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BREAKING: Former President Noynoy Aquino now out of hospital – Valte

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 12/17/2019 - 17:25
    MANILA, Philippines --- Former President Benigno S. Aquino III was discharged from the hospital on Tuesday, her spokesperson said. "Happy to report that Former President Noynoy Aquino has been discharged from the hospital today. He thanks everyone who sent prayers and well-wishes," former deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a text message. Aquino went to the Makati Medical Center on December 9 for a scheduled check-up and a routine procedure. He was later admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital "as it is easier to secure physically and also to limit visitors."   Edited by KGA...

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Indian students decry police as citizenship protests grow

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 12/17/2019 - 17:18
NEW DELHI --- Students involved in a massive weekend protest at a predominantly Muslim university in India's capital described a clash with baton-wielding police at a news conference Tuesday, while opposition grew nationwide against a new law that provides a path to citizenship for non-Muslim migrants. A march by students from New Delhi's Jamia Millia Islamia University descended into chaos Sunday when demonstrators set three buses on fire. Police responded with rubber bullets and tear gas. Video footage showed officers running after unarmed protesters and beating them with wooden sticks. "The 15th of December is a black day in the history of this country," human rights activis...

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Court orders immediate return of Zaldy Ampatuan to jail

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 12/17/2019 - 17:17
MANILA, Philippines --- Two days before the verdict on the Maguindanao massacre case, a Quezon City court has ordered the immediate return of former ARMM Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan to his jail in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City.   In an order dated December 17 but released to the media on Tuesday, Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221 directed the urgent transfer of Ampatuan, one of the main accused in the gruesome multiple murder case, noting that his medical abstract shows he is "neurologically stable with no more complaint of headache and dizziness."   Citing the medical abstract, the court said Ampatuan is "merely continuing medical management and rehabilitation ...

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49 journalists were murdered in 2019, the lowest death toll in 16 years

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 12/17/2019 - 17:16
Forty-nine journalists were killed this year, 57 are being held hostage and 389 are currently in prison, nonprofit group Reporters Without Borders said Tuesday.
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‘Star Wars’ grips Hollywood with ‘Rise of Skywalker’ premiere

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 12/17/2019 - 17:09
LOS ANGELES -- The final film in the epic "Star Wars" trilogy of trilogies brought Hollywood to a standstill, as a galaxy of VIPs from the space saga that began four decades ago descended on a glittering world premiere. Veterans Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and Harrison Ford (Han Solo) arrived Monday to bid farewell to the movies that launched their careers in style at a futuristic hangar filled with life-size X-wing starfighters in Los Angeles. They were joined by a who's who of Hollywood, with special guests from Steven Spielberg to Spike Lee. "Tonight, looking at this whole mise-en-scene is quite bewildering," Anthony Daniels, who has played droid C-3PO in every main "Sta...

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