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China warns of global risks over Fukushima nuclear wastewater release

China warns of global risks over Fukushima nuclear wastewater release

February 23, 2024, 8:42 pm

ISTANBUL – Japan's disposal of nuclear-contaminated wastewater into the surrounding ocean poses a risk "not only for human health, but also for the global marine environment and international public interests," China said on Friday. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said Beijing and… Read More

Trump tops Biden in US 2024 presidential survey

Trump tops Biden in US 2024 presidential survey

February 23, 2024, 6:42 pm

NEW YORK – President Joe Biden is trailing former President Donald Trump, according to a recent survey, months before this year’s presidential elections. The Marquette Law School national survey released Thursday showed that 51 percent of voters expressed their intention to vote for the former… Read More

Spacecraft makes 1st US moon landing in more than 50 years

Spacecraft makes 1st US moon landing in more than 50 years

February 23, 2024, 4:03 pm

HOUSTON, US – The Odysseus lander on Thursday became the first US spacecraft in more than a half century to land on the moon. Intuitive Machines, the Houston, Texas-based company that built the craft, became the first commercial enterprise to ever land a spacecraft on the lunar surface. "We can… Read More

Laos hosts high-level task force meeting on ASEAN economic integration

Laos hosts high-level task force meeting on ASEAN economic integration

February 23, 2024, 2:18 pm

VIENTIANE – Laos' Ministry of Industry and Commerce hosted the 45th meeting of the high-level task force on ASEAN economic integration in Vientiane province to discuss the policy of ASEAN economic integration. The meeting was held on Feb. 20-21 under the chairmanship of Lao Deputy Minister of… Read More

UN hails Afghanistan for letting girls enroll in medical schools

UN hails Afghanistan for letting girls enroll in medical schools

February 23, 2024, 12:54 pm

KARACHI, Pakistan – The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Thursday welcomed the Afghan interim government's decision to allow female high school graduates to be admitted to state-run medical colleges beginning this academic year. “UNAMA welcomes the decision by Afghanistan’s de… Read More

Apple releases new app for sports, free for iPhone

Apple releases new app for sports, free for iPhone

February 22, 2024, 3:15 pm

ISTANBUL – US-based global tech firm Apple announced Wednesday it is releasing a new app for sports that would be free for all iPhone models running iOS 17.2 or later. Apple Sports delivers real-time scores, stats, and more, designed for speed and simplicity, the company said in a statement. The… Read More

Global debt climbs to record high of $313T in 2023

Global debt climbs to record high of $313T in 2023

February 22, 2024, 2:59 pm

ISTANBUL – The amount of global debt climbed to a record high of USD313 trillion last year, according to a report by the Institute of International Finance (IIF) on Wednesday. "Over USD15 trillion was added to the global debt mountain last year, bringing the total to a new record high of USD313… Read More

Taiwan university develops new 'cheaper' tumor treatment for pets

Taiwan university develops new 'cheaper' tumor treatment for pets

February 22, 2024, 2:48 pm

ANKARA – A Taiwanese university claims to have developed a new medicine that could lower the cost of treating tumors in pets, local media reported on Wednesday. The medicine, named PCD-17, was developed by the National Chung Hsing University and can be given orally at home to pets diagnosed with… Read More

Google introduces new open-source AI models named Gemma

Google introduces new open-source AI models named Gemma

February 22, 2024, 1:42 pm

ISTANBUL – Google introduced its new generation of open-source artificial intelligence (AI) models on Wednesday, named Gemma, to help developers and researchers build AI responsibly. "Gemma is a family of lightweight, state-of-the-art open models built from the same research and technology used… Read More

Wikileaks founder Assange's extradition hearing ends, decision soon

Wikileaks founder Assange's extradition hearing ends, decision soon

February 22, 2024, 12:26 pm

LONDON – The last attempt by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to avoid extradition to the US ended its second day of hearings on Wednesday at the UK High Court in London. The verdict is expected to be delivered at a later time as justices will have to communicate with involved parties for… Read More

Gang behind ‘world’s biggest’ ransomware taken down: Europol

Gang behind ‘world’s biggest’ ransomware taken down: Europol

February 21, 2024, 2:30 pm

ROME – After a month-long operation, authorities from 10 countries disrupted the “world’s biggest” ransomware criminal operation behind LockBit, causing damages worth billions of dollars, Europol said Tuesday. In a statement, Europol said authorities took down LockBit’s 34 servers in the… Read More

Japan issues warning as Fukushima leak raises safety concerns

Japan issues warning as Fukushima leak raises safety concerns

February 21, 2024, 2:06 pm

ISTANBUL – The Japanese government issued a stern warning Tuesday to the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) after a leak of contaminated water from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, according to media reports. Economy, Trade, and Industry Minister Ken Saito stressed the… Read More

Haley vows to stay in Republican primary race as Trump takes lead

Haley vows to stay in Republican primary race as Trump takes lead

February 21, 2024, 1:42 pm

WASHINGTON – Former UN envoy Nikki Haley vowed Tuesday to remain in the US race for the Republican presidential nomination despite former President Donald Trump's commanding lead. Speculation had mounted that Haley would announce her exit from the White House during a news conference Tuesday,… Read More

57 dead in Papua New Guinea tribal fight

57 dead in Papua New Guinea tribal fight

February 19, 2024, 6:26 pm

ISTANBUL – At least 57 people were killed in what appears to be a tribal fight in Papua New Guinea, police said on Monday. The deaths occurred after one of the tribes was ambushed by arms-wielding members of another group in the northernmost Enga province on the island nation’s highlands.… Read More

BTA opens Press Club at Bulgarian Antarctic base on Livingston Island

BTA opens Press Club at Bulgarian Antarctic base on Livingston Island

February 19, 2024, 2:49 pm

LIVINGSTON ISLAND – The Bulgarian News Agency (BTA) opened a national press club at the Bulgarian Antarctic base on Livingston Island on Feb. 9. Attending the event were BTA Director General Kiril Valchev, Bulgarian Ambassador to Argentina Stoyan Mihaylov, the leader of the 32nd Bulgarian… Read More

UAE offers condolences to PH over landslide deaths

UAE offers condolences to PH over landslide deaths

February 18, 2024, 12:37 pm

ABU DHABI – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has expressed its sincere condolences and solidarity with the Republic of the Philippines over victims of the landslide that took place in the south of the country, in the Province of Davao de Oro, resulting in dozens of deaths and injuries, as well as… Read More

Shed full light on Navalny death, says Meloni 

Shed full light on Navalny death, says Meloni 

February 18, 2024, 11:36 am

ROME – Premier Giorgia Meloni on Friday called on Russia to shed full light on the death in prison of Putin's opposition leader Alexei Navalny. "The death of Alexei Navalny, during his detention, is another sad page that warns the international community," she said. "We express our heartfelt… Read More

G7 urges suspension of hostilities in Gaza for hostages, aid

G7 urges suspension of hostilities in Gaza for hostages, aid

February 18, 2024, 11:25 am

ROME – The G7 is calling for a suspension of fighting in Gaza to ensure both the release of Israeli hostages taken by Hamas and the provision of aid to Palestinian civilians, Foreign Minister and Deputy Premier Antonio Tajani said on Saturday. In the Middle East, the G7 "aims to guarantee the… Read More

Florence mourns dead in building site collapse

Florence mourns dead in building site collapse

February 18, 2024, 11:11 am

ROME – Florence paused on Saturday to mourn the victims of Friday's structural collapse at a supermarket building site that has left four construction workers confirmed dead and a fifth still missing feared dead and three more people injured. Mayor Dario Nardella led a minute's silence at 3 p.m.… Read More

Nike to cut 2% of global workforce amid restructuring

Nike to cut 2% of global workforce amid restructuring

February 17, 2024, 4:47 pm

ISTANBUL – American athletic footwear and apparel corporation Nike will cut two percent of its global workforce amid a corporate restructuring plan. "We are not currently performing at our best, and I ultimately hold myself and my leadership team accountable," CEO John Donahoe said Thursday in a… Read More