Opposition asks for parliamentary probe into Itaewon tragedy

SEOUL – The main opposition Democratic Party (DP) and two minor progressive parties submitted a joint request Wednesday for a parliamentary investigation into the Itaewon crowd crush despite opposition from the ruling party.The DP, the Justice Party (JP) and the Basic Income Party submitted... Read More

Elephant and donkey: Why these symbols are used in US politics

HOUSTON, US — The two main political parties in the United States are symbolized by two distinct animals: an elephant for Republicans and donkey for Democrats.The two animals appear every election cycle, with illustrations of donkeys and elephants showing up in countless political cartoons,... Read More

Massive data leak in Australia as hackers hit insurance company

ISTANBUL – Amid a standoff between hackers and an insurance company, data of around 10 million customers, including Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, has been compromised in Australia.Medibank Private Limited, also known simply as Medibank, has admitted “data of 9.7 million past and... Read More

Ukraine extends martial law, mobilization for 90 days until Feb.

ISTANBUL – With efforts to hold back Russian forces continuing, Ukraine’s parliament has extended martial law and military mobilization in the country for 90 days, until Feb. 19 of next year.Tuesday’s passage of legislation presented by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy goes into... Read More

Pentagon official admits aid to Ukraine depletes US arsenals

WASHINGTON – The US administration admits that its military aid to Ukraine depletes Western arsenals and creates additional pressure on their defense industries, US Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Colin Kahl told the Washington-based Defense Writers Group, where TASS is a... Read More

Record $2.04-B Powerball winning ticket sold in California

ANKARA – A winning Powerball lottery jackpot ticket was sold in the US state of California that awarded its winner a record USD2.04 billion -- the largest in the lottery’s history.After the drawing was delayed for 10 hours starting Monday because of technical problems, the winning... Read More

Ukraine working hard to expand grain exports: Zelenskyy

KYIV, Ukraine – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Tuesday the country is working to continue and expand grain exports under the Black Sea grain corridor deal.Zelenskyy said in a video message on Telegram that Ukraine will continue to help countries experiencing food crises around... Read More

Asean Summit to discuss cooperation on human rights, democracy

JAKARTA – Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs, Mahfud MD said cooperation in the field of democracy and human rights will be discussed during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from Nov. 9 to 12 this year."A number of... Read More

Morocco aims to double arrivals of British tourists by 2027

LONDON – Morocco aims to double the number of tourist arrivals from the United Kingdom by 2027, the Minister of Tourism, Handicrafts and Social and Solidarity Economy, Fatim-Zahra Ammor, said on Monday here.The Moroccan participation in the World Travel Market (WTM), held from Nov. 7 to 9 in... Read More

US Powerball jackpot climbs to record $1.9B

ANKARA – The Powerball jackpot in the US has climbed to a record USD1.9 billion and will be up for grabs at Monday night's drawing.The prize has been climbing since Aug. 3 and now ranks as the largest lottery amount in US history.The latest amount has been snowballing through thrice-weekly... Read More

UN climate summit opens in Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh

SHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt – The UN climate summit kicked off Sunday in Egypt’s Red Sea resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh.Taking place from Nov. 6-18, more than 40,000 participants have been registered for the 27th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change... Read More

Itaewon Halloween crush: Police arrived 85 minutes later

SEOUL – A police squad first arrived at the scene of the Halloween crowd crush in Seoul nearly 85 minutes after the incident erupted, police data showed Sunday.A total of five police squads affiliated with the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency (SMPA) were mobilized on the day of the crowd crush... Read More

Elon Musk launches $7.99 Twitter Blue subscription fee

HOUSTON, United States – Elon Musk wasted no time Saturday in rolling out his new Twitter Blue subscription plan at USD7.99 per month.The fee he promised to implement was launched so users can verify accounts with the coveted blue checkmark.“Get Twitter Blue for $7.99/month if you sign... Read More

Pakistani premier denies he was part of plot to kill predecessor

LAHORE, Pakistan – Pakistan's Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday rejected allegations that he was involved in the assassination attempt on opposition leader Imran Khan.Khan, a former international cricket star turned politician, after narrowly surviving a gun attack during an... Read More

World food prices broadly steady in October

ANKARA – Global food prices were broadly unchanged in October with rising cereal prices offsetting decreases in other staples, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Friday.The FAO food price index was virtually unchanged at 135.9 in October, a 9-month low. However, the figure was... Read More

Biden says Twitter ‘spews lies’ across world, slams Elon Musk

ANKARA – US President Joe Biden slammed billionaire Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter, saying the social media platform “spews lies all across the world.”“Now what are we all worried about? Elon Musk goes out and buys an outfit that sends and spews lies all across the... Read More

Russia posts 5,617 new coronavirus cases, 67 deaths

MOSCOW – Russia recorded 5,617 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, the anti-coronavirus crisis center reported on Saturday. The total number of cases has reached 21,459,284.As many as 582 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, down from 1,235 the day before.... Read More

Trump signals intent to run in 2024: 'Get ready'

WASHINGTON – Former US President Donald Trump has heavily signaled his intent to run for the top office once again after his defeat in the 2020 polls.Addressing supporters at a rally in Iowa on Thursday, Trump hinted that he would probably run again "in order to make our country successful,... Read More

UN in touch with Twitter over $8 verification fee: Spokesman

UNITED NATIONS–The United Nations (UN) said Friday it has contacted Twitter after the company's new owner Elon Musk announced his plan to charge USD8.00 a month for verified users."We will need to evaluate our participation," said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric, citing changes including the... Read More

Trapped for 9 days, 2 miners miraculously survived

BONGHWA, South Korea – Two miners trapped for more than nine days in a collapsed zinc mine in southeastern South Korea walked out alive Friday, authorities said, a miraculous ending to rescue efforts that once looked bleak.The pair had been stuck in a vertical shaft about 190 meters... Read More