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How this Australian tourist town rose from the ashes

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 08:12
It's only the forest of swaying Eucalyptus trees, marking the path up toward Steavenson Falls in Marysville, Victoria that betrays a hint of the calamity inflicted here 10 years ago.
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Anti-Semitic incidents hit record in UK

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 08:05
Reported anti-Semitic hate incidents in the United Kingdom hit a record high in 2018, with more than 100 recorded in every month of the year, according to the Community Security Trust (CST), a charity that fights anti-Semitism.
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9 family members killed in Pasay City fire

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 07:54
MANILA, Philippines -- Nine persons perished after a fire engulfed a house in Maricaban, Pasay City, early morning Thursday, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said.   Senior Fire Inspector Bernardo Bermejo told the remains of the victims of two families were found inside the house at Almazor Street, Barangay 183, that caught fire.   The BFP identified the victims of the first family as Julius Wablas, his wife Rheadela, and daughters Julia Janet, Nicole and Juric Andrea.   Meanwhile, the family of Michael Calma and sons John Clark, Mark Joseph, and Andrew James also perished in the fire. The mother, Jasmine, was the only survivor. &nb...

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Danish Jehovah’s Witness gets 6 years for ‘extremism’ in Russia

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 07:48
ORYOL, Russia -- A Russian court on Wednesday sentenced a Jehovah's Witness to six years in prison for "extremism", in the first conviction of its kind since a 2017 law that outlawed the religious group. Armed FSB officers detained Danish citizen Dennis Christensen in the southern Russian city of Oryol in May 2017, shortly after Moscow banned what it called an extremist organization. "We deeply regret the conviction of Dennis Christensen -- an innocent man who did not commit any real crime," said Yaroslav Sivulskiy, a spokesman for the Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia who was in court. "It is sad that reading the Bible, preaching, and living a moral way of life is again a crimi...

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US officials say new al Qaeda leader video shows terror group is still a threat

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 07:41
The latest message from al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri urging supporters to unite against enemies may be, at first glance, a fairly routine statement from an aging leader seeking to remain relevant. Zawahiri warns "Muslims face enemies from many sides" including Shiite Muslims, Americans, Russians, French and Chinese, in a video released Tuesday, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.
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‘Fake’ still life in US museum confirmed as real Van Gogh

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 07:38
THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Art experts have confirmed that a small still-life at a US museum once dismissed as a fake is in fact by Vincent van Gogh, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam said Wednesday. The painting, "Still Life with Fruit and Chestnuts", was donated by a couple to the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco in 1960 and suspected to be by the Dutch master. Several experts had previously said that the painting dated to 1886 was not a real Van Gogh, and it was not included in previous official catalogs of works by the painter, who committed suicide in 1890. "It is true that at the end of last year, experts from the Van Gogh Museum attributed a painting from the collectio...

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Study: Global rates of suicide death have fallen by a third since 1990

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 07:34
The total number of global deaths from suicide increased annually from 762,000 to 817,000 between the years 1990 and 2016, a new study finds.
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‘Sinigang burrito,’ ‘sugpo sa talangka,’ ‘boba,’ ‘mochi guinataan’ and other new must-try dishes

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 07:30
  Chinese New Year has just passed, but really, there's no need for special occasions to enjoy these new dishes. Milanesa de Pollo from La Cabrera The Argentine restaurant La Cabrera may be known for its steaks and side dishes, but its off-the-menu items are also worth ordering. There's the 500-g crossbred wagyu skirt, the 400-g super prime rib-eye, and Milanesa de Pollo, a chicken dish that is a lighter yet equally savory item compared to La Cabrera's heavier fare. The chicken is breaded, then fried, and, as an interesting departure from the classic, topped with ham, tomato and cheese, then broiled until toppings are melted. La Cabrera: G/F 6750 Ayala Ave., Makat...

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Trump: US will free '100%' of ISIS territory as soon as next week

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 07:22
President Donald Trump praised the US and its allies for progress made in the fight against ISIS in a speech that failed discuss the diplomatic and policy implications of his sudden decision to pull US troops from Syria.
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Spotify takes a big jump into the podcasting game

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 07:22
NEW YORK --- Spotify is making a bigger bet on podcasts as it looks to bring a Netflix-like model of original programs to the audio world. The music-streaming pioneer gobbled up two podcasting companies, Gimlet and Anchor, on Wednesday. Although streaming is becoming an increasingly popular way to listen to music, Spotify and other services such as Pandora have struggled to make money because of the royalties and other fees that they have to pay recording labels, songwriters and performers. The acquisitions are about "expanding our mission from just being about music to being about all of audio and being the world's leading audio platform," CEO Daniel Ek said in an interview on...

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Traditional Filipino with a stylish spin–the flavors of Bench Café

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 07:20
  Even before the second branch of Bench Caf officially opened at Greenbelt 3 in Makati on Jan. 29, people had been packing the place and enjoying its uniquely prepared Pinoy dishes. Last December, at the restaurant soft opening, diners started walking into it the moment the Bench Caf signage lit up. The delicious anticipation could be traced to the success of the first Bench Caf in Bonifacio High Street in Taguig, which had just turned a year old. No other local brand carries Filipino pride quite like Bench. Having crossed over from retail to food, it continues to champion Filipino craftsmanship, style and, at the same time, culinary heritage. Bench Caf is a full...

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Containers, tanker block bridge

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 07:18
The Venezuelan government, led by embattled President Nicolás Maduro, blocked a bridge connecting the nation to Colombia as humanitarian aid, called for by opposition leader Juan Guaidó, was due to arrive. CNN's Isa Soares has the details.
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Trump taps fierce World Bank critic to take its helm

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 07:17
WASHINGTON, United States -- President Donald Trump on Wednesday tapped a well-known World Bank critic to lead one of the world's primary development lending institutions. David Malpass, a senior official in the Treasury Department, is a controversial choice but if Trump wins the support of a majority the bank's shareholders, especially European nations, he will have the opportunity to reshape the bank. Trump called Malpass "an extraordinary man" who and "the right person to take this incredibly important job." "America is the largest contributor to the World Bank," he said. "My administration has made it a top priority to insure that US taxpayer's dollars are spent effectiv...

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Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 07:10
  Thai fare at Soi Soi's ValenThai meal for two (P750) includes Soi's Chicken Green Curry, Pad Thai Tofu, Fresh Spring Roll and Sala Shake. Soi branches: SM Fairview, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, Robinsons Manila, Glorietta 2, Alabang Town Center, SM Cebu and SM Iloilo     Dinner for two at Mangan Dinner for two at Mangan Restaurant (P999) includes a choice between Ensaladang Talong or Everybody's Lumpia; Suam na Tahong Soup; and a choice between Sizzling Chicken or Crispy Adobo for the main course. It also includes Watermelon Shake and Tibok Tibok topped with strawberries for dessert. Mangan branches: Glorietta 2, Robinsons Galleria, Robin...

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There’s more to salt than its taste

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 07:05
  A salt collection has displaced the vinegar collection in my display corner. It started with Dasol, the salt flakes of Pangasinan that my friend Anne Castro used to market. That was years ago when the town of Dasol wasn't even on the culinary map. Looking at the white pristine product reminded me of the vaunted French fleur de sel (flower of salt). Anne sold it mainly to foreign chefs here who must have recognized the good quality of the product that probably reminded them of the French version. Dasol salt was light and clean-tasting. When I told her that my supply was running low, Anne said that she found it difficult to get the salt out of Dasol because the New Peop...

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Teppanyaki master agile like a dancer

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 07:00
  Minami at the Swisstel Nankai in Osaka is where one can find teppanyaki maestro Shingo Komoto, the restaurant's sous chef, whose career spans 35 years. To watch him cook, and to eventually taste his food, is a multisensory feast. His skills are exemplary. I witnessed Komoto-san get lost in his own rhythm. Every movement was refined and guided by intuition. I was enthralled by his performance. The way he worked his knife was like a fairy waving her wand. His teppan ritual was unlike any I had seen before. Every mushroom, piece of tofu, sprout and piece of meat had an exact, rightful place on his griddle. He was in full command, even the live prawns seemed to jump on...

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Police went to arrest suspected serial killer and found a man tied to his bed

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 06:58
When Toronto police moved to arrest a man they suspected of being a serial killer last year, they found a man tied to his bed. Alive.
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Just 10 air traffic controllers ended the US shutdown

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 06:56
On January 24, it seemed like the partial government shutdown would go on forever, leaving more than 800,000 federal workers in unpaid limbo. But on January 25 -- the 35th day of the longest-ever federal shutdown -- something changed: 10 air traffic controllers decided to stay home.
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Last 4 years hottest on record, UN confirms

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 06:54
PARIS, France -- The last four years were the hottest since global temperature records began, the UN confirmed Wednesday in an analysis that it said was a "clear sign of continuing long-term climate change." The UN's World Meteorological Organization said in November that 2018 was set to be the fourth warmest year in recorded history, stressing the urgent need for action to rein in runaway planetary warming. On Wednesday it incorporated the final weeks of last year into its climate models and concluded that average global surface temperature in 2018 was 1 degree Celsius (1.8 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial baseline levels. 2016, boosted by a strong El Nino that normally tip...

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Barca rescue Copa del Rey draw against Real

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 06:40
The second leg of Real Madrid and Barcelona's Copa del Rey semifinal remains finely poised after the two sides played out a thrilling draw at the Camp Nou.
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