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Ukraine’s Zelensky on Azovstal: We hope to save ‘lives of our guys’

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 12:07
      Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said early on Tuesday that he hoped the lives of the servicemen defending the besieged Azovstal steel plant will be saved. "We hope that we will be able to save the lives of our guys," Zelensky said in his nightly video address. "There are severely wounded ones among them. They're receiving care. Ukraine needs Ukrainian heroes alive." The military command said that the combat mission to defend the plant has been fulfilled and the evacuation of the servicemen began.   RELATED STORIES Ukrainian troops evacuate Mariupol, ceding control to Russia Flood saves Ukrainian village from Russian occupati...

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Sri Lanka down to last day of petrol, PM tells crisis-hit nation

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 12:03
https://youtu.be/oW0IQUY0Nck   COLOMBO -- Sri Lanka's new prime minister said on Monday the crisis-hit nation was down to its last day of petrol, as the country's power minister told citizens not to join the lengthy fuel queues that have galvanized weeks of anti-government protests. Ranil Wickremesinghe, appointed prime minister on Thursday, said in an address to the nation the country urgently needed $75 million in foreign exchange to pay for essential imports. "At the moment, we only have petrol stocks for a single day. The next couple of months will be the most difficult ones of our lives," he said. "We must prepare ourselves to make some sacrifices and face the ch...

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Final touches for 75th Cannes film fest

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 12:02
The last touches were being laid in Cannes on Monday for the 75th anniversary edition of the world's leading film festival, promising a return to its full glitz. Dangling from ropes above the fabled Palais des Festivals, workers were unfurling the huge poster for the Cannes Film Festival's golden jubilee, which this year features an image from "The Truman Show." Some 35,000 film professionals are expected between May 17 and 28, hoping for a return to form for cinema's most glamorous event after two years in which COVID-19 dampened the mood. "We are ready. The town hall has just redone everything, the whole place, so we hope it will go well," said Jeremie Tripet, manager of L...

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US to allow baby formula imports amid nationwide shortage

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 11:56
    WASHINGTON -- The United States will allow baby formula imports from foreign makers that do not usually sell their products here, the Food and Drug Administration said on Monday, as it tries to ease a nationwide shortage that has left parents scrambling to feed their babies. The temporary move could help put more formula onto U.S. shelves in a few weeks, a U.S. FDA official said during a news briefing. Foreign makers will need to meet a list of safety and nutritional standards provided by the FDA. U.S. baby formula has been in low stock after a February recall of baby powder formula and plant closure by one of the nation's main manufacturers, Abbott Laborato...

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Biden’s senior exec says Asean meet shows US isn’t overly focused on Ukraine

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 11:54
MANILA, Philippines --- The recently concluded United States (US)-Asean Special Summit is also an assurance that US President Joe Biden's administration is not overly focused on the Ukraine issue, a senior official of the US government told Southeast Asian reporters on Tuesday. According to Senior Director for East Asia and Oceania on the National Security Council (NSC) Edgard Kagan, who also functions as a Special Assistant to the President, Biden sees the need to continue with the programs it initiated during the start of his term --- including strengthening ties between US and Indo-Pacific countries. The US-Asean Special Summit is proof of which, Kagan said, as Biden ensured...

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CebuPac places pilot under disciplinary review after ‘baseless’ post vs Robredo

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 11:53
MANILA, Philippines --- A Cebu Pacific Air pilot is under disciplinary review after he posted an unfounded claim against Vice President Leni Robredo. The pilot earlier lambasted Robredo on social media site Facebook, alleging that the vice president caused flight diversions at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport after requesting that her flight be prioritized. Robredo, as vice president, is among the three persons who have a privilege of having landing and takeoff priority. The two others are the President, and the Senate President. "Since becoming aware of the social media post by one of our pilots in reference to a flight of Vice President Leni Robredo, I confirm that t...

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Sandstorm closes schools, offices and halts flights in Iraq

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 11:51
    BAGHDAD -- A heavy sandstorm in Iraq, the latest of what Iraqis say is an unprecedented number to hit the country in recent weeks, closed some state schools and offices and halted flights at Baghdad International Airport on Monday. Authorities in Baghdad, including the Education Ministry, declared a day off for local government institutions, with the exception of health services. Hundreds of people across the capital and southern cities went to hospitals with breathing difficulties, medical officials said. Baghdad International Airport said in a statement it was closing its airspace and halting all flights until further notice because of low visibility. A...

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Explainer: SEA Games and their various mascots

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 11:50
The 2021 Southeast Asian Games, hosted by Vietnam, has Sao La as the mascot. It was inspired by the Vu Quang bovid, a rare, forest-dwelling bovine, which was found in 1992 in the Annamite Range in Vietnam. The mascot was chosen after a two-year contest that drew some 500 entries. According to the definition, a mascot is a symbol used to represent an idea. It also serves as a message at sports competitions. At most SEA Games, a quadrennial event, the hosts combine animals with human-like characters. Their expressions are bright and cheerful with a child-like, adorable quality, while symbolizing the identity of the host country. "Sao La", the animal that was found first in Vietna...

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Tarlac cops donate blood to regional hospital

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 11:47
MABALACAT CITY, Pampanga----The Tarlac provincial police office turned over on Monday 112 bags of blood to the Jose B. Lingad Memorial General Hospital in Pampanga province. The donation was made after the blood-letting activity dubbed "Dugo ko, Buhay mo" at Camp Francisco Macabulos in Tarlac City. Provincial police director Col. Erwin Sanque said the activity emphasized the importance of donating blood. "In addition, it offers a meaningful impact to every policeman and private individual who, at one point, may require medical assistance, including the need for blood transfusion to save lives," he added. In Concepcion town, police conducted foot and mobile patrols to remi...

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First draft of Chile’s new constituion set, fine-tuning to begin

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 11:47
    SANTIAGO -- Commissions in charge of fine-tuning a draft of Chile's new constitution and mapping out the transition from a free-market doctrine to a focus on rights and social programs take over on Monday before it is put to a vote in September. The constitutional assembly finished approving new articles over the weekend, with a total of 499 given the green light since the debate began last October. The harmonization commission will be in charge of consolidating and fine-tuning the text, another will be in charge of writing an introductory text and a third will establish a framework to transition from one constitution to the next. "We haven't been exempt ...

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Johnny Depp, Amber Heard trial resumes after week-long break: Key moments from defamation case

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 11:38
Actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are suing each other for defamation, each claiming they were abused before and during their roughly two-year marriage. A Virginia jury is hearing the case, which is expected to run through late May. Below are key moments in the trial so far: Depp testified that he never hit Heard or any other woman. He said she was the one who became abusive and "bullied" him with "demeaning name calling." "It seemed like pure hatred for me," Depp said. "If I stayed to argue, eventually, I was sure it was going to escalate into violence, and oftentimes it did." During an argument in Australia in early 2015, Depp said Heard threw a vodka bottle that se...

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Rayver Cruz to Julie Anne San Jose on her birthday: ‘Maghihintay ako kahit gaano katagal, mahal kita’

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 11:18
Rayver Cruz appears to have made public the real status between him and singer Julie Anne San Jose through a message he gave her for her 28th birthday. Cruz voiced out his feelings in a greeting during San Jose's birthday celebration, as seen on Sparkle GMA Artist Center's Instagram page yesterday, May 16. "Gusto ko lang sabihin how much I appreciate you, Juls. Maraming-maraming salamat sa lahat kasi blessing ka sa lahat ng tao, blessing ka for me," he said. "You inspire everyone, especially me." (I just want to say how much I appreciate you, Juls. Thank you so much for being a blessing to everyone and a blessing for me. You inspire everyone, especially me.) The actor-dan...

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WATCH: Jane de Leon catches magical stone from Ding in ‘Darna’ teaser

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 11:11
Jane de Leon is almost ready to fly as Darna as she received the magical stone and teased her transformation into the iconic Filipino superhero. The actress showed the teaser for the upcoming "Mars Ravelo's Darna: The TV Series" on her Instagram page yesterday, May 16. The teaser features the first Darna (Iza Calzado) warning her daughter Narda (de Leon) about an evil entity and training her to become the superhero. It also offers a glimpse of Narda's love interest Brian (Joshua Garcia), as well as Regina (Janella Salvador) who eventually becomes Darna's nemesis Valentina. It then shows Narda catching her mother's magical stone and transforming into Darna, with help from her...

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North Korea mobilizes army, steps up tracing amid COVID-19 wave

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 11:10
  SEOUL -- North Korea has mobilized its military to distribute COVID medications and deployed more than 10,000 health workers to help trace potential patients as it fights a sweeping coronavirus wave, state media KCNA said on Tuesday. The isolated country is grappling with its first acknowledged COVID-19 outbreak, which it confirmed last week, fuelling concerns over a major crisis due to a lack of vaccines and adequate medical infrastructure. The state emergency epidemic prevention headquarters reported 269,510 more people with fever symptoms, bringing the total to 1,483,060, while the death toll grew to 56 as of Monday evening, KCNA said. It did not say how many peopl...

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SEA Games: Vietnamese bet swims his way out of poverty

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 11:09
NOI --- Vietnam's Pham Thanh Bao looked up at the electric board above the pool the moment he touched the wall at the end of the men's 100m breaststroke, before slapping the water in delight. He had beaten powerful rivals, including title favorite Maximillian Wei Ang, to win his first-ever SEA Games gold. Wei ofSingapore finished second andGagarin Nathaniel Yus ofIndonesia was third. Making his victory all the sweeter was his time of 1min 1.17sec, a new Vietnam national record. The previous record had stood since the 2009 SEA Games in Laos, set by the late Nguyen Huu Viet. Furthermore, his time also set a new Games record, beating the 1:01.46 set by James Deiparine of the...

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This Manotoc is blazing his own trail on the course

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 11:09
HANOI---National golf team first-timer Gab Manotoc was raised by his parents in a manner that veered from traditional ways. He wasn't fed with formula milk---not even a single drop---and lived on an organic vegetable diet until he became a teenager. He also didn't go to a big school like what most of his friends went to. There was one family tradition, however, that had to be followed: golf. With both his parents considered as household names in Philippine golf, it was imperative that Gab live a golfing life, a big part of it spent at Calatagan Golf Club when his father Tommy worked as general manager for a number of years. Tommy, one of the best amateurs the country has ...

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The muddled past of Nutribun

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 10:59
MANILA, Philippines---Throughout the campaign period, the achievements and programs of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr.---whether based on historical records or mere claims by die-hard supporters---seemed to have become the shadow of presumptive president Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. The so-called legacies of the late Marcos have resurfaced amid the younger Marcos' presidential bid. Stories glorifying and lauding what Marcos Sr. has done as president have spread online through various platforms---boosting the son's campaign. Many of these stories, however, have been fact-checked and found to be myths or false claims. READ: Debunking Marcos myths on social media Among...

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Petition to disqualify Bongbong Marcos as president reaches SC

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 10:50
MANILA, Philippines --- Civic leaders on Tuesday has asked the Supreme Court to stop the Senate and Congress from canvassing the votes case for former senator and presumptive president Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. The prayer for a restraining order is contained in a petition to reverse the Commission on Elections (Comelec) decision that dismissed the bid to cancel Marcos' certificate of candidacy. "The injunctive relief sought is clearly urgent. Petitioners respectfully ask this Court to act without any delay in considering this application," the petition stated. Petitioners refers to the Comelec's January 17, 2022 resolution andComelec's en banc dated May 10, 2022. RE...

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Ukrainian troops evacuate Mariupol, ceding control to Russia

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 10:49
    KYIV/NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine -- Ukraine's military said on Tuesday it was working to evacuate all remaining troops from their last stronghold in the besieged port of Mariupol, ceding control of the city to Russia after months of bombardment. The evacuation likely marked the end of the longest and bloodiest battle of the Ukraine war and a significant defeat for Ukraine. Mariupol is now in ruins after a Russian siege that Ukraine says killed tens of thousands of people in the city. With the rest of Mariupol firmly in Russian hands, hundreds of Ukrainian troops and civilians had holed up beneath the city's Azovstal steelworks. Civilians inside were evacuated in rec...

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10 things My Chemical Romance made me feel with their comeback track

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 10:41
Heeding the calls of their emo children of 2006, My Chemical Romance has risen yet again. Despite it being Friday the 13th---at least on this side of the globe---members of the Black Parade have been blessed with the new song "The Foundations of Decay," the rock band's first drop since 2014. In the new track, the four-piece emo kings channel old-school MCR, as if possessed by platinum-haired military suit-garbed Gerard Way. The six-minute "The Foundations of Decay" begins with garbled static, a balladic piano and guitar combo, and then boom, there goes the scream we all know and love. With imagery alluding to faith packaged as an epic in anthemic form, My Chemical Romance, yet a...

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