Posts by Andor Cruz

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aaaMANILA : As reported by Inquirer.net , the University of Santo Tomas has ordered the expulsion of eight law students implicated in the fatal hazing of Horacio “Atio” Castillo III. Said report was based from statement posted Sunday on the website of the The Varsitarian, the official student publication of the university. The statement said a committee that was tasked to investigate the death of the 22-year-old Castillo, freshman and a neophyte of the Aegis Juris Fraternity, issued a resolution finding the eight students guilty of violatin...

February 18, 2018
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aaaTEHRAN: An Iranian commercial airplane operated by Aseman Airlines crashed Sunday in a foggy, mountainous region of southern Iran, and officials said they feared all 65 people on board were killed, Times of India reported. Flight EP3704 left Tehran at 04:30 GMT, and crashed about an hour later. The ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop used for short-distance regional flying, went down near its destination of the southern Iranian city of Yasuj, some 780 kilometers (485 miles) south of the Iranian capital, Tehran, where it took off.  It wasn't imm...

February 18, 2018
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aaaJAKARTA: Mount Agung erupted again at 11:49 a.m. on Tuesday, spewing a plum of ash 1.5 kilometers into the air, according to the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management. The status of the volcanic eruptions is still in Level III (Standby) after it was lowered from Level IV (Hazardous) last Saturday. Local authorities ordered the public not to carry out any activity within a 4km radius of the crater. ChannelNews Asia reported that it was business as usual at the I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, which was shuttered f...

February 13, 2018
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aaaWORLD : South Africa has been pitched into an unprecedented political crisis after the country's African National Congress (ANC) party admitted that President Jacob Zuma, in power since 2009, had defied its orders to resign, and that it had little idea of when the 75-year-old head of state would respond to its demand to leave office as he is not legally obliged to do so. The president, who was replaced by Cyril Ramaphosa as ANC's party head in December, agreed to step down, but only in the next three to six months. The Guardian reported that...

February 13, 2018
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aaaSOUTH KOREA : Euronews has reported that per assessment of political analysts , North Korea has emerged the winner of one of the Winter Olympics' most important medals, the diplomatic gold, because of its charm offensive in full display during the sporting event. The delegation, headed by North Korea’s ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong Nam, and the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Kim Yo Jong, capped its final day in South Korea by joining South Korean President Moon Jae-in at a Seoul concert of a visiting North Korean art troup...

February 12, 2018
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aaa(Moscow) : CNN reports that crew of the Saratov Airlines flight that crashed near Moscow on Sunday didn't report any problems before the plane crashed into snowy terrain, killing all 71 people on board, state-run media said. The Antonov An-148 aircraft was carrying 65 passengers and six crew members, the Russian news agency Interfax said. The passengers included three children, ages 5, 13 and 17, state news agency RIA reported. The plane was headed to the Russian city of Orsk, near the border with Kazakhstan. But it disappeared from radar sh...

February 12, 2018
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aaa(Hong Kong) : According to South China Morning Post, Chief Executive Carrie Lam calls decision to do away with the Lunar New Year fireworks display slated for this Saturday ( February 17) an ‘expression of citywide mourning’. It has been called off out of respect for the victims of the city’s deadliest traffic accident in more than a decade. It was reported that Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor announced the cancellation as donations to the 84 families affected by the tragedy doubled to HK$42.5 million. Police on Monday night...

February 12, 2018
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aaaTAIPEI, TAIWAN : A strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan’s east coast Tuesday causing heavy damage and the collapse of a hotel. The quake hit at 23:50 pm (1550 GMT) around 21 kilometres (13 miles) northeast of the port city Hualien, according to the United States Geological Survey. Taiwan's official Central News Agency says the ground floor of the Marshal Hotel, a building in Hualien district, has caved in and people are trapped inside. Initial media reports said there were 30 people trapped inside with others crawling to safety. ...

February 6, 2018
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aaaMANILA - As part of a drive to fight corruption, President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday led the destruction of P61.6 million ( US$ 1.2 million ) worth of smuggled luxury cars. According to ABS CBN News report, destroyed at the port of Manila were 20 sports car and other luxury vehicles, among which were the following models: Lexus ES300, BMW Alpina, BMW Z4, and Audi A6 Quattro. It was reported that aside from the cars destroyed in Manila, 10 smuggled vehicles were also bulldozed at the ports of Davao and Cebu. President Duterte, who has made f...

February 6, 2018
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aaaWORLD (London) : A team of British medics, composed of 40 NHS doctors, nurses and paramedics triaged more than 3,000 people, and treated more than 500 for diphtheria, most of them children, in the Rohingya refugee camps in the Bangladesh government-run Kutupalong camp in the Cox's Bazar region. SKYNEWS reported that the emergency medical team, who returned to UK over the week-end, was on a six-week deployment at the start of the year and was stationed at three treatment centres. The medics administered precautionary antibiotics and life-saving ...

February 4, 2018
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