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Philippines press freedom: Major broadcaster denied a new licence

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The Philippine Congress has refused to renew the operating licence of the country’s biggest broadcaster in what rights groups are calling a dark day for press freedom.

They say it is part of a broader crackdown on dissent.

Al Jazeera’s Jamela Alindogan reports from Manila.

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Analysis: The Asia-Pacific arms race has taken an ominous turn

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Japanese Assault Amphibious Vehicles come ashore during a joint exercise between the Australian Defence Force and the United States Armed forces in Bowen, Australia [File: Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images]

Within days of each other, two key United States allies – Australia and Japan – announced their intentions to boost defence spending and adopt a more aggressive military posture. Rising tensions in the Asia-Pacific region account for what is being called a “game-changer” in the way the two countries think about protecting themselves from China’s rapid military expansion.

Australia’s announcement in late June that it would boost defence spending over the next decade by 40 percent caught most observers by surprise. Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated clearly that the world post-COVID-19 will be “poorer, more dangerous and more disorderly” and that the country needed to be prepared for any eventuality.

Australia changes direction

Australia is a key partner in the

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India logs daily record as coronavirus cases exceed 800,000: Live

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The World Health Organization (WHO) reported a record daily increase in global coronavirus cases, with the total rising by 228,102 in 24 hours.

Nearly two-thirds of Americans disapprove of US President Donald Trump’s handling of the pandemic, according to a new ABC/Ipsos poll. 

More than 12.5 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus disease, known as COVID-19, and more than 559,000 have died, according to a tally by the Johns Hopkins University. More than 6.8 million patients have recovered.

Here are the latest updates.

Saturday, July 11 12:20 GMT – Philippines confirms 12 new coronavirus deaths, 1,387 more cases

The Philippines’ health ministry reported 12 new coronavirus deaths and 1,387 additional infections, taking the total to 54,222 cases.

The South East Asian nation has reported record daily high infection numbers on three of the past eight days.

08:57 GMT – Bill

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Duterte's Congress allies back order to shut Philippines ABS-CBN

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Since his election in 2016, Duterte repeatedly threatened the company with closure [File: Rolex dela Pena/EPA]

Allies of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in the House of Representatives voted on Friday to deny the renewal of ABS-CBN’s broadcast franchise, affirming a government order to shut down the country’s largest television network in a move critics say is a major blow to press freedom in the Southeast Asian nation.

Congress members voted against giving the company another 25-year licence to operate after a total of 12 public hearings and testimony establishing the channel had violated no legal provisions.

Of the 85 committee members in charge of the renewal, 70 voted to deny, 11 voted for the renewal, two voted to inhibit and one abstained from voting.

In a last-minute move, at least two sponsors of the legislation pushing for the renewal withdrew their support.

Ahead of the vote, Carlos Zarate, a

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Israel's Gantz isolates after coronavirus exposure: Live updates

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Israeli Minister of Defense and Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz, wearing a protective mask to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, attends the weekly cabinet meeting, at the foreign ministry, in Jerusalem, Sunday, July 5, 2020 (Photo by Gali Tibbon/Pool via AP) [The Associated Press]

Israeli defence minister, Benny Gantz, has said he entered quarantine as a precautionary measure due to suspected exposure to a person infected with the coronavirus.

Italy called for new precautionary measures for passengers travelling to European Union countries from outside the bloc to contain the spread of coronavirus

The United States has officially notified the United Nations secretary-general of the country’s withdrawal from the World Health Organization even as it grapples with nearly three million cases of coronavirus. Nearly 11.8 million people around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and nearly 544,000 have died, according to data compiled by Johns

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Looming expat law may force some 800,000 Indians to leave Kuwait

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The decision comes amid the coronavirus pandemic and a slump in oil prices [File: Stephanie McGhee/Reuters]

A new Kuwaiti bill waiting to be enacted into law aims to reduce the country’s sizeable expat community by 40 percent within months, according to reports, a move that may affect some 800,000 Indians.

While India’s is the largest expat community, there are about 3.4 million foreigners in Kuwait.

Kuwait’s overall population currently stands at 4.8 million people, meaning Kuwaiti nationals constitute just 30 percent of the total population.

The move coincided with Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah’s comments last week, in which he said his country should reduce the expat population to 30 percent from the current estimated 70 percent.

According to the bill, Indians should not exceed 15 percent of the population.

The decision comes amid the coronavirus pandemic and a slump in oil prices. 

In

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Philippine court asked to annul Duterte-backed anti-terror law

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Legal experts warn that the anti-terror law’s overly broad articles will allow discriminatory enforcement, privacy infringements and suppression of peaceful dissent [Aaron Favila/AP]

Philippine lawyer groups and a top congressman asked the Supreme Court on Monday to strike down the president’s controversial new anti-terrorism law, or parts of it, calling it unconstitutional for infringing on civil liberties.

Three petitions filed by opposition Congress member Edcel Lagman and two lawyer groups also sought a temporary restraining order against use of the law, which President Rodrigo Duterte signed on Friday after fast-tracking it through the legislature.

Local and international human rights groups said that while the Philippines does have clear security threats, the legislation could be abused to target administration opponents, with a presidentially appointed anti-terrorism council able to designate who is a suspected “terrorist”.

It grants security forces sweeping powers to go after targets, some without judicial approval, and

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UAE orders government shake-up as coronavirus hits economy

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Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced the government shake-up on social media [Christopher Pike/Reuters]

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced a broad government restructuring on Sunday for more “agile and swift” decision-making amid the coronavirus pandemic, merging government entities and appointing new economy and industry ministers.

The head of Abu Dhabi’s national oil company ADNOC, Sultan al-Jaber, was named as industry and advanced technology minister and Abdullah al-Marri was appointed economy minister.

The restructuring was announced by the UAE’s vice president and prime minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, on his official Twitter account.

“The aim … is a government that can more quickly make decisions and deal with changes and more adeptly seize opportunities in dealing with this new stage in our history; a swift and agile government,” Sheikh Mohammed

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LIVE: Coronavirus cases surge in Saudi, UAE after curfews lifted

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Coronavirus infections in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia rise after curfews were fully lifted last month. WHO said that it was discontinuing its trials of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and combination HIV drug lopinavir/ritonavir in hospitalised patients with COVID-19 after the medications failed to reduce mortality. Over 212,000 new coronavirus cases were reported globally by the World Health Organization – the highest single-day increase since the start of the pandemic.  Worldwide cases have reached 11.23 million while 6.04 million patients have recovered, according to the latest Johns Hopkins University tally. The number of deaths worldwide hit more than 530,000.

Here are the latest updates.

Sunday, July 5 13:25 GMT – Philippines records highest single-day jump in new cases

The Philippines reported its biggest single-day jump in new coronavirus cases, adding 2,434 confirmed infections and taking the total count to 44,254, the health ministry said.

The

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Philippines: Parts of Manila impose two-day ‘hard lockdown’

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The Philippines has imposed 48-hour lockdowns in parts of the capital to deal with a spike in new coronavirus cases.

They are the most severe restrictions since measures started easing several weeks ago.

Al Jazeera’s Jamela Alindogan reports from Manila.

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US aircraft carriers conduct military drills in South China Sea

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Aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan is one of two conducting drills in the South China Sea [Liang Yingfei/Caixin Media via Reuters]

Two US aircraft carriers conducted exercises in the disputed South China Sea on Saturday with China also carrying out manoeuvres that have been criticised by the Pentagon and neighbouring states.

The USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan were performed operations and exercises in the South China Sea “to support a free and open Indo-Pacific”, a US Navy statement said.

It did not say exactly where the exercises were being conducted in the South China Sea, which extends for 1,500 km (900 miles) and 90 percent of which is claimed by China despite the protests of its neighbours.

“The purpose is to show an unambiguous signal to our partners and allies that we are committed to regional security and stability,” Rear Admiral George M Wikoff was quoted as

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Philippine president approves widely opposed anti-terror law

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Duterte had fast-tracked the anti-terrorism act through both houses of Congress during the coronavirus outbreak [AP]

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a widely opposed anti-terror law which critics fear could be used against human rights defenders and to muzzle dissent.

Duterte signed the Anti-Terrorism Act on Friday after weighing the concerns of different groups, demonstrating the government’s commitment to stamping out terrorism, presidential spokesman Harry Roque said.

Opponents say they will question the constitutionality of the law in the Supreme Court.

The law grants security forces sweeping powers to act to fight individual fighters and armed groups, while legal experts say broad articles could allow discriminatory enforcement, privacy infringements and suppression of peaceful dissent, including on social media.

Duterte’s approval comes after a United Nations report on the Philippines that singled him out for publicly inciting violence and encouraging rights abuses, mostly during the so-called war on terror in

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US tries to seize four Iranian tankers sailing towards Venezuela

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Iranian oil tanker Fortune was one the first of five tankers loaded with gasoline sent from Iran in May, Trump was angered by the flotilla’s arrival and sanctioned the ships’ captains [File: Ernesto Vargas/AP Photo]

US federal prosecutors are seeking to seize four tankers sailing towards Venezuela with gasoline supplied by Iran, the latest attempt to disrupt ever-closer trade ties between the two heavily-sanctioned anti-US allies.

The civil-forfeiture complaint filed late on Wednesday in the District of Columbia federal court alleges the sale was arranged by a businessman, Mahmoud Madanipour, with ties to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, a US-designated foreign terrorist organisation.

“The profits from these activities support the IRGC’s full range of nefarious activities, including the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery, support for terrorism, and a variety of human rights abuses, at home and abroad,” prosecutor Zia Faruqui alleges in the

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Duterte presidency unravels as coronavirus ravages Philippines

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President Duterte’s six-year term in office will end on June 30, 2022 and the current constitution bars him from seeking re-election [File: Joey Dalumpines/Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division via AP Photo]

It has been four years since Rodrigo Duterte took his oath as president of the Philippines, railing against the “erosion of faith and trust in government”, while riding on a populist wave by promising “real change” and “transparency” to the country of more than 100 million people.

But as he enters his last two years in office, Duterte’s leadership has proven hollow, analysts have said, adding that his handling of the continuing coronavirus pandemic has exposed his lack of serious policy, leaving many Filipinos to fend for themselves even as the economy faces its most serious challenge in decades.

From his war on drugs that killed thousands, to the deadly siege by ISIL-inspired fighters in the city of

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In Pictures: Philippines' iconic jeepneys pushed off the road

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The Philippines’ iconic passenger jeepney was one of the first casualties of the coronavirus outbreak, with the government imposing a tight lockdown that sidelined Manila’s “king of the road” and thousands of drivers.

The restrictions, imposed three months ago, barred most public transport, forcing the jeepneys off the road.

Many of the jobless drivers have resorted to begging in the streets, displaying cardboard signs asking for money and food on their jeepneys.

In a once-bustling passenger terminal in suburban Quezon city’s Tandang Sora village, about 35 drivers have turned their jeepneys into tiny shelters.

They squeezed in cooking stoves, a few spare clothes, mobile phone chargers, and electric fans to fight off the tropical heat and mosquitoes in the cramped passenger compartment where they now live and sleep.

“We have no income now. We have nothing for our children,” said Jude Recio, a distraught driver with three children. “I hope

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14 Filipinos missing from fishing boat after collision at sea

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The missing fishermen were heading for the capital, Manila, early on Sunday when the collision happened [File: Francis R Malasig/EPA]

The Philippine coastguard continued its search on Monday for 14 people missing since their fishing boat collided with a Hong Kong-flagged cargo vessel in choppy waters.

It was not immediately clear if the fishing boat sank and the search for its occupants was being hampered by strong waves, officials said.

The Philippine coastguard said the cargo vessel MV Vienna Wood collided with the FV Liberty 5 after midnight in the early morning hours of Sunday about 27km (17 miles) off the western coast of Mamburao town in Mindoro Occidental province south of the capital, Manila. The cause of the collision remains unclear.

A light plane and a helicopter joined a coastguard ship in the search on Monday for the 12 fishermen and two passengers who were on board

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Philippines coronavirus cases surge, cross 35,000

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Despite the surge in infections in the Philippines, some cities including Metro Manila have lifted travel restrictions, raising fears of the virus spreading to other parts of the country [Rolex dela Pena/EPA]

The number of coronavirus cases in the Philippines has surpassed 35,000, as data from the World Health Organization showed that the country also recorded the fastest increase in the number of infections in the Western Pacific region in the last two weeks.

The Philippine Department of Health (DoH) reported on Sunday an additional 653 positive cases, bringing the total to 35,455. At least eight new deaths were also recorded, with the total number of fatalities reaching 1,244.

Most of the cases reported were from the two most populous metropolitan areas in the country – the capital, Metro Manila, and Cebu.

The Department of Foreign Affairs also reported a total of 8,433 cases and 538 deaths among Filipinos

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China puts half a million in lockdown after COVID-19 spike: Live

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Global coronavirus cases exceeded 10 million on Sunday, according to Johns Hopkins University, marking a major milestone in the spread of the respiratory disease that has so far killed almost half a million people in seven months. More than five million have recovered.

Here are the latest updates: 

Sunday, June 28 10:59 GMT – Philipine has fastest increase in COVID-19 cases: WHO

The the World Health Organization (WHO) has said The Philippines had the fastest increase in COVID-19 cases in the Western Pacific region, local media outlets reported.

The revelation by WHO has prompted Philippines Department of Health’s (DOH) to not “cherry pick” countries for comparison, the Philippines Star reported. 

10:35 GMT – South Korea to allow limited number of fans at sports games

South Korea said it will begin allowing limited numbers of spectators at sports games as it seeks to return to normal after months of strict social

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The Philippines' anti-terror bill is poised to cause more terror

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A protester talks to the crowd during a rally against the proposed anti-terror bill at the University of the Philippines in Manila, Philippines on June 12, 2020 [AP Photo/Aaron Favila]

As the world is plagued by COVID-19, an impending anti-terrorism bill is creating more fear in the Philippines.

Recently passed by Congress, the bill is set to be signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte. If this happens, the bill will not only suppress the fundamental rights and freedoms of Filipinos, it will also terrorise the same conflict-affected communities it seeks to protect, as it undoes decades of peacebuilding work.

Despite protests against the bill and mounting calls to provide more time for deliberations, Congress has quietly fast-tracked its passage while the rest of the country braced for the impact of COVID-19. The bill will allow for a lengthened period of warrantless detention and expanded surveillance of those law

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Australia sends troops to bolster coronavirus fight: Live updates

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The number of cases worldwide is expected to reach 10 million next week, the World Health Organization has said, warning that the virus has yet to peak in the Americas. Coronavirus hospitalisations and caseloads have reached new highs in more than half a dozen states in the US, with newly confirmed cases nationwide back near their peak level of two months ago.  Nearly 9.2 million people around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and nearly 475,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. 

Here are the latest updates:

Thursday, June 25 04:45 GMT – Hong Kong announces coronavirus death

Hong Kong has announced a coronavirus patient admitted to hospital in late May has died.

A spokesman for the Princess Margaret Hospital said the 55-year-old man (confirmed case no. 1180) died early on Thursday morning.

The hospital said the man had suffered a stroke in the Philippines and was airlifted back

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Global coronavirus death toll surges past 475,000: Live updates

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To date, more than nine million people have been infected, and over 470,000 have died from COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University. 

Top US medical expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, is warning that the country, already “hit badly” by the coronavirus, is facing a dangerous surge in new cases. Arizona, Texas and Nevada all reported a record number of daily cases. EU countries are considering banning entry to Americans as the US has failed in controlling the spread of the coronavirus, according to the New York Times.

Here are the latest updates:

Wednesday, June 24 10:30 GMT – Philippines plans record $86 bln 2021 budget for post-pandemic recovery

The Philippine government is seeking a record 4.3 trillion peso ($85.89 billion) budget for 2021 focused on reviving a coronavirus-hit economy expected this year to shrink for the first time in two decades, a top official has said.

The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte

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Scores of countries back ICC in face of US sanctions

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The ICC is a court of last resort, stepping in only when a state is unable or unwilling to prosecute grave crimes [File: Peter Dejong/AP]

At least 67 member states of the International Criminal Court have thrown their support behind the body, after an unprecedented US move to impose sanctions on its staff.

In a joint statement drafted by Costa Rica and Switzerland more than half of the 123 of the ICC’s members showed their “unwavering support” for the tribunal and the Rome Statute that created it, according to Judge O-Gon Kwon, who is president of the Assembly of States Parties, and represents South Korea.

“We reconfirm our unwavering support for the court as an independent and impartial judicial institution,” the statement said. Kwon is a noted jurist best known for being one of the judges in the war crimes trial of Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic

The Hague-based

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Singapore heads for snap elections despite coronavirus pandemic

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Despite a ban on rallies, Prime Minister Lee gave an assurance that political parties can still campaign effectively, and voters can cast ballots safely [File: Edgar Su/Reuters]

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has dissolved parliament for snap elections on July 10, months before they are due and even as the city-state battles the coronavirus pandemic.

The dissolution of parliament late on Tuesday came just four days after the city-state lifted most coronavirus restrictions, and appeared to be an attempt to take advantage of a quiet window before a possible worsening of the pandemic’s impact.

On Wednesday morning, the prime minister’s estranged brother, Lee Hsien Yang, announced that he would join an opposition party to contest the elections, but had not yet decided if he would stand as a candidate.

Prime Minister Lee said the country must prepare for ups and downs, noting there had been a resurgence

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Three planes to fly home remains of Filipinos from Saudi Arabia

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There are an estimated one million Filipinos working or living in Saudi Arabia [File: Bullit Marquez/AP]

The Philippine government has announced it is sending three chartered flights to Saudi Arabia to bring home the remains of hundreds of Filipino workers, many of whom have died of the coronavirus.

President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman Harry Roque said on Tuesday the government is “not sparing any expense” to repatriate the deceased workers, although he added it has decided to bury the remains of at least 50 people in Saudi Arabia. 

“[The number] is not surprising because the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has the most number of overseas Filipino workers,” Roque said during his daily online briefing. There are an estimated one million Filipinos working or living in Saudi Arabia.

Philippine Ambassador to Riyadh Adnan Alonto earlier said there were 353 Filipino workers whose remains are awaiting repatriation, including 107 who died

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South Africa coronavirus cases surge past 100,000: Live updates

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There are concerns the coronavirus outbreak in the US is “snowballing” as states reopen and Americans reject face masks and physical distancing. UNESCO says the pandemic has only exacerbated conditions that left nearly 260 million children excluded from school in 2018, urging governments to do more to help the most disadvantaged.

Worldwide, more than 9 million people have been confirmed to have the coronavirus. More than 4.5 million have recovered, while more than 472,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Here are the latest updates:

Tuesday, June 23 09:30 GMT – Philippines records 1,150 new coronavirus cases; biggest single-day increase

The Philippine health ministry has reported 1,150 additional cases of the novel coronavirus, the country’s biggest single-day increase in infections.

In a bulletin, the ministry said total cases have reached 31,825 while deaths have increased by nine to 1,186.

09:15 GMT – Beijing says mass testing for COVID-19 to

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Zoos under lockdown: Philippine animal activists plead for funds

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Zoos under lockdown in the Philippines are pleading for donations for food and veterinary services.

Animal activists say even if quarantine rules start being lifted by the end of this month, zoos are unlikely to be a priority for visitors.

Al Jazeera’s Jamela Alindogan reports from Manila.

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Maria Ressa case: The end of democracy in the Philippines?

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On Monday, June 22 at 19:30 GMT:
In yet another blow to press freedom in the Philippines, prominent journalist Maria Ressa, executive editor of the hugely popular news site Rappler, has been found guilty of cyber-libel and now faces prison.

Ressa denies the charges and has promised to fight what she says is a politically-motivated effort to silence independent journalism by President Rodrigo Duterte’s government. Rights groups have roundly criticised the case, with Amnesty International calling it “a sham”.

The government rejects the charge that it is trying to silence Ressa and Rappler. Spokesman Harry Roque said Duterte “supports free speech and a free press” and this is simply a case of “bad journalism“.

“We are meant to be a cautionary tale,” the former CNN correspondent warned the Philippine media in a news conference after the verdict. “We are meant to make you afraid. But don’t be afraid. Because if you

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Project Force: What is behind China's naval ambitions?

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The Chinese navy, or the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLA Navy), now has two fully-functioning aircraft carriers, the Soviet-era Liaoning and the new, domestically-built Shandong.

While seriously enhancing China’s ability to project combat power beyond its own coastline, they are also being used to train cadres of naval officers and pilots in the complex business of efficiently running aircraft carrier groups.

Rapidly developing this body of expertise is no easy feat but President Xi Jinping has big plans. Apart from the two already in service, two more aircraft carriers are being designed and built. Larger and able to carry more aircraft, they will have the means to launch heavier planes and to see and attack targets further away.

These “big ticket” defence items draw the bulk of Western attention and serve to boost a sense of Chinese national might but equally important, and often missed, is the development of the

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Coronavirus cases exceed 8 million worldwide: Live updates

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More than 8 million people have been confirmed to have the coronavirus around the world. More than 3.8 million have recovered, while at least 435,662 have died, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The US, Brazil and the UK have reported the most deaths. Beijing officials have described the coronavirus outbreak centred on the Xinfadi wholesale food market as “very grim” as more parts of the city are sealed off. WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus has warned that countries need to “stay alert to the possibility of resurgence” as new clusters of cases emerge in Beijing and more than 100,000 cases of coronavirus are reported across the world every day. 

Here are the latest updates:

Tuesday, June 16 09:15 GMT – Latest coronavirus figures

Russia: 545,458 cases (8,248), 7,284 deaths (193)

Indonesia: 40,400 (1,106), 2,231 deaths (33)

Malaysia: 8,505 cases (11), 121 deaths (0)

Philippines: 26,781 cases (364), 1,103

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India to reimpose coronavirus lockdown in Chennai: Live updates

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More than 7.9 million people are confirmed to have the coronavirus around the world. Nearly 3.8 million have recovered, while at least 433,394 have died, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Here are the latest updates:

Monday, June 15 17:54 GMT – Partial restrictions to remain in capital as Philippines tackles virus

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said partial restrictions would remain in place in the capital Manila for another two weeks because the threat from the coronavirus was still present.

But Duterte reinstated strict lockdown rules in Cebu City, the country’s fifth most populous city, following an increase in new infections there.

“The battle against COVID-19 is not yet over,” Duterte said in an address.

Restrictions were further eased in provinces and cities with low cases of the virus to help restore business activity in the Southeast Asian economy, which is expected to shrink for the

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