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Four dead in Chile as fires blaze through area south of capital

Inquirer Breaking News - 13 hours 6 min ago
  SANTIAGO --- Dozens of raging wildfires in Chile claimed at least four lives while torching some 14,000 hectares, authorities reported on Friday, as a summer heat wave engulfs a large swath of the South American country. The deaths occurred in the town of Santa Juana in Biobio, a region some 310 miles (500 km) south of Santiago, the capital. Interior Minister Carolina Toha said the victims died while driving, and said the government was evaluating other incidents, including serious injuries sustained by firefighters. The government has declared states of catastrophe in Biobio and neighboring Nuble, both of which are home to farms and forests, allowing for the deplo...

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Michelle Yeoh on how her Oscar-nominated role was first offered to Jackie Chan

CNN Top Stories - 13 hours 8 min ago
Oscar-nominated actress Michelle Yeoh speaks to CNN's Christiane Amanpour about her acclaimed film "Everything Everywhere All At Once" and her first reactions to the script.
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Images of emaciated Iranian prisoner on hunger strike prompt outrage

Inquirer Breaking News - 13 hours 28 min ago
  Social media images purported to be of an emaciated jailed Iranian dissident on hunger strike have caused outrage online as supporters warned on Friday he risks death for protesting the compulsory wearing of the hijab. Farhad Meysami, 53, who has been in jail since 2018 for supporting women activists protesting against Iran's headscarf policy, began his hunger strike on Oct. 7 to protest recent government killings of demonstrators, the dissident's lawyer said. The images of Meysami went viral on social media on the same day Iran released award-winning director Jafar Panahi on bail after seven months in jail. Panahi said the images of Meysami reminded him of survivors ...

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Italy bans US-based AI chatbot Replika from using personal data

Inquirer Breaking News - 13 hours 43 min ago
  MILAN/LONDON --- Italy's Data Protection Agency said on Friday it was prohibiting artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot company Replika from using the personal data of Italian users, citing risks to minors and emotionally fragile people. Replika, a San Francisco startup launched in 2017, offers users customized avatars that talk and listen to them. It has led the way among English speakers, and is free to use, though it brings in around $2 million in monthly revenue from selling bonus features such as voice chats. The 'virtual friend' is marketed as being able to improve the emotional well-being of the user. But the Italian watchdog said that by intervening in th...

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Sushi conveyor belt pranks spark outrage in Japan

Inquirer Breaking News - 14 hours 17 min ago
TOKYO---A handful of unhygienic pranks at sushi conveyor belt restaurants in Japan have sparked stock slumps, venue overhauls and legal action, along with furious social media commentary. Several videos dubbed "sushi terrorism" have emerged on social media, including Twitter and TikTok, although some of them are apparently weeks or even years old. In one such video, viewed nearly 40 million times on Twitter, an apparently teenaged customer licks the top of a communal soy sauce bottle and the rim of a teacup that he then places back on a shelf, before licking his finger and touching a piece of sushi as it goes past on the belt. The footage, filmed at a branch of Sushiro resta...

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Pentagon says Chinese spy balloon flying over US

Inquirer Breaking News - 14 hours 29 min ago
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PH, US to restart joint patrols in South China Sea

Inquirer Breaking News - 14 hours 32 min ago
  The Philippines and the United States have agreed to restart joint patrols in the South China Sea, resuming an activity put on hold during the Duterte administration and prompting an immediate objection from China. It marked a second major step taken by the Marcos administration toward stronger security cooperation with Washington and formalized during the visit of US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin III. On Thursday, Austin and his Filipino counterpart, Carlito Galvez Jr., announced that the Philippines had granted American forces access to more of its military bases, amid concerns over Chinese expansionism in the South China Sea and threats to invade Taiwan. The agree...

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Beermen demolish third straight foe, and new coach Gallent excited to see how his squad would stack up in clash with Hotshots

Inquirer Breaking News - 14 hours 33 min ago
San Miguel Beer on Friday fashioned out a result similar to its two previous games to continue its unbeaten start under new coach Jorge Gallent in the PBA Governors' Cup. Now comes the first difficult phase of Gallent's young tenure starting Sunday against Magnolia. "It's gonna be a tough game [against Magnolia]," Gallent said after the Beermen bucked a slow start to produce a 122-102 humbling of Terrafirma at Ynares Center in Antipolo City. The 20-year rout of the Dyip, who came into the game just a week removed from an upset victory over the Meralco Bolts, mirrored the margin the Beermen produced in walloping the Phoenix Fuel Masters (114-93) and Blackwater Bossing (105-86...

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Bolden, McDaniel spearhead Filipinas in Pintanar Cup

Inquirer Breaking News - 14 hours 43 min ago
Sarina Bolden leads a group of players who will return for national team duties when the Philippines competes in the Pinatar Cup slated Feb. 15 to 21 in San Pedro del Pinatar, Spain. Bolden, defender Hali Long, goalkeeper Inna Palacios and midfielders Jaclyn Sawikci and Reinna Gabriel on Thursday were named to the 25-player squad for the tournament where the Filipinas will face Wales, Scotland and Iceland. Also part of the trip are notable names like goalkeeper Olivia McDaniel, forwards Katrina Guillou and Quinley Quezada, midfielders Tahnai Annis and Sara Eggesvik and defender Jessika Cowart. Isabella Flanigan, Anicka Castaneda, Carleigh Frilles, Kaya Hawkinson, Camille Rod...

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Al Riyadi bundles out PH squad in Dubai

Inquirer Breaking News - 14 hours 48 min ago
  The Philippines' Strong Group squad couldn't find a solution to Amir Saoud of Al Riyadi on Friday and bowed out of the 32nd Dubai International Championship after taking a 107-97 quarterfinal loss at Al Nasr Club Hall in the United Arab Emirates. Saoud, who will banner the Lebanese team that Gilas Pilipinas will square off with in the International Basketball Federation Asia World Cup Qualifying window later this month, drained 17 of Al Riyadi's fourth-quarter points that finished off the gallant Filipinos. This is the earliest exit for a PH squad here as the Filipinos relinquish the crown they won via sweep as Mighty Sports the last time the tournament was held in 2020. ...

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Doubleheader takes lid off of new PVL season

Inquirer Breaking News - 14 hours 53 min ago
With a new system under a new coach but minus one vital piece, Petro Gazz hopes to start the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) season the way it ended the last when the Cool Smashers battle the Alyssa Valdez-less Creamline Cool Smashers in the All-Filipino Conference that gets going Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Oliver Almadro has taken over Petro Gazz, which will be shooting for a followup of a stirring conquest of the Reinforced Conference field last year before coach Rald Ricafort left the squad to lead PLDT. The Angels will also be without Myla Pablo, the veteran who moved to F2, leaving a lot of the scoring load on the shoulders of MJ Philips, Gretchel Soltones and Aiz...

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745 aftershocks recorded from Davao quake

Inquirer Breaking News - 14 hours 54 min ago
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) continues to record aftershocks following the magnitude 6.1 earthquake that struck Davao de Oro on Tuesday. As of Friday morning, the Phivolcs has recorded a total of 745 aftershocks. Of the total, 70 earthquakes were plotted but only one was felt. The strength ranged from 1.3 to 3.6 magnitude. Plotted quakes, as disclosed by the Phivolcs, are tremors detected by three or more stations. The Phivolcs said earthquakes commonly occur in Davao de Oro because of active faults in the vicinity. "Davao de Oro in Eastern Mindanao is one of the seismically active regions in the country because of the presence of several active f...

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Officials have said that the balloon's path carries it over a 'number of sensitive sites' in the US

CNN Top Stories - 15 hours 12 min ago
As the US and its Canadian partners continue to monitor a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon floating above the northern United States, one question stands out among the rest: Why hasn't it been shot down?
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Arctic blast barrels into U.S. Northeast, threatening record lows

Inquirer Breaking News - 17 hours 1 min ago
        WORCESTER, Mass. - A powerful arctic blast swept into the U.S. Northeast on Friday, threatening to push temperatures to record lows in many spots, including New Hampshire's Mount Washington, where the wind chill could drop to -110 degrees Fahrenheit (-79 Celsius), forecasters said. A National Weather Service (NWS) advisory said the mass of frigid air would keep temperatures at life-endangering levels through Saturday, warning of "extremely dangerous" conditions from the "short-lived blast." Boston and Worcester, the two largest cities in New England, were among the school districts closed on Friday over concerns about the risk of hypother...

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Photographers empower girls of color by reimagining Disney princesses

CNN Top Stories - 17 hours 30 min ago
CNN's Laura Coates joins two photographers from CreativeSoul Photography who've partnered with shopDisney to debut a new collection of magical dolls inspired by Disney princesses meant to empower young girls of color.
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Food inflation still a problem globally, says UN report

Inquirer Breaking News - 17 hours 43 min ago
Food inflation remains a problem for both national governments and households across the world as the factors that caused fast-rising prices last year, such as Russia's invasion of Ukraine, are still influencing the world market, according to the United Nations (UN). In their latest monthly report, the Agricultural Market Information System (Amis) which is administered by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization, said the decrease in world market prices of staple foods during the second half of 2022 has, at best, slowed domestic food price inflation, which remains stubbornly high in most parts of the world. "Food affordability thus remains a challenge at both the macroeconomi...

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Sy, Musk venture to finally offer internet services in PH by March

Inquirer Breaking News - 17 hours 45 min ago
Sy-backed Data Lake Inc. and SpaceX's Starlink---owned by tech mogul Elon Musk---are set to offer satellite-based internet services in the country by the first quarter after facing delays. In a statement on Friday, the local data company owned by businessmen Henry Sy Jr. and Anthony Almeda said they had met with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to tackle the expedited entry of the SpaceX unit as an internet service provider (ISP) in the country. "We are excited to finally introduce Starlink to the Philippine market by first quarter of 2023. The high speed, low latency broadband internet service through the use of satellites will be game changing in connecting our 7,640 islands to the...

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PSEi again reclaims 7,000 in dizzying end to the week

Inquirer Breaking News - 17 hours 51 min ago
Philippine stocks ended a roller-coaster of a week in the green on the recovery of property heavyweights such as Megaworld Corp. and SM Prime Holdings. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) rose 0.59 percent, or 41.19 points, to 7,027.38 while the broader All Shares index added 0.59 percent, or 21.68 points, to 3,705.46. The PSEi seesawed between gains and losses during the last three sessions, reclaiming the key 7,000 level on Friday. Analysts said volatile movements were partly due to the PSE rebalancing, which takes effect on Feb. 6. DMCI Holdings Inc. and Union Bank of the Philippines will join the 30-member PSEi on that date, replacing Megaworld and Robins...

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Kate has worked out what will define her royal future

CNN Top Stories - 18 hours 29 min ago
There had been rumblings and whispers of something big coming from Kensington Palace. This week we finally found out exactly what's been in the works when Catherine, Princess of Wales unveiled a major new public awareness campaign centered around the importance of early childhood.
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How an 1800s surgeon experimenting on enslaved Black women affects anti-abortion

CNN Top Stories - 18 hours 37 min ago
In this episode of CNN's digital series, "History Refocused," Nicquel Terry Ellis outlines the anti-abortion movement's historical links to White supremacy and how the overturning of Roe v. Wade has reopened a conversation about racial equality.
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