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Russia conducts another test-launch of Tsirkon hypersonic missile

MOSCOW – Russian frigate Admiral Gorshkov successfully test-fired a Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missile from the Barents Sea on Saturday, Russia's Defense Ministry said.The missile hit a naval target about 1,000 kilometers away in the White Sea and the flight of the projectile corresponded to... Read More

Morocco elected to WHO Executive Board for 2022-2025

RABAT–The Kingdom of Morocco was elected to the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) for the period 2022-2025, representing the group of Eastern Mediterranean States (EMR), during the 75th World Health Assembly held in Geneva from May 22 to 28, the Ministry of Foreign... Read More

Some US universities, schools reimpose indoor mask mandates

NEW YORK – As coronavirus cases have increased across the United States, some universities and public school systems have reimposed indoor mask mandates on their campuses, a sign that while the academic year may be coming to a close, the pandemic is still not, The New York Times reported on... Read More

Texas school shooting death toll rises to 21, including 18 kids

HOUSTON – The death toll from an elementary school shooting in the US state of Texas has risen to 21, including 18 children, a state senator said Tuesday, citing the Texas Department of Public Safety.An 18-year-old man opened fire at the school in Uvalde city on Tuesday afternoon, Texas... Read More

Ukraine president warns of costs of prolonged war with Russia

KYIV, Ukraine – Ukraine’s president warned Tuesday that the longer Russia’s war against his country continues, the greater the price will be of “protecting freedom.”“Not only for Ukraine, but also for the whole free world,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a... Read More

'Covid-19 is not over anywhere until it’s over everywhere': WHO

GENEVA – The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) told global health ministers on Sunday that although reported Covid-19 cases and deaths have declined significantly, it is not time to lower the guard.Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus delivered his message during the kick-off of the annual... Read More

WHO reports 92 confirmed, 28 suspected monkeypox cases

GENEVA – The World Health Organization (WHO) has been informed about 92 confirmed and 28 suspected monkeypox cases at countries that are not endemic to the virus, it said on Twitter on Sunday."Ninety-two laboratory confirmed cases, and 28 suspected cases of monkeypox with investigations... Read More

G7 countries determined to rein in rising inflation

FRANKFURT – The Group of Seven (G7) countries are determined to rein in the spiraling inflation, German Finance Minister Christian Lindner said on Friday.Speaking at a press conference after the G7 finance ministers and central governors meeting held in Germany's Petersberg, Lindner called on... Read More

More than 160M children worldwide in child labor: UN report

GENEVA – More than 160 million children are in child labor worldwide, said a report released on Wednesday by the International Labor Organization (ILO) and UN children's agency UNICEF.In the report, the ILO and UNICEF warned that without relief strategies, the number of children in child labor... Read More

Pollution kills more than 9M people each year globally: study

ANKARA – Despite declines in deaths from household air and water pollution, pollution still kills more than 9 million each year, or one in six deaths worldwide, according to research published Wednesday in a top medical journal."Over the past two decades, deaths caused by the modern forms of... Read More

Internally displaced worldwide reached record 59.1M in 2021

GENEVA – People living in internal displacement due to conflicts or natural disasters worldwide reached a record 59.1 million at the end of 2021, up from 55 million a year earlier, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) said Thursday."The situation today is phenomenally worse than... Read More

Spain, Morocco reopen borders for 1st time since pandemic

OVIEDO, Spain – The land borders separating Spain’s two African enclaves from Morocco reopened for the first time in 26 months on Tuesday.The border crossing of El Tarajal was festive at the time the border opened around midnight.According to Spanish daily El Pais, people applauded and... Read More

Omni-media, platform-based communication rising trend in China

BEIJING – Omni-media and platform-based communication became a rising trend in China's news media industry in 2020 and 2021, according to a report by the All-China Journalists Association (ACJA) unveiled Monday.The report, titled "Development of China's News Media," the sixth of its kind from... Read More

Biden considers DMZ trip during upcoming visit to S. Korea

SEOUL – US President Joe Biden may visit the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas during his trip here later this week, as the allies are in consultations on his specific itinerary, informed sources said Tuesday.Biden is set to arrive in Seoul on Friday, the eve of his first... Read More

French hospital accuses Israel of attacking journalist’s funeral

JERUSALEM – The French Hospital in occupied East Jerusalem on Monday accused Israeli police of assaulting the funeral procession of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.On Friday, Israeli police surrounded mourners and used stun grenades and batons to assault pallbearers carrying Abu... Read More

NoKor reports over 392K new 'fever' cases amid Covid-19 outbreak

ANKARA – North Korea reported 392,920 people with "fever" and eight related fatalities over the past 24 hours amid a growing Covid-19 outbreak, local media reported on Monday.The total number of people with "fever" rose to 1.21 million since the first such case was reported in late April,... Read More

1 dead, 4 critically injured in California church shooting

WASHINGTON – One person was killed and four others were critically injured Sunday during a shooting at a church in Orange County, California, according to authorities.The shooting took place inside Geneva Presbyterian Church on the 24000 block of El Toro Road in Laguna Woods, the Orange County... Read More

Finland officially confirms bid to join NATO

ANKARA – Finland on Sunday officially confirmed its intention to join the NATO alliance, expressing readiness to engage in talks with Turkiye on the issues it raised on the Scandinavian country's membership.The country's Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy approved its... Read More

Sweden to send delegation to Turkiye to discuss NATO membership

STOCKHOLM – Sweden will send a delegation of diplomats to Turkiye to discuss the Scandinavian country’s decision to apply for NATO membership, the government announced Sunday.Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde confirmed that the delegation will visit Turkiye and said it will be sent to... Read More

Finland's entering NATO could affect Russian-Finnish ties: Putin

MOSCOW – The leaders of Russia and Finland on Saturday discussed the issue of Helsinki's admission to NATO and its possible affects to relations between the two countries.According to a Kremlin statement, President Vladimir Putin talked to his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto over the phone... Read More