Macron wins French presidential runoff: exit poll

PARIS – French incumbent President Emmanuel Macron won the 2022 French presidential runoff with 57.6 percent of the votes, according to the preliminary exit poll released Sunday evening by French television BFMTV.Macron garnered 58.55 percent of the vote in the presidential election runoff... Read More

Chinese mainland reports 2,971 new local Covid-19 cases

BEIJING–The Chinese mainland on Friday reported 2,971 locally transmitted confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases, of which 2,736 were in Shanghai, according to the National Health Commission's report on Saturday.Apart from Shanghai, 16 other provincial-level regions on the... Read More

Biden's job approval rating stuck in low 40s: Gallup

WASHINGTON – An average of 41.3 percent of U.S. adults approved of the job Joe Biden was doing as president, during his fifth quarter in office, the latest Gallup poll released on Friday showed.The number was essentially unchanged from the 41.7 percent in his fourth quarter but was... Read More

UK supermarkets limit sale of cooking oil

LONDON– Supermarkets across the UK are limiting the amount of oil the customers can buy because of shortages following the Russian military operation in Ukraine.Major chains including Tesco, Morrisons, and Waitrose will allow two to three items per customer as the war has disrupted sunflower... Read More

UN chief to visit Moscow April 26, will meet Putin

WASHINGTON–United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres will visit Moscow next week and will be received by Russian President Vladimir Putin, his office announced on Friday.His meeting on April 26 will also see him hold a working meeting and lunch with Foreign Minister Sergey... Read More

Covid-19 third-largest cause of US deaths in 2021, study finds

WASHINGTON – Covid-19 was the third-largest cause of death in the United States for the second year in a row in 2021, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data released on Friday.Heart disease and cancer continue to be responsible for the highest number of deaths, but... Read More

US DOJ to appeal ruling ending mask mandates on public transport

HOUSTON, Texas – The US Department of Justice announced Wednesday that it is appealing a ruling striking down the mask mandate for public transportation handed down by a federal judge in Florida earlier this week.“In light of today’s assessment by (the Centers for Disease Control... Read More

Life on other planets? Jupiter’s moon Europa prime candidate

HOUSTON, Texas – Are there life forms on other planets beyond Earth? Scientists believe the answer could be found on Jupiter’s moon, Europa, according to research published Tuesday by evidence lies in Greenland.“Double ridges are the most common surface feature on... Read More

Over 500 Rohingya flee Malaysian detention center, 6 killed

ISTANBUL – At least six Rohingya refugees were killed after more than 500 escaped from a detention center in Malaysia early on Wednesday.According to state news agency Bernama, 528 Rohingya detainees fled from the Sungai Bakap Immigration Detention Depot in Nibong Tebal, a town in... Read More

Unmotivated to study: Covid-19 negative impact on schoolchildren

ISTANBUL – The Covid-19 epidemic is having a negative impact on people's daily lives, with the latest study in Japan revealing that more schoolchildren are disinclined to study.A survey of 10,000 schoolchildren up to high school grades conducted last year showed that a record 54.3 percent of... Read More

Morocco established itself as emerging power, key economic player

GENEVA – Over the last 20 years, Morocco has established itself as a global emerging power and a key economic player in Africa, the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services (CCIG) said.This is "due to its geographical location, political stability, state-of-the-art infrastructure,... Read More

UN security body to hold consultations on Moroccan Sahara issue

NEW YORK – The UN Security Council will hold this Wednesday in New York its semi-annual closed-door consultations meeting on the Moroccan Sahara issue, with the participation of the Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary General for the Sahara, Staffan de Mistura, and the Special Representative... Read More

Russia starting new offensive in eastern Ukraine: Zelenskyy

ANKARA – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Monday announced the start of a new Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine.It can now be stated that Russian troops have begun the battle for Donbas, for which they have been preparing for a long time. A very large part of the entire Russian... Read More

Russia, China fighter jets entered SoKor's defense zone in March

ANKARA – Russian and Chinese fighter jets entered South Korea's air defense identification zone (KADIZ) last month without prior notice, a Seoul official claimed on Tuesday.Two Russian planes flew into the KADIZ on March 24, just hours before Pyongyang test-fired an intercontinental ballistic... Read More

UAE ready to host COP28; thanks PH for support

MANILA – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is ready to host the 28th Climate Conference with a focus on highlighting the economic opportunities in climate action.In a statement over the weekend, the UAE Embassy in Manila thanked the Philippine government for supporting its bid for the conference,... Read More

Algeria reports no new daily Covid-19 case for 1st time

ALGIERS – The Algerian Health Ministry said on Sunday that no new Covid-19 cases were reported over the past 24 hours for the first time since the outbreak of the disease two years ago.The overall number of cases stabilized at 265,739, and the death toll remained at 6,874, while the number of... Read More

US Space Command confirms interstellar meteor hit Earth

ANKARA – US Space Command on Wednesday confirmed that scientists discovered the first known interstellar meteor to ever hit the Earth.The meteor, which is known as CNEOS 2014-01-08, crash-landed along the northeast coast of Papua New Guinea on Jan. 8, 2014, CNN quoted a US Space Command... Read More

Zelensky meets presidents from Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia

KYIV, Ukraine – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday met with his Polish, Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian counterparts in the capital Kyiv.After the meeting, Zelensky held a joint press conference with Poland’s Andrzej Duda, Lithuania’s Gitanas Nauseda,... Read More

Death toll from floods in South Africa reaches 306

JOHANNESBURG – The death toll in South Africa from devastating floods caused by heavy rains has reached 306, the government said Wednesday, as roads were washed away and homes collapsed.The eastern port city of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal province was particularly hard-hit."By the evening of April... Read More

Current war is ‘blasphemous betrayal’ of God: Pope

ROME – Pope Francis on Wednesday blasted the “armed aggression” of Ukraine as blasphemy and betrayal of God.The leader of the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics did not explicitly name Russia or Ukraine, but his remarks clearly referenced the ongoing conflict between Kiev and... Read More