Nuclear-free world still a dream 77 years after Japan bombings

ISTANBUL – Japan on Saturday marked the 77th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima by the United States.The government of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida views it as meaningful for Japan to “set out how realistically we should move forward toward a world without nuclear... Read More

Supply worries remain despite fall in food prices in July: FAO

ROME – Food prices dropped significantly in July, marking the fourth consecutive monthly decline since hitting record highs earlier in the year in the wake of the developments in Ukraine, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) reported.The UN agency has published its latest... Read More

UAE signs Asean’s Treaty of Amity and Cooperation

ABU DHABI – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) participated in the 55th Foreign Ministers Meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), which is taking place in the Kingdom of Cambodia from July 30 to Aug. 6, 2022.As part of the meeting’s key agenda items, the UAE signed... Read More

SoKor vows stronger partnerships with Asean

PHNOM PENH – South Korea will strengthen "strategic dialogue" with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) on regional challenges, Seoul's top diplomat said Thursday during a group meeting in Phnom Penh with his counterparts from the members of the key regional bloc."Our... Read More

Asean Plus 3 foreign ministers likely to tackle Ukraine war

PHNOM PENH – Foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) plus Japan, China and South Korea opened their meeting Thursday in Phnom Penh, with talks likely to focus on Russia's invasion of Ukraine among other international and regional issues.The first in-person... Read More

Indiana congresswoman, 3 others killed in car crash

ANKARA – Jackie Walorski, a Republican Congresswoman from the US state of Indiana, was killed in a car crash Wednesday afternoon along with two members of her office and the driver of the other vehicle."On Aug. 3, 2022 at approximately 12:32 p.m., the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office... Read More

55th Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting opens in Cambodia  

PHNOM PHENH -- Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Bùi Thanh Sơn attended the 55th Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM-55) which opened in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on Wednesday. This is the first in-person gathering of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) top diplomats... Read More

China summons US envoy to Beijing over Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan

ISTANBUL – China has summoned the US ambassador to Beijing over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan.China’s Foreign Ministry, early on Wednesday local time (Tuesday night GMT), lodged a protest with US Ambassador Nicholas Burns over the unannounced visit by Pelosi to Taiwan... Read More

New York City declares monkeypox emergency, reports 1,200 cases

HOUSTON, Texas – New York City Mayor Eric Adams issued a state of emergency on Monday as the monkeypox outbreak continues to infiltrate the largest US city."New York City now has over 1,200 reported cases, approximately 25 percent of cases nationally, and we are continuing to see the numbers... Read More

UN welcomes departure of 1st grain ship from Ukraine

NEW YORK – UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday welcomed the departure of the first ship from the Ukrainian port of Odesa, carrying grain under the landmark deal signed by Ukraine, Russia and Türkiye, overseen by the UN.The M/V Razoni, carrying a cargo of 26,527 tons of... Read More

UNA, WAM holds virtual workshop on Global Media Congress

JEDDAH – The Union of OIC News Agencies (UNA) on Tuesday held a virtual workshop for the benefit of its member news agencies to introduce the Global Media Congress, in cooperation with Emirate News Agency (WAM) and Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).Representatives from more than 40... Read More

Al Qaeda leader al-Zawahiri killed by US forces in Kabul

WASHINGTON – Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of the Al Qaeda terrorist group outlawed in Russia, was killed in a special operation by US forces on July 31, a high-ranking US administration official said."At 6:18 a.m. Kabul time on July 31, the United States undertook a precision counterterrorism... Read More

Rich nations still failing to honor $100-B climate funding pledge

ANKARA – Rich countries are still failing to fulfill their pledge to provide USD100 billion for climate action in poorer nations, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said on Friday.In 2020, USD83.3 billion were given to developing countries, USD16.7 billion short... Read More

US president again tests positive for coronavirus

WASHINGTON – US President Joe Biden's previous negative coronavirus test resulted in a positive reading Saturday, extending his quarantine, according to reports.A letter from presidential physician Dr. Kevin O'Connor said it is likely a "rebound" Covid-19 positivity and noted it is "observed... Read More

US studying possible monoclonal antibody coronavirus treatment

WASHINGTON – A team of researchers at a United States university has discovered a potential universal monoclonal antibody treatment that could work for the coronavirus and all of its variants.The finding published July 21 comes as the world continues to grapple with the Covid-19 pandemic,... Read More

$44-B Twitter takeover battle escalates as Musk files countersuit

HOUSTON, Texas – Tesla CEO Elon Musk shot back at Twitter, filing a countersuit Friday against the social media company regarding Musk's decision to abandon his $44 billion takeover.The 164-page document was sealed after the judge-imposed filing deadline, which means the contents of the... Read More

US House passes bill to ban assault weapons

ANKARA – The US House of Representatives voted Friday in favor of an assault weapons ban in a 217-213 vote.Two Republican lawmakers, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania and Chris Jacobs from New York voted against the will of the party.Three Democrats -- Henry Cuellar of Texas, Jared Golden from... Read More

Pfizer posts record revenue with Covid antiviral, vaccine sales

ANKARA – Pfizer posted record revenue in the second quarter of 2022 with sales of Covid-19 antiviral treatment Paxlovid and vaccines, according to its financial results statement released on Thursday.The US-based pharmaceutical company earned USD8.8 billion from its Covid-19 vaccines and... Read More

357 killed as monsoon rains continue to batter Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – At least 357 people were killed and over 400 were injured as heavy monsoon rains continued to batter Pakistan for more than five weeks now, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said Thursday.Infrastructure, road networks and houses have also been damaged due to the... Read More

Trump threatens to sue CNN, ‘other media outlets’

HOUSTON, Texas – Former President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he intends to sue CNN and "other media outlets" for dismissing his voter fraud claims during the 2020 US presidential election.“I have notified CNN of my intent to file a lawsuit over their repeated defamatory... Read More