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Death toll in Kenya floods rises to 179; thousands remain displaced

Death toll in Kenya floods rises to 179; thousands remain displaced

May 2, 2024, 4:09 pm

NAIROBI, Kenya – Floods and landslides caused by heavy rains in Kenya have claimed the lives of 179 people, officials said on Wednesday. "Ongoing floods have led to the unfortunate loss of 10 lives within the past 24 hours, raising the national flood-related death toll to 179," Isaac Mwaura,… Read More

US House passes antisemitism bill

US House passes antisemitism bill

May 2, 2024, 4:00 pm

WASHINGTON – The US House of Representatives passed an antisemitism bill Wednesday as pro-Palestinian protests continued on campuses across the country. The measure passed in a 320-91 vote, with 70 Democrats and 21 Republicans voting against the bill, which would next need to be taken up by the… Read More

Global air passenger demand up 13.8% in March

Global air passenger demand up 13.8% in March

May 2, 2024, 3:38 pm

ISTANBUL – Global air passenger demand was up 13.8 percent year-on-year in March, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) revealed on Wednesday. Total air passenger capacity, measured in available seat kilometers, was up 12.3 percent over the same period, the association said. It… Read More

US Fed chair says central bank 'unlikely' to make rate hike

US Fed chair says central bank 'unlikely' to make rate hike

May 2, 2024, 2:27 pm

ISTANBUL – Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell on Wednesday said the central bank is "unlikely" to make an interest rate increase despite inflation still hovering above its 2 percent target. "It's unlikely that the next policy rate move will be a hike," he said in a post-meeting press conference… Read More

Heatwave engulfs Bangladesh with record temperature since 1989

Heatwave engulfs Bangladesh with record temperature since 1989

May 2, 2024, 2:22 pm

DHAKA – Bangladesh has set its extreme temperature record this year as heatwave sweeps large parts of the South Asian country. Mercury rose to 43.8 degrees Celsius on Tuesday in the country's southwestern district of Jessore, a record since 1989, according to the Bangladesh Meteorological… Read More

UN agency reports at least 800 Israeli settler attacks since Oct. 7

UN agency reports at least 800 Israeli settler attacks since Oct. 7

May 2, 2024, 2:22 pm

WASHINGTON – The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Thursday said it recorded at least 800 Israeli settler attacks against Palestinians in the West Bank that resulted in casualties or property damage since Oct. 7. "This included the killing of more than 30… Read More

Egypt, France explore ways to reach Gaza ceasefire

Egypt, France explore ways to reach Gaza ceasefire

May 2, 2024, 12:58 pm

CAIRO – The foreign ministers of Egypt and France held talks in Cairo on Wednesday to discuss efforts to reach a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. The discussions between Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his French counterpart Stephane Sejourne explored ways of resolving the crisis in Gaza, the… Read More

Pentagon says over 50% of Gaza pier construction complete

Pentagon says over 50% of Gaza pier construction complete

May 2, 2024, 12:40 pm

WASHINGTON – Construction of a temporary pier off Gaza’s coast to be used to deliver humanitarian aid is now over 50 percent done, a Pentagon spokesperson said Wednesday. "In terms of an update on JLOTS (Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore), so as of today, we are over 50 percent complete on… Read More

Israel reopens Gaza’s Erez Crossing for first time since Oct. 7

Israel reopens Gaza’s Erez Crossing for first time since Oct. 7

May 2, 2024, 12:28 pm

JERUSALEM – Israel reopened the Erez Crossing with Gaza for the first time since Oct. 7 with the passage of 30 trucks delivering food and medical supplies from Jordan to the northern area of the Strip. It is the only crossing located on Gaza’s northern border. Before the war, it served as… Read More

Rains, floods in Kenya claim 66 more lives, pushing death toll to 169

Rains, floods in Kenya claim 66 more lives, pushing death toll to 169

May 1, 2024, 8:33 pm

NAIROBI, Kenya – Rains and floods in Kenya have claimed 66 more lives in the past 24 hours, pushing the death toll to 169 since March 1, with 91 people still missing, officials said on Tuesday. Addressing a press conference, Kenya's government spokesperson Isaac Mwaura said the deaths on Tuesday… Read More

Dozens arrested as police clear Columbia U of pro-Palestine protesters

Dozens arrested as police clear Columbia U of pro-Palestine protesters

May 1, 2024, 7:56 pm

WASHINGTON – New York Police Department (NYPD) officers entered a Columbia University building held by pro-Palestinian protesters late Tuesday amid reports that dozens of people have been taken into custody. Police entered Hamilton Hall from a second-floor window after using a mobile ladder to… Read More

World Central Kitchen resumes work in Gaza

World Central Kitchen resumes work in Gaza

May 1, 2024, 4:22 pm

WASHINGTON – The international food charity World Central Kitchen (WCK) resumed its operations in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday after seven of its aid workers were killed in an Israeli strike earlier last month. "WCK served 200,000 meals to displaced Palestinians today as we resumed work in Gaza,"… Read More

McDonald's misses quarterly profits target amid global Gaza boycotts

McDonald's misses quarterly profits target amid global Gaza boycotts

May 1, 2024, 2:50 pm

ISTANBUL – McDonald's Corporation fell short of quarterly profit estimates for the first time in two years amid demands for a global boycott against the fast food chain because of the war in the Gaza Strip, the company said Tuesday. Despite global comparable sales growing nearly 2 percent in… Read More

King Charles returns to public-facing duties after cancer diagnosis

King Charles returns to public-facing duties after cancer diagnosis

May 1, 2024, 2:20 pm

LONDON – Britain's King Charles on Tuesday returned to public-facing duties nearly three months after he was diagnosed with a form of cancer. Along with Queen Camilla, Charles visited the University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre in central London as he was announced as the new patron… Read More

Yoon vows to protect 'value of labor' on Labor Day

Yoon vows to protect 'value of labor' on Labor Day

May 1, 2024, 1:31 pm

SEOUL – President Yoon Suk Yeol vowed to protect the "value of labor" as he marked Labor Day on Wednesday. In a Facebook post, he thanked the 28.4 million workers for their “sweat and efforts”, which he attributed for  the remarkable growth of South Korea. "The government and I will protect… Read More

More than 50K unaccompanied child migrants went missing in Europe

More than 50K unaccompanied child migrants went missing in Europe

May 1, 2024, 1:23 pm

ATHENS – More than 50,000 unaccompanied child migrants went missing after arriving in Europe, a survey by a European journalism project revealed Tuesday. “Italy has the highest number of registered missing unaccompanied minors, with 22,899, followed by Austria (20,077), Belgium (2,241),… Read More

Mount Ruang erupts again, thousands evacuated

Mount Ruang erupts again, thousands evacuated

May 1, 2024, 11:52 am

JAKARTA –  Thousands of residents in Sitaro Islands District, North Sulawesi, have been evacuated as Mount Ruang erupted anew, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said Tuesday. Seven emergency posts have been prepared to accommodate 12,000 evacuees, according to Abdul Muhari, the… Read More

G7 reaches deal to shut down coal plants by 2035

G7 reaches deal to shut down coal plants by 2035

April 30, 2024, 2:46 pm

ISTANBUL – The Group of Seven energy ministers on Monday pledged to close their coal plants by 2035 at the latest, potentially setting a global example for fighting the climate crisis, media outlets reported. “We do have an agreement to phase out coal in the first half of the 2030s,”… Read More

Temporary aid pier off Gaza to be operational in May: Pentagon

Temporary aid pier off Gaza to be operational in May: Pentagon

April 30, 2024, 12:36 pm

WASHINGTON – A temporary pier being constructed off Gaza’s coast for delivering humanitarian aid will be operational in May, a Pentagon spokesperson said Monday. "We're scheduled on track to meet our goal of early May," Sabrina Singh told reporters. The Pentagon announced on March 8 that it… Read More

Japanese yen drops to new low of 160 vs. dollar, 1st time since 1990

Japanese yen drops to new low of 160 vs. dollar, 1st time since 1990

April 29, 2024, 10:10 pm

ISTANBUL – The Japanese government might have intervened to halt yen’s slide as the country’s currency Monday dropped to a new low of 160 against the dollar, the first time since 1990, Kyodo News reported. The yen dropped to a 34-year low in Singapore but quickly recovered to 155 amid… Read More