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Cop, suspect killed when group on robbery mission opens fire at police at Misamis town checkpoint

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 02/18/2020 - 20:23
  LIBERTAD, MISAMIS ORIENTAL----Police lost one of their men and killed one suspect after a gunfight with a group of men believed to be transporting firearms and on a robbery mission.   The group was traveling on a sedan from Cagayan de Oro City on Monday when it was flagged down at a police checkpoint at the village of Poblacion past 8 p.m.   The driver, Jephone Fabriga Tinamisan, 33, got off the vehicle and stood before police.   Before Tinamisan could be quizzed, his four companions alighted and fired at policemen manning the checkpoint, triggering a gunfight, according to Capt. Rham Camelotes, Libertad police chief.   The four a...

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China virus outbreak chilling recovery for Asian economies

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 02/18/2020 - 20:15
BANGKOK --- The virus outbreak in China has put South Korea's economy into an "emergency situation," its president says. Japan is on the brink of recession and big manufacturers are forecasting a whole world of woe. As many Chinese finally go back to work after their longest Lunar New Year holiday ever, the economic fallout from the outbreak that began in the central city of Wuhan may be just beginning. Companies are warning their bottom lines will take a hit, and governments are ramping up stimulus measures for economies that just weeks ago were hoping to see recoveries after months of uncertainty due to trade tensions and slowing global growth. "Emergency situations requir...

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Engineer to Olympian: Spain’s Damián Quintero ready for karate in Tokyo

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 02/18/2020 - 20:13
MADRID --- More than five years ago, one of Spain's most successful karate athletes was splitting his time between practice, graduate school and his day job as an aeronautical engineer. Before training and studying at night, Damin Quintero spent hours analyzing faulty airplane parts and working on complex calculations to determine whether the parts were safe enough to go back into planes. With little time left in his day, he couldn't fully dedicate himself to the sport he loved. "It was a difficult time," the 35-year-old Quintero told The Associated Press after a recent training session in Madrid. "I was doing my masters, working and practicing. All at the same time. I looke...

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Gilas to reveal Final 12 for Indonesia match on Wednesday

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 02/18/2020 - 20:11
  MANILA, Philippines--Gilas Pilipinas' roster for the Fiba Asia Cup qualifying match against Indonesia will be known on Wednesday night, according to coach Mark Dickel. "We'll just have an internal scrimmage tomorrow, announce the team and then get ready for Sunday's game," the interim mentor told reporters on Tuesday night after the pool's short training at Meralco Gym in Ortigas. Dickel pretty much already has an idea of who will make up the final roster, saying the bunch will be featuring a "mixture of youth and experience." "I think you could name who the shoo-ins would be," he added. "You bet the players we have in the PBA are going to play." The PBA players who...

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Lost class ring shows up 47 years later in Finland

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 02/18/2020 - 20:08
A Maine woman's class ring that was lost 47 years ago was found by a welder while metal detecting in a forest in Finland.
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A pigeon that can't fly befriended a puppy that can't walk. Yes, it's as cute as it sounds

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 02/18/2020 - 20:02
Meet Herman and Lundy, recent cuddle buddies and rescue animals.
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Medieval 'Black Death' mass grave uncovered in the English countryside

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 02/18/2020 - 20:01
The sweeping scourge of the Black Death in 14th century England was so great it forced city-dwelling victims out to countryside hospitals, based on the tragic findings in a mass grave in Lincolnshire, England.
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No confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pasig City General Hospital

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 02/18/2020 - 19:57
MANILA, Philippines --- The Pasig City General Hospital (PCGH) on Tuesday assured the public that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 after fake messages about the virus circulated online. In a Facebook post, Pasig City Public Information denied claims of an online message which asks the public to avoid PCGH after a Chinese patient tested positive for the COVID-19. https://www.facebook.com/PasigPIO/posts/1619834761508969 After further confirmation, the management of the hospital said there are no confirmed cases and there are no patients under investigation (PUI) in PCGH. "Pasig City General Hospital has NO CONFIRMED cases of COVID-19 (nCoV-ARD) and has NO Persons Under ...

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Ruud Gullit 'disappointed' players didn't 'protect' racially abused star

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 02/18/2020 - 19:56
Dutch soccer legend Ruud Gullit says he was "disappointed" to see players not back Porto striker Moussa Marega as he walked off the pitch after being subjected to racist abuse from opposition fans.
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Vietnam F1 Grand Prix gets go-ahead despite virus fears

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 02/18/2020 - 19:51
Vietnam's inaugural Formula One Grand Prix will take place in Hanoi in April as planned, avoiding the fate of the Chinese Grand Prix which was postponed over the deadly coronavirus outbreak. The virus, which has killed more than 1,800 people in China, has trashed Asia's sporting calendar, forcing the postponement of top events including the Hong Kong Sevens rugby. But Vietnamese authorities said the country's inaugural F1 race would go ahead as "scheduled" on April 5, Le Ngoc Chi, CEO of Vietnam Grand Prix told AFP. That flies in the face of mounting fears over the spread of the virus from neighboring China and the risk of transmission among the crowds expected to make the j...

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Pacquiao-McGregor fight could happen in 2021

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 02/18/2020 - 19:32
It's only a matter of time before a potential showdown between boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and mixed martial arts superstar Conor McGregor comes to fruition. There has been ample talk from both camps about a crossover boxing bout between Pacquiao and McGregor---a fight expected to be a surefire hit. And it gained more traction just last week after Pacquiao signed with Paradigm Sports Management, the same company that also manages McGregor. "Bottomline, there is a possibility that they will have a fight together," said Arnold Vegafria, Pacquiao's business manager, on Tuesday in a press conference. "Definitely not this year, but we want to do it in the last part of his career. ...

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Quarantine on cruise ship in Japan comes under question

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 02/18/2020 - 19:32
TOKYO --- An extraordinary two-week quarantine of the Diamond Princess cruise ship ends Wednesday, with thousands of passengers and crew set to disembark over the next several days in the port of Yokohama, near Tokyo. A growing number of scientists, however, say the ship served as an incubator for a worrying new virus from China instead of a quarantine facility meant to prevent the worsening of an outbreak that has sickened tens of thousands. As of Tuesday, 542 cases of the virus have been identified among the 3,711 quarantined passengers and crew, making the ship the site of the most infections outside of China. The question now is: Why? The Japanese government has repea...

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NUJP slams OSG attempt ‘to silence all voices’ vs effort to shutdown ABS-CBN

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 02/18/2020 - 19:25
MANILA, Philippines --- The National Union of Journalists in the Philippines (NUJP) on Tuesday condemned the government's move to "suppress the truth and silence critical voices" as the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) filed with the Supreme Court (SC) a motion to stop ABS-CBN and other parties from talking about the quo warranto petition.   "The [motion] filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida is an obvious attempt to silence all voices opposed to this government's push to shut down ABS-CBN," NUJP said in a statement.   "With the clearly broad opposition to the shutdown and a Senate hearing on the issue coming up, we are calling [Solicitor General Jose] Calida'...

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Hyundai to unveil sporty, sensuous ‘Prophecy’ EV concept at Geneva Motor Show

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 02/18/2020 - 19:25
Late last week, Hyundai announced that a brand new electric vehicle concept called "Prophecy" will be debuting atthis year's Geneva Motor Show in just a few weeks. With the Geneva International Motor Show just a few weeks away, Hyundai has teased the Prophecy, an EV concept model expressing their "Sensuous Sportiness" design language. The company describes the model as embodying a "beautiful silhouette accentuated by graceful curves flowing over broad rear flanks that provide excellent aerodynamics," a form which head of Hyundai Global Design Center SangYup Lee describes not as trendy, but as timeless. It will be the model whose design will inspire Hyundai's future EV...

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‘Rules are rules’: Wenger has little sympathy for Manchester City’s ban

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 02/18/2020 - 19:22
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he has little sympathy for Manchester City over their ban from European competition, especially as he regularly lost some of his best players to their wealthy Premier League rivals. "The rules are what they are and people who don't respect them... have to be punished," said Wenger at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Berlin. "If it is proven that this has been done on purpose, you can not let that go unpunished." On Friday, UEFA announced City had been banned from continental competition for two seasons for what the body said were "serious" financial fair-play breaches between 2012 and 2016. City was also fined 30 million euros (...

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Volkswagen to premiere range-topping Golf GTD in Geneva

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 02/18/2020 - 19:20
On Friday, Volkswagenannounced that the newest Golf GTD will make its world debut at this year's Geneva Motor Show next month. Nearly 40 years after the first Golf GTD was introduced to the world, Volkswagen will be presenting the latest iteration of the model outfitted with its cleanest, most powerful turbo diesel injection engine to date. Thecompany has teased one digital sketch of the range-topping hatch's front end and honeycomb grille, which isbased on the eighth-generationversion of themodel,ahead of its premiere next month. Behind this component, future owners will find afour-cylinderenginewith a "significant increase in performance"while producing fewer emi...

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Women are less attracted to men who look ‘too easy to seduce’ — study

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 02/18/2020 - 19:18
New United Kingdom research has found that when looking for a partner, women do not find men with certain "exploitability cues" attractive. Carried out by researchers at Brunel University London, the new study looked at 151 young heterosexual and bisexual female university students and asked them to rate 110 photos of men on how attractive they found them in the short term (i.e. for casual sex) and long term (for example, for a committed relationship). They were also asked to rate how easy they thought it would be to seduce, pressure, or deceive the man in the photo into sex based on what the researchers call "exploitability cues," which include being shy, young, slee...

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‘Ano na, 2020 na:’ Senators push for legalization of motorcycle taxis as PUVs

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 02/18/2020 - 19:17
MANILA, Philippines --- Senators on Tuesday pushed for the passage of a measure that would legalize the use of motorcycle taxis as a mode of public transportation. In sponsoring Senate Bill No. 1341 or The Motorcycles-for-Hire Act before the Senate floor Tuesday afternoon, Senator Grace Poe said that the legalization and regulation of bikes-for-hire would help address safety risks present in both registered motorcycle taxis and the "colorums" or habal-habal. The said bill seeks to amend a provision of Republic Act No. 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code to classify motorcycles-for-hire as among the public utility vehicles regulated by the Land Transportation Franchisin...

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VFA junking not end of the world for PH-US relations, says envoy

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 02/18/2020 - 19:15
MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippines will continue to find ways to preserve its relationship with the United States, which was more important than the key defense pact between the two countries which Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte wanted to junk, according to the Philippines' top diplomat in the US. "The relationship between the Philippines and US is far more than the VFA and many other things," said Jose Manuel Romualdez Jr., Manila's ambassador to Washington, referring to the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) which Duterte was thrashing. "While it's an important document that covers our relationship with the US in military-to-military basis, I think that moving forward, we...

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