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Ghislaine Maxwell sexually abused young girls: Shaun King's tweets on 'Surviving Epstein' are an eye-opener

Writer and civil rights activist Shaun King rolled out a string of tweets to talk about the horrors of the Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell scandal

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Heeding demands of pro-democracy protesters ‘only way out of current political impasse’ in Thailand

BANGKOK — Academics and opposition politicians have warned the Thai political establishments to embrace pro-democracy protesters’ demands and reform themselves to prevent aggravation of the current conflict.The arrest and release of key protest leaders is a tactic of intimidation adopted by the military-sponsored government, aimed at slowing down the momentum of the pro-democracy protests, Titipol Phakdeewanich, dean of the faculty of political science at Ubon Rathchathani University, told the Nation on Sunday (August 9).He made a comment in response to the release on bail of Anon Nampha, a prominent activist and lawyer, and Phanuphong Chatnok, a key leader of the Free

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Koepka's run at history fizzles in final round of PGA

Brooks Koepka showed he's human on Sunday, the normally unflappable American struggling through the final round of the PGA Championship

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Sensex, Nifty rise as Cipla gains after solid results

BENGALURU (Reuters) - Indian shares rose and the Nifty 50 index gained for a fifth straight session on Monday, helped

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Stella Immanuel shares petition to grant hydroxychloroquine use for Covid-19, but are people buying the plea?

The controversial doctor, last week, sent love and prayers to everyone through a tweet and now she is urging people to support the petition allowing hydroxychloroquine to be used for Covid-19

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DOH: Wearing of face shields only encouraged and not mandatory, for now

MANILA, Philippines — For the Department of Health (DOH), wearing of face shields is only encouraged and not mandatory, at least for now.In an online briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the department is following the resolution of the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) which only encourages, and not mandates, the wearing of face shields.“Ang resolution sa IATF, encouraged tong face shield. But hindi pa natin sinasabi na mandatory ‘yan although there has been other agencies na nagpalabas noong isang linggo na mandatory for these specific sectors,” Vergiere said.(The IATF resolution states that face shields are

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Who is Nyome Nicholas-Williams, why did Instagram censor the Black plus-size model’s pictures?

Apart from being a model who has worked with renowned brands such as Adidas, Boots and Dove, Williams is known for advocating mental health, body positivity and self-care

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'They are not just numbers': Missing Beirut silo worker's family clings to hope

By Yara Abi Nader BEIRUT (Reuters) - Before he went missing on Aug. 4, Ghassan Hasrouty, an employee of Beirut's

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Karnataka SSLC Result 2020: KSEEB 10th result to be declared today at karresults.nic.in, where to check scores

Karnataka SSLC Result 2020: The Karnataka SSLC Results 2020 will be declared by Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB) today at 3 pm. Here’s list of websites to check scores

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‘Habagat’ rains persist even as TD ‘Ferdie’ exits PAR

Tropical depression “Ferdie” is already outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Monday morning but the southwest monsoon or “habagat” will persist, triggering rains over most parts of Luzon within the next 24 hours. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said rainy weather due to the cyclone-enhanced southwest monsoon is expected over Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Abra, Benguet, Zambales, and Bataan. Occasional monsoon rains will also prevail over Metro Manila, Batanes, Cagayan, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Apayao, Aurora, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, and Tarlac. “Flooding and rain-induced landslides may occur during heavy or prolonged rainfall especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards,” PAGASA warned. It advised the public and local disaster risk reduction and management offices concerned to monitor rainfall or thunderstorm advisories and heavy rainfall warnings from PAGASA’s regional services divisions for necessary precautionary measures. Strong gusts of wind will also be felt in Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan, especially in the coastal or mountainous communities of these areas. A gale warning remains in effect on Monday over the seaboards of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Zambales, Bataan, western coast of Batangas, western coast of Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island, Calamian Islands, Batanes, Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, and Isabela due to rough to very rough sea conditions. Fisherfolk and those using small boats should not set sail over these seas, PAGASA advised. Meanwhile, those venturing out over the coasts of Visayas and the rest of Luzon were advised to take precautionary measures due to moderate to rough sea conditions. PAGASA has monitored three cyclones near the Philippines but are all outside the PAR as of mid-Monday. “Ferdie” was at 265 kilometers (km) west-northwest of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte or at 315 km west of Calayan, Cagayan. A tropical storm with the international name “Jangmi” was estimated at 1,510 km north-northeast of extreme Northern Luzon. “Jangmi” was locally called “Enteng” before it left the PAR last Sunday. Another tropical depression was spotted at 2,515 km east-northeast of extreme Northern Luzon but PAGASA said it is unlikely to enter the country’s area of responsibility. Visayas and Mindanao will continue to have partly cloudy to cloudy skies but chances of rain showers in the afternoon or evening remain high due to localized thunderstorms. PAGASA weather specialist Chris Perez said areas affected by monsoon rains can expect a gradual improvement in weather conditions on Wednesday.

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NFL star Cameron Smith found out he required life-saving heart surgery when he tested positive for Covid-19

'Although this will, unfortunately, end my 2020 season, it is really a blessing that we found this as my heart is severely enlarged and wouldn't have lasted much longer'

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GRS Adds Business Development Executive

MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 10, 2020--

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Court record in Colombia reveals Uribe's mounting legal bind

Harried WhatsApp messages, secretly recorded meetings and intercepted phone calls build the backbone of a monumental Supreme Court investigation against powerful former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe for alleged witness tampering

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Morales identifies hospitals which are main sources of fraud and vows to run after them

Amid allegations of his involvement in corrupt activities, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ricardo Morales on Monday vowed to run after the main sources of fraud in the agency which are the hospitals that have been making false health claims. “So we are alerting the regional offices to go after these hospitals and to see to it that this is corrected and anybody guilty should be punished,” he said during an interview over CNN Philippines. The PhilHealth chief cited that there are currently “about 20,000 cases of potential fraud in our legal offices.” “About 8,000 here in the central office and about 12,000 in the regions, equivalent to P4.5 billion of potential fraud,” he said. Morales disclosed that PhilHealth also commissioned a study which was concluded in December last year and showed that the agency’s fraud index is at 7.5 percent. “So, in other words, for every peso spent, about 7.5 centavos goes to fraud,” he added. Morales noted that of the P136 billion benefit payments made last year, “about 10 billion of that is fraud.” “Where is this fraud? Most probably in the hospitals,” the PhilHealth executive said. “Today, as we speak, there are hospitals out there charging COVID rates for non-COVID cases,” he cited as an example. With the number of fraud cases PhilHealth is handling, Morales disputed the claim of Sen. Panfilo Lacson that one year was enough time to rid the agency of corruption. “Kulang isang taon, kulang tatlong taon (One year is not enough, three years are not enough),” the PhilHealth chief said. Morales welcomed the various investigations taking place to identify corrupt activities in PhilHealth. “I welcome it. I have nothing to hide. I might be embarrassed but I have nothing to hide,” he said. The PhilHealth executive expressed confidence that he will be cleared of allegations of being involved in corrupt activities. Morales also defended his position not to resign due to the ongoing pandemic, the implementation of the Universal Health Care Law, and the need for a systemic solution to rid the agency of fraud including putting in place a IT system. “It’s not wise to change horses in the middle of the stream. That’s what I was trying to avoid,” he said. Morales said he leaves it to President Duterte to allow him to stay or not at PhilHealth. “I have already relayed to my bosses my intentions and it’s up to them to decide,” he said.

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Hong Kong police arrest media tycoon Jimmy Lai under national security law

By Greg Torode and Marius Zaharia HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai became the highest-profile arrest

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Trump's big power move leaves workers in limbo

President Donald Trump's big executive power move ostensibly meant to support laid-off workers and stimulate the economy is already mired in confusion that threatens to leave millions of jobless Americans waiting in vain for help from Washington.

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Elvis Week 2020: The world called him 'Elvis the Pelvis' but deep down he was always his 'mama's boy'

Despite frequently spending his time in the company of 14-year-old girls, Presley simply yearned for the relationship he once shared with his mother Gladys

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Curry hails return of sports

By Rory Carroll SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry on Sunday said he was thrilled to

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'NOS4A2' Season 2 Episode 8: [Spoiler's] death breaks hearts, fans say they saw it coming and can't get over it

Some fans caught the many sighs in the episode that one character at least was going to lose their lives

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As the people of Beirut clean up, France's Macron urges world leaders to come together for Lebanon

French President Emmanuel Macron urged everyone "to come together in support of Lebanon and its people," as he opened an international donors' conference Sunday, five days after the devastating explosion that ripped through Beirut.

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'The Alienist: Angel Of Darkness' Season 2 finale: John and Sara part ways, fans slam show for 'lousy ending'

There has been much back-and-forth on this, as Sara had spent most of the season denying her feelings for him because she was afraid of putting it into words

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Factbox: What people are saying about the arrest of Hong Kong's Jimmy Lai

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai was arrested on Monday under Beijing's new national security law

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COVID-19 leaves indigenous peoples at a disadvantage — CHR

The COVID-19 pandemic has left indigenous peoples at a particular disadvantage, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) said. While many Filipinos in Metro Manila are grappling with their daily commute to work, the resumption of online classes for children, and worrying about how to avoid getting infected, among many others, indigenous people are struggling for access to relevant information and healthcare, the CHR said. CHR spokesperson Atty. Jacqueline Ann de Guia said that a lot of IPs have experienced discrimination in availing themselves of health services. They even lack access to safe water and sanitation which are crucial in preventing the spread of the disease, she added. “Like every Filipino, they endure some of the most devastating impacts of the virus including disruption of food systems, joblessness, and of course, the threat of illness and death,” she said. In implementing any policy, program, or intervention that affect indigenous peoples, the CHR said that the government must first get their consent. Any response given to indigenous peoples must take into consideration their traditional health practices while healthcare responders must train in their languages, De Guia said. “In the same vein, the government must ensure that all forms of humanitarian assistance will be available and accessible to these communities, especially that most of them reside in far-flung areas,” said De Guia. The CHR said another issue is the continuous attacks against indigenous groups and the Red-tagging of their tribal leaders even in the midst of the community quarantine. A report made by the Global Witness declared the Philippines as the deadliest country in Asia for land and environmental defenders. With the passage of the Anti-Terrorism Law, indigenous people’s groups have become more scared of being labelled as enemies of the State and the constant militarization of their communities, according to the CHR. “The Commission urges the government to intensify protection measures to mitigate possible human rights violations against them, and to stop external settlers, private firms, and industries who are taking advantage of the present crisis, from entering indigenous peoples’ territories,” said De Guia.

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MinDA promoting use of bamboo face shields

DAVAO CITY(PNA) – The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) is promoting the use of handmade bamboo face shields as an added layer of protection against the coronavirus. In a statement on Sunday, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Chief Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said a group of Cotabato farmers and members of the Central Mindanao Green Workers Association are selling the protective gear at P80 each. The face shield was designed by Junroe Barrios, a young agricultural engineer from M’lang, North Cotabato. “Since the group is just starting the enterprise, they have divided the phases of the work, from the stripping of the bamboo slats to the curing, attaching of the plastic shield, disinfecting and packaging,” Piñol said. He said the makers of the face shield work from their homes, and need support to establish a formal and orderly manufacturing area complete with working tables, stripping equipment, and sanitary equipment. “Let us support this group of farmers so that they could survive through the economic crisis while providing readily available and locally made face shields,” Piñol said. Interested buyers may order online through www.bambuhay.com and Bambuhayph on Facebook.

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New Zealand eyes Cook Islands travel bubble

New Zealand plans to open a virus-free "travel bubble" with the tiny Pacific realm of Cook Islands before year's end,

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