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France frees Saudi man after mistaking him for one of Jamal Khashoggi's killers

CNN Top Stories - 15 hours 38 min ago
French authorities have released a Saudi man detained on Tuesday, after mistaking him for one of the killers of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
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Russia ratchets up internet control by blocking privacy service Tor

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 23:44
MOSCOW --- Russia stepped up state oversight of internet activity on Wednesday by blocking the website of global privacy service Tor and part of its wider network, with the communications regulator accusing it of enabling access to illegal content. Russia has exerted increasing pressure on foreign tech companies this year over content shared on their platforms and has also targeted virtual private networks (VPN) and other online tools in a campaign critics say stifles internet freedom. The regulator, Roskomnadzor, said the website had been prohibited on the basis of a court decision. "The grounds for this were the placement of information on this website that enable the oper...

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Mercedes ends partnership with firm allegedly involved in Grenfell Tower insulation before deadly fire

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 23:24
Mercedes' F1 team announced on Wednesday that it has "mutually agreed" to end its partnership with a firm allegedly involved in providing insulation for the Grenfell Tower before the deadly fire in London which killed 72 people in 2017.
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German couple sets new world record with Christmas display

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 23:23
The Jeromin family, living in Lower Saxony, was awarded the world record for the most decorated Christmas trees in one place. Months of preparation, more than 400 trees, and 10,000 ornaments went into their display, reports Reuters.
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Love for poor seen in track record of candidates, Robredo tells supporters in Tarlac

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 23:12
MANILA, Philippines --- Voters should be able to see the love that candidates have for the poor by looking at their track record even when it's not the election campaign period, Vice President Leni Robredo told her supporters during her visit to Tarlac province on Wednesday. Robredo, who is seeking the presidency in the 2022 polls, noted that candidates with a genuine concern for poor Filipinos would work for their welfare even with or without the election season. "When candidates say 'I love the poor,' that can be seen in their track record. With or without elections, they are helping people. Campaign season or not, they are working for the people's welfare," Robredo said in F...

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Boris Johnson's aides joked about Christmas party in Downing St while London was in lockdown

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 23:07
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing fierce criticism after a leaked video recording obtained by CNN affiliate ITV News shows senior Downing Street staff joking about when Johnson allegedly threw a Christmas party for his staff during last year's lockdown.
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Heavy rain triggered Indonesia's volcano eruption. This could happen more

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 23:02
Indonesians are used to dealing with natural disasters. Their country sits on the Ring of Fire, a band around the Pacific Ocean that sets off frequent earthquakes and volcanic activity. But Mount Semeru's eruption on the island of Java Saturday was different.
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73-year-old meets sister she never knew she had

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 22:57
Two sisters, aged 73 and 76, discovered they were siblings after finding each other on Ancestry.com.
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PH Azkals lose to Singapore in AFF Suzuki Cup opener

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 22:54
MANILA, Philippines---The Philippine Azkals fell short in their comeback bid and lost to host Singapore, 2-1, to open their campaign in the AFF Suzuki Cup Wednesday night at National Stadium. After a goalless first half, Singapore struck twice over a three-minute span with Hariss Harun first to find the back of the net in the 61st minute. Faris Ramli doubled Singapore's lead in the 63rd minute. https://twitter.com/affsuzukicup/status/1468577648582529037 Amin Nazari put the Filipinos on the board in the 69th minute but the Lions, guarding against complacency, did just enough to secure full three points to lead Group A. Singapore dumped Myanmar, 3-0, on Monday. The Az...

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Hear from first American identified with Omicron variant

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 22:54
Peter McGinn, the first American to be identified as being infected with the Omicron variant, shares what it was like to be infected by Omicron.
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BioNTech, Pfizer vaccine neutralises Omicron with three shots

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 22:44
BioNTech and Pfizer said on Wednesday that a three-shot course of their COVID-19 vaccine was able to neutralize the new Omicron variant in a laboratory test and said they could deliver an upgraded vaccine in March 2022 if needed. BioNTech and Pfizer are the first manufacturers of a COVID-19 vaccine to issue an official update on the efficacy of their shot against Omicron. The German and US companies said two doses of their vaccine resulted in significantly lower neutralizing antibodies but a third dose boosted those antibodies by a factor of 25. In the first official statement from manufacturers on the efficacy of their vaccine against Omicron, they said two doses resulted i...

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Holiday travel: Does Omicron change anything?

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 22:39
Holiday travel will be ramping up again soon, and it's likely to be another very busy time for US travelers.
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Comelec receives 2022 elections source code from US

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 22:34
MANILA, Philippines --- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) received on Wednesday the source code and the final trusted build for the automated election system for the 2022 elections. The source code and trusted build were brought from Huntsville, Alabama, after the US-based International agency Pro V&V Inc. conducted the source code review of the trusted build led by its chief Executive officer and director, Ryan Jackson Cobb. The source code --- saved in USB sticks, sealed in envelopes, and signed --- will be deposited at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), where these will be held in escrow, as mandated by the Poll Automation Law. As of this writing, the source c...

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Omicron-fueled volatility deals hedge funds worst monthly return since March 2020

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 22:28
TORONTO --- Omicron-fueled market swings appear to have made November the worst month for global hedge fund performance since the virus first shut down economies at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hedge funds are down an estimated 1.6% to 2% in November, according to early data from industry research firm PivotalPath, their worst monthly performance since March 2020. The potential losses are a setback in what has so far been a steady year for performance. The average hedge fund is up 11.4% in the first 10 months of 2021, data from HedgeFund Research (HFR) showed. That compares to 11.8% last year and 10.5% in 2019. The losses are "quite widespread," said Robert Sears, the...

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Over 1 million doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine arrive in PH

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 22:18
MANILA, Philippines --- A total of 1,082,250 doses of US-made Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine were delivered in the Philippines on Wednesday night. The plane carrying the doses, which were procured by the government, landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 at around 8:30 p.m., according to a livestream of state-run PTV. As of Dec. 6, the Philippines has received a total of 149 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, over 54 million of which are CoronaVac vaccines made by China-based Sinovac BioTech. About 39 million of the doses are Pfizer vaccines, according to the data from the National Task Force against COVID-19. Over 38 million individuals have so far been fu...

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Social Watch calls for open bicam to guarantee child protection funds

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 22:14
MANILA, Philippines --- Social Watch Philippines (SWP) on Wednesday called for open bicameral conference proceedings to ensure transparency and accountability on fund allocation for child protection in the 2022 national budget. In a statement, Social Watch, an international network of citizens' organizations that aim to eradicate poverty and to ensure the realization of human rights, said that the commitment from the Senate and the House of Representatives during committee deliberations is just "winning half of the battle." "While we welcome child protection commitments from both chambers during the committee and plenary deliberations of the 2022 National Budget, this is only winni...

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Watch humanoid robot 'wake up'

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 22:05
Video of the robot, known as Ameca, went viral online. Ayanna Howard, Dean of the College of Engineering at Ohio State University tells CNN humans can benefit from life-like robots.
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Rebel Wilson says she got 'pushback' from her team over weight loss

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 22:04
According to Rebel Wilson, not everyone on her management team was excited about her weight loss journey.
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