Finland prepares to apply to NATO on May 18: top diplomat

STOCKHOLM – Finland may apply to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on May 18, Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto told the Aftonbladet newspaper."Our permanent representative to NATO in Brussels will do this [apply] possibly on Wednesday. If talks with NATO begin, they... Read More

G7 countries call on Russia to end war on Ukraine

ISTANBUL – The G7 countries called on Russia on Saturday to end its war against Ukraine, pledging strong support for Kyiv."We are steadfast in our support for Ukraine in its defence against Russia's unjustifiable, unprovoked and illegal war of aggression and reiterate our constant call on... Read More

Germany accuses Russia of waging 'grain war'

BERLIN – Germany on Saturday accused Russia of waging a "grain war," endangering global food security.Addressing a news conference at the end of the G7 foreign ministers' meeting at the Baltic resort town of Weissenhaus, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said Moscow was consciously trying to... Read More

At least 10 dead in supermarket mass shooting in New York

WASHINGTON – A gunman opened fire at a supermarket in Buffalo city in the US state of New York on Saturday afternoon, killing at least 10 people, according to Buffalo Police Department.The mass shooting took place at the Tops Markets on Jefferson Avenue. The gunman was an 18-year-old white... Read More

N.Korea faces 'great turmoil' due to Covid spread, says Kim

SEOUL – North Korea on Saturday reported 21 additional Covid-19 deaths, with more than 174,400 people nationwide feverish, as its leader Kim Jong-un stated that his country is faced with "great turmoil" due to the spread of the virus.Pyongyang's state media released the updated tally compiled... Read More

Astronomers reveal 1st image of black hole at center of Milky Way

WASHINGTON – Astronomers on Thursday unveiled the first image of the "supermassive black hole" at the center of the Milky Way galaxy."This result provides overwhelming evidence that the object is indeed a black hole and yields valuable clues about the workings of such giants, which are thought... Read More

Ukraine will reclaim all territory from Russia: Zelenskyy

PARIS – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Wednesday assured Kyiv will keep on fighting against the Russian-imposed war until it restores total territorial unity.“This war will end for Ukraine when we restore our unity, our territory,” Zelenskyy said in an address from Kyiv... Read More

World continues to grapple with high inflation

ISTANBUL – The Russia-Ukraine war has wreaked havoc on commodity and energy prices and countries around the world are struggling with high inflation, which is hitting record levels.After a tough two years due to the coronavirus pandemic, the world economy was expected to recover quickly, but... Read More

Musk calls Twitter's Trump ban 'morally bad'

WASHINGTON – Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on Tuesday he would reverse former President Donald Trump's ban from Twitter, calling the decision "morally bad," as well as "foolish in the extreme."Musk, whose USD44 billion bid to acquire the social media company was accepted by Twitter in late April,... Read More

Ukraine visit made me see link between global crises: WHO chief

GENEVA – The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday said a visit to Ukraine made him aware of a convergence of global crises like the war there, the coronavirus pandemic, a worldwide food and energy crisis and migration and climate issues that need solving with "real global... Read More

Bill Gates tests positive for Covid-19

ANKARA – Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, announced Tuesday that he has tested positive for Covid-19."I'm experiencing mild symptoms and am following the experts' advice by isolating until I'm healthy again. I'm fortunate to be vaccinated and boosted and have... Read More

South Korea's new president Yoon Suk-yeol sworn in

ANKARA – South Korea's new President Yoon Suk-yeol was sworn in on Tuesday in a crowded ceremony held at the National Assembly in the capital Seoul.Ahead of the oath, Yoon received a detailed briefing from the Joint Chiefs of Staff at an underground bunker of the new presidential office at... Read More

Morocco hosts ministerial meeting of global coalition vs. Daesh

RABAT – Morocco will host on Wednesday the Ministerial Meeting of the Global Coalition against Daesh, at the joint invitation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Abroad, Nasser Bourita, and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.The Marrakech meeting is another... Read More

John Lee elected as HKSAR's sixth-term chief executive designate

HONG KONG – The returning officer for the election of the sixth-term chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on Sunday said John Lee has been elected as the chief executive designate.The former chief secretary for administration of the HKSAR government won a... Read More

Macron inaugurated for 2nd term as president of France

PARIS – In an official ceremony at his official residence, French President Emmanuel Macron was inaugurated on Saturday afternoon for a second five-year term.Macron last month was reelected in a runoff against far-right candidate Marine Le Pen with 58.2 percent, making him France’s first... Read More

10 health workers die in war with Russia so far: Ukraine official

KYIV, Ukraine – At least 10 health specialists have lost lives in Ukraine since the beginning of the war with Russia, Ukrainian Health Minister Viktor Liashko said early Sunday.At a joint press conference with the WHO Secretary-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in the capital Kyiv, Liashko... Read More

Biden taps 1st Black woman to be White House spokesperson

WASHINGTON – US President Joe Biden announced on Thursday that Karine Jean-Pierre will be the first Black woman to serve as the White House's chief spokesperson.Jean-Pierre will replace outgoing spokeswoman Jen Psaki, who is leaving the White House on May 13, the executive mansion announced in... Read More

SoKor becomes 1st Asian nation to join NATO’s cyber group

ISTANBUL – South Korea on Thursday became the first Asian nation to join NATO’s cyber defense group, according to the country’s National Intelligence Service (NIS).The NIS was formally admitted into the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence (CCDCOE) based in Tallinn,... Read More

Nigeria, Morocco to build world’s longest offshore gas pipeline

ABUJA – Nigeria and Morocco are planning to build the world's longest offshore gas pipeline to transport gas between the two countries, crossing 11 others in West Africa, local media reported Tuesday.Quoted by the media, Tolu Ogunlesi, media adviser to Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, said... Read More

Covid-19 cases, deaths dropping globally: WHO chief

GENEVA – The coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases and deaths continue to decline worldwide, but South African scientists that identified the omicron strain have reported two more sub-variants, the World Health Organization chief said Wednesday.Tedros Ghebreyesus said at a press webinar... Read More