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24 of the world's most unusual landscapes

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 11:26
While there are plenty of awe-inspiring man-made destinations around the globe, nothing is as creative as nature.
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‘Toy Story’: a tale of Pixar’s technological evolution

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 11:14
EMERYVILLE -- Before it made "Toy Story" in 1995, the longest video Pixar had ever created lasted just five minutes. It didn't have an art or a screenplay department, and had fewer than 20 people on its payroll.   A lot has changed in the past 24 years for what is now the world's largest animation studio. And the saga of the beloved toy gang led by Woody and Buzz Lightyear -- the fourth installment of which is soon to hit screens around the globe -- is the perfect guide to that transformation. Today, Pixar has 1,247 employees, and with each new film it has modernized its RenderMan computer program, bringing its animated images closer and closer to real-life accuracy....

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Thailand’s oldest party will join coup leader’s coalition

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 10:59
    BANGKOK - Thailand's prime minister, who took power in a military coup five years ago, appears set to win a parliamentary vote scheduled for Wednesday that would give him a second term in office.   The Democrat Party, the country's oldest, announced Tuesday that it will vote to join a coalition government led by Prayuth Chan-ocha, candidate of the military-backed Palang Pracharath party.       Prayuth's election as prime minister was virtually assured even before the Democrats' decision, because the position requires a simple majority of a joint vote by the 500-seat House of Representatives and the 250-seat Senate, whose membe...

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Eid’l Fitr message: Senators call for peace, justice in Mindanao

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 10:58
      MANILA, Philippines --- As the country observes Eid'l Fitr on Wednesday, marking the end of Ramadan, senators joined in wishing Muslim communities a joyous celebration, as well as praying for peace and justice for Mindanao and for the whole country. Opposition Senator Leila de Lima said that as the country observes Eid'l Fit'r, Filipinos should collectively pray and call for peace in conflict-stricken areas such as Marawi City. "Kasabay ng pagdiriwang na ito ang sama-sama nating panalangin at panawagan na agarang matugunan ang pangangailangan ng mga lugar na naipit sa karahasan at kaguluhan gaya ng Marawi," De Lima said in a statament. "Makalipa...

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PAF awaits delivery of Super Tucano planes, Black Hawk choppers

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 10:58
    MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippine Air Force continues to expand and grow its fleet as it awaits the delivery of six A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft and 16 Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk combat utility helicopters between this year and 2021.       The 16 Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk helicopters will likely be delivered in batches starting third quarter of 2020 and will be completed in 2021, said Jacob Sifers, regional business development manager of Lockheed Martin Global Inc.   But he said there was a possibility that the start of the delivery may be made earlier.     The contract for the helicopter...

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VP Robredo: Pray for displaced Marawi folk, peace in Mindanao

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 10:49
MANILA, Philippines - As millions of Filipino Muslims commemorate Eid'l Fitr or the end of fasting and the holy month of Ramadan, Vice President Leni Robredo, enjoined the public to pray for the residents of the war-torn Marawi City who are still suffering and unable to return to their homes two years after terrorists laid siege on the city.   "We pray for our brothers and sisters from Marawi, who are still suffering and unable to return to their homes for two years now since the siege," Robredo said in her message Wednesday.   Beyond this year's Eid' l Fitr, Filipinos should also "continue reaching out to the last, the least, and the lost among us," Robredo added. ...

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Christoph Waltz, Gina Gershon to star in new Woody Allen film

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 10:34
Christoph Waltz, Gina Gershon and French actor Louis Garrel are set to star in Woody Allen's new romantic comedy, which he starts filming in Spain's Basque Country on July 10, its production company said Tuesday. "The film tells the story of a U.S. couple who come to the San Sebastian film festival," Mediapro said in a statement. "The couple falls in love with the festival, as well as the beauty and charm of Spain and the fantasy of the world of cinema. "She has an affair with a brilliant French film director and he falls in love with a beautiful Spaniard who lives in the city." Filming is due to last until the end of August in the northern seaside resort of San Sebastian...

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Tornado sweeps through Negros Occidental town 

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 10:32
      BACOLOD CITY--Three houses were destroyed while 16 others were damaged when a tornado ripped through three barangays in San Enrique town, Negros Occidental on Sunday. No one was injured, said Elenita Amen, Municipal Risk Reduction Management officer. The San Enrique municipal government hasprovided assistanceto residents whose houses were destroyed or damaged by the tornado, which was reportedly accompanied by hail or small pieces of ice. A tornado is described as a rapidly rotating column of air that is in contact with both the surface of the Earth and a cumulonimbus cloud or, in rare cases, the base of a cumulus cloud. In March 5, 2019, a t...

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Duterte urges Muslims to nurture peace, be instruments of love

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 10:31
MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte has urged Muslim Filipinos to "deepen" their role as "instruments of love, sacrifice, respect, and selfless service" and remain the government's partner in promoting peace. Duterte made the appeal in his Eid'l Fitr message on Wednesday, which was declared a national non-working holiday to commemorate the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. READ:End of Ramadan: Palace declares June 15 as regular holiday "May all Muslim Filipinos observe this day as a time for reflection, enlightenment and renewal of commitment to a much stronger devotion to the Almighty," said the country's first President with Moro lineage. "Take this as an oppor...

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Russian fighter makes 'unsafe' pass by US jet, Pentagon says

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 10:29
• Rare look inside Russia's Arctic military base
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For Apollonia Kotero, Prince was a king

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 10:22
NEW YORK --- Former Prince protege and longtime friend Apollonia Kotero said the Purple One had major plans for her before his untimely death in 2016, including new music, a possible film and even a book to follow-up his upcoming memoir. He had even given Kotero and her Apollonia 6 bandmates the trademark to the group's name to keep the legacy alive. "My first thought was like, 'Damn, I gotta hit the gym now,'" Kotero said. "We gotta rehearse. We gotta go back in vocal classes. Get this (expletive) party started, man. I was excited. He was happy. He had so many plans." But things changed once Prince died, sending Kotero into a "rabbit hole of severe depression" --- as she pu...

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US court weighs if climate change violates children’s rights

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 10:20
    PORTLAND, Oregon --- In a courtroom packed with environmental activists, federal judges wrestled Tuesday with whether climate change violates the constitutional rights of young people who have sued the U.S. government over the use of fossil fuels. A Justice Department attorney warned three judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that allowing the case to go to trial would be unprecedented and open the doors to more lawsuits. "This case would have earth-shattering consequences," Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Clark said. He called the lawsuit "a direct attack on the separation of powers" and said the 21 young people who filed it want the cour...

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Korina Sanchez’s childhood carer ‘Nanay Fe’ finally meets twins

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 09:59
TV's "Rated K" host Korina Sanchez finally introduced her twins Pepe and Pilar to Nanay Fe, who has taken care of her since she was a child. Sanchez shared photos of the heartwarming moment via social media on June 2. As per Sanchez, Nanay Fe, who also just celebrated her 72nd birthday, has been wiping off her snot since she was only 4 years old, making her their mother figure for almost 50 years. Nanay Fe, her sister Elsie and niece apparently flew to Manila to visit Sanchez. In Sanchez's post, she can be seen lovingly carrying the twins. "Imagine. She took care of me when I was only 4 years old," Sanchez said via Instagram. "She never thought she would see the day I had my own kid...

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Q&A: ‘Late Night’ power duo Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 09:56
LOS ANGELES --- "Late Night," a new comedy from Mindy Kaling, establishes itself as a fantasy from the outset. It's about a veteran late-night talk show host who is a woman, after all. Emma Thompson plays said host, Katherine Newbury, who decides to allow the hire of a very green, but very eager newcomer, Molly (Kaling) to her all white and male writing staff. It scored a record acquisition at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and opens in select theaters Friday and nationwide June 14. The Associated Press spoke to Kaling and Thompson about the film, which explores serious issues like gender bias, "diversity hires" and the grueling demands of late night with enjoyable co...

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Direk Joey wants Gary V, Jed, Morisette as judges

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 09:49
  MANILA, Philippines --- Film director Jose Javier "Joey" Reyes came out with his own list of preferred singer-judges for a singing competition he did not specify.   In his Twitter post Tuesday, Reyes suggested Jed Madela, Gary Valenciano and Morissette Amon to be "replacements," for the singing competition.   Reyes made the suggestion in the wake of the controversy that is now hounding "Idol Philippines."   "Suggestion: Jed Madela, Gary Valenciano, Morisette Amon as replacements?" Reyes said Tuesday in a Twitter post.   "Credibility is important ... more than celebrity," he pointed out.   https://twitter.com/direkjoey/statu...

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May inflation rate rises to 3.2% after 6-month slowdown

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 09:46
  MANILA, Philippines ---Prices of basic goods and services rose at a slightly faster clip in May due mainly to higher food prices as well as an increase in the rates of rent, utilities and fuel, the government said on Wednesday. In a press briefing, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said that the country's headline inflation rate rose by 3.2 percent last month compared to the 3.0 percent recorded in April 2019, but lower than the 4.6 percent recorded in May 2018. "The uptrend was primarily brought about by higher annual rates posted in the heavily-weighted food and non-alcoholic beverages index at 3.4 percent; and housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels in...

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French prosecutors drop rape case against actor Depardieu

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 09:43
PARIS --- An investigation into a woman's rape and sexual assault accusations against actor Gerard Depardieu has been dropped because of lack of evidence, the Paris prosecutor's office said Tuesday. A preliminary investigation was opened Aug. 27 after a young woman filed a complaint near the southern city of Aix-en-Provence for rape and sexual aggression. At the time, Depardieu's lawyer, Herve Temime, said the actor "absolutely denies any rape, any sexual assault, any crime" and dismissed the complaint as "groundless." The prosecutor's office said that the case was thrown out after "numerous investigations" failed to show infractions as described. French media have reported ...

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As 17th Congress ends, Drilon touts accomplishments of Senate minority

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 09:43
  MANILA, Philippines---Despite the administration's criticisms and attacks, the six-member Senate minority bloc accomplished a lot in the Senate and steered the passage of a number of landmark measures. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said this Wednesday as he lauded the accomplishments of opposition members with the end of the 17th Congress. Congress adjourned sine die on Tuesday. The 18th Congress will open on July 22, with the new set of senators who won in the 2019 midterm polls. "The 17th Congress has not been easy for the opposition. It is hard to be in the opposing side these days," Drilon admitted. "We saw our colleague Sen. De Lima detained. All of us...

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Tracy Morgan involved in NYC fender bender in his Bugatti

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 09:34
NEW YORK --- Comedian Tracy Morgan was involved in a minor traffic crash while driving his 2019 Bugatti in midtown Manhattan. Police say the fender bender happened Tuesday afternoon near Tenth Avenue and 42nd Street. Police say the mishap involved the 50-year-old Morgan and his white Bugatti, reportedly worth around $2 million (P103.5 million), and a 61-year-old man driving a Honda CR-V. A representative for Morgan says the comedian bought the vehicle an hour before the minor crash. Police say both vehicles sustained minor damage and all parties refused medical attention, although photos of the scene show Morgan sitting in an ambulance. In 2014, the former "30 Rock" an...

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Rhode Island priest begs LGBTQ congregants not to leave church after a bishop's controversial tweet

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 09:32
A Rhode Island priest implored his LGBTQ congregants not to leave his church after a bishop's controversial tweet calling for Catholics not to attend or support Pride Month events.
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