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Experts: Former CIA agent victim of microwave weapon in Moscow

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 06:41
CNN's Kylie Atwood reports on a former CIA officer's claims about an invisible attack in a Moscow hotel, one experts now claim was likely a microwave weapon.
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Moderna developing booster shot for new coronavirus variants, increases vaccine production target

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 06:40
        Moderna Inc said on Wednesday it is working with U.S. government scientists to study an experimental booster shot that targets a concerning new variant of the coronavirus, and has raised its global COVID-19 vaccine production goal for this year by 100 million doses. The U.S. biotech company has produced raw material for a booster shot aimed at addressing the virus variant first found in South Africa that may be more resistant to existing vaccines, it said. It has shipped the vaccine to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, which helped develop Moderna's current vaccine, for additional study. Moderna is experimenting with several potenti...

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In boost for COVID-19 battle, Pfizer vaccine found 94% effective in real world

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 06:36
      JERUSALEM - The first big real-world study of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to be independently reviewed shows the shot is highly effective at preventing COVID-19, in a potentially landmark moment for countries desperate to end lockdowns and reopen economies. Up until now, most data on the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines has come under controlled conditions in clinical trials, leaving an element of uncertainty over how results would translate into the real world with its unpredictable variables. The research in Israel - two months into one of the world's fastest rollouts, providing a rich source of data - showed two doses of the Pfizer shot cut symptom...

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Real Madrid breaks Atalanta hearts with late goal after controversial red card

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 06:32
In a match that was largely low on quality, it was a standout moment of brilliance that eventually gave Real Madrid a narrow 1-0 win over 10-man Atalanta in the Champions League round of 16.
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Wall Street finishes up as Fed’s Powell soothes inflation fears

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 06:29
      NEW YORK - Shares on Wall Street ended higher on Wednesday, as a selloff in technology-related stocks eased and a rotation into cyclical shares continued after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell's comments calmed inflation worries. The Nasdaq index, which traded as much as 1.3% lower earlier in the session, regained its footing by early afternoon and closed up. The Dow hit a record high earlier in the session. GameStop Corp stock, which was at the center of volatile moves in late January by shares talked about on a Reddit forum, more than doubled with no obvious catalyst. Volume was more than two times the 10-day moving average. Powell told law...

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Vice President Harris urges Black Americans: ‘Let’s not let Covid get us’

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 06:25
      WASHINGTON - U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris urged Black Americans on Wednesday to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as data shows Blacks and Hispanics lagging behind in inoculations. "Let's not let COVID get us. Let's get the vaccine instead, right?" Harris said in excerpts from an MSNBC interview. "We know Black people are disproportionately likely to contract the virus and die from it," Harris said. "We know when you look at who the frontline workers are, who is the most at risk disproportionately. We are talking about people of color." Blacks and Hispanics have been particularly hard hit by COVID-19 with a disproportionate number of deaths, ...

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Duterte admits eradicating corruption ‘impossible’

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 06:11
MANILA, Philippines --- Eradicating corruption is "impossible," President Rodrigo Duterte admitted in his pre-recorded speech that aired Wednesday night. "I have promised the nation, I said, I would dedicate the remaining months of stay in the Office of the President going after corrupt people so that by the time they would be somewhat fewer," Duterte said. "Don't expect me to entirely clean as a pristine clean bureaucracy. That is impossible and cannot really be achievable," he added. Duterte has repeatedly expressed his frustration with corruption in the bureaucracy and said he once offered to resign because he was "getting fed up." He also said he would be willing to appea...

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Owner plunges into frozen pool to save dog

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 06:03
A dog owner in Tennessee wasted no time jumping into a frozen pool to save her dog, Sid, who was stuck under a sheet of ice.
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‘Denormalize corruption,’ says Vico Sotto after getting US State Department award

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 05:51
MANILA, Philippines --- Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto has a simple message for the Philippines after being cited by the US State Department as an anti-corruption champion: "Denormalize" corruption. "Thank you to the US Department of State for this recognition. But more than the recognition, I hope this helps raise awareness. If we want better long-term governance, we need to fight corruption. We have to denormalize it, get it out of our culture," Sotto said in a tweet on Wednesday night, hours after he was announced as one of the 12 recipients of the US State Department's International Anti-Corruption Champion Award. https://twitter.com/VicoSotto/status/1364579591726096385 Sot...

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US sprinter Grant Holloway breaks the world record for the indoor 60m hurdles

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 05:49
US track and field athlete Grant Holloway just broke the world record for the indoor 60-meter hurdles.
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Pandemic makes Pokemon cards pricier

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 05:36
  LOS ANGELES---Pokemon is all grown up, and so are its prices. Two decades after the Japanese trading card game became the biggest thing in schoolyards around the world, Pokemon cards are fetching six figures at auction in a boom that appears to have been fueled by coronavirus pandemic lockdowns. "When COVID-19 hit, a lot of Gen X and Millennials were looking for things to do and we found a lot of these guys and girls started playing Pokemon again because they grew up with it," said Joe Maddalena, executive vice president at Texas-based Heritage Auctions. Maddalena said boxes of the 1999 US first edition base set had sold for around $400,000 at auction in recent mon...

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New Mars image from rover landing site shows the red planet in high definition

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 05:35
The Perseverance rover has had a chance to settle in on Mars since landing last Thursday, so it's doing what every new resident does these days -- sending back photos of its new home.
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Treasury to raise P160B from sale of bills, bonds in March

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 05:30
The Bureau of the Treasury will offer P160 billion in bills and bonds in March to take advantage of excess domestic liquidity even as yields are expected to rise alongside rising rates of US treasuries. In a memorandum to all government securities eligible dealers on Tuesday, National Treasurer Rosalia de Leon said P20 billion each in short-dated treasury bills will be auctioned on March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. The weekly treasury bills offering will still be made up of P5 billion each in the benchmark 91-day and 182-day plus P10 billion in 364-day securities. The Treasury also plans to raise P60 billion from the P30 billion each in bonds to be offered on March 9 and 23. The fir...

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Landbank extends P62.32B in loans to help LGUs recover from pandemic

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 05:28
The state-run Land Bank of the Philippines (Landbank) has extended P62.32 billion in loans for projects aimed at local government units' (LGUs) recovery from the health and socioeconomic crises inflicted by COVID-19. In a statement on Wednesday, Landbank said it already released P1.89 billion to 32 local governments that borrowed money under its restoration and invigoration package for a self-sufficient economy towards upgrowth for LGUs (Rise-Up LGUs) loan program. The total loan approvals so far covered 194 LGUs. Due to an increasing number of applications, Landbank hiked its allocation for Rise-Up LGUs to P80 billion from only P10 billion when it was launched in the middle of las...

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PSEi tracks sluggish regional markets, slips by 0.86%

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 05:20
The local stock barometer slipped below the 6,800 mark on Wednesday ahead of a holiday break to commemorate the Edsa revolution. The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) shed 58.72 points, or 0.86 percent, to close at 6,755.95, tracking mostly sluggish regional markets. With the PSEi set to take a pause for Thursday's holiday, a muted trading was expected with near-term catalysts still looking sour for the overall market, local stock brokerage Papa Securities said. Papa Securities noted a slew of concerns for the index: the Philippines' not shifting to a more relaxed quarantine protocol this March; overhang from the February inflation announcement next week, and, a weakening p...

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Metro Pacific hastens progress on C-5 Link; heavy traffic expected

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 05:16
A unit of infrastructure giant Metro Pacific Investments Corp. plans to accelerate and complete new phases of its Manila-Cavite Expressway (Cavitex) C5 Link Expressway. The P15-billion project is being built by Cavitex Infrastructure Corporation (CIC), a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. It aims to cut travel time from Makati and Taguig from Paraaque City, Las Pias City and Cavite province from an hour to about 10 minutes and serve an estimated 50,000 vehicles per day. C5 Link Expressway is compromised of segments 2 and 3. CIC said Segment 2 and Segment 3A-2, a subsection of Segment 3, were slated for completion by the second quarter of 2022. "We are doubling our effort...

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FAA met to discuss more frequent engine inspections days before Denver incident

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 05:16
Only days before a dramatic engine failure on a United Airlines flight, federal regulators had met about requiring more frequent inspections of the same type of engine, a source familiar with the matter told CNN.
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Hog raisers cool to DA insurance program

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 05:12
Hog raiser groups raised doubts that the government will be able to realize its plan to give commercial hog raisers a 50-percent insurance subsidy, noting the slow pace of claiming indemnity fees. Edwin Chen, president of the Pork Producers Federation of the Philippines, likened the claims process of the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. (PCIC) to "a camel going through the eye of the needle," which is why most hog farmers do not even bother taking out insurance. Based on data from PCIC, only about 300,000 livestock raisers were covered by the insurer last year, with most of its indemnity checks going to rice farmers. The program to extend an insurance subsidy to hog raisers was a...

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Opinion: It's time to confront the dark postscript to America's role in defeating the Nazis

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 05:01
Last weekend, the United States deported Friedrich Karl Berger, an ex-Nazi concentration camp guard. The deportation was seen as a triumph of justice. When commenting on the case, Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson lauded the efforts of law enforcement involved in the process, while affirming America isn't "a safe haven for those who participated in Nazi crimes."
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