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Whereabouts of 2 police officers under question in crush probe

SEOUL – The whereabouts of two senior police officers at the time of the deadly Halloween crowd crush have emerged as a focal point of an investigation into the tragedy that killed more than 150 people in Seoul's Itaewon district.A special investigation team is currently looking into what went... Read More

Elon Musk announces layoffs at Twitter starting Friday

HOUSTON, United States -- Elon Musk will begin layoffs at Twitter starting Friday.According to various news outlets, a company e-mail sent Thursday evening by the social media giant's new boss notified workers that they will receive a notice by 12 p.m. EDT (1600GMT) Friday that informs them if they... Read More

NoKor fires 3 short-range ballistic missiles toward East Sea

SEOUL – North Korea has fired three more short-range ballistic missiles toward the East Sea Thursday night, the South Korean military said, about an hour after Pyongyang slammed Seoul and Washington's decision to extend joint air drills as a "very dangerous and wrong choice."The missiles were... Read More

'One-stop' support center for kin of Itaewon crush victims eyed

SEOUL -- President Yoon Suk-yeol instructed his aides Thursday to set up a "one-stop" support center where families of victims and others affected by the Halloween crowd crush can continue to receive medical and other assistance after the national mourning period ends.Yoon also told his aides to... Read More

WAM invites young journalists to attend workshops at GMC

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – The Emirates News Agency (WAM) will invite 300 young journalists from around the world to attend various workshops to be conducted during the inaugural Global Media Congress (GMC) from Nov. 15-17.The Higher Organising Committee for GMC, which is organized by... Read More

White House deletes Social Security tweet after Twitter flag

WASHINGTON – The White House deleted a tweet on Wednesday that gave President Joe Biden credit for Social Security increases after it was fact-checked by Twitter."Seniors are getting the biggest increase in their Social Security checks in 10 years through President Biden's leadership," said... Read More

Biden warns American democracy is under attack because of Trump

WASHINGTON – US President Joe Biden said Wednesday that American democracy is under attack because his predecessor Donald Trump’s false claims about a stolen election have “fueled the dangerous rise of political violence and voter intimidation.”"American democracy is under... Read More

NoKor fires 100 artillery shots into SoKor’s maritime buffer zone

SEOUL – North Korea has fired around 100 artillery shells into the East Sea after launching at least 17 ballistic and other missiles within just seven hours on Wednesday, according to South Korea's military.The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said the North launched four short-range ballistic... Read More

Morocco aims to double dates production by 2030

ERRACHIDIA – Morocco aims to double its dates production by 2030 to reach 300,000 tons per year, against 149,000 tons in 2021, according to data from the Ministry of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development and Water and Forests.This goal will be achieved through the implementation... Read More

Russia rejoins grains shipment deal

MOSCOW -- Russia announced on Wednesday that it is returning to implementation of the Black Sea grain corridor deal reached this July."Thanks to the participation of the UN and the support of Türkiye, we managed to get the necessary written guarantees from Ukraine regarding the grain deal," the... Read More

NoKor retaliates; fires 10 missiles in single day

ANKARA -- North Korea on Wednesday fired at least 10 ballistic missiles in a single day apparently in retaliation to the ongoing combined air drills by South Korea and the United States.According to the South Korean military, Pyongyang also fired its first missile into an area close to the South's... Read More

Yoon enraged by police inaction on calls on Itaewon tragedy: exec

SEOUL -- President Yoon Suk-yeol was enraged after learning that police took no action even after receiving 11 calls about the dangerous level of crowds on the night of the Itaewon tragedy, according to a presidential official.Yoon received a list of the calls made to the 112 police hotline Saturday... Read More

All lights to be turned off after working day in Paris

PARIS – The municipality in Paris announced Tuesday that all lights in offices and shops will be turned off at the end of the working day.The decision will take effect immediately.Businesses that do not comply will be fined between €750 and €1,500 ($740 and $1,841), according to the... Read More

Canada to add 500K immigrants in 2025

TRENTON, Canada – Canada plans to add 500,000 immigrants in 2025 to ensure the economic prosperity of the country, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser said Tuesday.That is on top of the 465,000 immigrants Canada expects to welcome next year and up from the 400,000 who arrived last year.Fraser... Read More

Elon Musk suggests $8 monthly fee for Twitter blue tick

WASHINGTON – American tech billionaire Elon Musk suggested Tuesday a USD8 per month fee for Twitter’s blue tick."Twitter’s current lords & peasants system for who has or doesn’t have a blue checkmark is bullshit. Power to the people! Blue for $8/month," Musk wrote on the... Read More

Putin discusses grain deal with Erdogan: Kremlin

MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan have held a telephone conversation to discuss the situation involving the grain deal, the Kremlin’s press service said on Tuesday."There was a detailed exchange of views on issues related to the... Read More

Dozens missing after migrant boat sinks in Aegean Sea

ATHENS – Dozens of people are missing after a boat reportedly carrying almost 70 migrants sank in the Aegean Sea overnight, Greek authorities said on Tuesday.A large search and rescue operation is currently underway as the teams have rescued nine people from the boat which went down between... Read More

‘US midterm elections to determine control of Congress'

HOUSTON, US — The outcome of next Tuesday's United States midterm elections will determine whether Democrats keep their majority in Congress or Republicans take over, but on a larger scale, they could help shape the 2024 presidential race.The Democratic majority in the 435-member US House of... Read More

UN chief cites cities' role in promoting global sustainable dev't

UNITED NATIONS — Accounting for a majority of global carbon emissions, cities play critical roles in building a sustainable world for all, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday.Guterres underscored the point in a message on World Cities Day, which falls on Oct. 31. This year's... Read More

Itaewon crowd crush death toll rises to 156

SEOUL – One more fatality was confirmed from the Halloween crowd crush in Seoul's Itaewon district, raising the death toll from the tragedy to 156, officials said Tuesday.A 20-year-old Korean woman was pronounced dead Tuesday morning while under treatment in serious condition, according to the... Read More