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21 Savage: Immigration system is flawed

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 22:20
Rapper 21 Savage says his nearly 10-day detention by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency accentuates what he says are the agency's flaws.
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Laguna drug group member killed in shootout

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 22:13
  SAN PEDRO CITY - An alleged member of an illegal drugs syndicate group was killed, while his companion escaped in a police operation in San Pablo City, Laguna Friday evening. Laguna police director Sr. Supt. Eleazar Matta said the slain suspect, Gilbert "Bheng" Flores, 47, a resident of Barangay (village) San Francisco, is a high value target in the war on drugs. Matta said a buy-bust operation was carried out by police officers to snare Flores and his companion, Redentor Vergara at around 6:30 p.m. in Barangay Sta. Isabel. He said that during the transaction, the suspects, carrying a .45 caliber pistol and a machine gun, suddenly opened fire, triggering a shootout. ...

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NU, Ateneo set up UAAP juniors finals rematch

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 22:05
MANILA, Philippines---It's going to be a championship rematch as National University and Ateneo handled its respective foes in the semifinals of the UAAP Season 81 junior's basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Center. The Bullpups had themselves a feast after an easy 94-72 victory over Adamson University. Terrence Fortea lit up for 30 points to lead last year's runners-up with 22 of those coming in the first half to put the Bullpups up 54-35, essentially setting up their return to the title round. "He really played well. Day in and day out, that's how he is. He will try his best," said NU coach Goldwin Monteverde of Fortea. "We really played well, we executed our ...

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Antarctic expedition loses own submarine

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 22:02
The team of the Weddell Sea Expedition aimed to locate the Endurance, the ship famously lost to the ice in 1915, during Ernest Shackleton's attempt to make the first land crossing of the Antarctic. The search was called off this week, however, after marine archaeologists' own underwater vehicle succumbed to the Weddell Sea ice.
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Bangko Sentral charter improvement measure signed into law

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 21:52
MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a measure which provides improvements to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Charter. In a tweet Friday, Senator Francis Escudero, one of the authors of the bill in the Senate, thanked Duterte for signing the bill. "I would like to thank PRRD, the members of the Senate & House of Reps, as well as the Congressional & BSP staff, who worked tirelessly for the passage into law of RA 11211 w/c provides for far reaching amendments/improvements to the BSP Charter to keep up with the changing times," Escudero said. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea confirmed the signing of the law in a text message to...

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Duterte OKs bill pushing for stronger SSS pension fund

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 21:42
MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into the law a measure which will overhaul the charter of the Social Security System (SSS). Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea confirmed this Friday. One of the salient features of the new law is the rationalization of powers of the Social Security Commission, the policy-making body of the SSS, allowing it to expand the investing capacity of the pension fund that will generate better income for the benefit of its members and pensioners. /ee...

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UK intel chief: Al Qaeda growing in Syria

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 21:38
The head of Britain's MI6 intelligence agency has warned of a resurgence of al Qaeda in Syria's ungoverned areas.
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Yeng Guiao ‘confident, happy’ with Gilas roster ahead of final Fiba qualifying window

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 21:36
MANILA, Philippines---Gilas Pilipinas are on a tough bind in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers with the team sitting at the fourth place of Group F and needing to win their last two games. Head coach Yeng Guiao also has the tough task of leading the national team into the enemy territories of Qatar and Kazakhstan for their last games but the fiery head coach is unconcerned of the difficult order. "I'm confident and I'm happy with this group of guys," said Guiao after Gilas' 100-82 win over Meralco in a tune-up game Friday before their trip. Guiao added that he's proud of what naturalized center Andray Blatche had done to be in top physical shape for the coming window. "...

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Rice tariffication law to boost agri sector – Sen. Villanueva

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 21:34
      MANILA, Philippines - Senator Joel Villanueva on Friday lauded President Rodrigo Duterte's signing of the rice tariffication bill into law, which seeks to lift restrictions on rice importations. "We hail the recent passage into law of the Rice Tariffication bill that will ease import restrictions and lead to a decrease in the price of rice, the Filipino family's staple food," Villanueva said on Friday. The senator also said the law is a "significant piece of legislation" which will provide consumers adequate supply of rice. Villanueva added that the law will help uplift the agriculture sector. "Sa kasalukuyan, naghihikahos po ang ating sektor...

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Duterte signs law on cheaper political ads

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 21:31
MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a measure which seeks ensure reasonable rates for political advertisements. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea confirmed this on Friday. /ee...

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'Witches' marks' to ward off evil found in cave system

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 21:14
Hundreds of protective marks designed to ward off evil spirits have been found scratched into the walls of an English cave system.
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Trump gains weight, now considered obese; cholesterol down

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 21:10
    WASHINGTON --- President Donald Trump has put on some pounds and is now officially considered obese. The White House on Thursday released results of his most recent physical, revealing that his Body Mass Index is now 30.4. That's based on the fact that he's now carrying 243 pounds on his 6-foot, 3-inch frame. That's up from 236 pounds in September 2016 before he became president. An index rating of 30 is the level at which doctors consider someone obese under this commonly used formula. About 40 percent of Americans are obese, and that raises their risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke and some forms of cancer. Trump doesn't drink alcohol or smoke, but...

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Cost of 2020 Tokyo Olympics ceremonies up 40 percent

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 21:01
TOKYO --- The price of the opening and closing ceremony for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has risen about 40 percent. Toshiro Muto, the chief executive of the games, told executive committee members on Friday the cost for the ceremonies would be capped at 13 billion yen, about $118 million. Tokyo estimated that cost at 9.1 billion yen --- about $82 billion --- in 2013 when it was awarded the games. Despite the increase, Muto said the privately funded operating budget of 600 billion yen --- about $5.5 billion --- would be unchanged. He said there was a reserve fund for such increases. "Using London Olympics spending as a model, this is the minimum we need to spend to get the job do...

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Hackers flock to hunt for cracks in Swiss e-voting system

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 20:59
GENEVA --- Swiss authorities are trumpeting the fact that more than 2,000 would-be hackers from around the world have taken up an invitation to try to find holes in Switzerland's groundbreaking online voting system --- and potentially earn tens of thousands of francs (dollars) if they succeed. The Federal Chancellery and Swiss regions, known as cantons, expressed satisfaction at the high response barely a week after launching a registration for IT experts to help crack a planned update to Switzerland's 15-year-old e-voting system. Among countries in Europe, only Estonia has a similar online voting program, a Swiss official said. As of Friday morning, more than 2,000 had been re...

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LOOK: Centuries-old Indian pole wrestling goes global

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 20:56
MUMBAI, India --- Is it gymnastics? Is it yoga? Is it even a sport? Picture a person climbing a coconut tree. Now imagine the person twisting, turning, rotating and practicing yoga postures, all while firmly gripping the tree with the thighs. Mallakhamb is this and more. Mallakhamb is a traditional training exercise for wrestlers in India, and its name comes from the words malla, meaning wrestler, and khamb, or pole. Now after centuries of being practiced in isolation in the subcontinent, mallakhamb is set to have its first international championship this weekend in the capital of the western Indian state of Maharashtra, where it first originated. Like yoga, the time ...

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Deserted island on sale for $1.4 million

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 20:53
Freshwater lakes, peregrine falcons and a ruined monastery are some of the delights awaiting the buyer of an island off the west coast of Ireland -- as long as they don't mind living in a derelict cottage without running water or electricity.
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Prominent US investor detained in Russia

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 20:48
Michael Calvey, a US citizen and one of Russia's most prominent foreign investors, has been detained in Moscow in connection with a "large-scale fraud" investigation, a spokeswoman for a Moscow court told CNN on Friday.
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Rugby World Cup: Remembering the shock of the century

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 20:44
With time almost up on the clock, Japan rolled the dice on England's south coast.
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North Korea and China in ice dance to the music of diplomacy

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 20:34
At the climax of a festival on ice to celebrate late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il on Friday, Olympic skaters from the host nation and neighboring China swapped partners to dance together. The moment symbolized the markedly improved relations between Beijing and nuclear-armed Pyongyang amid a flurry of diplomacy on and around the peninsula. The four skaters --- Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik of the North, who qualified for last year's Winter Olympics in the South, and Sui Wenjing and Han Cong, who took the ice dance silver in Pyeongchang --- were the star attractions of the pageant. With portraits of Kim --- father and predecessor of current leader Kim Jong Un --- and his own ...

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