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British PM faces confidence vote after Brexit humiliation

LONDON, United Kingdom --- Prime Minister Theresa May was expected to win a confidence vote on Wednesday despite a crushing defeat over her Brexit deal that triggered warnings of a chaotic "no-deal" divorce. MPs on Tuesday rejected May's deal on leaving the European Union, leaving the Brexit process in limbo with just 73 days to go before the official departure date. May suffered the biggest government defeat in modern British history when the House of Commons rejected by 432 votes to 202 the deal she struck with Brussels last year after 18 months of negotiation. The EU immediately warned that the vote raises the risk of a hugely disruptive "no deal" Brexit where Britain cou...Keep on reading: British PM faces confidence vote after Brexit humiliation.....»»

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Man who won lottery in 2018 scores again in 2019

A man from Delaware, United States may have started his 2019 on a high note after he bagged $10,000 (around P522,000) in the local lottery. The unidentifiedman told Delaware lottery officials that he purchased ten Grand Instant game tickets at a store in the town of Smyrna. Little did he know that one of these tickets would lead him to win the jackpot. "I had to run out to my truck to get my glasses," he said, recalling the moment he won. "I was in disbelief." This was not the first time he got lucky, as he actually ended 2018 with a $2,900 (around P151,000) win. When asked what he plans to do with his winnings, he said he wants to surprise his niece with concert tickets ...Keep on reading: Man who won lottery in 2018 scores again in 2019.....»»

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US assessment raises concerns over China attacking Taiwan

WASHINGTON --- Amid increasing tensions with Beijing, the Pentagon has released a new report that lays out US concerns about China's growing military might, underscoring worries about a possible attack against Taiwan. Speaking to reporters, a senior defense intelligence official said Tuesday that the key concern is that as China upgrades its military equipment and technology and reforms how it trains and develops troops, it becomes more confident in its ability to wage a regional conflict. And Beijing's leaders have made it clear that reasserting sovereignty over Taiwan is a top priority. The official added, however, that although China could easily fire missiles at Taiwan, it ...Keep on reading: US assessment raises concerns over China attacking Taiwan.....»»

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Barr seeks to assure senators he won’t be a Trump loyalist

    WASHINGTON - Vowing "I will not be bullied," President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general asserted independence from the White House, saying he believed that Russia had tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, that the special counsel investigation shadowing Trump is not a witch hunt and that his predecessor was right to recuse himself from the probe. The comments by William Barr at his Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday pointedly departed from Trump's own views and underscored Barr's efforts to reassure Democrats that he will not be a loyalist to a president who has appeared to demand it from law enforcement. He also repeatedly sought to ass...Keep on reading: Barr seeks to assure senators he won’t be a Trump loyalist.....»»

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New caravan of Honduran migrants makes first border crossing

AGUA CALIENTE, Guatemala --- The latest caravan of Honduran migrants hoping to reach the U.S. has crossed peacefully into Guatemala, under the watchful eyes of about 200 Guatemalan police and soldiers. About 500 people, including dozens of children, lined up to show their documents to a first line of unarmed security personnel at the Agua Caliente border crossing Tuesday night. Riot police formed a second line to contain any possible disturbance. Edilberto Hernandez, a former police officer, stood with his wife and four children to cross into Guatemala. After losing his job, he could find only low-paid construction work, and he decided to travel with his whole family to the Uni...Keep on reading: New caravan of Honduran migrants makes first border crossing.....»»

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Pope to attend all sessions of high-stakes abuse prevention summit

VATICAN CITY --- Pope Francis has confirmed he will attend all sessions of his high-stakes sex abuse prevention summit next month that will include plenary meetings, witness testimony and a penitential Mass. The Vatican said Wednesday that the organizers of the Feb. 21 to 24 meeting met last week in Rome and briefed the Pope on their preparations. Francis tasked the former Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, to moderate the plenary sessions of the meeting. Francis announced in September that he was inviting presidents of bishops' conferences around the world to attend the summit amid a crisis in his papacy over his own botched handling of abuse cases and a new exp...Keep on reading: Pope to attend all sessions of high-stakes abuse prevention summit.....»»

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Magnitude 5.7 quake shakes Mindanao

MANILA, Philippines--A 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck off Davao Region at 6:49 p.m. Wednesday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology reported. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties from the quake that occurred446 kilometers southeast of Sarangani province at a depth of 48 kilometers. Earlier, a strong magnitude 6 earthquake shook a large area of Mindanao at 4:03 a.m. Wednesday. The Philippines sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where continental plates collide causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity. RELATED STORY: 6.0-magnitude quake off Davao Oriental rocks Davao City...Keep on reading: Magnitude 5.7 quake shakes Mindanao.....»»

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Passport data still in gov’t hands, DFA tells privacy commission

In a letter to the National Privacy Commission (NPC), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said that the passport data was still with the government, despite earlier claims that a contractor "made off" with the information.   NPC shared a copy of this letter to reporters on Wednesday. Dated January 15, the letter said DFA was still conducting an internal probe, but nevertheless said that the data in question was actually in the hands of the government.   The ongoing search for answers comes after DFA SecretaryTeddy Boy Locsin said on Twitter last week that a contractor, who he said got pissed, had "made off with the data."   What his tweets mean no...Keep on reading: Passport data still in gov’t hands, DFA tells privacy commission.....»»

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DFA: Maldives to assist in repatriation of drowned Filipino couple

  MANILA, Philippines - The Ministry of Tourism in Maldives will shoulder the repatriation of remains of the Filipino newlywed couple, who drowned during their honeymoon, an official of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Wednesday. DFA Assistant Secretary Elmer Cato said on Twitter that the Philippine Embassy in Dhaka informed the Department that Maldives' Ministry of Tourism will take care of the cost of the repatriation of the couple. "Sir@teddyboylocsin, Dhaka PE has just informed@DFAPHLthat the Ministry of Tourism of the Maldives has conveyed to the#PhilippinesHonorary Consulate in Male that it would take care of the cost of bringing Leomer and Erika home,"...Keep on reading: DFA: Maldives to assist in repatriation of drowned Filipino couple.....»»

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In era of news deserts, no easy fix for US struggles

NEW YORK --- The U.S. news industry hasn't been the subject of much good news itself, lately. Newspaper circulation is down sharply, and so is employment in the newspaper industry. Financial cutbacks have led to the shutdown of nearly 1,800 daily and weekly newspapers since 2004. Two developments this week brought the issue into further focus. Facebook, whose success has contributed to the news business' decline, announced Tuesday it would invest $300 million over three years in news initiatives with an emphasis in local coverage. More ominously, the hedge fund-backed Digital First Media, known for sharp cost-cutting strategies, bid to buy Gannett Co. , the publisher of USA ...Keep on reading: In era of news deserts, no easy fix for US struggles.....»»

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Ex-military comptroller, wife acquitted in P400-M tax evasion case

MANILA, Philippines --- The Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) has acquitted former military comptroller Jacinto Ligot and his wife Erlinda in a P400-million tax evasion case. "After careful consideration of the testimonial and documentary evidence presented by both parties, the Court finds that the prosecution was not able to prove the guilt of the accused spouses Ligot beyond reasonable doubt," the CTA's Third Division said in its 83-page ruling. The Ligots are facing cases for violation of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997 for failure to supply correct and accurate information in their joint Income Tax Return (ITR) for the taxable year 2001 and for failure to report in their in...Keep on reading: Ex-military comptroller, wife acquitted in P400-M tax evasion case.....»»

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Bruno Mars being eyed to perform at 2019 SEA Games opening

America's highest-paid musician is being booked to bring the house down during the opening ceremony of the 30th Southeast Asian Games. A reliable source confirmed to the Inquirer that Filipino organizers have begun to touch base with the handlers of Bruno Mars for a performance to remember that can send the country's SEA Games hosting to a phenomenal level. Getting Mars, whose mother is Filipino, on board can definitely boost the marketing side of organizing the 11-nation sportsfest, which the Philippines has brought on local turf for the fourth time since 1981. Forbes announced in July 2018 that Mars was the top earner in the American music industry for 2017 with estimated ...Keep on reading: Bruno Mars being eyed to perform at 2019 SEA Games opening.....»»

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Bus singer gives voice to Venezuela’s growing diaspora

LIMA, Peru --- A year ago, Venezuelan migrant Reymar Perdomo was singing for spare change on jammed buses, struggling to make ends meet while building a new life in Peru's capital. But her life took a turn when she wrote a heartfelt reggae song about leaving her homeland that went viral on the internet and has brought tears to hundreds in the Venezuelan diaspora that has spread around the globe. Now Perdomo combines her street performances with appearances at concerts and on TV programs, and her song has become the unofficial anthem of Venezuelans who have fled their country's economic implosion. "This song gives me goosebumps" said Junior Barrios, a Venezuelan migrant who l...Keep on reading: Bus singer gives voice to Venezuela’s growing diaspora.....»»

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UP, DLSU break into Emerging Economies University Rankings 2019

MANILA, Philippines --- Two universities in the Philippines were included in the list of Emerging Economies University Rankings 2019 released by the Times Higher Education (THE) on Wednesday. The University of the Philippines landed in the 87th place whileDe La Salle University was among the schools in the 251-300 bracket. THE said China remains the "most-represented nation" in the list with the nation's Tsinghua University taking the top spot and Peking University ranking second. THE Emerging Economies University Rankings 2019 includes institutions in countries classified as advanced emerging, secondary emerging or frontier. The rankings use 13 performance indicators such as...Keep on reading: UP, DLSU break into Emerging Economies University Rankings 2019.....»»

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From travel to IPOs, how shutdown is upsetting US economy

WASHINGTON --- Delta Air Lines can't get eight new aircraft in the air. Roughly a million government employees and contractors aren't being paid. Some Americans who are trying to start small businesses face delays in obtaining the required tax identification number from the IRS. As the partial government shutdown moves through its fourth week with no end in sight, the economic blow is being felt not only by federal workers but also by business people, households and travelers across the country. And while the hit to the overall economy so far remains slight, economist foresee real damage if the shutdown drags into February or beyond. "Even if the shutdown is over by the end of ...Keep on reading: From travel to IPOs, how shutdown is upsetting US economy.....»»

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‘Servant leader’ Jerrili Malabanan ready for her first year as captain for FEU

MANILA, Philippines---Replacing a team icon is never easy but Jerrili Malabanan is ready to put on the captain's shirt for Far Eastern University. Malabanan will be on her first captaincy duty for the Lady Tamaraws in the upcoming UAAP Season 81 women's volleyball tournament, replacing is the iconic Bernadeth Pons. Considered as one of the best outside hitters during her collegiate days, Pons was the skipper who led the Lady Tamaraws to the silver medal in the Season 80 tournament and that was FEU's best finish since winning the title in Season 70. "Of course there's the pressure because Pons is Pons but I've played with her for four years so I learned a lot from her and she...Keep on reading: ‘Servant leader’ Jerrili Malabanan ready for her first year as captain for FEU.....»»

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After witnessing Fiba records, Sisters of Mary Boystown also get financial boost

MANILA, Philippines---A charity organization in Cebu received a massive boost in support from Chooks-to-Go and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas. The Sister of Mary School Boystown and Girlstown received a monthly P100,000 grant from Chooks-to-Go while also getting to experience three Fiba records during the Chooks-SBP 3X3 Basketball Festival. SBP and Chooks made such an impact to the school that the officials decided to be host future 3x3 tournaments. "If it is really for the benefit of our students, why not?" said Girlstown's Sister Eva Aringo, SM. "Our students are happy, and if our students learn many things from these kinds of events, why not continue? Our desire is to always...Keep on reading: After witnessing Fiba records, Sisters of Mary Boystown also get financial boost.....»»

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Two Filipinos headline ONE card in Thailand

MANILA, Philippines---A couple of Filipinos are set to do damage in ONE Championship's Clash of Legends card on Feb. 16 at Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. Mark Abelardo (17-5) is set to make his main roster debut after an impressive outing in Rich Franklin's ONE Warrior Series 3. "Tyson" will take on undefeated Japanese Daichi Takenawa (11-0-1) in a bantamweight clash in the undercard of Clash of Legends. Abelardo earned a ONE Championship contract after he beat Shinechagtga Zoltsetseg via first round stoppage and that win marked the Filipino's fourth straight victory and sixth in seven matches. Also in the card is Team Lakay's Gina Iniong who plans to get back on the ...Keep on reading: Two Filipinos headline ONE card in Thailand.....»»

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Sri Lankan president repeats praise for Duterte’s drug war

MANILA, Philippines --- Visiting Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday called President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial crackdown on illegal drugs an "example" to the whole world. Sirisena, who is currently in the Philippines for a five-day state visit, also said that his country intends to follow President Duterte's "footsteps" in fighting illegal drugs. "The war against crime and drugs carried out by you is an example to the whole world and personal to me," Sirisena said in his speech during a state banquet in Malacaang. "Drug menace is rampant in my country and I feel that we should follow your footsteps to control this hazard," he added. This was not ...Keep on reading: Sri Lankan president repeats praise for Duterte’s drug war.....»»

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WATCH: Pokwang imitates ‘Bird Box’ with daughter Malia

MANILA, Philippines --- Comedienne Pokwang imitated Sandra Bullock in the Netflix's hit film "Bird Box" with her daughter Malia O' Brien and posted the video on Instagram. In the video, the actress and her daughter wore blindfolds similar to Bullock, the main character in the film who embarked on a dangerous journey completely blindfolded. As she fooled around with her daughter, Pokwang said her daughter did not care about her mother's gimmick. "#Birdboxfever e yung wala syang pakialam sa nangyayare? Ahhahahahhahaa sorry anak nagkataon na baliw si nanay mo hahahahhaaa @malia_obrian," she wrote in the caption. While carrying her child, Pokwang said they will watch the film bli...Keep on reading: WATCH: Pokwang imitates ‘Bird Box’ with daughter Malia.....»»

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