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Bachelet seeks Xinjiang visit this year, says HK trials key test

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 18:05
  GENEVA --- The top U.N. human rights official, for the first time laying down a timeline, said on Monday that she hoped to agree with China on the terms of a visit to Xinjiang region this year to look into reports of serious violations against Muslim Uighurs. Michelle Bachelet told the Human Rights Council that trials to be held in Hong Kong this week under the national security law, which has had a "chilling impact" on democratic space and media, would be an important test of the judiciary's independence....

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Biden's agenda enters critical week on Capitol Hill ahead of looming Senate recess

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 18:02
Lawmakers will resume a slate of tense negotiations this week over voting rights, infrastructure and police reform as President Joe Biden's agenda enters an important week on Capitol Hill.
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Swedish PM Lofven ousted in parliament no-confidence vote

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 18:00
      STOCKHOLM -- Sweden's parliament ousted Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in a no-confidence vote on Monday, giving the Social Democrat leader a week to resign and hand the speaker the job of finding a new government, or call a snap election. The nationalist Sweden Democrats had seized the chance to call the vote after the formerly communist Left Party withdrew support for the center-left government over a plan to ease rent controls for new-build apartments. Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Akesson told parliament the government was harmful and historically weak, adding: "It should never have come into power." The no-confidence motion, which required 17...

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Indonesia passes 2 million coronavirus cases after new daily record

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 17:55
    JAKARTA -- Indonesia reported 14,536 new coronavirus cases on Monday, the highest daily increase since the beginning of the pandemic, taking its overall cases past the 2 million mark. Health ministry showed there were 294 more deaths, taking total fatalities to 54,956, with 2,004,445 cases overall.      ...

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1 dead, 16 hurt as Elf truck hits post in Isabela

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 17:53
  CABAGAN, Isabela----A woman died, and 16 others were injured when an Elf truck on Sunday rammed a street light post along the national road here, police said. Investigators said Elf truck driver Domingo Angoluan dozed off while driving, causing him to lose control of the vehicle before it crashed against a light pole on the road shoulder in Barangay Cansan at 3 p.m. Many passengers were thrown out of the truck as it flipped on its side. Police identified the fatality as Milagros Garro, who was pinned underneath the vehicle and died instantly. The other victims, including the driver, were taken to the Milagros Albano District Hospital for treatment. Two of the...

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Controversy shadows Chinese vaccine maker Sinovac

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 17:49
  MANILA, Philippines---Controversy continued to hound the Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac, maker of the coronavirus vaccine Coronavac.   A report about scores of Indonesian health workers getting infected despite having received Coronavac injections had drawn concern among countries relying on the Chinese vaccine.   Last week, Indonesia's health officials revealed that over 350 doctors and medical workers contracted SARS Cov2, the virus that causes COVID-19, despite getting injected with Coronavac.   Scores of health care workers in Indonesia were hospitalized with high fever and low oxygen saturation levels. Most had no symptoms a...

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Robredo: Pandemic provides PH a chance to assess whom systems work for, fix errors

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 17:47
MANILA, Philippines --- Despite the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting the country's economy and normalcy, Vice President Leni Robredo believes that the crisis gave Filipinos a rare chance to assess how societal systems work and for whom it works. Robredo said during the 42nd National Conference of Employers on Monday that the country can reform systems by studying how the pandemic affected the lives of everybody, regardless of societal and financial status. "What gaps need to be filled, urgently and with resolve? What steps do we need to take? The answers to these questions, of course, are complex and must take into account not only our economic reality but the entire socio-politica...

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‘You’re enough:’ Held back by industry standards, actress Aina Dumlao tells aspirants to ‘go for it’

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 17:45
MANILA, Philippines --- Fil-Am actress Aina Dumlao did not pursue an acting career in the Philippines, thinking she was not "enough" to fit the beauty standards in order to thrive in the industry. But she has one piece of advice to those aspiring to become an actor like herself: "Go for it, you're enough." "Hindi ko alam [I don't] how the industry works in the Philippines but I know what the reasons were then that prevented me from having that dream. I didn't think I was pretty enough, my skin wasn't white enough, I didn't think I was tall enough," she said in an INQside Look interview. "But to all the girls and boys who have been reaching out to me saying that they want to be a...

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K-dramas face challenges in transnational streaming era

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 17:42
      SEOUL -- As more and more viewers around the world watch South Korean dramas on streaming platforms, the industry faces critical challenges that must be met if it is to continue to expand overseas. In an era of transnational streaming, cultural sensitivity has become an issue for content creators around the world. Korea is no exception, and Korean dramas have drawn criticism in recent weeks for racial and cultural stereotypes. The producers of two popular SBS TV dramas, "Penthouse 3" and "Racket Boys," recently apologized after overseas viewers complained about discriminatory portrayals. The fifth episode of "Racket Boys," which aired June 14, c...

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Tokyo 2020 organizers to set 50% venue capacity limit for spectators

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 17:38
Tokyo 2020 announced on Monday that it will allow spectators at the Olympics this year amid the pandemic, setting a 50% cap at venues, up to a maximum of 10,000 people.
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Palace declares June 24 a special non-working day in Manila

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 17:34
MANILA, Philippines --- Malacaang has declared Thursday, June 24, 2021, a special non-working day in Manila City to mark its 450th founding anniversary. Proclamation No. 1167 was signed on Monday by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Malacaang said the commemoration of the City of Manila must be done with adherence to health and safety protocols. "It is but fitting and proper that the people of the City of Manila be given full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies, subject to community quarantine, social distancing, and other public health measures," the proclamation read.     ...

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Cryptocurrencies tumble amid China crackdown on bitcoin miners

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 17:29
    TOKYO -- Cryptocurrencies tumbled on Monday as China's crackdown on bitcoin mining expanded to the province of Sichuan. Bitcoin fell to as low as $32,288 for the first time since June 8, and was last down 7.9% at around $32,781. Smaller rival ether dropped below $2,000 for the first time since May 23, before trading 10% lower at 2019.01. Cryptomining is big business in China, accounting for more than half of global bitcoin production.      ...

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Maine Mendoza takes first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, urges fans to ‘do their part’

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 17:27
Maine Mendoza has received her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Mandaluyong City and encouraged her fans to also get their shots. "Got my first dose! Thank you, MandaVax! Do your part and get vaccinated, friends!" the actress-TV host said on her Instagram page today, June 21. Mendoza also showed photos of her getting the shot, where she appeared to be nervous as her eyes were closed and she held a companion's hand. She can also be seen showing off her bandage and holding a sign with Mandaluyong City's logo and the words, "I got my COVID-19 vaccine."   View this post on Instagram   A post sh...

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Three banks pledge interest-free loans to prop up Vietnam Airlines

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 17:25
    HANOI -- Three Vietnamese banks have pledged to lend 4 trillion dong ($173.8 million) to Vietnam Airlines to help the troubled flag carrier weather the impact of the pandemic and avoid bankruptcy, state media reported on Monday. Vietnam Maritime Commercial Joint Stock Bank, Saigon - Hanoi Commercial Joint Stock Bank and SeABank would make the interest-free loans this month and early next month, the Lao Dong newspaper cited the central bank as saying. Vietnam Airlines did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The report said a plan for Vietnam Airlines to issue new shares to its existing shareholders to raise funds would be ready by year-end. ...

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He bought a cheap house in Italy. This is what happened next

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 17:23
Italy's cheap homes bonanza continues to lure hundreds of interested buyers, despite the pandemic. But what happens once someone takes the plunge and invests their (small) chunk of change in a crumbling corner of a remote town?
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Israel urges adolescents to get vaccinated, citing Delta variant

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 17:19
    JERUSALEM -- An Israeli health official on Monday urged more 12- to 15-year-olds to be vaccinated against COVID-19, citing new outbreaks that he attributed to the more infectious Delta variant. Israel expanded vaccine eligibility to include adolescents last month. Infections have fallen off sharply in recent weeks. Vaccination turnout has largely flatlined at around 55% of the 9.3 million overall population having received both shots, implying that adults have largely stopped getting vaccinated. But COVID-19 recurrences were logged at two schools last week, contributing to a rise in the daily test positivity rate from a rolling one-month average of 0.1% to 0...

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Davao City logs highest case fatality rate as of June 2021 – Octa

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 17:17
MANILA, Philippines --- Davao City has "steadily" registered the highest case fatality rate (CFR) from COVID-19, surpassing big cities in Metro Manila, which is considered the epicenter of infections of June 2021, the Octa research team said Monday. In a report, Octa said that Davao City recorded the highest CFR at 3.43 percent in June this year with a population of 1.82 million. This is higher than that recorded in Quezon City at 1.47 percent, with a population of 3.15 million. As of June 2021, Davao City has logged 674 deaths, with 21,991 total confirmed cases since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020. For 2021, it has so far logged 12,779 confirmed cases. Octa said th...

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Manila allows walk-ins in vaccination sites anew after low turnout

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 17:17
  MANILA, Philippines --- The Manila City Government on Monday allowed walk-in appointments on all vaccination sites following a low turnout on the first day of its implementation. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno went to Robinson Manila to check the situation. He eventually allowed walk-ins to get vaccinated upon seeing an almost empty vaccination area. It is not yet clear, however, how long the walk-in appointments would last. Local government said out of 28,000 allocated doses, only 4,210 have attended their appointment in 22 vaccination sites as of 3:30 pm. When asked if there would be penalties imposed to those who failed to keep their appointments, Moreno said: "Aya...

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Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven ousted in no-confidence vote

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 17:13
Sweden's parliament voted to oust Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in a no-confidence motion on Monday, giving the Social Democrat leader a week to either resign and hand the speaker the job of finding a new government, or call a snap election.
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