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Here's where the UK-US special relationship is at as Biden soon to be inaugurated

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 01/18/2021 - 21:45
With just days to go until President-elect Joe Biden officially moves into the Oval Office, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be looking to maintain the so-called special relationship between Britain and the US after a deadly insurrection on Capitol Hill saw him distancing himself from President Donald Trump. CNN's Nic Robertson reports.
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Avlon: Here's a way to turn down the 'MAGAphone'

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 01/18/2021 - 21:41
CNN's John Avlon breaks down how combating misinformation is essential to reuniting the nation.
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COVID-19 prompts rethink of mass tourism

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/18/2021 - 21:39
The coronavirus pandemic has forced famous tourist destinations to question their business model, though economic realities are likely to stand in the way of major changes. Nature has quickly replaced hordes of visitors at sites like Machu Picchu in Peru, where sightings of elusive Andean bears have caused a buzz among conservationists. And in Thailand, which has seen a drop in arrivals of more than 83%, marine fauna including dugongs, turtles and whale sharks are enjoying a rebound. The Thai government has decided to close more than 150 national parks for an average of three months a year and to limit access so that animal and plant life can flourish. "From now on, we wa...

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Ford closes German plant for 1 month as global chip crisis worsens

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 01/18/2021 - 21:37
Ford has ordered a month-long production halt at one of its plants in Germany, the latest sign that a global shortage of computer chips is putting carmakers under increasing pressure and threatening their recovery from the pandemic.
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Analysis: What does Biden's diverse Cabinet mean for a divided country

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 01/18/2021 - 21:28
When President-elect Joe Biden takes office on January 20, he will inherit a nation that is divided.
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Russians queue for COVID vaccine at luxury Red Square mall

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/18/2021 - 21:26
MOSCOW --- Dozens of Moscow residents queued on Monday to be vaccinated against COVID-19 at the GUM department store, opposite the Kremlin on Red Square, where the shot is given on a first-come, first-served basis. Surrounded by Christmas decorations, with the shop fronts of Chanel and Rolex nearby, Muscovites of all ages waited for their first shot of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine. Russia, with the world's fourth-highest number of COVID-19 cases, started large-scale vaccinations last month, initially for people in key professions, including medical workers and teachers. On Monday it opened the program to all. Moscow's health department announced it would be opening several ...

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Lawmaker slams Capitol riot: 'Damned if I'll let it' shake faith in democracy

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 01/18/2021 - 21:24
Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) shares her experiences following the riot at the US Capitol by a pro-Trump mob.
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Clashes erupt in Sudan’s South Darfur, killing 20 – tribal leader

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/18/2021 - 21:21
Khartoum, Sudan --- Tribal clashes broke out Monday in Sudan's South Darfur state, killing at least 20 people, a tribal leader said, shortly after violence in a neighboring state killed over 80 people. "A force from the Arab Rizeigat tribe killed 20 people in an attack on the village of Saadoun inhabited by the Fallata tribe using vehicles, motorcycles, and camels," said tribal leader Mohamed Saleh. "The attack left several houses burned," said Saleh, from the ethnically non-Arab Fallata tribe, adding that bodies were still being counted. Monday's violence came after the killing of at least 83 people in clashes between Arab and non-Arab tribes over two days in Sudan's West Darfu...

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DND exits deal requiring prior notice for counterinsurgency operations in UP campuses

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/18/2021 - 21:20
MANILA, Philippines---The Department of National Defense (DND) has unilaterally terminated a 1989 agreement with the University of the Philippines (UP) requiring prior notification to school officials for police and military to enter UP campuses, signalling an intent to deploy, but not post, state security forces for counterinsurgency operations in the state university. In a letter to UP President Danilo Concepcion dated Jan. 15, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the agreement had been a hindrance to operations against communist rebels, especially recruitment of cadres in UP. A copy of the letter was posted at the Philippine Collegian, the official publication of UP. Loren...

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Former FBI adviser calls Trump a charismatic spark for extremism

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 01/18/2021 - 21:18
Former FBI Senior Intelligence adviser Philip Mudd lambasts President Trump for his role inciting the riot at the US Capitol and says Trump is a "charismatic spark" that has accelerated extremism around the world.
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#DefendUP trends after DND scraps agreement with UP

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/18/2021 - 21:17
MANILA, Philippines --- The hashtag #DefendUP trended on social media on Monday, after the Department of National Defense (DND) reportedly terminated its agreement with the University of the Philippines (UP) that prohibits any military and police presence inside its campuses. Netizens on Twitter who opposed DND's move claimed that this is another way of the administration to threaten and silence activists who have opposed President Rodrigo Duterte's several policies, especially on supposed red-tagging activities and on the COVID-19 pandemic response. Various officials who are former UP students, like Senator Francis Pangilinan, have voiced concern over the termination, especially s...

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Trump baby blimp lands at London museum

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/18/2021 - 21:15
LONDON --- A blimp depicting U.S. President Donald Trump as a snarling, nappy-wearing orange baby has found a home in one of London's most popular museums. The helium-filled balloon, originally paid for through crowdfunding, first took to the skies over London during protests against Trump's visit in 2018 and has flown in other locations including France, Argentina, Ireland, and Denmark. Gladly accepting the donation, the Museum of London said the blimp would join its protest collection, which includes artifacts from the Suffragette movement as well as climate change and peace rallies. "By collecting the baby blimp, we can mark the wave of feeling that washed over the city t...

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World’s tourist hubs, ‘ghost towns’ for how long?

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/18/2021 - 21:10
The coronavirus pandemic has brought the world's top tourist draws, from the ruins of Machu Picchu to Thailand's sandy beaches, to a standstill. Now tourism professionals and local authorities are hoping against hope for an economic recovery that will bring the punters back. Here are some key examples. Not so serenissima Venice The Renaissance city of Venice on Italy's northern Adriatic coast is almost entirely dependent on tourism. The first nine months of 2020 saw a drop of 73.1% in foreign tourist arrivals, according to a study published by an employment consultancy in December. The overall decrease was 59.5%. "Without the tourists, Venice has become a ghost town, a...

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Sinovac says its COVID-19 vaccine more effective with longer dosing interval

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/18/2021 - 21:06
BEIJING --- China's Sinovac Biotech said Monday that a clinical trial in Brazil showed its COVID-19 vaccine was almost 20 percentage points more effective in a small sub-group of patients who received their two doses longer apart. The protection rate for 1,394 participants who received doses of either CoronaVac or placebo three weeks apart was nearly 70%, a Sinovac spokesman said. Brazilian researchers announced last week that the vaccine's overall efficacy was 50.4% based on results from more than 9,000 volunteers, most of whom received doses 14 days apart, as outlined in the trial protocol. The spokesman said a small number of participants received their second shot late d...

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How to serve on MLK Day while quarantining at home

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 01/18/2021 - 21:00
Caught between colliding pressures of a pandemic, political unrest and outcries for social justice, this Martin Luther King Day of Service is unlike any other. But despite the limitations of the season, this federal holiday doesn't have to be any less impactful. Now more than ever, MLK Day of Service is enabling everyday people to roll up their sleeves and help their communities -- even while stuck at home. Here's how:
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Suspect caught selling P17,000 in meth in Leyte town

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/18/2021 - 20:55
ORMOC CITY---A man who sold P17,000 worth of crystal meth, or shabu, has been arrested in the town of Hilongos, Leyte province last Saturday (Jan. 16). Emerito Zarco was caught allegedly selling 2.5 grams of meth, according to Cleveland Villamor, agent of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. Charges of violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 would be filed against Zarco, said Villamor. TSB...

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