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Why is TikTok controversial in the US?

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 14:35
President Donald Trump issued executive orders that will ban TikTok from operating in the US in 45 days if they are not sold by their Chinese-owned parent companies. CNN's Hadas Gold looks back at the rise and controversies of the app.
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A South Korean lawmaker has come under fire for her outfit. Her offense? She wore a dress

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 14:26
A barrage of online abuse directed at a South Korean lawmaker over her choice of attire has sparked a debate in the East Asian nation, where women have long complained about sexism and a patriarchal culture.
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SBMA: Ammonium nitrate stored safely at Subic port

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 14:25
SAN ANTONIO, ZAMBALES ---- After the Beirut explosion, officials of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) were quick to assure the public that the ammonium nitrate kept inside the Subic Bay Freeport is properly stored and monitored. Wilma Eisma, SBMA chairman and administrator, said explosives manufacturer Orica Inc. is renting 17 bunkers in the middle of the mountains inside the former US naval base. But only eight of these are being used to store ammonium nitrate. "The bunkers were specifically used by the US Navy [before] to stock nuclear warheads. Each bunker, which is almost 1-meter thick, is now used by Orica Inc. to store ammonium nitrate that it uses in construction a...

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Lillard’s hot hand lift rising Blazers past Nuggets

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 14:24
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida--- Damian Lillard wasn't off to a great shooting start inside the NBA's so-called bubble. If it was a slump, it seems to be over now. Lillard tied his franchise record with 11 3-pointers and scored 45 points, and the Portland Trail Blazers moved closer to the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference by beating the Denver Nuggets 125-115 on Thursday night. Lillard was 11 for 18 from 3-point range, plus had 12 assists for Portland. The Blazers (32-38) closed to within a half-game of Memphis in the race for eighth in the West, where a play-in series for the last playoff berth -- and the right to face the Los Angeles Lakers in the opening round -- now seems...

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Bucks clinch top seed in East with comeback win vs Heat

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 14:17
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida --- Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton scored 33 points each, and the Milwaukee Bucks overcame a huge early deficit to get a 130-116 win over the Miami Heat on Thursday to clinch the top seed in the Eastern Conference. The Heat led by as many as 23 points in a first half where the team piled up 73 points despite playing without Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic. Miami cooled off after the break and the Bucks took the lead in the third quarter but were down by 6 to start the fourth. Antetokounmpo sat out about five minutes of the fourth quarter after collecting his fifth foul with 11 minutes to go. Milwaukee trailed by 1 with about five minutes remaining...

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Lawmaker’s wife accuses him of concubinage, gets threats from his son

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 14:14
MANILA, Philippines --- The wife of Maguindanao Rep. Esmael "Toto" Mangudadatu has accused him of having affairs with other women, an allegation that she made public in several Facebook posts that had gone viral. The now-deleted posts of Mylene Mangudadatu, but which still circulated in social media circles, accused the lawmaker of keeping two mistresses, one of which is a beauty queen. In a text message to INQUIRER.net on Friday, Mangudadatu refused to respond to Mylene's accusations following legal advice. "Much as I would like to respond, my legal counsel has advised me otherwise, as the matter has already been blown out of proportion all courtesy of Mylene Maligaya's actions...

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Angel Locsin bares attempts to hack her e-mail, social media accounts

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 13:47
MANILA, Philippines --- Actress Angel Locsin has revealed that there were repeated attempts to hack her e-mail, as well as her social media accounts. Image: Instagram/@therealangellocsin   In an Instagram Story entry on Thursday, the Kapamilya actress shared a screenshot of a notice that one of her accounts was temporarily locked, as someone else tried to access to it.   "Someone's trying to repeatedly hack my Twitter, Facebook and email," Angel said.   Previously, Angel made the revelation that her fans were getting offers to buy their social media fan pages. Angel's fellow Kapamilya actress Bea Alonzo also revealed that som...

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China seals off village after bubonic plague death in Inner Mongolia

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 13:42
Authorities in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia have sealed off a village after a resident there died from bubonic plague, a centuries-old disease responsible for the most deadly pandemic in human history.
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Sri Lanka's powerful Rajapaksa brothers claim landslide in parliamentary elections

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 13:41
Sri Lanka's ruling party has won a landslide victory in parliamentary elections, the country's Election Commission declared Friday, consolidating the Rajapaksa family's control on power.
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Passports for purchase: How the elite get through a pandemic

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 13:40
For most people, the coronavirus pandemic has meant fewer travel options. Not so for super-rich families who are increasingly using their money to cross borders that would otherwise be closed to them.
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Tencent stock plummets after Trump announces plan to ban WeChat in the US

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 13:37
Tencent stock plunged on Friday after US President Donald Trump moved to ban WeChat, a social media app owned by the Chinese tech giant.
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Trump's dreams of a vaccine as his October Surprise aren't rooted in reality

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 13:36
President Donald Trump is desperately hoping to turn a Covid-19 vaccine, for which the entire world is longing, into his October Surprise.
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Emperador in, Semirara out of PSEi

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 13:33
Tycoon Andrew Tan-led Emperador Inc. (EMP) will rejoin the Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) effective Aug. 17, replacing Semirara Mining and Power Corp. This was based on the result of the PSE index review from July 2019 to June 2020. "The semi-annual review of indices ensures that the Exchange's benchmarks reflect the performance of the best securities in the stock market in general and its sectors," PSE president Ramon S. Monzon said on Friday. Based on PSE's policy on index management, a company may be considered for inclusion in the PSEi if it has a float level of at least 15 percent, ranks among the top 25 percent by median daily value per month in nine out of 12 ...

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COVID-19 infects 8 more Tarlac cops

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 13:31
TARLAC CITY ---- Eight more cops of Bamban town in Tarlac province tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Friday (August 7) after being exposed to their fellow police. The new cases brought to 113 the total COVID-19 tally in the province. Police Col. David Poklay, provincial director, said the cops were all asymptomatic and seven of them were admitted to the National Government Administrative Center at New Clark City in Capas town. Another was admitted to the Cong. Enrique "Henry" Cojuangco Memorial Hospital in Moncada town. Poklay said there are now 15 Philippine National Police personnel who got infected with the virus, including a 34-year-old-pregnant po...

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ALI’s H1 profit down 70%

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 13:29
Property giant Ayala Land Inc. saw a 70 percent year-on-year drop in first semester net profit to P4.5 billion as the lockdown of Metro Manila and other key regions during this coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic gnawed on most businesses. Coming from a P4.32 billion net profit in the first quarter, this meant that ALI had booked only P180 million in net profit in the second quarter. This marked a 98-percent decline from the P7.83-billion net profit booked in the same period last year. "COVID-19 severely impacted our performance in the first half of the year. Although we are seeing some positive signs of recovery in certain product lines, we expect the remainder of the year to be ...

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Harden’s 39 help Rockets past short-handed Lakers

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 13:28
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. --- James Harden had 39 points and 12 assists to lead the Houston Rockets to a 113-97 victory on Thursday night over the Los Angeles Lakers, who were playing without LeBron James.         The Lakers, who clinched the top seed in the Western Conference on Monday, didn't have James because of a sore right groin. The Rockets were also short-handed, missing Russell Westbrook because of a bruised right quadriceps. But the combination of Harden's big game and Houston's long-range shooting were enough to take care of the Lakers. The Rockets made 21 of 57 3's while Los Angeles hit just 2 of 19. The Lakers scored the first 10 poi...

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Año: No country can claim success in addressing COVID-19

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 13:02
MANILA, Philippines --- No country has claimed success in addressing the coronavirus disease pandemic, Interior Secretary Eduardo Ao said Friday. "No country could ever say they are successful. Look at Japan, look at Italy, even Vietnam, and Singapore, nag-i-ispike sila," Ao, vice-chair of the government's task force against COVID-19, said in a press briefing at Camp Crame, Quezon City when asked his reaction on the Philippines having the most number of COVID-19 infections in Southeast Asia. (No country could ever say they are successful. Look at Japan, look at Italy, even Vietnam and Singapore, they are recording a spike.) After recording 119,460 total cases of COVID-19 on Thur...

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UN reports sharp increase in cybercrime during pandemic

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 12:57
UNITED NATIONS --- A 350% increase in phishing websites was reported in the first quarter of the year, many targeting hospitals and health care systems and hindering their work responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.N. counterterrorism chief said Thursday.         Vladimir Voronkov told the U.N. Security Council that the upsurge in phishing sites was part of "a significant rise in cybercrime in recent months" reported by speakers at last month's first Virtual Counterterrorism Week at the United Nations. He said the U.N. and global experts don't yet fully understand "the impact and consequences of the pandemic on global peace and security, and...

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Probe on killings of ex-cop, aide in Pangasinan ordered

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 12:46
DAGUPAN CITY ---- Police Brig. Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr., Ilocos regional police director, has ordered the Pangasinan Provincial Police to investigate the recent killing of a former policeman and his aide, both from Binalonan town. A belated police report showed that the bodies of former police officer Alvin John Eleazar, 31, and his aide Ariel Padilla, were found in a creek in Barangay Killo, Sison town on July 26. The victims' remains were taken to a funeral home in Sison. Investigators said the two were reported to be missing since July 24. The victims suffered bullet wounds to their heads and bore signs of torture. Padilla's head was wrapped in a black plastic bag and hi...

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