care providers… Read More

Suga elected president of Japan's ruling LDP to succeed Abe

Suga elected president of Japan's ruling LDP to succeed Abe

September 15, 2020, 10:16 am

TOKYO – Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga was elected on Monday as the new president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to take over from outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. At a joint plenary meeting of party members from both houses of the Diet and delegates from local… Read More