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Magnitude 7.2 quake rocks Haiti, dozens killed

Inquirer Breaking News - Sun, 08/15/2021 - 02:16
PORT-AU-PRINCE/HAVANA --- A major earthquake killed at least 29 people in southwestern Haiti on Saturday, reducing churches, hotels, and homes to rubble in the latest tragedy to hit the impoverished Caribbean nation already mired in humanitarian and political crises. The 7.2-magnitude quake, which was followed by a series of aftershocks, struck 8 km (5 miles) from the town of Petit Trou de Nippes, about 150 km west of the capital Port-au-Prince, at a depth of 10 km, the USGS said. That made the temblor which was felt as far away as Cuba and Jamaica potentially bigger and shallower than the magnitude 7 earthquake 11 years ago that killed tens of thousands in the poorest nation i...

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Bergen: Afghanistan an 'unforced error' blowing up on Biden's watch

CNN Top Stories - Sun, 08/15/2021 - 01:31
CNN's Peter Bergen says that the collapse of the Afghan army against the Taliban was an "unforced error" by the Biden administration and predicts that President Biden will have to send a military presence back into Afghanistan.
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Private schools gearing up for online classes amid Delta variant threat

Inquirer Breaking News - Sun, 08/15/2021 - 01:21
MANILA, Philippines --- Several private schools nationwide have vowed to proceed with online classes despite a surge in COVID-19 cases and the threat of the Delta variant, according to the Private Educational Associations of the Philippines (COCOPEA). "COCOPEA member schools are resolved to continue with online learning for this school year," COCOPEA Chair Dr. Anthony Tamayo said in a statement on Friday. "The presidents of the associations that comprise COCOPEA agree that the safety of our students and stakeholders at this time of the pandemic is our paramount concern," he added. According to him, schools that are part of COCOPEA are putting their resources on improving the...

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'Still people are having fear.' What life is like in some of the cities captured by the Taliban

CNN Top Stories - Sun, 08/15/2021 - 01:09
Over the last week, the Taliban has made significant gains across Afghanistan and now control over half of the country's provincial capitals.
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Better Christmas in PH possible despite another COVID-19 spike in cases – Galvez

Inquirer Breaking News - Sun, 08/15/2021 - 01:05
MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippines may yet have a better Christmas despite the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant and another uptick in cases, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., the national vaccine manager, said on Saturday. "Our goal of having a better Christmas is still attainable," Galvez said in a statement, partly in Filipino, that was sent to reporters. "There are many areas where the vaccinations are quick, and with the continuous deliveries of our vaccine supplies, we can easily achieve our desire that the NCR [National Capital Region or Metro Manila] and other areas will have a better Christmas in December." As the government aims for herd immunity, vaccinations hav...

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Russian plane fighting wildfires crashes in Turkey, killing all 8 crew members on board

CNN Top Stories - Sun, 08/15/2021 - 00:22
A Russian aircraft deployed to Turkey to fight wildfires crashed on Saturday, killing all eight people on board, officials said.
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Why Jason Momoa considers dramatic scenes ‘very, very, very challenging’

Inquirer Breaking News - Sun, 08/15/2021 - 00:20
Is Jason Momoa as cool as he looks? Way cooler, we must say. In fact, when we spoke to the 42-year-old actor behind such portrayals of Aquaman ("Justice League"), Khal Drogo ("Game of Thrones") and Duncan Idaho (in the upcoming "Dune" remake) last week, we found it instantly gratifying to be around such grounding, towering presence. The chat was for his latest action-drama film "Sweet Girl," which launches on Netflix this Friday. After all, while the 6-foot-4 tall former Model of the Year winner rose to fame playing larger-than-life characters, there was nary a hint of movie-star attitude in the soft-spoken vibe he emanated throughout the fun interview. He even admitted to u...

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Elon Musk: Zero pay but tens of billions in stock options in 2020

CNN Top Stories - Sun, 08/15/2021 - 00:17
Tesla CEO Elon Musk got $0 in pay in 2020, according to a company filing, but he did receive stock options during the year that are now worth $22 billion.
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When friends-turned-enemies’ fangs and claws come out

Inquirer Breaking News - Sun, 08/15/2021 - 00:15
These two performers are known in the biz as more approachable than most, but their fangs and claws immediately come out when they start talking about each other. Diva One (DO) and Diva Two (DT) used to belong to the same circle of friends, but their romantic "persuasions" quickly got in the way of their "fondness" for each other the minute DO learned that DT has been talking behind her back. While DT talks about DO's "toxic" and far-from-ideal relationship with her current beau, DO always points it out to mutual pals that DT is nowhere near her "level." When a common friend asked DO if DT was also in a glitzy event she was performing in, DO quickly reminded her inquisitive fri...

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Filmmaker likens his Cinemalaya entry theme on abusive relationship to present-day PH politics

Inquirer Breaking News - Sun, 08/15/2021 - 00:10
"Sometimes, even the most intelligent people can become victims of this kind of relationship," declared indie director Joselito "Jay" Altarejos, whose film about domestic abuse, titled "Love and Hate in Between Refrains," is in exhibition in this year's Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival. Altarejos has admitted to having experienced being in an abusive relationship twice in the past. "This happens when your mind becomes too clouded that you no longer listen to reason. It's hard to explain because, in other aspects of your life, you are the most rational," he told Inquirer Entertainment in a one-on-one virtual chat. "I chose not to retaliate, not to hurt him back be...

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