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S. Korea to launch 1st nanosatellite this week

S. Korea to launch 1st nanosatellite this week

April 24, 2024, 3:55 pm

SEOUL – South Korea is set to launch a homegrown earth observation nanosatellite into space this week, as part of its plan to create the country's satellite constellation by 2027, the science ministry said Tuesday. The nanosatellite, the first unit of the envisioned satellite constellation, will… Read More

NASA's Voyager 1 returns intelligible signal for 1st time in months

NASA's Voyager 1 returns intelligible signal for 1st time in months

April 24, 2024, 1:50 pm

ISTANBUL – The Voyager 1 space probe transmitted an understandable message to Earth for the first time in months after NASA engineers fixed a communication problem in the 47-year-old satellite, the US space agency announced Tuesday. Launched in 1977, Voyager 1 has been continuing its mission in… Read More

10 killed in Malaysia military helicopter collision

10 killed in Malaysia military helicopter collision

April 24, 2024, 12:05 pm

ANKARA – At least 10 personnel, including three women navy officers, were killed when two Malaysia Armed Forces helicopters collided mid-air at the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) base in Lumut, local media said on Tuesday. All victims were confirmed dead at the scene and their bodies were taken to a… Read More

WHO prequalifies new oral simplified vaccine for cholera

WHO prequalifies new oral simplified vaccine for cholera

April 23, 2024, 4:55 pm

GENEVA – A new oral vaccine for cholera has received prequalification by the World Health Organization (WHO). The inactivated oral vaccine Euvichol-S has a similar efficacy to existing vaccines but a simplified formulation, allowing opportunities to rapidly increase production capacity. “The… Read More

Pope Francis calls for dialogue, diplomacy in Middle East conflicts

Pope Francis calls for dialogue, diplomacy in Middle East conflicts

April 22, 2024, 2:20 pm

VATICAN – Pope Francis on Sunday expressed concern over the situation in the Middle East and called for dialogue and diplomacy. During his traditional Sunday Angelus prayer at the Vatican, the pope said: "I continue to follow the situation in the Middle East with concern and sadness." Pope… Read More

Med school deans call for freezing 2025 admission quota

Med school deans call for freezing 2025 admission quota

April 22, 2024, 12:59 pm

SEOUL – Medical school chiefs nationwide urged the government Sunday not to increase medical school enrollment quota for next year and discuss future increases with the medical community through a joint consultative body. The proposal by the Korean Association of Medical Colleges and Graduate… Read More

Mt. Ruang eruption damages 498 houses, public facilities

Mt. Ruang eruption damages 498 houses, public facilities

April 21, 2024, 8:04 pm

JAKARTA – The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) recorded at least 498 houses and three public facilities were damaged due to the eruption of Mount Ruang in Sitaro Islands District, North Sulawesi. The head of BNPB's Disaster Data, Information and Communication Center, Abdul Muhari, on… Read More

China kicks off biennial naval meeting amid mounting tensions at SCS

China kicks off biennial naval meeting amid mounting tensions at SCS

April 21, 2024, 6:38 pm

ANKARA –The Chinese navy on Sunday kicked off a biennial naval symposium in the port city of Qingdao, which will be attended, among others, by US Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Stephen Koehler, state media reported. Koehler will lead a US delegation to the 19th biennial meeting of the Western… Read More

US House passes $95-B aid to Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan; threatens TikTok

US House passes $95-B aid to Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan; threatens TikTok

April 21, 2024, 4:15 pm

WASHINGTON – The US House of Representatives on Saturday passed a USD95 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel, and other US allies overseas. House Speaker Mike Johnson unveiled a plan to hold votes on four separate foreign aid bills, to later come together into a package, a move that has… Read More

At least 58 die in C. Africa boat accident

At least 58 die in C. Africa boat accident

April 21, 2024, 3:59 pm

KIGALI, Rwanda – At least 58 people were killed after a boat capsized in the Central African Republic, an official said Saturday. The accident took place on Friday afternoon on Mpoko River on the outskirts of the capital Bangui, according to Thomas Djimasse, the civil protection chief. “The… Read More

Man sets self ablaze outside Trump trial courthouse, dies 

Man sets self ablaze outside Trump trial courthouse, dies 

April 21, 2024, 1:26 pm

NEW YORK –The man who set himself on fire near the Manhattan courthouse where former president Donald Trump was standing trial succumbed to his injuries and died. Max Azzarello, 37, was rushed to the hospital after self-immolating outside the Manhattan courthouse where Trump is on trial. Despite… Read More

Study identifies microplastics in brain cells

Study identifies microplastics in brain cells

April 21, 2024, 12:12 pm

ANKARA – A study by Turkish scientists, which found the existence of microplastics in brain cells, will shed light on whether these products, used daily, are a factor in Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis (MS), stroke and cerebral hemorrhage in the future. The study conducted by Emrah Celtikci at… Read More

Japan releases 5th batch of treated radioactive wastewater into oceans

Japan releases 5th batch of treated radioactive wastewater into oceans

April 21, 2024, 12:07 pm

ANKARA – Japan on Friday said it started the release of the fifth batch of treated radioactive water into the oceans from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. will discharge 7,800 tons of water through May 7 in the first discharge of the… Read More

UN chief: Stop dangerous cycle of retaliation in MidEast

UN chief: Stop dangerous cycle of retaliation in MidEast

April 20, 2024, 4:54 pm

WASHINGTON – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned "any act of retaliation" in the Middle East, his spokesman said on Friday. "The Secretary-General reiterates that it is high time to stop the dangerous cycle of retaliation in the Middle East," Stephane Dujarric said in a statement.… Read More

Mt. Ruang eruption disrupts flights, affects over 6K passengers

Mt. Ruang eruption disrupts flights, affects over 6K passengers

April 20, 2024, 3:33 pm

Manado, North Sulawesi – Thousands of passengers had to postpone their departures from Sam Ratulangi Airport in Manado following the eruption of Mount Ruang in Tagulandang, North Sulawesi. Forty-seven flights had been canceled, said Maya Damayanti, General Manager of Sam Ratulangi Airport, on… Read More

‘Massive explosions’ hit Iran; Israel carried out strike – reports

‘Massive explosions’ hit Iran; Israel carried out strike – reports

April 19, 2024, 2:59 pm

WASHINGTON – Israel has carried out a strike inside of Iran, multiple American media outlets reported Thursday citing anonymous US officials, in a move that threatens to further push the region towards war. None of the reports identified the targets but the attack comes in response to Iran's… Read More

Nestle accused of adding sugar to baby food in poorer countries

Nestle accused of adding sugar to baby food in poorer countries

April 19, 2024, 2:12 pm

GENEVA – A Swiss NGO (non government organization) has concluded a study that found Nestle is adding sugar to its baby food in poorer countries. According to analysis by Public Eye and the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) published Tuesday on the organization's website, samples… Read More

Mt. Ruang eruption survivors need mats, blankets, tents

Mt. Ruang eruption survivors need mats, blankets, tents

April 19, 2024, 1:39 pm

Jakarta – The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) reported on Wednesday that over 800 villagers displaced by the eruption of Mount Ruang in Sitaro district, North Sulawesi, need mats, blankets, cleaning materials, and tents.Over 270 families or 828 individuals have been evacuated from… Read More

G7 foreign ministers gather in Capri for 3 days

G7 foreign ministers gather in Capri for 3 days

April 18, 2024, 6:42 pm

ROME – G7 foreign ministers gathered in Capri on Wednesday for three days of encounters chaired by Italian Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani, aimed to avert the escalation of the Middle East conflict, among others. "The Italian-led G7 has the job of working for peace in an… Read More

World's largest Chinese telescope spots over 900 pulsars

World's largest Chinese telescope spots over 900 pulsars

April 18, 2024, 2:52 pm

ANKARA – China’s Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), the world's largest single-dish radio telescope, has identified over 900 new pulsars, or rotating neutron stars, since its launch in 2016, state media reported on Wednesday. The pulsars, identified by the 500-meter telescope, included… Read More