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Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have a new baby -- and we know his name

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 01/18/2021 - 18:39
Justin Timberlake and wife Jessica Biel have a new baby.
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Authorities use tear gas and batons against US-bound migrants

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 01/18/2021 - 18:37
Guatemalan authorities fired tear gas and used their batons on a group of US-bound migrants in a caravan trying to move towards Mexico through Guatemala. An estimated 7,000 to 8,000 migrants have entered Guatemala from Honduras since January 15. CNN's Patrick Oppmann reports.
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Rains, cloudy skies to persist as amihan, frontal system affect most parts of PH

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/18/2021 - 18:36
      MANILA, Philippines --- A huge part of the country would still see cloudy skies and occasional rains due to the northeast monsoon and the tail end of a frontal system, state meteorologists said on Monday afternoon. Updates from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) showed that the country's landmass is still surrounded by cloud bands, from the combined effects of the weather systems and the low pressure area (LPA) over the western part of Mindanao. The LPA was last spotted 85 kilometers south southeast of Zamboanga City. Although it is still not expected to develop into a tropical depression, the ...

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Constitutional prohibition on foreign ownership results in dummying – lawmaker

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/18/2021 - 18:35
MANILA, Philippines --- "Restrictive" economic provisions in the 1987 Constitution should be revised since foreign corporations have been skirting the prohibition on foreign ownership of lands and businesses by resorting to dummying, a lawmaker said Monday. Cavite 4th District Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr. cited as an example some media companies, which, he said, are "just using dummies, in direct violation of our laws," and are still able to operate in the country. "Kaya ako since 2007, I was already in favor of Charter change," he said in an interview over Politiko TV. The 1987 Constitution limits foreign ownership of land and businesses to only 40 percent and sets aside the other ...

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Two men having sex on Hong Kong train leads to police probe

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/18/2021 - 18:27
Two train passengers were seen performing sexual acts on the Hong Kong mass transit railway (MTR) in videos that went viral on Twitter. In one of the clips, clothes can be seen on the seats of the Tung Chung line while two men have sex in an empty carriage, the South China Morning Post reported on Saturday, Jan. 16. Another clip showed one of the men taking a selfie while the train had passengers on the far end. The videos censored the men's faces with emoji and the Twitter account shut down after the clips went viral. A spokesperson of the MTR Corporation said it is unaware of the source of the video or the date it was filmed. There were also no reports from stations and pa...

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Civil marriages become COVID-19 casualty in Leyte town

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/18/2021 - 18:26
TACLOBAN CITY---A town in Leyte would suspend civil marriages amid a surge in COVID-19 cases. Inopacan Mayor Azucena Mirambel, in an advisory, said the municipal hall would be closed starting on Monday (Jan. 18) until Wednesday (Jan. 20) for disinfection after several employees were found to be direct contacts of an employee who tested positive for SARS Cov2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Among several measures taken by the municipal government to slow down the spread of COVID-19 cases were a prohibition on Masses and other religious gatherings. Private gatherings were also banned. Inopacan currently has 30 COVID-19 cases with one death, a 75-year-old, last Jan. 13. The rur...

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Army says NPA guerrilla captured after clash in Borongan

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/18/2021 - 18:14
BORONGAN CITY---Government soldiers arrested an alleged communist guerrilla and seized explosives and firearms after a 30-minute clash at a village here on Sunday (Jan. 17). The 78th Infantry Warriors Battalion identified the arrested rebel suspect as Bienvenido Abagancia, resident of Layo Pinabacdao in Samar province. The military seized four homemade bombs, a homemade rifle, a homemade .38 caliber revolver, 16 M-16 magazines, an M-14 magazine, ammunition, backpacks and personal belongings. Lt. Col Alvior, commander of the Philippine National Army 78th IB, lauded residents for their help in locating rebel positions. Alvior appealed to members of New People's Army (NPA) to su...

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Messi sees red as Bilbao stuns Barca to win Spanish Super Cup

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/18/2021 - 18:08
Lionel Messi was sent off for the first time playing for Barcelona as Athletic Bilbao stunned the Catalans to win the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday, a dramatic final finishing 3-2 after extra-time. Moments before Bilbao's momentous triumph was confirmed, Messi threw an arm at Asier Villalibre, who had earlier scored a 90th-minute equalizer in normal time to deny Barca victory. Antoine Griezmann's double looked to have sealed the trophy but Villalibre intervened before Inaki Williams' fabulous strike three minutes into extra time proved decisive. Messi shook off a thigh problem to start in Seville and was required to play all 120 minutes as Barcelona attempted to take the game ...

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DOH: Gov’t negotiating for ‘best, most ideal prices’ for COVID-19 vaccines

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/18/2021 - 18:06
MANILA, Philippines --- Trust and respect the actions being undertaken by the government in procuring "the best vaccines at the most ideal prices" for Filipinos. Thus, was the plea of the Department of Health (DOH) as the country's acquisition of COVID-19 vaccines were being met with scrutiny and criticisms by taxpayers as well as senators. This comes after Senator Sonny Angara's office cleared up Monday that the estimated market prices of COVID-19 vaccines it released late last year had been supplied to the Senate by DOH. READ: Angara clarifies: Data on prices of Covid-19 vaccines came from DOH "The DOH clarifies that the said vaccine prices were indicative market prices bas...

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What Mars sounds like, and the rover's welcome party

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 01/18/2021 - 18:03
Mars is about to be a very busy place when three separate missions arrive at the red planet in February.
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Senate honors late MMDA chair Danilo Lim, condoles with kin

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/18/2021 - 18:00
MANILA, Philippines --- The Senate on Monday expressed its condolences on the death of Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairperson Danilo Lim. Senators adopted Senate Resolution No. 613 expressing the chamber's "profound sympathy and sincere condolences" to Lim's family. Lim died last Jan. 6, more than a week after he confirmed that he tested positive for coronavirus. He was 65. In the resolution filed by Senator Risa Hontiveros, Lim was described as someone whose life was "dedicated to the pursuit of excellence." "He didn't fulfill the adage that old soldiers never die, but he will never fade away," Hontiveros said in her sponsorship speech. "General Danny Lim, as mos...

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10-day ECQ eyed in Tuguegarao City to check swelling COVID-19 cases

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/18/2021 - 17:58
TUGUEGARAO CITY ---- A 10-day enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) is being considered here following a surge in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases, Mayor Jefferson Soriano said on Monday, Jan. 18. Soriano said the proposal had been submitted to the regional inter-agency task force as the city's active COVID-19 cases rose to 246 on Monday. The latest infections were traced to 30 villages, where local and community transmissions have been observed. Health officials said the surge could be due to holiday and post-holiday infections. If approved by the task force, the ECQ could begin on Jan. 20 and might be extended for another five days depending on the escalation of virus inf...

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PAF: Too early to say engine problem caused fatal Huey crash in Bukidnon

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/18/2021 - 17:58
MANILA, Philippines---The Philippine Air Force (PAF) said the investigation into the crash in Bukidnon province of a Huey helicopter that killed seven Air Force and Army men was still ongoing and it was too early to say what caused it. The Huey UH-1H with tail number 517, was on its third resupply mission run for the day when it nosedived at the village of Bulonay in Impasugong town, Bukidnon province last Saturday (Jan. 16). All those onboard---four Air Force men and three Army soldiers---were killed. Lt. Col. Aristides Galang, PAF spokesperson, said the investigation into the crash was still ongoing. "The investigation has no result yet so it's too early for us to assume or...

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Once again, Vilma Santos-Recto files bill renewing ABS-CBN’s 25-year franchise

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/18/2021 - 17:55
MANILA, Philippines --- Months after ABS-CBN's franchise bid was denied in the House of Representatives, Deputy Speaker Vilma Santos-Recto once again filed a bill renewing the network's 25-year franchise. Santos-Recto, who has been a vocal supporter of ABS-CBN, filed House Bill No. 8298 last January 5---a copy of which was obtained by media on Monday. In filing the bill, Santos-Recto said that ABS-CBN is "the Philippines' largest entertainment and media conglomerate in terms of revenue, operating income, net income, assets, equity, market capitalization, and the number of employees." "Despite the growing popularity of social media, television still remains as a preferred mass me...

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Lionel Messi sent off in Barcelona's Super Cup final defeat to Athletic Bilbao

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 01/18/2021 - 17:50
Lionel Messi was shown the first red card of his Barcelona career, as Ronald Koeman's side suffered a 3-2 extra-time defeat to Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Super Cup final.
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Ilocos Norte stops COVID-19 quarantine at home for returning residents

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/18/2021 - 17:43
LAOAG CITY---The Ilocos Norte provincial government on Monday (Jan. 18) stopped allowing home quarantine for returning residents, officials said. The move came after the Philippines' first case of the more contagious UK coronavirus variant was detected by the Department of Health (DOH) in a returning Filipino last Jan. 13. In December 2020, the provincial government eased its COVID-19 protocol by allowing returning residents to go on 14-day mandatory quarantine at home instead of in isolation facilities of the government. Stranded individuals and returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) had been allowed supervised home quarantine for 14 days with their family members. In an...

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CHR to PNP, DOJ: Resolve cop’s rape-slay case of minor in Ilocos

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/18/2021 - 17:42
    MANILA, Philippines --- The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has reminded both the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to quickly resolve the case of a police officer accused in the June 2020 rape and killing of a minor from Ilocos Sur. CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia said in a statement on Monday that bringing justice to the death of 15-year-old Fabel Pineda would send a strong message to law enforcement agencies --- that wrongdoings would never be tolerated even among public officials. Otherwise, the commission warned that the failure to find a resolution would press culture of impunity further, where women are abused and a...

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