S. Korea to remove most virus restrictions as omicron slows
South Korea will remove most pandemic restrictions, including indoor gathering limits, as it slowly wiggles out of an omicron outbreak officials say is stabilizing, according to AP.People will still be required to wear masks indoors, but authorities could remove an outdoor mask mandate if the coronavirus ...
Russia expels 18 EU diplomats in retaliatory move
Russia on Friday declared 18 diplomats of the EU office in Moscow persona non grata. Prior to the retaliatory move, the Foreign Ministry summoned EU ambassador Marcus Exeter and expressed its strong protest against the expulsion of 19 Russian diplomats from the country's office to the EU ...
Libya’s rival officials meet in Egypt for talks on elections
Rival Libyan officials began talks Wednesday in the Egyptian capital on disputed constitutional arrangements for their country’s elections. The U.N.-brokered talks come as the North African nation is increasingly deadlocked. according to AP. Twelve lawmakers from Libya’s east-based parliament and 12 from the High Council of State, an advisory body in the capital of Tripoli ...
Israel successfully tests new laser missile defense system
Israel's new laser missile defense system has successfully intercepted mortars, rockets and anti-tank missiles in recent tests, Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Thursday, according to AP. The Israeli-made laser system, designed to complement a series of aerial defense systems such ...
Slovenia lifts face mask mandate
Slovenians are no longer required to wear face masks in indoor spaces starting from Thursday, the country’s government announced, according to Xinhua. The government said that face masks are still needed in health institutions and nursing homes for the elderly. "Lifting of the restrictions ...
Russia says damaged cruiser Moskva has sunk
Russia said Thursday that Moskva, the flagship of its Black Sea fleet, has sunk in a storm during towing after it was damaged by fire, according to Anadolu Agency. The Russian Defense Ministry said the Moskva missile cruiser sunk due to the damage in its hull ...
Turkish president, Austrian chancellor talk over phone
Every opportunity should be used towards ending the humanitarian tragedy in Ukraine, Turkiye’s president said in a phone call with the Austrian chancellor on Thursday, according to Anadolu Agency. Urging support for Istanbul process to advance peace talks between Russia and Ukraine ...
Infrastructure development for energy supplies southward, eastward to be expedited – Putin
Completion of infrastructural projects for energy resources export to southern and eastern markets should be accelerated, President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday, according to TASS. "As far the export of energy resources is concerned, there is a need to expedite implementation ...
Australia imposes sanctions against 14 Russian companies and organizations
Australia’s government has imposed economic sanctions against 14 Russian companies and organizations over the situation in Ukraine, Australia’s Department of Home Affairs said on Thursday, according to TASS. Falling under Australia’s sanctions are fuel and energy companies Gazprom, Gazprom Neft ...
Sweden's annual inflation rate hits 30-year high in March
Sweden's annual inflation rate soared to its highest level in three decades in March due to broad price increases, according to the National Central Bureau of Statistics on Thursday. The consumer price index with fixed interest rate ...
Putin never refused to meet Zelensky, but ‘a document’ needs to be drafted — Kremlin
Russian President Vladimir Putin has never refused in principle to hold a meeting with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, but a document must be drafted before such meeting can be arranged, Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday, according to TASS ...
29 die as boat capsizes in northwestern Nigeria
At least 29 people died after a boat capsized in a river in Nigeria’s northwestern Sokoto state, local authorities said on Wednesday, according to Anadolu Agency. The incident took place on the Shagari River near the Gidan Magana village of the Shagari local government area ...
Germany irritated by Ukraine’s snub of a presidential visit
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Wednesday criticized a diplomatic snub by Ukraine for his country’s president and defended Berlin’s record on delivering weapons to Kyiv amid tensions that have flared at a delicate moment in German policymaking on the war, according to AP ...
South Africa floods: At least 300 dead in worst rainfall since 60 years VIDEO
President Cyril Ramaphosa has called it "a catastrophe of enormous proportions", according to Africa news. South Africa's leader was visiting survivors in one of the townships in the city of Durban which has been struck by floods and mudslides stoked by record rains ...
Hospitals empty in Turkiye as COVID-19 pandemic wanes
The number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus has significantly dropped in Turkiye, with some hospitals starting to close down their wards dedicated to battling the deadly infection, according to Daily Sabah. It has been two years since Turkiye faced the steep risk of the coronavirus ...
Truck hits tourist bus in Egypt, kills 10 including 4 French
A tourist bus collided with a truck on a highway in southern Egypt and burst into flames on Wednesday, killing at least 10 people, including four French citizens and a Belgian national, according to AP. Five Egyptians were also killed in the crash, authorities said ...
Death toll from floods in South Africa reaches 306
The death toll in South Africa from devastating floods caused by heavy rains has reached 306, the government said Wednesday, as roads were washed away and homes collapsed, according to Anadolu Agency. The eastern port city of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal province was particularly hard-hit ...
Ukraine says 9 humanitarian corridors open for civilian evacuation
Nine humanitarian corridors will be opened to evacuate civilians from Ukraine's besieged cities, Ukraine's deputy prime minister said on Thursday, according to Anadolu Agency. In a Facebook post, Iryna Vereshchuk said people could use private ...
Six dead, 12 injured in blast at chemical factory in Eluru
About six persons were killed and more than 12 injured in a major explosion and blaze at a pharmaceutical chemical manufacturing company at Akkireddygudem in Musunuru Mandal of Eluru district, according to The Times of India. According to Nuzividu DSP, B Srinivasulu ...