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

Ukrainian president, US House speaker meet in Kyiv

KYIV, Ukraine – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Sunday met US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the capital Kyiv, the presidency said.Zelenskyy thanked Pelosi and shared a video of her visit, which was not announced in advance."I am grateful to you for this signal of... Read More

Russia hits Biden's move to transfer seized assets to Ukraine

MOSCOW–Russian President Vladimir Putin's chief spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Friday described United States (US) President Joe Biden’s suggestion to transfer frozen Russian assets to Ukraine as “outrageous” and a “violation of all legal norms".Speaking at a press briefing... Read More

S. Korea Covid cases fall below 50K; mask mandate to be lifted

SEOUL – South Korea's new coronavirus cases fell below 50,000 on Saturday as the omicron curve has turned downward and the country is set to lift the outdoor mask mandate.The country reported 43,286 new Covid-19 infections, including 12 cases from overseas, bringing the total caseload to... Read More

PACE calls for tribunal to probe Russian war crimes in Ukraine

PARIS, France – The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) called Thursday on the council’s 46 member states to urgently set up an international criminal tribunal on the principle of universal jurisdiction to bring Russian perpetrators of war crimes against Ukraine to... Read More

UNWTO confirms Russia's intention to withdraw

MADRID – The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) confirmed here on Wednesday that Russia had announced its intention to withdraw from the organization."Russia has announced its intention to withdraw from UNWTO," explained the UNWTO in a tweet, adding that nevertheless, Russia must "follow due... Read More

Salmonella cases linked to Kinder chocolates reach 151: WHO

GENEVA -- The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Wednesday that there are 151 cases of salmonella linked to the consumption of Kinder chocolate products in at least 11 countries.The organization said in a statement that bacteria with the same genetic structure as salmonella that infects the... Read More

EU vows ‘immediate, united’ response to Russia’s gas supply cut

BRUSSELS – The EU Commission chief on Wednesday pledged an “immediate, united, and coordinated” European response to Russia’s decision to cut gas supplies to Bulgaria and Poland.“The era of Russian fossil fuel in Europe is coming to an end,” Ursula von der Leyen... Read More

French Constitutional Council certifies Macron's election victory

PARIS – France's Constitutional Council on Wednesday certified the results of the country's recent presidential election, confirming Emmanuel Macron as president.Of France's 48,752,339 registered voters, 35,096,478 cast their ballots, bringing the abstention rate to 28.01 percent, said Laurent... Read More

Facebook parent Meta posts slowest growth in 10 years

ANKARA – Facebook parent Meta posted its slowest growth in 10 years in terms of revenue, according to its financial results statement released late Wednesday.Meta had total revenue of USD27.9 billion in the first quarter of 2022, just a 6.5 percent increase from USD26.2 billion in the same... Read More

US says more than half of all howitzers delivered to Ukraine

WASHINGTON – The US has delivered more than half of the 90 howitzer artillery guns destined for Ukraine, with more on the way, the Pentagon announced Wednesday.Spokesman John Kirby told reporters that over 50 Ukrainian fighters completed training on the M777 howitzer weapons earlier this week,... Read More

Myanmar’s ex-leader Suu Kyi sentenced to 5 years in prison

ISTANBUL – A junta court in Myanmar on Wednesday sentenced Aung San Suu Kyi, the country's incarcerated former leader, to five years in prison over alleged corruption.Suu Kyi, 76, was found guilty of receiving bribes of cash and gold from Yangon’s former Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein,... Read More

UN General Assembly adds accountability to Security Council veto

WASHINGTON – The UN General Assembly adopted on Tuesday a resolution requiring permanent members of the Security Council to come before the assembly to provide an explanation should they exercise their veto powers.The resolution was adopted by consensus, meaning individual member states did... Read More

NoKor leader vows to further strengthen nuclear program

ANKARA – North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has vowed to further strengthen his country's nuclear weapons program, South Korean media reported on Tuesday.Kim made the announcement at a grand military parade on the eve of the 90th founding anniversary of the Korean People's Revolutionary Army... Read More

New EU proposal to help Ukraine in war crimes probe

BRUSSELS–The European Commission proposed on Monday to extend the mandate of the Eurojust agency to help the work of Ukrainian authorities in investigating war crimes.“The proposed reinforcement will give the agency the legal possibility to collect, preserve and share evidence on war... Read More

Twitter accepts Elon Musk's offer to be purchased for $44B

ANKARA – Twitter announced Monday it has accepted Elon Musk's offer to be purchased for USD44 billion (roughly PHP2.24 trillion).The social media company said in a statement that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by an entity wholly owned by Musk, in which Twitter... Read More

Biden OKs $165-M in non-standard ammunition for Ukraine

WASHINGTON–The Biden administration approved on Monday the sale of roughly USD165 million in non-standard ammunition for Ukraine's armed forces.The announcement came less than a day after the US secretaries of state and defense met in Kyiv with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.The... Read More

World’s oldest person dies aged 119 in Japan

TOKYO – Kane Tanaka, a Japanese woman considered the world's oldest person, has died at the age of 119, local broadcaster NHK reported on Thursday.Tanaka was born on Jan. 2, 1903 and worked in her family’s grocery store until she was 103 years old. Her husband and eldest son were killed... Read More

After victory, Macron faces challenge for legislative elections

PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron has won the re-election with 58.54 percent of the vote, against 41.46 percent for his rival from the National Rally (RN) Marine Le Pen, according to the final results declared by the Interior Ministry.Macron received a total of 18,779,641 votes (18.8... Read More

Global military spending passes $2-T for first time: survey

ANKARA – Global military expenditure reached an all-time high of over USD2 trillion in 2021, according to an international survey released Monday.Total military spending rose 0.7 percent from the previous year and reached USD2.113 trillion, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute... Read More