Author: Levent Kaan

Sri Lanka has told hundreds of thousands of Russians and some Ukrainians staying in the country to escape the war that they must leave in the next two weeks, immigration officers said. The immigration controller issued a notice to the tourism ministry asking Russian and Ukrainian people staying on extended tourist visas to leave Sri Lanka within two weeks from 23 February. Just over 288,000 Russians and nearly 20,000 Ukrainians have traveled to Sri Lanka in the last two years since the war began, according to official data. Commissioner-General of Immigration said the “government is not granting further visa extensions” as the “flight situation has…

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Punishing hot weather affects not only a person’s health or work productivity but also affects couples’ fertility and birth outcomes, a project by the National University of Singapore (NUS) found. Rising temperatures could further reduce Singapore’s resident total fertility rate, which dipped below 1 – a record low – in 2023. The rate refers to the average number of babies each woman would have during her reproductive years. Researchers from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine studied sperm samples from 818 men that were already stored at the National University Hospital’s (NUH) andrology section. The scientists then traced the men’s…

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German arms manufacturer Rheinmetall plans to set up at least four factories in Ukraine to produce artillery shells, military vehicles, gunpowder, and anti-aircraft weapons, the AFP reported on March 14. This could present a boost for Ukrainian defense production amid ammunition shortages and dwindling supplies from the U.S. “Ukraine is now an important partner for us, where we see a potential of between 2 and 3 billion euros ($2.18-$3.27 billion) per year,” Rheinmetall CEO Armin Papperger said during a presentation of the company’s 2023 results, the AFP wrote. Previously, the company signed a contract with the Ukrainian Defense Industry (Ukroboronprom) in October 2023 to…

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Tajikistan’s existential project to build the colossal 335-meter-high Roghun hydropower dam is proceeding apace, but costs are spiraling, and to a level that is making it hard to see where the government is going to find the funds needed to finish the work. To complicate matters for Dushanbe, this is happening against the backdrop of calls from environmental watchdogs for international development lenders to pause the allocation of any future funds to Tajikistan pending a fresh assessment of the project. The extent of the budget overshoot is striking. In a press conference on February 16, Finance Minister Faiziddin Kahhorzoda revealed…

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Speaking at the National Press Club on all things AUKUS, the Minister for Defence Industry Pat Conory, said that the decision to use an evolved form of an existing Combat Control System, rather than develop a new one, was a key lesson of the Collins class program. “The critical lessons from the Collins build experience,” Conroy said, were the “challenges” that come from “combining a new hull design with a completely new combat and weapons systems and insufficient consideration of through-life support requirements.” The AN/BYG-1 Combat Control System is currently fitted aboard the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) Collins class conventional attack submarines, as well…

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Valencia, Turin, Madrid (28/11 – 25) Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia retained his MotoGP world title with many records; there are nevertheless signs that the Ducati rider will face sterner competition next season. The Italian rider won the 2023 season-ending MotoGP Grand Prix in Valencia on Sunday to clinch his second world title in a row. The protege of Valentino Rossi becomes the third rider to take back-to-back MotoGP titles since the introduction of the class in 2002. Only Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez previously managed to do that. Bagnaia is the first rider to successfully race and defend #1 in the…

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London, Delhi, Mumbai (28/10 – 10) England’s title defense in the 2023 Cricket World Cup is practically over, after their fourth defeat in five group-stage matches. Jos Buttler and Co. are coming to the tournament in India as the defending champions, having won their first title in history with the 2019 edition. The 2023 Cricket World Cup turns out to be a disaster for Matthew Mott’s team. From day one onwards, England’s show in the tournament has been painfully dismal, losing by 9 wickets at the hand of New Zealand in the 5 October opening match. They seemed to have…

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In the 1990s, the Freddo cappuccino emerged as a close relative to the cafe frappé, setting itself apart by using fresh espresso as its base rather than instant coffee.A fredo cappuccino is created by expertly combining two shots of strong espresso, brewed from fresh Arabica beans, which are popular in Greece, with a touch of ice in a beverage mixer. For those with a penchant for sweeter coffee, sugar is an optional addition. True to its name, which means “cold” in Italian, the mixture is then poured over ice. The final touch is a cold, frothed milk foam, known as…

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Türkiye’s postal service PTT has delivered approximately 40,000 letters written 21 years ago to their recipients within the scope of its project, “Letter Campaign for the 100th Anniversary of the Republic.” The letters, which had been stored in steel cabinets for years in a PTT office building in the capital Ankara, brought forth poignant moments for many people. “I was genuinely surprised by this letter. It had been sealed by my late husband. I had no idea it contained a letter he had written to me as well. I lost my husband ten years ago when my youngest daughter was…

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Thirteen suspects were arrested following the most recent incident of fan violence in Thessaloniki, northern Greece, on Sunday evening. The clashes, involving supporters from the city’s two major sports clubs, PAOK and Aris, occurred on a flyover in the Voulgari area of the eastern part of the city and resulted in two individuals sustaining injuries. They are currently receiving medical care under police supervision at a Thessaloniki hospital, as they are among the suspects. The individuals involved in the incident, who are aged between 16 and 37, will be prosecuted, with charges including participating in a brawl, causing severe bodily…

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