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

UK's Johnson survives no-confidence vote as Conservative leader

LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday night survived a leadership challenge by beating back a no-confidence vote from his own Conservative Party.Johnson got the support of 211 Tory MPs, with 148 voting against him in a ballot triggered in the morning by an announcement from... Read More

Mass shootings in US leave at least 9 dead over weekend

ANKARA – Three people were killed and 12 others injured in gunfire in Philadelphia, in the US state of Pennsylvania late Saturday night, hours before separate shootings in the states of Tennessee and Michigan left six dead and at least 19 wounded, authorities said.“Horrendous and... Read More

Russian major general killed in eastern Ukraine

ANKARA – Russian Major General Roman Kutuzov was killed in fighting in eastern Ukraine, local media reported Sunday.Kutuzov died during a battle in the village of Nikolaevka in the Luhansk region, reports said, citing a post by Russian state television correspondent Alexander Sladkov on... Read More

Allies fire 8 missiles in response to NoKor’s latest provocation

SEOUL – South Korea and the United States fired eight ballistic missiles into the East Sea on Monday in response to North Korea's missile launches the previous day, according to the South's military.The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said the allies launched the ground-to-ground Army Tactical... Read More

Death verdict of 4 anti-coup activists by Myanmar junta condemned

PARIS – France on Saturday strongly condemned the Myanmar military junta’s decision to resume executions of political prisoners and renewed its call to release all those arbitrarily detained in the coup, according to the Foreign Ministry.“It is an abject decision and once again... Read More

Saudi Arabia welcomes 1st foreign hajj pilgrims since pandemic

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – The first batch of Hajj pilgrims arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, for the first time since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.A group of 358 pilgrims from Indonesia arrived at Prince Mohamed bin Abdulaziz International Airport in the holy city of Madinah, the... Read More

Global plastic waste on track to triple by 2060

ANKARA – Global plastic waste is set to almost triple by 2060, with around half ending up in landfills and less than a fifth recycled, according to a new report released on Friday.The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) estimates that global plastics consumption will... Read More

4 people killed in Tulsa, Oklahoma mass shooting

WASHINGTON – Four people were killed in the midwestern city of Tulsa, Oklahoma during a mass shooting at a local hospital, law enforcement announced Wednesday.Police said they received a call about an active shooter at the Natalie Building at St. Francis Hospital campus at 4:52 p.m. local time... Read More

War in Ukraine inflamed global food crisis: UN chief

ANKARA – The United Nations (UN) secretary general said Wednesday the ongoing war in Ukraine has inflamed the global food crisis.At a joint press conference with Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, Antonio Guterres said the war has also worsened the energy and financial crises, hitting... Read More

Biden revives ‘pivot to Asia’ to contain China’s influence

ANKARA – US President Joe Biden's announcement of forming a new economic grouping for the Asia-Pacific, including 13 inaugural members, has revived Barack Obama's "pivot" or strategy of rebalancing Asia.The decision has come five years after Donald Trump had withdrawn from the Trans-Pacific... Read More

Egypt unveils discovery of 250 coffins, 150 statues in Saqqara

CAIRO – Egypt unveiled on Monday a major new archaeological find of 250 sealed coffins containing mummies, 150 bronze statues of ancient gods and goddesses, and other antiquities at the Saqqara necropolis, south of the capital Cairo.An Egyptian archeological mission working in the Bubastian... Read More

US won't send Ukraine long-range rocket systems: Biden

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden on Monday rebuffed reports that the US is preparing to send advanced long-range rocket systems to Ukraine."We are not going to send to Ukraine rocket systems that can strike into Russia," Biden told reporters at the White House.His denial came days after... Read More

Nepal recovers 21 bodies at site of plane crash

NEW DELHI – Rescuers have recovered 21 dead bodies at a site where the wreckage of a small passenger plane, carrying 22 people from Nepal's tourist city of Pokhara, was found on Monday morning, according to the country's civil aviation authorities.Deo Chandra Lal, spokesperson for... Read More

EU leaders convene for extraordinary summit on Ukraine

BRUSSELS – European Union (EU) leaders have gathered on Monday for a two-day extraordinary summit to discuss the consequences of Russia's war in Ukraine.The 27 EU heads of state and government will start the meeting by discussing the latest developments in Ukraine and the bloc’s efforts... Read More

Indonesia to mainstream Bali Agenda for Resilience at G20, Asean

BADUNG, Bali – Indonesia is planning to mainstream the Bali Agenda for Resilience at the G20 meeting this year, and Asean Summit in 2023 following the 7th Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) in Bali.The agenda stresses the significance of local context and wisdom... Read More

Rescuers locate crash site of Nepal plane

NEW DELHI– Rescuers have located the crash site of a small passenger plane carrying 22 people that went missing in Nepal, officials said early Monday."Search and rescue troops have physically located the plane crash site," a Nepal Army spokesman said.No details are available yet on the fate of... Read More

Airplane with 22 people on board missing in Nepal

NEW DELHI – A private airplane carrying 22 people has gone missing in Nepal, officials said on Sunday.The 9N-AET twin Otter plane belonging to Tara Air took off from the city of Pokhara.Fanindra Mani Pokharel, a senior Home Ministry official, told Anadolu Agency that a search and rescue... Read More

Russia says it gained full control of Ukraine’s Lyman city

MOSCOW – Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Saturday that the Lyman city in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine had fallen under the full control of Russian forces.Igor Konashenkov, the spokesman for the ministry, told a press briefing in the capital Moscow that the Russian and... Read More

German, French leaders urge swift ceasefire in call with Putin

BERLIN – German and French leaders called on the Russian president to agree on "an immediate ceasefire and a withdrawal of Russian troops" from Ukraine in a three-way phone call on Saturday.German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron spoke with Russian President Vladimir... Read More