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13:17 10/05/2022
South Korea's new President Yoon Suk Yeol urges North Korean denuclearization in inauguration address

South Korea's new President Yoon Suk Yeol promised an "audacious plan" to strengthen North Korea's economy in exchange for denuclearization in his inauguration speech Tuesday. Yoon, a conservative from the People Power Party, gave the remarks after being sworn in as the country's newest leader in a ceremony in the capital Seoul, replacing outgoing President Moon Jae-in.

Source: cnn.com

12:37 10/05/2022
Philippine dictator's son wins landslide presidential victory

The son of late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos cemented a landslide presidential election victory Tuesday, as Filipinos bet on a familiar dynasty to ease rampant poverty -- dismissing warnings the tarnished clan will deepen corruption and weaken democracy. With an initial count almost complete, Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Junior had secured over 50 percent of the vote and more than double the tally of his nearest rival, liberal Leni Robredo.

Source: france24.com

12:07 10/05/2022
Pope postpones trip to Lebanon for health reasons: minister

Pope Francis has postponed a trip to Lebanon initially planned for June over health concerns, Lebanon's tourism minister Walid Nassar said Monday. Nassar did not elaborate on the "health reasons" behind the postponement, but the pope who has suffered from pain in his knee was seen using a wheelchair for the first time at a public event on Thursday.

Source: france24.com

11:10 10/05/2022
'The Rock', a record-setting white diamond, goes up for auction

The largest white diamond ever auctioned will go under the hammer in Geneva this week, part of a sale by Christie's that features two stones weighing more than 200 carats each. "The Rock", a 228.31 carat pear-shaped stone roughly the size of a golf ball, is expected to sell for up to $30 million, the auctioneer said.

Source: cnn.com

10:45 10/05/2022
Zelenskiy calls for end to blockade of Odesa port to prevent global food crisis

Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has urged the international community to take immediate steps to end a Russian blockade of his country’s ports in order to allow wheat shipments and prevent a global food crisis. The Black Sea export port of Odesa was struck by missiles on Monday.

Source: theguardian.com

10:29 10/05/2022
Dozens dead in latest Ecuador prison riot

Authorities say at least 43 people killed after a fight broke out between rival gangs at prison 80km from Quito.

Source: aljazeera.com

10:00 10/05/2022
Queen won’t attend Parliament opening due to mobility issues

Queen Elizabeth II will not attend the opening of Parliament on Tuesday amid ongoing mobility issues. Buckingham Palace said in a statement Monday that the decision was made in consultation with her doctors and that she had “reluctantly” decided not to attend. It will mark only the third time during her reign that Elizabeth, 96, has not opened Parliament. She previously missed the opening in 1959, when she was pregnant with Prince Andrew, and 1963, when she was pregnant with Prince Edward.

Source: apnews.com

18:00 09/05/2022
French court upholds one-year sentence for ex-PM Fillon in ‘fake jobs’ scandal

A French appeals court on Monday upheld but shortened the prison sentence a lower court inflicted on former conservative prime minister François Fillon for embezzling public funds in a scandal that derailed his 2017 run for president. The 68-year-old was convicted by a lower court in 2020 and sentenced to five years in jail, three of them suspended. The sentenced was reduced on Monday to four years with three years suspended. The court also barred Fillon from holding public office for 10 years. Fillon still has a chance to appeal the sentence. 

Source: france24.com

17:30 09/05/2022
Jill Biden pays surprise visit to Ukraine, meets first lady

Jill Biden made an unannounced visit to western Ukraine, holding a surprise Mother’s Day meeting with first lady Olena Zelenska to show U.S. support for the embattled nation as Russia presses its punishing war in the eastern regions.

Source: apnews.com

16:56 09/05/2022
Osaka pulls out of Italian Open with injury

Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the Italian Open in Rome to rest an Achilles injury ahead of the French Open, the WTA said on Monday. The four-time Grand Slam champion suffered the injury in her opening match in Madrid earlier this month, before struggling in a second-round loss to Sara Sorribes Tormo.

Source: france24.com

16:08 09/05/2022
Sinn Fein says election win ushers in new era for Northern Ireland

Sinn Fein’s emergence as Northern Ireland’s largest political party represents a defining moment in the British-run region’s history and ushers in a new era, the regional head of the Irish nationalist party said on Saturday. “Today represents a very significant moment of change. It’s a defining moment for our politics and our people,” Michelle O’Neill, head of Sinn Fein in Northern Ireland, said after her party for the first time secured the most votes in an election to the regional parliament.

Source: euronews.com

15:16 09/05/2022
Mahinda Rajapaksa: Sri Lankan PM resigns amid economic crisis

Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has resigned amid mass protests at the government's handling of the economic crisis, officials say. The move came as the island was placed under curfew after violent clashes between Rajapksa supporters and anti-government protesters in Colombo. At least 78 people have been injured in the violence in the capital, a local hospital says. There have been protests over soaring prices and power cuts since last month.

Source: bbc.com

14:38 09/05/2022
After Madrid title, Alcaraz withdraws from Italian Open

Fresh off his victory at the Madrid Open, Carlos Alcaraz withdrew from the Italian Open on Monday because of a right ankle injury. Alcaraz hurt his ankle during the quarterfinal win over Nadal.

Source: apnews.com

13:39 09/05/2022
Two Palestinians killed, Israeli policeman stabbed as violence simmers

Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian near the barrier with the West Bank and another was killed after infiltrating a Jewish settlement inside the occupied territory with a knife on Sunday, the Israeli army said, stoking worries a wider conflict may loom.

Source: reuters.com

12:54 09/05/2022
Ncuti Gatwa: BBC names actor as next Doctor Who star

Actor Ncuti Gatwa will take over from Jodie Whittaker as the star of Doctor Who, the BBC has announced. The 29-year-old will become the 14th Time Lord on the popular science fiction show, and the first person of colour to play the lead role. Scottish actor Gatwa, who was born in Rwanda, is best known for starring in Netflix's sitcom Sex Education.
 

12:14 09/05/2022
Man City move closer to Premier League title, Arsenal boost top four bid

Manchester City moved a step closer to retaining the Premier League title with a 5-0 demolition of Newcastle, while Arsenal beat relegation-threatened Leeds 2-1 to boost their bid for a top-four finish on Sunday.

Source: france24.com

11:45 09/05/2022
John Lee elected as Hong Kong’s next chief executive

A Hong Kong committee stacked with pro-Beijing loyalists has elected an official who oversaw a crackdown on the city’s democracy movement as its next chief executive. John Lee won 1,416 votes of approval from the 1,500-strong Election Committee on Sunday. Eight voted against him.

Source: aljazeera.com

11:10 09/05/2022
Teenager Alcaraz crushes Zverev in Madrid Open final

Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz raced to the Madrid Open title on Sunday, brushing aside German Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-1 in 62 minutes. The victory in just over an hour took the 19-year-old's winning streak to 10 matches. Alcaraz beat Rafael Nadal and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic on his way to the final -- a first in a clay court tournament -- and will climb to No. 6 in the world on Monday.

Source: france24.com

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11:55
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Russian Embassy congratulates Armenians on Army Day
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