Biden mistakenly thanks Colombia for hosting ASEAN summit

ANKARA – US President Joe Biden mistakenly thanked Colombia on Saturday instead of Cambodia for hosting the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit."It was an honor to host at the White House in May, and now that we are back together in Cambodia," Biden told participating... Read More

ASEAN-India must be guardians of Indo-Pacific stability: Jokowi

JAKARTA –Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has encouraged the ASEAN-India partnership to focus on maintaining stability, peace, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.At the same time, he urged partners to collaborate that would ensure solidity in the health and food sector."The... Read More

Market for basic food likely to ease in 2022-2023: UN

GENEVA – Market conditions for major food commodities could ease somewhat in 2022-2023, due to growth predicted for cereal production, an official from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Friday.Boubaker Ben Belhassen, director of the Markets and Trade Division at the FAO, told... Read More

Trump sues Jan. 6 panel to block subpoena to testify

HOUSTON, United States – Former US President Donald Trump filed a federal lawsuit in the state of Florida late Friday to not appear to testify at a deposition Monday before the US House of Representatives committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riots.Trump is challenging a subpoena issued... Read More

Most EU countries set to slide into recession in Q4

BRUSSELS – European Commissioner for Economy Paolo Gentiloni warned on Friday that the outlook for next year has "weakened significantly," and that most European Union (EU) countries will be in recession in the fourth quarter of this year.The EU economy is now "at a turning point," Gentiloni... Read More

Vatican to launch abuse probe on French cardinal

ROME –The Vatican said Friday it has decided to launch a preliminary investigation into French Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard, the retired archbishop of Bordeaux, who admitted in a public letter that he had abused a 14-year-old girl 35 years ago.In light of the elements that emerged in the last... Read More

Biden apologizes for US withdrawal from Paris climate pact

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden again apologized to world leaders on Friday after the US withdrawal from the landmark 2016 Paris climate agreement, emphasizing that his administration has worked to reinstitute US leadership to fight the global phenomena."We immediately rejoined the Paris... Read More

Workers stage massive general strike in France

PARIS – French unions showed their muscle Thursday in the streets of Paris and dozens of other cities in the country in the latest expression to demand improved pay and working conditions, denounce the increased cost of living, and demand relief from the government from soaring prices.Around... Read More

Fake accounts storm Twitter after verification dropped

ANKARA – Fake Twitter accounts are exploding across the platform despite its new boss Elon Musk’s claims that the pay system would defeat the bots and trolls.After Musk scrapped the site’s verification policies, “verified” fake accounts are getting a lot of attention,... Read More

Yongsan intel found dead amid probe into Itaewon tragedy

SEOUL – A Yongsan Police Station officer was found dead Friday while under investigation in connection with the October 29 Halloween tragedy in Seoul's Itaewon neighborhood.The 55-year-old intelligence officer, surnamed Jeong, was found dead at 12:45 p.m. at his home in northern Seoul by a... Read More

Biggest challenge for central banks is to reduce inflation: IMF

ANKARA – The biggest and immediate challenge for central banks in both advanced and emerging market economies is to bring inflation down, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said on Thursday."We see central banks tightening monetary policy to restore price... Read More

At least 4 dead as Hurricane Nicole slams US state of Florida

HOUSTON – Hurricane Nicole was downgraded to a tropical storm Thursday after slamming into Florida's east coast as a Category 1 storm, but not before leaving at least four people dead and causing a path of destruction.Nicole made landfall just south of Vero Beach with winds of 75 miles per... Read More

US budget deficit at $88-B in October

ANKARA – The US federal budget deficit stood at approximately $88 billion in October to kick off the 2023 fiscal year on a negative note, according to Treasury Department figures released Thursday.For October, total receipts, or income, were around $319 billion, against total outlays, or... Read More

Canadians stockpiling food because of inflation: survey

TRENTON, Canada – Canadians are stockpiling food and buying cheaper food as grocery prices have steadily risen because of inflation, according to the results of a survey released Thursday.More than 1,000 Canadians were contacted for the survey by Nanos Research for CTV News and admitted to... Read More

Global warming threatens critically endangered Taurus frog

ANKARA – Türkiye's unique and critically endangered Taurus frog is under threat from serious habitat loss caused by various factors, including climate change-related global warming, according to an expert.Thanks to climatic and geographical conditions, the fauna of Türkiye is... Read More

UN continues effort to renew Ukraine grain deal: spokeswoman

UNITED NATIONS – The world body continues to conduct consultations in an effort to have the Black Sea Grain Initiative renewed, said a United Nations (UN) spokeswoman on Wednesday."We continue to urge parties to continue exerting full and good faith in the implementation of the initiative and... Read More

Ukraine cites importance of developing strong ties with Asean

ISTANBUL – Developing strong ties with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) is among significant components of Ukraine’s Asia strategy, the country’s top diplomat said during a meeting with the organization’s head on Thursday.“Today, Asean... Read More

230 unidentified bodies discovered in Libya: ICC

TRIPOLI – Authorities in Libya have unearthed 230 bodies, mostly unidentified, from sites in Tarhuna, a city south of the capital Tripoli, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) said Wednesday.Karim Asad Ahmad Khan addressed the UN Security Council after his visits to... Read More

Facebook's parent company Meta sacks over 11K employees

ANKARA – Facebook’s parent company Meta has laid off more than 11,000 employees, reducing its workforce by 13 percent, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Wednesday."I want to take accountability for these decisions and for how we got here," Zuckerberg wrote in a letter to employees on... Read More

Biden opens door to probing Elon Musk's business dealings

WASHINGTON – US President Joe Biden said Wednesday that tech billionaire Elon Musk's foreign business dealings are "worthy" of federal scrutiny.Speaking to reporters in his first public remarks since the US's Nov. 8 midterm elections, Biden was asked if Musk is a threat to US national security... Read More