Australian doctors renew calls for sugar tax

Canberra (Australia), January 19: Australia's peak medical body has renewed calls for a tax on sugary beverages in the country.

S. Korea, U.S. discuss new economic framework, supply chains

Seoul (South Korea), January 19: The top trade officials of South Korea and the United States on Wednesday agreed to strengthen their strategic partnership to...

U.S. takes N. Korea's 'improving' missile programs seriously: Pentagon

Washington (US), January 19: The United States takes very seriously the threat posed by North Korea's "improving" missile programs, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said...

Daily cases jump to over 5,000 for 1st time in 20 days...

Seoul (South Korea), January 19: South Korea's daily coronavirus cases jumped to over 5,000 for the first time in 20 days Wednesday amid growing concerns...

German exports of military equipment up 60.6 pct in 2021

Berlin (Germany), January 19: The German government approved the export of military equipment worth 9.35 billion euros (10.7 billion U.S. dollars) in 2021, up 60.6...

UN conducts post-quake assessment in Afghanistan

United Nations, January 19: The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is leading an inter-agency assessment team deployed to Qadis District of...

UN chief calls for end to violence in Sudan

United Nations, January 19: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called for an end to violence in Sudan to allow mediation efforts.

Over 4,000 Libyans receive COVID-19 vaccine booster shot

Tripoli (Libya), January 19: The Libyan National Center for Disease Control on Tuesday announced that a total of 4,166 people have received a third booster...

Palestinian president unanimously gains Fatah's confidence as PLO chairman

Ramallah (Palestine), January 19: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday was unanimously supported by the Fatah party's central committee to continue as chairman of Palestine...

2022 Grammy Awards postponed to early April in Las Vegas

Los Angeles (US), January 19: The 64th annual Grammy Awards, the U.S. music industry's biggest event, has been rescheduled for early April in Las Vegas,...

Microsoft to acquire Activision Blizzard in 68.7 bln USD all-cash deal

San Fransisco (US), January 19: Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday announced plans to acquire Activision Blizzard, a leading U.S. video game company, for 95 U.S. dollars...

Omicron causes 95 pct of Morocco's new COVID-19 cases: health ministry

Rabat (Morocco), January 19: The Omicron variant has caused 95 percent of new COVID-19 infections in Morocco, the country's ministry of health said Tuesday.

Australia to rebate visa fees for int'l students, backpackers amid staff shortfalls,...

Canberra (Australia), January 19: Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday said the government would rebate visa fees for international students and backpackers to support the...

Tonga volcano relief efforts face challenges: UN

United Nations, January 19: Relief efforts following the Tonga volcano eruption face the challenge of severed communications, falling ash closing the major airport and strict...

European Parliament elects Maltese Roberta Metsola as new president

Brussels (Belgium), January 19: Maltese lawmaker Roberta Metsola was on Tuesday elected as president of the European Parliament (EP), the third woman elected to the...

Russian, Iranian FMs discuss JCPOA, regional issues in telephone call

Moscow (Russia), January 18: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov addressed the situation concerning the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in a telephone conversation with...

KT partners with Russia's Yandex on developing delivery robots

Seoul (South Korea), January 18: KT Corp., South Korea's major telecom operator, said Tuesday it has partnered with an affiliate of Russian tech giant Yandex...

Moon holds phone talks with Abu Dhabi crown prince, voices condolences over...

Dubai (UAE), January 18: President Moon Jae-in has held telephone talks with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and expressed condolences to victims...

UN, agencies prepare relief efforts following Tonga volcano eruption

United Nations, January 18: The United Nations and its agencies are readying relief efforts for the remote South Pacific island nation of Tonga following the...

COVID-19 cases, deaths soar again at U.S. nursing homes

Washington (US), January 18: COVID-19 cases at U.S. nursing homes are rising to another peak amid the Omicron surge across the country, according to latest...

Tonga reveals vulnerability of small island states: UN General Assembly president

Unites Nations, January 18: UN General Assembly President Abdulla Shahid said Monday that the massive volcano eruption in Tonga and the ensuing tsunami demonstrate the...

UN chief calls for diplomatic talks toward denuclearization of Korean Peninsula

United Nations, January 18: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calls for diplomatic talks between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and all parties concerned toward...

Palestine warns Israel against home eviction in East Jerusalem

Ramallah (Palestine), January 18: Palestine on Monday warned Israel against its measures of expelling Palestinian families from their homes in East Jerusalem.

Italy stresses importance of Libya's stability for Mediterranean region

Tripoli (Libya), January 18: The Italian Ambassador to Libya Giuseppe Buccino on Monday stressed the importance of Libya's stability for the Mediterranean region.

Indonesian president chooses Nusantara as new capital name: minister

Jakarta (Indonesia), January 18: Indonesian President Joko Widodo has chosen Nusantara, or archipelago in English, as the name of the new national capital to be...

Interview: CPEC enables Pakistan to meet energy demand, cut production cost, says...

Islamabad (Pakistan), January 18: The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has not only turned Pakistan into a power surplus country, but also cut the production cost...

Mexico's economy growing despite spread of Omicron, says president

Mexico City (Mexico), January 18: Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Monday said the pace of Mexico's economic recovery has remained on track despite...