Posts by Andor Cruz

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aaaMEXICO CITY — A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 struck Mexico at 1:15 pm on Tuesday afternoon, toppling buildings, rattling the capital and sending people flooding into the streets for the second time in just two weeks after the devasting and stronger 8.1 magnitude on September 8 in the states of Chiapas and Oaxaca. New York Times reported that Tuesday's earthquake struck on the 32nd anniversary of another major disaster: the 1985 quake that killed as many as 10,000 people in Mexico. Hours before the quake hit, ma...

September 20, 2017
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aaaHONGKONG : In a brazen smash-and-grab attack, three thieves fled on a motorbike with HK$24 million worth of jewellery after smashing a store window of a jewelry shop in Tsim Sha Tsui, one of Hong Kong’s busiest shopping districts, on Tuesday morning. According to South China Morning Post, the raid took just 10 seconds to execute and prompted local police to mount a citywide manhunt. The robbers targeted the TST branch of Chow Sang Sang Jewellery on the ground floor of Silvercord shopping arcade at 30 Canton Road at about 10am, SCMP reports. C...

September 20, 2017
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aaaWORLD : US President Donald Trump spoke to the United Nations General Assembly for the first time as president on Tuesday morning. New York Post reports that the president, in a fiery speech, vowed to “destroy” North Korea if it continues to threaten the US and its allies with nuclear weapons. “The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime,” Trump said.  In his...

September 19, 2017
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aaaBALITANG PH : Father Teresito “Chito” Soganub and another hostage, a teacher, were rescued by government forces from the Maute group in Marawi City on Saturday ( Sept 16 ) after more than 100 days of being taken captives by the Islamic State group-aligned captors in the southern Philippines. Father Soganub, 51, the vicar-general of the prelate of St. Mary Church in Marawi, was taken, along with 240 other individuals by the Maute group when it attacked the city on May 23, SunStar Philippines reports.  Top military and defense officials met ...

September 19, 2017
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aaaWorld : The Caribbean island of Dominica has been 'devastated' by Category 5 Hurricane Maria as it made landfall on Monday night, the country's Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit  tells CNN.  He said , " We're just waiting for daybreak to do an assessment of the damage. Our first order of business will be search and rescue to ensure we can account for every single citizen and resident  who were on the island during this devastating hurricane." Maria has since been downgraded to a Category 4 with sustained winds of 155 kph. Th...

September 19, 2017
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aaaMANILA : The body of Horacio Tomas Topacio Castillo III  of San Lorenzo Village in Makati was found at the corner of H. Lopez Blvd. and Infanta Street in Balut, Tondo at around 7:50 a.m. on Sunday, according to the Manila Police District,  Philippine Star reports. The 22-year-old law student, who had hoped to become a senator, was clad in a white shirt with “Political Science University of Santo Tomas” printed on it and was in blue jersey shorts and had no footwear, according to the report. He was rushed to the Chinese General Hospital wh...

September 19, 2017
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aaaHong Kong :  According to South China Morning Post on Saturday, they are the first group of foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong to take part in the 100km Oxfam Trailwalker, a fundraising sporting event. The Filipino quartet call themselves the  'Maid of Heart and Sole'  and is led by Aleli Pena, 38, with team mates Beverly Martinez, 35, Marian America, 43, and Bernadette Durian, 37. They will attempt the route from Sai kung to Yuen Long via the Maclehose Trail on November 17, SCMP reports.  Pena's British employers agre...

September 19, 2017
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aaaBangladesh : According to United Nations, there are now 409,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar into Bangladesh since violence erupted in the Myanmar's state of Rakhine on August 25. The influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees has overwhelmed the government of Bangladesh as it continues to house these refugees, promising to build 14,000 shelters. According to Aljazeera, the prime minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, departed for New York City on Saturday to plead for international help and demand more pressure on M...

September 19, 2017
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aaaLondon : On Friday at around 8.20 a.m. local time an improvised explosive device, or IED, detonated inside a bag bearing the name of German supermarket Lidl, injuring 29 at Parsons Green subway station in west London, most with flash burns. Fitted with a timer, the device did not detonate fully, Newsweek reports. A day after the blast, the Kent Police arrested an 18-year-old man in the port of Dover on the English Channel while attempting to get to France. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, of the Metropolitan Police, said: "We have made ...

September 18, 2017
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aaaKUALA LUMPUR: Twenty-three people died after a fire broke out at the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah tahfiz (religious) school on Thursday morning. Among the victims were 21 students of the school, age ranging from 6 to 16, and two teachers, age 25 and 26. The City Fire and Rescue Department received information on the blaze at about 5:00 am. According to The Star, City police chief Comm Datuk Amar Singh said charred remains of the victims were found piled on top of one another in the room on the top floor of the three-storey building. "The fire is...

September 14, 2017
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