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Biden signs US' 1st significant gun control law in decades

NEW YORK – US President Joe Biden on Saturday signed into law the country's most significant gun control legislation in decades.The law, which restricts firearm purchases and allows for inspections against illegal weapons in a bid to curb gun violence, came into force after Biden's... Read More

EU leaders grant Ukraine, Moldova candidate status

ANKARA – European leaders on Thursday granted candidate status to Ukraine, a historic move that paves the way for the war-ravaged country’s European Union (EU) membership.EU leaders meeting in Brussels also approved Moldova’s candidate status and announced that Georgia is next in... Read More

Sri Lanka faces complete economic collapse: Premier

ISTANBUL -- The Sri Lankan prime minister on Wednesday warned that the economy of the island nation is facing a “complete collapse.”Addressing the country’s parliament, Ranil Wickremesinghe said: “Our economy has faced a complete collapse,” adding that shoring up... Read More

Afghanistan earthquake’s death toll reaches 1K; 610 injured

ISLAMABAD – A powerful earthquake killed at least 1,000 people and injured 610 in eastern Afghanistan, officials said on Wednesday.Maulvi Sharafuddin Muslim, deputy minister of state for disaster management, said 1,000 people have so far been killed and over 610 wounded in the earthquake, the... Read More

Indonesia urges Asean to build sustainable resilience

JAKARTA – Indonesia invites the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) countries to prioritize the Bali Agenda for Resilience (BAR), as a follow-up to the 7th Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR), in the region to build sustainable resilience.This... Read More

Over 250 killed as earthquake jolts Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD – A deadly earthquake has killed 255 people in eastern Afghanistan, official media said Wednesday.The magnitude 5.9 tremor shook parts of Barmala, Ziruk, Naka and Gayan districts of Paktika province bordering Pakistan, state-run Bakhtar News Agency reported, adding that 155 people... Read More

France’s top administrative court bans burkini in swimming pools

PARIS – The highest administrative court in France upheld on Tuesday a ban on burkini under a new “secularism framework,” preventing women from wearing full-length swimming costumes in public pools.The Council of State confirmed the suspension of the internal regulations of the... Read More

Russian journalist's Nobel medal sold to help Ukrainian children

ANKARA – Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov has auctioned off his Nobel Peace Prize medal for a record USD103.5 million to help children displaced by the war in Ukraine.All proceeds will benefit UNICEF’s humanitarian response for Ukrainian children displaced by war, read a statement by... Read More

Ukrainians displaced by war strive to hold on to life

KHARKIV, Ukraine – Struggle of people for survival continues in the war-torn Ukraine amid Russia's ongoing war as many forcefully displaced civilians try to hold on to life during the conflict.The people whose houses were destroyed in the intense Russian bombings around the northeastern... Read More

Heat warnings issued in Canada with 32 °C temperatures forecast

TRENTON, Canada – The normally cooler temperatures in the northwest of the Canadian province of Ontario have given way to a heat warning, Environment Canada forecast Monday.The warning, the first time it has been issued in 2022, covers most of the week as forecasts say the thermometer could... Read More

Single-use plastics ban plan laid out by Canada

TRENTON, Canada – Plastic straws and grocery bags will be history by year's end, the Canadian government announced Monday.The long-awaited move happens three years after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to end the use of plastics that are difficult to recycle and contribute to... Read More

Israel suspects Iranian cyberattack behind false siren alerts

JERUSALEM – Israel suspects an Iranian cyberattack was behind false siren alerts Sunday in several neighborhoods in West Jerusalem and Eilat, according to local media on Monday.Sirens were heard on Sunday evening in the towns of Talpiot, Katamon, and Beit Hakerem in West Jerusalem and in... Read More

Shooting in US capital leaves teenager dead, 3 others wounded

WASHINGTON – A shooting in the US capital of Washington, D.C. on Sunday left a 15-year-old boy dead and three others injured, including a Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officer.According to Police Chief Robert Contee, the victims were shot at the intersection of 14th and U streets in... Read More

Elon Musk wants 1B Twitter users, hints at layoffs

ANKARA – Billionaire Elon Musk said he wants Twitter to reach 1 billion users but hinted at layoffs in his first meeting with company employees ahead of his USD44 billion purchase deal.Musk said Twitter should ensure users are "entertained and informed" while using the platform when he was... Read More

Church shooting in US state of Alabama leaves 2 dead, 1 injured

WASHINGTON – Two people were killed and another was injured Thursday evening after a gunman opened fire inside a church in the US state of Alabama, according to police.The shooting took place at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Vestavia Hills."From what we've gathered from the circumstances... Read More

People forced to flee homes hit 'highest since records began': UN

GENEVA – The number of people forced to flee their homes worldwide has increased yearly over the past decade and stands at its highest since records began, the UN refugee agency said on Thursday.UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said numbers have climbed every year over the past... Read More

UN in close cooperation with Türkiye on Ukraine grain exports

WASHINGTON – The United Nations is "working in close cooperation" with Türkiye to facilitate grain exports from Ukraine, spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Wednesday.Dujarric said at a news conference the comments made by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to get grain out of Ukraine... Read More

Biden announces another $1-B in security aid for Ukraine

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden said Wednesday the US is providing Ukraine with an additional USD1 billion in security assistance as Russia's war enters its fourth month.The announcement came in a telephone call with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to discuss the war, during which the... Read More

382 children killed, maimed in Myanmar since coup, says UN

ANKARA – The UN on Tuesday called for the protection of children from the Myanmar military junta’s brutal attacks which "constitute crimes against humanity."Tom Andrews, UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, issued a report saying that at least 382 children have been killed... Read More

WHO working on changing name of monkeypox virus

ANKARA – The World Health Organization (WHO) is working to change the name of the monkeypox virus, which has been spreading in many parts of the world in recent months, it said on Tuesday.The "WHO is also working with partners and experts from around the world on changing the name of monkeypox... Read More