Australia has lost one-third of its koalas in the past three years

    MELBOURNE -- Australia has lost about 30% of its koalas over the past three years, hit by drought, bushfires and developers cutting down trees, the Australian Koala Foundation said, urging the government to do more to protect the creature's habitat. The independent non-profit group estimated the koala population has dropped to less than 58,000 this year from more than 80,000 in 2018, with the worst decline in the state of New South Wales, where the numbers have dropped by 41%. "The declines are quite dramatic," said Australian Koala Foundation Chair Deborah Tabart on Tuesday. There were no upward trends anywhere in Australia. Only one area in the study wa...

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Kylie Padilla Statement Following Aljur’s Cheating Accusations
In an IG post, Kylie Padilla assures people she is protecting her happiness after what her husband did online. KYLIE PADILLA – 28-year-old actress Kylie Padilla has this post following the accusatory post of Aljur Abrenica that went viral online. Robin Padilla, the father of Kylie Padilla, revealed that she and Aljur Abrenica have split up […] The post Kylie Padilla Statement Following Aljur’s Cheating Accusations appeared first on Philippine News.
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Cristine Reyes Shares “Trauma” Experienced from Biological Mother
Cristine Reyes Shares Traumatic Experience with Her Biological Mother CRISTINE REYES – Actress has shared her traumatic experience with her biological mother while she was staying in her custody. Cristine Reyes, the star claimed in an interview with Liza Florida’s ‘Eight Billion Project’ podcast that she harbored animosity and anguish towards her real mother as […] The post Cristine Reyes Shares “Trauma” Experienced from Biological Mother appeared first on Philippine News.
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Saan Matatagpuan Ang Caspian Sea? (SAGOT)
Sagot Sa Tanong Na “Saan Matatagpuan Ang Caspian Sea?” CASPIAN SEA – Maraming magagandang tanawin ang nasa Europa kung saan matatagpuan ang Caspian sea. Kahit na ang lugar na ito ay napapalibutan ng lupa, mas kilala ito bilang isang dagat kesa lawa. Pero, paano natin isasalarawan ito? Noong unang panahon, na diskubre ng mga Romano […] The post Saan Matatagpuan Ang Caspian Sea? (SAGOT) appeared first on Philippine News.
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698,600 AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses arrive in PH
    MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippines' COVID-19 vaccine supply got another boost with the arrival of 698,600 AstraZeneca brand doses Friday morning. The vaccines, procured by the private sector, were received at the Ninoy Aquino Internaitonal Airport by vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. and Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion. Concepcion said that some four million vaccine doses purchased by the private sector have so far been delivered. He added that another 11 million doses are expected in the coming months. "It will accelerate towards the Christmas period," he said, RELATED STORY: PH vaccination drive enters new phase---children, ...Keep on reading: 698,600 AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses arrive in PH
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2 dead, 1 hurt in motorcycle-truck collision in Zambales
SAN ANTONIO, Zambales----Two men died while another was injured when their motorcycle collided Thursday evening with a delivery truck in San Marcelino town, police said. Investigators identified the fatalities as cousins Larry Glenn Umipig and Oliver Umipig of San Marcelino. The police said the victims were traveling along the provincial road in Barangay Consuelo Norte when they tried to overtake a car but lost control of the motorcycle before crashing against an approaching truck. The cousins and a backrider were thrown off the motorcycle and hit the pavement. They were taken to the San Marcelino District Hospital but were declared dead on arrival. The other backrider, V...Keep on reading: 2 dead, 1 hurt in motorcycle-truck collision in Zambales
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Tale Of Chunhyang Summary And Lessons (Korean Folklore)
Here Is The Full Summary Of The Korean Classic Folklore “Tale Of Chunhyang” CHUNHYANG – The summary of the classic Korean Folklore “Tale of Chunhyang” has a lot of lessons to teach its readers. One of Korea’s most famous stories is the Chunhyangjeon. In this article, we are going to talk about the plot, story, […] The post Tale Of Chunhyang Summary And Lessons (Korean Folklore) appeared first on Philippine News.
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1,000 college students in Ilocos region vaccinated vs COVID-19
LAOAG CITY --- The vaccination drive for college students in the Ilocos region kicked off in La Union province on Wednesday (Oct. 21), with an aim to inoculate at least 1,500 college students in preparation for limited in-person classes for selected courses, according to local officials. About 1,000 tertiary students enrolled at the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University were the first recipients of the COVID-19 vaccines during the first two days of the activity held on Wednesday and Thursday. The next schedule of the vaccination drive for the students was set on Oct. 25. College students in the province who are taking up health-related courses, engineering and technology...Keep on reading: 1,000 college students in Ilocos region vaccinated vs COVID-19
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Biden says United States would come to Taiwan’s defense
  BALTIMORE --- The United States would come to Taiwan's defense and has a commitment to defend the island China claims as its own territory, U.S. President Joe Biden said on Thursday, comments that appeared to be a break with official policy. "Yes, we have a commitment to do that," Biden said at a CNN town hall when asked if the United States would come to the defense of Taiwan, which has complained of mounting military and political pressure from Beijing to accept Chinese sovereignty. While Washington is required by law to provide Taiwan with the means to defend itself, it has long followed a policy of "strategic ambiguity" on whether it would intervene militarily to ...Keep on reading: Biden says United States would come to Taiwan’s defense
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Madam Inutz Receives House and Lot From Manager Before PBB Stint
Internet sensation Madam Inutz receives this “bongga” present from her manager. MADAM INUTZ – Viral online seller Madam Inuzt has received this gift from her manager Wilbert Tolentino before entering Pinoy Big Brother. Daisy Cabantog or more popularly known as Madam Inutz online is the viral seller in social media that caught massive attention. She […] The post Madam Inutz Receives House and Lot From Manager Before PBB Stint appeared first on Philippine News.
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‘We are like hostages’: Pharmally exec ‘in hiding’ criticizes blue ribbon panel
MANILA, Philippines --- An executive of Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corp. ordered detained in the Senate has criticized the blue ribbon committee for supposedly treating the firm's officials "like criminals whose lives aren't worthy of living anymore." In a statement sent by Pharmally to reporters Friday, Pharmally corporate secretary and treasurer Mohit Dargani said the committee "failed to treat us justly." "Rather than impartially listening to us, they tried to get us to incriminate ourselves. They want us detained because we asserted our rights, they can't get what they want to hear from us," he said. "They treat us like criminals whose lives aren't worthy of living anymore...Keep on reading: ‘We are like hostages’: Pharmally exec ‘in hiding’ criticizes blue ribbon panel
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Gun-for-hire group ‘leader’ falls in Batangas
LUCENA CITY----A 70-year-old alleged leader of a group of hired killers operating in Batangas province was arrested Thursday in Taysan town. The Batangas police, in a report, identified the suspect as Benjamin Bautista, resident of Taysan. The police, armed with a search warrant, swooped down Thursday morning on the house of Bautista in Barangay Tilambo and found two .45 caliber pistols, several magazines, and ammunition. The police tagged Bautista, a retired government employee, as the head of the "Bautista gun-for-hire gang" that operates in the province. Bautista is facing corresponding criminal charges, police said. lzb...Keep on reading: Gun-for-hire group ‘leader’ falls in Batangas
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Over 5,000 households, communities in PH under granular lockdown — PNP
        MANILA, Philippines --- More than 5,000 households nationwide were placed under granular lockdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic as of Thursday, the Philippine National Police (PNP) reported on Friday. PNP's latest data showed that 5,043 households and communities nationwide were placed under granular lockdown, affecting 18,821 individuals in 310 barangays. In Metro Manila, the total number of areas under granular lockdown is down to 102 from 105. Of the 102 areas under granular lockdown, 54 are houses, 33 are residential buildings, eight subdivisions and villages and one residential floor, according to PNP. The alert level system was...Keep on reading: Over 5,000 households, communities in PH under granular lockdown — PNP
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Janice yet to see trophy for Best Actress award won in Manhattan film fest
MAKATI CITY, Philippines---Award-winning actress Janice de Belen may have added another recognition to her long list of accolades, but her latest triumph feels different, and not only because it was from an international festival. "I don't know how to feel even until now. Maybe because I did not go to any ceremony and I haven't even seen the trophy. Maybe it will feel different once I have it already and I can really say 'oh I won,' and actually have proof," De Belen told the Inquirer in an online interview. She was proclaimed Best Actress at the 2021 International Film Festival Manhattan for her portrayal in the short film "Sugat sa Dugo" (Wounded Blood), which also took home ...Keep on reading: Janice yet to see trophy for Best Actress award won in Manhattan film fest
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Actress Kylie Brakeman Reacts After Being Dragged in Kylie-Aljur Issue
American Actress Kylie Brakeman Clueless on Netizen’s Message Over Kylie-Aljur Issue KYLIE BRAKEMAN – American actress reactions the Filipino netizen’s message to her asking her about the controversial Kylie-Aljur issue. Kylie Brakeman, a US-based actress, recently shared a sample of her interaction with a Filipino netizen on Twitter. After a Filipino netizen confused her for […] The post Actress Kylie Brakeman Reacts After Being Dragged in Kylie-Aljur Issue appeared first on Philippine News.
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Australian Lobsters Threaten Chinese National Security – Hong Kong Chief
Smuggling Of Australian Lobsters Threaten Chinese National Security According To Customs Chief AUSTRALIAN LOBSTERS – Hong Kong’s new customs chief said smuggling of Australian lobsters threaten Chinese national security. In the past years, the relationship between Australia and China has been going downhill. As such, this resulted in several import bans between countries, one of […] The post Australian Lobsters Threaten Chinese National Security – Hong Kong Chief appeared first on Philippine News.
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Ylona Garcia Reacts To Her Billboard In New York’s Times Square
Here’s Ylona Garcia’s Reaction After Seeing her Face on a New York Billboard YLONA GARCIA – Singer Ylona Garcia has been featured on a billboard for music streaming giant Spotify, which is now up on New York’s Times Square. Filipino-Australian singer Ylona Garcia rose to fame in 2015 after joining ABS-CBN’s reality show “Pinoy Big […] The post Ylona Garcia Reacts To Her Billboard In New York’s Times Square appeared first on Philippine News.
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Alex Gonzaga & Mikee Morada Photo After Discovering Undeveloped Pregnancy
The photo Alex Gonzaga and Mikee Morada had after finding out heartbreaking news about their first pregnancy. ALEX GONZAGA – After sharing the heartbreaking result of their first pregnancy, Alex Gonzaga shared this photo with her husband Mikee Morada. Last November 2020, actress-vlogger Alex Gonzaga married politician-businessman Mikee Morada. Their wedding was so intimate and […] The post Alex Gonzaga & Mikee Morada Photo After Discovering Undeveloped Pregnancy appeared first on Philippine News.
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NBA unveils its 75th anniversary team
    LOS ANGELES - Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell and LeBron James highlight the National Basketball Association's 75th anniversary team which was announced on Thursday. The members of the team have won a total of 158 NBA championships and amassed 730 all-star selections leading up to the league's landmark 75th anniversary season which began on Tuesday with the Milwaukee Bucks unveiling their championship banner.     A panel of voters were asked to choose the 75 greatest players of all-time, but the league ended up settling on 76 players instead of 75. They did not rank the players by number or position. The...Keep on reading: NBA unveils its 75th anniversary team
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This Is Not a Drill: Starbucks Just Dropped a Sneak Peek of Their 2022 Planners
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‘Wala nang atrasan’: Pangilinan not backing out from VP race after ‘explosion’ of support
MANILA, Philippines --- Encouraged by the "explosion" of support, Senator Francis Pangilinan on Friday said he will not back out from the vice presidential race in next year's elections. "We discussed this with the Vice President (Leni Robredo). Wala nang atrasan ito [There's no backing out]," Pangilinan said in an interview on ABS-CBN News Channel. Pangilinan said this when asked about his earlier pronouncement that he is willing to give way to a more winnable vice presidential running mate for Robredo. "As we have seen, bumabaha ang suporta, lumalakas ang ating loob, nakikita nating talagang all out din ang ating mga kababayan...hanggang sa dulo, tuloy tuloy na ito and in ...Keep on reading: ‘Wala nang atrasan’: Pangilinan not backing out from VP race after ‘explosion’ of support
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Pacquiao’s Ex-Aide Jayke Joson Claps Back at Annabelle Rama’s Tirade
Jayke Joson Claps Back at Annabelle Rama’s Tirade Over Issue with Manny Pacquiao Senator Manny Pacquiao’s former aide Jayke Joson claps back to the tirade of Annabelle Rama addressing his revelation against the boxer. The former special assistant has expressed his feelings in response to Annabelle’s charges. It will be noted that Joson stated that […] The post Pacquiao’s Ex-Aide Jayke Joson Claps Back at Annabelle Rama’s Tirade appeared first on Philippine News.
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Rejected Contestants Sue Pageant For “Judging Based On Looks”
Rejected Miss France Contestants Sue Pageant After Failing To Get In REJECTED MISS FRANCE CANDIDATES – Contestants who didn’t make the cut in the latest Miss France pageant want to sue. The angry rejects who wanted to take action against discrimination. As such, the Osez le feminisme (Dare To Be A Feminist) and the rejected […] The post Rejected Contestants Sue Pageant For “Judging Based On Looks” appeared first on Philippine News.
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Duterte says he takes full responsibility for drugs war
President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday he took full responsibility for the bloody war on drugs that has killed thousands of people, but maintained he will never be tried by an international court. “If there is any person who is going to prison, it would be me,” Duterte said in a speech during an event held by the government’s […] The post Duterte says he takes full responsibility for drugs war appeared first on Interaksyon.
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Biden says infrastructure deal close, corporate tax hikes unlikely
    BALTIMORE - President Joe Biden said on Thursday he was close to striking a deal to pass major infrastructure and social spending measures, with just a handful of issues still under debate, after weeks of intraparty bickering among his fellow Democrats. Biden struck a confident note on his $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal and a separate, social spending plan expected to cost under $2 trillion during a CNN town hall event in Baltimore. The legislation is at the heart of his domestic agenda. When asked on CNN whether Democrats were close to a deal, Biden said: "I think so." Later, he added "If we can't eventually unite this country, we're in deep tro...Keep on reading: Biden says infrastructure deal close, corporate tax hikes unlikely
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Queen Elizabeth back home after first night in hospital in years
    LONDON - Britain's 95-year-old Queen Elizabeth spent a night in hospital for the first time in years for what royal officials termed 'preliminary investigations' but was in good spirits and back at work at her Windsor Castle home on Thursday. The world's oldest and longest-reigning monarch cancelled an official trip to Northern Ireland on Wednesday. The palace said the queen had been told to rest by her medical staff, and that her ailment was not related to COVID-19. "Following medical advice to rest for a few days, the queen attended hospital on Wednesday afternoon for some preliminary investigations, returning to Windsor Castle at lunchtime today, and rema...Keep on reading: Queen Elizabeth back home after first night in hospital in years
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CJ Sereno Calls Out Netizen Saying All Gov’t Officials “Nagnakaw”
Former CJ Sereno Calls Out Netizen After “Nagnakaw” Statement CJ SERENO – Former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno went viral after she calls out a netizen for his statements. The former CJ has become an internet icon for her blunt responses to netizens’ negative criticisms, allegations, and comments on her posts. Recently, one netizen felt […] The post CJ Sereno Calls Out Netizen Saying All Gov’t Officials “Nagnakaw” appeared first on Philippine News.
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Gawad Urian Winners 2021: Here’s The Full and Complete List Of Winners
Here is the full list of Gawad Urian Winners 2021. Check it out below! GAWAD URIAN WINNERS 2021 – The winners of the prestigious Gawad Urian on its 44th edition have finally been named and here’s the full list. The awarding ceremony of this year’s Gawad Urian was done virtually due to the ongoing pandemic […] The post Gawad Urian Winners 2021: Here’s The Full and Complete List Of Winners appeared first on Philippine News.
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Kuya Kim Remembers Time As Manila Councilor, Shares Throwback Pic
Heres’ Throwback Pic of Kuya Kim Atienza as Politician KUYA KIM – GMA-7 host Kuya Kim Atienza remembered his time as a Manila councilor when he saw his 1999 calendar poster. Alejandro Ilagan Atienza or better known as Kuya Kim is a renowned tv personality who is known for his wit and knowledge in giving […] The post Kuya Kim Remembers Time As Manila Councilor, Shares Throwback Pic appeared first on Philippine News.
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These Cool IG Filters Let You Register to Vote With Rizal and Bonifacio By Your Side
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Wet, cloudy Friday in parts of N. Luzon, Vis-Min; fair weather elsewhere — Pagasa
MANILA, Philippines --- Isolated rain showers, thunderstorms and cloudy skies will prevail in parts of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao on Friday due to the northeasterly surface wind flow and the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) respectively, the state weather bureau said. "Sa ngayon ay mayroon tayong iba't-ibang weather system na nakakaapekto sa ating bansa," Pagasa weather specialist Benison Estareja said in a public weather forecast. (Different weather systems are affecting our country.) "Una na diyan ay ang northeasterly surface windflow o yung kalamigang hanging na nanggagaling sa hilagang-silangan na siya lamang nagdadala ng pulo-pulong pag-ambon sa bahagi ng extrem...Keep on reading: Wet, cloudy Friday in parts of N. Luzon, Vis-Min; fair weather elsewhere — Pagasa
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Human remains found in Florida are those of Gabby Petito’s missing boyfriend – FBI
    Partial human remains found in a Florida wilderness area have been identified through dental records as belonging to Brian Laundrie, the boyfriend of murdered travel blogger Gabby Petito, the FBI said on Thursday. The remains were discovered on Wednesday in the swampy Carlton Reserve not far from Laundrie's parents' home. Police and FBI agents had been searching for him there since his family reported him missing in mid-September. Laundrie had been named a "person of interest" in Petito's disappearance but was never criminally charged in her murder. A federal grand jury in Wyoming indicted him on Sept. 23 on a single count of fraudulently using her bank debi...Keep on reading: Human remains found in Florida are those of Gabby Petito’s missing boyfriend – FBI
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Plastics to outpace coal’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 -report
    WASHINGTON - The carbon-intensive production of plastics is on pace to emit more greenhouse gases than coal-fired power plants within this decade, undercutting global efforts to tackle climate change, a report released on Thursday said. The report by Bennington College and Beyond Plastics projected that the plastic industry releases at least 232 million tons of greenhouse gases each year throughout its lifecycle from the drilling for oil and gas to fuel its facilities to incineration of plastic waste. That is the equivalent of 116 coal-fired power plants. "The scale of the plastics industry's greenhouse gas emissions is staggering, but it's equally concernin...Keep on reading: Plastics to outpace coal’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 -report
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Maari bang gawing beneficiary ng life insurance policy ang kahit sinuman?
Ako po ay kasal pa rin sa una kong asawa kaso naghiwalay na kami at hindi na nag-sasama sa iisang bahay. Sa ngayon, mahigit dalawang taon na po akong may kinakasamang ibang babae na tunay na mas nagmamahal pa sa akin. Kaya gusto ko po sanang ilagay ang aking kinakasama bilang beneficiary sa aking life insurance policy. Maaari po ba ito? -Marco The post Maari bang gawing beneficiary ng life insurance policy ang kahit sinuman? first appeared on Abante.
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New Zealand sets 90% vaccine target to end lockdowns and reopen
    WELLINGTON - New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Friday that the country will end its strict coronavirus lockdown measures and move to a system to live with the virus only when 90% of the country is fully vaccinated. All District Health Boards in the country will need to achieve 90% vaccine rates, Ardern said, which would make the South Pacific nation one of the most vaccinated country in the world. "Ultimately we have balanced the desire to re-open quickly while continuing to keep people safe," Ardern said at a news conference. Some 68% of New Zealanders are fully vaccinated so far, while 86% have received at least one dose. On reachin...Keep on reading: New Zealand sets 90% vaccine target to end lockdowns and reopen
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U.S. urges all WTO members to support intellectual property waiver for COVID-19 vaccines
      WASHINGTON - The White House on Thursday called on all World Trade Organization members to support an intellectual property waiver for COVID-19 vaccines. "We ... need every WTO member to step up as well and support an intellectual property waiver, and every company must act ambitiously and urgently to expand manufacturing now," White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters. A year after South Africa and India introduced a proposal to temporarily waive intellectual property rights on COVID-19 vaccines and therapies at the WTO, negotiations have failed to make any progress. More than 100 countries backing the waiver say it will help s...Keep on reading: U.S. urges all WTO members to support intellectual property waiver for COVID-19 vaccines
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In U.N. showdown over Xinjiang, China says ‘lies still lies’
    UNITED NATIONS - Dozens of countries kept up pressure on China at the United Nations on Thursday over accusations of rights abuses against Uyghur Muslims and other minorities in the country's Xinjiang region, sparking an angry response from China's U.N. envoy. Confrontations over Xinjiang between China and mostly Western countries, including the United States, have become a regular occurrence at both the U.N. General Assembly in New York and the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva. In a statement - part of which was read by French U.N. Ambassador Nicolas de Rivire to the General Assembly rights committee - 43 countries voiced concern about increasing "report...Keep on reading: In U.N. showdown over Xinjiang, China says ‘lies still lies’
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A virtual self
I cannot, for my life, define myself. Who am I? What am I? I think these questions are supposed to be difficult so we could spend an entire lifetime trying to come up with an answer. Although I realized, quite recently, that we are endowed with something to give us the illusion of this enigmatic thing called identity. I'm talking about the web, of course. Where else could you find a person's best attempt to shape the self into something? To mold themselves with words and images and clips so that the others would have an understanding of what and who they are? The pandemic has further complicated a lot of already complicated things about life. Meeting friends was a challenge; me...Keep on reading: A virtual self
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Toronto says police not vaccinated by Nov 30 will be put on unpaid leave
OTTAWA --- Members of Toronto's police, the largest municipal force in Canada, will be placed on unpaid leave if they do not provide proof of complete inoculation against COVID-19 by November 30, officials said Thursday. The move is the latest announcement in a crackdown by professional bodies across Canada. The police force said 90% of members had disclosed their vaccine status and of those, 94% had received two shots. The Toronto Police Service employs over 5,500 officers and more than 2,200 civilian staff. "Effective on November 30, 2021, any member ... who has not disclosed their vaccination status or is not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will have rendered themselves...Keep on reading: Toronto says police not vaccinated by Nov 30 will be put on unpaid leave
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Syrian jailed for anti-Semitic attacks in Austria
VIENNA --- An Austrian court on Thursday handed a Syrian aged 32 a three-year jail term for vandalizing a synagogue and other anti-Semitic attacks. The court in the southeastern city of Graz was placed in a care institution after finding the man, who committed the offenses in August 2020, to be psychologically disturbed, a spokesperson told AFP. He was arrested after he threw stones and scrawled pro-Palestinian slogans on the town synagogue before threatening the head of the local Jewish community and also damaged a local facility used by an LGBT group. In court the man said he regretted actions that the prosecutor said were motivated by "hatred of Jews, homosexuals, and pro...Keep on reading: Syrian jailed for anti-Semitic attacks in Austria
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Queen Elizabeth II spent night in hospital – Buckingham Palace
London,United Kingdom --- Queen Elizabeth II spent a night in hospital after being advised to rest and cancel a visit to Northern Ireland, Buckingham Palace said on Thursday. "Following medical advice to rest for a few days, The Queen attended hospital on Wednesday afternoon for some preliminary investigations, returning to Windsor Castle at lunchtime today (Thursday), and remains in good spirits," a statement said....Keep on reading: Queen Elizabeth II spent night in hospital – Buckingham Palace
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US FDA clears Moderna, J&J boosters; okays brand different from earlier shot
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday authorized booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines from Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, and said Americans can choose a different shot than their original inoculation as a booster. "The availability of these authorized boosters is important for continued protection against COVID-19 disease," acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock said in a statement. She noted that data suggests vaccine effectiveness may wane over time in some fully vaccinated populations. The decision paves the way for millions more people in the United States to get the additional protection with the highly contagious Delta variant of the virus causing breakthr...Keep on reading: US FDA clears Moderna, J&J boosters; okays brand different from earlier shot
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When Bongbong met Xilian: Strengthening and deepening ties with China
MANILA, Philippines --- There was no talk of his 2022 presidential bid when Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. met with Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian on Wednesday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Chinese Embassy in Makati City, said lawyer Victor Rodriguez. "It was just that---a ribbon-cutting," Marcos' chief of staff said in a Viber message, explaining that the envoy "requested" the former senator "to cut the ribbon for his new exhibit." Huang said it was a "great honor" to meet the presidential aspirant and his family. Marcos was accompanied by his wife, Louise, and son Joseph Simon, and House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez. Marcos and Huang also met ea...Keep on reading: When Bongbong met Xilian: Strengthening and deepening ties with China
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Experts declare ‘code red’ for public health ahead of UN climate talks
Humanity is at a "crucial turning point" to address the climate crisis and prevent millions of unnecessary deaths due to its health-related impacts, a top medical journal warned on Wednesday. Over 120 leading climate scientists, doctors, and health professionals from top academic institutions and UN agencies issued a "code red" for public health in a study published in The Lancet. In the sixth annual Lancet Countdown report, the experts gave a sobering diagnosis: changing environmental conditions have increased the risk of waterborne, airborne, and vector-borne diseases, as heatwaves, droughts, and storms will continue to result in higher rates of illnesses and affect harvest y...Keep on reading: Experts declare ‘code red’ for public health ahead of UN climate talks
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Duterte welcomes 8 new envoys
MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday welcomed eight new ambassadors to the Philippines, saying he hoped to forge stronger cooperation with their countries on COVID-19 response, trade and investment, defense and security, and climate change. Those who presented their credentials were Ambassadors Sultan Al Zafir Al Qahtani of Saudi Arabia, Michel Parys of Belgium, Laure Beaufils of the United Kingdom, Mohamed Obaid Salem Alqataam Alzaabi of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Marco Clemente of Italy, Annika Thunborg of Sweden, Ilan Fluss of Israel, and Leopoldo Lazatin of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (SMOM). Gratitude Addressing Beaufils, Duterte expressed...Keep on reading: Duterte welcomes 8 new envoys
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Ethiopia launches fourth air strike this week on Tigray capital
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia --- Ethiopia said Thursday it had launched another airstrike on the capital of war-battered Tigray, the fourth such bombardment this week in a campaign it says is targeting rebel facilities. The latest strike was aimed at a facility "currently serving TPLF for military training," government spokesman Legesse Tulu told AFP, referring to the Tigray People's Liberation Front rebel group. However, it was unclear if the strike was successful, with TPLF spokesman Getachew Reda telling AFP the group's air defense units managed "to foil its mission." "I can see it's trying a third time and we will see what will happen," he said. But federal official Selamawi...Keep on reading: Ethiopia launches fourth air strike this week on Tigray capital
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Army eyes more defense cooperation with Vietnam
  MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippine Army is eyeing more security cooperation, particularly in humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR) activities, with the Vietnamese People's Army (VPA). Army chief Lt. Gen. Andres Centino met on Monday with Vietnamese defense attach Senior Col. Nguyen Van Son at Fort Bonifacio to discuss cooperative activities as part of the Philippine Army's international defense and security engagements program. The Army currently has defense and security engagements with over 20 countries worldwide. Part of the discussion focused on possible engagements with the VPA to build the reserve corps and to enhance the two armies' HADR capabilit...Keep on reading: Army eyes more defense cooperation with Vietnam
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