N. Korean nuclear test will be met by united, firm response

WASHINGTON – South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin and his US counterpart Antony Blinken on Monday urged North Korea to refrain from staging additional provocations including a nuclear test, saying that they will only further isolate the impoverished country.The top diplomats also said North... Read More

UN rights chief warns of global food, fuel, financial crises

GENEVA – Highlighting the horrors and risks of the war in Ukraine, the UN human rights chief on Monday warned of global food, fuel, and financial crises that risk plunging millions into food insecurity and poverty.Speaking at the opening session of the 50th Human Rights Council, Michele... Read More

Global nuke arsenals expected to grow for 1st time since Cold War

ANKARA – Global nuclear arsenals are expected to grow over the next decade for the first time since the Cold War, according to an international study released on Monday.The world's nine nuclear-armed states -- the US, Russia, Britain, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel, and North Korea --... Read More

Over 50 WTO nations voice support for Ukraine at meeting

GENEVA – More than 50 trade ministers at the World Trade Organization ministerial meeting in Geneva on Sunday issued a supporting statement for embattled Ukraine and its ability to trade, underlining the importance of maintaining open and predictable markets.The ministers issued the statement... Read More

Tens of thousands rally across US against gun violence

WASHINGTON – Tens of thousands of people demonstrated Saturday against gun violence across the US after a series of mass shootings in recent months.The protests, which call for action on gun control, were organized by the March For Our Lives organization, which was founded by students who... Read More

ILO warns of rising tide of child labor across globe

GENEVA – Since the Covid-19 pandemic, the globe has seen a rise in the use of child workers, the International Labor Organization (ILO) warned on the eve of June 12 World Day Against Child Labor.ILO figures from numerous countries indicate a rising trend in child labor in the post-pandemic... Read More

US to 'stand by our friends' amid China’s territorial claims

BEIJING – The US will stand by its friends as China adopts a more "coercive and aggressive approach to its territorial claims," the country's defense chief said on Saturday.Addressing the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, Lloyd Austin said China's expanding fishing fleet in the East China Sea... Read More

France, Australia call submarine settlement 'fair and equitable'

PARIS – France on Saturday called the Australian government’s settlement of last year’s abrupt termination of their submarine contract “fair and equitable," saying it would help establish a new working relationship between Paris and Canberra.In separate statements, both... Read More

Effects of sanctions less acute than expected: Bank of Russia

MOSCOW–Effects of sanctions against Russia have been less acute than expected so far, Central Bank chief Elvira Nabiullina said on Friday at the press conference."Yes, we see our export has not plunged as low as we initially expected. Yes, effects of sanctions have probably less acute... Read More

Don't meddle in China’s domestic affairs, Beijing tells Pentagon

MOSCOW–Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe expressed discontent to US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin over US interference in China's domestic political issues as they met in Singapore on Friday, China Central Television reported."The United States shouldn’t interfere in the internal... Read More

Switzerland joins 6th round of EU sanctions vs. Russia, Belarus

GENEVA–Switzerland has supported the European Union’s decision to adopt the sixth package of sanctions, including an embargo on crude oil, against Russia and Belarus, the government said in a statement on its website."On June 10, the Federal Council took the decision to adopt new EU... Read More

Ukraine war's effect on food security 'speeding up': UN chief

WASHINGTON – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Wednesday that the effect of the war in Ukraine on food security is "speeding up."He was speaking at a news conference to release a report from the UN Global Crisis Response Group on Food, Energy and Finance, which said the ripple... Read More

7 dead, 46 injured in S. Korea office building fire

SEOUL – A fire broke out at a five-story building populated by lawyers' offices in the southeastern city of Daegu on Thursday, leaving seven dead and some 40 others injured, officials said.Police pinpointed a 50-something man as a suspected arsonist responsible for the fire after a CCTV... Read More

Magnitude 8.4 earthquake recorded in Russia

MOSCOW – A magnitude 8.4 earthquake hit the Lake Baikal area near Russia's Irkutsk city, the administrative center of Irkutsk Oblast, the Emergency Ministry said on Wednesday.The magnitude of the quake at the epicenter was 8.4, while in Irkutsk it felt much weaker and was recorded at 5 on the... Read More

At least 17 killed as train derails in eastern Iran

TEHRAN, Iran – At least 17 people were killed and many others injured after a passenger train derailed in eastern Iran, authorities said early Wednesday.Four of the seven cars in the train derailed on the Tabas-Yazd railroad track near Iran’s eastern city of Tabas and all rescue units... Read More

Matthew McConaughey launches emotional plea for US gun control

WASHINGTON – Renowned actor Matthew McConaughey took to the White House podium Tuesday to issue an emotional plea for greater US gun control after a devastating school shooting rocked his hometown of Uvalde, Texas.The shooting at the Robb Elementary School on May 24 is the deadliest in Texas... Read More

S. Korea lifts mandatory self-isolation for all int’l arrivals

SEOUL – South Korea on Wednesday lifted the mandatory seven-day self-isolation period for all international arrivals in the latest move to return to pre-pandemic normalcy amid a downtrend in Covid-19 cases.The country added 13,358 Covid-19 infections, including 59 cases from overseas, bringing... Read More

World Bank announces $1.49-B aid package for Ukraine

WASHINGTON – The World Bank Board of Executive Directors has approved USD1.49 billion of additional financing for Ukraine, the organization said in a statement.The new financing is part of the total support package of over USD4 billion that the World Bank is mobilizing.The aid includes... Read More

US pledges $1.9-B in private funds to address migration

ANKARA – US Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday pledged over USD1.9 billion in private funds to address the root causes of migration from Central America.Addressing the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, Harris said the fund will be used in "new private-sector commitments to create... Read More

New York raises age to buy semiautomatic guns after US shootings

HOUSTON, Texas – Echoing US President Joe Biden’s wish to raise the age for buying semiautomatic weapons from 18 to 21, the state of New York did exactly that on Monday.“Thoughts and prayers won’t fix this, but taking strong action will,” said New York Governor Kathy... Read More