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Finland is again world's happiest country: UN access_timeचैत ८, २०७६

HELSINKI- Good cheer may feel in short supply as the world reels under a global pandemic, but experts at the United Nation on Friday declared Finland to be the world's happiest nation for the third year running. Researchers for the World Happine...

Australian home affairs minister says he has coronavirus access_timeMarch 13

SYDNEY–Australia's home affairs minister Peter Dutton said he had tested positive for the new coronavirus and entered hospital quarantine on Friday. "This morning I woke up with a temperature and sore throat," said the minister, ...

Putin, Erdogan start talks in Moscow on Syria access_timeMarch 11

MOSCOW–Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan began talks in Moscow on Thursday aimed at defusing the crisis in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib. "The situation... in Idlib has become so ag...

Fighter jet crashes in Pakistan capital during parade rehearsal access_timeMarch 11

ISLAMABAD–A Pakistani F-16 fighter jet crashed in Islamabad on Wednesday in an apparent accident during a rehearsal for an upcoming military parade in the capital, officials said. There was no immediate word on the fate of the pilot or co-pilo...

Alabama executes man convicted in killing of 3 officers access_timeMarch 6

ATMORE– A man convicted as an accomplice in the 2004 killings of three police officers in Alabama who were shot by another man was executed Thursday evening. Inmate Nathaniel Woods, 43, was pronounced dead at 9:01 p.m. CST Thursday following a...

Turkey-Russia agreed ceasefire in Syria's Idlib comes into force access_timeMarch 6

BEIRUT–A ceasefire in northern Syria agreed between Russia and Turkey came into force on Friday, aiming to halt intense fighting that has sparked a humanitarian disaster and raised fears of their armies clashing. The deal struck between Russia...

Netanyahu short of majority in Israel vote access_timeMarch 3

JERUSALEM– Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party emerged as the largest party in the country’s third election in under a year, exit polls indicated, but it was unclear whether the embattled Israeli leader could secure a parl...

Pence says medicine to treat coronavirus may be available by summer access_timeMarch 3

WASHINGTON D.C. – US Vice President Mike Pence here on Monday said that the medication for treating coronavirus may be available by this summer or early fall. "The vaccine might yet not be available till late this year or early next,...

WHO says world in uncharted territory as US virus toll rises access_timeMarch 3

BEIJING–The world has entered uncharted territory in its battle against the deadly coronavirus, the UN health agency warned, as new infections dropped dramatically in China on Tuesday but surged abroad with the US death toll rising to six. Glo...

Canada asks travelers from Iran to self-isolate due to virus access_timeMarch 3

OTTAWA– Canada on Monday asked travelers arriving from Iran -- one of the countries hardest hit by the new coronavirus epidemic -- to self-isolate at home for 14 days, even if they are not exhibiting any symptoms. Health authorities asked Cana...

New Malaysia PM sworn in amid crisis, Mahathir fights on access_timeMarch 1

KUALA LUMPUR–A former interior minister was sworn in as Malaysia's premier Sunday, marking the return of a scandal-mired party to power after a reformist government's collapse but ex-leader Mahathir Mohamad, 94, slammed the move as illega...

US announces additional travel restrictions affecting Iran, Italy, South Korea to contain coronavirus access_timeMarch 1

WASHINGTON– The United States on Saturday announced additional travel restrictions affecting Iran, Italy, and South Korea in order to contain coronavirus outbreak. Vice President Mike Pence, during a press conference with President Donald Trum...

Virus epidemic growing by day hits schools, concerts, parks access_timeFebruary 28

TOKYO–Japan's schools prepared to close for almost a month and entertainers, topped by K-pop superstars BTS, canceled events as a virus epidemic extended its spread through Asia into Europe and on Friday, into sub-Saharan Africa. The expec...

Students required to stay home during Japan's coronavirus school shutdown access_timeFebruary 28

TOKYO–Japan's Education Minister Koichi Hagiuda on Friday requested all students to remain indoors and not to attend schools that have been closed to contain COVID-19. "We ask for the cooperation of relevant ministries and agencies so...

9 dead, 5 injured as vehicle falls into deep gorge in Indian-controlled Kashmir access_timeFebruary 23

NEW DELHI– Nine people died and five were injured when a vehicle fell into a deep gorge in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Saturday, a local police told Xinhua over phone. The accident occurred in the Malhar area of Kathua district on Saturday ev...

Turkey says seven killed after quake on Iran border access_timeFebruary 23

ISTANBUL–Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Sunday seven people including three children were killed in eastern Turkey after a 5.7 magnitude earthquake hit neighbouring Iran, the official Anadolu news agency reported. Five people were in...

South Korea reports 123 more coronavirus cases, two deaths access_timeFebruary 23

SEOUL–South Korea reported 123 more coronavirus cases Sunday, taking the nationwide total to 556, as well as two additional deaths which brings the toll to four. The fourth death was a man at a hospital in Cheongdo, a southern city connected t...

At least nine killed in Germany shisha bar shootings access_timeFebruary 20

HANAU–At least nine people were killed in shootings targeting shisha bars in Germany that sparked a huge manhunt overnight before the suspected gunman was found dead in his home early Thursday. The attacks occurred at two bars in Hanau, about ...

Man suspected of killing wife, three children in Australia fire access_timeFebruary 20

SYDNEY–An ex-rugby league player is suspected of murdering his three children and estranged wife in Australia by burning them alive inside their car, in what police described as one of the most horrific incidents they have encountered. Officer...

South Korea city urges 2.5M to stay home as virus cases grow access_timeFebruary 20

SEOUL–The mayor of the South Korean city of Daegu urged its 2.5 million people on Thursday to refrain from going outside as cases of a new virus spiked and he pleaded for help from the central government. Mayor Kwon Young-jin made the request ...