‘Fighting spirit’: LET passer, 20, succumbs to illness after board exam result

Niña V. Guno - @NGunoINQ 12/07/2019

  One aspiring teacher was able to fulfill her goal of passing the Licensure Exam for Teachers (LET) just days before she passed away. Jessa Ganigan, the 20-year-old daughter of a farmer and a housewife from La Union, had…

A first: Pope Francis celebrates Simbang Gabi in Rome

Jovic Yee - Philippine Daily Inquirer 12/07/2019

MANILA, Philippines — For the first time, Filipinos in Rome will start the traditional “Simbang Gabi” with no less than Pope Francis celebrating the first of the nine dawn Masses leading to Christmas. According to Fr. Ricky…

Wheelchair athletes find love on dance floor

AFP 12/01/2019

TAIPEI — Athletes Vincent Kuo and Ivy Huang each discovered an electric talent for wheelchair dancing on their own. But it was when they were paired up together that sparks really flew. Part of Taiwan’s last generation…

Black Friday frenzy goes global – and not everyone’s happy

Associated Press 11/30/2019

  PARIS — People don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in France, or Russia, or South Africa – but they do shop on Black Friday. The U.S. sales phenomenon has spread to retailers across the world in recent years with…

Female staff at Japanese store wear ‘period badges’ to break menstrual taboo

Tyne Villan - Inquirer.net 11/27/2019

In some countries, menstruation is considered a culturally sensitive topic. Women don’t have the freedom to talk about personal hygiene in public and some of them (particularly Japanese women) are barred from any place of worship during…

LOOK: Pilot saved from airplane stuck, hanging upside down in power lines

11/26/2019

By a stroke of luck, a man from Minnesota survived what could have been a deadly crash of a plane through power lines. Thomas Koskovich, 65 years old, was rescued by the Scott County Sheriff’s Office last…

Pope Francis turns attention to needs of Thai church, young people

Associated Press 11/22/2019

SAM PHRAN, Thailand — Pope Francis tended to the needs of Thailand’s tiny Catholic hierarchy Thursday, urging priests and nuns to find ways to communicate the faith with “a Thai face and flesh” in an overwhelmingly Buddhist…

Woman tries to smuggle 15 cannabis bricks hidden in fake baby bump, fails

Inquirer.net 11/18/2019

Instead of a bundle of joy, a woman was apparently carrying a bundle of narcotics. A drug smuggler wore a fake baby bump to transport over 4 kilograms of cannabis in Argentina last Wednesday, November 13, 2019.…

Russia providing mood music for House impeachment drama

11/18/2019

WASHINGTON  — For all the talk about Ukraine in the House impeachment inquiry, there’s a character standing just off-stage with a dominant role in this tale of international intrigue: Russia. As has so often been the case…

Chinese troops join Hong Kong cleanup as protesters retreat

Associated Press 11/17/2019

  HONG KONG — Chinese troops came out of the barracks in Hong Kong on Saturday — not to quell protests but to help clean up. It was a rare public appearance by the People’s Liberation Army…

Australian state declares emergency due to wildfires

11/11/2019

CANBERRA, Australia  — Australia’s most populous state declared a state of emergency on Monday due to unprecedented wildfire danger as calls grew for Australia to take more action to counter climate change. New South Wales state Emergency…

Hundreds of thousands evacuated as cyclone hits Bangladesh

Associated Press 11/10/2019

DHAKA, Bangladesh — A strong cyclone made landfall early Sunday in Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands of people have moved to shelters across the low-lying delta nation’s vast coastal region. Up to 1.8 million were expected to…

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