Grain deal should be renewed: WFP chief

ROME – The grain deal should be renewed, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) David Beasley tweeted on Tuesday."The Black Sea Grain Initiative is up for renewal in 4 days. It must be extended," Beasley tweeted."For the sake of the world’s hungry, it is critical that we... Read More

Biden briefed on alleged Russian missile strikes in Poland

WASHINGTON – US President Joe Biden was briefed Tuesday about reports of Russian missile strikes in Poland, said the White House.Biden will also speak to Polish President Andrzej Duda "shortly," it said in a statement.Also, Biden's National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan spoke with his Polish... Read More

Trump officially announces 2024 presidential bid

WASHINGTON – Former US President Donald Trump officially announced Tuesday that he is running for president in the 2024 elections."In order to make America great and glorious again, I am tonight announcing my candidacy for president of the United States," Trump said during a primetime event at... Read More

APEC launches information hub for international travel

JAKARTA – The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) on Tuesday launched a one-stop portal aimed at providing a high-level summary of information on international travel within the region as member economies safely resume cross-border movement."One of Thailand’s focuses this year is to... Read More

Poland mulls call for NATO Article 4

WARSAW – Poland said Tuesday it is considering calling on NATO to trigger Article 4 after two people died in explosions in the village of Przewodow, a few kilometers from the country’s border with Ukraine.Article 4 permits members of the alliance to call a NATO meeting when they perceive... Read More

Media vital in ever-evolving ties between PH, UAE: envoy

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – The participation of state-run Philippine News Agency (PNA) at the inaugural Global Media Congress (GMC) this year highlights the importance of the media industry in the Philippines and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Philippine Ambassador to the United Arab... Read More

Inaugural Global Media Congress kicks off in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – The inaugural Global Media Congress (GMC), the first in the Middle East, opens Tuesday, bringing together media industry stakeholders, tech firms, and journalists worldwide.State-run Philippine News Agency (PNA) is among the participants in the three-day... Read More

Elon Musk, ex-Twitter exec argue over 'free lunch' at Twitter HQ

ANKARA – Elon Musk and an ex-Twitter official argued over "free lunches" at the company's headquarters after a report emerged that under the new CEO, the company would stop picking up the tab for the daily meal.In response to a tweet of a New York Times article that said Musk "plans to begin... Read More

US, UK, EU call for extending Black Sea grain deal

ANKARA – The United States, United Kingdom and European Union on Monday called for extending the Istanbul grain deal that allows the export of Ukrainian grain via the Black Sea."We call on the parties to the Initiative to extend its term and scale up its operations to meet the evident demand.... Read More

World population hits 8 billion

ANKARA – The global population hit 8 billion people on Friday, a milestone in human development, according to United Nations estimates."The milestone is an occasion to celebrate diversity and advancements while considering humanity's shared responsibility for the planet," UN Secretary-General... Read More

Muslims raise concerns about rise of Islamophobic attacks

BERLIN –German authorities have registered at least 662 Islamophobic crimes in 2021.There were more than 46 mosques attacked and at least 17 people were injured because of anti-Muslim violence.Suleyman Demir, project director at the anti-discrimination group, Inssan, said attacks on Muslims... Read More

Police official suspended over Itaewon crowd crush

SEOUL – A high-ranking police official was temporarily suspended from his post on Monday as the probe into the deadly crowd crush in the Itaewon district intensifies.Park Sung-min, a superintendent general, is under suspicion of ordering the deletion of an internal intelligence report giving... Read More

Leaders of US, Japan, South Korea discuss cooperation to counter

ANKARA – The leaders of Japan, the US, and South Korea met on Sunday in Cambodia and discussed cooperation in dealing with North Korea's missile and nuclear threats.Ahead of the trilateral talks in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, US President Joe Biden held bilateral talks with Japanese... Read More

Over 56K migrants intercepted by Morocco in 2022

RABAT, Morocco – Moroccan authorities have intercepted thousands of illegal migrants in the first eight months of 2022, according to a parliamentary report.The report said over 56,000 migrants were prevented from illegally crossing the Mediterranean into Europe in the period from January to... Read More

World leaders condemn Istanbul bombing

ANKARA – World leaders condemned an explosion Sunday on Istanbul's Istiklal Avenue that left at least six people dead and 81 injured.Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya said the blast occurred around 4:20 p.m. local time (1320GMT), with police and emergency officials cordoning off the scene."It... Read More

Ukrainian city liberated from Russia

KHERSON, Ukraine – Ukrainian civilians in Kherson expressed joy Saturday following the liberation of their city from Russian occupation.Residents in towns and villages where Ukrainian troops passed through on their way to Kherson cheered soldiers and gave them flowers to show their happiness... Read More

Russia to seek Russian Agricultural Bank’s reconnection to SWIFT

GENEVA – Russia considers the reconnection of the Russian Agricultural Bank to Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) to be a critical issue in moving forward in reducing barriers to local agricultural product exports, and will try to achieve it, according to... Read More

ASEAN + 3 should strive for peace, stability, dev’t: Chinese exec

PHNOM PENH – Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said here on Saturday the member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as well as China, Japan and South Korea should be committed to safeguarding peace and stability and achieving development and prosperity.Li made the remarks... Read More

Record-breaking storm batters parts of Spain

OVIEDO, Spain – An unprecedented storm in Spain on Saturday shut down the Valencia airport, left one minor dead, and thousands without power and caused significant flooding.The worst-hit area so far is the region of Valencia, where some towns have begun to resemble Venice after torrential... Read More

Ukraine vows to use ASEAN cooperation treaty to build relations

ANKARA – Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba pledged on Saturday to take advantage of opportunities to build relationships and promote political matters with the 10 ASEAN nations following the signing of the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC).Speaking with reporters... Read More