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Philippine critics in firing line of anti-communist misinformation war

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 11:47
MANILA , Philippines --- Representative Sarah Elago faces a daily barrage of Facebook posts linking her to communist rebels trying to overthrow the government. She says the claims are false, but they could get her killed anyway. A torrent of misinformation on the social media platform has put activists, journalists, politicians and lawyers in the firing line as President Rodrigo Duterte's government and military out alleged supporters of a decades-old Maoist insurgency. Facebook's reach into the smartphones used by millions of Filipinos has made it a powerful weapon in amplifying the accusations -- known locally as "red-tagging" -- which critics say are part of a broader effort...

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‘Rugrats’ revival with original voice cast to debut on Paramount Plus

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 11:35
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) --- Prepare yourselves for the return of Tommy Pickles, Chuckie Finster, Angelica Pickles, Susie Carmichael and Phil and Lil DeVille. An all-new "Rugrats" CG-animated series is slated to premiere on streaming service Paramount Plus (once CBS All Access) in 2021, announced Nickelodeon at ViacomCBS' investor day. Set to reprise their roles are stars E.G. Daily (Tommy), Nancy Cartwright (Chuckie), Cheryl Chase (Angelica), Cree Summer (Susie) and Kath Soucie (Phil and Lil). Nickelodeon Animation Studio is producing the revival, which promises to follow the toddlers as "they explore the world and beyond from their pint-sized and wildly imaginative point-of-...

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PNP forms technical working group to probe anti-drug ops ‘essential issues’

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 11:32
  MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippine National Police (PNP) has designated a technical working group to investigate the "essential issues" raised by Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra regarding anti-drug operations conducted under the Duterte administration, according to PNP spokesman Brig. Gen. Ildebrandi Usana on Thursday. In a text message to INQUIRER.net, Usana said PNP chief Gen. Debold Sinas has designated key PNP offices to conduct the investigation. Usana added that the technical working group's report will be submitted to Sinas "hopefully by the first week of March." "The [chief PNP] has already designated a technical working group composed of key PNP off...

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7 more COVID-19 patients die in Cavite; death toll rises to 571

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 11:29
LUCENA CITY ---- At least seven more people have died from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Cavite province as of Wednesday, Feb. 24. The Provincial Health Office (PHO) reported on Wednesday that the COVID-19 death toll in the province since March last year had risen to 571. The PHO did not give details on the deaths. The Provincial Information and Communication Affairs Department of Cavite posted a copy of the PHO report on its Facebook page. Health authorities also reported 131 more COVID-19 patients to the list. At least 24 of them are new cases. The 107 were only lately registered. Cavite, which is under modified general community quarantine, had recorded a total of 2...

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Distancing and dark net: UK drug dealers adapt to lockdown

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 11:19
LONDON --- Illicit drug users in Britain have reported few problems maintaining their supply since the first coronavirus lockdown, with around one in 10 purchasing from the dark web, according to a study published Thursday. Users reported some difficulties in finding a supplier and a desired drug during the first national lockdown last year, and faced higher prices, according to the online survey of 2,621 respondents carried out by drugs charity Release. But the majority of respondents now "did not report finding a supplier to be more difficult compared to before the arrival of COVID-19", said lead author Judith Aldridge, with more now seeking deals online. "At the start of lock...

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Suns’ Devin Booker replaces Anthony Davis in All-Star Game

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 11:19
      Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker will replace Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis in the upcoming All-Star Game, the NBA announced Wednesday. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver selected Booker to take the spot of the injured Davis one day after the Suns guard was snubbed for the honor. Per league rules, when a player selected to the All-Star Game is unable to participate, the commissioner chooses a replacement from the same conference as the player who is being replaced. Booker and Davis both play for Western Conference teams. Booker, 24, will make his second straight appearance in the All-Star Game. He is averaging a team-high 24.7 points per gam...

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Romney says he's 'pretty sure' Trump will win 2024 nomination if he runs

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 11:15
When asked during a New York Times "Dealbook" event about former President Donald Trump potentially running in 2024, Sen. Mitt Romney said he is "pretty sure he would win the nomination."
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Myanmar junta’s top diplomat in talks with Thailand, Indonesia

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 11:12
BANGKOK --- The Myanmar junta's foreign minister visited Thailand on Wednesday as regional powers tried to broker an end to three weeks of deadly unrest triggered by a military coup. The talks came as an anti-coup protester died in detention, a local rescue organization said. Four others have been killed in the crackdown. Foreign minister Wunna Maung Lwin held talks with his counterparts from Thailand and Indonesia in what was the first known face-to-face meetings between a senior junta member and foreign government officials. The military has weathered a storm of international condemnation for ousting civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi from power in a February 1 putsch, while...

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Australia passes landmark law requiring tech firms to pay for news

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 11:04
SYDNEY --- Australia's parliament passed landmark legislation Thursday requiring global digital giants to pay for local news content, in a move closely watched around the world. The law passed easily after a last-gasp deal that watered down binding rules Facebook and Google had fiercely opposed in return for the tech giants agreeing to pay local media companies. The new law paves the way for Google and Facebook to invest tens of millions of dollars in local content deals, and could prove a model for resolving the firms' tussles with regulators worldwide. Google will now pay for news content that appears on its "Showcase" product and Facebook is expected to pay providers who appe...

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India's groundwater crisis threatens food security for hundreds of millions, study says

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 11:01
Hundreds of millions of people in India face a serious threat to their livelihoods and food security due to overexploitation of vital water supplies, according to the authors of a new study.
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Iloilo City holds massive info drive on COVID-19 vaccine

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 10:54
ILOILO CITY ---- The Iloilo City government has launched a massive campaign to encourage residents to be inoculated when the COVID-19 vaccines arrive in the second half of the year. The city government has also submitted its vaccination plan to the Department of Health and will hold a second simulation on March 3. City Mayor Jerry Treas has been meeting with leaders and representatives of various sectors to request their support in the awareness campaign. These include church leaders, news organizations, market vendors, school principals, and transport leaders. "I met with the different sectors in the city to inform them of the current status of our COVID-19 vaccine procureme...

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Sotto bats for anti-drug ‘super body’ following PDEA – PNP ‘misencounter’

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 10:49
  MANILA, Philippines --- Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Thursday renewed his call for the passage of a bill creating the Presidential Drug Enforcement Authority (PRDEA) in the wake of the recent fatal "misencounter" between police officers and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) operatives in Quezon City. "The misencounter [between] PDEA (Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency) and PNP (Philippine National Police) shows the wisdom and ripeness of my bill creating a united [Presidential] Drug Enforcement Authority," Sotto told reporters in a message. Metro Manila police chief Major Gen. Vicente Danao earlier said two police officers were killed while ...

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Texas storm victims are facing a now-familiar battle: Covid

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 10:46
While most Texans had more than enough to worry about in last week's icy storm that led to power outages and water problems, some, like Tania Delacruz, had an added woe: Covid-19.
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'I will not be lectured' on bipartisanship: Lawmaker fires back at Jim Jordan

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 10:44
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) sounds off on Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) over false election claims during an USPS oversight hearing.
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5 questions answered about Johnson & Johnson's vaccine

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 10:34
The US is one step closer to having a third Covid-19 vaccine and it can't come soon enough.
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Australia passes new law requiring Facebook and Google to pay for news

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 10:24
Australia has passed a new law that will force tech companies to pay publishers for news content, setting the stage for potential, similar action in other countries.
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India was in crisis months ago, with more than 90,000 daily infections in September. They've since dropped to just over 10,000 a day.

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 10:24
Six months ago, India was in crisis. Critically ill Covid-19 patients were being turned away from hospitals. Doctors were collapsing from exhaustion. And the virus was spreading through crowded slums, home to millions of the country's poorest people.
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On 35th Edsa anniversary, Duterte tells Filipinos to protect rights, democratic institutions

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 10:18
  MANILA, Philippines --- On the 35th anniversary of the Edsa People Power Revolution, President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday called on Filipinos to be vigilant in protecting their rights and the country's democratic institutions. "As we contemplate the relevance of this occasion, let us proceed with renewed hope and optimism towards the realization of our shared aspirations for our nation," he said in a statement. "May this serve as a constant reminder for all of us to remain vigilant in safeguarding our democratic institutions, preserving our values, and upholding our rights as Filipinos," Duterte added. The President told Filipinos to set aside their differences an...

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‘No Way Home’: Real ‘Spider-Man 3’ title revealed after Tom Holland, cast announce fake ones

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 10:07
The real title of the highly anticipated third installation of "Spider-Man" in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is "Spider-Man: No Way Home," the studio revealed. The announcement comes after Tom Holland, Zendaya and Jacob Batalon threw fans off with a bunch of fake titles yesterday, Feb. 24. Just a little past midnight today, however, MCU came through by announcing the real deal. "This, we can confirm. #SpiderManNoWayHome only in movie theaters this Christmas," the "Spider-Man: No Way Home" official Twitter account posted, along with the short teaser showing the title. https://twitter.com/SpiderManMovie/status/1364631273226919937 As "WandaVision" continued to confuse ...

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This man was on oxygen when Texas' electricity went out. Then the batteries died

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 09:52
While most Texans had more than enough to worry about during the icy storm that led to power outages and water problem, some, like Tania Delacruz, had an added woe: Covid-19.
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