Xinhua world news summary at 1030 GMT, March 26

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SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in's approval rating rose to the highest this year on positive assessment over the government's efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, a weekly poll showed Thursday.

According to the Realmeter survey, support for Moon advanced 3.2 percentage points over the week to 52.5 percent this week. It was this year's highest figure, the pollster noted.

The negative assessment on Moon's conduct of state affairs declined 3.8 percentage points to 44.1 percent. (South Korea-President-Approval Rate)

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BANGKOK, March 26 (Xinhua) -- Medical supplies donated by the Jack Ma Foundation and the Alibaba Foundation were formally received by Thailand's Ministry of Public Health at a handover ceremony on Thursday.

The foundations shipped the first batch of supplies including face masks, protective suits and face shields via a specially chartered flight. The 17-ton supplies arrived in Bangkok on Wednesday.

Anutin Charnvirakul, deputy prime minister and minister of public health, took receipt of the donations from James Dong, CEO of Lazada Thailand in representation of the two foundations. (Alibaba-Thailand-COVID-19)

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VIENNA, March 26 (Xinhua) -- The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) daily basket price stood at 26.94 U.S. dollars a barrel on Wednesday, compared with 26.53 dollars on Tuesday, according to OPEC Secretariat calculations.

Also known as the OPEC reference basket of crude oil (ORB), the OPEC basket is a weighted average of oil prices from different OPEC members around the world, and is used as an important benchmark for crude oil prices. (OPEC-Oil Price)

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KUALA LUMPUR, March 26 (Xinhua) -- Malaysian King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and his wife Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah will undergo a 14-day quarantine after several palace employees were infected with COVID-19, the national palace said Thursday.

Abdullah and Azizah had themselves tested negative for the virus, Comptroller of the Royal Household Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said in a statement. (Malaysia-COVID 19-Quarantine) Enditem

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