Lebanon government stands down over blast fallout

Credit to Author: Agence France-Presse| Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2020 09:18:57 +0000

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced his government’s resignation on Monday under a barrage of pressure over the catastrophic Beirut port explosion six days earlier that has reignited angry street protests. “I announce the resignation of the government,” Diab said at the end of a televised speech in which he tried to portray himself […]

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Indonesia starts human trials of China-made virus vaccine

Credit to Author: Agence France-Presse| Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2020 08:46:26 +0000

JAKARTA: Indonesia on Tuesday launched human trials of a Chinese-made coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine with some 1,600 volunteers slated to take part in the six-month study. The vaccine candidate, produced by Sinovac Biotech, is among just a few in the world to enter Phase 3 clinical trials, or large-scale testing on humans — the last step before regulatory approval. […]

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Palace condoles with family of ex-Comelec chief Brillantes

Credit to Author: Catherine S. Valente, TMT| Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2020 08:16:57 +0000

MALACANANG on Tuesday expressed its deepest sympathy and prayers to the family of former Commission on Elections (Comelec) head Sixto Brillantes Jr., who passed away this morning. He was 80. READ: Ex-Comelec chairman Brillantes dies due to Covid-19 In a virtual press briefing, Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. praised Brillantes, who served as Comelec chairman from […]

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1,502 telco tower construction permits approved — Año

Credit to Author: Darwin Pesco| Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2020 07:35:10 +0000

A total of 1,502 applications for the construction of telecommunication towers were approved by the local government units (LGUs), Interior Secretary Eduardo Año reported on Monday night. In his report to President Rodrigo Duterte, Año said the permits were approved by 80 LGUs out of the 1,930 applications that were filed by Touch Mobile and Globe […]

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50 village chiefs face suspension over aid anomalies – Año

Credit to Author: Darwin Pesco| Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2020 07:10:37 +0000

INTERIOR Secretary Eduardo Año reported on Monday night that about 50 barangay chiefs would be suspended due to various anomalies in the distribution of Social Amelioration Program (SAP). The preventive suspension would be implemented pending the administrative investigation on the officials who face charges of malversation, corruption, estafa, Año reported to President Rodrigo Duterte in a […]

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Ex-Comelec Chairman Brillantes dies due to Covid-19

Credit to Author: William B. Depasupil| Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2020 05:22:33 +0000

FORMER Commission  on Elections (Comelec) chairman Sixto Brillantes passed away following a battle with coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said Brillantes died “a little past 11 a.m.” Brillantes was found positive for the disease after taking a swab test on July 22. He was intubated three days later because his oxygen level was […]

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Medical group seeks ‘holistic’ response  to Covid, asks Duque to resign

Credit to Author: Red Mendoza| Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2020 04:11:11 +0000

AN umbrella organization of medical practitioners asked the government to take a more “holistic” approach in its response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and called for the resignation of Health Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd. SHAPE UP: Defeat Covid-19, or the Solidarity of Health Advocates and Personnel for a Unified Plan to Defeat Covid-19, said […]

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Bacoor public market placed under one-week lockdown

Credit to Author: Jan Arcilla| Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2020 03:43:54 +0000

THE Bacoor City government placed its public market under a one-week lockdown after some of its vendors and marshals tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla issued Executive Order 35 closing the Bacoor City Public Market in Barangay Zapote starting at 10 a.m. of August 11 until 1 a.m. of August […]

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Shots fired as crowds clash with police in downtown Chicago

Credit to Author: Associated Press| Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2020 13:19:32 +0000

CHICAGO: Hundreds of people smashed windows, stole from stores and clashed with police early on Monday in Chicago’s Magnificent Mile shopping district and other parts of the city’s downtown. At one point, shots were fired at police and officers returned fire, police spokesman Tom Ahern said on Twitter. No officers were injured in the shooting. […]

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EU chief urges Belarus vote be counted ‘accurately’

Credit to Author: Agence France-Presse| Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2020 13:12:34 +0000

BRUSSELS: The president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen on Monday called for Belarus to publish accurate results for its presidential election, after Alexander Lukashenko claimed a disputed victory. “Fundamental rights in Belarus must be respected,” von der Leyen tweeted. “I call on the Belarusian authorities to ensure that the votes in yesterday’s […]

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