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WHO: 1.6M people get sick daily from eating unsafe food

WHO: 1.6M people get sick daily from eating unsafe food

June 8, 2024, 1:32 pm

GENEVA – The World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday that every day, an estimated 1.6 million people become sick from eating unsafe food. Children under the age of 5 carry 40 percent of the foodborne disease burden, Francesco Branca, head of nutrition and food safety at the WHO, told a UN… Read More

N. Korea, China, Russia expanding nuclear arsenals – White House exec

N. Korea, China, Russia expanding nuclear arsenals – White House exec

June 8, 2024, 10:42 am

WASHINGTON – North Korea, China, and Russia are expanding and diversifying their nuclear weapons stockpiles at a "breakneck" speed, a White House official said Friday, warning that absent a change in the trajectory of their arsenals, the United States may have to increase its own. Pranay Vaddi,… Read More

Docs at Seoul National U hospitals to stage walkout from June 17

Docs at Seoul National U hospitals to stage walkout from June 17

June 7, 2024, 8:47 pm

SEOUL – Doctors at four major hospitals affiliated with Seoul National University (SNU) are set to stage a walkout from June 17, according to hospital officials on Friday, in a move that would complicate efforts by the government to resolve a protracted walkout by trainee doctors. Medical… Read More

BRICS Bank exec cites need for multipolar economy

BRICS Bank exec cites need for multipolar economy

June 7, 2024, 4:10 pm

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — A multipolar economy is needed to reduce the risk of global economic instability caused by problems in large economies, Dilma Rousseff, former Brazil president and the current president of the New BRICS Development Bank (NDB), said Thursday. Speaking at the St.… Read More

UN chief 'deeply concerned' about increasing violence in Myanmar

UN chief 'deeply concerned' about increasing violence in Myanmar

June 7, 2024, 2:15 pm

HAMILTON, Canada – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday expressed deep concern for the increasing conflict in Myanmar, citing the urgent need to protect all communities amidst human rights violations and aerial bombings. "The Secretary-General is deeply concerned by the… Read More

Former Cameroonian premier elected UN General Assembly president

Former Cameroonian premier elected UN General Assembly president

June 7, 2024, 1:09 pm

WASHINGTON — Cameroon’s former Prime Minister Philemon Yang was elected on Thursday "by acclamation" as president of the 79th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, which will begin in September. Yang expressed his "sincere gratitude" to the member states for the support for his… Read More

WHO confirms 1st human death from new bird flu strain

WHO confirms 1st human death from new bird flu strain

June 6, 2024, 8:06 pm

MEXICO CITY – The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Wednesday that a resident of Mexico became the world’s first person to die from a bird flu strain not previously detected in humans. The H5N2 strain of avian influenza has been recorded in birds worldwide, but no cases of human… Read More

ECB expected to cut interest rates for 1st time in half decade

ECB expected to cut interest rates for 1st time in half decade

June 6, 2024, 5:34 pm

BERLIN – The European Central Bank (ECB) is expected to cut its benchmark interest rates for the first time in five years on Thursday when it will announce its decision, as inflation in the eurozone is shadowed by the weak economic growth outlook. The ECB’s Governing Council is certain to cut… Read More

UN chief: Humans both danger, solution for climate crisis

UN chief: Humans both danger, solution for climate crisis

June 6, 2024, 2:32 pm

HAMILTON, Canada — The head of the United Nations (UN) warned about the ongoing climate crisis on Wednesday and said humans are the danger, but also the solution. "Like the meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs, we’re having an outsized impact. In the case of climate, we are not the dinosaurs.… Read More

Global temperature likely to temporarily exceed pre-industrial level

Global temperature likely to temporarily exceed pre-industrial level

June 6, 2024, 1:08 pm

GENEVA – There is an 80 percent likelihood that annual average global temperature will temporarily exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels for at least one of the next five years, according to a new report from the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). This is a stark warning… Read More

Number of students coming to schools hungry rising in UK: Survey

Number of students coming to schools hungry rising in UK: Survey

June 6, 2024, 12:53 pm

ANKARA – Primary schoolteachers in the UK pointed out the increasing number of students coming to schools feeling hungry and without proper clothing or school supplies compared to last year, a survey revealed on Wednesday. A recent research carried out by the National Foundation for Educational… Read More

Defectors send propaganda materials to N. Korea after trash balloons

Defectors send propaganda materials to N. Korea after trash balloons

June 6, 2024, 12:03 pm

SEOUL – A North Korean defectors' group said Thursday it has sent about 10 large plastic balloons carrying propaganda leaflets against the North Korean regime across the border, raising concerns Pyongyang could resume sending trash-filled balloons. Filled with 200,000 flyers criticizing the… Read More

Japan enacts law to halt falling birth rate as fertility rate dips

Japan enacts law to halt falling birth rate as fertility rate dips

June 5, 2024, 7:38 pm

ISTANBUL – The Japanese parliament endorsed Wednesday a new law to halt the falling birth rate as the country posted a record lowest total fertility rate last year. Under the new law, the government will expand child allowances and parental leave. The enactment of the new law comes as Prime… Read More

Papua New Guinea calls off search for 2K people buried in landslides

Papua New Guinea calls off search for 2K people buried in landslides

June 5, 2024, 7:29 pm

ISTANBUL – Papua New Guinea has officially halted the search for approximately 2,000 people buried under a massive landslide in Enga province, authorities said on Wednesday. The disaster management committee declared Tuliparo village, engulfed by the landslide, a "mass cemetery," local media… Read More

Israeli gov't divided by US ceasefire proposal

Israeli gov't divided by US ceasefire proposal

June 5, 2024, 3:40 pm

JERUSALEM – The Israeli government is divided over a US proposal for a ceasefire, with leaders of the Orthodox religious parties voicing support on Tuesday while far-right leaders threaten to quit the coalition. “I told the representatives of the kidnapped families today that our position is… Read More

Amount of Israeli bombs dropped on Gaza surpasses World War II

Amount of Israeli bombs dropped on Gaza surpasses World War II

June 5, 2024, 1:30 pm

ISTANBUL – Israel has dropped more than 70,000 tons of bombs on the Gaza Strip since last October, far surpassing Dresden, Hamburg, and London combined during World War II. In late April, Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor estimated that 70,000 tons of bombs were dropped on Gaza, covering a six-month… Read More

Innovative ‘metamaterial’ could revolutionize dev't of smart materials

Innovative ‘metamaterial’ could revolutionize dev't of smart materials

June 5, 2024, 12:49 pm

JERUSALEM – A collaborative team of Israeli and American researchers have made a significant breakthrough in materials science by developing a mechanical metamaterial capable of remembering the order of actions performed on it.  By bridging the fields of magnetism and mechanics, its inherent… Read More

Authorities expel homeless people from Paris ahead of Olympics

Authorities expel homeless people from Paris ahead of Olympics

June 5, 2024, 12:16 pm

ANKARA – French authorities continued to expel homeless people, including asylum seekers, in Paris ahead of the Olympic Games, which begin next month, a non-governmental organization said in a report. The expulsion began a year ago, and 12,545 people were expelled from Paris in 2023-2024, a 38.5… Read More

China experiences warmest spring in history

China experiences warmest spring in history

June 4, 2024, 4:47 pm

ANKARA – China experienced the warmest spring on record between March and May, with temperatures hitting a record high since meteorological records began to be maintained in 1961, state media reported on Monday. The national average temperature between March and May reached 12.3 degrees Celsius… Read More

400,000-year-old tools reveal early human adaptation to changing prey

400,000-year-old tools reveal early human adaptation to changing prey

June 4, 2024, 2:34 pm

JERUSALEM – Tel Aviv University researchers have identified the earliest known instance of specialized stone tools designed for butchering fallow deer, dating back 400,000 years. The unique tools, known as “Quina scrapers”, were discovered at the prehistoric sites of Jaljulia and Qesem Cave… Read More