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India virus cases double to two million in three weeks

Inquirer Breaking News - 5 hours 46 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

Inquirer Breaking News - 5 hours 48 min ago
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 55 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 55 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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Both pilots were killed, reports say

CNN Top Stories - 6 hours 4 min ago
A pilot and at least two passengers are dead after an Air India Express flight skidded off the runway at Kozhikode Calicut International Airport, CNN News 18 reports.
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Canada to slap Can$3.6 B counter-tariffs on US aluminum

Inquirer Breaking News - 6 hours 5 min ago
Ottawa, Canada --- Ottawa will hit American aluminum products with Can$3.6 billion (US$2.7 billion) in counter-tariffs, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said Friday, in response to "absurd" US levies announced on Canadian goods. US President Donald Trump said Thursday he was reimposing a 10 percent tariff on Canadian aluminum, accusing Canada of flooding the US market with the metal. "In imposing these tariffs, the United States has taken the absurd decision to harm its own people," Freeland told a news conference. Ottawa, the deputy prime minister said, will hold 30 days of consultations with Canadian industry on which US items to target with tariffs. A preliminary li...

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When an elephant lost her leg, he invented a prosthesis for her

CNN Top Stories - 6 hours 13 min ago
When Mosha, an elephant, was two years old, she lost her leg in a landmine injury along the Thai-Burmese border. Luckily, an orthopedic surgeon was able to fit her with the first prosthetic leg ever designed for an elephant. As she has grown, she has needed to be fitted for new ones. But she's never forgotten the doctor who changed her life.
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He owns 3 pro sports teams all currently playing in bubbles

CNN Top Stories - 6 hours 15 min ago
Ted Leonsis, whose Momentum Sports owns the NBA's Washington Wizards, NHL's Washington Capitols, and WNBA's Washington Mystics, joins CNN's John King to discuss how the bubble is working for pro sports teams.
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In heated exchange, CNN's Poppy Harlow confronts Trump's top economic adviser

CNN Top Stories - 6 hours 26 min ago
• America's jobs crisis may get worse • Trump is promising a vaccine by November. Is that possible? • Trump's vaccine timetable may worsen things • Latest: World tops 19M Covid-19 cases
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Keilar chokes up talking about those who've died from Covid-19

CNN Top Stories - 6 hours 40 min ago
CNN's Brianna Keilar becomes emotional while talking about those who have died from coronavirus and the families they've left behind.
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This is what an ER in Beirut was like after blast

CNN Top Stories - 6 hours 52 min ago
CNN's Ben Wedeman reports on what conditions were like inside an ER in a hospital in Beirut, Lebanon, after an explosion in the Lebanese capital killed hundreds and injured thousands of people.
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Zarate wants gov’t to first explain COVID-19 spending before Bayanihan 2 passage

Inquirer Breaking News - 7 hours 43 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- The executive department should first explain how the P3.7 trillion in the 2020 national budget was spent before it is entrusted the P162 billion fund under the proposed Bayanihan to Recover as One (Bayanihan 2) bill. Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate asserted this Friday, as various lawmakers expressed support to the passage of Bayanihan 2 -- an offshoot of Republic Act No. 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act (Bayanihan 1) that gave President Rodrigo Duterte extra powers, among others, to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. READ: Political parties, party-list groups back passage of 'Bayanihan 2' Bayanihan 1 specifically granted Duterte the auth...

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Companies apologize after learning what their Māori name really meant

CNN Top Stories - 7 hours 57 min ago
A beer brand in Canada and a leather shop in New Zealand have apologized after they came under fire for unwittingly taking their name from the Māori word for pubic hair.
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Three dead after Air India Express plane skids off runway and breaks in two

CNN Top Stories - 8 hours 1 min ago
An Air India Express flight has skidded off the runway while landing at Calicut International Airport, in the South Indian state of Kerala, CNN News 18 reports.
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Dingdong at 40: Grateful for 2 of life’s ‘greatest gifts’

Inquirer Breaking News - 8 hours 3 min ago
  Dingdong Dantes envisioned himself turning the big 4-0 in a "'90s rock, Oktoberfest-themed all-out party." Alas, his plans---just like many other people's---were thwarted by the COVID-19 pandemic. But while his birthday on Aug. 2 didn't turn out the way he had hoped for, there are still a lot of things to be happy about. "I'm still grateful because this day is a reminder of His blessings and my life's greatest gifts," he said in a recent Instagram post. Among those "greatest gifts" are two of the most important women in his life: his mother, Angeline Dantes, "who brought me into this world," and his wife, Marian Rivera, "my rock and core." The actor's appreciati...

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Fitch Ratings sees ‘larger investments’ by telcos in 2021

Inquirer Breaking News - 8 hours 5 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- A credit rating agency is seeing local telecommunications companies infusing more investments next year amid "regulatory pressure and looming competition." Fitch Ratings said in a statement Friday that:"Philippine telecommunication companies' Capex cuts this year should temporarily ease the burden on cash flow, but regulatory pressure and looming competition are likely to drive larger investments in 2021." The competition being referred to by the credit rater was DITO Telecommunity, the third telco player that should have begun its product rollout but was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. READ: 3rd telco gets 6-month reprieve on commitments "The g...

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Student suspended after posting photo of crowded school hallway

CNN Top Stories - 8 hours 11 min ago
A viral photo showing students in a Georgia high school crowded in hallways and with few visible masks resulted in the sophomore who posted it being suspended, she said.
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Bigger risks for Cinemalaya in the new normal

Inquirer Breaking News - 8 hours 13 min ago
  "It's really a brand new world for us," said Chris Millado on this year's Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival going fully digital as a way to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. With this being a first for the annual indie fest, Millado, who is festival director, does not expect it to be "a seamless experience, but I hope viewers will appreciate it," he said shortly before the festival's virtual opening ceremony on Aug. 7. Mounting this year's festival was the toughest, Millado disclosed. "We may look relaxed to you, but we're all in a learning curve. We're making big risks because we don't know how much of our viewers will migrate with us online," he poin...

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Pilot and two passengers died in the incident, reports say

CNN Top Stories - 8 hours 17 min ago
A pilot and two passengers are dead after an Air India Express flight skidded off the runway at Kozhikode Calicut International Airport, also known as Karipur Airport, CNN News 18 reports.
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