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Heavy floods hit parts of Germany

Heavy floods hit parts of Germany

December 26, 2023, 1:07 pm

BERLIN – Heavy floods on Monday disrupted daily life in some parts of Germany. The water level reached 70 centimeters (27.5 inches) in the town of Windehausen in the central state of Thuringia, forcing some 400 people to evacuate their homes. Bodo Ramelow, the minister-president of Thuringia,… Read More

Maersk Shipping Line to return to Red Sea despite Houthi threats

Maersk Shipping Line to return to Red Sea despite Houthi threats

December 26, 2023, 12:46 pm

JERUSALEM – Maersk, one of the world’s largest shipping companies said on Sunday that it will resume operations in the Red Sea despite Houthi threats, the Danish company announced on Sunday. “As of Sunday 24 December 2023, we have received confirmation that the previously announced… Read More

'Our hearts are in Bethlehem,' Pope Francis says on Christmas Eve

'Our hearts are in Bethlehem,' Pope Francis says on Christmas Eve

December 25, 2023, 5:18 pm

ROME – Pope Francis appealed for peace on Sunday while leading Christmas Eve mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican as the Israel-Hamas war raged on. "Tonight, our hearts are in Bethlehem, where the Prince of Peace is once more rejected by the futile logic of war,” he told about 6,500… Read More

UN resolution to do little for Gaza without truce - refugee agency

UN resolution to do little for Gaza without truce - refugee agency

December 25, 2023, 4:31 pm

ANKARA – The UN Palestinian refugee agency warned Sunday that a UN Security Council resolution calling for an immediate increase in humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip may do little without a truce. "It is welcome, but only time will tell what real difference this resolution is going to make,… Read More

Severe storms leave thousands in eastern Australia without power

Severe storms leave thousands in eastern Australia without power

December 25, 2023, 3:33 pm

ANKARA – Thousands of residents in Australia's eastern state of Queensland were without power after a "very dangerous" storm swept through the region for the second time in 12 hours, local media reported on Sunday. Storms are expected to continue along the entire Australian east coast until… Read More

Don't confuse Christmas with consumerism, says Pope

Don't confuse Christmas with consumerism, says Pope

December 25, 2023, 12:42 pm

ROME – Pope Francis appealed to the faithful to spurn consumerism in their Christmas celebrations, avoiding waste and thinking of those in need, during his Angelus address on Christmas Eve. "Let us not confuse celebration with consumerism!" the Argentine pontiff said as he also called on people… Read More

 8 Chinese fighter jets detected crossing Taiwan Strait's median line

8 Chinese fighter jets detected crossing Taiwan Strait's median line

December 24, 2023, 8:09 pm

ANKARA – Taiwan on Sunday claimed that at least eight Chinese fighter jets and a balloon crossed over the median line of the Taiwan Strait over the past 24 hours. Taiwan's Defense Ministry said in a statement that it had detected Chinese J-10, J-11, and J-16 fighter jets crossing the median line… Read More

4B people at risk of being infected with dengue virus: WHO

4B people at risk of being infected with dengue virus: WHO

December 24, 2023, 5:13 pm

GENEVA – About 4 billion people are at risk of becoming infected with the dengue virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on weekend. Diana Rojas Alvarez, the team lead on arboviruses - epidemic and pandemic preparedness and prevention department at the WHO’s emergencies program, told… Read More

UN Security Council OKs resolution to boost humanitarian aid in Gaza

UN Security Council OKs resolution to boost humanitarian aid in Gaza

December 23, 2023, 5:32 pm

WASHINGTON – The UN Security Council on Friday passed a resolution calling for "urgent steps" to immediately allow "safe, unhindered, and expanded" humanitarian access to Gaza amid the ongoing Israeli offensive on the strip, but with the US again nixing language calling for a ceasefire in the… Read More

Angelina Jolie decries global injustice

Angelina Jolie decries global injustice

December 23, 2023, 2:16 pm

ISTANBUL – Hollywood actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie decried how justice is sought for one group of people, but not for other groups, something she said is present "even in the UN." Speaking with Syrian journalist and filmmaker Waad Al Kateab, Jolie said human rights are not equally… Read More

Police: At least 15 dead in Prague university shooting

Police: At least 15 dead in Prague university shooting

December 22, 2023, 1:56 pm

PRAGUE/LONDON – At least 15 people were killed while 24 others were injured in a shooting spree at a university in the Czech Republic’s capital of Prague on Thursday. Police President Martin Vondrasek said the gunman was a 24-year-old student at the Faculty of Arts at Charles University. The… Read More

Global crisis unleashed: 2023's devastating forest fires gripped globe

Global crisis unleashed: 2023's devastating forest fires gripped globe

December 21, 2023, 9:05 pm

ANKARA – Forest fires in 2023 resulted in deaths and injuries to hundreds of people, causing extensive damage, loss of forest areas and carbon emissions. Anadolu's "Disasters of 2023" special series covers the biggest forest fires of the year. Forest fires, particularly in Canada, the US, and… Read More

30 e-vehicles to support work of BTA reporters, correspondents

30 e-vehicles to support work of BTA reporters, correspondents

December 21, 2023, 5:49 pm

MANILA – The Bulgarian News Agency's (BTA) acquired 30 electric vehicles (EVs) to support the work of its reporters and correspondents in Sofia and across the country. In an official ceremony on Wednesday, Bishop Polikarp of Belogradchik blessed 30 new EVs and the BTA workers, wishing that every… Read More

UN Security Council vote on Gaza resolution delayed again

UN Security Council vote on Gaza resolution delayed again

December 21, 2023, 2:55 pm

WASHINGTON – For the third time, the vote on a UN Security Council resolution calling for a suspension of hostilities in Gaza to deliver aid was postponed on Wednesday. On Thursday, 15 members of the Council are expected to vote on the resolution, which was first postponed on Monday. The text,… Read More

Death toll in China quake climbs to 131 as rescuers battle cold waves

Death toll in China quake climbs to 131 as rescuers battle cold waves

December 20, 2023, 6:56 pm

ISLAMABAD – Rescue and relief efforts continued in earthquake-hit northwestern provinces of China as the death toll climbed to 131, state-run media reported on Wednesday. The 6.2 magnitude quake hit China at around 11.59 p.m. local time on Monday with the epicenter being a township in Jishishan… Read More

Investment in science, research should be Europe's strategic priority

Investment in science, research should be Europe's strategic priority

December 20, 2023, 9:40 am

SOFIA, Bulgaria – European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth Iliana Ivanova said investment in science, research and innovation should be a strategic priority for Europe. She addressed the Nineteenth National Innovation Forum "Innovations and Sustainable… Read More

Bulgarian naval research vessel reaches Mar Del Plata in Argentina

Bulgarian naval research vessel reaches Mar Del Plata in Argentina

December 19, 2023, 8:14 am

SOFIA, Bulgaria – The Bulgarian naval research vessel Sv. Sv. Kiril i Metodii (RSV 421) docked at the naval base in Mar del Plata after a 25-day ocean crossing, the Varna Naval Avademy announced on its social media Monday. The Argentine city is the next port of call for RSV 421 as part of the… Read More

Ozone hole at record size, posing grave threats to Earth, humanity

Ozone hole at record size, posing grave threats to Earth, humanity

December 18, 2023, 2:58 pm

ISTANBUL – The hole above the Earth’s ozone layer on the Antarctic “will have adverse impacts on the planet and human life,” an expert told Anadolu as the hole is among the largest recorded, about three times the size of Brazil. The ozone layer acts as a natural shield, efficiently… Read More

Vatican court convicts Cardinal Becciu of embezzlement

Vatican court convicts Cardinal Becciu of embezzlement

December 17, 2023, 3:35 pm

ROME – A Vatican court has sentenced Cardinal Angelo Becciu, a former adviser to Pope Francis, to five and a half years of imprisonment for mismanaging a property portfolio, including a luxury flat on London’s Sloane Avenue. Becciu, the highest-ranking Vatican official ever to face financial… Read More

Al Jazeera cameraman killed in Israeli attacks in Gaza

Al Jazeera cameraman killed in Israeli attacks in Gaza

December 16, 2023, 2:17 pm

ISTANBUL – Al Jazeera cameraman Samer Abu Daqqa, who was injured due to Israeli attacks on Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, lost his life on Friday. Abu Daqqa was injured due to shrapnel as a result of Israel’s attacks near the Ferkhane School, Al Jazeera announced. After being injured,… Read More