M5.6 quake hits off Japan's northeast, no tsunami threat
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 struck off the northeastern Japan prefecture of Iwate late Friday, with no threat of a tsunami and no immediate reports of major property damage, the weather agency and local authorities said, according to Kyodo News ...
European politicians seek to nominate Ukraine's Zelenskyy for Nobel Peace Prize
A group of European politicians has asked the Nobel Peace Prize Committee to extend the application deadline to allow the nomination of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. In a letter, the group requested the committee “to reopen and reconsider ...
Turkiye marks 107th anniversary of Canakkale victory
Turkiye on Friday observed the Canakkale Victory and Martyrs' Day, which marks the anniversary of a key 1915 victory during World War I, according to Anadolu Agency. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan commemorated the soldiers ...
Bulgaria expels 10 Russian diplomats
The Bulgarian Foreign Ministry declared 10 Russian diplomats persona non grata, the Russian ambassador to the country said on Friday, according to Anadolu Agency. The ministry cited "activities incompatible with their status" as the reason ...
5.2-magnitude quake hits China`s Xinjiang
A 5.2-magnitude earthquake jolted Pishan County in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region at 9:41 p.m. Thursday Beijing Time, the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC) reported, according to Xinhua. The epicenter was monitored ...
Australia sanctions Russian businessmen Vekselberg, Deripaska, 11 banks, agencies
The Australian government imposed sanctions on Renova owner Viktor Vekselberg and businessman Oleg Deripaska (EN+ Group), who have links to business interests in Australia, and on 11 Russian banks, Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne said in a statement on Friday ...
Finland takes top spot for fifth year in a row as the happiest in the world
For the fifth year in a row Finland takes the top spot as the happiest in the world, according to World Happiness Report 2022. This year its score was significantly ahead of other countries in the top ten. Denmark continues to occupy second place, with Iceland up from 4th place last year to 3rd this year. Switzerland is 4th, followed by the Netherlands ...
Japanese FM to visit Turkey, UAE to discuss Ukraine
Japan's Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa is expected to visit Turkey and the UAE this weekend to discuss the situation in Ukraine, according to NHK World-Japan. Government sources say Hayashi is expected to meet key government officials from the two countries. ...
Russian aviation authorities extend closing of airspace in country’s south until March 26
Russia’s aviation authorities have extended the ban on civilian flights in the south of Russia until March 26, a source in the Transport Ministry told TASS. "[The ban] is extended until March 26," the source said ...
Chinese mainland reports 2,388 new local COVID-19 cases
The Chinese mainland on Thursday reported 2,388 locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, up from 1,226 on Wednesday, the National Health Commission said Friday, according to Xinhua. Of the new local infections ...
Italy to scrap coronavirus certificate requirements
Italians will no longer be required to show proof of coronavirus vaccination, testing or recovery to enter public spaces starting from May 1, Health Minister Roberto Speranza announced on Thursday, according to Politico ...
'Hopes for cease-fire in Russia-Ukraine war increased a bit more'
As part of Turkiye's ongoing diplomatic efforts to reach permanent peace in the Russia-Ukraine war, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu paid a visit to Ukraine's western Lviv city on Thursday. According to Anadolu Agency, speaking after a closed-door meeting ...
Turkish president reiterates offer to host Russian, Ukrainian counterparts
Turkiye's president on Thursday continued his diplomatic efforts for a cease-fire in the war between Russia and Ukraine, as he reiterated an offer to host his Russian and Ukrainian counterparts to find a diplomatic solution, according to Anadolu Agency ...
At least 19 killed in Niger terrorist attack
At least 19 people, including two policemen, were killed on Wednesday afternoon in a terrorist attack on a bus coming from Burkina Faso to Tera (in western Niger), Niger's security source said on Thursday, according to Xinhua. The attackers riding on motorbikes intercepted the bus near the village of Petel kole ...
Six Russian airlines continue flights abroad, 29 carriers fly to country, says ministry
Six Russian airlines continue performing international flights, and 29 air carriers fly to the country, the Transport Ministry said in a statement on Thursday, according to TASS. "Despite the restrictions imposed by a number of foreign countries on using ...
Vietnam reopens borders for international tourists
Vietnam on Tuesday fully reopened its borders for international tourists, its tourism authorities said, according to Xinhua. At a press briefing held Tuesday, general director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism Nguyen Trung Khanh said foreign nationals can now enter Vietnam by air, land and sea through all border gates as long ...
At least 2 dead, including infant, in Peru landslide
Rescue workers in Peru have recovered the bodies of at least two people, including a one-month-old infant, as they continue to search for missing residents after a major landslide struck a community in the country’s north, according to Al Jazeera. The landslide occurred ...
3 dead, over 160 injured after M7.4 quake hits northeastern Japan
A powerful magnitude 7.4 earthquake off northeastern Japan late Wednesday left three people dead and more than 160 injured across 12 prefectures and caused a high-speed shinkansen to derail, according to Kyodo News. Prime Minister ...
Germany reports daily record of 294,931 new COVID-19 infections
Germany on Thursday reported a record number of daily coronavirus cases with nearly 300,000 new infections, according to Anadolu Agency. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the country’s disease control agency, confirmed 294,931 new COVID-19 cases, the highest rate registered since the pandemic began in early 2020 ...