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Russia says likely to strengthen defense amid Japan hostility

Moscow, Russia | Xinhua | Russia said on Wednesday that it is closely monitoring hostile activities of Japan and reserves the right to strengthen its defense capability in response. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova made the remarks in a statement commenting on Japan’s so-called protest against the joint strategic air …

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Russia says U.S. recruiting terrorists to fight in Ukraine

Moscow, Russia | Xinhua | The United States is actively recruiting members of international terrorist organizations, including the Islamic State (ISIS), as mercenaries to fight in Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) has said. In April this year, about 60 ISIS militants aged 20-25 were released from prisons controlled by …

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IMF warns of further downside risks for global economy

Davos, Switzerland | Xinhua | The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Tuesday warned of further headwinds for the global economy and spiralling inflation around the world due to the conflict in Ukraine, while voicing that China will remain an engine of growth after the “near-term headwinds”. “We are seeing additional weaknesses …

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Tedros re-appointed as WHO chief

Geneva, Switzerland | Xinhua | Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the incumbent director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), was reappointed to a second five-year term by the 75th World Health Assembly (WHA) on Tuesday. Elected to the post at the 70th WHA in May 2017, Tedros was the sole candidate this …

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Risk of monkeypox to public “extremely low”: Expert

Los Angeles, U.S. | Xinhua | The recent clusters of monkeypox infections in the United States and around the world have drawn great concern from scientists. But the risk of monkeypox to the general public is “extremely low” at the moment, and there is “no cause for panic,” a leading epidemiologist …

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Erdogan says Turkey to launch new military operation in N. Syria

Ankara, Turkey | Xinhua | Turkey is preparing for a new military operation in northern Syria to establish a 30-km deep safe zone along its southern border, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday. “As soon as the Turkish armed forces complete its intelligence and security preparations, these operations will …

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Russia successfully deals with sanctions: Putin

Moscow, Russia | Xinhua | The Russian economy is withstanding the blow of Western sanctions “quite well” despite all the difficulties, as was evidenced by all the key macroeconomic indicators, President Vladimir Putin said Monday. Putin made the remarks during talks with visiting Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in Russia’s Black Sea …

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