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‘Massive explosions’ hit Iran; Israel carried out strike – reports

‘Massive explosions’ hit Iran; Israel carried out strike – reports

April 19, 2024, 2:59 pm

WASHINGTON – Israel has carried out a strike inside of Iran, multiple American media outlets reported Thursday citing anonymous US officials, in a move that threatens to further push the region towards war. None of the reports identified the targets but the attack comes in response to Iran's… Read More

Nestle accused of adding sugar to baby food in poorer countries

Nestle accused of adding sugar to baby food in poorer countries

April 19, 2024, 2:12 pm

GENEVA – A Swiss NGO (non government organization) has concluded a study that found Nestle is adding sugar to its baby food in poorer countries. According to analysis by Public Eye and the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) published Tuesday on the organization's website, samples… Read More

Mt. Ruang eruption survivors need mats, blankets, tents

Mt. Ruang eruption survivors need mats, blankets, tents

April 19, 2024, 1:39 pm

Jakarta – The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) reported on Wednesday that over 800 villagers displaced by the eruption of Mount Ruang in Sitaro district, North Sulawesi, need mats, blankets, cleaning materials, and tents.Over 270 families or 828 individuals have been evacuated from… Read More

G7 foreign ministers gather in Capri for 3 days

G7 foreign ministers gather in Capri for 3 days

April 18, 2024, 6:42 pm

ROME – G7 foreign ministers gathered in Capri on Wednesday for three days of encounters chaired by Italian Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani, aimed to avert the escalation of the Middle East conflict, among others. "The Italian-led G7 has the job of working for peace in an… Read More

World's largest Chinese telescope spots over 900 pulsars

World's largest Chinese telescope spots over 900 pulsars

April 18, 2024, 2:52 pm

ANKARA – China’s Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), the world's largest single-dish radio telescope, has identified over 900 new pulsars, or rotating neutron stars, since its launch in 2016, state media reported on Wednesday. The pulsars, identified by the 500-meter telescope, included… Read More

Magnitude 6.4 quake hits Japan

Magnitude 6.4 quake hits Japan

April 18, 2024, 1:34 pm

ANKARA – A 6.4 magnitude earthquake jolted southern Japan Wednesday night with no immediate reports of loss of life or infrastructure damage, the country’s meteorological agency said. The epicenter of the earthquake was located off the coast of Ehime Prefecture with a depth of 50 kilometers… Read More

70% of population in Gaza consists of young people: UN

70% of population in Gaza consists of young people: UN

April 18, 2024, 12:53 pm

HAMILTON, Canada – The United Nations (UN) on Wednesday reported that 70 percent of the population in the Gaza Strip consists of young people under the age of 30. It said nearly all of them are grappling with unprecedented levels of trauma, violence, disease, and food insecurity. "All schools… Read More

Physical contact may benefit mental health

Physical contact may benefit mental health

April 18, 2024, 12:16 pm

ISTANBUL – Physical contact, including hugs, can alleviate pain, anxiety, and depression, according to scientists from Germany and the Netherlands. The researchers found that even brief and gentle touches, no matter their frequency or duration, yielded positive effects on mental well-being… Read More

US conducts humanitarian airdrops into Gaza

US conducts humanitarian airdrops into Gaza

April 17, 2024, 8:03 pm

WASHINGTON – The United States Central Command (CENTCOM) conducted another round of airdrops of humanitarian assistance into northern Gaza on Tuesday to provide relief to civilians affected by the ongoing war. "The joint operation included two C-130 U.S. Air Force aircraft, and U.S. Army… Read More

US, Chinese defense chiefs hold 1st talks since 2022

US, Chinese defense chiefs hold 1st talks since 2022

April 17, 2024, 5:54 pm

WASHINGTON – US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin spoke via video teleconference on Tuesday with his Chinese counterpart Dong Jun in their first engagement in more than a year, the Pentagon said. They discussed bilateral relations as well as regional and global security issues, Pentagon Press… Read More

UAE sees heaviest rainfall in 75 years

UAE sees heaviest rainfall in 75 years

April 17, 2024, 5:38 pm

ISTANBUL – The United Arab Emirates saw its heaviest downpour in the past 75 years this week, according to the state weather service.  "The UAE witnessed its heaviest rainfall on record in the past 24 hours. Surpassing anything documented since the start of data collection in 1949," the… Read More

13K medical students to seek injunction vs. school quota hike

13K medical students to seek injunction vs. school quota hike

April 17, 2024, 1:27 pm

SEOUL – About 13,000 medical students plan to collectively seek court injunctions to halt their schools' expansion of admission quotas, a lawyer said Wednesday, as the walkout by protesting trainee doctors continued for nearly two months. The motion for an injunction will be filed next Monday by… Read More

British households throw away some 1.7B pieces of plastic every week

British households throw away some 1.7B pieces of plastic every week

April 17, 2024, 12:52 pm

Athens – Households in Britain throw away some 1.7 billion pieces of plastic every week, according to a new report by the UK’s Big Plastic Count initiative. According to the report, only 17 percent of the country’s plastic waste is recycled while 58 percent is incinerated, 14 percent… Read More

Ukraine to request NATO meeting: Zelenskyy

Ukraine to request NATO meeting: Zelenskyy

April 17, 2024, 12:37 pm

ISTANBUL – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Tuesday that his country will request a meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Council to discuss issues regarding further military support for Kyiv. “Ukraine will request a meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Council to discuss the protection of the… Read More

Israeli Air Force finalizes preparations for possible attack on Iran

Israeli Air Force finalizes preparations for possible attack on Iran

April 16, 2024, 7:11 pm

JERUSALEM – Israel’s Air Force has completed preparations for a possible attack on Iran, according to local media on Monday. The Israeli public broadcaster KAN said Tel Aviv is planning a “limited response” that would allow Iran to contain it, to avoid an all-out war. Israel seeks to keep… Read More

OpenAI opens its first Asian office in Tokyo

OpenAI opens its first Asian office in Tokyo

April 16, 2024, 5:56 pm

TOKYO/ISTANBUL – OpenAI, the developer of the artificial intelligence chatbot ChatGPT, has opened its first office in the Asian region in the Japanese capital, Tokyo. "We chose Tokyo as our first Asian office for its global leadership in technology, culture of service, and a community that… Read More

Dengue fever deaths in Indonesia up 179%

Dengue fever deaths in Indonesia up 179%

April 16, 2024, 4:00 pm

JAKARTA – Deaths from dengue fever in Indonesia this year surged by 179.4 percent to 475 as of the 15th week of 2024, compared to 170 deaths recorded in the same period last year, according to data from the Ministry of Health. Dengue fever cases this year also saw a significant increase,… Read More

IFRC urges support to 'severely underfunded' Sudan emergency appeals

IFRC urges support to 'severely underfunded' Sudan emergency appeals

April 16, 2024, 3:56 pm

GENEVA – The head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) on Monday urged countries to support "severely underfunded" Sudan emergency appeals. Calling the first anniversary of the conflict in Sudan "a grim milestone," Jagan Chapagain wrote on X: "The acute… Read More

Elon Musk proposes small fee for new X users to combat fake accounts

Elon Musk proposes small fee for new X users to combat fake accounts

April 16, 2024, 2:23 pm

ANKARA – Elon Musk, CEO of social media platform X, on Monday proposed a small fee for new users to write, reply to, or like posts. In a post on X, Musk said such a measure would be unavoidable in order to "curb the relentless onslaught of bots" on the website. "Current AI (and troll farms) can… Read More

Israel lifts restriction on normal activities after Iranian attack

Israel lifts restriction on normal activities after Iranian attack

April 15, 2024, 3:20 pm

JERUSALEM – The Israeli army said early Monday that it lifted the restrictions imposed on gatherings and resumed educational activities after Saturday's unprecedented retaliatory attack by Iran on the country. "IDF (army) decided to lift the Home Front Command restrictions it had put in place… Read More