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Nepal on high alert for general strike after explosions

4 hours 55 min ago
    KATHMANDU, Nepal - Security forces in Nepal were on high alert Monday amid a general strike called by an outlawed communist group suspected in a series of explosions that killed four people and wounded seven more in the capital.   Schools and main markets remained closed on Monday in Kathmandu while traffic was thin during rush hour.   The group had called for a nationwide general strike to pressure the government in releasing their detained members.       Police official Shyam Lal Gyawali said authorities were investigating Sunday's blasts. The first two explosions occurred within minutes apart in two Kathmandu nei...

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North Korea calls US adviser Bolton ‘war monger’ over missile comment

4 hours 59 min ago
    SEOUL --- North Korea on Monday called U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton a "war monger" and "defective human product" after he called the North's recent tests of short-range missiles a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.   The statement by an unnamed North Korean foreign ministry spokesman came as President Donald Trump continued his visit to Japan for meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in which the nuclear standoff with North Korea was expected to be high on the agenda.   Bolton told reporters in Tokyo on Saturday that there was "no doubt" that North Korea's recent launches violated U.N. resolutions, and th...

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Trump says he backs Japan’s efforts to talk with Iran

5 hours 2 min ago
    TOKYO - President Donald Trump on Monday backed the Japanese prime minister's interest in using his country's good relations with Iran to help broker a possible dialogue between the U.S. and its nemesis in the Middle East.   Trump, who has said he's open to having a dialogue with Iran, has sought to downplay fears of military conflict, but the Iranians have said they have no interest in communicating with the White House.   Trump commented during a day that opened with the high pageantry of his meeting with Japan's emperor but quickly gave way to deliberations over thorny global issues, including North Korea, trade tensions with his Japanese host...

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Mexico auctions seized vehicles outside presidential mansion

5 hours 16 min ago
  MEXICO CITY --- Seventeen black, bulletproof Chevrolet Suburbans stretched in a neat, polished row outside the onetime official residence of Mexico's presidents. Nearby stood a 2007 Lamborghini Murcielago and a 2016 Ford Shelby pickup truck with a video camera embedded in the front grill and a hand-held radio next to the driver's seat.   All were put up for auction Sunday by the Institute to Return the Stolen to the People, the new name for a branch of the Finance Ministry that is in charge of selling property seized from purported drug dealers and tax cheats as well as government vehicles and other property that is no longer in use.   Holding the auct...

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China’s CCTV features Daily Show report on Huawei lead in 5G

5 hours 18 min ago
  BEIJING --- China's latest media broadside in its tariffs war with the U.S. features an unlikely star: Trevor Noah of the Daily Show. A clip from Noah's "If you don't know, now you know" segment on Chinese equipment maker Huawei's dominance in 5G mobile technology ran on Chinese state broadcaster CCTV's national lunchtime news on Monday. It was among a series of stories attacking the U.S. stance in their trade standoff. Washington has targeted Huawei, the top world supplier of telecom gear and No. 2 smartphone maker, as a security threat in a broader conflict over trade and technology. Pointedly, the clip ran by CCTV highlighted Huawei's lead in the technology. ...

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WATCH: Joyce Pring, Juancho Trivino now officially a couple

5 hours 21 min ago
"Unang Hirit" hosts Joyce Pring and Juancho Trivino finally revealed the status of their relationship, clarifying that they are now each other's boyfriend and girlfriend. The couple made their relationship public while answering other questions from fans about their experiences together, as per a vlog post by Trivino on YouTube last Thursday, May 23. The last question they answered was the most frequently asked one, "Kayo na ba?" (Are you two together?) "It's actually the first time na ilalabas natin 'to," Trivino said. Pring then dropped the reply awaited by fans, "Because we didn't want to make a big deal out of it. So the answer is... yes." https://www.youtube.co...

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Wanted: 33,000 public school teachers

5 hours 23 min ago
  MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Education (DepEd) is expecting to hire 33,000 new teachers this year, Undersecretary Anne Sevilla said Monday.   During the launch of Oplan Balik Eskwela (OBE), Sevilla said there are 10,000 new teaching posts and another 23,000 teaching vacancies.   "We have 10,000 new positions in 2019. Hindi 'to kaagad naaprubahan dahil hinintay natin yung 2019 GAA [General Appropriations Act]," Sevilla explained.   "However, we were informed by DBM [Department of Budget and Management] na pwede na itong umpisahan. We're just looking for the documentation. But kahit wala pa yung documentation naguumpisa na ang DepEd par...

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Undercover cop kills ‘Demonyo’ in Caloocan City buy-bust

5 hours 31 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- A covert policeman killed a drug suspect, incidentally known as "demon" or "devil" in Caloocan City, after he allegedly engaged an operative to a gun fight during a buy-bust Monday.   A report from the Caloocan City Police revealed the anti-drug sting was launched against the suspect identified only as alias "Ian Demonyo," said to be 35 to 40 years old, around 1:10 a.m. in Barangay Bagong Silang.   Police said the suspect apparently sensed he was transacting with an undercover police officer that he suddenly drew a caliber .38-pistol and fired at the operative. Having no other option, police noted, the operative shot back at Demonyo, who w...

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Korina Sanchez dispels notions about having a favorite child

5 hours 37 min ago
As Korina Sanchez savors the realities of motherhood, she could not help but wonder if there is truth in the notions about parental favoritism. The "Rated K" TV host took to social media where she shared to her fans the recent conversation she had with the nurse and caregivers of her twins Pepe and Pilar. "Nag uusap usap kami ng nurse and caregivers ni Pepe en Pilar (the nurse, caregivers and I were talking): is there such a thing as having a favorite sa anak (among one's kids)? " Sanchez said via Instagram on May 25. "Hanggang ngayon pinagtatalunan yan ng marami (many people argue about this until today)." https://www.instagram.com/p/Bx4rFyPF-V-/ Now that she is a mother, Sanchez ...

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11 senators, so far, sign panel report on tobacco tax hike

5 hours 38 min ago
  MANILA, Philippines - Eleven senators have so far signed a committee report, raising the tobacco tax from the present P35 per pack to up to P60 per back by 2023.   The numberof signatories is more than the majority of themembers of the Senate committee on ways and means needed to bring the report for plenary discussion.   The 11 signatories are Senator Sonny Angara, chairman of the committee, and Senators JV Ejercito, Risa Hontiveros, Sherwin Gatchalian, Panfilo Lacson, Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan, Franklin Drilon, Nancy Binay, Loren Legarda , Juan Miguel Zubiri, and Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto.   Three of the signatories are part of ...

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Heart Evangelista sees importance of family during father’s radiotherapy

5 hours 47 min ago
According to Heart Evangelista, no amount of material things can equal the significance of having a happy and healthy family. Evangelista spoke about her epiphany after her father Reynaldo Ongpauco underwent radiation therapy, as per her Instagram post yesterday, May 26.The actress did not state further details about her father's illness. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bx32Tnrn83D/ "The older you get, the simpler your wishes become," the actress said. "You realize that material things are not all that and end up wishing for just this, a happy and healthy family." Evangelista expressed her gratitude to the doctors who brought her father back to health. "For the past few mo...

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PNP chief says Duterte rape quip an ‘obvious joke’

5 hours 47 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Oscar Albayalde said on Monday that the rape joke of President Rodrigo Duterte at the graduation rites of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) was an obvious joke. In a press briefing at Camp Crame, Albayalde said the President "probably wants to make everybody happy" during the graduation ceremony of the PMA Mabalasik Class of 2019 in Baguio City on Sunday. READ: Duterte's rape jokes meant 'to make people laugh' -- Panelo "That's a very obvious joke. 'Yung sinasabi ni Presidente, 'yung pardon kasi 'yun. That's basically the practice sa PMA na 'pag dumalo 'yung Pangulo ay pwede siya magpardon," he sai...

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Bruins, Blues set to clash in bruising Stanley Cup Final

5 hours 52 min ago
BOSTON --- When the NHL altered its rules with an eye toward speed and skill, this is not the Stanley Cup Final it had in mind. Hockey is becoming less of a big man's game, offense is up and it's faster than ever. Then there's the big and tough St. Louis Blues facing off against the bigger and tougher Boston Bruins in the final that shows size still matters in the playoffs. "They are physical, we'll be physical," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said Sunday. "I don't think we shy away from that type of game." The past decade-plus has been a study in the NHL getting younger and quicker, and previous champions like Chicago in 2013 and 2015 and Pittsburgh in 2016 and 2017 exemplified...

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How is ‘Aladdin’ doing at the box office?

5 hours 52 min ago
"Aladdin" apparently still has the old magic, as the new Disney film took in an estimated $86.1 million in the Friday-to-Sunday period in North America to lead all box-office offerings, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported. The film, released on the US's four-day Memorial Day weekend, is expected to earn $105 million when Monday's ticket sales are included, well beyond earlier estimates of around $80 million, according to the Hollywood Reporter. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bx7oJZXnCmP/ The live-action movie, directed by Guy Ritchie, stars Will Smith as the genie and the Egyptian-born Canadian actor Mena Massoud as the wily charmer who pretends to be a prince to catch th...

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How the refrigerator came to be

5 hours 52 min ago
Life without refrigerators sometimes feels like ancient history. Having been an integral part of our lives, it is hard to imagine that more than a hundred years ago, people were not able to store leftover foods properly. The modern refrigerator we have today has raised our quality of life more than we can imagine. However, it didn't start that way. The process of cooling as a means to preserve food was not done commercially until the early 1900s. Here is the story of how the modern refrigerator became what it is today. The Life Saver John Gorrie believed that cool air could ease yellow fever symptoms so he built the first ice machine. During that time, the product was a novelty sin...

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Asian shares mixed as markets await news on China-US trade

5 hours 55 min ago
    BANGKOK - Shares were mixed early Monday in Asia in the absence of fresh news on the tariffs standoff between the U.S. and China.   U.S. markets will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday.   Japan's Nikkei 225 index advanced 0.3% to 21,173.27 after visiting President Donald Trump said he expects a deal with Tokyo on trade after a Japanese election in July.     Trump has been seeking a bilateral trade deal with Japan after withdrawing from the Pacific Rim trading block, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The two sides are working to close gaps over trade in farm products and autos and auto parts.   "We are working on...

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DepEd activates Oplan Balik Eskwela to address public’s concerns

6 hours 6 min ago
  MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Education (DepEd) officially reactivated "Oplan Balik Eskwela" (OBE) on Monday to ensure the smooth opening of school year 2019-2020.   The education department, through OBE, activates emergency hotlines and help desks to respond to needs and queries pertaining to the resumption of classes on June 3.   A Public Assistance Command Center (PACC) at the Bulwagan Ng Karunungan inside the DepEd Complex opened Monday to attend to and address problems and queries of the public regarding the opening of the school year.   The PACC hotline numbers are : 636-1663, 635-9817, 638-7530, 633-1942, 638-8641, 638-7529 and...

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LOOK: Anti-smoking group calls on senators to back tobacco tax hike

6 hours 17 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- A group has called on senators to sign the Senate committee on ways and means report proposing an increase in the tobacco tax rates, which would then be used to fund the country's Universal Health Care (UHC) law.   According to the Sin Tax Coalition whose members staged a rally outside the Senate on Monday, they are waiting on other senators to sign the report, which needs 10 signatories for the bill to enter the period of interpellation.   "Limang araw na lang po kasi ang natitira po bago magsara ang Kongreso at Senado, (kung kaya't) bakit po napaka-importante nitong araw na ito, at makakuha tayo ng minimum na sampung boto," Council of P...

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Globe, Beach Volleyball Republic team up for the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Boracay Open 2019

6 hours 22 min ago
Summer's not quite over yet as Globe teams up with Beach Volleyball Republic (BVR) to bring an action-packed sporting event in the country! A total of 64 players from international (32) and local (32) elite teams will compete in the upcoming FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Boracay Open 2019 that will happen from May 23 to 26, 2019 at the White House Beach Resort in Boracay. The event will not just focus on the sport of beach volleyball since the participating players will also be at the forefront of the campaign for the use of reusable water containers and sports bottles during the tournament and help raise awareness on the importance of avoiding single-use plastics. Globe and BVR will...

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Enterprise development program bill for farmers, fishermen now a law

6 hours 24 min ago
  MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a measure that will institutionalize an enterprise program for fishermen and farmers.   Duterte signed Republic Act 11321, also known as the Sagip Saka Act on April 17, but a copy of the new law was only released to the media on Monday.   The new law seeks to "strengthen the farmers' and fisherfolk's enterprise development program by establishing a comprehensive and holistic approach in the formulation, coordination, and implementation of enterprise development initiatives, consolidating the roles of different government agencies involved in farmers and fisherfolk enterprise development, a...

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