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Russia’s mission notifies UN of Kiev’s brutal treatment of POWs

UNITED NATIONS –Russia has circulated a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as an official document of the UN Security Council and General Assembly, telling about the alleged mistreatment of Russian prisoners of war by Ukraine, Russian First Deputy Permanent Representative to the... Read More

APEC can be part of solution to global economic crisis: minister

JAKARTA – The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum is in a strategic position to become a part of the solution to the global economic crisis, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Airlangga Hartarto, has said.APEC’s member economies represent more than 60 percent of the... Read More

Finland next year to start building fences on border with Russia

ANKARA – Finland will start building fences on its eastern border with Russia next year as the country has been beefing up its security since Russia launched a war on neighboring Ukraine this February, the Finnish Border Guard said Friday.The Nordic country's border with Russia has a length of... Read More

UN chief makes final push at COP27

UNITED NATIONS–UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is pushing for bold climate action as the UN Climate Change Conference in Egypt (COP27) is drawing to a conclusion, said a UN spokesman on Friday.Guterres met separately with member states of the European Union, members of the Group of 77... Read More

Elon Musk begins Twitter poll on reinstating Trump's account

WASHINGTON – Twitter owner Elon Musk launched a poll Friday on the social media company asking if former US president Donald Trump should be allowed back on the platform."Reinstate former President Trump," Musk wrote in a post that garnered more than 4.4 million impressions at the time of... Read More

China pledges Bio-Circular-Green Economy as APEC summit kicks off

ANKARA–The 29th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Organization (APEC) Summit kicked off on Friday in Thailand, with leaders from member countries meeting in person for the first time in four years.Leaders from member countries have already arrived in Bangkok, Thailand's capital, for the... Read More

N. Korea fires ICBM toward East Sea: S. Korean military

SEOUL – North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) toward the East Sea on Friday, the South Korean military said, in apparent protest over the United States' move to reinforce its "extended deterrence" protection of South Korea and Japan.The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said... Read More

Italy’s Catholic Church issues report on clergy sexual abuse

ROME – The Italian Catholic Church released its first accounting of alleged clergy sexual abuse against minors and vulnerable adults Thursday.The 41-page report that covers 2020 and 2021 said there were 89 presumed victims and 68 accused.Associations supporting the victims denounced the... Read More

21 dead, several others hurt in Gaza Strip fire

ANKARA – At least 21 people, including women and children, were killed and several others were hurt when a fire erupted Thursday at a building in the Gaza Strip in the Jabalia refugee camp, health officials said.Victims were discovered in the building where the fire started.The number of those... Read More

Biden congratulates Republicans on House majority win

WASHINGTON – US President Joe Biden on Wednesday congratulated Republicans on winning the majority in the House of Representatives in the midterm elections."I congratulate Leader [Kevin] McCarthy on Republicans winning the House majority, and am ready to work with House Republicans to deliver... Read More

EU holds Russia responsible for Poland missile strike

ANKARA –The European Union’s foreign policy chief on Wednesday held Russia responsible for the "tragic" missile incident in Poland, calling the attack a gross violation of international law."This tragic incident is a result of yet another massive wave of missile attacks on Ukrainian... Read More

Layoffs tick up at big tech with high inflation, recession fears

ANKARA -- Layoffs recently ticked up at big technology companies in the United States and Europe because of record inflation, higher energy costs and central banks aggressively raising interest rates that triggered recession fears.Technology companies increased hiring to meet higher consumer demand... Read More

Record number of Canadians using food banks

TRENTON, Canada – Food bank use is at an all-time high in Canada, with families facing a choice between paying rent or eating, the head of Food Banks Canada said Wednesday."This year, we are seeing a trend that we have not previously observed," the organization said in its "Hunger Count Report... Read More

UK markets resort to egg-rationing as bird flu hits supply

LONDON –UK markets resort to egg-rationing as bird flu hits supply – Two major supermarkets in Britain are rationing eggs due to supply shortages, local media reported on Wednesday.Asda and Lidl are limiting customers to two boxes of eggs each, with other supermarkets weighing similar... Read More

Media must fight intolerance, promote diversity: UAE minister

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – The media is urged to fight intolerance and promote human diversity.On the second day of the Global Media Congress here, UAE Minister for Tolerance and Coexistence Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan said the media has the duty and responsibility to spread... Read More

Missile that hit Poland fired by Ukraine to stop Russian rocket

ANKARA – Initial findings suggest that the missile that hit Poland was fired by Ukrainian forces at an incoming Russian missile, Associated Press reported on Wednesday, citing US officials.Earlier, US President Joe Biden also said that it was “unlikely” that a missile that killed... Read More

Jobs recession seen to continue with impact of economic dev’ts

BALI, Indonesia – The job losses around the world are expected to continue with the impact of the overall economic situation but also as a result of the transformation pressures linked to the greening of the economy and digitalization, Bettina Schaller, president of the World Employment... Read More

Metaverse presenter holds live interview at Global Media Congress

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- The first Global Media Congress (GMC) has combined physical and virtual reality in conducting a groundbreaking live interview, one of the major features of the three-day event.In front of hundreds of attendees at the conference here Tuesday, Metaverse presenter... Read More

France medical labs on strike for 3 days over austerity rate cuts

PARIS – To protest government austerity plans, French medical labs are going on a three-day strike.Some 3,900 of France's 4,100 laboratories are suspending all tests, including blood and urine tests, except in emergencies.In a bill on social security financing, the French government is... Read More

Poland confirms missiles that killed 2 Poles were Russian

WARSAW – Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said early Wednesday the missiles which fell on a village in the country’s east, killing two people, were Russian made.Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau summoned the Russian ambassador to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with a demand to... Read More