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16.7 million Syrians in need of humanitarian assistance: UN

16.7 million Syrians in need of humanitarian assistance: UN

March 22, 2024, 3:42 pm

ONTARIO, Canada – The United Nations on Thursday noted that 16.7 million people in Syria need humanitarian assistance, marking the highest in the 13-year conflict. Geir Pedersen, the UN Special Envoy for Syria, who virtually briefed member states at a UN Security Council meeting, said all… Read More

King Charles is ‘doing very well,' says Camilla

King Charles is ‘doing very well,' says Camilla

March 22, 2024, 3:40 pm

LONDON – Britain’s Queen Camilla said her husband, King Charles, is doing very well. The queen provided an update on King Charles’ condition during a visit to Northern Ireland, British media said Thursday. “Charles is doing very well,” Camilla told a crowd of well-wishers in Belfast.… Read More

S. Korea to deploy more military surgeons, public health doctors

S. Korea to deploy more military surgeons, public health doctors

March 22, 2024, 1:56 pm

SEOUL – Prime Minister Han Duck-soo said Friday that the government will deploy additional military surgeons and public health doctors to help cope with the prolonged walkout by junior doctors. Over 90 percent of the country's 13,000 junior doctors have been on mass resignations for more than a… Read More

Extreme weather expected in coming months

Extreme weather expected in coming months

March 22, 2024, 1:42 pm

ISTANBUL – As ocean temperatures hit new dangerous peaks, experts are warning the unprecedented levels of accumulated heat will trigger intense chain reactions, including deadly hurricanes and cyclones, over the coming months. Recent reports have shown that oceans worldwide are now at their… Read More

Police boost Jerusalem security ahead of second Friday of Ramadan

Police boost Jerusalem security ahead of second Friday of Ramadan

March 22, 2024, 1:16 pm

JERUSALEM -- Israel security officials are gearing up in Jerusalem with an increased police presence ahead of the second Friday of Ramadan. Friday morning prayers on the Temple Mount during Ramadan are especially large and Palestinian terror attacks have surged during the Islamic holy month.… Read More

Vietnamese president resigns

Vietnamese president resigns

March 21, 2024, 12:34 pm

ISTANBUL – Vietnam President Vo Van Thuong stepped down from his position on Wednesday, the ruling Communist Party said in a statement. The party said Thuong, who served only for one year, was guilty of "violations and shortcomings." His resignation was accepted by the central committee. He also… Read More

Trump, Biden sweep latest primary elections en route to pres’l rematch

Trump, Biden sweep latest primary elections en route to pres’l rematch

March 21, 2024, 11:05 am

HOUSTON, Texas – President Joe Biden and former president Donald Trump made a clean sweep of the presidential primaries that took place on Tuesday in the states of Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Kansas and Ohio, according to media reports. Biden received 89 percent of the vote in Arizona's… Read More

Multicultural marriages in S. Korea rise to 18.3% in 2023

Multicultural marriages in S. Korea rise to 18.3% in 2023

March 20, 2024, 2:15 pm

SEOUL – The number of marriages between South Koreans and foreign spouses rose more than 18 percent in 2023, as those between Vietnamese bridegrooms and naturalized South Korean brides gained sharply, data showed Wednesday. The number of multicultural marriages increased 18.3 percent on-year to… Read More

Red Cross chief: Barely any food available in Gaza

Red Cross chief: Barely any food available in Gaza

March 20, 2024, 11:46 am

LONDON – The head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) expressed concern Tuesday about food security in the Gaza Strip. "The hunger in Gaza serves as a stark reminder of the immense hardships civilians are enduring," Jagan Chapagain posted on X, saying,… Read More

Taiwan's Smart City summit opens, lures record-high number of visitors

Taiwan's Smart City summit opens, lures record-high number of visitors

March 19, 2024, 4:06 pm

TAIPEI, Taiwan – The 11th Smart City Summit and Expo (SCSE) officially opened at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center (TaiNex) here Tuesday. The event, organized by the Taipei Computer Association (TCA), the Kaohsiung City government, and the National Development Council, runs from Tuesday to… Read More

Japan to study health impact of PFAS chemicals amid concern

Japan to study health impact of PFAS chemicals amid concern

March 19, 2024, 11:55 am

TOKYO – Japan will launch a study on the health impact of potentially harmful chemicals known as PFAS, after their detection across the country fueled concern among local residents, local media reported on Monday. The government-led study, planned for three years from around June, will be… Read More

Gaza kids don’t even have energy to cry: UNICEF

Gaza kids don’t even have energy to cry: UNICEF

March 18, 2024, 4:20 pm

TEHRAN – The UN children’s agency says over 13,000 children have been killed by Israeli strikes in Gaza, adding many kids were suffering from severe malnutrition and did not “even have the energy to cry.” United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Catherine… Read More

Biden claims Trump not mentally competent

Biden claims Trump not mentally competent

March 18, 2024, 3:15 pm

TEHRAN – US President Joe Biden has attacked his predecessor and election challenger Donald Trump with jokes about the latter’s mental fitness to compete for the White House. Biden took jabs on Saturday during a speech at the traditional Gridiron Club dinner where politicians and journalists… Read More

Blinken calls for technological progress based on 'democratic values'

Blinken calls for technological progress based on 'democratic values'

March 18, 2024, 2:46 pm

SEOUL – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday highlighted the importance of making technological advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and digital transformation to safeguard the democratic principles against attempts by authoritarian states to erode democracy. Blinken made the… Read More

Putin to lead Russia for another six years

Putin to lead Russia for another six years

March 18, 2024, 2:24 pm

ISTANBUL – President Vladimir Putin gears to rule Russia again for another term as he obtained 87 percent of votes in the recent presidential elections. According to exit poll data announced by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center, Putin has secured overwhelming votes against his three… Read More

4th volcanic eruption in 3 months shakes Iceland

4th volcanic eruption in 3 months shakes Iceland

March 18, 2024, 12:24 pm

ANKARA – Residents in Iceland's coastal town of Grindavik saw their fourth volcanic eruption in the last three months, local media reported Sunday. Lava has flowed over the Grindavikurvegur, the road between the southwestern town and the rest of the Reykjanes Peninsula, according to public… Read More

Trump: Americans face ‘bloodbath’ if not elected

Trump: Americans face ‘bloodbath’ if not elected

March 18, 2024, 12:11 pm

ANKARA – Former US President Donald Trump said Saturday that there would be a "bloodbath" in the country if he is not reelected in the upcoming presidential election. Speaking to his supporters during a rally at Dayton International Airport in Vandalia, Ohio, Trump raised the “possibility of… Read More

Medical profs accused of blackmailing people with mass resignation

Medical profs accused of blackmailing people with mass resignation

March 17, 2024, 8:25 pm

SEOUL – Vice Health Minister Park Min-soo accused medical professors Sunday of blackmailing people after they decided to submit resignations en masse later this month in protest of the government's decision to increase the country's medical school enrollment quota. Park also reaffirmed that the… Read More

US destroys Houthi UAVs in Red Sea

US destroys Houthi UAVs in Red Sea

March 17, 2024, 7:49 pm

ANKARA – US forces destroyed drones launched by the Yemeni Houthi group, the Central Command (CENTCOM) announced Sunday. “On March 16, between 7:50 a.m. and 8:15 a.m., Iranian-backed Houthis launched two unmanned Aerial vehicles (UAV) from Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen toward the Red… Read More

Record 16.7M Syrians need aid after 13 years of war – WHO

Record 16.7M Syrians need aid after 13 years of war – WHO

March 17, 2024, 5:17 pm

GENEVA – Thirteen years of conflict have left a record 16.7 million people in need of humanitarian aid in Syria, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday. "An entire generation has been born into war, knowing nothing but insecurity and deprivation, and facing shock after repeated… Read More