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Moldova's parliament votes to hold referendum on joining EU

Moldova's parliament votes to hold referendum on joining EU

May 17, 2024, 1:00 pm

ISTANBUL – The Moldovan parliament through a vote on Thursday approved the holding of a national referendum on joining the EU and a presidential election on the same date later this year. A statement issued by the parliament said the referendum, scheduled for Oct. 20, will ask citizens if they… Read More

WikiLeaks founder’s wife hopeful for his release

WikiLeaks founder’s wife hopeful for his release

May 17, 2024, 12:57 pm

LONDON – Stella Assange, the wife of Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks website, has expressed optimism over his potential release during a hearing scheduled for Monday in the UK. Speaking to Anadolu this week ahead of the hearing in London, she addressed the challenges her husband… Read More

APEC GDP expands 3.5% in 2023, uncertainties loom large

APEC GDP expands 3.5% in 2023, uncertainties loom large

May 16, 2024, 8:57 pm

JAKARTA – Growth in the 21-member regional economic group Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) rose by 3.5 percent in 2023 from 2.6 percent in 2022, but a moderation is forecast in 2025 and 2026 due to geopolitical uncertainties. This was included in the latest report by the APEC Policy… Read More

Mount Ibu spews volcanic ash nearly five kilometers above peak

Mount Ibu spews volcanic ash nearly five kilometers above peak

May 16, 2024, 8:28 pm

JAKARTA – The Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG) recorded eruptive activity of volcanic ash soaring up to five kilometers above the peak of Mount Ibu on Halmahera Island, North Maluku, on Thursday. The eruption occurred at 9:58 local time, with thick gray volcanic… Read More

Slovakia’s premier shot, in critical condition

Slovakia’s premier shot, in critical condition

May 16, 2024, 1:57 pm Updated on May 16, 2024, 8:25 pm

GENEVA – Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico is in a “life-threatening condition” after he was shot and injured on Wednesday, his Facebook account said in a statement. "He was shot multiple times and is currently in a life-threatening condition," the statement said. Fico was rushed to… Read More

US consumer inflation annually rises 3.4% in April, monthly up 0.3%

US consumer inflation annually rises 3.4% in April, monthly up 0.3%

May 16, 2024, 1:12 pm

ISTANBUL – Consumer inflation in the United States annually rose 3.4 percent in April, and monthly increased by 0.3 percent, as both figures slowed down from March, according to data released Wednesday. The consumer price index (CPI), which measures changes in the prices of goods and services… Read More

Death toll in Indonesia’s cold lava, floods climbs to 58

Death toll in Indonesia’s cold lava, floods climbs to 58

May 16, 2024, 11:17 am

ISTANBUL – The death toll from floods and cold lava in Indonesia's West Sumatra province climbed to 58 on Wednesday, the country's disaster management agency said. Up to 35 others are missing as cold lava – a mixture of water and rocks – flows down Mt. Marapi.As many as 33 residents were… Read More

US charges 2 brothers for stealing $25M worth of crypto in 12 seconds

US charges 2 brothers for stealing $25M worth of crypto in 12 seconds

May 16, 2024, 9:08 am

ISTANBUL – The US Justice Department said Wednesday it charged two brothers for stealing USD25 million in cryptocurrency within approximately 12 seconds. Anton Peraire-Bueno, 24, of Boston, and James Pepaire-Bueno, 28, of New York, were charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud… Read More

Lawrence Wong sworn-in as Singapore's new premier

Lawrence Wong sworn-in as Singapore's new premier

May 15, 2024, 11:49 pm

ISTANBUL  –  Lawrence Wong on Wednesday was sworn-in as the new prime minister of Singapore, the first leadership change in 20 years.  He was administered the oath of office by President Tharman Shanmugaratnam.  Wong, 51, succeeded Lee Hsien Loong, 72, who is now a senior minister.   He… Read More

UNICEF head concerned about UN staff killed in Gaza

UNICEF head concerned about UN staff killed in Gaza

May 15, 2024, 10:00 pm

WASHINGTON – United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Catherine Russell on Tuesday expressed concern about the killing of a UN staff member in the Gaza Strip. "We are reminded every day of the dangers humanitarian workers continue to face in Gaza. Yesterday, a UN colleague was… Read More

Sun releases most powerful flare in nearly a decade

Sun releases most powerful flare in nearly a decade

May 15, 2024, 9:00 pm

ANKARA – The sun launched its largest solar flare in seven years on Tuesday, an American scientific and regulatory agency said. The flare is the 17th largest solar flare ever recorded, the Space Weather Prediction Center, affiliated with the American National Oceanic and Atmospheric… Read More

Death toll from South African building collapse rises to 27

Death toll from South African building collapse rises to 27

May 14, 2024, 3:19 pm

JOHANNESBURG – The death toll from last week’s multistory building collapse in South Africa's coastal city of George has risen to 27, with another 25 people still missing, according to an official statement. The building under construction collapsed last Monday, trapping at least 81… Read More

Britain's King Charles hands over military role to William

Britain's King Charles hands over military role to William

May 14, 2024, 2:06 pm

LONDON – Britain's King Charles handed over a senior military role to his son William at a ceremony in Hampshire on Monday.  Charles presented Prince of Wales with the title of Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps, a position the 75-year-old held for 32 years. "The great thing is he's a very… Read More

S. Korea, China agree to work for trilateral summit with Japan

S. Korea, China agree to work for trilateral summit with Japan

May 14, 2024, 12:10 pm

SEOUL/BEIJING – The top diplomats of South Korea and China agreed Monday to work together for the successful holding of an upcoming trilateral summit also involving Japan widely expected to take place in Seoul later this month. The two sides reached the agreement during talks between Foreign… Read More

UN chief condemns attack on personnel, calls for 'full investigation'

UN chief condemns attack on personnel, calls for 'full investigation'

May 14, 2024, 9:42 am

HAMILTON, Canada – United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday condemned all attacks on United Nations personnel and called for a full investigation into the killing of a staff member in the Gaza Strip. "The Secretary-General was deeply saddened to learn of the death of a… Read More

34 killed as lava floods hit Indonesia's West Sumatra

34 killed as lava floods hit Indonesia's West Sumatra

May 13, 2024, 5:12 pm

JAKARTA – The death toll from lava floods that struck Indonesia's West Sumatra province on Saturday rose to 34, with at least five others missing, a senior official of the local disaster agency said on Sunday. The rains poured down the area at the slope of the Marapi volcano on Saturday… Read More

Nepal's 'Everest man' logs most ascents of world's tallest mountain

Nepal's 'Everest man' logs most ascents of world's tallest mountain

May 13, 2024, 1:43 pm

ANKARA – A Nepali guide and a British climber on Sunday broke their own records by summiting Mount Everest, the world's tallest mountain, for the 29th and 18th time respectively, an official said. Sherpa Kami Rita ascended the 8,849-metre (29,032 foot) peak using the Southeast Ridge route, which… Read More

Death toll in Ukrainian attack on Russian apartment now at 15

Death toll in Ukrainian attack on Russian apartment now at 15

May 13, 2024, 1:03 pm

MOSCOW – The death toll in the partial collapse of a 10-story residential apartment building in Russia’s southwestern city of Belgorod following a Ukrainian attack on May 12 has risen to 15, the Russian Emergencies Ministry said. "Rescuers found another body. In all, 15 bodies have been… Read More

SoKor: N. Korea hack group steals massive amount of court records

SoKor: N. Korea hack group steals massive amount of court records

May 12, 2024, 2:57 pm

SEOUL – A North Korean hacking group had stolen a massive amount of personal information from a South Korean court computer network for about two years, probe results showed Saturday. A total of 1,014 gigabytes (GB) worth of data and documents were leaked from Seoul's court computer network… Read More

Palestinian death toll nears 35K as Israel continues to pound Gaza

Palestinian death toll nears 35K as Israel continues to pound Gaza

May 12, 2024, 12:26 pm

ANKARA – At least 34,971 Palestinians have been killed in Israel’s ongoing offensive on the Gaza Strip since last October, the Health Ministry in the besieged enclave said on Saturday. A ministry statement added that 78,641 other people have also been injured in the onslaught. “Israeli… Read More