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WATCH: Dog refuses to leave dead buddy

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 08/03/2019 - 10:46
A dog refuses to leave a dead buddy on a sidewalk in Malibay, Pasay City. The canine repeatedly nudges its lifeless companion that was run over by a vehicle on the busy Edsa highway on Thursday, August 1. It is unclear if the dogs were strays. (Be An Inquirer contributor Patrick Vanjho Silverio)  ...

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Earthquakes rock Davao Occidental, Northern Samar 

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 08/03/2019 - 10:43
  MANILA, Philippines --- Two separate earthquakes rocked Davao Occidental and Northern Samar early Saturday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.   A 5.6-magnitude quake first struck the Davao Occidental municipality of Jose Abad Santos in Mindanao.at 12:10 a.m.     Past an hour later, a 5.0-magnitude tremor was felt at the Northern Samar municipality of Pambujan.       Both quakes were of tectonic origin, Phivolcs said.   The two quakes were also felt at various intensities:   Northern Samar   Reported Intensity III - Virac, Catanduanes Reporte...

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China strongly opposes US tariffs, vows countermeasures

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 08/03/2019 - 10:35
    BEIJING -- China strongly opposes US plan to impose additional 10-percent tariffs on US$300 billion of Chinese imports and will have to take necessary countermeasures to defend its interests, the Ministry of Commerce said Friday. The US move seriously violated the consensus reached by the two heads of state in Osaka, deviated from the right track and was not helpful to solve the problem. China is strongly dissatisfied with and firmly opposes the plan, a ministry spokesperson said. If the US tariff plan is put into effect, China will have to take necessary countermeasures to firmly defend its national core interests and people's fundamental interests. The US side...

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The man behind Malaysia’s twin symbols

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 08/03/2019 - 10:25
    JUST about every Malaysian knows of the Petronas Twin Towers, the buildings that have become the icons of Kuala Lumpur and the nation for the last 20 years. But I wager few can name the architect -- Cesar Pelli -- who designed them. His name came up last week when news broke of his death at age 92 at his home in New Haven, Connecticut, United States, on July 19. Google his name and there are scores of admiring obituaries, many associating him with the Petronas Towers that held the title of the world's tallest buildings from 1998 till 2004, when it was surpassed by Taipei 101. Despite that close association with our most recognizable landmarks, none among ...

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Plastic straws are slowly being replaced in Kathmandu’s restaurants

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 08/03/2019 - 10:20
      NEPAL -- Twenty-one-year-old Asma Pun enjoys meeting her friends for a drink in cafes. And as much as she prefers to slurp her drinks with a straw, environment-conscious Pun says she has always been hesitant to use plastic ones. That was why, in July last year, when she heard of the global pledge to ban the use of plastic straws, Pun too resolved to use bamboo and copper straws for her daily use. But she had difficulty keeping up with her new habit. It was tough to clean the straws, she says, and she had to constantly set reminders to carry them. Frustrated, Pun lost her motivation in four months. "I couldn't carry my straws every day, but I still use the...

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Taiwan president blasts China for using tourism as ‘political tool’

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 08/03/2019 - 10:16
    TAIPEI --- Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen said that Beijing's ban on individual travel to Taiwan was a "political tool" that would only create a negative view of China among the Taiwanese people. "Tourism shouldn't be politicized," Tsai said at a press briefing. "Politicized tourism is not sustainable tourism either." She was commenting on an announcement by China on Wednesday that it was banning visits to Taiwan by individual travelers, with effect from Aug.1. "In light of the current relations between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait," such travel will be suspended, starting Thursday, China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism said in a brief notice on ...

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Japan takes Korea off list of trusted trade partners, effective Aug. 28

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 08/03/2019 - 10:08
    JAPAN--Japan resolved on Friday to remove South Korea from a "whitelist" of 27 countries that receive preferential trade treatment. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe convened a Cabinet meeting the same day to decide whether to revise the Export Trade Control Order and remove Korea from its list of trusted trading partners. The revised order will be signed by Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko and co-signed by Abe. Seko said the revision would take effect Aug. 28. As of that date, Japanese exporters will require government approval each time they export a shipment of strategic items to Korea. The strategic items category comprises 1,11...

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#WalangPasok: Class suspensions for Saturday, August 3, 2019 

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 08/03/2019 - 10:01
  MANILA, Philippines --- Some local government units have declared the suspension of classes on Saturday, Aug. 3, due to rain brought by the southwest monsoon or 'habagat."   Metro Manila   Caloocan - All levels (public and private) Las Pias - All levels (public and private) Malabon - All levels (public and private) Makati - Elementary to High School (public and private) Mandaluyong City - All levels (public and private) Manila - All levels (public and private) Marikina - All levels (public and private) Muntinlupa - All levels (public and private) Quezon City - All levels (public and private) Pasay - All levels (public and private...

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US to test new missile as arms treaty with Russia ends

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 08/03/2019 - 09:19
WASHINGTON --- With the scrapping of a landmark arms control agreement Friday, the U.S. announced plans to test a new missile amid growing concerns about emerging threats and new weapons. U.S. officials said they are no longer hamstrung and could now develop weapons systems previously banned under the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty with Russia, a Cold War-era agreement that both sides repeatedly accused the other of violating. The treaty was also criticized because it did not cover China or missile technology that did not exist a generation ago. The end of the treaty comes amid rising doubts about whether the two countries will extend an agreement on long-range nuclea...

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Southwest monsoon to bring rains to Luzon

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 08/03/2019 - 09:05
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suC6gt7iOFg&feature=youtu.be Public weather forecast issued by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration at 4 a.m. Saturday, August 3, 2019.    ...

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South Korean anti-bullying campaigner wins Ramon Magsaysay Award

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 08/03/2019 - 08:56
MANILA, Philippines--A campaigner who tackles youth suicide in South Korea, two journalists, and a human rights activist were named Friday among the winners of Asia's equivalent of the Nobel Prize, the Ramon Magsaysay Award. Kim Jong-ki, whose 16-year-old son took his life after being bullied in school, received the 2019 award for helping South Korea face one of the developed world's highest suicide rates. Kim, 72, was recognized for "his quiet courage in transforming private grief into a mission to protect Korea's youth from the scourge of bullying and violence", the Manila-based award foundation said in a statement. Over 24 years, Kim's Foundation for Preventing Youth Viol...

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UN report: North Korean prisoners killed for escape attempts

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 08/03/2019 - 08:44
  UNITED NATIONS --- Secretary-General Antnio Guterres says in a new report on North Korea's grim human rights record that prisoners who tried to escape or steal have reportedly been publicly executed, and detainees have been subject to sexual violence and severely beaten with clubs and metal rods.   The report to the General Assembly, obtained Friday by The Associated Press, said guards make detainees undress and repeatedly subject them to body searches for money and concealed items. They are interrogated, sometimes for up to a month or longer, and their cells are so overcrowded they can't lie down, it said.   The secretary-general said the U.N. human right...

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