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Journalist on Beirut explosion: This killed our dreams

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 23:20
UK Bureau Chief of Al Arabiya, Rima Maktabi, gives CNN a look inside her Beirut home that was destroyed by a massive explosion that rocked the capital of Lebanon, leaving dozens dead and thousands injured.
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Maine Mendoza apologizes for ‘not-so-clean’ house

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 23:02
Kapuso star Maine Mendoza could not stand showing a disorderly home to fans so she was quick to apologize to them about her supposedly messy home when they saw it today. It so happened that Mendoza was reporting for her "Eat! Bulaga" hosting chores from home because of the reimposition of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), being observed anew in some parts of the country. "Work from home ulit dahil MECQ, pero live na live pa din kami sa @EatBulaga. Stay home lang mga dabarkads at balikan natin ang mga masasaya at makabagbag dadaming episodes ng Bawal Judgmental. Tutok na!" she said today in her Twitter page, Aug. 5. (It's work form home again because of MECQ, but...

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House OKs Bayanihan To Recover As One Act on 2nd reading

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 22:53
MANILA, Philippines --- The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on second reading the proposed Bayanihan to Recover As One Act to cushion the impact of the coronavirus pandemic to the country. Through voice voting, members of the lower chamber approved House Bill No. 6953 which would provide Filipinos with various forms of relief during the pandemic. In his earlier sponsorship speech, Deputy Speaker Luis Raymund Villafuerte Jr. said these include an emergency subsidy to workers, cash-for-work programs, prevention and control of other diseases, support programs for impacted sectors, and support for the agricultural sector. "It encompasses subsidies for displaced workers ...

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How a grandmother from Nigeria ended up in Beyoncé's 'Black Is King'

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 22:23
Mojisola Odegbami did not anticipate that a trip to the United States would land her a part in a visual album by one of the most popular music artists in the world -- Beyoncé.
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'Big Brother' returns with color-coded pods and no hugs amid coronavirus pandemic

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 22:19
"Big Brother" Season 22 kicks off tonight with an all-star group of returning contestants, cast and crew taking extra precautions amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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Liza Diño-Seguerra talks about near-exposure to COVID-19, update on John Regala

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 22:14
  Two days after John Regala was wheeled to the National Kidney Transplant Institute (NKTI), Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) chair Liza Dio-Seguerra issued an update on the actor. "I went tonight... to check on Kuya John Regala because he was rushed to the ER earlier this afternoon," she said via her Facebook page on Aug. 5 She then talked about how she was nearly exposed to some COVID-19 patients in the hospital when she was looking for an ATM machine. "Sa loob ng NKTI, I saw an RCBC, so I went towards the bank to go to the ATM. Hindi ko makita. I ended up in an area na puro emergency tents at sa may gilid ay may dalawang mama na nakatambay. Nakaupo s...

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Trump trashes Obama's Lewis eulogy that pressed for voting rights

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 22:10
President Donald Trump said Wednesday that former President Barack Obama's eulogy at John Lewis' funeral -- which at points was aimed at voting rights and the election -- was "terrible," adding that "It showed his anger there that people don't see."
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Why a giant Hindu deity is appearing on Times Square -- and why it's so controversial

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 22:09
Times Square is pretty deserted these days, with the tourists who usually throng the New York City landmark kept home by the coronavirus.
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COVID-19 measures could disrupt rare polio-like disease

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 22:05
NEW YORK --- Health experts once thought 2020 might be the worst year yet for a rare paralyzing disease that has been hitting U.S. children for the past decade. But they now say the coronavirus pandemic could disrupt the pattern for the mysterious illnesses, which spike every other year starting in late summer. Scientists said it's possible that mask-wearing, school closures, and other measures designed to stop the spread of the coronavirus may also hamper the spread of the virus suspected of causing the paralyzing disease. Dr. David Kimberlin, a researcher at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, called it "the million-dollar question." "We just simply don't know righ...

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US Open will still be a proper Grand Slam despite pullouts, says Nadal

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 22:04
Rafael Nadal believes this year's U.S. Open champion will still feel like a Grand Slam winner despite the tournament losing some glamour due to the withdrawal of top players amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Spaniard said on Wednesday. The hardcourt Grand Slam, which starts on Aug. 31, lost its men's defending champion in singles with Nadal deciding against traveling to New York. Women's world number one Ash Barty also pulled out last week, worried about significant risks due to COVID-19. "The tournament is still big, it's a Grand Slam," Nadal told reporters during a video conference from Spain. "I am not that kind of a person, I am not that arrogant to say that the tournament...

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Exploding stars created the calcium in our bones and teeth, study says

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 22:02
The calcium in our bones and teeth likely came from stars exploding in supernovas and scattering this mineral across the universe in massive quantities, according to a new study.
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Pfizer announces deal with Canada for experimental COVID-19 vaccine

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 21:58
OTTAWA-- Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and German biotech firm BioNTech SE on Wednesday said they had signed a deal to supply Canada with an experimental coronavirus vaccine. Deliveries of the BNT162 mRNA-based vaccine candidate are planned over the course of 2021, subject to clinical success and Health Canada approval, the two companies said in a statement. They did not reveal financial details. Separately, the Canadian government said it would make an announcement on the next steps in procuring vaccines at 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday. There are no approved vaccines for the illness caused by the new coronavirus, but 19 vaccines are being tested in humans around the world....

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Facebook launches TikTok-like product inside Instagram

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 21:56
SAN FRANCISCO--Facebook rolled out its own version of social media rival TikTok in the United States and more than 50 other countries on Wednesday, embedding a new short-form video service called Reels as a feature within its popular Instagram app. The debut comes days after Microsoft said it was in talks to acquire TikTok's U.S. operations from China's ByteDance. ByteDance has agreed to divest parts of TikTok, sources have said, under pressure from the White House which has threatened to ban it and other Chinese-owned apps over data security concerns. The launch of Reels escalates a bruising fight between Facebook and TikTok, with each casting the other as a threat. Both have ...

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Satellites reveal hidden colonies of Emperor penguins

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 21:56
PARIS --- Satellite imagery has uncovered 11 new colonies of Emperor penguins in Antarctica, according to new research Wednesday that suggests the global population is up to 10 percent bigger than previously thought. Emperor penguins, which are particularly vulnerable to climate change, are difficult to study because their habitat in Antarctica is extremely remote and temperatures can drop to --50 degrees Celsius. Since the flightless birds themselves are too small to be seen from satellites, the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) used images from the Copernicus Sentinel-2 observation program to track penguin guano -- their poo. These revealed the additional 11 colonies, bringing th...

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Beirut blasts: 10 of 11 missing Filipino seafarers now safe, with minor injuries

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 21:27
MANILA, Philippines --- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Wednesday evening that 10 of the 11 Filipino seafarers who were earlier reported missing after the massive explosions in the Port of Beirut in Lebanon have now been accounted for and safe. Citing information from the Philippine Embassy in Beirut, the foreign affairs department added that the 10 Filipino seafarers sustained minor injuries. DFA also said the seafarers are now with the management of the shipping company Abu Merhi Cruises, operator of the Orient Queen Cruises, where they serve as crew members. "This recent development leaves one seafarer still missing," DFA noted. Earlier Wednesday, DFA U...

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Face shield requirement is anti-poor if not given free – Bayan

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 21:19
MANILA, Philippines --- A Department of Transportation (DOTr) proposal to require commuters to wear face shields reeks of an anti-poor policy if the government would not give free protective gadgets, an activist group claimed. Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) said on Wednesday that this is because not all people can afford to buy face shields, especially now that a lot of workers have little to no income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While Bayan secretary-general Renato Reyes admitted that using such devices would be ideal and preferable, it would be hard to implement because the poor would have no access to it. "Ito ay anti-poor. Hindi lahat may access sa face shields lalo na...

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‘Do you really need to party?’ WHO asks world’s youth

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 21:07
GENEVA-- Young people must curb their party instincts to help prevent new outbreaks of the COVID-19 disease, officials at the World Health Organization (WHO) pleaded on Wednesday. Tired of lockdowns and eager to enjoy the northern hemisphere summer, young people in some countries have been contributing to resurgences by gathering again for parties, barbecues and holidays. Even in Geneva, where the global U.N. health body is based, cabarets and clubs were closed last week after evidence that nearly half of new cases were coming from there. "Younger people also need to take on board that they have a responsibility," said WHO emergencies chief and father-of-three Mike Ryan in a...

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