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No Mother’s Day for Gazan moms mourning their children

No Mother’s Day for Gazan moms mourning their children

May 11, 2024, 7:24 pm

GAZA CITY, Palestine – Palestinian mothers in the Gaza Strip are grappling with profound loss as Mother's Day approaches amid relentless Israeli attacks on the enclave. Israel has killed more than 34,900 Palestinians, with the vast majority being women and children, and injured over 78,500,… Read More

Solar storm hitting Earth could knock out power, electronics worldwide

Solar storm hitting Earth could knock out power, electronics worldwide

May 11, 2024, 4:39 pm

HOUSTON, United States – A rare and powerful geomagnetic storm hitting Earth this weekend could spark power outages across the world, according to scientists. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) upgraded its original G4 geomagnetic storm watch to a G5 – the most powerful… Read More

Flash floods kill 50 in Afghanistan

Flash floods kill 50 in Afghanistan

May 11, 2024, 2:14 pm

ISTANBUL – At least 50 people were killed after flash floods hit several parts of Afghanistan on Friday. The floods hit at least two provinces in the north and northeastern parts of the country, causing heavy damage, local media reported. Hedayatullah Hamdard, head of the Natural Disaster… Read More

NASA hints of atmosphere on rocky planet outside solar system

NASA hints of atmosphere on rocky planet outside solar system

May 10, 2024, 12:32 pm

ANKARA – NASA scientists hinted that they might find evidence of an atmosphere on a rocky planet called "55 Cancri e (Janssen)" outside the solar system by using the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). “Researchers using NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope may have detected atmospheric gases… Read More

Nuclear envoys of S. Korea, China discuss Korean Peninsula issues

Nuclear envoys of S. Korea, China discuss Korean Peninsula issues

May 10, 2024, 11:53 am

SEOUL – The top nuclear envoys of South Korea and China discussed issues related to the Korean Peninsula on the margins of a multilateral security dialogue in Japan earlier this week, Seoul's foreign ministry said Friday. The talks between Lee Jun-il, director general for North Korean nuclear… Read More

South Korea to establish new ministry to address low birth rates

South Korea to establish new ministry to address low birth rates

May 9, 2024, 8:04 pm

ANKARA – South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol announced on Thursday that his government would establish a new ministry to address the country's low birth rate. On the second anniversary of his presidency, he addressed the nation and asked for the opposition's support in parliament to pass… Read More

AstraZeneca to withdraw coronavirus vaccine

AstraZeneca to withdraw coronavirus vaccine

May 9, 2024, 3:12 pm

ATHENS – AstraZeneca will withdraw its coronavirus vaccines, British media reported Wednesday. The decision by the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company came as a result of declining demand for the jab as more updated vaccines target newer variants of the virus, according to Sky News. It added… Read More

Microsoft reveals 75% of workers embrace AI at work

Microsoft reveals 75% of workers embrace AI at work

May 9, 2024, 1:42 pm

ISTANBUL – Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled its fourth annual Work Trend Index report, revealing 75 percent of knowledge workers worldwide utilize generative artificial intelligence (AI) at work. The use of generative AI has nearly doubled in the last six months and 46 percent of users started… Read More

Tobacco use declining in 150 countries: WHO

Tobacco use declining in 150 countries: WHO

May 8, 2024, 12:26 pm

GENEVA – Tobacco use is declining in 150 countries, 56 of which are on track to achieve the global target of reducing tobacco use by 2025, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) Results Report 2023. The report also said that an additional 29 countries developed multi-sectoral national… Read More

Biden says 'no place on any campus in America' for antisemitism

Biden says 'no place on any campus in America' for antisemitism

May 8, 2024, 8:58 am

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that antisemitism has no place in America during a speech linking the Holocaust to Hamas’ attack on Israel last year. In his address at the US Capitol to mark the US Holocaust Memorial Museum's annual Days of Remembrance ceremony, Biden said he… Read More

'Speedy, strict' probe into SoKor first lady's luxury bag claims vowed

'Speedy, strict' probe into SoKor first lady's luxury bag claims vowed

May 7, 2024, 1:23 pm

SEOUL – The top prosecutor on Tuesday pledged to speedily and strictly conduct an investigation into allegations that first lady Kim Keon Hee illegally received a luxury bag as a gift in 2022. Prosecutor General Lee One-seok made the pledge after he ordered last week the creation of an… Read More

Pope tells new Swiss Guards to ditch phones, visit Rome

Pope tells new Swiss Guards to ditch phones, visit Rome

May 7, 2024, 12:53 pm

ROME – Pope Francis told the newest cohort of young men to join the Swiss Guards Monday that they should ditch their phones and get out and visit Rome, taking part in the local community. Francis told the 34 new recruits that brought the world's smallest army back up to its full complement: "I… Read More

Vietnam export rice prices return to world's top position

Vietnam export rice prices return to world's top position

May 6, 2024, 7:05 pm

HANOI – Prices of the Vietnamese rice in the global market rose by USD3 to 8 per ton last week, helping the Southeast Asian country return to the top position in terms of export rice prices, Vietnam News Agency reported Monday, citing the Vietnam Food Association. The price for Vietnam's 5… Read More

1st Pakistani woman to summit 11 peaks above 8K meters

1st Pakistani woman to summit 11 peaks above 8K meters

May 6, 2024, 11:47 am

KARACHI, Pakistan – Pakistan's Naila Kiani on Sunday summited Nepal’s Makalu, the world's fifth-tallest mountain, marking her the first Pakistani woman to scale 11 peaks above 8,000 meters (26,247 feet). "After a challenging climb through the night, Kiani has achieved another historic… Read More

6.2 magnitude quake rocks Indonesia

6.2 magnitude quake rocks Indonesia

May 6, 2024, 11:13 am

ANKARA – A magnitude 6.2 earthquake shook Indonesia on Sunday, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The epicenter of the quake was 153 kilometers (95 miles) southwest of the Fakfak area in West Papua, at a depth of 12.1 kilometers below the surface. No reports of casualties or property… Read More

38% of Americans believe US doing too much for Israel

38% of Americans believe US doing too much for Israel

May 5, 2024, 7:21 pm

NEW YORK – Nearly four in 10 Americans said the US is doing too much to support Israel in its war in the Gaza Strip. An April 25 - 30 survey of 2,260 adults by US News Ipsos revealed that Americans are divided on the US’ Israel policies. The survey revealed that 38 percent said the US was… Read More

Floods, landslides kill 14 in Indonesia's Sulawesi island

Floods, landslides kill 14 in Indonesia's Sulawesi island

May 5, 2024, 1:36 pm

ANKARA – At least 14 people were killed when heavy floods and landslides hit Indonesia's Sulawesi island, with a population of about 20,000, state-run media said on Saturday. Torrential rain caused flooding which reached up to three meters (10 feet) in height in some areas, Antara News said,… Read More

UN demands better protection of environmental journalists 

UN demands better protection of environmental journalists 

May 5, 2024, 11:50 am

NEW YORK – Marking the World Press Freedom Day on Friday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres highlighted an uptick in violence against journalists covering environmental issues, which made the profession increasingly dangerous. The UN chief said journalists and media professionals “have a… Read More

45 journalists killed in Yemen since fighting erupted in 2015: group

45 journalists killed in Yemen since fighting erupted in 2015: group

May 5, 2024, 9:41 am

SANAA, Yemen – Forty-five journalists have been killed in Yemen since the fighting erupted between the internationally-recognized Yemeni government and the Houthi group in 2015, a journalists group said Friday. The Yemeni Journalists Syndicate on World Press Freedom Day said 165 press platforms… Read More

New Delhi rejects US president's remarks that India is 'xenophobic'

New Delhi rejects US president's remarks that India is 'xenophobic'

May 5, 2024, 9:34 am

NEW DELHI – India on Saturday dismissed recent remarks by US President Joe Biden, who called India and other Asian nations "xenophobic." Speaking at a round table hosted by the Indian daily Economic Times, Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar also underlined that India's economy "is… Read More