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Int’l group tells gov’t to end harassment of human-rights defenders

Inquirer Breaking News - 59 min 53 sec ago
      MANILA, Philippines -- The international group Asean Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) urged on Saturday the government to end all forms of harassment against human-rights defenders and journalists, as it welcomes Senator Leila De Lima as its newest member. "We urge the Philippine government to end all harassment and politically motivated criminal charges against human-rights defenders, journalists, and members of the opposition who seek accountability for human-rights violations in the context of the 'war on drugs,'" the APHR said in its statement. "Sen. De Lima's continued imprisonment undermines both democracy and the rule of law in the P...

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21 Savage ‘wasn’t hiding’ being British, feared deportation

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 10 min ago
ATLANTA --- The Atlanta-based rapper 21 Savage said in an interview aired Friday that he didn't talk about his British citizenship before because he didn't want to get deported. The Grammy-nominated artist, whose given name is She'yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested Feb. 3. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement called it a targeted operation. He was released from immigration custody Wednesday on a $100,000 bond. Abraham-Joseph, now 26, told ABC's "Good Morning America" he had no idea what a visa was when his mother brought him to the U.S. at 7 years old. His visa expired in 2006. "I knew I wasn't born here," he said. "But I didn't know like, what that meant as far as whe...

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US seeks ways to recycle lithium batteries in cars, phones

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 22 min ago
  CHICAGO --- The U.S. government will lead an ambitious effort to develop technologies to recycle lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles, cellphones and other sources to ensure a reliable and affordable supply of metals crucial to battery production in anticipation of soaring global demand and potential shortages, Department of Energy officials said Friday.   Calling the effort a national security issue, the agency announced a $15-billion, three-year research and development project housed at the Argonne National Laboratory outside of Chicago. The collaboration between Argonne, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and sever...

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Maria Ressa's arrest spells more trouble for press freedom in increasingly illiberal Asia

CNN Top Stories - 1 hour 42 min ago
The arrest of Maria Ressa, a Time Person of the Year, award-winning journalist and frequent critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, has renewed fears for the future of press freedom in the southeast Asian nation and around the region.
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ACT reminds public: Know your history, learn from Marcos years

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 45 min ago
      MANILA, Philippines -- The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) has called on the public to learn from history, citing the condition of the country during the Marcos regime. "The Alliance of Concerned Teachers calls on the people to learn from the lessons of history. The arrest of journalists were reminiscent of the country's experiences under Marcosian martial rule when journalists like Joe Burgos was arrested and incarcerated under similar circumstances," the group said in a statement on Saturday. The statement of ACT stemmed from the arrest of Rappler Chief Executive Officer Maria Ressa on Wednesday over a cyberlibel case. She was arrested at Ra...

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Open 24 hours: 2 million new books on sale at 50-90% off

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 17 min ago
From its name alone, the Big Bad Wolf (BBW) Book Sale instantaneously catches attention. Inspired by the scary, fictional animal character in "Little Red Riding Hood," "Three Little Pigs" and other children's tales, Big Bad Wolf is coming to Manila for the second time on Feb. 22-March 4 at the World Trade Center, Pasay. On its Manila debut last year, the Malaysia-based book fair brought a staggering two million books, comprising almost 20,000 titles, offered at an astounding 60-80 percent discount. On Feb. 18, 2018, a story by former Inquirer desk editor Marlet Salazar on Big Bad Wolf's first Manila edition said: "Three-fourths of the World Trade Center in Pasay... is dedicated...

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21 Savage ‘wasn’t hiding’ being British, feared deportation

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 28 min ago
ATLANTA --- The Atlanta-based rapper 21 Savage said in an interview aired Friday that he didn't talk about his British citizenship before because he didn't want to get deported. The Grammy-nominated artist, whose given name is She'yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested Feb. 3. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement called it a targeted operation. He was released from immigration custody Wednesday on a $100,000 (P5,232,000) bond. Abraham-Joseph, now 26, told ABC's "Good Morning America" he had no idea what a visa was when his mother brought him to the U.S. at 7 years old. His visa expired in 2006. "I knew I wasn't born here," he said. "But I didn't know like, what that meant ...

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Gunman kills 5 people, wounds 5 police at Illinois plant

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 40 min ago
    AURORA, Ill. --- An employee of a manufacturing company opened fire at its suburban Chicago plant Friday, killing five people and wounding five police officers before he was fatally shot, police said.   Aurora, Illinois, Police Chief Kristen Ziman identified the gunman as 45-year-old Gary Martin and said he was believed to be an employee at the Henry Pratt Co. --- which makes valves for industrial purposes --- in the city about 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Chicago. She told a news conference that officers arrived within four minutes of receiving reports of the shooting and were fired upon as soon as they entered the 29,000-square-foot manufacturing ...

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LOOK: VIPs arrive for PMA Alumni Homecoming

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 48 min ago
  BAGUIO CITY, Philippines --- Top government officials, including from the police and military, and several VIPs arrived at the Fort del Pilar here for the 2019 Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Alumni Homecoming on Saturday. PMA cadets gave the traditional arrival honors for Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Benjamin Madrigal Jr., former AFP Chief and Interior Secretary Eduardo Ao, and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. Similar honors were also given to this year's Guest of Honor, former AFP Chief and current Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu. After the arrival honors, the A...

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Rappler’s Maria Ressa sees threat to democracy

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 56 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Journalist and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, who was arrested on a libel complaint, accused President Rodrigo Duterte's administration of acting like a dictatorship and using the law as a weapon to muzzle dissent. "What we're seeing ... is a level of impunity that I frankly haven't seen, and I've been a journalist for more than 30 some odd years," Maria Ressa told The Associated Press on Thursday afterposting bailin a Manila court. Ressa, who was selected by Time magazine as one of its Persons of the Year last year, is the head of Rappler Inc., which has aggressively covered Duterte's administration. She was arrested Wednesday over a libel complaint from a...

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A lesson from the Kashmir bombing: America needs to get tougher on Pakistan

CNN Top Stories - 3 hours 54 sec ago
A suicide bomber drove a vehicle filled with explosives into an Indian paramilitary convoy in Pulwama, in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, on February 14. The death toll is at least 40, making it the largest attack in Kashmir in three decades. A Pakistan-based terrorist group, Jaish-e-Muhammad, claimed responsibility through a video released shortly after.
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2 firefighters, retired cop dead; 7 hurt in Quezon highway crash

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 10 min ago
  LUCENA CITY, Philippines -- Two firefighters and a retired policeman were killed after the vehicle they were on was accidentally bumped by a Manila-bound passenger bus along the Maharlika Highway in Lopez town in Quezon province Friday night, police said. Lopez police identified the victims as Fire Officer 3 Ronaldo Alcala and Senior Fire Officer 2 Cleto Natao, both assigned at Tagkawayan fire station; and retired Police Insp. Juanito Untiveros, also a resident of Tagkawayan. Report saidthey were traveling back home aboard a Mitsubishi Adventure van being driven by Alcala when they were accidentally hit by an oncoming passenger bus being driven by Julio Mayores in Baranga...

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The Latest: Seth Curry Says He Will Win 3-Point Contest

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 15 min ago
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) --- The Latest on NBA All-Star Weekend (all times local): 1:35 p.m. Seth Curry has a bold prediction as to who will win the NBA 3-point contest on Saturday night. "Me, me, I will," Curry confidently told The Associated Press on Friday at the NBA's Day of Service at the Charlotte Convention Center. Curry will be competing in his first NBA 3-point contest against a solid field that includes older brother Stephen Curry, who won the event in 2015 and is third all-time in NBA history with 2,365 3-pointers made. Seth Curry says, "I want to win it for myself and my family" saying it has been a goal of his to win the event since he watched his father Dell Curry ...

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Academy reverses plans, will air all awards live at Oscars

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 20 min ago
NEW YORK --- Following an outcry from many of the movie industry's most prominent figures, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has reversed its decision to present four awards during the commercial breaks of this year's Oscar broadcast. The film academy on Friday said all 24 categories will be shown live, after all, at the 91st Academy Awards on February 24. On Monday, the academy had said that the winning speeches for cinematography, film editing, makeup and hairstyling and live-action short would be aired in a shortened, taped segment during the broadcast. "Nine days until the showtime, still tweaking the script" the Academy tweeted Friday afternoon. READ:Cinem...

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Xi Jinping's global dreams hit a wall amid growing backlash against China

CNN Top Stories - 3 hours 46 min ago
With the shock election of anti-globalist Donald Trump to the US presidency still fresh in their minds, international leaders watched with anticipation as Chinese President Xi Jinping stepped up to the podium at Davos in January 2017.
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Airlines to give customers ‘nonbinary’ choice under gender

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 20 min ago
DALLAS --- Major U.S. airlines say they will soon change their ticketing process to give passengers the option of identifying themselves as other than male or female. The gender option on airline sites will soon include choices such "undisclosed" or "unspecified." There could also be the optional title of "Mx." The airlines say they are making the change to be more inclusive in dealing with a diverse population of travelers. The move was praised by advocacy groups for transgender people. "It's a significant step forward for nonbinary individuals, so they are not faced with a mismatch between their ticketing information and their legal identification," said Beck Bailey of ...

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Locals find monarch colony in Mexico after yearslong search

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 32 min ago
AMANALCO DE BECERRA, Mexico --- For years, park rangers and conservationists working around Mexico's Nevado de Toluca volcano chased rumors of a monarch butterfly colony that wintered high in a forest of oyamel firs in some corner of the 132,000-acre (53,419-hectare) national reserve. Local woodsmen would report seeing some of the butterflies fluttering about and scouting teams would scramble to trek into the forest. They eventually narrowed their search to a swath of communal lands more than 10,000 feet (3,048 meters) above sea level on the northwestern side of the park, but still couldn't find the colony. "It was like an urban legend," said Gloria Tavera Alonso, a regional...

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Gov’t failed to pay DPWH contractors P100B–Andaya

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 38 min ago
The government failed to pay private companies more than P100 billion in 2018 due to a "corrupt system" that continued to control the payment scheme for public works contracts, according to House appropriations committee chair Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr.   In a statement on Friday, the Camarines Sur congressman said the government's failure to pay for completed projects might drive away contractors and derail the Duterte administration's "Build, Build, Build" infrastructure program.   "This gargantuan amount of payables has reincarnated an old system that forces (public works) contractors to cough up kickbacks just to be paid for completed infrastructure projects," ...

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Duterte ‘pissed off with fake news’ he had kidney transplant

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 41 min ago
"It's just hyperbole ... to dramatize that he's still virile at his age," presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said on Friday of President Duterte's angry remarks challenging former Sen. Francisco "Kit" Tatad to lend him his wife.   "He's pissed off with his fake news," Panelo said, referring to Tatad's newspaper column earlier this week in which he claimed that the President had undergone a kidney transplant operation on Jan. 29.   Duterte's remarks were just exaggerations meant to drive home the point that he still has a strong drive at 73, Panelo said.   "People have [become] used to this President's hyperbole; he uses certain situations and makes...

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Philippines wants 625 cases delisted from UN record

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 42 min ago
The Philippines has commenced work with the United Nations to delist from its official records more than 600 cases of enforced and involuntary disappearances, mostly attributed to government forces between 1975 and 2012 and gave assurances that it has put in place a strong legal framework and institutional mechanisms to address the issue.   Senior Philippine officials led by Undersecretary Severo Catura of the Presidential Human Rights Committee formally moved for the delisting of 625 cases during a meeting with the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances.   The move was made on Thursday during the first meeting day of the 117th session of the fiv...

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