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Energy chief says Palawan ‘open to hosting’ nuke plant

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The Palawan local government has joined a short list of areas that are "open to hosting" a nuclear power plant, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said, even as the Philippines is practically still approaching square one toward the use of the socially sensitive technology. Cusi said in a briefing that Palawan Gov. Jose Alvarez expressed such interest, although this was "subject to public consultation." "Before this, we have received expressions of interest from [local authorities in] Sulu and [officials at the] Cagayan Economic Zone Authority," the energy chief said. Cusi provided this update as he lauded the recent signing of Executive Order No. 116, which directs the creation of an...

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Limited internet? No problem: FEU offers flexibility

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 15 min ago
It's going to be a school year like no other, with face-to-face teaching suspended and technology playing a bigger role, but Far Eastern University (FEU) is ready for it. FEU acknowledges the shift of the role of the teacher from "sage on the stage" to "guides on the side" as education transitions to a more student-centric process. For the first semester of school year 2020-2021, FEU is offering flexible learning modalities. This will allow students to continue their FEU education based on accessibility and their learning capability. FEU president Michael Alba said that using technology in teaching isn't new to the university. "Online learning has been an integral part of how we...

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Oprah Winfrey demanding justice for Breonna Taylor with billboards

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 42 min ago
LOUISVILLE, Ky. --- First, Oprah Winfrey put Breonna Taylor on the cover of O, The Oprah Magazine. Now the media mogul is spreading her message with billboards demanding justice for the Kentucky woman shot to death during a police raid. Twenty-six billboards displaying a portrait of Taylor are going up across Louisville, Kentucky, demanding that the police officers involved in her death be arrested and charged, according to social justice organization Until Freedom. That's one billboard for every year of the Black woman's life. The billboards, funded by the magazine, showcase the magazine cover dedicated to Taylor, the Courier Journal reported. Also displayed is a quote from Wi...

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‘Others may not have the same resources that I do’

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 45 min ago
Elia Torres, 14 Grade 9, St. Paul College Pasig Are you ready for the new school year? A few weeks ago, my answer would have been no, but now I feel more relaxed and somewhat prepared. How different is your preparation compared to last year? Less stressful. The past school year, preparations would take up a lot of time and money. Preparing for this school year took little to no effort, only using our gadgets to enroll and using old unused notebooks from last year. How do you feel about distance learning? I'm not completely against it because it is the best decision for education in this time of the pandemic. A part of me is anxious because it's something that is new, and th...

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Pinoys killed in Beirut blast rise to 4; 34 hurt

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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday said two more Filipinos have been reported killed during the chemical explosions in Beirut, Lebanon, last Tuesday. The total number of Filipinos killed is now four, while the number of injured stands at 34, the DFA said, quoting a dispatch from the Philippine Embassy in Beirut. Embassy charge d'affaires Ajeet Panemanglor said two of the injured Filipinos remained in critical condition. They are currently confined and are being monitored at the Lebanon American University Medical Center-Rizk Hospital. One Filipino household service worker also remains missing, Panemanglor said. DFA Undersecretary for migrant workers affairs Sar...

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Woman is 1st in US to get 2nd face transplant

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 51 min ago
BOSTON --- For the second time in a decade, a New Hampshire woman has a new face. Carmen Blandin Tarleton, whose face was disfigured in an attack by her ex-husband, became the first American and only the second person globally to undergo the procedure after her first transplant began to fail six years after the operation. The transplant from an anonymous donor took place at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital in July. The 52-year-old former nurse is expected to resume her normal routine, which all but ended when the first transplant failed a year ago. "I'm elated," Tarleton told The Associated Press, in an exclusive telephone interview from her home in Manchester. She is still...

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US sees election threats from China, Russia, Iran with Beijing hoping Trump loses poll

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 55 min ago
WASHINGTON --- The director of US intelligence on Friday raised concerns about interference in the 2020 election by China, Russia, and Iran. U.S. intelligence has assessed that China is hoping President Donald Trump does not win reelection, Russia is working to denigrate Democrat Joe Biden and Iran is seeking to undermine democratic institutions, said Bill Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence Security Center. In a statement, Evanina provided the U.S. intelligence agencies' most recent assessment of election threats to the November presidential election. "Many foreign actors have a preference for who wins the election, which they express through a range of ov...

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Attack in eastern Burkina Faso kills around 20 people – governor

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso --- Around 20 people were killed on Friday in an attack by an armed group on a cattle market in the east of Burkina Faso, a local governor said. Officials did not blame any group for Friday's attack, but Burkina Faso is caught up in a jihadist insurgency that began in Mali and has spread to neighboring countries. "Unidentified armed individuals burst into a cattle market in Namoungou village in the region of Fada N'Gourma and attacked the population," the governor, Colonel Saidou Sanou, said in a statement. "According to an initial toll, around 20 people have been killed and numerous others wounded." An attack on the Kompienbiga cattle market, also i...

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Cuomo clears New York schools statewide to open, carefully

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 5 min ago
ALBANY --- New York schools can bring children back to classrooms for the start of the school year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday, citing success in battling the coronavirus in the state that once was the U.S. heart of the pandemic. The Democratic governor's decision clears the way for schools to offer at least some days of in-person classes, alongside remote learning. Students will be required to wear masks throughout the school day. "Everywhere in the state, every region is below the threshold that we established," Cuomo told reporters. He said New York can "revisit" if the infection rate spikes. Many New York school districts have planned to start the year with stude...

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Lebanon president says he knew of chemicals at port in July

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 10 min ago
BEIRUT --- Lebanese President Michel Aoun knew about the huge stockpile of explosive material stored at Beirut's port nearly three weeks before it blew up, he said Friday, adding he had ordered action be taken about it at the time, although the top leader also said he had no authority over the facility. "Do you know how many problems have been accumulating?" Aoun replied when a reporter pressed whether he should have followed up on his order. Aoun's comments were the most senior confirmation that Lebanon's top leaders and security officials were aware of the 2,750 tons of highly explosive ammonium nitrate that had been stored at the port for years. The chemicals exploded Tue...

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Botswana elephant deaths tests inconclusive but poisoning not ruled out

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 29 min ago
Gaborone, Botswana --- Botswana on Friday said initial tests to ascertain the cause of the deaths of hundreds of elephants in the famed Okavango Delta have been inconclusive but did not eliminate poisoning. The landlocked southern African country has the world's largest elephant population, estimated to be about 130,000. Around 300 of them have been found dead since March. The environmental resources ministry said the tests showed no presence of pesticides that would ordinarily be involved in the poisoning. "Results received so far do not eliminate poisoning, therefore environmental factors, including naturally occurring toxins, are still being investigated," the ministry said. ...

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Federal suit filed against Saudi crown prince by ex-official

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 35 min ago
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates --- A former top Saudi counterterrorism official has filed a federal lawsuit in the United States against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, alleging the royal tried to trap and kill him in the U.S. and Canada. The lawsuit, filed on Thursday, by Saad Aljabri is the latest effort by the former intelligence official to try and bring about international and public pressure on the crown prince, following years of silence in exile abroad. Aljabri's lawsuit claims the crown prince has detained two of his children in Saudi Arabia in an attempt to force him back to the kingdom because of the sensitive information he knows regarding the inner workings of the...

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Russia reports over 5,400 virus deaths in June

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 41 min ago
MOSCOW --- More than 5,400 people died in Russia from the coronavirus in June, the state statistics service said on Friday, one thousand more people than previously announced by the authorities. Russia's reported mortality rate is much lower than in other countries with similar rates of infection, leading critics to accuse officials of under-reporting deaths to minimize the scale of the crisis. According to daily figures released by health authorities, 4,499 people died from COVID-19 between June 2 and July 1. The Rosstat statistics agency for its part said on Friday that 5,448 people died in June, with coronavirus considered the main cause of death. In addition, 4,880 other ...

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Seething volunteers oust ministers from ravaged Beirut districts

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 44 min ago
Beirut , Lebanon --- Two Lebanese ministers who tried to visit Beirut neighborhoods ravaged by the deadly blast at the city's port were chased out by seething volunteers clearing up debris in the days after the cataclysmic explosion. The shock at Tuesday's blast has turned to public rage directed at the political class, already accused by many Lebanese of rampant corruption and incompetence. Education Minister Tarek Majzoub sought to change that perception on Friday, bringing a broom to the ruined Karantina neighborhood to join crowds sweeping up shards of glass and other debris. But he was met with furious chants of "Resign," "The people want the fall of the regime," and "Prepa...

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Ireland announces local lockdowns as virus cases rise

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 55 min ago
DUBLIN --- Ireland on Friday announced new localized lockdown measures in three counties following an increase in coronavirus cases. The counties of Kildare, Laois and Offaly, to the west of Dublin, will operate under the new rules for at least two weeks. "There are a number of localized clusters which are a serious concern," said prime minister Michael Martin. "We can't afford to wait and see." The new rules include restricting people to their counties, asking them to work from home where possible and the closure of cinemas, museums, galleries and restaurants and pubs serving food. People will be asked from midnight to restrict the number of visitors to their homes to six...

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India virus cases double to two million in three weeks

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 58 min ago
NEW DELHI --- India's official coronavirus case tally hit two million on Friday, doubling in three weeks as the pandemic sweeps into smaller cities and rural areas, with experts warning the real toll could be much higher. A record daily jump of more than 60,000 fresh infections was recorded, according to health ministry data, making the South Asian giant only the third country to surpass the two million milestones after the United States and Brazil. The rate of spread in the world's second-most populous country also appears to be increasing. India logged its first one million infections by July 17 and crossed the 1.5 million mark just 12 days after that. Official figures sho...

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China sentences another Canadian to death on drug charges

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BEIJING --- China sentenced another Canadian to death on drugs charges Friday, the second in two days to be handed the punishment, as tensions soar between Beijing and Ottawa. The Foshan Intermediate People's Court in the country's southern province of Guangdong said Ye Jianhui had been sentenced for trafficking and manufacturing drugs, and would have all his assets confiscated. According to the state-run Global Times, authorities seized more than 217 kilograms of white crystals containing MDMA from Ye and five others in 2016. The rest of the group were also sentenced on Friday and one other death sentence was issued, while the others were given lesser punishments. It comes a...

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EU commission urges states to allow unmarried partners to travel

Inquirer Breaking News - 5 hours 7 min ago
BERLIN --- The European Commission on Friday urged member states to allow EU entry for unmarried partners of European citizens and residents by exempting them from travel restrictions targeting some countries. The external borders of the EU and the Schengen visa area -- closed due to the coronavirus pandemic -- have reopened since July to travelers from a restricted list of third countries. But for other countries, including the United States, all non-essential travel to the Union remains prohibited, with exceptions for EU citizens, residents, and their families. Member states can allow unmarried partners in documented relationships to enter the EU if they choose to do so, but f...

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Nudist gives chase as brazen boar nabs laptop

Inquirer Breaking News - 5 hours 7 min ago
BERLIN --- A naked sunbather unashamedly gave chase in his birthday suit after a wild boar stole his laptop while he was relaxing by a Berlin lake in an escapade that has gone viral. The man was pictured running after the cheeky swine at the Teufelssee lake, a popular spot for nude sunbathing. Adele Landauer, the Berlin-based life coach who took the pictures, shared them on her Instagram account on Friday, describing the man as a "real hero". "A female wild boar with two babies came out of the forest in order to search for food," she wrote. "Many of us were scared but the wild boars seemed to be peaceful. "After they ate a pizza from a backpack of a man who was taking a sw...

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