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UK-China ties freeze with debate over Huawei, Hong Kong

LONDON — Only five years ago, then-British Prime Minister David Cameron was celebrating a “golden era” in U.K.-China relations, bonding with President Xi Jinping over a pint of beer at the pub and signing off on trade deals worth billions. Those friendly scenes now seem like a distant memory. Hostile rhetoric has ratcheted up in…
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Nearly one-third of tourism-related businesses in Thailand ‘may shut down permanently’

BANGKOK — About one-third of tourism business operators in Thailand will run out of liquidity to keep their businesses afloat in the second half of 2020, Tourism Council of Thailand president Chairat Trirattanajarasporn has warned. “The impact of Covid-19 will become most serious in the third quarter this year after many operators had tried to…
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US and Vietnam now can call each other friends—US Ambassador

HANOI — The US-Vietnam partnership is the strongest it has ever been, the US Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink said ahead of the 25th anniversary of two countries’ diplomatic ties. On July 11, 1995, the former US President Bill Clinton announced normalization with Vietnam in Washington DC. On July 12, 1995, late Vietnamese Prime Minister…
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DENR promotes plant-based diet to fight climate change

MANILA – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Saturday urged Filipinos to help fight climate change by switching to plant-based diet, which has been shown to reduce the ecological footprint of human food consumption. In a press release, the DENR, through its Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), has launched a month-long public information…
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Gov't discourages home-based quarantine: Nograles

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles (File photo) MANILA – The national government is now discouraging home-based quarantine for those who tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) to minimize the risk of transmission within households, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said on Sunday. Nograles, also co-chair of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious…
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FEJODAP prexy Zeny Maranan passes away at 75

  MANILA, Philippines — Transport group Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines (FEJODAP) national president Zenaida Maranan passed away on Saturday.   FEJODAP made the announcement on Facebook on Sunday.   Maranan, 75, also previously served as a representative of the 1UTAK party-list.   George San Mateo, president of the Pinagkaisang…
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Caraga logs 14 new Covid-19 cases

DOH-13 Regional Director Jose R. Llacuna Jr. (Screenshot from DOH-13 Facebook page) BUTUAN CITY – The Department of Health in Caraga Region (DOH-13) on Saturday evening reported 14 new confirmed coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19) cases. The number increased Caraga’s Covid-19 infections to 190 with 90 recoveries and zero death as of July 11. The DOH-13 said…
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Mixed reaction from Hong Kong expats to UK visas offer

LONDON — Hong Kong expatriates living in Britain have welcomed London’s pledge of “a pathway to future citizenship” for millions of the territory’s residents after China imposed a controversial security law there. But they warned this “message of hope” would not help many, including those born after Hong Kong’s 1997 return to Chinese rule and…
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WATCH: Claudia Barretto, OneRepublic sing ‘Better Days’ to raise funds against human trafficking

Singer Claudia Barretto joined OneRepublic for an online performance of the band’s single “Better Days” to help raise funds against human trafficking. The musicians teamed up with the nongovernment organization International Justice Mission for the production, as per Barretto’s Instagram post on Friday, July 10. The said group focuses on rescuing victims of human trafficking…
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Dengue prevention efforts stifled by coronavirus pandemic

JAKARTA, Indonesia — To slow the spread of the coronavirus, governments issued lockdowns to keep people at home. They curtailed activities that affected services like trash collection. They tried to shield hospitals from a surge of patients.         But the cascading effects of these restrictions also are hampering efforts to cope with…
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Bataan reports 10 new cases of local Covid-19 transmission

COVID-19 UPDATES. Eleven new confirmed Covid-19 cases were reported in Bataan, bringing the total number to 258 as of Saturday, July 11, 2020. The total number of recoveries is 169 while the number of deaths is 10. (Photo by 1Bataan) BALANGA City, Bataan – Eleven new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and one…
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Cop, health worker among 21 new COVID-19 cases in Eastern Visayas

TACLOBAN CITY — A police officer and a health worker were among 21 individuals who recently contracted the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Eastern Visayas. All of them were isolated in the quarantine facilities of their respective local government units. The police officer is a resident of San Sebastian town, Samar while the health worker…
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UN chief pushes efforts to protect health, rights of women, girls

UNITED NATIONS – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday called for efforts to protect the health and rights of women and girls. “Let us act to safeguard sexual and reproductive health care, protect the health and rights of women and girls, and end gender-based violence. The (Covid-19) pandemic has made our jobs much harder,…
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Olympic hopefuls wait for IATF nod to resume training

PSC commissioner Ramon Fernandez (File photo) MANILA – The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) remains keen on having the national athletes resume their training for the Tokyo Olympic qualifiers amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic. “We are working towards the approval of the training of our national athletes who have earned their slots in the Games.…
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7 more coronavirus cases recorded in SoCot

HOME. Returning Overseas Filipino Workers and locally stranded individuals arrive in South Cotabato aboard a sweeper flight from Manila on Sunday morning (July 12, 2020). Local health authorities reported on Saturday that seven more residents with travel history to Manila tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019. (Photo courtesy of the South Cotabato Provincial Disaster…
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180 US schools join lawsuit opposing Trump’s new visa policy

STUDENT VISA POLICY. File photo taken on Oct. 14, 2018 shows the campus of the Harvard University in Cambridge of Massachusetts, the United States. Some 180 academic institutions in the US joined the avalanche of opposition to the Trump administration’s controversial visa policy for int’l students. (Xinhua/Liu Jie) DENVER – Some 180 academic institutions in…
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Australia to offer residence option to 10,000 Hong Kongers

SYDNEY — The Australian government says it will offer around 10,000 Hong Kong passport holders currently living in Australia a chance to apply for permanent residence once their current visas expire. Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government believes China’s imposition of a new tough national security law on the semi-autonomous territory means pro-democracy supporters may face…
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Localized thunderstorms bring isolated rains

MANILA – Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers will prevail over the archipelago due to localized thunderstorms, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Sunday. In its 4 a.m. forecast, PAGASA said Intertropical Convergence Zone affecting Southern Mindanao will bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers…
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Japan to buy 105 F-35 fighter jets from US

Anadolu photo ANKARA – The US on Thursday approved a planned purchase by Japan of 105 F-35 joint strike fighters estimated to be worth USD23 billion amid escalating tension in the South China Sea between China and US allies. The approved package includes 63 F-35A conventional takeoff and landing aircraft and 42 F-35 short takeoff…
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US posts new daily virus case record of 66,528: Johns Hopkins

WASHINGTON, United States – The United States, the country hardest hit by the coronavirus, on Saturday posted 66,528 new cases, a record for a 24-hour period, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University.           The country has now recorded a total of 3,242,073 infections, the Baltimore-based university said in its…
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Quezon town records 11th COVID-19 case

LUCENA CITY — Candelaria town in Quezon province has recorded its 11th coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case, local authorities reported Sunday. Candelaria government officials also denied that the town will be placed on “lockdown” supposedly to prevent the spread of the virus. “There is no truth to the speculation that is going around that a lockdown…
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No masks on red carpet as Taiwan logs few cases

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan wrapped up an annual film festival with an awards ceremony Saturday night as it holds more public events after keeping its coronavirus outbreak to a few hundred cases.         Actors and others lined up for photo shoots with no social distancing, and participants didn’t wear masks in historic…
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US Navy welcomes 1st Black female Tactical Aircraft pilot

KINGSVILLE, Texas — The U.S. Navy has welcomed its first Black female Tactical Aircraft pilot.   “MAKING HISTORY!” the U.S. Navy tweeted Thursday in response to a post that Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle had completed naval flight school and would later this month receive the flight officer insignia known as the “Wings of Gold.”  …
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2 drug suspects killed in Camarines Norte buy-bust

LEGAZPI CITY – Two drug suspects were killed in a buy-bust operation in Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte province early Sunday.   Colonel Marlon Tejada, Camarines Norte police chief, said the slain suspects, Erwin Albis and Randy Furiscal, are in the illegal drugs watchlis.   Tejada said the suspects, after apparently sensing they were transacting with…
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3 drug suspects busted in Bicolandia

LEGAZPI CITY – Three drug suspects were arrested were arrested on Saturday in separate anti-illegal drug operations in Masbate, Camarines Sur, and Sorsogon. Major Maria Luisa Calubaquib, Bicol regional police spokesperson, said the drug operations resulted in the confiscation of several sachets of shabu (crystal meth). In Aroroy, Masbate, Benjie Panganiban, 37, a shoe repair…
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Trump wears mask in public for first time during pandemic

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump wore a mask during a visit to a military hospital on Saturday, the first time the president has been seen in public with the type of facial covering recommended by health officials as a precaution against spreading or becoming infected by the novel coronavirus.       Trump flew by…
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