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26 workers rescued after Australian gold mine collapses

26 workers rescued after Australian gold mine collapses

March 14, 2024, 12:31 pm

ANKARA – Some 26 workers were rescued hours after a gold mine collapsed in Australia’s Victoria state on Wednesday, local media reported. Rescuers are working to free a miner who remains trapped in the Ballarat Gold Mine after a rockfall, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.… Read More

Israeli researchers unravel mystery of virus behavior

Israeli researchers unravel mystery of virus behavior

March 14, 2024, 12:04 pm

JERUSALEM – Israeli researchers unraveled the mystery of the previously hidden decision-making process of viruses, shedding new light on how they choose between states of benign dormancy and virulent aggression. The study opens promising avenues for novel approaches to combat bacterial… Read More

Putin calls on Russians to take part in presidential polls

Putin calls on Russians to take part in presidential polls

March 14, 2024, 11:34 am

PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY – Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on Russians to take part in the presidential election on March 15-17. "We need to confirm our consolidation, our determination to go forward together. Each vote counts. That is why I am calling on you to realize your right to… Read More

Report: 520K Israelis suffer from mental disorders since Oct. 7

Report: 520K Israelis suffer from mental disorders since Oct. 7

March 14, 2024, 11:27 am

TEHRAN – More than half a million Israelis have suffered mental disorders in the aftermath of Operation Al-Aqsa Storm, Channel 12 of the Israeli regime said in its report. According to the report, 520,000 Zionists have been treated for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) since October 7.… Read More

US House passes TikTok crackdown bill

US House passes TikTok crackdown bill

March 14, 2024, 10:29 am

WASHINGTON – The US House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday that would give Chinese owner, ByteDance, six months to divest the popular short video TikTok app used by about 150 million Americans or face a ban. The 352-65 vote had 15 Republicans and 50 Democrats voting in opposition. It… Read More

Bulgaria Cabinet OKs revision scrapping tuition in public universities

Bulgaria Cabinet OKs revision scrapping tuition in public universities

March 14, 2024, 10:07 am

SOFIA, Bulgaria – Fees for undergraduate and PhD students in state universities will be abolished this year, if changes to the Higher Education Act, which the Government approved here on Wednesday, pass through Parliament. The goal is to improve students' access to higher education and to make… Read More

Japan's private rocket explodes after launch

Japan's private rocket explodes after launch

March 13, 2024, 9:26 pm

ANKARA – Japanese private company Space One's maiden rocket launch on Wednesday failed as its satellite-carrying rocket exploded following the lift-off, local media reported. Space One Co. has sought to become Japan's first private firm to put a satellite into orbit, but it failed to launch the… Read More

Taiwan's 2024 Smart City Summit & Expo kicks off March 19

Taiwan's 2024 Smart City Summit & Expo kicks off March 19

March 13, 2024, 2:06 pm

TAIPEI  – The 11th Smart City Summit & Expo (SCSE) is set to kick off on March 19 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center. The organizers, Taipei Computer Association, National Development Council, and Kaohsiung City government, will welcome over 2,000 government and industry VIPs from 46… Read More

Effect of conflicts on women, girls discussed at UN

Effect of conflicts on women, girls discussed at UN

March 13, 2024, 1:48 pm

UNITED NATIONS – The situation of women and girls in conflict zones was discussed during a sideline event at a UN meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women. Revealing the Untold: The Devastating Impact of Conflict on Women and Girls was held at UN headquarters in New York under the… Read More

Peace talks in Ukraine only after Russia halts aggression: Vatican

Peace talks in Ukraine only after Russia halts aggression: Vatican

March 12, 2024, 8:50 pm

ROME – Negotiations for peace in Ukraine should come only after Russia stops its aggression, the Vatican’s Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said Tuesday. In an interview with the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, Parolin said that it was “obvious” that both countries should… Read More

UN chief calls for Ramadan truce in Gaza, Sudan

UN chief calls for Ramadan truce in Gaza, Sudan

March 12, 2024, 6:17 pm

UNITED NATIONS – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday called for ceasefires in Gaza and Sudan during the holy month of Ramadan. As Monday marks the start of the holy month of Ramadan, he said it is a period when Muslims around the world celebrate and spread the values of peace,… Read More

Israel erects barbed wire around Lions’ Gate near Jerusalem mosque

Israel erects barbed wire around Lions’ Gate near Jerusalem mosque

March 12, 2024, 6:01 pm

RAMALLAH, Palestine – Israel has erected barbed wire on a fence around the Lions' Gate area adjacent to the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex in occupied East Jerusalem, Palestinian authorities said Monday. “This is a dangerous precedent that has never occurred since 1967,” the Jerusalem governor’s… Read More

Health minister regrets SNU medical professors' resignation decision

Health minister regrets SNU medical professors' resignation decision

March 12, 2024, 1:48 pm

SEOUL – Health Minister Cho Kyoo-hong expressed deep concerns Tuesday over medical professors' decision to resign, vis-a-vis the ongoing confrontation between the government and striking trainee doctors, vowing efforts to seek a breakthrough. On Monday, medical school professors at Seoul… Read More

South Korean national arrested in Russia on espionage suspicions

South Korean national arrested in Russia on espionage suspicions

March 12, 2024, 1:42 pm

ANKARA – Russian authorities have arrested a South Korean national on espionage suspicions, local media reported. The individual, whose identity has not been disclosed, was detained in Vladivostok and subsequently transported to Moscow for further investigation, according to Seoul-based Yonhap… Read More

License suspension notices sent to some 5,000 defiant trainee doctors

License suspension notices sent to some 5,000 defiant trainee doctors

March 11, 2024, 5:45 pm

SEOUL – Prior notices of license suspension have been sent to some 5,000 trainee doctors who defied the return to work order in protest of a plan to boost the number of medical students, the health ministry said Monday. Deputy Health Minister Jun Byung-wang told reporters that it completed… Read More

Egyptian Food Bank prepares food to alleviate hunger in Egypt, Gaza

Egyptian Food Bank prepares food to alleviate hunger in Egypt, Gaza

March 11, 2024, 2:51 pm

CAIRO – Workers and volunteers of non-profit organization Egyptian Food Bank (EFB) are working nonstop to prepare free food boxes for those underprivileged both in Egypt and the neighboring besieged Gaza Strip, as the Muslim holy month of Ramadan will start on Monday. Raising the slogan of… Read More

Saudi king calls for halting heinous crimes in Gaza

Saudi king calls for halting heinous crimes in Gaza

March 11, 2024, 1:46 pm

RIYADH – Saudi King Salman on Sunday called for halting “heinous crimes” in the Gaza Strip amid the deadly five-month Israeli offensive on the Palestinian enclave. Saudi Arabia is set to observe the first day of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan on Monday. “It pains us that Ramadan… Read More

Israeli academics urge their government to prevent famine in Gaza

Israeli academics urge their government to prevent famine in Gaza

March 11, 2024, 1:09 pm

ANKARA – More than 700 Israeli academics have called on their government to take urgent measures to prevent famine in the Gaza Strip. Israel has waged a deadly military offensive on the Gaza Strip since an Oct. 7 cross-border attack led by Hamas in which some 1,200 people were killed. More than… Read More

Most Arab nations begin Ramadan on Monday

Most Arab nations begin Ramadan on Monday

March 11, 2024, 1:01 pm

ANKARA – Most Arab countries are set to celebrate the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on Monday. After the new moon was sighted on Sunday, religious authorities in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates announced that observation of the fasting month will begin… Read More

Sweden lifts aid ban against UNRWA

Sweden lifts aid ban against UNRWA

March 10, 2024, 1:52 pm

LONDON – Sweden announced on Saturday that it is lifting a freeze on aid for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine Refugees after the UN warned the Security Council last week of “imminent famine” in the Gaza Strip. The Nordic country pledged to give the initial… Read More