Several candidates are running in next Monday's election for president of the Philippines. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is currently leading the race. That has some people worried, since Mr. Marcos's father was a brutal dictator in the Philippines for 20 years.
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India and Pakistan are struggling as they face an intense early heat wave. After the hottest March ever recorded, temperatures in late April again set records. The heat is causing health problems, and has led to fires, energy shortages, and damaged crops.
In today's news roundup, an explosion at an illegal oil processing factory in Nigeria kills over 100 people, Beijing, China announces plans to test 22 million people for Covid-19, and scientists in Japan invent chopsticks that make food taste saltier.
In early April, a United Nations climate group released a 3,000 page report on climate change. The report details actions that must be taken quickly to avoid the worst effects of the crisis. As one of the report's authors put it, "It's now or never."
In today's news roundup, South Africa is hit by deadly flooding, the Philippines struggles to recover after Tropical Storm Megi, and Alyssa Nakken becomes the first woman to coach on the field during an MLB baseball game.
An outbreak of "avian flu" - an illness affecting birds - has swept the world. The disease has been spread by migrating birds. It moved from Asia to Europe, and has now spread to North America. The flu has led to the deaths of tens of millions of birds.
After weeks of a very difficult Covid-19 lockdown, some people in Shanghai, China have been allowed to leave their homes. But the government says millions more must remain at home. The outbreak is making people question China's "zero-Covid" program.
Prices are rising around the world. In some places, like Sri Lanka and Peru, the difficult challenges of everyday life have led to strong protests. Today, NFK looks at the situation in these two countries.
In today's news roundup, the US Senate approves Ketanji Brown Jackson as a Supreme Court justice, Pakistan's Supreme Court rules that its prime minister can face a no-confidence vote, and a drone company plays an April Fools joke on the city of Dallas.
The fighting has stopped in Yemen for the first time in nearly seven years as a two-month truce began on April 1. The United Nations, which helped organize the truce, hopes it will lead to a more long-term peace.
On March 18, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan opened a huge bridge that sets a new record for the world's longest suspension bridge. The "1915 Canakkale Bridge" crosses Turkey's Dardanelles Strait, linking Europe and Asia.