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China teacher handed death sentence for poisoning children

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 21:07
  A kindergarten teacher in China has been sentenced to death for poisoning dozens of children in an act of revenge against a colleague that left one toddler dead. A court in the central Chinese province of Henan said Wang Yun put sodium nitrite into porridge being prepared for her colleague's students, sickening 25. The attack took place in March 2019 and left one boy severely ill for months before he died in January this year, according to news reports. The Jiaozuo City Intermediate People's Court on Monday said Wang knew sodium nitrite was harmful but went ahead "with no regard for the consequences," leaving many innocent children in hospital. News reports last yea...

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Davao LGU lauds conviction of Roxas Night Market bombing suspects

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 20:58
MANILA, Philippines --- Davao City's local government has lauded the court's decision to convict seven people involved in the gruesome bombing of the Roxas Night Market in September 2016, saying that it was a victory for the city's people. According to a statement from acting Mayor Sebastian Duterte on Tuesday, the decision by the Taguig City Regional Trial Court Branch 226 to convict the suspect "underscores the delivery of justice" for the victims. The court on Monday convicted TJ Macabalang, Wendel Facturan, Musali Mustapha, Jessy Vincent Original, Zack Lopez, Jackson Usi, and Ausa Mamasapano for the brutal bombing that claimed the lives of 17 persons. "The City Government of...

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Michael Cohen says Trump could be facing bankruptcy

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 20:47
President Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen speaks to CNN's Alisyn Camerota about The New York Times' reporting on Trump's tax returns.
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Despite toll, never too late to fight pandemic—WHO chief

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 20:46
The grim milestone of one million COVID-19 deaths should spur the planet into fighting back against the disease, the WHO insisted Tuesday, saying it was "never too late to turn things around." The World Health Organization's chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said there were encouraging signs of hope, citing vaccine candidates in final-stage trials. And he said that while the world awaited scientific breakthroughs, the new coronavirus could be effectively contained through proven public health measures. "One million people have now been lost to COVID-19 and many more are suffering because of the pandemic," Tedros said in an article in the British online newspaper The Independe...

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House to probe Facebook takedown of gov’t accounts

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 20:37
MANILA, Philippines --- The House of Representatives will initiate "appropriate proceedings" into the reported move of Facebook to take down alleged fakeaccounts linked to the military and police, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said Tuesday. Cayetano said the House would determine whether the reported actions of Facebook were "detrimental" to the freedom of expression. "Upon passage of the 2021 Budget in the House of Representatives, rest assured that we shall initiate the appropriate proceedings in aid of legislation to truly determine if the reported actions of Facebook are detrimental to the Constitutional freedom of expression guaranteed to all Filipinos, regardless of political c...

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Phivolcs chief says 4 volcanoes keeping agency busy

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 20:26
MANILA, Philippines---The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said it is currently keeping track of four volcanoes showing "abnormal" activity. At a Senate budget hearing on Tuesday (Sept. 29), Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum identified the volcanoes as Taal in Batangas, Mayon in Albay, Bulusan in Sorsogon and Kanlaon in Negros Island. Taal, which erupted last January, has shown a decrease in restiveness but was also showing changes its activity in the past weeks because of pressure, Solidum said. "It's swelling again so we have to continuously monitor it," Solidum told senators, speaking partly in Filipino. Alert level No. 1 had been raised over all four v...

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Duterte meets with Cayetano, Velasco amid speakership issue

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 20:24
MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte met with Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco on Tuesday night amid lingering speakership issue in the House of Representatives. In photos sent to reporters by Senator Bong Go, Cayetano and Velasco could be seen in conference with the President in Malacaang. According to PDP-Laban executive director Ron Munsayac, President Duterte is expected to say "the final word" on who will be the next Speaker. The meeting came after over 200 lawmakers signed a manifesto backing the continued speakership of Cayetano. In 2019, Duterte brokered a deal where Cayetano would serve as Speaker in the first 15 mon...

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Jeepney drivers, senior citizens challenge govt’s COVID-19 policy before SC

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 20:16
MANILA, Philippines --- Invoking the right to be treated fairly and equitably, two sectors of society challenged before the Supreme Court the government's policy in its fight against COVID-19. In two separate petitions, the group of traditional jeepney drivers and senior citizens invoked their human rights: for the jeepney drivers to live a dignified life, particularly the right to work and have an adequate standard of living; for the senior citizens, they want to have the inherent right to life, dignity and the integrity which are protected by the law. Petitioner, former National Commission of Indigenous Peoples chair Eugenio Insigne asked the high court to stop President Rodrigo ...

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NBA Finals: LeBron James finding new ways to define greatness

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 20:09
LeBron James has many things on his mind, but right now his focus is on helping his Los Angeles Lakers team win a championship in the year it lost its most beloved former player Kobe Bryant.
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Gupta: Trump has gone 'doctor shopping'

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 19:58
Dr. Sanjay Gupta discusses what he calls President Trump's "doctor shopping" on behalf of the American people in order to find doctors who tell him what he wants to hear about the coronavirus pandemic.
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A boy sent his Baby Yoda doll to Oregon firefighters. Now they take it on their calls.

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 19:50
When 5-year-old Carver learned about the wildfires ravaging his home state of Oregon, he told his grandmother Sasha Tinning he wanted to do something to help the heroes on the front lines.
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Thiem admits tough fight ahead to replace ‘Big Three’

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 19:43
US Open champion Dominic Thiem admitted Monday that he faces a stiff challenge to keep tennis high up in the public consciousness once Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic call it quits. Thiem, 27, captured his maiden Slam title in New York with a breathtaking five-set win over Alexander Zverev earlier this month, the first major final in six years not to feature at least one of the "Big Three." However, US broadcaster ESPN said that ratings for that championship match were down 48%. Both Federer and Nadal opted not to play the US Open while Djokovic was disqualified in the last 16. "I think it's normal, because Federer, Djokovic, Nadal, they are like global sup...

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Locsin, Huang meet to talk about PH-China ‘strategic cooperation’

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 19:42
MANILA, Philippines --- Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. and China's top diplomat in the Philippines met Tuesday to discuss "strategic cooperation" between Manila and Beijing. Locsin met with Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian in celebration of the 71st anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China and the Mid-Autumn Festival, which both fall on October 1. "The Secretary and Ambassador exchanged views on China-Philippines relations, strategic cooperation," the Chinese Embassy in Manila said in a short statement. Issues of common concern were also discussed during their meeting, according to the embassy. The meeting was held ...

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How are Twitter users responding to the platform’s ‘read the news story’ prompts?

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 19:36
Twitter recently outlined that many internet users rarely read the news they retweet. That is why the tech giant started to issue banner warnings this summer to encourage users to read the stories they are about to share. This move seems to be paying off, since 40% of the users involved in the experiment clicked on the news reports' links. Twitter recently shared the encouraging results of an experiment it launched last May among Android users. "Headlines don't tell the whole story. You can read the article on Twitter before Retweeting", read the Twitter banner. After seeing these warnings, 40% of the users clicked more often on the news links they were about to share via their...

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Hiring a private jet is easier than you think

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 19:27
Passengers looking for alternative ways to travel that minimize close contact are increasingly turning to private aircraft or charter flights and getting aboard one isn't as expensive as you might think. Here's how to hire a private jet.
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Scientists create 'super enzyme' that eats plastic bottles six times faster

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 19:24
Scientists have created a new "super enzyme" that can break down plastic up to six times faster than their previous enzyme.
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Where Trump and Biden stand on 9 major policy issues

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 19:19
President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden have taken very different positions on a range of policy issues. Hear from Trump and Biden in their own words how they would tackle the problems facing the United States.
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Chinese company targets global sales with quick COVID-19 tests

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 19:18
BEIJING --- A Chinese company is entering the global race to help defeat the coronavirus, promising its testing machine will return results faster than a lab and more reliably than at-home screening kits. The Flash 20 "is currently the fastest machine in the world for PCR tests for the new coronavirus", says Sabrina Li, founder of the company Coyote. PCR tests are the industry standard and a major weapon against a pandemic that has now killed more than a million people and eviscerated the global economy. As governments scramble to develop adequate response systems, Li is targeting global sales. Already used at hospitals and airports in China, the contraption can process f...

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Cardinal George Pell set to return to Rome after acquittal on child sex abuse charges

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 19:14
Cardinal George Pell is due to return to Rome Wednesday, a source close to him told CNN Tuesday, marking his first return since his acquittal nearly six months ago on child sex abuse charges and release from prison in his native Australia.
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