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Finland, Sweden Submit NATO Membership Application

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that Finland, Sweden have officially applied to join the world’s biggest military alliance, a move driven by security concerns over Russia’s war in Ukraine. “I warmly welcome the requests by Finland and Sweden to join NATO.

Rare Palestinian Banknote Sold for 140,000 Pounds in Auction

Paul Wyman was volunteering in the Brentwood's Oxfam branch when he noticed in a package of donated goods, an odd-looking banknote of £100 Palestine pounds issued in 1920, Britain's The Daily Mail reported. Wyman, who located the note, chose not to put it on the shelves and instead called an auct

Grundberg Calls for Overcoming Outstanding Challenges, Extending Yemen Truce

The UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, said on Tuesday that Yemenis can’t afford to go back to the pre-truce state of perpetual military escalation and political stalemate. With just two weeks left in a two-month cease-fire in Yemen, the envoy said he hopes the truce will be extended.

Israeli Defense Minister Says Iran is Preparing to Install 1,000 Additional Centrifuges

Iran is working on advanced uranium centrifuges at new underground sites being built near its Natanz nuclear plant, Israel's defense minister said on Tuesday, providing figures that appeared to exceed those published by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Centrifuges are used to purify

UN Calls on Iraqi Politicians to End 7-month Deadlock

The UN envoy to Iraq has urged Iraqi politicians to end a deadlock which has kept parliament from forming a new government for more than seven months, warning that the crisis could spark civil unrest. "The streets are about to boil over in Iraq," Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert told reporters on Tuesd

UAE President Receives More Condolences From World Leaders, Including Erdogan

President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan received in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday several world leaders, who offered their condolences over the death of late President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed accepted the condolences of Turkish Presiden

Iran Detains Protesting Bus Drivers

Iran arrested a number of bus drivers who have staged protests in Tehran for the second consecutive day over their living conditions, media in the country reported on Tuesday. "A number of drivers were detained yesterday during a gathering in front of the central office of the Tehran Bus Company,

IMF: Pandemic School Closures Could Inflict Lasting Economic Toll

School closures during the pandemic have set back children's learning in many G20 countries and could have a long-lasting negative impact on GDP in advanced economies, the IMF said Tuesday. Recent assessments of schoolchildren show that widespread virtual learning during the Covid-19 pandemic res

Netflix Trims Staff to Weather Slowing Growth

Netflix on Tuesday said it laid off about two percent of its staff in a belt-tightening move after growth slowed at the once-booming streaming television service. "These changes are primarily driven by business needs rather than individual performance, which makes them especially tough, as none o

Medvedev Says he's No French Open Favorite

World number two Daniil Medvedev on Tuesday ruled himself out as a title contender at next week's French Open after losing his first match back after a hernia operation. The US Open champion, who underwent surgery last month, was beaten 6-2, 7-6 (7/5) by French veteran Richard Gasquet in the Gene

Kim Slams Negligent Officials over NKorea Covid Outbreak

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the negligence and laziness of state officials worsened the country's Covid outbreak, state media reported Wednesday, as the number of known cases crossed 1.7 million. The nuclear-armed country reported its first coronavirus cases last week, and the Omicron va