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Climate activists block Geneva airport’s private-jet terminal

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Published November 17, 2019, 8:37 AM

By Reuters

GENEVA  – Climate-change activists blocked Geneva airport’s private jet terminal on Saturday in protest against what they said is an absurd form of transport.

Extinction Rebellion climate change activists play on a slackline as others block an entrance to general aviation terminal at the Geneva Airport, Switzerland November 16, 2019 (REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Geneva is a hub for the private jets of the rich and powerful who either live nearby or travel to the lakeside city for its private banks, auction houses, hospitals and United Nations offices.

Dozens of activists sat in front of the small terminal building, linking arms in peaceful protest. Police cordoned off the area.

“We have blocked the private-jet terminal to defend

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Lebanon’s Speaker Berri says situation in Lebanon getting more ‘complicated’: Al Joumhouria

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Published November 17, 2019, 8:36 AM

By Reuters

BEIRUT – The situation in Lebanon is becoming more complicated, Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri was cited as saying by newspaper al-Joumhouria on Saturday, comments that suggested a deal needed to form a new government had yet to be finalised.

Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri chairs a parliamentary session in downtown Beirut, Lebanon July 16, 2019. (REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir/File Photo/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Lebanon appeared to move toward consensus on a new premier on Thursday after caretaker prime minister Saad al-Hariri, a Sunni politician, and Shi’ite group Hezbollah and its Shi’ite ally Amal agreed to back ex-finance minister Mohammad Safadi, according to political sources and local media.

But no political force has since formally endorsed Safadi and no date has

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Pro-independence protesters take to Barcelona’s main train station

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Published November 17, 2019, 8:35 AM

By Reuters

BARCELONA  – Dozens of protesters crowded into Barcelona’s main railway station on Saturday in the latest show of dissent to grip the city more than a month after a Spanish court handed stiff prison sentences to nine Catalan separatist leaders.

(REUTERS/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Protesters poured into Barcelona’s Sants station, some staging a sit-in while a handful scuffled with police, heeding a call by a separatist group known as CDR. The organization had urged people to show up at nine railway stations across Barcelona in hopes of provoking what they described as a “total blockage” on social media.

Police said the protest was limited to one station and protesters were removed after about an hour, joining a wider crowd

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Catholic devotees in Thailand join choir for visit of Pope Francis

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Published November 17, 2019, 8:33 AM

By Reuters

BANGKOK – A choir formed of Catholic devotees training to join the church in Thailand were rehearsing on Saturday ahead of the visit of Pope Francis next week.

A nun and students sing in a Catholic church ahead of Pope Francis’ visit to Thailand, in Nakhon Pathom province, Thailand November 16, 2019. (REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun/ MANILA BULLETIN)

The choir will perform for the pope at St. Peter’s parish in Nakhon Pathom province, about 56 km (35 miles) west of Bangkok, during his trip to the kingdom from Nov. 20 to Nov. 23.

It is the first papal visit to Thailand since the late Pope John Paul toured the region in 1984.

“I’m really excited because I’ve never seen the

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Chinese soldiers help clean up Hong Kong streets, but violence flares again

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Published November 17, 2019, 8:32 AM

By Reuters

HONG KONG – Police fired tear gas while protesters threw petrol bombs and fired arrows in clashes outside Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University on Saturday, just hours after Chinese soldiers made a rare appearance to help clean up the city’s streets.

Anti-government protesters clash with police outside the Polytechnic University in Hong Kong, China November 16, 2019. (REUTERS/Thomas Peter/ MANILA BULLETIN)

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers in shorts and t-shirts appeared in streets outside their base, helping residents clean up debris after anti-government protests blocked roads.

The presence of PLA troops on the streets, even to help clean up, could stoke further controversy over the Chinese-ruled territory’s autonomous status.

A city spokesman said the Hong Kong government did not

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UK PM Johnson says all Conservative election candidates pledge to back his Brexit deal

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that all Conservative Party candidates in the upcoming election have pledged to back his Brexit deal.

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson poses for a photo during a general election campaign trail stop at Thornton-Cleveleys railway station in Manchester, Britain November 15, 2019. (Frank Augstein/Pool via REUTERS/MANILA BULLETIN)

“All 635 Conservative candidates standing at this election – every single one of them – has pledged to me that if elected they will vote in Parliament to pass my Brexit deal so we can end the uncertainty and finally leave the EU”, Johnson told the Telegraph newspaper in an interview published bit.ly/2rSSQ8v late on Saturday.

“I am offering a pact with the people: if you vote Conservative you can be 100% sure a majority Conservative government will

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Pence aide said Trump’s Ukraine phone call was ‘unusual and inappropriate’

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Published November 17, 2019, 8:31 AM

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WASHINGTON  – The phone call between US President Donald Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart at the center of Congress’ impeachment investigation was “inappropriate,” a foreign policy aide to Vice President Mike Pence told lawmakers, according to a transcript released on Saturday.

FILE PHOTO: Jennifer Williams, special adviser for Europe and Russia in the Office of US Vice President Mike Pence arrives on Capitol Hill for a closed-door hearing in Washington, US, November 7, 2019. (REUTERS/Tom Brenner/MANILA BULLETIN)

Jennifer Williams, who was listening to the call on July 25, testified that Trump’s insistence that Ukraine carry out politically sensitive investigations “struck me as unusual and inappropriate.”

The House of Representatives on Saturday also released a transcript of an

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Trump undergoes annual physical exam at Walter Reed

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BETHESDA, Md. — President Donald Trump spent more than two hours at Walter Reed National Medical Center on Saturday for what the White House said were medical tests as part of his annual physical.

The appointment wasn’t on Trump’s weekend public schedule, and his last physical was in February. Press secretary Stephanie Grisham said the 73-year-old president was “anticipating a very busy 2020” and wanted to take advantage of “a free weekend” in Washington to begin portions of his routine checkup.

She did not specify which tests he’d received or explain why the visit had not been disclosed in advance. Trump’s 2018 and 2019 physicals were both announced ahead of time and appeare…

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UN warns Bolivia crisis could ‘spin out of control’ as death toll mounts

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Published November 17, 2019, 8:29 AM

By Reuters

LA PAZ – The United Nations warned on Saturday violence in Bolivia could “spin out of control” following recent skirmishes between security forces and coca farmers loyal to ousted President Evo Morales that have left nine dead.

Silhouettes of riot police officers are seen in Sacaba, outskirts of Cochabamba, Bolivia, November 15, 2019. (REUTERS/Danilo Balderrama/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Morales resigned under pressure from Bolivia’s police and military last Sunday after evidence of vote rigging tainted his Oct. 20 election victory. He fled to Mexico two days after his resignation.

The leftist and charismatic former coca farmer has since called his ouster a right-wing “coup” and decried growing allegations of repression by security forces under interim President and former conservative lawmaker

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Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Sun. Nov. 17, 2019

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INQUIRER — Where have PH farmers gone?

PHILIPPINE STAR — Rody to fire Leni if she reveals state secrets

MANILA BULLETIN — Starting a business

DAILY TRIBUNE — Overstep, Leni’s out

MANILA TIMES — ‘President calls shots in drug war’

MANILA STANDARD — Rody to Leni: Leak data, you’re fired

BUSINESS MIRROR — Clark catches mice ‘fever’

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Bushfires conditions worsen in east and west Australia

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Published November 17, 2019, 8:28 AM

By Reuters

MELBOURNE– Rising temperatures, lightning strikes and gusty winds further raised fire danger on both coasts of Australia on Sunday as the country already battles more than 120 bushfires and firefighters work day and night trying to contain them.

FILE PHOTO: Overview of wildfires in New South Wales, Australia November 14, 2019. Satellite image( ©2019 Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Western Australia declared catastrophic fire ratings for four of the state regions as temperatures were set to rise well above 40 degrees Celsius (104°F) on Sunday.

Although the regions are thinly populated, the highest warning means that any fires that start are likely to be so devastating that even the most prepared properties may not survive it.

Australia’s

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Big study casts doubt on need for many heart procedures

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Published November 17, 2019, 7:47 AM

By the Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — People with severe but stable heart disease from clogged arteries may have less chest pain if they get a procedure to improve blood flow rather than just giving medicines a chance to help, but it won’t cut their risk of having a heart attack or dying over the following few years, a big federally funded study found.

In this Feb. 16, 2017 file photo, surgeons perform a non-emergency angioplasty at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Through a blood vessel in the groin, a tube is guided to a blockage in the heart. A tiny balloon is then inflated to flatten the clog, and a mesh tube called a stent is inserted to

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Flood-hit Venice to face another exceptional high tide on Sunday

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Published November 17, 2019, 7:44 AM

By Reuters

MILAN (Reuters) – Venice will face another exceptional high tide on Sunday, after its worst flooding in 50 years on Tuesday caused more than $1 billion worth of damage and submerged St Mark’s Square under a meter of water.

Tourists walk in St. Mark’s Square after days of severe flooding in Venice, Italy, November 16, 2019. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri

The tide could reach 160 cm (5.25 feet) just after midday on Sunday, according to Venice’s center for forecast on tides.

“It will be a tough day tomorrow, but we are ready,” Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said on Saturday during a press conference.

On Tuesday the tide peaked at 187 cm (6.14 ft) at 10.50 p.m. (2150 GMT), just short of

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US President Donald Trump gets annual physical exam

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Published November 17, 2019, 7:40 AM

By Agence France-Presse

US President Donald Trump began his annual physical exam on Saturday, visiting the doctor several months ahead of schedule in anticipation of the busy 2020 election season, his spokeswoman said.

The 73-year-old last saw the doctor for a routine examination in February, when presidential physician Sean Conley declared Trump to be in “very good health.”

Trump, who has confounded health experts with his penchant for junk food and avoidance of strenuous exercise, weighed 243 pounds (110 kg), the report at that time said.

His spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said Saturday that “anticipating a very busy 2020, the president is taking advantage of a free weekend here in Washington, DC to begin portions of his routine annual physical exam at

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US says no plans to send asylum seekers to remote Guatemalan regions

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Published November 17, 2019, 7:39 AM

By Reuters

GUATEMALA CITY/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government said on Saturday that it had no plans to send asylum seekers to remote regions in Guatemala after the Central American country floated the plan during negotiations for a bilateral migration agreement this week.

FILE PHOTO: Guatemalan Interior Secretary Enrique Degenhart looks on in front of a portrait of former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., July 26, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis

The two countries are finalizing a deal signed over the summer that would allow the United States to send asylum seekers who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border, but who passed first through Guatemala on their

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