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‘They said they’ll shoot’: Nigerian schoolgirls recount kidnap ordeal

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/02/2021 - 22:20
GUSAU, Nigeria --- Gunmen have freed all 279 girlskidnapped from a boarding school in northwest Nigeria, officials saidTuesday, as victims told how their abductors had beaten and threatened to shoot them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uexbU5UT5HY The pupils from Jangebe, a town in Zamfara state, were seized just after midnight on Friday. All had now been freed, Zamfara Governor Bello Matawallesaid. Umma Abubakar, among those released, described theirordeal. "Most of us got injured on our feet and we could not continue trekking, so theysaidthey will shoot anybody who did not continue to walk," she told Reuters. Boarding schools in northern Nigeria have become targets ...

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Biden administration sanctions senior Russian officials over Navalny poisoning and imprisonment

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 03/02/2021 - 22:18
The Biden administration has slapped sanctions on seven Russian officials in response to the poisoning and imprisonment of opposition leader Alexey Navalny.
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6 Dr. Seuss books won't be published anymore because of racist images

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 03/02/2021 - 22:16
Six Dr. Seuss books will no longer be published because they "portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong," the business that preserves the author's legacy said.
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Nearly 1.3-M tipline reports flagging OSAEC content received by DOJ in 2020

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/02/2021 - 22:11
MANILA, Philippines --- The Department of Justice (DOJ) cybercrime office received almost 1.3-million tipline reports in 2020 of online sexual abuse and child exploitation (OSAEC) content, an official told the senators at the hearing. During Wednesday's hearing of bills seeking greater protection for children from sexual abuse and exploitation online, Atty. Angiereen Medina, officer-in-charge of the DOJ's Office of Cybercrime, noted the rise in cyber tipline reports received in 2020 compared to 2019. "In 2019, we received around 426,000 reports. Come 2020, and this is during the Covid pandemic, our office received approximately 1,297,000 cyber tipline reports," she said. These r...

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The EU's unified vaccination strategy is splintering as countries turn to Israel, China and Russia for help

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 03/02/2021 - 22:04
The European Union's 27-nation vaccine strategy is splintering as member states turn to nations outside the bloc to boost a faltering rollout plagued by supply issues, contract skirmishes and sluggish takeup.
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UK royal Meghan seeks roughly $2.1M in costs after court privacy win

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/02/2021 - 22:03
LONDON --- Meghan, Britain's Duchess of Sussex, is seeking 1.5 million pounds ($2.1 million) in legal costs after she won a privacy claim against the Mail on Sunday which had printed extracts of a letter she wrote to her father. Last month, a judge at London's High Court ruled the tabloid had breached her privacy and infringed her copyright by publishing parts of the five-page letter she wrote to her father Thomas Markle who she fell out with on the eve of her wedding to Queen Elizabeth's grandson, Prince Harry. Judge Mark Warby ruled in her favor without holding a trial, saying the articles were a clear breach of privacy after the paper argued the duchess had intended the letter's...

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These 6 Dr. Seuss books won't be published anymore

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 03/02/2021 - 22:03
Six Dr. Seuss books will no longer be published because they "portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong," the business that preserves the author's legacy said.
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42% of school-age Filipinos don’t use devices for distance learning — SWS

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/02/2021 - 21:58
MANILA, Philippines --- Around 42 percent of school-age Filipinos currently enrolled do not use any distance learning device, a survey from the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed. SWS said in its report dated Monday that it asked household heads during the face-to-face surveys conducted last November 21 to 25, 2020, whether their school-age relatives --- or those aged five to 20 --- were enrolled for the current school year. Schools are also using either online lessons, modular learning, or hybrid learning systems to avoid possible COVID-19 transmissions. According to SWS, data collected from respondents showed 58 percent of students use devices, which were specified as laptop...

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NFL owner, who is also a pilot, jets in to help secure J.J. Watt deal

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 03/02/2021 - 21:54
Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwell didn't leave anything to chance when it came to signing J.J. Watt -- the American businessman personally flew his jet to scoop up and transport the three-time defensive player of the year to his new team.
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Reporters Without Borders files criminal complaint against Saudi crown prince

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 03/02/2021 - 21:52
Reporters Without Borders has filed a criminal complaint in Germany accusing Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other Saudi officials of committing crimes against humanity in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi and the detention of 34 other journalists.
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Davao City execs heave sigh of relief at arrival of 12,000 CoronaVac doses

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/02/2021 - 21:43
DAVAO CITY---Officials here heaved a collective sigh of relief over the arrival of 12,000 doses of CoronaVac, the vaccine produced by Chinese company Sinovac and donated by the Chinese government, for injection into at least 6,000 people, mostly health workers, in a city with a population of 1.6 million (2015 census).   The plane carrying the vaccines landed at the Davao International Airport past 6 a.m. on Tuesday (March 2).   Mayor Sara Duterte told the INQUIRER late on Monday (March 1) that the doses were enough for 6,000 peoeple, mostly health care workers at the Southern Philippines Medical Center, one of the biggest hospitals in Mindanao.   Dr. Ashl...

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Avlon examines why Biden's relief plan didn't get a single Republican vote in the House

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 03/02/2021 - 21:41
CNN's John Avlon examines why President Joe Biden's Covid-19 relief package, which had a 68% approval rating according to a Quinnipiac University poll, didn't secure a single Republican vote in the House.
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Poor intel work of gov’t forces underscored in terror law arguments at SC

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/02/2021 - 21:40
MANILA, Philippines --- Petitioners on Tuesday raised before the Supreme Court the issue of poor intelligence work on the part of authorities that will implement what they insisted is a vague Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 (ATA). Former Integrated Bar of the Philippines President Jose Anselmo Cadiz said the country already has the Human Security Act (HSA) to fight terrorism and that it is far better than the ATA because it enumerates acts that can be considered terrorism. Under the HSA, there is no provision punishing "proposal to commit terrorism" as a separate offense as well as the acts of planning, training, preparing, and facilitating the commission of terrorism. In the ATA, on...

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Rep. Kinzinger: Trump is a loser and we will move on

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 03/02/2021 - 21:39
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) speaks to CNN's Alisyn Camerota about why he thinks that the Republican Party will move on from former President Donald Trump.
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Amanda Gorman's Dutch translator stands down after uproar that Black writer wasn't chosen

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 03/02/2021 - 21:26
Dutch writer Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, who won the International Booker Prize in 2020, has withdrawn from a project to translate Black American poet Amanda Gorman's work following a backlash against the commission.
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Can stocks shrug off bubble talk? Wall Street thinks so

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 03/02/2021 - 21:24
Financial markets have been rocked by volatility in recent days as investors try to game out how to play the next phase of the pandemic.
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‘The fight goes on’: Carla Bruni and French conservatives rally round Sarkozy

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/02/2021 - 21:24
PARIS --- Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative political allies and his singer-songwriter wife have rallied to the defense of the former French president after a court convicted him of corruption, but his leftist foes hailed the verdict, saying justice had been served. A Paris court on Monday ruled that Sarkozy, 66, had tried to bribe a judge after leaving office and to peddle influence in exchange for confidential information about an investigation into his 2007 campaign finances. In a stunning fall from grace for a man who as president from 2007 to 2012 bestrode the national and global stage, Sarkozy was handed a three-year jail sentence, suspended for two, though he is unlikely to...

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WHO: 142 countries to get 237M vaccines doses from COVAX by end May

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/02/2021 - 21:16
GENEVA --- Some 237 million doses of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine are expected to be delivered to 142 countries by the end of May through the COVAX facility, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, told a news conference that vaccine deliveries were planned on Tuesday to Angola, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nigeria. Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo said his West African country, which has begun its inoculation campaign with COVAX doses, aimed to vaccinate 20 million people by the end of 2021....

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Myanmar’s neighbors press for Suu Kyi’s release, restoration of democracy

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/02/2021 - 21:11
Myanmar's neighbors pressed its ruling military on Tuesday to release ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi and cease what Singapore called the disastrous use of lethal force against opponents of their February 1 coup and work out a solution to the crisis. The calls from fellow members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) came as Myanmar police again opened fire to disperse crowds after weeks of demonstrations against military rule. Several people were wounded, witnesses said. ASEAN foreign ministers held talks with a representative of the junta in a video call two days after the bloodiest day of unrest since the military overthrew Suu Kyi's elected government. At ...

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Palawan requires negative test results for travellers in lieu of quarantine

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/02/2021 - 21:04
PUERTO PRINCESA CITY---Travellers to the city would no longer be required to go on quarantine provided they present negative coronavirus test results from laboratories accredited by the Department of Health (DOH).   Arnel Pedrosa, city administrator, said in a phone interview on Tuesday (March 2) that to "fill the vaccuum" in precautionary measures that would be left by the scrapping of quarantine requirement, travellers would be asked to undergo two tests for SARS Cov2, the virus that causes COVID-19, on the third and fourth day of their arrival.   The tests have to be reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), supposedly the most reliable.  ...

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