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Russian debt: US Treasury signals it may block payments

CNN Top Stories - 5 hours 32 min ago
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Wednesday signaled US officials will likely end a carve-out in Western sanctions that has allowed Russia to continue make payments on its debt.
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Top Taliban leader makes more promises on women's rights but quips 'naughty women' should stay home

CNN Top Stories - 5 hours 40 min ago
A senior Taliban official has repeated the group's as-yet-unfulfilled pledge to allow girls back into high school, saying there would be "good news soon," but suggested that women who protested the regime's restrictions on women rights should stay home.
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Senegal President shows support for PSG player Idrissa Gueye following homophobia row

CNN Top Stories - 6 hours 7 min ago
Embroiled in a homophobia row in France, Paris Saint-German footballer Idrissa Gana Gueye has received the backing of Senegalese President Macky Sall.
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Dow tumbles 1,000 points as markets are practically begging to be punished

CNN Top Stories - 6 hours 20 min ago
The old joke goes like this: Two friends are at a resort and one says, "The food here is really terrible." The other replies, "And the portions are so small!" Today, it's investors who dislike the taste of the Federal Reserve's interest rate hikes but seemingly want more anyway.
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Give Marcos a chance, but let’s not follow blindly – Cayetano

Inquirer Breaking News - 6 hours 33 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Give Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. a chance to prove what he could do as president, but people should not follow him "blindly," Senator-Elect Alan Peter Cayetano said on Wednesday. Cayetano, who faced Marcos in the 2016 vice-presidential elections, made the remark shortly after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) proclaimed him a winner, along with 11 other senatorial bets in the so-called Magic 12. "He was elected. He's set to be proclaimed. Give him a chance. Let's see what he does, and let's judge it later on. It's easy to judge him and his family before this --- that's clear," Cayetano said in a press briefing. "But now, Filipino have spoken: He's...

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Lifting Trump's China tariffs could ease US inflation, Janet Yellen says

CNN Top Stories - 6 hours 49 min ago
US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Wednesday criticized the Trump administration's tariffs on China and voiced support for lifting the levies, in part to ease very high inflation pressuring the US economy.
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CPP denies NPA involvement in harassing CHR in Mindanao

Inquirer Breaking News - 6 hours 59 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- The New People's Army (NPA) was not involved in an alleged series of harassment incidents at two regional offices of the Commission of Human Rights, the Communist Party of the Philippines said on Wednesday through its chief information officer, Marco Valbuena. "We assure the CHR that the NPA is not involved in any threats or extortion attempts against their regional offices. This is either plain extortion or the handiwork of people who wish to defame the NPA and portray it as involved in gross criminal activities," Valbuena said. Valbuena also pointed out that both the CPP and NPA strictly abide by international humanitarian law and consider the CHR as a...

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Rare 18th-century Chinese vase kept in kitchen sells for $1.8 million at auction

CNN Top Stories - 7 hours 2 min ago
A rare Chinese vase dating from the 18th century has sold for nearly £1.5 million ($1.8 million) at auction.
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3 senators vying for Senate presidency – Cayetano

Inquirer Breaking News - 7 hours 47 min ago
MANILA, Philippines ---Three senators are vying for the Senate presidency, Senator-elect Alan Peter Cayetano said on Wednesday shortly after being proclaimed with 11 other winning senatorial candidates in the so-called Magic 12. Cayetano did not identify who the senators were. "I think three are running for Senate president," he said, speaking in a mix of Filipino and English. "As far as I know --- I counted --- and if I'm correct, none of them have the 13 or more [votes needed to be elected] right now." In the 24-member Senate, the Senate president is chosen by a majority of votes of all members. Is Cayetano one of the three vying for the position? "I have the same an...

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Solar Orbiter spies a 'hedgehog' during close pass of the sun

CNN Top Stories - 7 hours 53 min ago
The Solar Orbiter mission's first close pass of the sun in March has revealed our star in a new light.
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Success in music industry is 50-percent talent, 50-percent character, says composer Jonathan Manalo

Inquirer Breaking News - 7 hours 57 min ago
Looking back on his 20 years in the music business, Jonathan Manalo said one of the biggest challenges in his career as a composer and producer is maintaining consistency amid the ever-changing trends. "The challenge is having the consistency to put out hits and album projects all the time. No matter how many times you do it, you can't say you've already figured out the formula, because trends and tastes change," he pointed out in an interview for his upcoming 20th anniversary compilation album and his partnership with Academy of Rock Philippines. "You have to keep up with these changes and produce hits despite the unpredictability of things," he added. "But I'm grateful that, ...

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Britain's Royal Mint releases rainbow-colored coin to mark 50 years of LGBTQ+ Pride UK

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 05/18/2022 - 23:59
Britain's Royal Mint has issued a commemorative 50 pence coin to mark the 50th anniversary of Pride UK.
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Defining majority, minority blocs up to entire Senate – Cayetano

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 05/18/2022 - 23:41
MANILA, Philippines --- "So, the question is whether I'll be part of the majority or minority. That's not up to me. That's up to the members of the Senate," Senator-elect Alan Peter Cayetano said after being proclaimed on Wednesday with the 11 other winning senatorial candidates making up the so-called Magic 12. The Commission on Elections made the proclamation of the winners in the May 2022 senatorial race at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City. Cayetano then explained his response to the reporters' question. He pointed out that the terms "minority" and "majority" and "administration" and "opposition" had different meanings in the Senate. "If the...

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Why is Turkey causing problems for Finland and Sweden's plans to join NATO?

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 05/18/2022 - 23:17
Just when it seemed like Finland and Sweden's accession into NATO was imminent, Turkey has taken its allies by surprise by throwing a wrench into the works.
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Australian PM collides with child in soccer match

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 05/18/2022 - 23:14
The Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, was taking part in a soccer match while campaigning in Tasmania for the upcoming federal election.
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SEA Games: PH men’s beach volleyball team sweeps pool assignments

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 05/18/2022 - 23:08
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine men's beach volleyball team completed a Pool A sweep after beating host Vietnam in the golden match on Wednesday in the 31st Southeast Asian Games at Tuan Chau Beach. After splitting the first two matches, national team coach Vyl Verayo decided to field Jude Garcia and Requinton, who had different partners in their previous matches, in the golden match against the Vietnamese. It worked for the Philippine men's team as Garcia and Requinton took down Nhat Ton Long and Nguyen Van Nha, 21-15, 21-16, in the golden match to complete a three-game sweep in Pool A -- including wins over Singapore and Cambodia, ahead of the semifinal. Garcia with ...

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Teen pilot reaches Kenya in round the world quest

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 05/18/2022 - 22:59
NAIROBI --- A 16-year-old British schoolboy who is on a quest to become the youngest person to fly around the world solo, landed his small plane in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, on Wednesday. Mack Rutherford, who started his journey near the Bulgarian capital Sofia in March, is looking to clinch a Guinness World record currently held by compatriot Travis Ludlow, who was 18 when he completed a circumnavigation last year. "I'm hoping, with this journey, to inspire young people to follow their dreams," Rutherford said after clambering out of his two-seater single prop ultralight aircraft, at Wilson Airport. The plane's manufacturer, Shark Aero, deemed the journey too risky and decl...

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The Ringling Bros. circus is returning next year -- without elephants

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 05/18/2022 - 22:48
If you've missed gawking at human cannonballs and unicycling clowns under a figurative big top while the smell of popcorn wafts through the air, you're in luck: The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus is being revived less than a decade after it shuttered.
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Proclaimed senators vow to fulfill campaign promises, call for unity

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 05/18/2022 - 22:27
MANILA, Philippines --- Twelve newly-elected senators -- a mix of neophytes, returning, and reelectionists -- would be entering the Senate halls by June 30. Their vows were to fulfill their campaign promises as they call on the people to band together following one of the country's most polarizing elections in recent history. All twelve winning senatorial bets were present at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City. The senators-elect were joined by their families as commissioners of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) raised their hands, marking their win in the senatorial race official. Fulfilling campaign promises, pushing advocacy The first one proc...

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