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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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San Francisco to force treatment on mentally ill drug users

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 09:30
    SAN FRANCISCO --- San Francisco officials decided Tuesday to force some people with serious mental illness and drug addiction into treatment, even if it goes against the spirit of a city known for its fierce protection of civil rights. Several members of the Board of Supervisors voiced deep concerns Tuesday about the possibility of taking away a person's civil liberties, but the proposal for a pilot program passed 10-1. Mayor London Breed and other supporters say the move --- known as conservatorship --- is necessary to help people who are often homeless, addicted to drugs and have a mental illness, making them a danger to themselves. "Allowing people...

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Explosion on ‘Bond 25’ set causes injury, damage to studio

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 09:22
NEW YORK --- An explosion on the set of the new James Bond movie has injured one crew member and damaged a stage at Pinewood Studios. The film's official Twitter account said the accident Tuesday came from a "controlled explosion." No one was injured on set but a crew member outside the stage sustained a minor injury. The exterior of a stage was also damaged at the studio facilities outside London. This is the second production incident on the untitled 25th installment in the 007 franchise. Shooting was set back in late May after Daniel Craig hurt his foot while performing a stunt in Jamaica. He underwent minor ankle surgery that required two weeks of rehabilitation. Represe...

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Author on how Trump's presidency ends

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 09:18
Michael Wolff says that the accounts in his second book on Donald Trump's presidency are "crazier and crazier" than the first as Trump becomes more isolated in the White House.
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A judge could soon decide whether Missouri will be the first state without abortion clinics

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 09:12
Missourians will have to wait at least one more day to find out if their state will become the first with no abortion clinics.
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Nancy Binay offers  Trillanes  teaching job, free hospitalization in Makati

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 08:59
MANILA, Philippines --- It might have been said in jest but Senator Nancy Binay has offered her erstwhile foe, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, a teaching job at the Makati University plus free hospitalization at the Ospital ng Makati. Senator Panfilo Lacson shared this in a Twitter post on Wednesday. "Senate camaraderie at its best in the 17th Congress: Sen Nancy Binay offered graduating Sen Trillanes a teaching job at the University of Makati with 24-hr free parking at the Makati parking lot, plus free admission to the Ospital ng Makati and free burial in the Makati cemetery," Lacson wrote. In various media interviews, Trillanes mentioned about the possibility that he woul...

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Australian Cardinal Pell appeals child sex convictions

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 08:47
    MELBOURNE, Australia - The most senior Catholic found guilty of child sex abuse began his appeal in an Australian court on Wednesday against his convictions on charges of molesting two choirboys in a cathedral more than 20 years ago as hundreds of worshippers streamed from Masses.   Australian Cardinal George Pell, 77, appeared in the Victoria state Court of Appeal wearing a cleric's collar for the hearing that is set to be heard by three judges on Wednesday and Thursday.     He has been held in a Melbourne prison since he was sentenced in March to six years in prison.   He is held in special protective custody because pedo...

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Muslim student in a Christian school: ‘Look at similarities rather than differences’

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 08:41
    MANILA, Philippines --- A Muslim woman who attended a Catholic university for her tertiary studies said that the world needs to look at similarities rather than differences, as she shared her inspiring graduation story that took social media by storm Tuesday.   Jomana Lomangco, who graduated cum laude with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Accountancy at the University of Santo Tomas (UST), said that never in her five years of studying in the widely Christian campus that she felt or experienced discriminated upon or treated "less" by others just because she is Muslim.   Unfazed by stereotyping beforehand that the bold move might alter her Islam ...

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Jane Oineza warns of hacked social media accounts

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 08:41
Jane Oineza warned her fans that her Instagram and Facebook accounts have been compromised. Oineza made the announcement on Twitter on June 3, sharing she could no longer open her Instagram account after the hacker changed her email address. "My IG got hacked," Oineza said. "They changed my email and now I can't open it." https://twitter.com/itsJaneOineza/status/1135587258822610944 https://twitter.com/itsJaneOineza/status/1135598109428289536 Fans of the actress shared screenshots of Oineza's Instagram page, which showed an empty newsfeed and no profile picture. However, as of this writing, the contents of Oineza's verified account seem to have been retrieved. Oineza shared the ...

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Cyprus police find third suitcase with body of Filipina

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 08:40
NICOSIA, Cyprus --- Divers have dragged a suitcase from a toxic lake containing decomposing remains believed to be that of another Filipina, a Cyprus police spokesman said Tuesday, the third such discovery in the east Mediterranean island nation's serial killer case. Andreas Angelides said the discovery is a "major development" in the unfolding investigation of a Cypriot army captain who has confessed to the killing of seven foreign women and girls. Angelides said coroners examined the latest discovery at the scene while more specialized tests will be carried out to determine the person's identity. "We proceeded with our search keeping two key factors in mind, the degree of ...

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46% of Filipino adults are Internet users, survey says

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 08:37
  MANILA, Philippines --- Forty-six percent of adult Filipinos use the Internet, a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey for the first quarter of 2019 released on Tuesday showed.   In December 2018, a similar survey showed that 47 percent of Filipino adults are Internet users, the SWS noted.   READ: 47% of Filipino adults use the Internet --- SWS   The latest survey was conducted from March 28 to 31 using the face-to-face interview method covering 1,440 adults aged 18 years old and above, with 360 respondents each in Balance Luzon, Metro Manila, Visayas and Mindanao.   The SWS has set sampling error margins of 2.6% for national percentag...

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US to launch new program to fight extremism in Philippines

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 08:26
MANILA, Philippines --- U.S. and Philippine officials on Tuesday discussed a new program to thwart efforts by Muslim extremists to recruit and mobilize followers in the country's south after a bloody siege by jihadists aligned with the Islamic State group. The three-year program involves helping local officials identify issues that foster extremism and find ways to address them, said U.S. Assistant Secretary Denise Natali of the State Department's Bureau of Conflict & Stabilization Operations. American and Australian surveillance aircraft helped Filipino troops quell the disastrous 2017 siege by hundreds of mostly local militants in Marawi City, where the commercial and res...

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3 drug suspects killed in Navotas bust

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 08:25
  MANILA, Philippines --- Three drug suspects were killed in an encounter with law enforcers during a buy-bust operation in Navotas City early Wednesday morning.   The Navotas police's Station Drug Enforcement Unit conducted an anti-illegal drugs operation in Barangay NBBS Proper at 2 a.m. and arranged a shabu (crystal meth) transaction with the suspects, Ramil Barrameda alias Arabo; Rodrigo Quisayang alias Bekong , a certain alias "Gurang" and an unidentified accomplice.   After sensing the set-up, the suspects reportedly drew their firearms and opened fire.   The undercover police operatives managed to return fire, killing Quisayang, Gurang and ...

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Trump's Cuba curbs deliver just one message

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 08:09
The Trump administration has just announced a new tightening of sanctions against Cuba, once again showing the world that under today's leadership, America's face to the world looks relentlessly aggressive, threatening and punishing. The new restrictions affect US citizens traveling to Cuba through organized tour groups, such as some educational and cultural trips (a common way to visit the island), and ban US cruise ships from stopping in the country, the most popular way to visit.
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Death toll rises to 50 following Sudan crackdown

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 07:57
At least 50 people are dead and 326 injured after troops stormed the main camp of pro-democracy protesters in Sudan's capital Monday, according to the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors (CCSD).
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Defense chief Lorenzana calls for unity, BOL support in Eid’l Fitr message

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 07:35
  MANILA, Philippines - Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Wednesday appealed for unity in implementing the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) as the nation joins Muslims around the world in commemorating Eid'l Fitr, or the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.   "In observance of Eid al-Fitr, we also celebrate the spirit of social healing, reconciliation, and unity. Let us therefore continue to work together as one nation to ensure the implementation of the Bangsamoro Organic Law," Lorenzana said in a statement.   The BOL, which establishes a new autonomous Bangsamoro region, was ratified early this year.   "This is our chance to make our present sit...

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