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North Korea reports testing new cruise missile

TOKYO, North Korea | TASS | On January 24, North Korea conducted the first test launch of Pulhwasal-3-31, a cruise missile of a new type which is still under development, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Thursday. The tests were carried out by the DPRK Missile Administration. “The test-fire had …

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NATO kicks off largest military drills in decades

BRUSSELS | Xinhua | The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on Wednesday kicked off “Exercise Steadfast Defender 2024,” its largest military drills in decades. “The dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) departed Norfolk, Virginia, United States and following a series of operations will commence her transit across the …

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Turkish parliament approves Sweden’s NATO bid

ANKARA, TURKEY | Xinhua | Turkish lawmakers on Tuesday approved a long-delayed bill on Sweden’s bid to become the 32nd member of NATO. The Turkish parliament voted on the bill after a debate in the Grand National Assembly. A total of 346 lawmakers participated in the voting, with 287 votes …

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New Hampshire midnight voting ignites Trump-Haley showdown

DIXVILLE NOTCH, UNITED STATES | Xinhua | The New Hampshire primary of the 2024 U.S. presidential election began at midnight on Tuesday with the first ballots cast in the remote community of Dixville Notch. Former U.S. President Donald Trump, who easily won the Iowa Republican caucuses last week, faces Nikki …

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Iran’s president to visit Turkey Wednesday

TEHRAN | Xinhua | Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi will leave for Ankara on an official visit Wednesday at the invitation of his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Iran’s official news agency IRNA reported on Monday. A high-ranking political and economic delegation would accompany Raisi during his first trip to Türkiye, …

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Canada announces national summit on combatting auto theft

OTTAWA | Xinhua |  The Canadian federal government announced Sunday that a national summit on combatting auto theft will be held to ensure a coordinated response to this serious issue. The summit that takes place on Feb. 8 in Ottawa will serve to identify short-, medium- and long-term actions to …

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Expert predicts four major trends of US global strategy in 2024

Beijing, China | XINHUA |  A Chinese international relations expert has predicted that the U.S. government will focus its global strategy on the four areas of deepening industrial transformation, strengthening armaments, balancing geopolitical priorities and hotspots, and getting more engaged in cognitive warfare in 2024. Wang Honggang, vice president of the …

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WHO releases new guidance on Artificial Intelligence use in health

Geneva, Switzerland | THE INDEPENDENT | The World Health Organization (WHO) has released new guidance on the ethics and governance of large multi-modal models (LMMs), a type of fast-growing generative artificial intelligence (AI) technology with applications across health care. The guidelines outline over 40 recommendations for consideration by governments, technology companies, and …

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