PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron met here on Wednesday with Wang Yi, head of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.
Wang, a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, conveyed Chinese President Xi Jinping’s warm greetings to Macron, before briefing him on the significance of the 20th CPC National Congress. (China-France-Visit)
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KIEV – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson discussed Ukraine’s European integration during their meeting in Kiev on Wednesday, the president’s press service reported.
Zelensky and Kristersson talked about cooperation between their countries within European institutions during Sweden’s presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) in the first half of this year. (Ukraine-EU integration)
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LOS ANGELES – The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has initiated a multi-site clinical trial evaluating an antiviral drug for the treatment of Covid-19, the agency announced on Wednesday.
The drug, known as S-217622 or encitrelvir fumaric acid, was discovered by Hokkaido University of Japan; and Shionogi & Co., Ltd., a Japanese pharmaceutical company. (USA coronavirus study)
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MANILA – An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6 shook the Philippines on Thursday morning, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said.
The institute said the quake, which struck at 2:10 a.m. local time, struck at a depth of 10 km, about 11 km southwest of the city of Batuan in Masbate province on the main island of Luzon. (Philippines Earthquake)