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World Newsletter
17 Dec 2020
WORLD NEWS

US SETS NEW DAILY RECORDS OF 3,700 COVID DEATHS, 250,000 CASES

 

The United States set a double record on Wednesday registering more than

3,700 deaths and over 250,000 new Covid-19 cases in just 24 hours, according

to figures from Johns Hopkins University.

With the new reported fatalities, the death toll in the US has now reached

more than 307,291.

 

World Newsletter
17 Dec 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

ASEAN PARLIAMENTARIANS URGE DUTERTE ADMIN TO 'END RED-TAGGING' OPPOSITION

LAWMAKERS

 

MANILA - Parliamentarians from Southeast Asia on Thursday called on

President Rodrigo Duterte to end the dangerous campaign of red-tagging

opposition lawmakers which is allegedly an attempt to silence his critics.

“Red-tagging has had extremely violent consequences in the Philippines, and

the fact we are seeing President Duterte leading the way on such a menacing

practice is utterly inexcusable,” Charles Santiago, a Malaysian Member of

Parliament (MP), and chair of ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR)

said in a statement.

 

World Newsletter
17 Dec 2020
FRONT PAGE NEWS

FARMERS' PROTEST, DAY 21: NO MEETING GROUND BETWEEN THE TWO SIDES

 

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar Wednesday said that the

ongoing protest by farmers at Delhi borders was an "exception" and "limited

to one state".

"The ongoing protest is an exception and the agitation is limited to one

state. We are holding discussions and talks. I believe there will be an

early solution," Tomar said while addressing a virtual conference organised

by industry body Assocham.

 

World Newsletter
16 Dec 2020
WORLD NEWS

GOP LEADER MCCONNELL FINALLY ACKNOWLEDGES JOE BIDEN ELECTION WIN; OATH TO

TAKE PLACE OUTSIDE CAPITOL

 

A top member of US President Donald Trump's Republican Party, Senate

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has congratulated Joe Biden on winning the

presidential election last month.

Senator McConnell spoke after the electoral college formally confirmed Mr

Biden's victory over Mr Trump.

 

World Newsletter
16 Dec 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

'SOMEBODY DROPPED THE BALL'

 

10 million Pfizer vaccine Doses

MANILA - The country was assured of getting 10 million doses of COVID-19

vaccines from Pfizer by January until "somebody dropped the ball," Foreign

Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said yesterday.

The vaccines, he said, were supposed to be funded by the World Bank and the

Asian Development Bank (ADB).

 

World Newsletter
15 Dec 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

ELECTORAL COLLEGE CONFIRMS BIDEN WHITE HOUSE VICTORY

 

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden was confirmed as the next US president on Monday as

the Electoral College formalized his victory over Donald Trump, all but

closing the door on the incumbent's efforts to overturn the result of the

2020 election.

As Biden appealed to Americans to "turn the page" on the divisive contest,

electors met across all US states to seal his win, with California pushing

Biden over the majority of 270 votes — and clearing the way for him to take

office on January 20.

 

World Newsletter
14 Dec 2020
WORLD NEWS

IRAN EXECUTES FRENCH-BASED DISSIDENT JOURNALIST CAPTURED LAST YEAR

 

Iran has executed a journalist who was accused of using a messaging app to

stir up dissent.

Ruhollah Zam was hanged on Saturday after the supreme court upheld a death

sentence against him, state television reported.

Zam, who had been living in exile in France, was reportedly detained after

travelling to Iraq last year.

 

World Newsletter
14 Dec 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

ASTRAZENECA OKS MORE COVID-19 VACCINES FOR PHILIPPINES

 

MANILA - Private firms from the Philippines are set to buy a second batch of

vaccines from British pharmaceutical group AstraZeneca, to add to the 2.6

million doses it had contracted previously, a presidential adviser said on

Monday.

Joey Concepcion, Presidential Adviser on Entrepreneurship, said the second

purchase “is now approved and can now be processed.”

 

World Newsletter
11 Dec 2020
WORLD NEWS

US PANEL ENDORSES WIDESPREAD USE OF PFIZER COVID-19 VACCINE

 

A US government advisory panel endorsed widespread use of Pfizer's

coronavirus vaccine Thursday, putting the country just one step away from

launching an epic vaccination campaign against the outbreak that has killed

close to 300,000 Americans.

 

World Newsletter
11 Dec 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILL FILED

 

MANILA — Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte has pushed for the passage of

his bill that seeks to legalize the local production and export of medical

marijuana, but the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) opposed the measure.

The DDB opposed the proposal to legalize the production and export of

marijuana and instead urged lawmakers to pass a law that would strengthen

government’s rehabilitation programs for drug dependents.

 

World Newsletter
10 Dec 2020
WORLD NEWS

BRITISH PM BORIS JOHNSON CONFUSES FARMER PROTESTS WITH INDIA-PAKISTAN

CONFLICT

 

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday landed himself in a

controversy after he appeared to confuse the ongoing farmers' agitation

against the agricultural laws in India with the conflict between New Delhi

and Pakistan.

 

World Newsletter
10 Dec 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

HOUSE, SENATE RATIFY P4.5-T 2021 BUDGET; LACSON DISSENTS OVER PRIORITIZATION

OF DPWH PROJECTS

 

MANILA - The Senate and House of Representatives on Wednesday ratified the

P4.5-trillion 2021 national budget, with the former saying the new spending

bill would enable government to enact "ramped up COVID-19 response" programs

and allow "fresh investments for our health facilities."

 

World Newsletter
9 Dec 2020
WORLD NEWS

BIDEN PROMISES 100M VACCINES FOR US IN FIRST 100 DAYS

 

US President-elect Joe Biden has set a goal of 100 million Covid

vaccinations in his first 100 days in office.

He said his first months in office would not end the outbreak and gave few

details on rollout strategy but he said he would change the course of

Covid-19.

 

World Newsletter
9 Dec 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

COVID-19 VACCINE APPROVAL MAY TAKE 3-4 WEEKS: FDA

 

MANILA - Emergency approval of COVID-19 vaccines in the Philippines may take

up to a month, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday as the United

Kingdom rolled out inoculation against the coronavirus.

A COVID-19 vaccine may arrive in the country in "late first quarter of

2021," said FDA director-general Eric Domingo. Vaccines and other drugs

usually go through a 6-month process for approval, he said.

 

World Newsletter
8 Dec 2020
WORLD NEWS

UK PFIZER COVID-19 VACCINE ROLLOUT: BRITAIN BEGINS COVID VACCINATION

PROGRAMME

 

The COVID vaccination program in the United Kingdom, the country that

approved Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for the first time on Wednesday, is

starting today. The health workers, the elderly and care home workers will

receive the vaccine initially. The National Health Service (NHS) will be

responsible for vaccinating these high-risk individuals, according to the UK

Department of Health.

 

World Newsletter
8 Dec 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DEMOCRATIC FREEDOMS IN PHILIPPINES NOW 'SEVERELY RESTRICTED' — GLOBAL RIGHTS

MONITOR

 

MANILA — Fundamental freedoms such as freedoms of expression, peaceful

assembly and association in the Philippines are now “severely restricted”

due to ongoing attacks against activists and journalists, an international

watchdog said.

In its report released ahead of the Human Rights Day, CIVICUS Monitor, the

research tool of international alliance CIVICUS, downgraded the state of

democratic freedoms in the Philippines from “obstructed” to “repressed.”

 

World Newsletter
7 Dec 2020
WORLD NEWS

UK PREPARES FOR 'HISTORIC MOMENT' OF VACCINATION AGAINST COVID-19

 

The first 50 National Health Service (NHS) hospitals are gearing up for what

the UK government has described as the "biggest immunisation programme in

history" as the first doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19

arrived at "secure locations" in the country from neighbouring Belgium this

weekend.

 

World Newsletter
7 Dec 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE SAYS WORK 'FAR FROM OVER' IN BOOSTING HUMAN RIGHTS

 

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday that the work was "far from

over" in boosting human rights, just days after his latest tirade against

rights defenders.

 

World Newsletter
5 Dec 2020
WORLD NEWS

ASTRAZENECA, OXFORD GIVE CONFLICTING ACCOUNTS OF COVID-19 TRIAL

 

AstraZeneca and Oxford University have given conflicting accounts of how

they came upon the most effective dosing pattern for their COVID-19 vaccine,

a rare instance of public dissension between major institutions

collaborating on a pivotal project.

 

World Newsletter
5 Dec 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

ASTRAZENECA, JANSSEN NEARING INITIAL CLEARANCE BY PH COVID-19 VACCINE EXPERT

PANEL

 

MANILA - The vaccine expert panel of the Philippines on Friday said that two

vaccine developers might soon be given initial clearance for their proposed

clinical trials in the country.

Dr. Nina Gloriani, University of the Philippines College of Public Health

professor and head of the Department of Science and Technology's vaccine

technical panel, said they are just waiting for the response of

pharmaceutical firms AstraZeneca and Janssen to their follow-up questions.

 

World Newsletter
4 Dec 2020
WORLD NEWS

UN RECLASSIFIES CANNABIS AS LESS DANGEROUS DRUG

 

In reviewing a series of World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations on marijuana and its derivatives, the CND zeroed-in on the decision to remove cannabis from Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs — where it was listed alongside deadly, addictive opioids, including heroin.

 

World Newsletter
4 Dec 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

PH NOVEMBER INFLATION QUICKENS TO 21-MONTH HIGH ON HIGHER FOOD PRICES

 

MANILA - Philippine inflation quickened in November to a 21-month high

driven by higher food prices caused by destructive storms and typhoons which

ravaged the country, the state statistics bureau said on Friday.

 

World Newsletter
3 Dec 2020
WORLD NEWS

TRUMP PARDONS: US JUSTICE DEPARTMENT UNVEILS BRIBERY INQUIRY

 

An alleged "bribery for pardon" scheme at the White House is under

investigation by the justice department, according to a court filing

unsealed on Tuesday.

 

World Newsletter
3 Dec 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE ORDERS SPEEDY VACCINE PROCUREMENT

 

Vaccines may be purchased by Q1 2021

MANILA - Taking a cue from other countries that have sought to hasten the

availability of potential cures to the pandemic, President Duterte has

allowed the director general of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to

issue an emergency use authorization for COVID-19 drugs and vaccines.

 

World Newsletter
2 Dec 2020
WORLD NEWS

SCOTT MORRISON SENDS WECHAT MESSAGE TO CHINESE COMMUNITY AMID SPAT WITH

BEIJING

 

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison has used Chinese social media

platform WeChat to criticise a "false image" of an Australian soldier posted

on Twitter by the Chinese government.

 

World Newsletter
2 Dec 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE, AUSSIE PM VOW TO BOOST TIES

 

MANILA — The Philippines and Australia have vowed to further strengthen

their ties, with President Duterte calling Canberra a “close partner” in

upholding international law.

 

World Newsletter
1 Dec 2020
WORLD NEWS

COVID VACCINE: MODERNA SEEKS APPROVAL IN US AND EUROPE

 

Moderna Inc plans to request clearance for its coronavirus vaccine in the

United States and Europe on Monday, after a new analysis showed the vaccine

was highly effective in preventing Covid-19, with no serious safety

problems.

 

World Newsletter
1 Dec 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE TO PINOYS: FIGHT COVID-19 WITH COURAGE OF BONIFACIO

 

MANILA — President Duterte yesterday urged Filipinos to take inspiration

from the courage and ideals of revolutionary leader Andres Bonifacio to

promote an inclusive society and to surmount the challenges confronting the

country, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

World Newsletter
30 Nov 2020
WORLD NEWS

CHINESE DEFENCE MINISTER IN NEPAL TO BOLSTER MILITARY COOPERATION

 

China's Defence Minister Gen. Wei Fenghe arrived in Kathmandu on Sunday to

meet Nepal's top leadership and bolster military cooperation and take the

existing friendly bilateral relations to a new height.

 

World Newsletter
30 Nov 2020
FRONT PAGE NEWS

NEW LAWS HELP FARMERS, SAYS PM

 

As farmers from Punjab and Haryana, seeking repeal of the new farm laws,

continued to protest at the gates of Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi

backed the laws Sunday, saying they were for the benefit of farmers.

In his Mann Ki Baat address, Modi said: "The agriculture reforms in the last

few days have opened doors to new possibilities. For years, the demands of

farmers, demands which were promised at some time or another by every

political party, have been fulfilled. After a lot of discussion, Parliament

gave agricultural reforms legal recognition. These reforms have not only

removed many restrictions for farmers, but have given them new rights and

opportunities."

Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla, writing to farmer unions staging the

protest, assured them that all their issues would be addressed in

discussions with a high-level committee of Union Ministers at Vigyan Bhavan

on December 3. He said this discussion can take place earlier if all unions

gather the protesting farmers at the designated ground in Burari on the

outskirts of Delhi.

"According to available information, due to severe cold, farmers are facing

a lot of problems. In the wake of the Covid pandemic, there is a threat of

infection due to such large gatherings," he said in the letter, urging

farmers to move to Burari.

The Prime Minister, in his Mann Ki Baat address, spoke of the "new rights"

that the new laws had granted farmers. He cited the example of a farmer in

Dhule district of Maharashtra whose "full knowledge of the laws has come to

his aid".

He cited two other examples - of Mohammad Aslam of Baran in Rajasthan, CEO

of a local farm produce organisation who has created a WhatsApp group of

farmers on prevailing mandi rates, and Virendra Yadav of Kaithal who has

done business of Rs 2 crore in two years by selling farm stubble to

agro-energy plants and paper mills by using straw baler machines.

"I request the youth, and especially the lakhs of students studying

agriculture, that they should go to nearby villages and bring awareness

among farmers about the recently passed farm reforms. By doing this, you

will be partners in the big change that is happening in the country," he

said.

 

 

FARMERS REFUSE TO MOVE, SAY WILL INTENSIFY PROTEST

 

Rejecting the Centre's invitation for conditional talks, farmers camping at

the Delhi-Haryana border reiterated their demands on Sunday, and said they

would not vacate the arterial GT Karnal highway.

Farmers' groups held discussions at Delhi's northern Singhu Border - through

which the highway to Haryana, Chandigarh, and onward to Himachal Pradesh and

Punjab passes - to chalk out their course of action. In the evening, they

announced at a press conference that they would blockade five points of

entry into Delhi - Sonipat, Rohtak, Jaipur, Ghaziabad-Hapur, and Mathura -

in the coming days.

The farmers have been camping outside Delhi since Friday. On Saturday, Union

Home Minister Amit Shah had invited farm unions for talks on December 3 on

the condition that they move the protest from the highway to the Sant

Nirankari Samagam Ground in Burari.

"We have rejected the invitation from the Centre. One of their conditions

was that we must go to the Burari Park first. We will never go to Burari

Park. We have come to know that it is more an open jail than a park,"

Surjeet Singh, president of Bhartiya Kisan Union (Krantikari), Punjab, said.

The farmers are demanding the repeal of three "pro-corporate" farm laws

enacted by the Centre, and have vowed not to back down. "We have rations to

last us months, until our demands are met. Our tractors are like mini

lodgings," Surjeet Singh said.

He also said the farmers would not allow any person affiliated with a

political party on their platform. "We demand that the rate of MSP (minimum

support price) should be fixed, and that farmers should not be fined for

burning farm stubble. We also demand that the proposed electricity Ordinance

should be kept in abeyance," Surjeet Singh said.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted on Sunday that "The Centre must

talk to farmers immediately without any preconditions."

 

 

PM'S DEFENCE OF NEW FARM LAWS DELIVERS LETHAL BLOW NEGOTIATIONS: CONG

 

The Congress on Sunday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's defence of the

new farm laws when lakhs of farmers were protesting on the streets had

delivered a lethal blow to the prospects of the proposed negotiations,

demonstrating the government's disinterest in resolving the crisis.

Congress communications chief Randeep Surjewala said: "The Prime Minister in

his Mann Ki Baat programme defends the farm laws. If the Prime Minister is

standing in favour of these laws despite such widespread protests, what will

be the outcome of a dialogue? Who should the farmers expect justice from?

What will be the purpose of talks? Modi's arrogance and obduracy are writ

large on his stance."

Surjewala added: "The truth is that the Modi government intends to serve the

capitalists and exploit the farmers. The Prime Minister is unaffected by the

anguish and struggle of 62 crore farmers. The government wants to hand over

the agriculture trade worth over Rs 20 lakh crore to crony capitalists. The

seriousness of the government is reflected in home minister Amit Shah's

attitude - he can't travel 15km to the Delhi border to talk to the farmers

but will fly 1,200km to campaign for municipal elections in Hyderabad."

"The promise was to double the farmers' income but the Modi government

ensured multifold increase in the incomes of Adani-Ambani. Those who are

still defending the black laws cannot provide a solution in favour of the

farmers," Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

 

 

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DAYS AFTER SHRINGLA VISIT, CHINA DEF MIN IN NEPAL TO BOOST MILITARY TIES

 

China's defence minister General Wei Fenghe on Sunday met Nepal PM K P

Sharma Oli and held talks with the country's army chief General Purna

Chandra Thapa on various issues of bilateral interest, aimed at bolstering

military cooperation and taking the existing friendly ties to a new height.

This is the highest-level visit from China after President Xi Jinping's

two-day state visit that took place in October last year.

Wei's visit comes days after foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla

wrapped up his maiden two-day visit to Nepal. In the first week of November,

Indian Army chief General M M Naravane paid a three-day visit to Nepal aimed

at resetting bilateral ties.

General Wei held talks with General Thapa at the army headquarters.

"Bilateral discussions were held at the delegation-level mainly on issues

pertaining to resumption of training and student exchange programme and

follow up on defence assistance," a statement by the Nepal army said. Wei

viewed both the proposals "positively and affirmed that the bilateral

cooperation should resume as soon as possible," it said. He also pledged to

provide additional assistance to the Nepali army in fighting the Covid-19

pandemic. The Nepali army expressed confidence that "the visit will help in

strengthening and expanding the cordial military-to-military relations."

 

 

WON'T CHANGE MIND ON FRAUD CLAIMS: TRUMP

 

In the first TV interview since losing his re-election bid, President Trump

indicated on Sunday that he will never concede to Joe Biden and abandon his

conspiracy theory about mass ballot fraud. "My mind will not change in six

months," Trump told Fox News. "This election was rigged," he claimed. He

also said it might be difficult to get his allegations heard before the

Supreme Court. "The problem is it's hard to get it to the SC," he said.

 

 

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COBRA OFFICER KILLED, 9 COMMANDOS INJURED IN IED BLAST IN SUKMA

 

An officer of the CRPF's jungle warfare unit, CoBRA, was killed while nine

commandos were injured after Maoists triggered an IED blast in

Chhattisgarh's Sukma district on Saturday night, security officials said.

They said the improvised explosive device explosion took place in the

Chintalnar forest area of the district at around 9 pm and the injured

personnel were evacuated by an IAF helicopter at around midnight.

Assistant Commandant Nitin P Bhalerao, 33, succumbed to injuries in the

early hours of Sunday.

Nine commandos, including the team leader second-in-command rank officer

Dinesh Kumar Singh, were injured in the incident.

Bhalerao, a resident of Nashik in Maharashtra, was a decorated commando and

had been adjudged the best in various combat competitions, a senior officer

of the force said.

 

 

TWO CMs CALLING EACH OTHER A LIAR

 

A few hours after Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar made his

office's call details public to prove that he called his Punjab counterpart

Capt Amarinder Singh to discuss the farmer protests, the latter trashed it

as "complete fraud".

In a statement, Amarinder on Sunday said, "Flaunting a page of his own

office register cannot condone ML Khattar's lies, and if he really wanted to

connect, he could easily have used official channels or called up on the

mobile phone."

Khattar has said that he had tried to talk to his Punjab counterpart on many

occasions over telephone on the 'Delhi Chalo' march by farmers' protesting

the Central farm reform laws. "Now, when the record has been shown as to how

many times I tried to speak to him, he (Amarinder) has no answer," he had

said earlier in the day.

"If at all someone from his office called my residence, why were the calls

made to an attendant? Why were official channels not used to get in touch

with me?" asked Amarinder.

"Top officials of the Punjab government, at principal secretary and DGP

levels among others, have been in touch with each other on the farmers'

issue for the past several days. Yet none of these officials conveyed

Khattar's desire to talk to me at any point in time," Amarinder said, adding

that his Haryana counterpart's attempt to "seize a high moral ground" on the

farmers' Delhi Chalo march was "pathetic".

 

 

AAP, ON CENTRE'S STAND-OFF WITH FARMERS

 

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday asked the Centre to

immediately and unconditionally hold talks with the farmers who continued to

protest against the new agriculture laws staying put at the Singhu and Tikri

border points of the national capital for the fourth consecutive day.

The Aam Aadmi Party has supported the farmers' protest and its national

convenor Kejriwal asked the Centre to immediately meet the farmers.

AAP leader Sanjay Singh said that his party demands that Home Minister Amit

Shah should first resolve the issues of the farmers by listening to them.

"The Aam Aadmi Party under the leadership of Arvind Kejriwal is standing

beside the farmers. We welcome the farmers to Delhi, we will fight shoulder

to shoulder with them," he said.

At a press conference on Sunday, senior AAP leader and chief spokesperson

Saurabh Bhardwaj said his party believes that Shah has shown "utter

irresponsibility" by leaving the national capital to campaign for Hyderabad

municipal elections when lakhs of farmers were waiting at the Delhi border

to talk to him.

Bhardwaj said on one hand, Amit Shah was telling the farmers that

coronavirus cases might increase due to their protest and on the other, he

was claiming that in his Hyderabad roadshow there was massive public

participation which shows "no social distancing was maintained".

AAP leader Raghav Chadha hit out at Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh

over the farm laws, holding him "equally responsible for crushing" the

farmer protests. "There is a nexus and friendship between PM Narendra Modi

and Captain Amarinder Singh. Together they are duping and deceiving the

farmers," Chadha claimed. The Congress' 2019 election manifesto had the

proposal of the abolition of APMC markets and also these three "black laws"

brought by the Modi government, he said.

 

 

ANAND SHARMA GOES AGAINST CONGRESS' OFFICIAL LINE, WELCOMES PM MODI'S COVID

VACCINE REVIEW TOUR

 

Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma Sunday went against the party line and

welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's three-city tour to review the

Covid-19 vaccine development.

Sharma, the deputy leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha and former

Union minister, called it a move that will "lift the morale of frontline

warriors and reassure the nation".

Sharma's statement stood in stark contrast to the Congress party's official

line - the previous day, it had termed PM Modi's visit a way to seek

"publicity".

Congress' chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala had taken a jibe at PM

Modi's tour while farmers protest on the streets.

 

 

8 STATES, UTs REPORTED NEARLY 71 PC OF NEW COVID-19 DEATHS IN 24-HOUR SPAN

 

Nearly 71 per cent of the 482 new COVID-19 fatalities reported in a span of

24 hours (up to Sunday morning) were from eight states and Union Territories

with Delhi recording the highest number of 89 deaths followed by Maharashtra

with 88 and West Bengal with 52, the Union health ministry said on Sunday.

It has said 22 states and UTs have recorded case fatality rates lower than

the national average of 1.46 per cent.

Maharashtra recorded the highest positive change with the addition of 1,940

cases, whereas Delhi recorded the highest negative change with a decrease of

1,603 active cases in a span of 24 hours, the ministry said.

The total no. of cases identified country-wide since the start of pandemic

stands at over 94 lakhs while the current active cases are at around 4.46

lakhs. The total no. of deaths so far stands at about 1.37 lakhs

The last 7 days have seen an average of about 41,700 new cases a day while

the recoveries have averaged at about 40,070 a day. The deaths by Covid-19

have averaged 486 a day over the last 7 days.

 

 

SERUM INSTITUTE SEEKS RS 100 CR IN DAMAGES FROM TRIAL SUBJECT

 

As questions mount on Oxford-AstraZeneca vacine trials in India after a

40-year-old participant fell sick and sought damages of Rs 5 crore, Serum

Institute of India (SII) has said the allegations in his legal notice are

"malicious and misconceived".

The volunteer fell sick 10 days after he was given a shot on October 1 in

the clinical trial of Covishield (it could be the vaccine or the placebo).

Since follow-up tests showed he had developed antibodies for the Sars-CoV-2

virus, there is a high probability that he was given the vaccine. On October

11, the person reported a severe headache and vomited. After CT scans,

Covid-19 tests, and MRI scans, he was shifted to the ICU of a hospital. He

was released after 11 days, and the discharge summary says he had suffered

"acute encephalopathy". The person is still disoriented and agitated.

A law firm has, on his behalf, sent legal notice to SII, seeking

compensation of Rs 5 crore.

A Serum spokesperson said: "While Serum is sympathetic, there is absolutely

no correlation with the trial and the medical condition of the volunteer.

The volunteer is falsely laying the blame on the Covid vaccine trial."

The volunteer was informed that the complications had no connection with the

trial. "He still chose to go public and malign the company. Serum will seek

damages in excess of Rs 100 crore," the spokesperson said.

 

 

AMID DIVESTMENT PLANS, PSUs LAG IN MARKET RALLY

 

Amid the relentless rally in the stock market, institutional investors seem

to have largely voted down government-owned companies. Their stock prices

continue to languish, unlike those of leading private sector companies.

The PSUs have shown significant lag in performance despite the broad

recovery in the markets since April 2020.

While the BSE Sensex has risen by 50 per cent between March 31 and November

24, the BSE PSU index has risen by only 18.7 per cent. In fact, the BSE mid

cap and small cap indices have jumped by 60 per cent and 75.6 per cent

respectively in the same period.

Stock prices of government-owned companies and banks continue to lag behind

private peers, and have been trading sharply below their peak value of

recent years. Low valuations are an issue for the government because it has

a heavy disinvestment agenda lined up. The Finance Ministry is said to be

looking at ways to improve the market value of government companies.

State-owned banks, which were expected to benefit in terms of market value

after a spate of amalgamations and capital infusion, have seen a steady

decline in value. The Nifty PSU Bank index, for instance, is down 64 per

cent from its peak of 4,327 in 2017.

While many private banks also saw a sharp decline in share value after the

pandemic impacted markets in March 2020, HDFC Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank

have had fresh record highs in recent days and several other private sector

banks have done well.

 

 

AUSSIES DOMINATE, TAKE ODI SERIES AGAINST INDIA

 

Australia buried India under an avalanche of runs for a 51-run drubbing in

the second ODI and took an unassailable 2-0 series lead after the majestic

Steve Smith produced another master-class in the form of a 64-ball 104, in

Sydney again on Sunday.

Batting first, Australia rode on five fifty-plus scores including Smith's

blazing knock, to post an imposing 389/4 against a sluggish India.

A target of 390 proved to be too much for India as they were stopped at

338/9, with captain Virat Kohli (89) and KL Rahul (76) finishing as their

main contributors.

 

 

BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX: HAMILTON WINS AND GROSJEAN ESCAPES HUGE CRASH

 

An eventful Bahrain Grand Prix came to a close behind the safety car, with

Lewis Hamilton securing his 11th victory of the season. He now edges ever

closer to creating the joint record of most wins in a year, with both

Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel tied on 13.

The race did not get off to the right start, with Romain Grosjean slamming

into the wall and the Haas car almost instantly bursting into flames. It was

not a sight that F1 fans wanted to see, but the best news came when he

walked, albeit gingerly, into the safety car.

Replays showed that Grosjean tried to pass his teammate Magnussen, but was

unaware of AlphaTauri's Daniil Kvyat coming in from behind. The Frenchman

was later on declared 'okay' despite a few minor burns, in an official

statement from the Haas F1 team on their Twitter handle.

 

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

The less satisfaction we derive from being ourselves, the greater is our

desire to be like others. - Eric Hoffer

 

 

OFF TRACK

 

A guy boards a train bound for Pittsburgh and sits down in his seat. He

immediately notices that the guy next to him has a deeply bruised, black

eye. "Heck, what a coincidence! We both have black eyes! Mind if I ask how

you got yours?"

"Well," explains the man, "I was at the ticket counter and this gorgeous

well stacked blonde was behind the counter. When I asked to purchase a

ticket to Pittsburgh, I accidentally blurted out 'I'd like a picket to

Tittsburgh' and so she punched me!" The man continues, "What's your story?"

The other guy explains, "I was at the breakfast table and I meant to say to

my wife, 'Please fix me a bowl of corn-flakes,' but I accidentally said,

'You ruined my life you stupid bitch.'"

World Newsletter
30 Nov 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE, ROBREDO URGE FILIPINOS TO EMULATE BONIFACIO'S COURAGE IN COVID-19

FIGHT

 

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo on Monday

urged Filipinos to emulate the courage of the father of the Philippine

Revolution Andres Bonifacio, as the country wrestled with the coronavirus

pandemic and a series of destructive storms.

 

World Newsletter
28 Nov 2020
WORLD NEWS

TRUMP MAY BE COMING TO TERMS WITH LOSS HE WON'T ACKNOWLEDGE

 

President Donald Trump still won't bring himself to concede the election he

decisively lost to President-elect Joe Biden. But he's now acknowledging he

will leave the White House if Biden's win is affirmed by the Electoral

College, which is firmly on track to do just that in a few weeks.

"Certainly I will," he said Thursday when asked if he will vacate the

premises after electors make Biden's win formal. "But you know that."

 

World Newsletter
28 Nov 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

HOUSE PASSES BILL REGULATING E-COMMERCE

 

MANILA — The House of Representatives has passed the bill providing stronger

regulation of the P350-billion e-commerce industry in the country.

Congressmen voted 232-6 in plenary session earlier this week to pass on

third and final reading House Bill 7805, the substitute bill to the proposed

Internet Transactions Act, which seeks to ensure safety in the online trade

industry that has become popular during the lockdown in the past months as

the nation faced the coronavirus pandemic.

 

World Newsletter
27 Nov 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

PHILIPPINES SIGNS DEAL TODAY WITH UK VACCINE MAKER

 

MANILA — An agreement for the purchase of two million doses of COVID-19

vaccine from British-Swedish pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca is scheduled to

be signed today, the chief implementer of the government’s pandemic policy

said.

 

World Newsletter
24 Nov 2020
WORLD NEWS

TRUMP ACCEPTS TRANSITION TO BIDEN MUST BEGIN

 

Donald Trump has accepted a formal US transition should begin for

President-elect Joe Biden to take office.

The president said the federal agency overseeing the handover must "do what

needs to be done", even as he vowed to keep contesting his election defeat.

 

World Newsletter
24 Nov 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

TRUMP'S PROMISE: US TURNS OVER WEAPONS TO PHILIPPINES

 

MANILA - The United States government on Monday turned over precision-guided

munitions worth P868 million ($18 million) to the Philippines.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said the latest donation

fulfills the promise that US President Donald Trump made during a phone call

with President Rodrigo Duterte in April.

 

World Newsletter
23 Nov 2020
WORLD NEWS

PENNSYLVANIA JUDGE TOSSES OUT TRUMP ELECTION FRAUD CLAIMS

 

With a withering opinion, a federal judge on Saturday threw out President

Donald Trump's last remaining legal challenge seeking to invalidate

Pennsylvania's election results, all but ensuring the state will finalize

its vote tally as planned this week.

 

World Newsletter
23 Nov 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

HOUSE TO SEEK ADDITIONAL P5 BILLION IN 2021 CALAMITY FUND

 

MANILA - The House of Representatives will seek to hike the calamity fund

for 2021 by at least P5 billion, which will be used for the reconstruction

of areas devastated by the recent string of typhoons.

 

World Newsletter
20 Nov 2020
WORLD NEWS

TRUMP CAMPAIGN DROPS MICHIGAN ELECTION SUIT; BIDEN'S COVID ADVISERS WARN ON

STALLED TRANSITION

 

President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign said on Thursday it was

withdrawing its lawsuit disputing vote results in Michigan, in another

faltering legal attempt to challenge the Nov. 3 victory of U.S.

President-elect Joe Biden.

 

World Newsletter
20 Nov 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE TO JOIN TRUMP, XI, PUTIN IN VIRTUAL APEC

 

MANILA — President Duterte joins other world leaders including United States

President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President

Vladimir Putin in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) virtual

summit tonight.

 

World Newsletter
20 Nov 2020
FRONT PAGE NEWS

WILL CONTINUE DIALOGUE: MEA ON LADAKH BORDER STANDOFF WITH CHINA

 

India on Thursday said it will continue dialogue and communication through

military and diplomatic channels with China on the border standoff in

eastern Ladakh and that both sides have agreed to hold another round of

talks soon.

 

World Newsletter
19 Sept 2020
WORLD NEWS

UN-DESIGNATED TERROR GROUP JAISH-E-MOHAMMED THREATENS FRENCH PRESIDENT

MACRON

 

UN-designated terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) has warned French

President Emmanuel Macron and "others like him" that they will be targeted

by those ready to be "sacrificed for the honour of the Prophet", said a

report.

 

World Newsletter
19 Nov 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE WARNS ROBREDO OF 2022 NIGHTMARE

 

MANILA - President Duterte has threatened that things will not be easy

should Vice President Leni Robredo decide to run for president in the 2022

elections as he would be her "nightmare."

 

World Newsletter
18 Nov 2020
WORLD NEWS

PENTAGON TO WITHDRAW TROOPS FROM AFGHANISTAN, IRAQ IN TRUMP'S WANING DAYS

 

Pentagon outlines plans to reduce number of US forces in Afghanistan from

approximately 4,500 to 2,500 by mid-January.

Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller said about 2,000 troops would be

pulled out of Afghanistan by January 15 and 500 more would come back from

Iraq, leaving 2,500 in each country.

 

World Newsletter
18 Nov 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE THREATENS TO DEFUND UP AMID STUDENTS' PROTEST VS DISASTER RESPONSE,

PANDEMIC HANDLING

 

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to stop funding the University

of the Philippines (UP) following calls from students for an academic strike

against the alleged negligence of the current administration in disaster

response and handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

World Newsletter
17 Nov 2020
WORLD NEWS

MODERNA VACCINE FOUND TO BE 94.5% EFFECTIVE

 

Moderna Inc's experimental vaccine was 94.5% effective in preventing

COVID-19 based on interim data from a late-stage trial, the company said on

Monday, becoming the second U.S. drugmaker to report results that far exceed

expectations.

 

World Newsletter
17 Nov 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

CEBU IMPLEMENTS 'ODD-EVEN' QUARANTINE PASSES, STRICTER CONTROLS AS COVID-19

CASES RISE

 

MANILA - The local government of Cebu City will reimpose stricter quarantine

measures, including border control, due to the rising number of COVID-19

cases.

 

World Newsletter
23 Nov 2020
WORLD NEWS

TRUMP BLOCKADE THWARTS US PRESIDENT-ELECT JOE BIDEN AS WORLD RECOGNIZES

WINNER

 

The world is moving forward to work with the new president-elect, Joe Biden,

even as President Donald Trump refuses to concede.

More world leaders have congratulated United States President-elect Joe

Biden than have Republican politicians in the United States.

 

World Newsletter
13 Nov 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DILG: 14 DEAD, 3 MISSING, MORE THAN 345K IN SHELTERS DUE TO TYPHOON ULYSSES

 

MANILA — Typhoon Ulysses, which battered the capital region and parts of

Luzon this week, has so far left 14 dead, three missing, and more than

345,000 in evacuation centers, the interior department said Friday.

 

World Newsletter
12 Nov 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS


US EMBASSY WELCOMES EXTENDED SUSPENSION OF VFA TERMINATION

MANILA - The Embassy of the United States in Manila welcomed Thursday the
Philippine government's decision to postpone anew the termination of the
Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) for another six months.

World Newsletter
11 Nov 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

PHILIPPINES TO BORROW $300 MILLION FOR CORONAVIRUS VACCINE: DUTERTE

 

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said the Philippines will

borrow around $300 million to purchase a coronavirus vaccine.

 

World Newsletter
10 Nov 2020
WORLD NEWS

TRUMP ADMIN REFUSES TO HAND OVER KEYS TO BIDEN TRANSITION TEAM

 

The Trump administration threw the presidential transition into tumult on

Monday, with President Donald Trump blocking government officials from

cooperating with President-elect Joe Biden's team and Attorney General

William Barr authorizing the Justice Department to probe unsubstantiated

allegations of voter fraud.

 

World Newsletter
10 Nov 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

PHILIPPINE ECONOMY SHRINKS 11.5 PCT IN Q3, SECOND WORST QUARTERLY

CONTRACTION ON RECORD

 

MANILA - The Philippine economy shrank 11.5 percent in the third quarter,

the second worst quarterly contraction on record and marking the first time

in 35 years that the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) saw three

straight quarters of negative growth, the state statistics bureau said on

Tuesday.

 

World Newsletter
9 Nov 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

PALACE LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING WITH BIDEN

 

MANILA — Malacañang led yesterday a wave of congratulatory messages from

various sectors in the Philippines for Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s

election victory in the United States, and vowed to further strengthen

Manila’s ties with Washington.

 

World Newsletter
7 Nov 2020
WORLD NEWS

BIDEN EXPANDS LEAD IN BATTLEGROUND STATES, TRUMP DIGS IN

 

Democrat Joe Biden moved closer to winning the White House on Friday as he

expanded his lead over President Donald Trump in battleground states, but

television networks held off from declaring him the victor as officials

continued to count votes.

 

World Newsletter
7 Nov 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

BIDEN CLOSE TO WINNING AFTER FLIPPING KEY STATES

 

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Friday took crucial leads

over Donald Trump in the key battleground states of Georgia (16) and

Pennsylvania (20), bringing him on the cusp of a historic victory over the

incumbent Republican United States President in the closely-fought election.

In Georgia, after the latest round of counting results, Biden edged past

Trump with a slender lead of over 4,300 votes, a remarkable achievement for

the 77-year-old former vice president who until Wednesday night was trailing

his rival by more than 50,000 votes.

 

World Newsletter
6 Nov 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS


US POLL RESULTS STILL AWAITED: TRUMP REPEATS HIS ‘POLL FRAUD’ CLAIMS

Though weary Americans will have to wait for some more time to know the
clear winner of the closely-fought election between Republican President
Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden, the former has renewed his
claims that Democrats are trying to “steal” the election from him, and said
that he would win if “legal votes” are counted. Meanwhile, Biden has
expressed confidence in becoming the next president of the United States
after the counting of all votes is concluded.

World Newsletter
6 Nov 2020
WORLD NEWS

JOE BIDEN CUTS DONALD TRUMP'S LEAD IN GEORGIA TO LESS THAN 1,800 VOTES

Results continue to pour in from across the United States. Democratic Party
candidate and former vice president Joe Biden is taking on Republican
Party's nominee and incumbent President Donald Trump.

World Newsletter
5 Nov 2020
WORLD NEWS

TWITTER FLAGS TRUMP TWEETS AS BATTLE SPILLS TO SOCIAL MEDIA

 

At least five of President Donald Trump's tweets about election results-on

Wednesday morning alone-were flagged as false or misleading by Twitter.

Twitter has flagged multiple tweets from the president over the course of

just 12 hours between midnight on Election Night and the morning of November

4. Nearly all of the tweets flagged by the social media company's moderators

make baseless claims about voter fraud and mail-in ballots.

World Newsletter
5 Nov 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

BIDEN ALMOST THERE; TRUMP CRIES FOUL

 

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden won Michigan and Wisconsin

Wednesday, putting him on the brink of taking the White House from President

Donald Trump, hours after the president’s team opened legal fights to stop

vote counting in at least two states.

 

World Newsletter
4 Nov 2020
WORLD NEWS

DEMOCRATS, HOPING FOR A LANDSLIDE, FACE A NAIL-BITER.

 

Cheered by polls and strong early vote tallies, some Democrats went into

Election Day hoping for a clear repudiation of President Trump and an

Electoral College landslide. But as the counting rolled on into Tuesday

night, it appeared more likely that the contest would turn into a

state-by-state slog that could drag deeper into the week.

 

World Newsletter
4 Nov 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

US POLLS: TOO CLOSE TO CALL, BUT TRUMP EDGES AHEAD IN EARLY TRENDS

 

President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden are battling it

out for the White House, with polls gradually closing across the United

States Tuesday and a long night of waiting for results ahead.

 

World Newsletter
3 Nov 2020
WORLD NEWS

2 KILLED IN VIENNA "TERROR ATTACK" AT 6 LOCATIONS; 1 GUNMAN SHOT DEAD

 

A huge manhunt was under way Tuesday after gunmen opened fire at multiple

locations across central Vienna, killing at least two people and wounding

several more in what Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz describes as a

"repulsive terror attack".

 

World Newsletter
3 Nov 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE TELLS #NASAANANGPANGULO CRITICS: WHAT'S YOUR PROBLEM?

 

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday fired back against critics of

his absence from public eye during the onslaught of this year's strongest

storm that destroyed thousands of houses, left billions of pesos in damage

and killed at least 16 people.

 

World Newsletter
2 Nov 2020
WORLD NEWS

DONALD TRUMP WARNS THERE WILL BE 'BEDLAM' DURING VOTE COUNT

 

The ugliest election campaign in modern US history is drawing to a close

with intimation of violence and intimidation of Democrats opposition and its

voters, implicitly endorsed by President Donald Trump, coming to the fore 48

hours before the final round of balloting begins on Tuesday.

 

World Newsletter
2 Nov 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

'ROLLY' LEAVES AT LEAST 10 DEAD, 108.5K FAMILIES IN EVACUATION CENTERS

 

MANILA — Typhoon Rolly that battered Bicol and parts of Luzon left at least

10 people dead and affected more than two million Filipinos, the National

Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said Monday.

 

World Newsletter
31 Oct 2020
WORLD NEWS

POWERFUL EARTHQUAKE JOLTS TURKEY AND GREECE

 

Turkey is reeling under the impact of an earthquake that shocked the country

on Friday as tremors of a magnitude of 7 on the Richter Scale hit the Aegean

Sea, leading to massive loss of life and property.

 

World Newsletter
31 Oct 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE CREATES TASK FORCE ON COVID-19 IMMUNIZATION

 

MANILA — The government is setting up a task force to manage the

distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine once it becomes available, as well as the

conduct of nationwide immunization.

 

World Newsletter
30 Oct 2020
WORLD NEWS

FRANCE CHURCH ATTACK: 3 DEAD, COUNTRY ON HIGH ALERT

 

A young Tunisian man armed with a knife and carrying a copy of the Quran

attacked worshippers in a French church and killed three Thursday, prompting

the government to raise its security alert to the maximum level hours before

a nationwide coronavirus lockdown.

 

World Newsletter
30 Oct 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

PALACE URGED TO FORM PANEL TO LOOK INTO INFLUX OF CHINESE NATIONALS

 

MANILA — Sen. Francis Pangilinan on Thursday called on Malacañang to form an

inter-agency task force to investigate the increased presence of Chinese

nationals in the country.

 

World Newsletter
29 Oct 2020
FRONT PAGE NEWS

INDIA SLAMS TURKEY, PAKISTAN FOR ATTACKS ON MACRON

 

In a rare move, India on Wednesday came out in support of France’s President Emmanuel Macron, whom Pakistan and Turkey have targeted for strongly defending the French people’s right to freedom of expression.

 

World Newsletter
29 Oct 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

SC WELCOMES 'MEGA TASK FORCE' HELP, NOTES JUDICIARY HAS OWN INVESTIGATIVE

SYSTEM

 

MANILA — The Supreme Court welcomed Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra’s

offer to assist in weeding out corruption in the Judiciary, as it noted that

the tribunal has its own bodies to investigate its ranks.

 

World Newsletter
28 Oct 2020
CHINA NEWS

BLUEPRINT SIGN OF DEMOCRATIC POLICYMAKING

 

When the Communist Party of China draws up the blueprint for the country's socioeconomic development for the next five years and beyond, people's concerns matter to its policymaking.

 

World Newsletter
28 Oct 2020
WORLD NEWS

TRUMP'S PICK AMY CONEY BARRETT SWORN IN AS SUPREME COURT JUSTICE

 

Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in as the 115th Supreme Court justice Monday

evening, elevating a disciple of the late Justice Antonin Scalia to succeed

the late liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg and establishing a broad

conservative majority for the first time since the 1930s.

 

World Newsletter
28 Oct 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

LOCSIN PROMISES 'SEVERE' RESPONSE TO RECALLED ENVOY'S ALLEGED MALTREATMENT

OF STAFF

 

MANILA — Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Wednesday said his

department would conduct a swift and thorough investigation into the alleged

incidents of physical abuse of her household staff by the recently-recalled

Philippine ambassador to Brazil.

 

World Newsletter
27 Oct 2020
CHINA NEWS

PROMISES TO OPEN UP SEEN AS TRUSTWORTHY

 

The world should have faith in China's commitment to further opening-up as the country, by delivering its 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25) blueprint, is expected to map out more ambitious tasks in order to reinforce high-quality economic, technological and cultural engagement with the rest of the world, observers said.

 

World Newsletter
27 Oct 2020
WORLD NEWS

AMY CONEY BARRETT CONFIRMED TO US SUPREME COURT IN TRUMP PRE-ELECTION

TRIUMPH

 

The US Senate has confirmed Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court in

a victory for President Donald Trump a week before the general election.

Mr Trump's fellow Republicans voted 52-48 to approve the judge, overcoming

the unified opposition of Democrats.

 

World Newsletter
27 Oct 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE KEEPS METRO MANILA UNDER GCQ UNTIL NOV. 30

 

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday that Metro Manila's 12

million people would remain under general community quarantine, the third

strictest of 4 lockdown levels, until Nov. 30, even as authorities sought to

revive the pandemic-battered economy.

 

World Newsletter
26 Oct 2020
CHINA NEWS

FIFTH PLENUM GETS UNDER WAY IN BEIJING

 

The Fifth Plenary Session of the 19th Communist Party of China Central Committee opened today in Beijing.

 

World Newsletter
26 Oct 2020
WORLD NEWS

NAWAZ SHARIF ASKS PAK ARMY CHIEF TO ANSWER FOR COUNTRY’S SITUATION

 

Addressing the rally via video link from London, PML-N supremo and

three-time former prime minister Nawaz Sharif again blamed Army chief Gen

Qamar Javed Bajwa and ISI Director General Lt Gen Faiz Hameed for

Pakistan''s current situation.

 

World Newsletter
26 Oct 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

PACC TO GIVE ‘CORRUPT’ LAWMAKERS’ LIST TO DUTERTE

 

MANILA — The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) will identify

the congressmen allegedly involved in corruption in the Department of Public

Works and Highways (DPWH), but only to President Duterte.

 

World Newsletter
24 Oct 2020
WORLD NEWS

FATF KEEPS PAKISTAN ON ‘GREYLIST’ TILL NEXT REVIEW IN FEBRUARY 2021

 

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on Friday decided to keep Pakistan on the “greylist” till the next review of its compliance to the recommendations in February next year.

 

World Newsletter
24 Oct 2020
CHINA NEWS

HEGEMONY CAN ONLY LEAD TO 'DEAD END'

 

President Xi Jinping reiterated on Friday China's unwavering commitment to follow a path of peaceful, open, cooperative and common development while warning that the pursuit of unilateralism, protectionism and extreme egoism will "lead to nowhere but a dead end".

 

World Newsletter
24 Oct 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

US COAST GUARD TO TACKLE CHINA 'ILLEGAL' FISHING IN SOUTH CHINA SEA

 

WASHINGTON, United States — The United States said Friday it will deploy

Coast Guard patrol ships in the western Pacific to counter "destabilizing

and malign" activities by China in disputed fishing grounds of the South

China Sea.

 

World Newsletter
23 Oct 2020
CHINA NEWS

GREATER EFFORTS URGED TO ENSURE 2020 TARGETS MET

 

A key Party meeting on Thursday called for unrelenting efforts in poverty alleviation, pollution control and prevention, defusing major risks and improving people's livelihoods to ensure the accomplishment of targets and tasks set out in the country's 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20).

 

World Newsletter
23 Oct 2020
WORLD NEWS

BIDEN WARNS OF 'DARK WINTER' IN FINAL TRUMP DEBATE

 

President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden started off their

final presidential debate on Thursday without interrupting each other but

disagreeing on the coronavirus pandemic in a head-to-head match with a

dramatically different tone from their first one.

 

World Newsletter
23 Oct 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

NO TRASLACION: MANILA CANCELS GRAND PROCESSION OF BLACK

NAZARENE IMAGE FOR 2021

       

        MANILA — The Manila city government and Quiapo Church have

agreed to cancel the grand procession of the image of the Black Nazarene in

January 2021 because of the pandemic, the city government said Friday.

 

World Newsletter
22 Oct 2020
WORLD NEWS

CRISIS IN PAKISTAN AS SINDH POLICE RISE IN REVOLT AGAINST ARMY

 

A high-profile kidnapping of a police chief in Pakistan-allegedly by

official paramilitary troops-has pushed the two-year-old Imran Khan

government to its worst political crisis as Sindh Police has openly risen in

defiance against Pakistan Army. Police officers in Karachi have threatened

to go on mass leave after the Sindh Police chief was allegedly kidnapped and

coerced to act against PML(N) vice president Safdar Awan, the husband of

Maryam Nawaz Sharif and the son-in-law of exiled former Prime Minister Nawaz

Sharif.

 

World Newsletter
22 Oct 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

POPE FRANCIS: SAME-SEX COUPLES SHOULD BE COVERED BY CIVIL UNION LAWS

 

ROME - Pope Francis says in a film released on Wednesday that homosexuals

should be protected by civil union laws, in some of the clearest language he

has used on the rights of gay people.

 

World Newsletter
21 Oct 2020
WORLD NEWS

TRUMP TURNS FAUCI INTO CAMPAIGN PAWN, ASSAILING HIM AS 'IDIOT'

 

US President Donald Trump, during a call with his re-election campaign

staff, slammed America's top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci and

called him "a disaster". Trump suggested that the largely respected and

popular doctor was an 'idiot'.

 

World Newsletter
21 Oct 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DELAYED MARAWI REHAB MAY FUEL VIOLENT EXTREMISM, WATCHDOG WARNS

 

MANILA – The ongoing delay in the rehabilitation of Marawi City, which was

reduced to rubble during a 5-month war against Islamic State-inspired

homegrown terrorists, can fuel resurgence of violent extremism, a

peacebuilding organization warned on Wednesday.

 

World Newsletter
20 October 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI HAILS VICTORY 7 DECADES AGO

 

President Xi Jinping hailed China's victory in the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea (1950-53)−a victory of justice, peace and the people−on Monday as he urged greater contributions to be made in safeguarding global peace and building a community with a shared future for mankind.

 

World Newsletter
20 October 2020
WORLD NEWS

BIDEN LEADS TRUMP. SO DID HILLARY CLINTON

 

The polls are once again delivering feel-good boosts to Democrats: Joe Biden

beats President Donald Trump by 10, 11 or 12 points nationally, depending on

the day. His edge in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin averages eight.

Experts promise better than 4-in-5 odds of a new president next year.

But then the partisans remember that they have been here before, four years

ago this week. The conflicting emotions can be overwhelming.

 

World Newsletter
20 October 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE SAYS 'MIGHT TAKE SOME TIME' MORE TO REBUILD MARAWI

 

MANILA - Three years since the liberation of Marawi from terrorists,

President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday that the government "might take some

time" before it could rebuild the southern city, the pace of which was

criticized by some residents.

 

World Newsletter
19 Oct 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI HIGHLIGHTS CRUCIAL ROLE OF QUANTUM TECH

 

President Xi Jinping has stressed that China will advance the development of quantum science and technology with more strategic planning, supportive policies and investment, with the aim of fostering a favorable environment for basic research, innovation, talent training and commercialization in this field.

 

World Newsletter
19 Oct 2020
WORLD NEWS

FRENCH PREMIER JOINS NATIONWIDE TRIBUTES TO BEHEADED TEACHER

 

France's prime minister joined demonstrators on Sunday who rallied together

across the country in tribute to a history teacher who was beheaded near

Paris after discussing caricatures of the Prophet with his class.

 

World Newsletter
19 Oct 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

‘WEST PHILIPPINE SEA OIL EXPLORATION OK, BUT NOT WITH CHINA’

 

MANILA, Philippines — President Duterte’s move to lift the moratorium on oil

exploration in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) would be beneficial for the

country, but the government must bar China from any joint venture to exploit

mineral resources in the area until Beijing abides by the 2016 ruling of the

Permanent Court of Arbitration, senators said yesterday.

 

World Newsletter
17 Oct 2020
CHINA NEWS

CHINA'S SHANXI OFFERS OVER 3 BILLION YUAN OF MICROLOANS FOR POVERTY REDUCTION

 

North China's Shanxi province has offered some 3.32 billion yuan (about $494 million) of microloans for poverty alleviation since the start of this year, according to local authorities.

 

Some 74,500 registered impoverished households have benefited from the microloans, said an official of the provincial poverty alleviation office.

 

World Newsletter
17 Oct 2020
WORLD NEWS

FORMER PAK PM NAWAZ SHARIF ACCUSES COUNTRY'S ARMY CHIEF OF TOPPLING HIS GOVT

 

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday accused the country's

army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa of toppling his government, pressuring the

judiciary, and installing the current government of Prime Minister Imran

Khan in the 2018 elections.

 

World Newsletter
17 Oct 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

HOUSE APPROVES 2021 NATIONAL BUDGET ON FINAL READING

 

MANILA - The House of Representatives on Friday approved on third and final

reading the proposed P4.506 trillion national budget for 2021.

The passage of the proposed national budget by the lower chamber was

consistent with the commitment of the newly installed House Speaker to pass

the 2021 national budget in time to prevent a reenacted one.

 

World Newsletter
16 Oct 2020
WORLD NEWS

DELAYS EXPECTED IN U.S. ELECTION RESULTS AS MORE VOTERS OPT FOR MAIL-IN

BALLOTS

 

Results from the 2020 election will likely be late-and that's not a bad

thing. As more and more Americans choose not to risk the polls and opt for

mail-in ballots in advance of the November elections, experts are advising

that election night 2020 won't look like it usually does. The process of

counting votes will likely stretch far beyond election night, with final

results taking days and possibly even weeks to emerge. Election officials

are stressing that this delay is a good thing-taking a long time ensures

that the count will be more accurate.

 

World Newsletter
16 Oct 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE SLAMS DPWH CORRUPTION, BUT STILL TRUSTS VILLAR

 

MANILA — President Duterte’s trust and confidence in Public Works and

Highways Secretary Mark Villar remain despite the Chief Executive’s

expressing disappointment over reports of corruption in the DPWH mostly

involving project officers and contractors.

 

World Newsletter
15 Oct 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI: FORGE AHEAD WITH REFORM, OPENING-UP

 

President Xi Jinping reaffirmed on Wednesday China's commitment to forging ahead with reform and opening-up as he outlined a new vision for Shenzhen 40 years after it was set up as the country's first special economic zone.

 

World Newsletter
15 Oct 2020
WORLD NEWS

CORONAVIRUS: FRANCE TO IMPOSE NIGHT-TIME CURFEW TO BATTLE SECOND WAVE

 

French President Emmanuel Macron has announced a night-time curfew in Paris

and eight other cities to try to curb the rapid spread of coronavirus.

The measure - from 21:00 to 06:00 - will come into effect from Saturday and

last for at least four weeks, Mr Macron said in a televised interview.

 

World Newsletter
15 Oct 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

'NAKAHANAP NA AKO NG PERA': DUTERTE SAYS FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR COVID-19

VACCINE

 

MANILA — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday his

government has the money to procure coronavirus vaccines but he would need

more as he wants to inoculate the country’s entire population.

 

World Newsletter
14 Oct 2020
CHINA NEWS

CHINA, RUSSIA ELECTED TO U.N. RIGHTS COUNCIL; SAUDI ARABIA FAILS

 

China and Russia were elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council on

Tuesday, but support for Beijing dropped by more than 20 percent compared

with a 2016 vote and Saudi Arabia failed in its bid to win a seat on the

Geneva-based body.

 

World Newsletter
14 Oct 2020
Developing Large-Scale Hydrogen Fuel Cells Suited to Shipping

While numerous projects are underway to develop hydrogen fuel cell technology, pure hydrogen fuel cell systems developed for large modes of transport such as vessels, railroad vehicles, and construction machinery will require unique engineering and capabilities to withstand the requirements of the applications.

World Newsletter
14 Oct 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

CAYETANO CONCEDES TO VELASCO, RESIGNS AS HOUSE SPEAKER

 

Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano ended weeks of leadership tug-of-war

at the House of Representatives when he offered his irrevocable resignation

as House Speaker on Tuesday — acknowledging the election of his archnemesis

Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco.

 

World Newsletter
13 Oct 2020
CHINA NEWS

SHENZHEN AIMS TO BE WORLD HUB OF INNOVATION

 

Shenzhen, a high-tech hub adjacent to Hong Kong, is expected to further grow into a center of innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity with global influence and strong policy support from the central government, experts said.

 

World Newsletter
13 Oct 2020
WORLD NEWS

AMERICANS WIN NOBEL PRIZE IN ECONOMICS FOR WORK ON AUCTION THEORY

 

Americans Paul R. Milgrom and Robert B. Wilson have won the Nobel Prize in

economics for “improvements to auction theory and inventions of new auction

formats.”

 

World Newsletter
13 Oct 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

NAT’L PRIVACY COMMISSION PROBES 11 ESTABLISHMENTS FOR ALLEGED DATA BREACH

 

MANILA — Eleven establishments are under investigation after complaints

surfaced that the personal data of customers were being used aside from

contact tracing, the National Privacy Commission (NPC) said Tuesday.

 

World Newsletter
12 Oct 2020
CHINA NEWS

PRESIDENT XI TO DELIVER A SPEECH CELEBRATING SHENZHEN'S 40TH ANNIVERSARY AS SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE

 

President Xi Jinping will attend a grand gathering celebrating the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone (SEZ) on Wednesday morning.

 

World Newsletter
12 Oct 2020
WORLD NEWS

TRUMP INSISTS HE'S FREE OF COVID-19 VIRUS AND READY FOR CAMPAIGN TRAIL

 

President Donald Trump is no longer contagious, nine days after being

stopped in his tracks by COVID-19, his physician said in a statement

released late on Saturday.

 

World Newsletter
12 Oct 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

GOVERNMENT KEEN ON DECLARING CLIMATE EMERGENCY – CIMATU

 

MANILA — A “climate emergency” may be declared by government to compel a

whole-nation effort in addressing the worsening impact of climate change on

the environment, economy and communities, a Cabinet official said yesterday.

 

World Newsletter
10 Oct 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI'S DISCOURSES ON COORDINATING EPIDEMIC CONTROL WITH ECONOMIC, SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT PUBLISHED

 

A compilation of discourses of Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, on coordinating epidemic control with economic and social development has been published by the Central Party Literature Press.

 

World Newsletter
10 Oct 2020
WORLD NEWS

CHINA SAYS PANDEMIC BROKE OUT IN VARIOUS PARTS OF THE WORLD BEFORE WUHAN

REPORTED

 

Nearly a year after the country became the epicenter for the deadly

coronavirus outbreak that has cast a huge shadow on the entire world, China

on Friday made audacious claims that the Covid-19 pandemic broke out in

several parts of the world but it was reported only in the Chinese mainland,

and that it was the only country that acted first.

 

World Newsletter
10 Oct 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE CERTIFIES 2021 BUDGET AS URGENT AS HOUSE SPEAKERSHIP FEUD RAGES

 

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte is seeking the speedy passage of the 2021

national budget that includes funds for the coronavirus pandemic response,

Malacañang said Friday, as lawmakers tussled for the top post of the House

of Representatives.

 

World Newsletter
9 Oct 2020
CHINA NEWS

PEOPLE-CENTERED CONCEPT TO CHART NEW ROAD MAP

 

The idea of a people-centered development concept, a prominent feature of President Xi Jinping's economic thought, demonstrates China's pragmatic and people-oriented policy approach to restore social and economic activities amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and such an approach will continue to guide the nation's future economic policy as policymakers draft the next five-year plan, experts said.

 

World Newsletter
9 Oct 2020
WORLD NEWS

VICE-PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE: HARRIS TILTS AT TRUMP OVER VIRUS; PENCE TARGETS

TAXES

 

US Vice President Mike Pence and his Democratic challenger Kamala Harris

squared off in the first and only vice presidential debate ahead of the US’

polling day on November 3. While sparks flew from both sides on issues

ranging from the coronavirus pandemic to trade, the debate was markedly less

chaotic and more disciplined than the one between President Donald Trump and

former Vice President Joe Biden last week.

 

World Newsletter
9 Oct 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

43 PHILHEALTH OFFICIALS RESIGN, RETIRE AMID ALLEGED ANOMALIES

 

MANILA - The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) on Thursday said

a total of 43 senior officers have either tendered their courtesy

resignation or retired from service.

In a statement, PhilHealth said 43 officers responded to a Sept. 30 memo

issued by PhilHealth President and CEO Atty. Dante Gieran, which directed

all senior officers from Salary Grade 26 and above to tender their courtesy

resignation.

 

World Newsletter
8 Oct 2020
CHINA NEWS

CHINA TO SEE SURGE IN TRAIN TRIPS AS HOLIDAY DRAWS TO CLOSE

China will see a surge in train trips on Thursday as an eight-day national holiday draws to a close, according to the China State Railway Group Co Ltd.

On Thursday, 13 million train trips are expected, and 1,234 additional trains have been put into operation to handle the spike in trips involving tourism and family visits.

 

World Newsletter
8 Oct 2020
WORLD NEWS

SCIENTISTS WIN HISTORIC NOBEL CHEMISTRY PRIZE FOR 'GENETIC SCISSORS'

 

This year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded for the discovery of the

CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing system, which has-for the first time-enabled

scientists to make precise changes in the long stretches of DNA that make up

the code of life for many organisms, including people. The prize was shared

by Emmanuelle Charpentier, a microbiologist and director of the Berlin-based

Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens, and Jennifer A. Doudna, a

professor and biochemist at the University of California, Berkeley. 

World Newsletter
8 Oct 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

CABINET TO TACKLE REOPENING OF ECONOMY

 

MANILA — The proposal of economic managers to further reopen the economy to

address the effects of the COVID-19 crisis, including higher hunger

incidence and malnutrition among children, would be discussed by President

Duterte during the Cabinet meeting on Monday, presidential spokesman Harry

Roque Jr. said yesterday.

 

World Newsletter
7 Oct 2020
CHINA NEWS

NEW CFA JUDGE SHOWS TRUST IN HK'S JUDICIARY

 

A top foreign judge accepting an offer to serve on Hong Kong's highest appellate court showed the international community's trust in the city's judicial system, Hong Kong's leader and a legal expert said on Monday.

 

World Newsletter
7 Oct 2020
WORLD NEWS

TRUMP READY TO DEBATE WITH BIDEN, HOWEVER HIS CAMPAIGN OPPOSES MODERATOR

GETTING A MUTE BUTTON

 

U.S. President Donald Trump is ready to participate in the next presidential

debate with 2020 Democratic nominee Joe Biden in Miami, Florida later this

month, a campaign spokesman said on Monday.

 

World Newsletter
7 Oct 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DOJ TO PRIORITIZE DRUGS CASES FOLLOWING DUTERTE DIRECTIVE TO DESTROY DRUGS

 

MANILA — Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra is set to issue a memorandum

circular ordering prosecutors to prioritize drug cases following President

Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to authorities to destroy seized illegal drugs.

“In accordance with the president's directive, the DOJ will issue a memo

circular to all prosecutors investigating drug cases to give top priority to

the resolution of the same, to file the informations asap, and to move for a

court order to conduct ocular inspection of and destroy the seized drugs,

precursors, etc within the time specified in RA 9165,” Guevarra said in a

text message Wednesday.

 

World Newsletter
6 Oct 2020
WORLD NEWS

DONALD TRUMP, STILL CONTAGIOUS, BACK AT WHITE HOUSE - WITHOUT MASK

 

Just three nights after he was hospitalized for COVID-19, U.S. President

Donald Trump, still likely contagious with COVID-19, left Walter Reed

National Military Medical Centre and returned to the White House.

 

World Newsletter
6 Oct 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

PHILIPPINE INFLATION SLOWS TO 2.3 PERCENT IN SEPTEMBER

 

MANILA - Philippine inflation slowed to a four-month low in September

government data released on Tuesday showed, driven by lower food and

non-alcoholic beverage prices.

 

World Newsletter
5 Oct 2020
CHINA NEWS

CONSUMER SPENDING UP DURING NATIONAL HOLIDAY

 

Chinese consumers appear to be spending more money during the National Day holiday than last year.

 

On the first two days of the eight-day holiday, Chinese consumers spent 628 billion yuan ($92.6 billion) by UnionPay card, up 11.8 percent year-on-year, according to UnionPay.

 

World Newsletter
5 Oct 2020
WORLD NEWS

DONALD TRUMP CAN BE DISCHARGED FROM HOSPITAL SOON,' SAYS HIS MEDICAL TEAM

 

US President Donald Trump has surprised supporters gathered outside the

hospital where he is being treated with Covid-19 by riding past in a

motorcade.

 

World Newsletter
5 Oct 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

PUBLIC SCHOOL LEARNERS RESUME STUDIES THROUGH DISTANCE LEARNING

 

MANILA - Some 22.5 million students in public schools in the Philippines

finally resumed their studies on Monday through distance learning, which is

being implemented on a nationwide scale for the first time due to the

pandemic, with some students, parents and teachers airing skepticism about

the new learning mode.

 

World Newsletter
3 Oct 2020
WORLD NEWS

U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP AND FIRST LADY TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

 

With just over a month to go for the Presidential election, U.S. President

Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump announced that they had tested

positive for the coronavirus. The news will mean a dramatic reduction in the

in-person rallies Trump can hold in October and has cast doubt on whether

the President will be able to participate in the next presidential debate

scheduled for October 15.

 

World Newsletter
3 Oct 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

VELASCO ALLIES BEING EASED OUT OF POSTS

 

Mikee Romero removed as deputy speaker

MANILA — The speakership war in the House of Representatives has claimed its

first casualty.

 

World Newsletter
1 Oct 2020
WORLD NEWS

US ELECTION DEBATE 2020: A NATIONAL EMBARRASSMENT

 

It was a debate unlike any other in American presidential history. In fact,

it was not much of a debate at all, with President Donald Trump coming out

of the starting blocks intending to talk over anyone else on stage,

including Democratic rival Joe Biden and moderator Chris Wallace.

World Newsletter
1 Oct 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

NO LUNETA 'TRASLACION'? QUIAPO CHURCH EYES CHANGES IN BLACK NAZARENE FEAST

AMID PANDEMIC

 

How will the Catholic Church celebrate the Feast of the Black Nazarene in

the time of COVID-19?

Fr. Douglas Badong, vicar of Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, said the

church's procession committee is considering several proposals on how to

conduct the Traslacion next year including the possible cancellation of the

procession in Rizal Park to ensure physical distancing rules are followed.

 

World Newsletter
30 Sept 2020
CHINA NEWS

HOLIDAY TROUBLEMAKERS WARNED IN HK

 

The central government's liaison office in Hong Kong warned on Tuesday against reported plans for unlawful activities on National Day, stressing zero tolerance for what it called reckless acts now that the National Security Law is in force.

 

World Newsletter
30 Sept 2020
WORLD NEWS

JOE BIDEN-TRUMP EXCHANGE ATTACKS AT US PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE

 

The first presidential debate between President Trump and Joe Biden featured

a chaotic series of bitter exchanges and name-calling, with the president

repeatedly speaking over his Democratic rival and the moderator struggling

to maintain control of the 90-minute affair.

 

World Newsletter
30 Sept 2020
FRONT PAGE NEWS

HARDENING STANCE, CHINA REJECTS LADAKH UT, RAISES 1959 CLAIM LINE

 

Pushing its old claim line in Ladakh and hardening its position on the

situation there, Beijing Tuesday said it does not recognise the Union

Territory of Ladakh and is opposed to the construction of Indian

infrastructure there. This was stated by Chinese Foreign Ministry

spokesperson Wang Wenbin yesterday.

 

World Newsletter
30 Sept 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

SC MOVES FORWARD ON POLL PROTEST, ORDERS COMMENT ON MARCOS' BID FOR

NULLIFICATION OF MINDANAO ELECTIONS

 

MANILA — The Supreme Court, sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal, has

moved forward on former Sen. Bongbong MarcosÂ’ poll protest against Vice

President Leni Robredo and ordered the Commission on Elections on pending

issues on the case.

 

World Newsletter
29 Sept 2020
WORLD NEWS

CHINA HOLDS SIMULTANEOUS MILITARY DRILLS IN FOUR SEAS

 

China has begun five military exercises simultaneously along different parts

of its coast, the second time in two months it will have such concurrent

drills against a backdrop of rising regional tensions.

 

World Newsletter
29 Sept 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE BLASTS FACEBOOK OVER REMOVAL OF PH MILITARY 'ADVOCACY' ACCOUNTS

 

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday lashed out at Facebook for

taking down Philippine military "advocacy" accounts and pages from its

platform.

 

World Newsletter
26 Sept 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

CHINA REJECTS HAGUE RULING ANEW, CITES 'AGREEMENT' WITH DUTERTE TO 'CLOSE

THE OLD CHAPTER'

 

MANILA— China reiterated Friday it does not recognize the 2016 arbitral

ruling invalidating its 9-dash line claim over nearly all of the South China

Sea— a legal victory that President Rodrigo Duterte invoked in his historic

speech before the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday.

 

World Newsletter
25 Sept 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI'S PLEDGES BOOST GLOBAL POVERTY FIGHT

 

New measures announced by President Xi Jinping to support the United Nations will offer a strong boost to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, bolster the level of food security and reduce extreme poverty for the world's least developed countries, officials and experts said.

 

World Newsletter
25 Sept 2020
WORLD NEWS

ENORMOUS DIVISIONS ON UNSC EXPANSION REFORMS NEED PACKAGE SOLUTION, SAYS

CHINA

 

China today said that it is willing to work with other UN members to seek a

package solution for security council reforms which can accommodate all

parties' interests and concerns through dialogue and negotiation.

 

World Newsletter
25 Sept 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

PALACE SHIELDS PH TRADE WITH CHINA FROM DUTERTE'S HISTORIC ASSERTION OF SEA

RIGHTS

 

MANILA— The Philippines will "move on" with trade and investments with

China, Malacañang said Thursday as it shielded renewed economic ties with

the economic superpower from President Rodrigo Duterte's historic assertion

of Manila's sea rights before the United Nations.

 

World Newsletter
24 Sept 2020
CHINA NEWS

FIRST FEMALE ARMY PILOTS TO GRADUATE SOON

 

The first 10 female flight students trained by the People's Liberation Army Ground Force are expected to graduate and join operational units in 2021.

 

World Newsletter
24 January 2020
WORLD NEWS

‘BIRTHERISM’ LIES ABOUT KAMALA HARRIS EXCEED THOSE ABOUT OBAMA

 

Toxic misinformation has continued reaching new heights in 2020, one sign of

that is the “Birtherism” misinformation about Senator Kamala Harris, the

Democratic vice-presidential nominee, now exceeds that about President

Barack Obama at its peak in 2017, according to a new analysis.

 

World Newsletter
24 Sept 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

CAVITE AIRPORT BUILDER TO BE TAGGED IN CASE VS CHINA'S XI

 

MANILA — A Chinese firm that is set to build an airport in Cavite province

will be included in the case against Chinese President Xi Jinping before the

International Criminal Court, one of its petitioners said Thursday.

 

World Newsletter
23 Sept 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI: JOIN HANDS TO MEET GLOBAL CHALLENGES

 

China has no intention of fighting a Cold War or a hot war with any country, nor will it seek hegemony, expansion or a sphere of influence, President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday.

 

World Newsletter
23 Sept 2020
WORLD NEWS

XI: JOIN HANDS TO MEET GLOBAL CHALLENGES

 

Chinese President Xi Jinping during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday assured the countries that China has no intention to fight a cold war or a hot one with any country.

 

World Newsletter
23 Sept 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

ALL COUNTRIES MUST GET ACCESS TO COVID-19 VACCINE, DUTERTE TELLS UN

 

MANILA - In his first appearance at the UN General Assembly, President

Rodrigo Duterte said all countries should get access to coronavirus vaccines

once these have been developed, deemed effective and distributed to the

public.

In a pre-recorded video message to the UN convention that aired early

Wednesday (Manila time), Duterte emphasized "ensuring universal access" to

medicines and technology to combat COVID-19 "is pivotal in the global

pandemic recovery."

"The world is in the race to find a safe and effective vaccine. When the

world finds that vaccine, access to it must not be denied nor withheld. It

should be made available to all, rich and poor nations alike, as a matter of

policy," he said during the UN's 75th anniversary.

"The Philippines joins our partners in the ASEAN (Association of Southeast

Asian Nations) and the Non-Aligned Movement in raising our collective voice:

the COVID-19 vaccine must be considered a global public good."

World Newsletter
22 Sept 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI: NO NATION SHOULD ACT LIKE BOSS OF WORLD

 

China firmly supports the United Nations' central role in global affairs and opposes any country acting like boss of the world, President Xi Jinping said on Monday.

 

World Newsletter
22 Sept 2020
WORLD NEWS

75TH U.N. ANNIVERSARY: SURPLUS OF MULTILATERAL CHALLENGES, DEFICIT OF

MULTILTERAL SOLUTIONS, SAYS GUTTERES

 

The United Nations marked its 75th anniversary Monday amid a global pandemic

and other serious challenges that the secretary-general said highlight the

urgency for stronger international cooperation.

 

World Newsletter
22 Sept 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE TO ADDRESS UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOR FIRST TIME

 

MANILA — President Duterte will address the United Nations General Assembly

(UNGA) for the first time today, even as some international groups renew

their condemnation of alleged abuses tied to his controversial war on

illegal drugs.

 

World Newsletter
21 Sept 2020
CHINA NEWS

NATION HONORS UN, MULTILATERALISM PLEDGE

 

When President Xi Jinping attended the high-level meetings for the 70th anniversary of the United Nations in New York in 2015, he called on the international community to remain committed to multilateralism and mutually beneficial cooperation for a better world.

 

World Newsletter
21 Sept 2020
WORLD NEWS

DONALD TRUMP PRESSES FOR NEW JUSTICE TO REPLACE RUTH BADER GINSBURG AMID

LOOMING ELECTION

 

President Donald Trump is expected to ignore the dying wish of late Supreme

Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and nominate her replacement in the coming

days in a rush to hurry through a conservative judge before the election.

 

World Newsletter
21 Sept 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

PHILIPPINE MONEY REMITTERS FLAGGED IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN ‘SUSPICIOUS’

TRANSACTIONS

 

MANILA (Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism) — Filipino

remittance firms were investigated in the aftermath of the 2016 cyber-heist

that siphoned off $81 million from the central bank of Bangladesh.

World Newsletter
19 Sept 2020
WORLD NEWS

CHINA SENDS FIGHTERS TOWARDS TAIWAN

 

While tensions remain high and a military build-up continues along the Line

of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, China has ratcheted up tensions on its

eastern front, with 18 Chinese fighters and bombers crossing the mid-line of

the Taiwan Strait and flying towards Taiwan in a major show of military

force.

 

World Newsletter
19 Sept 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE PLACES PHILIPPINES UNDER STATE OF CALAMITY UNTIL SEPTEMBER 2021

 

MANILA — The Philippines will remain under a state of calamity for one more

year as it continues to grapple with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

President Rodrigo Duterte extended the period of the state of calamity until

Sept. 12, 2021 through Proclamation No. 1021.

 

World Newsletter
18 Sept 2020
WORLD NEWS

BIDEN SAYS US TRADE DEAL HINGES ON UK 'RESPECT' FOR GOOD FRIDAY AGREEMENT

 

US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has warned the United Kingdom

it must honour Northern Ireland's 1998 peace agreement as it withdraws from

the European Union or there would be no separate United States trade deal.

 

World Newsletter
18 Sept 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

EU PARLIAMENT CONDEMNS ‘RAPIDLY DETERIORATING’ STATE OF HUMAN RIGHTS, PRESS

FREEDOM IN PHILIPPINES

 

MANILA - The European Parliament adopted a resolution Thursday calling on

the Philippine government to grant ABS-CBN Corp.'s broadcast license, nearly

5 months after President Rodrigo Duterte's allies in Congress rejected to

renew its permit to operate on TV and radio.

 

World Newsletter
17 Sept 2020
CHINA NEWS

PRESIDENT: PROMOTE HEALTHY DEVELOPMENT OF PRIVATE SECTOR

 

President Xi Jinping has underlined the importance of the private economy in the country's overall development and has urged efforts to unite people engaging in private business to promote the sector's healthy development.

 

World Newsletter
17 Sept 2020
CHINA NEWS

FED TOUTS ECONOMIC RECOVERY, VOWS TO KEEP INTEREST RATES LOW

 

The Federal Reserve kept its pledge to keep interest rates anchored near

zero and promised to keep rates there until inflation rises consistently.

 

World Newsletter
17 Sept 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

CARPIO TO ACT AS COUNSEL IN ICC CASE VS XI

 

MANILA — Retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio will

stand as legal counsel in the case filed before the International Criminal

Court (ICC) by former Philippine officials against Chinese President Xi

Jinping and other Chinese officials over ChinaÂ’s incursions in the South

China Sea.

 

World Newsletter
16 Sept 2020
WORLD NEWS

TRUMP THREATENS TO RETALIATE WITH '1,000 TIMES GREATER' FORCE AGAINST ANY

IRAN ATTACK

 

Donald Trump has warned that the US will retaliate with "1,000 times

greater" force against any Iranian attack on its interests.

 

World Newsletter
16 Sept 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

SENATE, HOUSE SLAM PHILHEALTH PROBE REPORT

 

Palace: Duque not yet off the hook

MANILA — Lawmakers including those from the administration slammed yesterday

the findings of a special task force that investigated alleged anomalies in

the Philippine Health Insurance Corp., particularly the non-inclusion of

Health Secretary and PhilHealth chairman Francisco Duque III in the list of

those recommended for criminal charges.

 

World Newsletter
15 Sept 2020
CHINA NEWS

CHINA, EU TO BOOST STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

 

China and the European Union reaffirmed their goal of concluding talks on the bilateral investment agreement before year's end and agreed to bolster cooperation on green development and the digital sector during a leaders' meeting on Monday.

 

World Newsletter
15 Sept 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE APPROVES FILING CRIMINAL, ADMINISTRATIVE CHARGES VS MORALES, OTHER

PHILHEALTH OFFICIALS

 

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday approved the filing of criminal

and administrative charges against former Philippine Health Insurance Corp.

(PhilHealth) president Ricardo Morales and other officials over alleged

corrupt practices.

 

World Newsletter
15 Sept 2020
WORLD NEWS

BREXIT: INTERNAL MARKET BILL CLEARS FIRST HURDLE IN COMMONS

 

A proposed law giving Boris Johnson's government the power to override parts

of the Brexit agreement with the EU has passed its first hurdle in the

Commons.

 

World Newsletter
14 Sept 2020
WORLD NEWS

GLOBAL OIL DEMAND MAY HAVE PASSED PEAK, SAYS BP ENERGY REPORT

 

BP has called time on the world's rising demand for fossil fuels after

finding that demand for oil may have already reached its peak and faces an

unprecedented decades-long decline.

 

World Newsletter
14 Sept 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

PETITIONERS TELL SC, OSG: CANCELING ORAL ARGUMENTS ON ANTI-TERRORISM LAW

'DISSERVICE' TO PUBLIC INTEREST

 

MANILA — Progressive groups led by BAYAN and a group of Sangguniang Kabataan

leaders urged the Supreme Court to hold oral arguments on the petitions

filed against Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 to allow the public to participate

in discourse on the contentious law.

 

World Newsletter
12 Sept 2020
WORLD NEWS

BAHRAIN BECOMES LATEST ARAB NATION TO RECOGNIZE ISRAEL

 

Bahrain on Friday agreed to normalize relations with Israel, becoming the

latest Arab nation to do so as part of a broader diplomatic push by

President Donald Trump and his administration to further ease the Jewish

state's relative isolation in the Middle East and find common ground with

nations that share US wariness of Iran.

 

World Newsletter
12 Sept 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE INVOKES UNCLOS IN CHINESE DEFENSE MINISTER'S VISIT

 

MANILA - Chinese state councilor and defense minister Wei Fenghe on Friday

paid a courtesy call to President Rodrigo Duterte.

 

World Newsletter
11 Sept 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI STRESSES SOLIDARITY, COOPERATION IN GLOBAL VIRUS FIGHT

 

President Xi Jinping reiterated the need for united action and coordination between different countries in the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic as he spoke over the phone with the heads of state of Saudi Arabia and Uruguay on Wednesday night.

 

World Newsletter
11 Sept 2020
WORLD NEWS

EU MULLS LEGAL ACTION AGAINST UK OVER PLAN TO BREAK BREXIT DEAL

 

The United Kingdom and the European Union held emergency talks on Thursday

over Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plan to undercut parts of the Brexit

divorce treaty, with Brussels exploring possible legal action against

London.

 

World Newsletter
11 Sept 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

NTC RECALLS FREQUENCIES, CHANNELS ASSIGNED TO ABS-CBN

 

MANILA - The National Telecommunications Commission on Thursday recalled the

frequencies assigned to ABS-CBN, which it said was “warranted” in the

absence of a legislative franchise.

 

World Newsletter
10 Sept 2020
CHINA NEWS

PRESIDENT, EU LEADERS TO MEET VIA VIDEO LINK

 

President Xi Jinping will meet via video link on Monday with European Council President Charles Michel, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the rotating chair of the regional bloc, the Foreign Ministry announced on Wednesday.

 

World Newsletter
10 Sept 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

GOVERNMENT DEFENDS SURGE IN BUDGET OF RED-TAGGING TASK FORCE

 

MANILA — Large sums of money to be allocated to a controversial task force

that has “red-tagged” individuals will fund local economic projects and not

buy arms and escalate the governmentÂ’s fight against communist rebels.

In an online Senate hearing on Wednesday, Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado

said the proposed P16.4-billion budget lodged under President Rodrigo

DuterteÂ’s National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict

(NTF-ELCAC) will, in fact, be released to barangays and not to the agency.

 

World Newsletter
9 Sept 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI PRESENTS MEDALS TO COVID FIGHTERS

 

Solidarity and cooperation are the right choice for the international community to respond to a major crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic, while selfishness and scapegoating will harm the people of all countries, President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday.

 

World Newsletter
9 Sept 2020
WORLD NEWS

DONALD TRUMP SAYS IT'D BE 'INSULT' IF KAMALA HARRIS IS FIRST WOMAN PRESIDENT

 

Attacking Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris, US President

Donald Trump on Tuesday said that "people don't like her" and it would be

"an insult" to America if she becomes the President. Addressing a rally in

North Carolina, Trump said, "People don't like her (Kamala Harris)--nobody

likes her. She can never be the first woman president of the US. It will be

an insult to our country."

 

World Newsletter
9 Sept 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE TELLS AGENCIES TO PUBLISH DETAILS OF INFRA, IRRIGATION PROJECTS IN

NEWSPAPERS

 

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered agencies to publish details

of infrastructure and irrigation projects, including their status and

winning bidders, saying it would help with detecting collusion among

agencies and contractors.

 

World Newsletter
8 Sept 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI PRAISES COVID ROLE MODELS IN SPEECH

 

President Xi Jinping attends a meeting to commend role models in China's fight against the COVID-19 epidemic on Tuesday. He presented medals to four outstanding individuals and delivers a speech at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Here are some highlights from his address.

 

World Newsletter
8 Sept 2020
WORLD NEWS

EU WARNS BREXIT TRADE TALKS UNDER THREAT IF UK BACKSLIDES ON DEAL

 

The European Union told Britain on Monday that there would be no trade deal

if it tried to tinker with the Brexit divorce treaty, raising the prospect

of a tumultuous end-of-year finale to the saga.

 

World Newsletter
8 Sept 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE SAYS PH HAS FLATTENED COVID-19 CURVE, LAUDS PUBLIC FOR FOLLOWING

HEALTH PROTOCOLS

 

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday lauded the public for following

health protocols imposed by government that led to the flattening of the

country's COVID-19 curve.

 

World Newsletter
7 Sept 2020
CHINA NEWS

PRESIDENT TO COMMEND TOP CHAMPIONS IN COVID FIGHT

 

President Xi Jinping will attend a meeting on Tuesday morning to commend role models in fighting the COVID-19 epidemic and present a national medal and honorary titles to four people for their outstanding contribution during the outbreak.

 

World Newsletter
7 Sept 2020
WORLD NEWS

GERMANY THREATENS RUSSIA WITH SANCTIONS

 

Tensions deepened between Germany and Russia over the alleged poisoning of

opposition figure Alexei Navalny on Sunday, with Germany threatening

sanctions and Russia accusing Berlin of delaying the investigation it

demanded.

 

World Newsletter
7 Sept 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

MALAYSIA BARS PINOYS OVER COVID-19 FEARS

 

MANILA - Starting today, long-term pass holders from the Philippines, India

and Indonesia will be barred from entering Malaysia due to "serious concerns

over the recent increase in the number of confirmed imported COVID-19 cases

from these countries," the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said

yesterday.

 

World Newsletter
5 Sept 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI COMMITS TO FURTHER EASE MARKET ACCESS

 

President Xi Jinping said on Friday that China will remain steadfast in opening wider to the world, further ease market access for the services sector and actively increase imports of quality services.

 

World Newsletter
5 Sept 2020
WORLD NEWS

WIDESPREAD COVID VACCINATION NOT EXPECTED UNTIL MIDDLE OF NEXT YEAR: WHO

 

As the threat of the catastrophic COVID-19 pandemic continues to loom over

the globe, the World Health Organization's (WHO) chief scientist Dr Soumya

Swaminathan said that the worldwide distribution of vaccines on a mass level

against COVID-19 may take place by mid-2021.

 

World Newsletter
5 Sept 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE OKS GRADUAL RESUMPTION OF TOURISM

 

MANILA — President Duterte has allowed the gradual resumption of tourism

activities in the country following the decision to place many key cities

and provinces under modified general community quarantine from Sept. 1 to

31.

 

World Newsletter
4 Sept 2020
WORLD NEWS

'PETTY AND DIVISIVE': DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS, MAYORS SLAM TRUMP'S DEFUNDING

THREAT

 

Democratic mayors and governors lashed out at President Donald Trump after

he issued a memo directing his administration to find federal funds that

could be cut from cities run by Democrats, including "anarchist

jurisdictions."

 

World Newsletter
4 Sept 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

PH INFLATION EASES TO 2.4 PERCENT IN AUGUST, SLOWEST PACE IN 3 MONTHS

 

MANILA - Philippine inflation eased in August on slower food and beverage

price movements, according to government data released on Friday.

 

World Newsletter
3 Sept 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI ATTENDS COMMEMORATION OF 75TH VICTORY ANNIVERSARY OF ANTI-JAPANESE WAR, WWII

 

Chinese leaders led by Xi Jinping on Thursday morning attended a commemoration in Beijing for the 75th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War.

 

World Newsletter
3 Sept 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

NBI PRESSES RAPS vs 20 TAGGED IN ‘PASTILLAS’ SCAM

 

MANILA — The National Bureau of Investigation has asked the Office of the

Ombudsman to suspend and prosecute 19 immigration officers it found to have

been running a clandestine escort service known as the “pastillas” racket

that catered mostly to Chinese nationals planning to work in the country

illegally.

 

World Newsletter
2 Sept 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

PHILIPPINES WONÂ’T STOP PROJECTS OF BLACKLISTED CHINA FIRMS

 

MANILA— Apart from the Philippines being an independent nation, President

Duterte will not follow the United StatesÂ’ lead in cutting ties with Chinese

firms involved in reclamation activities in the South China Sea because the

country needs investors from China.

 

World Newsletter
1 Sept 2020
CHINA NEWS

YELLOW RIVER PLAYS ROLE IN 'REJUVENATION'

 

A key Party meeting on Monday stressed the need to promote the intensive and economical utilization of the water resources of the Yellow River to ensure its high-quality development.

 

World Newsletter
1 Sept 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE: 'REVOLUTIONARY GOVERNMENT' TALKS SHOULD BE IN PUBLIC

 

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday that discussions about the

revolutionary government being proposed by a group of his supporters should

be in public, and not in secret.

 

World Newsletter
1 Sept 2020
WORLD NEWS

FIRST DIRECT ISRAEL-UAE FLIGHT LANDS IN ABU DHABI AMID DEAL

 

A Star of David-adorned El Al plane flew from Israel to the United Arab

Emirates on Monday, carrying a high-ranking American and Israeli delegation

to Abu Dhabi in the first-ever direct commercial passenger flight between

the two countries.

 

World Newsletter
31 August 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE VISITS SULU AFTER TWIN BLASTS

 

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday visited Jolo town in Sulu,

nearly a week after twin explosions left at least 15 dead and scores

wounded, Malacañang confirmed.

 

World Newsletter
26 August 2020
CHINA NEWS

NATION REMAINS COMMITTED TO REFORM, OPENING-UP

 

Forty years ago, China created four special economic zones in the southeastern coastal cities of Shenzhen, Zhuhai and Shantou in Guangdong province and Xiamen in Fujian province as part of the country's opening-up drive to encourage foreign investment and boost economic growth.

 

World Newsletter
26 August 2020
WORLD NEWS

BIDEN-HARRIS ADMIN WILL MAKE US A SOCIALIST COUNTRY: TOP REPUBLCIAN LEADERS

 

Making a passionate plea to re-elect Republican Donald Trump at the 2020

Republican National Convention, Top Indian-American politician, Nikki Haley

said that the United States President has a "record of strength and

success", while his Democratic rival Joe Biden has a "record of weakness and

failure."

 

World Newsletter
26 August 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

PHILIPPINES WON'T CEASE SPRATLY PATROLS DESPITE CHINA CALL VS

'PROVOCATIONS': DFA

 

MANILA -- The Philippines will sustain its patrol of the Spratly islands

despite China's call for Manila to stop "illegal provocations" in sending

military aircraft near the area, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

said Wednesday.

 

World Newsletter
25 August 2020
WORLD NEWS

REPUBLICAN CONVENTION TOUTS TRUMP, STOKES FEARS IF HE LOSES

 

On Monday, Mr Trump was officially nominated as a formality to be the

Republican nominee at his party's convention in the city of Charlotte.

 

World Newsletter
25 August 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

TWIN BLASTS ROCK SULU TOWN PLAZA; AT LEAST 15 KILLED, 75 WOUNDED

 

MANILA - At least seven soldiers, a policeman, and six civilians were

killed, while 75 were injured as twin explosions ripped through the town

plaza of Jolo in the southern province of Sulu on Monday noon, authorities

said.

 

World Newsletter
24 August 2020
CHINA NEWS

SYNERGY OF YANGTZE DELTA REGION STRESSED

 

China has vowed to step up the integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta in order to make the region the pacesetter of the new development pattern with the domestic market as the mainstay and the domestic and foreign markets complementing each other.

 

World Newsletter
24 August 2020
WORLD NEWS

IF SCIENTISTS RECOMMEND, I WILL SHUT DOWN ECONOMY TO SAVE LIVES FROM

PANDEMIC: JOE BIDEN

 

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said, if elected, he would be

willing to shut down the country again should there be a second wave of

coronavirus in the US and scientists recommend the move to slow its spread.

 

World Newsletter
14 August 2020
WORLD NEWS

UAE, ISRAEL REACH AGREEMENT TO ESTABLISH DIPLOMATIC TIES

 

Israel and the United Arab Emirates have reached a deal to normalise

relations, with Israel agreeing to suspend its controversial plans to annex

parts of the occupied West Bank.

 

World Newsletter
14 August 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

SC CREATES TWO BODIES TO PURGE JUDICIARY FROM ERRING OFFICIALS, PERSONNEL

 

MANILA — The Supreme Court has approved the creation of the Judicial

Integrity Board and the Corruption Prevention and Investigation Office to

prevent corruption within the Judiciary.

 

World Newsletter
13 August 2020
CHINA NEWS

FOREIGN MINISTRY CALLS ON US TO STOP EXCHANGES WITH TAIWAN

 

China warned some United States officials on Wednesday not to have illusions on issues concerning China's core interests after US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar's visit to Taiwan and urged him to stop criticizing China's anti-pandemic efforts.

 

World Newsletter
13 August 2020
WORLD NEWS

SAUDI ARABIA ENDS A LOAN AND ASSOCIATED OIL SUPPLY TO PAKISTAN FOLLOWING

THREATS TO SPLIT OIC

 

Saudi Arabia has halted the provision of oil on loan for Pakistan after the

Imran Khan government threatened to split the Organization of Islamic

Countries (OIC) over Kashmir.

 

World Newsletter
13 August 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

HOUSE OKs FREE ANNUAL CHECKUP BILL

 

MANILA - The House committee on health approved yesterday a bill seeking to

provide free annual medical checkup for Filipinos.

 

World Newsletter
12 August 2020
WORLD NEWS

BIDEN VP PICK: KAMALA HARRIS CHOSEN AS RUNNING MATE

 

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has named Senator Kamala Harris

as his running mate - the first black woman and Asian American in the role.

Once a rival for the top job, the California senator of Indian-Jamaican

heritage had long been considered the front-runner for the number two slot.

 

World Newsletter
12 August 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

HOUSE OKs ‘NEW NORMAL’ BILL

 

MANILA — The House of Representatives has passed the bill setting public

rules and protocols for the “new normal” in workplace and public spaces

while the country continues to battle the COVID-19 crisis.

 

World Newsletter
11 August 2020
CHINA NEWS

CPC GUIDANCE LEADS NATION TO PROSPERITY

 

Some officials in the United States have been ganging up on the Communist Party of China, but they are turning a blind eye to the fact that the CPC leadership has enabled China to grow into the world's second-largest economy without resorting to warfare, colonialism or slavery.

 

World Newsletter
11 August 2020
WORLD NEWS

LEBANESE GOVERNMENT QUITS AMID FURY OVER BEIRUT BLAST

 

Lebanon's government resigned Monday as the fallout from last week's deadly

explosion deepened a political crisis in the country's blast-ravaged

capital.

 

World Newsletter
11 August 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

BAYANIHAN 2 APPROVED ON FINAL READING

 

MANILA — Voting 262-6, the House of Representatives approved yesterday on

third and final reading the Bayanihan 2 or the “We Recover as One Act,”

providing a P162-billion fund for government to carry out a roadmap for

economic recovery amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

World Newsletter
10 August 2020
CHINA NEWS

CHINA URGES US TO AVOID MISJUDGMENT

 

China's senior diplomat, Yang Jiechi, urged Washington on Friday to avoid strategic miscalculation about China-US relations and work with Beijing to bring bilateral ties back to the right track.

 

World Newsletter
10 August 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE TO ADDRESS NATION TODAY

 

DAVAO CITY - President Duterte is set to address the nation from his home

city today where he has been staying since Aug. 3.

 

World Newsletter
8 August 2020
WORLD NEWS

LEBANON SEES POSSIBLE 'EXTERNAL INTERFERENCE' IN PORT BLAST

 

LebanonÂ’s president said an investigation into the Beirut port warehouse

explosion was looking at whether it was caused by negligence, an accident or

possible external interference, his office cited him as telling local media

on Friday.

 

World Newsletter
8 August 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

PHILHEALTH MESS CAN BE TRACED TO PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATIONÂ’

 

MANILA — The alleged anomaly in the Philippine Health Insurance Corp.

(PhilHealth) could be traced to policies of the state-run health insurer

during the previous administration, a ranking lawmaker has said.

 

World Newsletter
7 August 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI CALLS FOR POOLING WISDOM TO DEVISE FIVE-YEAR PLAN

 

President Xi Jinping has stressed the importance of bolstering top-level design and pooling wisdom from the public in devising China's blueprint for development between 2021 and 2025.

 

World Newsletter
7 August 2020
WORLD NEWS

TIKTOK: TRUMP SIGNS ORDER TO ADDRESS 'THREAT' OF CHINESE APP

 

US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to ban transactions

with TikTok's parent company ByteDance.

The executive order says the US "must take aggressive action against the

owners of TikTok to protect our national security".

 

World Newsletter
7 August 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

LOCSIN, POMPEO DISCUSS US POLICY SHIFT IN SOUTH CHINA SEA

 

MANILA — The top diplomats of the Philippines and the United States

discussed Washington's latest policy declaration on maritime disputes in the

South China Sea.

 

World Newsletter
6 August 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI EXTENDS CONDOLENCES OVER BEIRUT BLAST

 

President Xi Jinping sent a message of condolence to Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Wednesday over explosions in the country's capital, Beirut, that killed more than 110 people.

 

World Newsletter
6 August 2020
WORLD NEWS

LEBANON DECLARES 2-WEEK STATE OF EMERGENCY AFTER DEADLY TWIN BLASTS

 

Lebanon's government on Wednesday announced a two-week state of emergency in

the country's capital following Tuesday's devastating explosion in Beirut.

There were two explosions in Beirut on Tuesday afternoon (local time), which

occurred barely within minutes of each other. The explosions took place in

the central port area of the city. In footage on social media, it appears as

though the two blasts were triggered in different buildings. Following the

first blast, the fire spread to a nearby building, triggering a bigger

explosion.

 

World Newsletter
5 August 2020
CHINA NEWS

EXPERTS SAY CHINA KEY TO GLOBAL RECOVERY

 

China could emerge from the coronavirus pandemic with a more dominant economy, replacing the United States as the world's largest within the current decade, according to experts.

 

World Newsletter
5 August 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

JULY INFLATION ACCELERATES TO 2.7 PERCENT, FASTEST IN 6 MONTHS

 

MANILA - Inflation quickened in July based on government data released on

Wednesday, its fastest pace in 6 months due to rising transport costs.

The consumer price index rose 2.7 percent in July, within the Bangko Sentral

ng Pilipinas' estimated range of 2.2 to 3 percent, and between 2.2 to 2.8

percent based on a Reuters poll of 13 economists.

 

World Newsletter
4 August 2020
CHINA NEWS

CHINA SUSPENDS HK-NZ FUGITIVE DEAL

 

China has decided to suspend the agreement on surrendering fugitive offenders and the agreement on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters between its Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and New Zealand, Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin announced on Monday.

 

World Newsletter
4 August 2020
WORLD NEWS

DONALD TRUMP BANS H-1B TECH WORKERS FROM FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS

 

US President Donald Trump on Monday signed an executive order restricting

federal agencies from contracting or subcontracting foreign workers, hurting

Indian IT professionals who work in the US on the H-1B visa.

 

World Newsletter
4 August 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE BANS PHILIPPINES FROM JOINING NAVAL EXERCISES IN SOUTH CHINA SEA

 

MANILA — The Philippines will no longer be participating in joint maritime

exercises in the South China Sea with other countries, Defense Secretary

Delfin Lorenzana said Monday.

 

World Newsletter
3 August 2020
CHINA NEWS

KEY MEETING SETS TONE FOR FURTHER OPENING-UP

 

Chinese leaders have vowed to strengthen the country's economic opening-up drive, which is not in conflict with its recent emphasis on boosting domestic demand but will benefit the global economic recovery, analysts said.

 

World Newsletter
3 August 2020
WORLD NEWS

TRUMP TO GIVE BYTEDANCE 45 DAYS TO DIVEST THE US OPERATIONS OF TIKTOK TO

MICROSOFT

 

US President Donald Trump told reporters on Friday he planned to sign an

executive order to ban popular short-video app TikTok in the US, where it

has up to 80 million active monthly users. The app - mostly used by people

under 20 - is owned by Chinese company ByteDance.

 

World Newsletter
3 August 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE PUTS METRO MANILA, NEARBY PROVINCES UNDER MECQ

 

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the imposition of Modified

Enhanced Community Quarantine in Metro Manila, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal and

Bulacan as recommended by members of the Cabinet.

 

World Newsletter
1 August 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI UNVEILS BEIDOU FULL-SCALE COVERAGE

 

President Xi Jinping announced on Friday that China's Beidou Navigation Satellite System has been completed and has started providing full-scale global services that day.

 

World Newsletter
1 August 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

LOCSIN: FILIPINOS LEAVING SABAH SHOULD NOT BE CALLED REPATRIATES

 

MANILA - Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Friday said

Filipinos leaving Sabah due to the COVID-19 pandemic should not be called

repatriates.

 

World Newsletter
1 August 2020
WORLD NEWS

TRUMP NOW SAYS HE DOESN'T WANT TO POSTPONE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS IN

NOVEMBER

 

President Donald Trump has walked back his controversial suggestion to delay

the November 3 elections in the face of fierce opposition from even

Republicans.

 

World Newsletter
31 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI DECLARES START OF BEIDOU'S FULL-SCALE GLOBAL SERVICE

 

President Xi Jinping announced on Friday morning that China's Beidou Navigation Satellite System has been completed and started providing full-scale global services on the day.

 

World Newsletter
31 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

DONALD TRUMP RAISES POSSIBILITY OF DELAYING THE ELECTION

 

US President Donald Trump on Thursday raised the possibility of delaying the

nation's November 3 presidential election, though the Constitution bestows

that power on Congress, not the president.

 

World Newsletter
31 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

GCQ IN METRO MANILA EXTENDED UNTIL AUG. 15 DESPITE INCREASE IN COVID-19

CASES

 

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte has extended the general community in

Metro Manila to Aug. 15 despite the rising number of COVID-19 infections in

the country.

 

World Newsletter
30 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

PRESIDENT PROMOTES PLA OFFICER TO RANK OF GENERAL

 

President Xi Jinping promoted Xu Zhongbo, political commissar of the People's Liberation Army Rocket Force, to the rank of general on Wednesday.

 

World Newsletter
30 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

FOUR BIG TECH CEOs GETTING HEAT FROM CONGRESS ON COMPETITION

 

Fending off accusations of stifling competition, four Big Tech CEOs -

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Sundar Pichai of Google and

Tim Cook of Apple - are answering for their companies' practices before

Congress as a House panel caps its yearlong investigation of market

dominance in the industry.

 

World Newsletter
30 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

PHILIPPINES WILL NEVER ABANDON SABAH, SPRATLYS CLAIM: LOCSIN

 

MANILA - Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. stood pat on his

statement about the Philippines' claim to Sabah after the Malaysian

government summoned the Philippine Ambassador in Kuala Lumpur to explain

LocsinÂ’s tweet that "Sabah is not in Malaysia."

 

World Newsletter
29 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI URGES AIIB TO ENGAGE MORE PARTNERS

 

President Xi Jinping called on the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank on Tuesday to make itself a new platform promoting development among all members and facilitating the building of a community with a shared future for mankind in the context of the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

World Newsletter
29 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

'SIGURO BINGI SILA': PALACE SLAMS CRITICS WHO SAY GOV'T LACKS COVID-19

RECOVERY PLAN

 

MANILA-- Malacañang dismissed Tuesday claims that the government has no

pandemic recovery roadmap after President Rodrigo Duterte's fifth State of

the Nation Address failed to detail such a plan.

 

World Newsletter
29 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

CORONAVIRUS: TRUMP STICKS BY REVOKED HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE

 

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday once again endorsed the use of

anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of the coronavirus,

AP reported. Trump also claimed that the drug was rejected as a treatment

only because he had supported it.

 

World Newsletter
28 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

CLOSURE OF US CONSULATE NECESSARY ACT

 

Ministry urges Washington to correct its mistakes, get relations back on track.

 

The closure and takeover of the United States' consulate in Chengdu is China's legitimate and necessary response to the unreasonable US act of shutting down and breaking into the Chinese consulate general in Houston, Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Monday.

 

World Newsletter
28 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

CHINA ASKS AFGHANISTAN, NEPAL TO BE LIKE 'IRON BROTHER' PAKISTAN AT A

FOUR-COUNTRY MEET

 

China on Monday convened a rare quadrilateral dialogue with the Foreign

Ministers of Afghanistan, Nepal and Pakistan, pledging to strengthen

cooperation among the four nations in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic as

well as boosting their economic recoveries, including through regional

connectivity projects.

 

World Newsletter
28 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTEÂ’S SONA: A MIX OF ATTACK, WARNING, PLEA, WISH LIST, PROMISES

 

MANILA—President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his 5th State of the Nation

Address (SONA) yesterday, against the backdrop of a pandemic that has

disrupted the lives of millions of Filipinos and which continues to spread

across the Philippines.

 

World Newsletter
27 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI TO DELIVER SPEECH AT AIIB'S ANNUAL EVENT

 

President Xi Jinping will deliver a speech at the opening ceremony of the fifth annual meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank to be held via video link on Tuesday in Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Monday.

 

World Newsletter
27 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

US ELECTIONS 2020: TRUMP FACES HEADWINDS WITH POLLS 100 DAYS AWAY

 

With the November election 100 days away, more Americans say the country is

heading in the wrong direction than at any previous point in Donald Trump's

presidency, putting the incumbent in a perilous position as his re-election

bid against Democrat Joe Biden enters a pivotal stretch.

 

World Newsletter
25 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI STRESSES NATION'S COMPETITIVENESS

 

President Xi Jinping has highlighted the need to make the economy more competitive, innovative and able to resist risks as part of efforts to further bolster the real economy, especially the manufacturing sector, and improve the level of entire industrial chains.

 

World Newsletter
25 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

FROM PING-PONG DIPLOMACY TO TIT-FOR-TAT HOSTILITY, US-CHINA TIES SPIRAL DOWN

 

What started with ping-pong diplomacy almost 50 years in the past plunged

into tit-for-tat hostility this week as China retaliated on Friday to the

US' closure of the Chinese language consulate in Houston by ordering the US

consulate in Chengdu to stop operations by Monday.

 

World Newsletter
25 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

SONA PROTESTS TO PERSIST DESPITE BANS — RIGHTS GROUP

 

MANILA — Mobilizations set on Monday will push through despite the issuance

of protest bans just days before President Rodrigo DuterteÂ’s fifth State of

the Nation Address, according to human rights monitor Karapatan.

 

World Newsletter
25 July 2020
FRONT PAGE NEWS

INDIA, CHINA AGREE TO ANOTHER MEETING OF COMMANDERS

 

India and China on Friday agreed another meeting of the senior commanders

may be held soon so as to work out further steps to ensure expeditiously

complete disengagement and de-escalation and restoration of peace and

tranquillity in the border areas.

 

World Newsletter
24 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI STRESSES BUILDING DOMESTIC AUTOMOBILE BRANDS, IMPROVING COMMUNITY GOVERNANCE EFFICACY

 

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, on Thursday stressed the importance of mastering key and core technologies and building strong domestic automobile brands.

 

World Newsletter
24 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

MIKE POMPEO SAYS FREE WORLD MUST CHANGE CHINA OR 'CHINA WILL CHANGE US'

 

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has called on "free nations" to triumph

over the threat of what he said was a "new tyranny" from China, in a

provocative speech likely to worsen fraught US-China relations.

 

World Newsletter
24 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

LAW GROUPS FILE 17TH LEGAL CHALLENGE VS ANTI-TERRORISM LAW

 

MANILA - A group of lawyers on Friday filed the 17th petition against the

much-feared Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, making it one of the

highly-contested laws before the Supreme Court.

 

World Newsletter
23 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

NATION SHIFTING TO HIGH-QUALITY DEVELOPMENT

 

China's move from export-driven growth to promoting the integration of the domestic and overseas markets reflects the country's shift to nurturing new edges in global competitiveness and fostering high-quality development despite the headwinds it faces, experts and business executives said on Wednesday.

 

World Newsletter
23 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

BRITISH GOVERNMENT TO OPEN SPECIAL CITIZENSHIP PATH TO HONG KONG RESIDENTS

FROM JANUARY

 

Britain's government announced on Wednesday that it will open a new special

pathway to obtaining British citizenship for eligible Hong Kongers from

January 2021.

 

World Newsletter
23 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

CONSTITUTION FRAMERS, RIGHTS DEFENDERS, JOURNALISTS CHALLENGE ANTI-TERRORISM

ACT

 

MANILA - A group of veteran journalists, lawmakers, human rights defenders

and Constitution framers is the newest to challenge the anti-terror law,

which they described as a "clear and imminent danger to free speech."

 

World Newsletter
22 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI: LEVERAGE HUGE DOMESTIC MARKET

 

President Xi Jinping called on Tuesday for greater strides in reform and opening-up, including in science and technology, while fully leveraging the strength of the nation's huge domestic market in the face of rising protectionism, a sluggish global economy and a weakening international market.

 

World Newsletter
22 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

EU NATIONS CLINCH $2.1 TRILLION BUDGET, CORONAVIRUS VIRUS AID DEAL AFTER 4

DAYS

 

Weary but relieved, European Union leaders finally clinched an unprecedented

1.82 trillion euro ($2.1 trillion) budget and coronavirus recovery fund

early Tuesday, somehow finding unity after four days and as many nights of

fighting and wrangling over money and power in one of their longest summits

ever.

 

World Newsletter
22 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

ANTI-TERROR LAW WON'T STOP SONA PROTESTERS: ACTIVIST GROUP

 

MANILA - The recently-implemented anti-terror law will not dissuade

protesters from physically gathering and airing their grievances during

President Rodrigo Duterte's penultimate State of the Nation Address on

Monday, an activist group said Wednesday.

 

World Newsletter
21 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI'S THOUGHT ON DIPLOMACY SHARES VISIONS

 

As the international situation becomes increasingly uncertain, diplomats and experts said Xi Jinping Thought on diplomacy−which puts the building of a community with a shared future for mankind and the building of a new type of international relations featuring fairness, justice and win-win cooperation at its core−is of great significance in coping with global challenges.

 

World Newsletter
21 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE: MAYORS HAVE TO DO MORE IN PH PANDEMIC FIGHT; COPS TO BE STRICTER IN

IMPLEMENTING COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

 

"We'll have to ask our police to be more strict," he told Interior Secretary

Eduardo Año.

 

World Newsletter
21 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

UK SUSPENDS EXTRADITION TREATY WITH HONG KONG

 

The UK will suspend its extradition treaty with Hong Kong "immediately and

indefinitely" due to the controversial national security law implemented in

the city by mainland China.

 

World Newsletter
20 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

ECONOMY'S REBOUND SET TO CONTINUE IN H2

 

China's growth recovery is set to continue in the second half of the year, and Beijing's policies are expected to focus on narrowing the development gaps amid the rapid and yet uneven rebound to consolidate the economy's long-term resilience, economists said.

 

World Newsletter
20 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

I'M NOT LOSING: TRUMP REFUSES TO COMMIT TO ELECTION RESULTS IF DEFEATED

 

US President Donald Trump, who earlier said he would peacefully leave if he is voted out in the upcoming presidential elections, has now taken a U-turn.

 

World Newsletter
20 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE SIGNS LAW ALLOWING ADJUSTMENTS IN SCHOOL CALENDAR

 

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a bill that allows

him to adjust the opening of classes during a state of emergency or

calamity.

 

World Newsletter
18 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI CALLS FOR STRONGER FLOOD MEASURES

 

President Xi Jinping called on Friday for much stronger measures in flood prevention and rescue work and urged relevant departments to give priority to the safety of people's lives and property.

 

World Newsletter
18 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

POMPEO CALLS FOR GLOBAL PUSH BACK AGAINST XI; CHINA SAYS WILL FIGHT BACK

AGAINST 'MALICIOUS SLANDER'

 

The time has come for the world to push back against the challenge posed by

the Chinese Communist Party, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said as he

contended that the US "slept on this threat for too long." Pompeo also said

the Chinese government was aware of human-to-human transmission of the

coronavirus before they shared this information with the world.

 

World Newsletter
18 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

ANTI-TERRORISM LAW TAKES EFFECT TODAY

 

MANILA — Denounced on several fronts and challenged before the Supreme

Court, the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 takes effect today – even in the

absence of implementing rules and regulations.

 

World Newsletter
17 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI HAILS EXECS' FAITH IN GROWTH, PLEDGES REFORM

 

China will keep deepening reform and expanding opening-up and provide a better business environment for the investment and business development of Chinese and foreign enterprises, President Xi Jinping said in a letter of reply to representatives of Global CEO Council members.

 

World Newsletter
17 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

U.K., U.S., CANADA ACCUSE RUSSIA OF HACKING COVID-19 VACCINE TRIALS

 

The US, UK and Canada have accused Russia of trying to steal coronavirus vaccine research as the pandemic surges across the world, with Brazil announcing it has surpassed two million confirmed cases.

 

World Newsletter
17 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE TO PHYSICALLY DELIVER 5TH SONA IN BATASANG PAMBANSA AMID PANDEMIC:

SOTTO

 

MANILA — For the first time, President Duterte will deliver his fifth State

of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasang Pambansa with a limited number

of lawmakers and an empty gallery in an effort to protect him from

coronavirus infection, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said yesterday.

 

World Newsletter
16 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI SAYS FUNDAMENTALS OF CHINA'S LONG-TERM GROWTH WILL NOT CHANGE

 

The fundamentals of China's long-term sound economic growth have not changed and will not change, President Xi Jinping said Wednesday in a reply letter to global CEOs.

 

World Newsletter
16 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

LOCSIN MEETS WITH CHINESE COUNTERPART ON SEA ROW

 

MANILA — After a strong Philippine statement declaring the 2016 South China

Sea ruling as “non-negotiable,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr.

and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi agreed to address

the dispute through “friendly” consultation.

 

World Newsletter
16 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

TANKER OFF UAE SOUGHT BY US OVER IRAN SANCTIONS 'HIJACKED'

 

An oil tanker sought by the U.S. over allegedly circumventing sanctions on

Iran was hijacked on July 5 off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, a

seafarers welfare organization said Wednesday.

 

World Newsletter
15 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI CALLS FOR SOLIDARITY IN FIGHTING VIRUS

 

China stands ready to strengthen cooperation with the international community, including Singapore and Thailand, in fighting the novel coronavirus pandemic and jointly promoting global public health security, President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday.

 

World Newsletter
15 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DAYS AFTER ABS-CBN SHUTDOWN, DUTERTE CELEBRATES ‘DISMANTLING THE OLIGARCHY’

 

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday tagged the Ayalas and Lopezes

as the bedrock of oligarchy in the Philippines that he claimed to have

dismantled, citing alleged violations by companies owned by the family

conglomerates.

 

World Newsletter
15 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

DONALD TRUMP ENDS HONG KONG'S SPECIAL STATUS WITH US TO PUNISH CHINA

 

U.S. President Donald Trump, hardening his stance on China as he struggles

to contain the coronavirus, said on Tuesday he signed legislation and an

executive order to hold China accountable for the "oppressive" national

security law it imposed on Hong Kong.

 

World Newsletter
15 July 2020
FRONT PAGE NEWS

LAC STANDOFF: FOURTH ROUND OF CONSULTATIONS HELD

 

India and China held the fourth round of Corps Commanders talks at Chushul

on Tuesday to work out details on the second phase of disengagement on the

Line of Actual Control (LAC). The talks were still on after 11 hours.

 

World Newsletter
14 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

ALERT RAISED IN NORTH AS FLOODING CONTINUES IN SOUTH

 

Authorities have warned of the possibility of major floods in China's northern areas as inundations continue to cause serious damage in many parts of the southern half of the country, especially along the Yangtze River's middle and lower reaches.

 

World Newsletter
14 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

SOUTH CHINA SEA DISPUTE: CHINA'S PURSUIT OF RESOURCES 'UNLAWFUL', SAYS US

 

China's pursuit of offshore resources in parts of the South China Sea is "completely unlawful", US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said.

 

World Newsletter
14 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

CHINESE EMBASSY CLAIMS ARBITRAL AWARD IN FAVOR OF PH 'ILLEGAL', 'INVALID'

 

MANILA - The Chinese embassy in Manila on Monday claimed that the Permanent

Court of Arbitration's ruling in favor of the Philippines in 2016 over

disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea is "illegal and invalid".

 

World Newsletter
13 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI URGES ALL-OUT EFFORT TO PROTECT PEOPLE FROM FLOOD

 

Nearly 38 million people have been affected by floods, with 141 dead or missing, China's flood-control authorities said on Monday.

 

World Newsletter
13 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

UK-CHINA TIES FREEZE WITH DEBATE OVER HUAWEI, HONG KONG

 

Only five years ago, then-British Prime Minister David Cameron was

celebrating a "golden era" in U.K.-China relations, bonding with President

Xi Jinping over a pint of beer at the pub and signing off on trade deals

worth billions.

 

World Newsletter
13 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

WEST PH SEA AWARD IS ‘NON-NEGOTIABLE’, DFA SAYS ON 4TH ANNIV OF LEGAL

VICTORY

 

MANILA - The PhilippinesÂ’ arbitration victory against China is

“non-negotiable”, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Sunday on the

4th anniversary of the verdict.

 

World Newsletter
11 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

PBOC MIGHT END MONETARY 'CRISIS MODE'

 

China's historically high credit growth in the first half of this year has strongly supported economic recovery as the novel coronavirus epidemic has been almost controlled in the country, the central bank said on Friday. It added that monetary policy will be back to normal if the outlook remains optimistic.

 

World Newsletter
11 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

ISRAEL'S ANNEXATION OF PARTS OF WEST BANK OPPOSED BY WORLD LEADERS

 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears determined to carry out

his pledge to begin annexing parts of the occupied West Bank - the

5,650-square-km chunk of land - which finds itself at the centre of an

intense territorial conflict between Israel and Palestine.

 

World Newsletter
11 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

HOUSE COMMITTEE DENIES ABS-CBN A NEW FRANCHISE

 

MANILA -- Congressmen on Friday voted to "kill" a new broadcast franchise

for ABS-CBN Corp., permanently shutting down a major part of the countryÂ’s

largest media network, in what is seen as part of a worsening crackdown on

press freedom under President Rodrigo Duterte.

World Newsletter
10 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

POSITIVE ENERGY URGED BETWEEN CHINA AND US

 

China on Thursday proposed a list of interactions with the United States on specifying cooperation, maintaining dialogue and properly handling differences as their relationship faces the most severe challenge since the establishment of diplomatic ties.

 

World Newsletter
10 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

WHO LAUNCHES REVIEW OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC RESPONSE AFTER TRUMP CRITICISM

 

The World Health Organization named leaders of an independent panel to

review its response to the Covid-19 pandemic that has been criticized by the

US.

 

World Newsletter
10 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

ABS-CBN FRANCHISE BACKERS MAKE FINAL PLEA FOR VOTES

 

MANILA -- With more than 11,000 jobs on the line, a group of congressmen

made a last-ditch effort to convince colleagues Thursday to vote in favor of

granting a new broadcast franchise to ABS-CBN.

 

World Newsletter
9 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI, PUTIN STRESS CHINA-RUSSIA PARTNERSHIP

 

President Xi Jinping reaffirmed on Wednesday China's stance toward Russia of supporting each other, opposing external interference and safeguarding both countries' national sovereignty, security and development interests.

 

World Newsletter
9 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

HARVARD, MIT SUE U.S. IMMIGRATION AUTHORITIES OVER NEW RULE FOR FOREIGN

STUDENTS: REPORT

 

Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have

sued the Department of Homeland Security and the federal immigration agency

over new guidelines barring foreign students from remaining in America if

their universities switched to online-only classes in the Fall.

 

World Newsletter
8 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

MEETING BOOSTS CHINA-ARAB TIES AMID CONTAGION

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought China and Arab nations much closer together through the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum and the mechanism of political parties' dialogue as they take concrete steps to build a China-Arab community with a shared future, officials and experts said.

 

World Newsletter
8 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SUBMITS FORMAL NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL FROM W.H.O

 

The Trump administration has formally notified the United Nations of its

withdrawal from the World Health Organization, although the pullout won't

take effect until next year, meaning it could be rescinded under a new

administration or if circumstances change. Former Vice President Joe Biden,

the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, said he would reverse the

decision on his first day in office if elected.

 

World Newsletter
8 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

'HUWAG HO KAYONG MATAKOT': DUTERTE SAYS LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS SHOULD NOT FEAR

ANTI-TERROR LAW

 

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte said the public should not worry about

the new anti-terror law if they are not terrorists.

Addressing the nation for the first time since he signed the law last

Friday, Duterte said law-abiding citizens of the country will not be

targetted by the law.

 

World Newsletter
7 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

RESERVOIRS KEY TO REDUCING FLOODS

 

Due to intermittent rainstorms and heavy downpours, severe floods have swept across southern China almost every year. Since the start of this year, many parts of southern China have experienced frequent, intense rainfall within a short of period of time.

 

World Newsletter
7 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

US FLEXES MILITARY MUSCLE AT CHINA AS BEIJING DRAWS DOWN IN ITS BORDER SPAT

WITH INDIA

 

The United States is flexing its military muscle at China on behalf of India

and other Asian allies and partners, amid signs that Washington is finally

ready to take some punitive action against Beijing for its role in spreading

the coronavirus pandemic around the globe.

 

World Newsletter
7 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

INFLATION QUICKENS TO 2.5 PERCENT IN JUNE AS GOV'T LOOSENS VIRUS LOCKDOWNS

 

MANILA — Inflation accelerated for the first time this year in June as the

economy began to come out of strict lockdowns, the Philippine Statistics

Authority (PSA) reported on Tuesday.

 

World Newsletter
6 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI VOWS CLOSER TIES WITH GHANA, MONGOLIA

 

China will deepen cooperation with Ghana in various fields under the joint construction of the Belt and Road and within the framework of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.

 

World Newsletter
6 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

AS SOON AS SC OPENS, LAW PROFESSORS FIRE PETITIONS VS ANTI-TERRORISM LAW

 

MANILA — As soon as the Supreme Court opened its gates on Monday morning —

the first weekday since President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Anti-Terrorism

Act of 2020 — law professors trooped to the tribunal to challenge the

contentious new law.

 

World Newsletter
6 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

FIRE AT IRAN'S NATANZ NUCLEAR FACILITY CAUSED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE,SAYS

SPOKESMAN

 

A fire at Iran's underground Natanz nuclear facility has caused significant

damage that could slow the development of advanced centrifuges used to

enrich uranium, an Iranian nuclear official said on Sunday.

 

World Newsletter
4 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI HAILS COMMUNITY OF SHARED FUTURE WITH CAMBODIA

 

President Xi Jinping on Friday hailed the China-Cambodia community with a shared future as unbreakable as the nations have supported and closely coordinated with each other while making concerted efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

World Newsletter
4 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

AFTER HK, US & CHINA SPAR OVER PLA DRILLS IN SOUTH CHINA SEA

 

China on Friday rejected criticism by the US defence department of its plan

to hold military exercises in the South China Sea, and suggested that

Washington was to blame for increased tensions in the region. The Pentagon

said in a statement on Thursday that conducting military exercises over

disputed territory in the South China Sea was "counter-productive to efforts

at easing tensions and maintaining stability".

 

World Newsletter
4 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE SIGNS ANTI-TERRORISM BILL

 

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the anti-terrorism bill into

law, days after the Department of Justice and the Office of the Chief

Presidential Legal Counsel submitted their recommendations on the proposal,

which human rights groups warn could lead to abuse by security forces.

 

World Newsletter
3 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

DIPLOMACY IN TIME OF VIRUS CEMENTS TIES

 

The COVID-19 pandemic may have pressed the "pause" button on interaction between countries, but China's diplomacy led by President Xi Jinping, in the form of phone calls, correspondence and videoconferences, has helped to further enhance the country's relations with the rest of the world amid the pandemic, officials and experts said.

 

World Newsletter
3 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

A CORNERED OLI PROROGUES THE HOUSE AND CONSIDERS SPLITTING THE RULING PARTY

 

After finding himself on shaky ground in the wake of growing calls from

within his party to step down, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Thursday

recommended prorogation of the ongoing session of the federal parliament.

The recommendation was swiftly approved by the President.

 

World Newsletter
3 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

LORENZANA: CHINESE MILITARY DRILLS IN SOUTH CHINA SEA 'HIGHLY-PROVOCATIVE'

 

MANILA - Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has raised alarm over

China's move to hold military exercises in contested areas in the South

China Sea.

 

World Newsletter
2 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

DOUBLE STANDARD OF WEST ON HK AND XINJIANG HAS BEEN EXPOSED

 

Many Western governments are good at claiming the moral high ground, for example, by calling the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan as a mission to spread freedom and democracy, and the killing of innocent civilians as collateral damage.

 

World Newsletter
2 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

A LOOSE STRATEGIC COALITION IS GROWING AGAINST CHINA

 

From Australia to Japan, United States to Asean and countries in Europe, a

loose strategic coalition is taking on China even as New Delhi tries to

break the deadlock with Beijing amid the standoff along the LAC.

 

World Newsletter
2 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

ABS-CBN HAS NO TAX DELINQUENCY, BIR TELLS SOLONS

 

MANILA--ABS-CBN Corp. has no current tax delinquency and, with the rest of

the companies under the ABS-CBN Group, infused a combined P71.5 billion in

taxes to government coffers in 17 years, congressmen scrutinizing its

application for a new broadcast franchise were told Wednesday.

 

World Newsletter
1 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI CALLS FOR STRONGER CPC IN THE NEW ERA

 

The Communist Party of China must better implement its organizational line in the new era to make itself stronger, Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, said on Monday.

 

World Newsletter
1 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

POMPEO'S PUSH TO EXTEND IRAN ARMS EMBARGO FACES UPHILL BATTLE AT UN

 

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on the United Nations Security Council

today to extend the conventional arms embargo on Iran indefinitely, only to

face several harsh rebukes from allies and adversaries alike.

World Newsletter
1 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

PROJECT ARK VOWS TO HELP IN CEBU COVID-19 RESPONSE

 

MANILA - The business community through the Go Negosyo Project Antibody

Rapid test Kit (ARK) initiative and the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and

Industry (CCCI) have vowed to help the provincial government mitigate the

increasing cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Cebu,

presidential adviser for entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey

Concepcion said yesterday.

 

World Newsletter
30 June 2020
CHINA NEWS

KEY MEETING FOCUSES ON CPC RULES

 

A key Party meeting on Monday stressed the need to improve the quality of intraparty elections and come up with higher criteria for candidates to ensure that highly qualified delegates are elected.

 

World Newsletter
30 June 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

ABS-CBN 'FULLY COMPLIANT' WITH LABOR STANDARDS: DOLE EXEC

 

Two former workers testify vs ABS-CBN on labor issues

MANILA -- ABS-CBN Corp. complied with Philippine labor standards following a

routine inspection by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), an

official told congressmen hearing the shuttered broadcast network's

application for a new operating franchise on Monday.

 

World Newsletter
30 June 2020
WORLD NEWS

US ENDS SENSITIVE DEFENCE EXPORTS TO HONG KONG; CHINA WARNS OF VISA BANS

 

The United States said Monday it was ending the export of sensitive military

items to Hong Kong, no longer treating the financial hub separately from

China.

 

World Newsletter
29 June 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI CALLS FOR ALL-OUT EFFORTS IN FLOOD RELIEF

 

President Xi Jinping has underlined the importance of putting people and life first in an instruction given on the country's flood control and disaster relief work.

 

World Newsletter
29 June 2020
WORLD NEWS

IRAN EXPERIENCING ITS TOUGHEST YEAR DUE TO SANCTIONS, VIRUS: ROUHANI

 

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that his country is

experiencing its toughest year because of US sanctions coupled with the

Covid-19 pandemic.

 

World Newsletter
27 June 2020
WORLD NEWS


STRUCTURES LIKE UNSC HAVE TEETH BUT LITTLE OR NO APPETITE TO BITE: UN CHIEF

Multilateral instruments such as the UN Security Council have teeth but
"show little or no appetite to bite, UN chief Antonio Guterres has said as
he underlined the need for "effective and inclusive" multilateralism.
As the world body on Friday commemorates the 75th anniversary of the
adoption of the UN Charter, the founding document of the Organisation, the
Secretary General said there is a need to re-imagine the way nations
cooperate.

World Newsletter
27 June 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS


DUTERTE ON SCS: AVOID ESCALATING TENSION

MANILA — Expressing “serious concern” over recent incidents in the South
China Sea, President Duterte urged yesterday fellow members of the
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), particularly parties to the
South China Sea dispute, to refrain from escalating tension and abide with
their responsibilities under international law.

World Newsletter
26 June 2020
CHINA NEWS

OVERSEAS DRUGS THREATEN EFFORTS OF CRACKDOWN

 

The penetration of drugs into China from abroad has become an external threat to China's crackdown on drug crimes in recent years, a report released by the National Narcotics Control Commission warned on Wednesday.

 

World Newsletter
26 June 2020
WORLD NEWS

US SHIFTING MILITARY TO INDIA, SOUTHEAST ASIA TO COUNTER CHINESE ARMY:

POMPEO

 

The United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo today said that the US is

reducing its troop presence in Europe and shifting it to other places to

counter Chinese threat to India and Southeast Asia.

 

World Newsletter
26 June 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE JOINS ASEAN SUMMIT AS CONFERENCE GOES ONLINE

 

MANILA-- President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday joined other world leaders in

the 36th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit as the

conference went online in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The Philippine leader is expected to raise the South China Sea maritime

dispute and issues concerning the welfare of overseas Filipino workers in

the summit.

 

World Newsletter
25 June 2020
CHINA NEWS

VACCINE ENTERS PHASE 3 TRIAL

 

China reached an important new level of vaccine development with the start of the phase three clinical trial of an inactivated vaccine candidate against COVID-19 in the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday.

 

World Newsletter
25 June 2020
WORLD NEWS

CHINA CAUTIONS US OVER ACTIONS AGAINST FOUR MORE MEDIA OUTLETS

 

China has warned that it will take countermeasures after the US added four

more Chinese media outlets to a list of organisations that should be

considered foreign missions in the United States because of their ties to

the government and ruling Communist Party.

 

World Newsletter
25 June 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

ROBREDO: GOVERNMENT FAILED TO 'ACT URGENTLY' AT THE ONSET OF COVID-19 CRISIS

 

MANILA — The Philippines failed to "act urgently" at the start of the

coronavirus pandemic and was still "catching up" with the response of other

countries despite imposing one of the longest lockdowns in the world, Vice

President Leni Robredo said Thursday.

 

World Newsletter
24 June 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI: STEP UP BATTLE AGAINST ILLEGAL DRUGS

 

President Xi Jinping has called for efforts to continue the tough fight against drugs and make new progress in drug control.

World Newsletter
24 June 2020
WORLD NEWS

US ENVOY SAYS CHINA HAS 'OBLIGATION' TO JOIN RUSSIA-US NUCLEAR ARMS TALKS

 

While the US is pushing for China to join its arms talks with Russia for a

'three-way' negotiation, the American negotiator Marshall Billingslea has

said Beijing has an "obligation" to join the talks.

World Newsletter
24 June 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE BACKS 14-DAY DETENTION FOR TERROR SUSPECTS: PALACE

 

President Rodrigo Duterte believes the anti-terrorism bill allowing

authorities to hold suspects without charge for at least 2 weeks does not

violate the Constitution, his spokesperson said Wednesday.

 

World Newsletter
23 June 2020
CHINA NEWS

LAST THIRD-GEN BEIDOU SATELLITE FIRED INTO ORBIT

 

The final satellite to complete the third-generation network of China's Beidou Navigation Satellite System was launched on Tuesday morning, marking a new milestone in the nation's space endeavors.

 

World Newsletter
23 June 2020
WORLD NEWS

SUSPENSION OF FOREIGN WORK VISAS TO FREE UP TO 5.25 LAKH JOBS IN US: WHITE HOUSE

 

The temporary suspension of foreign work visas including H-1B and L1, that benefit Indian IT professionals, is expected to free up to 5,25,000 jobs in the US, senior administration officials said after President Donald Trump issued a proclamation in this regard.

 

World Newsletter
23 June 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE: ANTI-TERRORISM BILL STILL UNDER PALACE LEGAL TEAM REVIEW

 

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte's legal team is still reviewing the

controversial anti-terrorism bill that was transmitted to the Palace on June

9.

 

World Newsletter
22 June 2020
CHINA NEWS

CHINA-EU MEETING TO ENHANCE TIES

 

As the 22nd China-European Union leaders' meeting is set to be held via videoconference on Monday, observers said the two major global players could use the first official meeting between Chinese leaders and the new EU leadership to forge an even closer relationship amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

World Newsletter
22 June 2020
WORLD NEWS

COVID-19 TESTING DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD, ASKED MY PEOPLE TO SLOW IT DOWNÂ’:

TRUMP

 

US President Donald Trump on Saturday told supporters at an election rally

in OklahomaÂ’s Tulsa that he had ordered officials to slow down testing for

coronavirus disease (Covid-19) as it led to more cases.

 

World Newsletter
22 June 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

PHILIPPINES TO PROD CHINA AGAIN OVER COMPENSATION FOR GEM-VER FISHERMEN

 

MANILA - The Philippines will again bring to China's attention the payment

of damages to the crew of a Philippine boat that a Chinese vessel sunk last

year in waters where Manila has exclusive rights over resources.

 

World Newsletter
20 June 2020
WORLD NEWS

GERMANY, FRANCE, U.K. PRESS IRAN TO PROVIDE ATOMIC SITE ACCESS

 

The board of the United Nations' atomic watchdog agency on June 19 adopted a

resolution calling for Iran to provide inspectors access to sites where the

country is thought to have stored or used undeclared nuclear material, the

Russian representative said.

 

World Newsletter
20 June 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

OMBUDSMAN SUMMONS DOCUMENTS ON COVID

 

The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the Departments of Health (DOH) and

of Budget and Management (DBM) to submit documents related to the budget for

its response to the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic.

 

World Newsletter
19 June 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI'S SPEECH AT ANTI-VIRUS SUMMIT HAILED

 

African leaders and experts have hailed President Xi Jinping's keynote speech at the Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on Solidarity Against COVID-19, saying the mutual support of China and African countries in the anti-epidemic fight is a vivid illustration of a China-Africa community with a shared future.

 

World Newsletter
19 June 2020
WORLD NEWS

DREAMERS CAN STAY IN THE UNITED STATES

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ay-in-the-united-states>

 

World Newsletter
19 June 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

PALACE HAILS FRONTLINERS AS MODERN-DAY HEROES ON RIZAL'S 159TH BIRTH

ANNIVERSARY

 

MANILA-- Malacañang on Friday hailed Filipinos leading the fight against the

COVID-19 pandemic as modern-day heroes as the Philippines marked the 159th

birth anniversary of Jose Rizal.

 

World Newsletter
18 June 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI UNVEILS STEPS TO HELP AFRICA IN COVID FIGHT

 

President Xi Jinping announced a number of measures to consolidate China-Africa cooperation in battling COVID-19 at a special summit on Wednesday evening.

 

World Newsletter
18 June 2020
WORLD NEWS

BOLTON CLAIMS TRUMP PLEADED WITH CHINA FOR RE-ELECTION HELP

 

US President Donald Trump pleaded with Chinese leader Xi JinPing to help him

win a re-election and sold allies down the drain so as to not displease

Beijing, former National Security Advisor John Bolton has alleged in

explosive revelations in his upcoming book "The Room Where It Happened:

World Newsletter
18 June 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

LEACHON RESIGNS OVER DOH'S 'LACK OF SENSE OF URGENCY,' DATA MANAGEMENT

PROBLEMS

 

MANILA — Disagreements with how the Duterte administration is handling the

coronavirus pandemic prompted Dr. Anthony Leachon to quit his post as

adviser on Wednesday, joining a number of top officials who left the

government over a much-criticized strategy in confronting the outbreak.

“I left due to my differences with DOH (Department of Health) policies e.g.

lack of sense of urgency, problems in COVID-19 data management, and

transparency in communication process,” Leachon said in an online exchange

with Philstar.com.

 

World Newsletter
17 June 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI HAILS TIES WITH LEADERS OF ECUADOR, TAJIKISTAN

 

China stands ready to promote international cooperation in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic to secure the final victory over the global public health crisis, President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday.

 

World Newsletter
17 June 2020
WORLD NEWS

A LOW-COST DRUG IS FIRST TO REDUCE COVID DEATHS

 

In a major breakthrough, Oxford University scientists have identified a

steroid drug widely used to treat asthma, allergies and rheumatoid

arthritis, has significantly reducing risk of death from Covid-19 among

patients with severe respiratory complications.

 

World Newsletter
17 June 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

PALACE: ECQ ONLY WAY TO CURB CORONAVIRUS SPREAD IN CEBU CITY

 

MANILA -- Placing Cebu City under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) again

is meant to curb the widespread transmission of COVID-19 in the major

Visayan city, Malacañang said Tuesday.

 

World Newsletter
16 June 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI TO GIVE ADDRESS AT CHINA-AFRICA COVID-19 SUMMIT

 

President Xi Jinping will preside over a special summit on Africa and China's joint fight against COVID-19 on Wednesday and will deliver a keynote speech, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Tuesday.

 

World Newsletter
16 June 2020
WORLD NEWS

XI's FORTRESS AGAINST PANDEMIC CRACKS AS BEIJING CLUSTER GROWS

 

Beijing, on Monday, began COVID-19 tests for 90,000 people and locked down

several residential areas near a wholesale market in Beijing where a new

cluster of COVID-19 broke out - an unnerving breach in the capital, which

President Xi Jinping had said, should be a "fortress against the pandemic".

 

World Newsletter
16 June 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

METRO MANILA GCQ EXTENDED UNTIL JUNE 30; CEBU CITY PUT ON ECQ

 

MANILA — Metro Manila will remain under a general community quarantine until

the end of June, two weeks after the GCQ was announced to help restart the

country's economy.

 

World Newsletter
15 June 2020
CHINA NEWS

BEIJING SWIFT TO CURB NEW COVID CASES

 

Beijing is taking swift steps to curb a new cluster of local COVID-19 infections that has led to more than 50 new cases in the past four days, including shuttering a major wholesale market linked to all new infections, imposing a partial lockdown in its vicinity and ramping up mass testing and screening in key areas.

 

World Newsletter
15 June 2020
WORLD NEWS

FRENCH LEADER REJECTS RACISM BUT SAYS COLONIAL-ERA STATUES WILL STAY;

REOPENS ECONOMY TO QUICKEN VIRUS RECOVERY

 

French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed on Sunday to stand firm against

racism but also praised police and insisted that France wouldn't take down

statues of controversial, colonial-era figures, as he addressed the issues

for the first time since George Floyd's death in the U.S.

 

World Newsletter
15 June 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

RAPPLER CHIEF MARIA RESSA FOUND GUILTY OF CYBER LIBEL

 

MANILA - Rappler CEO Maria Ressa was on Monday found guilty of cyber libel

over a 2012 article that linked a businessman to alleged illegal activities.

 

World Newsletter
13 June 2020
CHINA NEWS

BEIJING CLOSES PRODUCE MARKET OVER NEW VIRUS CASES

 

Beijing reported four new confirmed cases of COVID-19 from 4 pm to 12 pm on Friday - totaling seven confirmed cases on Thursday and Friday, with all having close connection with the just closed Xinfadi agricultural products wholesale market in the city's Fengtai district.

 

World Newsletter
13 June 2020
WORLD NEWS

PRITI PATEL CLASHES WITH LABOUR MPs OVER EXPERIENCES OF RACISM

 

Home Secretary Priti Patel has clashed with a group of Labour MPs who have

accused her of "gaslighting" black people's experience of racism.

 

World Newsletter
13 June 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

PHILIPPINES TO GET VACCINE PRIORITY, XI TELLS DUTERTE

 

DAVAO CITY – On the eve of the 122nd anniversary of Philippine Independence

Day, Chinese President Xi Jinping called President Duterte to congratulate

and assure him that Filipinos would be prioritized in the distribution of a

vaccine for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) once it becomes available in

China.

 

World Newsletter
12 June 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI HAILS STRENGTHENED TIES IN PANDEMIC FIGHT

 

China and the Philippines should make innovative efforts to gradually resume the exchange of necessary personnel on the basis of implementing disease control measures, President Xi Jinping said on Thursday.

 

World Newsletter
11 June 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI: PRIORITIZE LIVELIHOODS, ECOLOGY

 

Local governments should make efforts to overcome the effects of COVID-19 and prioritize the work of bolstering employment and improving people's livelihoods, President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday.

 

World Newsletter
12 June 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

CHINAÂ’S XI CALLS DUTERTE

 

DAVAO CITY — President Duterte received a call from Chinese President Xi

Jinping last night, leading to a conversation lasting several minutes.

Malacañang did not provide details of the phone conversation between the two

leaders. The call was made on the eve of the celebration of Philippine

Independence Day.

 

World Newsletter
12 June 2020
WORLD NEWS

ICONS TOPPLE IN AMERICA AS US MILITARY, LAWMAKERS SNUB DONALD TRUMP

 

They are time capsules. But many are not standing the test of time or

changed attitudes - especially after the death of George Floyd at the hands

of a white police officer last month.

 

World Newsletter
11 June 2020
WORLD NEWS

SOUTH KOREA TO CHARGE DEFECTOR GROUPS OVER ANTI-NORTH PROPAGANDA LEAFLETS

 

South Korea's government said Wednesday that it will press charges against

two activist groups that have been floating anti-Pyongyang leaflets and

bottles filled with rice to North Korea.

 

World Newsletter
11 June 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

PHILIPPINES EYES JOINING HUMAN TRIAL FOR CHINESE CORONAVIRUS VACCINE

 

MANILA — The Philippines is in talks to join a Beijing-based biotech firm's

human trial for a potential coronavirus vaccine, the Department of Science

and Technology said Thursday, as the world raced to find a cure to stop the

contagion in its tracks.

 

World Newsletter
10 June 2