North Korea shot dead South Korean defector — officials

Agence France Presse 09/24/2020

SEOUL — North Korean soldiers shot dead a suspected South Korean defector at sea and burned his body as a coronavirus precaution after he was interrogated in the water over several hours, Seoul military officials said Thursday.…

Trump won’t commit to peaceful transfer of power if he loses

Associated Press 09/24/2020

  WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump again declined to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the Nov. 3 presidential election. “We’re going to have to see what happens,” Trump said Wednesday at a…

Ex-Ombudsman to Martires on order limiting SALN access: ‘You are supposed to be transparent’

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 09/24/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The decision of Ombudsman Samuel Martires to limit public access to a government official’s Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) goes against a constitutional principle which calls for transparency, his predecessor said.…

Richest 1%’s emissions twice that of poorest 50% — analysis

Agence France Presse 09/21/2020

The richest 1% of people are responsible for more than twice as much carbon pollution as the poorest half of the world’s population, 3.1 billion people, new research showed Monday. Despite a sharp decrease in carbon emissions…

NOW Telecom gets provisional extension to operate as ‘4th telco’

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 09/21/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has extended the provisional authority of NOW Telecom Company, Inc., the telecom affiliate of NOW Corporation, to install, operate, and maintain a nationwide mobile telecommunications system. Under the NTC…

Distance cheating rears ugly head in remote learning

Meg Adonis - Reporter / @MegINQ 09/21/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Christine Peregrina always makes it a point to tell her Grade 2 students that it is okay to make mistakes as long as they learn from it, instead of getting good grades through cheating.…

Paolo Duterte confirms threat to declare House leadership posts vacant

Darryl John Esguerra - Reporter / @DJEsguerraINQ 09/20/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential son and Deputy Speaker Paolo Duterte on Sunday confirmed sending a text message to his colleagues where he warned to move to declare as vacant the positions of Speaker and Deputy Speakers amid…

Human footprints dating back 120,000 years found in Saudi Arabia

Agence France Presse 09/19/2020

  Around 120,000 years ago in what is now northern Saudi Arabia, a small band of homo sapiens stopped to drink and forage at a shallow lake that was also frequented by camels, buffalo, and elephants bigger…

PopCom clarifies: Teen pregnancy rate much worse

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 09/19/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The head of the Commission on Population and Development (PopCom) clarified on Friday that about 40 to 50 Filipino children aged 10 to 14 years old give birth “every week’’—not every year. PopCom Executive…

Emmys, live and virtual: ‘What could possibly go wrong?’

Associated Press 09/18/2020

LOS ANGELES  — Emmy host Jimmy Kimmel and an alpaca sharing the spotlight. Winners accepting at home in designer pajamas or maybe yoga pants. More than 100 chances for a balky internet connection to bring Sunday’s ceremony…

PH to conduct study on antigen test for border screening

Darryl John Esguerra - Reporter / @DJEsguerraINQ 09/18/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) will conduct a study in a selected city to ascertain whether or not antigen tests can be used for border screening for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Health  Undersecretary…

DFA: 127 seafarers stranded in ships abroad await repatriation

Krissy Aguilar - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ 09/18/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Some 127 Filipino seafarers stranded in ships abroad are still awaiting repatriation, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Friday. President Rodrigo Duterte earlier directed the DFA to assist Filipino seafarers who are stranded in…

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