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November 29, 2018 10:06 AM Margaret Atwood to release 'Handmaid's Tale' sequel

'The Testaments' is scheduled for release on September 2019 OTTAWA, Canada – Canadian author Margaret Atwood said Wednesday, November 28, she will publish a sequel to her novel The Handmaid's Tale next year, taking readers deeper into her vision of a dystopian America ruled by a misogynistic theocracy. Atwood said the new book, The Testaments, will pursue 103

November 16, 2018 4:23 AM Barbra Streisand on getting political: ‘Truth has always worked for me’

The singer released her politically-charged 2nd album ‘Walls’ on November 2 MANILA, Philippines – Barbra Streisand’s new album Walls was released on November 2, and in it the iconic singer takes on a more political bent. She sings about her views in an America run by Donald Trump. In an interview with the New York Times, Streisand said she was inspired 84

November 6, 2018 3:03 AM FALSE: Pie chart of Philippines' national debt under 3 presidents

Since the national debt is a 'running total' of how much the country still owes, comparisons should show the 'net addition' to the debt for certain periods, not the supposed 'shares' of debt incurred by each president President Benigno Aquino III incurred P4.4 trillion in debt during his term, supposedly a huge "share" of the country's P7.1-trillion 93

October 10, 2018 9:34 PM US-PH war exercise worries China

China has raised concerns about a joint US-Philippine military exercise that coincides with the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the country in November, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said on Tuesday. Roque said Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua raised the concern in a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacañang 71

October 4, 2018 3:13 AM Boxing's Olympic future in jeopardy

The International Olympic Committee has warned that boxing could be axed from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics LOS ANGELES, USA – Boxing risks being thrown out of the Olympics unless the sport's ruling body addresses "grave" concerns regarding its governance, the International Olympic Committee executive board said on Wednesday, October 3. A strongly worded IOC statement 61

September 15, 2018 5:28 PM Moira dela Torre: I didn't know I'd be performing at 'Marcos Fest'

'I performed for the people of Ilocos and NOT for Marcos,' the singer says MANILA, Philippines – Following a barrage of criticism online, singer Moira dela Torre said Saturday, September 15, that she didn't know that the event she was headlining was actually a free concert to celebrate the 101st birth anniversary of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos 81

September 8, 2018 11:36 AM EU ministers 'battle' over French-backed digital tax

Paris says the proposed tax will ensure that global tech platforms pay their fair share. However, some EU members argue the tax would also punish European companies and stifle innovation. VIENNA, Austria – EU finance ministers battled on Saturday, September 8, over an increasingly controversial proposal to slap a European tax on US tech giants amid rising 95

August 17, 2018 2:56 PM Duterte stays with PDP-Laban

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said he is sticking it out with his political party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), amid reports he would switch to the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), a regional party headed by his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. Duterte attended HNP’s convention in Davao City which was attended 52

August 16, 2018 12:01 PM 30,000 people could die in Istanbul earthquake — Turkish official

Ankara, Turkey — Turkey’s emergency management agency is warning that up to 30,000 people could be killed in Istanbul if a magnitude-7.5 earthquake were to hit the area. Murat Nurlu, a director at Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency, or AFAD, made the comments Wednesday ahead of the anniversary of the Aug. 17, 1999, magnitude-7.4 earthquake 34

July 31, 2018 4:36 AM No US trip for Duterte this year, says Cayetano

MANILA- President Rodrigo Duterte will not visit the United States this year, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said Tuesday. US President Donald Trump has a standing invitation to Duterte to visit the US, but the latter has yet to accept it. Duterte cited issues with his schedule and his aversion to long flights as reasons why his visit 33