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DFA: Bring home Pinoys from virus-hit ship

Dona Pazzibugan - Philippine Daily Inquirer 02/20/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. ordered the immediate repatriation of more than 500 Filipinos on the cruise ship Diamond Princess as the two-week quarantine of the vessel off Yokohama, Japan, ended on Wednesday. “I…

AP FACT CHECK: Trump didn’t save the Philippines from ISIS

02/18/2020

U.S. President Donald Trump contended this week that the United States saved the entire Philippines from Islamic State terrorism. His assertion vastly overstated both the threat IS posed to the country and what the U.S. did about…

Russia distances itself from looming VFA termination

Frances Mangosing 02/18/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Russian government on Tuesday (Feb. 18) sought to distance itself from the looming termination of a key defense pact between the Philippines and United States, saying its ambassador’s visit to the highest ranking…

Russia moves closer to filling void to be left by US in PH defense sans VFA

Frances Mangosing 02/17/2020

MANILA, Philippines—The Russian government has taken steps toward filling a void in military alliance that could be left by President Rodrigo Duterte’s termination of the Philippines’ Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States, which is being…

Virus renews safety concerns about slaughtering wild animals

02/15/2020

BEIJING — China cracked down on the sale of exotic species after an outbreak of a new virus in 2002 was linked to markets selling live animals. The germ turned out to be a coronavirus that caused…

Haiti health workers say 13 children died in orphanage fire

AP 02/15/2020

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A fire swept through an orphanage run by a Pennsylvania-based nonprofit group in Haiti, killing 13 children, including infants, health care workers said Friday. Rose-Marie Louis, a child-care worker, told The Associated Press that…

Sabah approves 10-year elephant conservation plan

02/13/2020

KOTA KINABALU — The Sabah government has approved a 10-year plan for the conservation of the dwindling elephant population in the state. The state cabinet, at its weekly meeting Wednesday (Feb 12), approved the Sabah State Elephant…

Virus-infected woman gives birth to baby with no infection

02/13/2020

XIAN, China — A woman infected with novel coronavirus pneumonia gave birth to a baby girl with no infection in Northwest China’s Shaanxi province Monday. The woman was 33 years old and at the 37th week of…

Space explorers wanted: NASA seeks next generation of astronauts

02/12/2020

Houston, UNITED STATES– You’ll need a relevant Master’s degree, be prepared to live and work 250 miles (400 kilometers) above Earth on the International Space Station, and be a US citizen. NASA announced Tuesday it was seeking…

WHO names deadly virus from China as ‘COVID-19’

02/12/2020

GENEVA, Switzerland – The UN health agency on Tuesday announced that “COVID-19” will be the official name of the deadly virus from China, saying the disease represented a “very grave threat” for the world but there was…

China coronavirus cases rise again, 66 more on ship in Japan

Associated Press 02/11/2020

BEIJING — China reported a rise in novel coronavirus cases Monday, possibly denting optimism that disease control measures including isolating major cities might be working, while the operator of a cruise ship in Japan reported dozens of…

Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes

China Daily/Asia News Network 02/09/2020

SHANGHAI, China — Confirmed transmission routes of the novel coronavirus include direct transmission, contact transmission, and aerosol transmission, a Shanghai official said on Saturday. “Aerosol transmission refers to the mixing of the virus with droplets in the…

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