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President Erdogan says ‘well ahead’ in election race as Türkiye awaits final results

(AA) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the People’s Alliance is “well ahead” in Sunday’s parliamentary and presidential elections, though final results have yet to be announced.

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- Thumbs up for polling stations countrywide after official inspection on Saturday
(The Nation/ANN) -- The Election Commission said polling stations are ready for Sunday’s general election after examining ballots... More >>>
- Israeli airstrikes on Gaza kill 21 Palestinians: Health Ministry
GAZA (Xinhua) -- At least 21 Palestinians were killed and 64 were injured in the continuing Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, said the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza on Wednesday.... More >>>
- Biden ramps up pressure on House GOP in debt limit battle
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fresh off a White House meeting with no serious breakthrough on the debt limit standoff, President Joe Biden is launching a new phase of his pressure campaign against House Republicans as ... More >>>
- Australian cities are falling behind the rest of the world
(ABC) -- Australia risks “sleepwalking into a long-term loss of productivity” unless workers return to the office in greater numbers, one of the world’s foremost experts on cities has warned. ... More >>>
- Fire deep in gold mine in southern Peru kills 27 workers
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- A fire broke out deep in a gold mine in southern Peru and killed at least 27 workers during an overnight shift, Peruvian authorities reported.... More >>>
- Police: 8 killed in Texas mall shooting, gunman also dead
ALLEN, Texas (AP) -- A gunman killed eight people and wounded seven others – three critically – in a shooting at a Dallas-area mall before being fatally shot by a police officer who happened to be nearby, authorities said Saturday.... More >>>
- Russia claims Kremlin hit by drones
(China Daily/ANN) -- Russia claimed to reserve the right to take retaliatory measures “whenever and wherever it sees fit” after an alleged drone attack at the Kremlin “aiming at killing President Vladimir Putin” on Wednesday.... More >>>
- European banks pull back after collapse of First Republic in US
ROME (Xinhua) -- European banking stocks fell sharply on Tuesday in the wake of the failure and subsequent takeover of ... More >>>
- UK hit by fresh round of strikes by health workers
LONDON (Xinhua) -- Health workers in the United Kingdom (UK) staged fresh walkouts on Monday and Tuesday over pay and conditions, after unions rejected the government’s pay offer last month.... More >>>
- Foreigners again flocking to Singapore for medical treatment after lifting of Covid-19 curbs
SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) -- On March 15, Mr Robert Putra Sampurna, 34, felt a sudden sharp pain in his abdomen while driving in his home town of Surabaya, Indonesia.... More >>>
- Xi says dialogue only viable way out for Ukraine crisis
BEIJING (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday that dialogue and negotiations are the only viable way out for the Ukraine crisis, and no one wins a nuclear war.... More >>>
- UN chief sounds alarm on lack of progress on Sustainable Development Goals
UNITED NATIONS (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday sounded the alarm on the lack of progress on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). ... More >>>
- Ministry warns about 14 cough syrups after death of children in many countries
HANOI (Vietnam News/ANN) -- The Ministry of Health (MOH) has warned health departments and medical examination and treatment establishments nationwide about 14 cough syrup products banned in some countries which have caused death or acute kidney damage for hundreds of children. ... More >>>
- Diplomats flee Sudan fighting as citizens struggle to escape
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) -- Foreign governments evacuated diplomats, staff and others from Sudan on Sunday as rival generals battled for a ninth day with no sign of a truce that had been declared for a major Muslim holiday.... More >>>
- Sudanese army says will help evacuate foreign nationals
KHARTOUM (Xinhua) -- The Sudanese army on Saturday said it would help to secure the evacuation of foreign diplomats and nationals amid Sudan’s deadly clashes between the army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF).... More >>>
- ‘Devastating’ melt of Greenland, Antarctic ice sheets found
(AP) -- The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets are now losing more than three times as much ice a year as they were 30 years ago, according to a new comprehensive international study.... More >>>
- WHO warns Covid-19 pandemic still volatile
GENEVA (The Straits Times/ANN) -- The World Health Organisation on Tuesday warned the Covid pandemic was still volatile, saying there could be further trouble before the virus settles into a predictable pattern. ... More >>>
- UN chief calls for dialogue to resolve crisis in Sudan
UNITED NATIONS (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday called on leaders of the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces to immediately cease hostilities and begin a dialogue to resolve the crisis in Sudan. ... More >>>
- N.China’s Inner Mongolia mobilises firefighters to prevent grassland fires from spreading across border
(Global Times) -- North China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region has dispatched several groups of firefighters to prevent the flames of a grassland fire in Mongolia from spreading across the China-Mongolia border.... More >>>
- Hundreds flee Gangneung wildfire
(Korea Herald/ANN) -- Hundreds of residents and tourists evacuated from a wildfire that spread fast with strong winds blowing across Gangneung, Gangwon province, on Tuesday, amid growing concerns over additional damages due to high winds and dry weather. ... More >>>
- Türkiye expects thriving tourism season despite earthquake
ANKARA (Xinhua) -- Türkiye’s Mediterranean coast is expected to see a large number of tourists flowing in this summer despite the devastating earthquakes in February, industry professionals said.... More >>>
- Macron’s fruitful visit shows resuming all-level exchanges ‘main tone’ of 2023 China-EU ties
(Global Times) -- European leaders were wrapping up their three-day visit to China after Chinese and French top leaders met for informal talks in southern China’s Guangzhou on Friday, marking the climax in high-level interactions between China and Europe. ... More >>>
- Missouri tornado kills 5 in latest wave of severe weather
GLEN ALLEN, Mo. (AP) -- A tornado ripped through southeastern Missouri before dawn on Wednesday, killing five people and causing widespread destruction as the third in a... More >>>
- Trump pleads not guilty to 34 counts of falsifying business records
(Kyodo News) -- Former US President Donald Trump on Tuesday as expected pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records, opening an unprecedented legal battle that is likely to drag on and impact his re-election bid. ... More >>>
- Recovery in services, investment to boost growth in Laos: ADB

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) -- Singapore is the smartest Asian city and the seventh smartest in the world, ... More >>>
- EU carbon rules hurt Asean exporters but could benefit them later: ADB
JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN) -- ASEAN countries, especially Malaysia and Indonesia, are bracing for measures aimed at keeping some of their export... More >>>
- At least 21 dead after tornadoes rake US Midwest, South
WYNNE, Ark. (AP) -- Storms that dropped possibly dozens of tornadoes killed at least 21 people in small towns and big cities across the South and Midwest, tearing a path through the Arkansas capital, collapsing the roof of a packed
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- Philippine ferry fire kills 31 people; at least 7 missing
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A fire broke out on a ferry in the southern Philippines and raged overnight for eight hours, killing at least 31 of the approximately 250 passengers and crew, officials said Thursday.
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- 38 dead in Mexico fire after guards didn’t let migrants out
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) -- When smoke began billowing out of a migrant detention centre in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez, Venezuelan migrant Viangly Infante Padrón was terrified because she knew her husband was still inside.... More >>>
- PM to build on close China ties
BEIJING (The Star/ANN) -- It’s an almost devout act undertaken by Malaysia’s prime ministers for about half a century, but this time round there’s an added weight to it. ... More >>>
- Asian youth forum boosts Laos-China cooperative relations
Guangzhou, China: The Asian Young Leaders Forum (AYLF) will help strengthen the cooperative relations, traditional friendship, and comprehensive strategic cooperative relations between Laos and China.... More >>>
- In Macron’s France, streets and fields seethe with protest
PARIS (AP) -- A big day has come for French high school student Elisa Fares. At age 17, she is taking part in her first protest. ... More >>>
- Deep South tornadoes kill 26
ROLLING FORK, Miss. (AP) -- Rescuers raced Saturday to search for survivors and help hundreds of people left homeless after a powerful tornado cut a devastating path through Mississippi, killing at least 25 people, injuring dozens, and flattening entire blocks as it carved a path of destruction for more than an hour. One person was killed in Alabama.... More >>>
- UN calls for game-changing action on global water crisis
UNITED NATIONS (Xinhua) -- The United Nations on Wednesday called for game-changing action when world leaders, businesses, youth and other stakeholders gathered at the three-day UN 2023 Water Conference to address the global water crisis.... More >>>

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