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High-ranking intelligence officer quizzed over Itaewon deaths

SEOUL – Police brought in a former high-ranking intelligence officer for questioning on Thursday as part of their widening investigation into the bungled response to the crowd crush in Seoul's Itaewon neighborhood.Park Sung-min, a superintendent general, appeared before a special investigation... Read More

N. Korean head's sister calls Yoon admin ‘faithful dog’, ‘stooge'

SEOUL – The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Thursday lashed out at South Korea's Yoon Suk-yeol and his administration for seeking more independent sanctions on Pyongyang.Kim Yo-jong, vice president director of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, even called... Read More

Musk asks Twitter users if suspended accounts should get amnesty

WASHINGTON – Billionaire Elon Musk asked Twitter users on Wednesday if accounts that were previously suspended should be reinstated under what he termed a "general amnesty.""Should Twitter offer a general amnesty to suspended accounts, provided that they have not broken the law or engaged in... Read More

Two-thirds of people support rules to end plastic pollution

ANKARA – The majority of people think that the world needs to implement binding rules to address the plastic pollution problem, according to new research.An average of seven out of 10 people polled across 34 countries believe that the United Nations’ plastic treaty should create binding... Read More

Americans divided over Biden’s reelection as president turns 80

WASHINGTON – After leading Democrats to one of the strongest midterm election showings for an in-power party, US President Joe Biden faces mounting doubts over whether he should run for reelection.Those have only grown after the president turned 80 this weekend, making him the US's sole... Read More

'Multiple fatalities' in Walmart mass shooting in Virginia

ANKARA – Several people have been killed and wounded in a mass shooting at a Walmart supermarket in the US state of Virginia.Officials have confirmed that the shooter is among the dead.Officers responded to a report of a shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake at around 10.12 p.m. (0312 GMT) on... Read More

9 police officers, gov't officials booked over Itaewon tragedy

SEOUL – A total of nine police officers and government officials were additionally booked Wednesday for an investigation into the bungled response to the crowd crush in Seoul's Itaewon neighborhood, police said.Among those on the list are Park Sung-min, a superintendent general, and Song... Read More

UK commuters face disruptions as bus strikes begin in south, west

ANKARA – Bus drivers serving south and west London went on a 10-day strike Tuesday due to a disagreement over pay.Nearly 1,000 bus drivers who are members of the Unite union decided to walk off the job after a salary increase could not be agreed on with bus operator Abellio Transport Group... Read More

Magnitude 5.9 quake rocks northwestern Türkiye, 22 hurt

ANKARA – A powerful earthquake jolted Türkiye’s northwestern Duzce province early Wednesday, leaving at least 22 people injured, according to the country’s health minister.Türkiye’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said a 5.9 magnitude earthquake... Read More

Itaewon victims' families demand punishment of those responsible

SEOUL – The bereaved families of some Itaewon crowd crush victims held a news conference Tuesday, calling for the punishment of those responsible for the tragic accident.The conference was organized in southern Seoul by Minbyun-Lawyers for a Democratic Society, an organization of progressive... Read More

South Korea successfully conducts missile interception test

ANKARA – South Korea on Tuesday successfully conducted a missile interception test of its long-range surface-to-air missile (L-SAM), local media said.The country's L-SAM can shoot down ballistic missiles at an altitude of 50 km. to 60 km., similar to the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense... Read More

Belgium formally gives employees option of 4-day workweek

BRUSSELS – Belgium began enforcing a new regulation Monday that enables employees to work four days a week instead of five.The regulation was enacted after the parties forming the coalition government reached an agreement on reform in working life in June.Under the arrangement, employees will... Read More

Magnitude 7 earthquake hits Solomon Islands

ANKARA – A powerful earthquake struck the Solomon Islands on Tuesday, according to the US Geological Survey.A magnitude 7 earthquake hit 19 kilometers (11 miles) southwest of Malango, Solomon Islands, at a depth of 13 kilometers (8 miles), said the US Geological Survey.Earlier, media reports... Read More

Winter threatening lives of millions in Ukraine amid war: WHO

GENEVA – This winter has been "life-threatening" for millions of people in Ukraine, as half the country's energy infrastructure is damaged or destroyed due to the war with Russia, further straining its healthcare system, the regional head of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Europe said... Read More

NASA's Artemis I Orion spacecraft makes closest flyby of moon

HOUSTON, United States – NASA's Artemis I moon mission made a monumental achievement on Monday, with the Orion space capsule passing about 80 miles (130 kilometers) above the lunar surface."This orbit is different than the orbit done during the Apollo program, in which the spacecraft and its... Read More

Indonesia quake death toll rises to 62

JAKARTA – The death toll from the 5.6-magnitude earthquake in Cianjur district, West Java in Indonesia on Monday has increased to 62, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has reported."The latest data from the BNPB Operations Control Center (Pusdalops) on Monday, as of 7:34 p.m. it... Read More

Indonesia earthquake death toll climbs to 46

ISTANBUL – The death toll from an earthquake in Indonesia has climbed to 46, local media reported on Monday.Over 700 people were also injured when the 5.6 magnitude earthquake hit the Southeast Asian nation on Monday, Kompas TV reported.The strong earthquake hit the country’s Cianjur... Read More

New Zealand mulls lowering voting age to 16

ISTANBUL – New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday said the legislation will be drafted for making the voting age 16 in the country.Addressing a news conference, the premier said: “Whether it passes (parliament vote) is a matter for the whole parliament.”Her... Read More

Biden's age 'major concern' for many as he turns 80: US professor

HOUSTON, United States – US President Joe Biden turned 80 on Sunday, meaning he would be 82 if he decides to run for a second presidential term in 2024.Biden was already the oldest president to be sworn into office at 78 and would surpass that milestone if he won reelection."I think clearly... Read More

Efforts to boost multilateral trade regime pushed at APEC summit

BANGKOK – Prime Minister Han Duck-soo called on Pacific Rim leaders on Saturday to make efforts to strengthen the multilateral trade regime and build stable supply chains during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Thailand, his office said.Han made the remarks during the... Read More