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Ukrainian parliament defies new president, keeps Cabinet

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 20:58
  KIEV, Ukraine - Ukrainian lawmakers on Thursday refused to accept the Cabinet's resignation in another snub to the nation's newly sworn-in president.   Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the comedian who won a landslide victory in last month's presidential election, faces a hostile parliament dominated by former President Petro Poroshenko's supporters.     Zelenskiy called snap parliamentary elections for July 21 in a bid to get more of his supporters into parliament.   In anticipation of that, lawmakers have sought to block the president's efforts to form a more loyal Cabinet.   The Verkhovna Rada refused on Thursday to accept the resi...

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Thai junta chief gives thumbs-up to Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 20:51
BANGKOK --- The late British writer and social critic George Orwell appears to be back in the good graces of Thailand's military ruler after a spell in the doghouse five years ago. Deputy government spokesman Werachon Sukondhapatipak, summing up Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's political thoughts as the country prepares to install a new elected government, said his boss recommended reading the Thai edition of "Animal Farm," ''which is a book that leaves important lessons on how to live life." Prayuth's plug on Wednesday for "Animal Farm" reflected a more positive view of Orwell's work than the military had right after he seized power in a May 2014 coup. Protesters comparing m...

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Parokya ni Edgar’s Facebook page hacked, becomes ‘porn site’

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 20:49
MANILA, Philippines --- The Facebook page of Filipino band Parokya ni Edgar was hacked, lead singer Alfonso "Chito" Miranda confirmed Thursday night. "Na-hack yung official Facebook Page ng Parokya. Tinanggal kami lahat as Admins. Ano kaya magandang gawin (The official Facebook page of Parokya was hacked. We were removed as Admins. What can we do)?" Miranda said in a Facebook post. https://www.facebook.com/alfonso.j.miranda.5/posts/10156096212666231?_rdc=1&_rdr Miranda made the clarification after fans took note of the explicit content being shared by the page. The content, however, does not reflect on the page itself but are rather shared to the newsfeed of the page's fo...

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Duterte doesn’t care about drug war death toll: Don’t f*** with me on drugs

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 20:44
TOKYO --- President Rodrigo Duterte said he does not care about how many people have died in his administration's brutal war against illegal drugs and reiterated Thursday his warning to criminals not to "destroy my country." Speaking before Filipinos working and living in Japan, Duterte exclaimed: "I don't care kung ilan kayo diyang namatay, just don't fuck with me on drugs." Duterte then proclaimed his oft-repeated notice to criminals that, "I will kill you," if they ruin the Philippines with their illegal ways. Duterte's drug war, launched since he assumed office on June 30, 2016, has gained global condemnation for alleged extrajudicial killings and human rights violations. ...

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Tourist boat sinks in central Budapest

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 20:42
A boat carrying dozens of South Korean tourists sank in central Budapest, killing several on board, with many passengers still missing.
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Paris wants a ‘Princess Diana Square’ at site of her death

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 20:28
PARIS --- Paris City Hall wants to name a small plaza after Princess Diana, at the site of the 1997 car crash that killed the cherished British royal. The site already holds a golden flame-shaped monument in her honor, adjacent to the Alma Tunnel where the accident occurred. The plaza is currently named after opera singer Maria Callas. A city hall official said Thursday that the city council will vote next month on a measure to rename it after Diana. The city noted that Callas already has a nearby avenue named after her, and that the city wants to honor Diana for her humanitarian work. The 36-year-old princess, her boyfriend and driver died after their Mercedes crashed into a co...

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Children 'whitening skin to avoid racism' as hate crimes against minors rise

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 20:24
Children as young as 10 are whitening their faces to avoid being subjected to racist abuse in Britain, a child protection group has warned, as police struggle to stem a rising tide of hate crimes against minors.
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Superman Building makes national list of endangered places

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 20:23
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island --- Providence's iconic Superman Building is included on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's annual list of the nation's most endangered historic places. The 2019 list highlights 11 architectural and cultural sites the private nonprofit deems at risk because of neglect, development or other threats. The 91-year-old vacant skyscraper is Rhode Island's tallest building at around 430 feet (131 meters). Formally the Industrial Trust Building, it resembles the Daily Planet headquarters in the old TV show. Katherine Malone-France, the National Trust's interim chief preservation officer, says few buildings in Providence are as iconic or beloved, ...

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Naomi Osaka rallies again at French Open, this time against Azarenka

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 20:19
Naomi Osaka rallied at the French Open on Thursday.
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PBA D-League: Even with just 7 players, CEU stuns Go for Gold to enter semis

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 20:03
MANILA, Philippines---Undermanned Centro Escolar University pulled off an upset of Go for Gold-College of St. Benilde, 87-74, to advance to the semifinals of 2019 PBA D-League Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig The Scorpions fielded just seven players in the game after the school itself expelled the rest of the roster because of alleged game fixing. That forced Maodo Malick Diouf to play the whole 40 minutes where he tallied 25 points, 29 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks to lead the shorthanded Scorpions. "I'm happy for the boys, especially these seven guys, and of course Malick," said head coach Derrick Pumaren in Filipino. "He's been our game changer in this leag...

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South Africa makes history as women make up half of government for first time

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 19:53
Women will now make up half of South Africa's new cabinet for the first time in the country's history.
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China detains activists, mutes livestreams ahead of Tiananmen anniversary

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 19:41
BEIJING, China --- Chinese authorities have detained several activists ahead of the politically explosive 30th anniversary of the June 4 crackdown of Tiananmen protests, rights groups said Thursday. Discussions of the 1989 pro-democracy protests and its military suppression are taboo in China, and authorities have rounded up or warned activists, lawyers and journalists ahead of the anniversary each year. Internet censors also usually work on overdrive, and this year popular livestreaming sites are shutting down around the anniversary for "technical" reasons. But this year's attempts to mute public discourse are harsher than usual, said Cao Yaxue, founder of the Washington-ba...

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PH, Canada ties to return to ‘normal’ as tons of trash return to Ottawa

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 19:37
TOKYO --- Diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Canada is expected to return to "normal" after tons of trash are finally returned to Ottawa, Malacaang said Thursday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. told him the unwelcome garbage would be sent back to Canada on Friday, May 31. "He (Locsin) said not today but tomorrow because the arrival of the boat has been delayed," Panelo told reporters here. "What is important is the trash will be shipped, brought back to them," he added. According to Panelo, what was important for the President was for the garbage to be shipped back to Canada. "Para sa kanya what...

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Apple and WhatsApp hit back at UK 'ghost proposal' on encryption

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 19:35
Big Tech is raising concerns about a "ghost proposal" from UK spies that would allow them to eavesdrop on encrypted messages.
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China says laser report ‘not consistent with the facts’

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 19:32
  BEIJING - China's defense ministry says a report that Australian navy helicopter pilots were targeted with lasers, apparently coming from Chinese fishing boats, was "not consistent with the facts."   Spokesman Wu Qian told reporters at a monthly briefing Thursday that Australia should "reflect on itself" before pointing the blame at others.   A witness said the pilots were hit by lasers while exercising in South China Sea waters claimed by China earlier in May, forcing them to land as a precaution.   China maintains a robust maritime militia in the South China Sea composed of fishing vessels equipped to carry out missions just short of combat. ...

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Gilas Pilipinas headed to Spain for Fiba World Cup build up

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 19:27
MANILA, Philippines---Gilas Pilipinas is set for a training camp in Spain ahead of the 2020 Fiba World Cup in China. Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio submitted the national team's itinerary before the PBA Board on Thursday at the league's office in Libis, Quezon City. Gilas will play in a pocket tournament that features World Cup-bound teams Spain, the world's no.2 team, and Ivory Coast, the 64th team in the World, and also world no. 82 Congo. The Philippines are no.31 in the world and is the fourth-ranked country in the Fiba Asia region. Gilas' trip to Spain, though, is still being finalized since it will follow the rescheduling of the PBA Commission...

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Lifestyle food reviewer Clinton Palanca passes away

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 19:26
MANILA, Philippines - Inquirer Lifestyle's widely followed food writer Clinton Palanca died on Thursday, a close family friend has confirmed. He was 45. No details about the cause of death have been released. However, in a post on her Facebook, his wife, Lourdes Gordolan, wrote: "Husband, writer, kindred spirit, friend, chef, travel partner, creative soul, loving father, caring son. You were a man of many words, but there seem to be too few words to describe you. "Goodbye my gentle Clinton, as I lay you to rest today. You were the love of my life, and I will carry that love throughout this life and the next. "Friends, please give our family time to grieve. I will post detail...

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Foreign observers’ convoy ambushed in Bukidnon; 7 soldiers wounded

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 19:25
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines -- Seven soldiers were wounded while three communist rebels were believed to have been injured following an encounter with the New People's Army (NPA) fighters in Bukidnon Thursday morning, the military said in a report. The report said the NPA rebels detonated an anti-personnel mine on a convoy of vehicles of foreign nationals, local volunteers, and Army troopers in Sitio Nasandigan, Barangay Kalabugao, Impasug-ong, Bukidnon. The foreigners are from Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, and Malaysia. They are in the country to observe the activity of a group of local indigenous people (IP) called the Higaonon Amamag Malandang Olandok Gagaw (Hamog), a non-go...

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Julian Assange too ill to appear via video link at court hearing, lawyer says

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 19:23
Julian Assange was too ill to appear via video link at a court hearing in London on Thursday, his lawyer said, after WikiLeaks expressed "grave concerns" about the health of its founder and said he had been moved to the medical ward of his prison.
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