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Brazilian state declares state of emergency over oil spills

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 53 min ago
RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil's northeastern state of Bahia declared a state of emergency Monday after several of its beaches were contaminated by oil sludge.       Brazil's environmental protection agency said Sunday that some 20 beaches in the state popular with tourists had been polluted.   Authorities started finding small oil stains on the northeastern coast at the beginning of September. The sludge has now polluted at least 150 beaches in nine different states.   Brazil's environment minister has said the oil is very likely of Venezuela origin --- a claim denied by the neighboring nation. Brazilian authorities are still trying to deter...

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Pope’s bodyguard resigns over new financial leaks scandal

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 57 min ago
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican's latest scandal claimed its first victim Monday as Pope Francis' chief bodyguard resigned over the leak of a Vatican police flyer identifying five employees who were suspended as part of a financial investigation.       The Vatican said its police chief, Domenico Giani, bore no responsibility for the leaked flyer but resigned to avoid disrupting the investigation and "out of love for the church and faithfulness" to the pope.   The person who leaked the document to the Italian newsweekly L'Espresso remains unknown.   Giani, a 20-year veteran of the Vatican's security services, has stood by Francis' side and j...

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Warren escalates Facebook fight with ad targeting Zuckerberg

Inquirer Breaking News - 5 hours 1 min ago
SAN FRANCISCO - Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has escalated her tiff with Facebook by running an ad --- on Facebook --- taking aim at its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg.     It's the latest example of growing resentment of Big Tech by Republicans and Democrats alike.   The list of grievances is long: Companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon are too big and powerful. They're bad for privacy , public discourse, democracy and small business. They're spying on us, contributing to economic inequality and hooking us and our children on addictive, useless services. The companies, of course, object to these characterizations.   Warren, wh...

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Not so fast: Many Nobel winners endured initial rejections

Inquirer Breaking News - 5 hours 7 min ago
NEW YORK - Some of the world's most innovative ideas and creations have started out in a rejection pile.   One of this year's Nobel Prize winners for medicine previously saw his findings on how cells respond to changes in oxygen levels turned down for publication.           In 1992, the journal Nature rejected Peter J. Ratcliffe's article, telling him that "we have sadly concluded, on balance, that your paper would be better placed in a more specialized journal, particularly given the competition for space."   Twenty-seven years later, judges praised Ratcliffe and fellow winners William Kaelin Jr. and Gregg Semenza for ...

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Trump leaves Pentagon scrambling to safely remove US troops

CNN Top Stories - 5 hours 17 min ago
President Donald Trump's order to the Pentagon this weekend to withdraw nearly all of the 1,000 US troops from Syria has sparked an urgent effort at the highest levels of the Pentagon to ensure they can be brought out safely.
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Pope Francis' chief bodyguard resigns over leak of document

CNN Top Stories - 5 hours 23 min ago
Pope Francis' chief bodyguard resigned Monday over a leak related to an ongoing financial investigation, the Vatican said.
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Euro 2020 qualifier stopped twice over racist abuse of players

CNN Top Stories - 5 hours 54 min ago
A Euro 2020 qualifier match between Bulgaria and England in Sofia was temporarily halted twice Monday night after apparently racist abuse was hurled at English players.
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The US Detained over One Million Migrants in 52 Weeks

Inquirer Breaking News - 6 hours 13 min ago
US border agents arrested or stopped nearly one million undocumented migrants at the southern border with Mexico in the last 12 months, the most in more than a decade, a top official said Tuesday. The surge came amid President Donald Trump's tough efforts to halt illegal immigration, which began to show results only in the last three months when border arrests plummeted. Acting Director of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Mark Morgan said migrants arrested at the border fell to just over 52,000 in September, the final month of the 2019 fiscal year, down from over 144,000 in May and the lowest monthly figure in one year. The surge came mainly from Central American migrants fle...

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NASA Launches Satellite to Explore Where Air Meets Space

Inquirer Breaking News - 6 hours 13 min ago
NASA launched a satellite on Thursday night to explore the mysterious, dynamic region where air meets space. The satellite called Icon, short for Ionospheric Connection Explorer rocketed into orbit following a two-year delay. It was dropped from a plane flying over the Atlantic off the Florida coast. Five seconds after the satellite's release, the attached Pegasus rocket ignited, sending Icon on its way. The ionosphere is the charged part of the upper atmosphere extending several hundred miles (kilometers) up. It's in constant flux as space weather bombards it from above and Earth weather from below, sometimes disrupting radio communications. "This protected layer, it's the...

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PNP chief steps down amid drug charges

Inquirer Breaking News - 6 hours 38 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Sen. Richard Gordon on Monday said it would be a "national disappointment" if President Rodrigo Duterte allowed former Philippine National Police chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde to go scot-free despite damaging evidence linking him to "recycling" confiscated drugs, an allegation that has put in question the government's antinarcotics campaign. Amid allegations of protecting policemen accused of selling a huge haul of seized "shabu" (crystal meth), Albayalde stepped down on Monday, three weeks ahead of his retirement. "After careful thought and deliberation, I have come to the decision to relinquish my post as chief PNP effective today and go on nonduty status...

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Malvar biopic starring Pacquiao stirs controversy

Inquirer Breaking News - 6 hours 39 min ago
SAN PEDRO CITY, Laguna, Philippines --- The biopic on Gen. Miguel Malvar, who will be played by Sen. Manny Pacquiao, isn't meant to further the boxing icon's political agenda, according to the hero's grandson who is producing the movie. If at all, "General Malvar" seeks to shine a light on American atrocities during the Philippine-American War, said Jose Malvar Villegas Jr. of JMV Film Production. The movie has generated an online storm, with a great-grandson of Malvar objecting to the "larger than life" Pacquiao playing the lead role. Pacquiao aside, "Malvar" has an all-star cast, including: Alden Richards as Jose Rizal, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno as Andres Bonifacio, ER Ejer...

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After fishkill, groups seeks transparency in Manila Bay rehab

Inquirer Breaking News - 6 hours 40 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- A fishermen's group and a scientists' organization have called for transparency in ongoing efforts to rehabilitate Manila Bay, after the reported fishkill in coastal waters off Cavite province and the cities of Las Pias and Paraaque. In a joint statement on Monday, the Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) and the Advocates of Science and Technology for the People (Agham) said it was not enough for the Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to explain the causes of the phenomenon that had affected the fish and mussel catch from ...

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Lawmaker backs calls to suspend toll on SLEX

Inquirer Breaking News - 6 hours 41 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- As the worsening traffic along the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) continues to punish people taking public transportation and motorists, Laguna Rep. Sol Aragones is asking its operator to suspend the collection of toll or to lower the fees for six months. Aragones has filed a resolution urging SMC Tollways to implement these suggestions. The expressway has become more congested because of the closure since the evening of Sept. 24 of the outermost northbound lane of Skyway at-grade level just after the Alabang viaduct in Muntinlupa City. One lane of the adjacent east service road was also closed. The closures were in connection with the construction of a...

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Artificial Meat Is Now Made in the International Space Station

Inquirer Breaking News - 6 hours 53 min ago
Creating meat from cells is no longer the realm of science fiction: a Russian cosmonaut did it aboard the International Space Station, and it is just a matter of time before these products arrive in supermarkets. Tests carried out in space in September led to the production of beef, rabbit and fish tissue using a 3D printer. This new technology "could make long-term travel possible and renew space exploration," to Mars, for example, said Didier Toubia, the head of the Israeli startup Aleph Farms, which provided cells for the tests. "But our goal is to sell meat on Earth," he told AFP. The idea "is not to replace traditional agriculture," he said. "It's about being a better a...

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PH bags 2 major tourism awards

Inquirer Breaking News - 6 hours 59 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippines has won two major honors in this year's World Travel Awards, one of the most prestigious brands "recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence." Leading tourism board The Department of Tourism (DOT) has been recognized as "Asia's Leading Tourism Board" during the World Travel Awards gala for Asia and Oceania in Phu Quoc, Vietnam, on Saturday. The award was given to the DOT for recording a significant increase in visitor arrivals last year at a record 7.1 million, besting 11 other counterparts from other Asian destinations such as Hong Kong, Japan, China and South Korea. "A triumph as great as this simply could not ...

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Locsin apologizes to China for anti-Mao remarks

Inquirer Breaking News - 7 hours 1 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. has publicly apologized to China for making derogatory remarks against Mao Zedong, the founding father of the People's Republic of China, on Twitter. In his tweets the past week, the country's chief diplomat likened Mao's name to "burnt rice" and said the communist party founder "unleashed a famine" during his communist rule. "My profound apologies to the People's Republic of China, the Communist Party responsible for its unprecedented achievements and Ambassador Zhao [Jianhua] for using the Great Helmsman's name in vain," Locsin tweeted on Sunday, referring to one of Mao's titles. "All this revisionism makes me --- as...

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Shortage of Christmas hams feared due to swine fever

Inquirer Breaking News - 7 hours 3 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- The continuous spread of African swine fever (ASF) in the country could dampen this year's Christmas festivities as local government restrictions as well as pork production cutbacks may lead to shortage of Christmas hams, especially in the provinces. After the Department of Agriculture (DA) confirmed new cases of ASF in Quezon City and received possible reports of more incidents of the disease in Bulacan and Pampanga, 69 percent of the country's provinces --- the majority of which are in the Visayas and Mindanao --- have banned the shipment of pork and pork products from ASF-infested areas. Over the weekend, processed pork products bound for the Visayas and ...

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YouTube says fake video of Trump shooting media doesn't violate its rules

CNN Top Stories - 7 hours 10 min ago
A fake video that depicts in extremely graphic fashion President Trump attacking and shooting his critics and media outlets does not violate YouTube's policies against content that incites violence because it is "purely fictional," the company told CNN Business Monday.
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Germany Wants Facebook Access After Encryption

Inquirer Breaking News - 7 hours 13 min ago
The German government wants US social media giant Facebook to ensure that security forces can gain access to its platforms after it has encrypted them so as to help fight crime. The United States, Britain, and Australia urged Facebook in an open letter earlier this month not to encrypt its messaging services because this would hinder efforts to combat terrorism and child abuse. [embed]https://twitter.com/facebook/status/1182788464884043777[/embed] A government statement to be published in Germany's Welt am Sonntag newspaper on Sunday says: "The preoccupations expressed in this open letter concerning the consequences of Facebook's plans are shared by the interior ministry." Th...

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Soon in Boracay: Ban on nudity, skimpy wear

Inquirer Breaking News - 7 hours 14 min ago
ILOILO CITY, Philippines --- Nudity and wearing "extremely skimpy" swimsuits in public areas may soon be prohibited on Boracay Island. The municipal council of Malay in Aklan province, where the world famous Boracay beaches are located, is mulling over an amendment to municipal ordinances to include a ban on public nudity. "We will be discussing possible measures but among those is to amend existing ordinances or pass a new one," Councilor Maylyn Aguirre-Graf told the Inquirer on Monday. The planned measure was prompted by the controversial wearing of an extremely skimpy swimsuit by a Taiwanese tourist on Boracay beach last week. The tourist wore a "microkini," which bare...

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