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Gun safety talks in US Senate wrestle with ‘red flag’ laws, school safety

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/06/2022 - 12:05
    WASHINGTON -- Bipartisan U.S. Senate negotiations on how or if to respond to the latest wave of mass shootings are focused on a range of options, including improving school safety and "red flag" laws to allow police to seize guns from people deemed dangerous. The talks will continue into early this week, when Congress returns from a Memorial Day break, and follow a prime-time speech last week in which Democratic President Joe Biden implored lawmakers to act. Previous mass shootings like the ones that claimed 19 young children and two educators at a Texas school, 10 Black shoppers at a New York state grocery store and a pair of weekend shootings in Philadelph...

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Rafael Nadal: I will play at Wimbledon if my body allows me to

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/06/2022 - 12:04
PARIS-French Open champion Rafa Nadal will play at Wimbledon later this month if his body allows him to, the Spaniard said on Sunday after winning Roland Garros for a record-extending 14th time. "I am going to be in Wimbledon if my body is ready to be in Wimbledon. Wimbledon is not a tournament that I want to miss," said Nadal, who has been suffering from a chronic foot injury. Nadal, a double Wimbledon champion, destroyed Norwegian Casper Ruud 6-3 6-3 6-0 to stay undefeated in Roland Garros finals. The 36-year-old, who has won the season's first two majors, now owns a men's record 22 Grand Slam singles titles - two more than nearest rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. ...

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Ukrainian lawmaker detained at Moldova’s border

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/06/2022 - 11:58
  CHISINAU -- A Ukrainian lawmaker, Yevhen Yakovenko, was detained at the Moldovan border at the request of the International Criminal Police Organization, or Interpol, Moldova's border police said on Sunday. Yakovenko was placed in a pretrial detention center, a press service representative of the border police said. Viorel Tentiu, the head of Interpol in Moldova, said in a statement that Yakovenko was put on the list following accusations from Belarus of bribery and corruption. A search of public records for wanted persons on the Interpol website for Yakovenko's name did not produce any results on Sunday night. Ukraine and Belarus officials could not immediately...

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Rafael Nadal braces for make-or-break week after French Open win

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/06/2022 - 11:58
Rafael Nadal won a 14th French Open with daily pain-killing injections in his troublesome left foot and will now attempt to find a permanent cure for the injury, warning his record-breaking career is on the line. Nadal, 36, routed Casper Ruud 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 in Sunday's final at Roland Garros to extend his Grand Slam title record to 22, with victory coming 17 years to the day since he claimed his first French Open as a 19-year-old in 2005. The oldest winner in Paris, he had not been certain of taking part after a chronic left foot injury, which has plagued him throughout his career, flared up again. In the aftermath of Sunday's victory, Nadal revealed he and his medical team a...

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2 more envoys visit President-elect Bongbong Marcos

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/06/2022 - 11:58
  MANILA, Philippines --- Two more ambassadors paid a courtesy call on President-elect Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Monday ahead of his inauguration on June 30. Brunei Darussalam Ambassador to the Philippines Johariah Wahab's courtesy call on Marcos Jr. started past 9 a.m at the president-elect's headquarters in Mandaluyong City. Aside from Brunei Darussalam, Wahab is also representing Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) ambassadors. Following Wahab, Marcos Jr. also met with Italian Ambassador to the Philippines Marco Clemente.   https://twitter.com/NAMercadoINQ/status/1533654096129179648   Several ambassad...

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Thai LGBTQ+ allies join first official pride parade

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/06/2022 - 11:52
    BANGKOK -- Thousands of members of Thailand's LGBTQ+ community raised rainbow flags in the country's first official pride parade on Sunday evening to celebrate pride month and support gender equality. Also waving blue, pink, and white transgender flags, marchers made their way through the main streets of Bangkok. Some chanted and called for same-sex marriages to be legalised and for sex workers' rights. Designer Cpeeranat, 24, who made his costume with a long rainbow flag, said the parade had given him goosebumps. The relatively big parade was supported by the local government for the first time. Drag Queen Gun Punna, 56, who was dressed in rainbow clothe...

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PNP on top of situation to prevent looting after Mt. Bulusan eruption

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/06/2022 - 11:51
MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippine National Police (PNP) has assured the public that policemen are on top of the situation in Sorsogon towns following the eruption of Mt. Bulusan, saying security forces are enough to prevent the looting of stores in affected areas. PNP Director for Operations Maj. Gen. Valeriano de Leon said in a press briefing on Monday morning that the PNP is trying to avoid looting, which he says often happens during calamities and evacuation of areas. De Leon said that while the PNP understands the dire situations of the people affected by the volcanic eruption on Sunday, it is still not a reason to steal goods from stores. "Of course, we are avoidin...

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Russian general killed in eastern Ukraine, Russian state media reporter says

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/06/2022 - 11:48
    LONDON -- A Russian general was killed in eastern Ukraine, a Russian state media journalist said on Sunday, adding to the string of high-ranking military casualties sustained by Moscow. The report, published on the Telegram messaging app by state television reporter Alexander Sladkov, did not say precisely when and where Major General Roman Kutuzov was killed. There was no immediate comment from the Russian defence ministry. Russian forces have intensified attacks to capture Sievierodonetsk, a key city in Ukraine's eastern Donbas region that Moscow is targeting after failing to take the capital Kyiv early in the war. Russia already classifies military ...

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As Britons thank Queen Elizabeth for 70 years, monarchy looks to future

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/06/2022 - 11:43
    LONDON -- While millions watched the Platinum Jubilee festivities to thank Queen Elizabeth and reflect on her 70 years on the British throne, for the monarchy itself, the four-day celebrations have also very much been about looking to the future. From parades in London and a party outside Buckingham Palace to a Service of Thanksgiving, many in Britain have been paying affectionate tributes to a 96-year-old who has reigned longer than any of her predecessors in 1,000 years. But the queen's absence at many of the Jubilee events because of health issues meant the celebration of her reign provided a focus on the next monarchs, her son Prince Charles and his son ...

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Queen Elizabeth ‘humbled’ by cheering Jubilee crowds

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/06/2022 - 11:39
    LONDON -- Queen Elizabeth said she was humbled by the support she had received during her Platinum Jubilee after crowds of royal fans cheered her appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, flanked by her heir Prince Charles and two other future kings. The 96-year-old monarch had withdrawn from several events during the four-day celebrations due to "episodic mobility issues". On Sunday she was greeted by huge cheers, trumpets and a rendition of the national anthem before retreating inside. Wearing bright green, the queen smiled and waved as she appeared alongside son and heir Charles, grandson William and his eldest child, George. Charles' wife Camilla, ...

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Closed airspace forces cancellation of Russian foreign minister’s visit to Serbia—Ifax cites source

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/06/2022 - 11:30
      LONDON -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's visit to Serbia has been cancelled after countries around Serbia closed their airspace to his aircraft, a senior foreign ministry source told the Interfax news agency on Sunday. The source confirmed a Serbian media report that said Bulgaria, North Macedonia and Montenegro had closed their airspace to the plane that would have carried Moscow's top diplomat to Belgrade on Monday. "Our diplomacy has yet to master teleportation," the source said. There was no immediate comment from the Russian foreign ministry. Serbia, which has close cultural ties with Russia, has fended off pressure to take sid...

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Zelensky visits two towns near front in eastern Ukraine

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/06/2022 - 11:25
    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Sunday he had visited two towns near the front of battles against the Russian army after meeting troops in Zaporizhzhya region. "After that I went with the head of (my) office to the east. We were in Lysychansk and Soledar," Zelensky said in his nightly video. "I am proud of everybody I met, everyone I shook hands with, everyone with whom I connected with and had expressed my support." Lysychansk is in the Luhansk region and Soledar is in the Donetsk region -- making up the Donbas, the focus Russia's advances in eastern Ukraine.   RELATED STORIES   Britain to send M270 rocket launchers t...

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Britain to send M270 rocket launchers to Ukraine

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/06/2022 - 11:22
    LONDON -- Britain will supply Ukraine with multiple-launch rocket systems that can strike targets up to 80 km (50 miles) away, it said on Monday, in a move that was coordinated with the United States in response to Russia's invasion. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said Britain's support for Ukraine would change as Russia's tactics evolved, explaining the gift of the M270 multiple-launch systems. "These highly capable multiple-launch rocket systems will enable our Ukrainian friends to better protect themselves against the brutal use of long-range artillery, which (Russian President Vladimir) Putin's forces have used indiscriminately to flatten cities," Wallace...

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Number of Filipinos with COVID-19 booster shots ‘quite anemic’ – Duque

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/06/2022 - 11:21
  MANILA, Philippines --- The number of Filipinos with booster shots against COVID-19 is "quite anemic," Health Secretary Francisco Duque III lamented on Monday. "It's quite anemic. We've done everything that we could and we continue to innovate," Duque said in an ANC interview. This, as he pointed to the government's efforts to make vaccination available in pharmacies, in medical clinics as well as public transport terminals in order to improve the access of COVID-19 jabs to Filipinos. He then called on the public to get their booster shots, saying this is the "best time" to do so. "This is the best time to have their booster shots. Maluwag ang mga vaccinatio...

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Security guard injured after hit-and-run incident in Mandaluyong

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/06/2022 - 11:21
MANILA, Philippines --- A security guard rendering traffic management duty in Mandaluyong suffered injuries after a hit-and-run incident, the City Police Station reported Monday. The victim, identified as Christian Floralde, was assignedat the intersection of J. Vargas Avenue corner Saint Francis Street in Barangay Wack Wack of Mandaluyong City on Sunday. While on duty, Floralde was hit by an unknown driver aboard a white Toyota RAV4 carrying plate number NCO 3781. The victim sustained an abrasion on his left occipital area of the head and had difficulty breathing. He was transported to VRP Hospital for medical assistance after ambulance service personnel responded to the inc...

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Prince Louis throws a tantrum during Queen's Platinum Jubilee pageant

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 06/06/2022 - 11:11
Cameras catch Prince Louis acting out while watching a pageant on the final day of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee with his mother, Kate.
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At least 18 dead in India’s northern state after bus falls into gorge

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/06/2022 - 11:07
    MUMBAI -- At least 18 people were confirmed to have died after a bus with 29 passengers on board fell into a gorge in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand on Sunday, state police officials told Reuters. 18 people have died, four are injured and eight are still missing, Arpan Yaduvanshi, Superintendent of Police in Uttarkashi said. Another police official at the state headquarters told Reuters by phone that the accident took place near Damta in Uttarkashi district. "The bus was en route to Yamunotri with 29 passengers on board from Panna district in Madhya Pradesh," the official said. Home Minister Amit Shah said he had spoken to the state chief min...

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‘Illegal rallyists’ not allowed near Bongbong Marcos’ inauguration site — PNP exec

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/06/2022 - 10:52
MANILA, Philippines --- Civil Disturbance Management (CDM) units assigned to man the inauguration of President-elect Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos would not allow so-called "illegal rallyists" to get close to the venue, a top police official said on Monday. According to Philippine National Police (PNP) Director for Operations Maj. Gen. Valeriano de Leon, they have not received any information from local government units --- particularly Manila, Quezon City, and Davao City --- about permits being issued to protesters. Marcos is expected to be inaugurated on June 30 at the National Museum grounds along Padre Burgos Avenue in Manila. While no groups have announced any protest movements ...

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