Finland’s government sends NATO accession bill to Parliament

       

Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto signs a petition for NATO membership application in Helsinki, May 17, 2022. (ANNTI AIMO-KOIVISTO / LEHTIKUVA VIA AP) HELSINKI — Following its emergency meeting on Monday, the government of Finland submitted to Parliament a draft proposal on the country's accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). However, the speaker of Parliament said that he intended to propose that the …

Researchers test mRNA technology for universal flu jab

       

People enter a pharmacy next to a sign promoting flu shots in New York, Jan 10, 2013. (ANDREW KELLY / FILE PHOTO / REUTERS) An experimental vaccine provided broad protection against all 20 known influenza A and B virus subtypes in initial tests in mice and ferrets, potentially opening a pathway to a universal flu shot that might help prevent future pandemics, according to a …

Russian, Cuban presidents pledge to strengthen bilateral ties

       

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel (left) meets Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on November 22, 2022. (MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV / SPUTNIK / AFP) MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin and First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba and Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez voiced common readiness on Tuesday to deepen relations between the two countries. READ MORE: Russia and Cuba rebuild …

Bulgaria charges five people in connection with Istanbul blast

       

Police officers escort suspects linked to the Istanbul bombing in a court in Sofia on Nov 19, 2022. (NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP) SOFIA – Bulgarian prosecutors have charged five people for supporting terrorist acts in connection with an explosion in central Istanbul that killed six people on Nov 13, chief prosecutor Ivan Geshev said on Saturday. Bulgarian special police forces detained three men of Moldovan …

US: New COVID variant cases surge as vaccination rate lags

       

A registered nurse inoculates a man with a COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic set up in the parking lot of CalOptima in Orange, California, Aug 28, 2021. (JAE C HONG / AP) LOS ANGELES / MOSCOW / HARARE – New Omicron subvariants BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 accounted for nearly half of new COVID-19 cases in the United States in the past week, while health officials have …

Biden predicts not enough votes to codify abortion rights

       

US President Joe Biden holds a press conference on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Nusa Dua on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, Nov 14, 2022. (SAUL LOEB / AFP) WASHINGTON – US President Joe Biden admitted on Monday that he did not expect Democrats to have enough votes in the next Congress to codify abortion rights. "I don't think there's enough votes …

Ethiopia combatants ‘agree to facilitate humanitarian access’

       

Chief of Staff of Ethiopian Armed Forces Field Marshall Birhanu Jula (left) and Head of the Tigray Forces Lieutenant General Tadesse Werede (right) exchange signed copies of an agreement, at Ethiopian peace talks in Nairobi, Kenya, Nov 12, 2022. (BRIAN INGANGA / AP) ADDIS ABABA – Senior commanders of the Ethiopian government and the Tigray People's Liberation Front have agreed to facilitate humanitarian access in …

COP27: Protesters within UN venue demand climate finance

       

Demonstrators shout slogans on Nov 9, 2022 during a protest outside the venue hosting the COP27 climate conference, at the Sharm el-Sheikh International Convention Centre, in Egypt's Red Sea resort city of the same name. (MOHAMMED ABED / AFP) SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt – Civil society groups and youth activists at the UN COP27 summit held small pop-up rallies Wednesday at designated areas in this Red …

Drought highlights climate woes

       

East Africa among regions hit hardest, as hopes pinned on Egypt talks Maasai women gather to watch Maasai morans, or warriors, take part in an Olng'esherr ceremony at the foot of the Maparasha Hills, near Kajiado, in Kenya, Sept 23, 2020. (PHOTO / AP) With the desperation etched on her face, Elizabeth Kanini, a villager from eastern Kenya, has long endured the ravages of a …

COVID-19: Italy to end ban on unvaccinated health workers

       

A health worker administers a dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (Janssen) against COVID-19, on Aug 5, 2021 at the Ambreck pharmacy, in Milan. (MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP) MILAN / CHICAGO / MOSCOW – Italian doctors and nurses suspended from work because they are not vaccinated against COVID-19 will soon be reinstated, new Health Minister Orazio Schillaci said on Friday. The move is motivated by …

Over 89m COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in Colombia

       

A nurse vaccinates a person against COVID-19 at the Francisco de Paula Santander International Bridge in Cucuta, Colombia, on the border with Venezuela, on March 11, 2022. (SCHNEYDER MENDOZA / AFP) BOGOTA / MOSCOW – Colombia has received a total of 93,502,966 COVID-19 vaccine doses, of which 89,310,214 have been applied, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday. In the past week, 100,510 doses were …

Hundreds of Congolese flee to Uganda after fresh fighting

       

Asylum Seekers from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are guided to wait on a truck after crossing a border to be transferred in Bunagana, Uganda, on June 7, 2022. (BADRU KATUMBA / AFP) KAMPALA – Fresh fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has forced hundreds of people to cross to neighboring Uganda to seek refuge. Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS), a local …

UK home secretary resigns, notes concerns over Truss government

       

File photo of Suella Braverman taken in London, Britain, Sept 15, 2020, when she was serving as Britain's attorney general. (RAY TANG / XINHUA) LONDON – Suella Braverman, home secretary of the United Kingdom, resigned on Wednesday after breaching a security rule. However, she also noted her "serious concerns" about the direction of Prime Minister Liz Truss's government. I have concerns about the direction of …

UK PM vows to stay on despite mini-budget chaos

       

In this file photo dated Sept 23, 2022, British Prime Minister Liz Truss (left) and then-Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng visit Berkeley Modular, in Northfleet, Kent, Britain. (DYLAN MARTINEZ / POOL PHOTO VIA AP) LONDON – Liz Truss, prime minister of the United Kingdom, on Wednesday defied calls to resign after almost all the measures in her government's economic blueprint had been scrapped following …

UK COVID-19 inquiry begins, vowing to expose culpable acts

       

People write messages in memory of their beloved ones, on the National COVID-19 Memorial Wall, in London, on March 28, 2022. (TOLGA AKMEN / AFP) LONDON / WASHINGTON – A public inquiry into Britain's response to and handling of the COVID-19 pandemic got underway on Tuesday, with a promise it would get to the truth, and expose any wrongdoing or culpable conduct. Britain has recorded almost …

Truss tries to reassure UK on economic plan

       

Britain's Prime Minister Liz Truss arrives to attend the Conservative Party conference at the ICC, in Birmingham, England on Oct 1, 2022. (RUI VIEIRA / AP) LONDON – British Prime Minister Liz Truss tried to reassure her party and the public on Sunday by saying she should have done more to "lay the ground" for an economic plan that saw the pound fall to record …

N. Kenya faces hunger crisis as drought wipes out livestock

       

A young womann from the Turkana community waters goats from a shallow well dug into a dry riverbed at Eliye springs on the western shore of Lake Turkana in Turkana county, Kenya on Sept 28, 2022. (TONY KARUMBA / AFP) LODWAR, Kenya – In a dry river bed in Kenya's arid northwest, pastoralists dig ever-deeper pits in an anxious search for water, as the region …

Toyota to End Vehicle Manufacturing in Russia

       

Toyota City, Japan, Sep 24, 2022 – (JCN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) – Toyota has decided to end vehicle production at its Saint Petersburg plant in Russia. On March 4 we had to suspend manufacturing operations at our plant in Saint Petersburg due to the interruption in supply of key materials and parts. Since then, we have been closely monitoring the situation and evaluating the future …

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Looks Forward to Another Returning Classic

       

TOKYO, Sep 23, 2022 – (JCN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) – The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team makes its first trip to Rally New Zealand determined to compete for the top positions when the event’s popular gravel roads return to the world stage for round 11 of the 2022 FIA World Rally Championship on September 29-October 2. 2022 GR YARIS Rally1 HYBRID Keen to look …

Europe energy crisis may deepen with looming liquidity crunch

       

An employee of Uniper Energy Storage inspects the above-ground facilities of a natural gas storage facility at the Uniper Energy Storage facility in Bierwang, southern Germany on June 10, 2022. (LENNART PREISS / AFP) LONDON – Europe's problems in sourcing oil and gas this winter after a dispute with Russia may be exacerbated by a new crisis in the market where prices are already red-hot: …