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Lebanon president rejects global probe into port blast

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 23:23
BEIRUT --- Lebanon's president Friday rejected any international probe into the catastrophic port blast, saying a missile or negligence could have been responsible as rescuers desperately combed the rubble for survivors. The entrenched ruling class has come under fire once again since Tuesday's explosion, which killed at least 154 people and devastated swathes of the capital. The revelation that a huge shipment of hazardous ammonium nitrate fertilizer had languished for years in a warehouse in the heart of the capital served as shocking proof to many Lebanese of the rot at the core of their political system. Even Lebanese President Michel Aoun admitted Friday that the "paral...

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Scientists look beyond antibodies in virus immunity hunt

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 23:23
PARIS --- Could the ghosts of your previous colds help protect you from COVID-19, even if you have never been infected by the new coronavirus spreading across the planet? Scientists are investigating a poorly-understood immune mechanism in the body that they hope could help efforts to curb the pandemic. At the moment, people who think they have had the virus might get a serological test to check for antibodies. These proteins help fight off infection and may prevent them from getting the disease again in the future -- but there are signs that with COVID-19 they could fade away within weeks. This leaves the other instrument in the body's toolkit -- T lymphocytes -- a type ...

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Searchers in Beirut recover more bodies days after blast

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 23:01
BEIRUT --- Rescue teams pulled more bodies from the rubble of Beirut's port Friday, nearly three days after a massive explosion sent a wave of destruction through Lebanon's capital, killing nearly 150 people and wounding thousands. Outside the port area, women cried as they waited for news about missing relatives. Among the four bodies recovered in the last 24 hours was that of 23-year-old Joe Akiki, a port worker missing since Tuesday's explosion. His body was found in the rubble near a grain silo that was shredded along with other buildings in the port. The explosion also devastated nearby residential neighborhoods, blowing out windows and wrecking facades for miles around...

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Brent Scowcroft, longtime Bush confidant and former national security adviser, dies at 95

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 22:59
Brent Scowcroft, a former national security adviser and longtime confidant of former President George H.W. Bush, has died, a spokesman for the 41st president's foundation said Friday. He was 95.
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US sanctions Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam over democratic crackdowns

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 22:50
The US sanctioned Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Friday for her role in crackdowns on political freedom in the region.
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House can subpoena former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify, appeals court rules

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 22:50
The House of Representatives can sue to force former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify, a federal appeals court ruled Friday, but McGahn can continue to challenge the House's subpoena and likely will not have to appear anytime soon.
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BTS announces US theater premiere of 'Break the Silence' film

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 22:43
BTS is set to bring its latest film to movie theaters next month, a plan that will depend on which venues actually are open.
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PH looking to send at least 15 athletes to Tokyo Olympics

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 22:38
MANILA, Philippines---The Philippines is looking to send at least 15 Filipino athletes to the Tokyo Olympics. In an interview with ABS-CBN, the Philippines' chef de mission to the Summer Games Mariano "Nonong" Araneta said that the number is ideal as there are 15 sports where Filipino athletes have a shot of qualifying. "There are 15 sports. These include rowing, canoe-kayak, archery, fencing, athletics, golf, karate, judo, triathlon, boxing, weightlifting (and) skateboarding," said Araneta. "So 15 [athletes] is a good figure." Boxers Eumir Marcial and Irish Magno, gymnast Carlos Yulo, and pole vaulter EJ Obiena have already qualified. 2018 Asian Games gold medalist Margielyn Didal, ...

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Eurovision Song Contest is coming to America

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 22:14
One of the world's most popular singing competitions is headed to the United States.
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Suspect in online phone sale scam arrested in Butuan

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 22:06
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY---Police announced the arrest of an online scam suspect who offers phones for sale online, collects payments but does not deliver the gadgets.   In a statement the Caraga regional police office identified the suspect as Rogelio Guirit, 23, resident of Ampayon village in Butuan city, who was arrested on Thursday (Aug. 6).   A victim, Rocky Pia, said he bought a mobile phone from Guirit, who sold the merchandise via an online platform, a practice that has wildly proliferated during the COVID-19 pandemic.   According to Pia, Guirit made his customers believe that his boss is based in Manila and would promptly ship orders after an advance ...

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Congress spars over Russia's intentions in spreading disinformation about Biden

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 22:01
US intelligence officials have presented information to lawmakers and presidential campaigns indicating Russia is behind an ongoing disinformation push targeting former Vice President and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, according to sources familiar with the matter.
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ASUS Philippines Redefines Ultra-thin Laptops with the All-New ZenBook 13 (UX325) and ZenBook 14 (UX425)

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 22:00
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CNN political analyst: Biden is in a better position than Clinton ever was

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 21:56
CNN's senior political writer and analyst Harry Enten looks over brand new polls that show Joe Biden holding his lead over President Trump as the presidential election gets closer.
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Gov’t forms task force to look into PhilHealth mess

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 21:48
MANILA, Philippines --- A task force that would look into the alleged irregularities and corruption in the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) was created upon the orders of President Rodrigo Duterte. According to Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, Task Force PhilHealth will feature an inter-agency cooperation between the Office of the President, Office of the Ombudsman, Commission on Audit (COA), and the Civil Service Commission (CSC). Guevarra will head Task Force PhilHealth. "Upon the order of President Rodrigo Roa Durterte, Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra has formed Task Force PhilHealth," a statement from the Department of Justice (DOJ) said. ...

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Resort evacuated over fears of Mont Blanc glacier collapse

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 21:48
Dozens of people have been evacuated from a valley in northern Italy amid fears that a section of ice the size of a football field could collapse from a Mount Blanc glacier.
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Chot Reyes rekindles overseas coaching connections

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 21:47
MANILA, Philippines---Chot Reyes has been out of coaching for nearly two years now but that hasn't stopped the former Gilas Pilipinas mentor from still working on the craft that made him a household name. During an interview with the Coaches Unfiltered podcast, Reyes said that he's been working on improving himself and even got the help of NBA coaches in the United States. The Philippines' run in the 2014 Fiba World Cup allowed Reyes to get connections with some European teams and he recently reached out to them and even observed the practices of the Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards. "Because of the performance of Gilas in the Worlds [in 2014], we had some interest from Eur...

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Homecoming for Filipino dead in Beirut blast turns into mourning

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 21:42
PAGADIAN CITY---Ardel Bustamante-Maglangit looked forward to a homecoming this September torejoin her family in Molave town, Zamboanga del Sur province after being away for eight years.   With plans to start a business founded on her baking skills, Ardel has prepared to start afresh in the Philippines and bid goodbye to Lebanon where she worked as a domestic helper.   But fate caught up with the 43-year-old mother of three last Tuesday (Aug. 5). She was among more than 130 people who were killed in a massive explosion that ripped through the port area in the Lebanese capital Beirut.   Her grieving family now awaits the arrival of her remains. Her husband,...

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What is WeChat and why does Trump want to ban it?

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 21:42
President Donald Trump wants to ban WeChat, dramatically escalating tensions with China. But what is WeChat, and why is it so controversial?
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Couple survives Beirut explosion less than 600 meters from blast site

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 21:37
A couple standing less than 600 meters from the blast site survived the explosion in Beirut - they are now recovering in hospital.
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