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July 23, 2017 12:47 AM Middle East peace 'Quartet' urges restraint in Jerusalem amid escalating tensions

Israel has sent extra troops into the occupied West Bank and its police have broken up a crowd of stone-throwing Palestinians in Jerusalem as international concern mounts over the deadliest outbreak of violence between the two sides for years. The Palestinian Health Ministry said one Palestinian was killed during a separate clash outside the city, taking 4

July 22, 2017 11:07 PM Sona, the sequel: Brillante to tone down artsy approach

It had been a hectic week for filmmaker Brillante Ma Mendoza, as he counted the days leading up to President Rodrigo Duterte’s second State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday. The day the Inquirer caught up with the Cannes-winning director, he was on his way to Batasang Pambansa to meet with Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. “Speaker Alvarez wanted to discuss 3

July 22, 2017 10:06 PM Germany reaches out to Turkish-rooted citizens over crisis

BERLIN — Germany's foreign minister has tried to reach out to the country's Turkish-rooted citizens, saying the crisis between both countries isn't directed against them. Sigmar Gabriel wrote an open letter to the 3.5 million Germans of Turkish descent, which was published in both Turkish and German in Bild daily paper yesterday. He said that the government 7

July 22, 2017 9:00 PM This Week’s Historical Milestones: July 23-29, 2017

The municipality of Cabadbaran in Agusan del Norte province became a city by virtue of Republic Act No. 9434. Over a year later, on July 28, the town’s conversion into a city was ratified by voters through a plebiscite. As of 2015, Cabadbaran City had a population of 73,639. Governor General William Cameron Forbes recommended the reconstruction of Dr. Jose Rizal’s 5

July 22, 2017 4:00 PM AirAsia to open Davao-KL flights

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Low cost carrier AirAsia will open flights between Davao and Kuala Lumpur next year. The four times a week flights will start on Jan. 21, Tony Fernandes, AirAsia president and chief executive officer, announced during the Davao Investment Conference on Friday. Fernandes said the new route was among the issues he discussed with President 6

July 22, 2017 1:31 PM ‘Red-tagging’ of lumad worsens under martial law in Mindanao

Participants in a letter-writing activity held at University of the Philippines in Diliman in Quezon City on Satuday, July 22, 2017, air their protests over martial law and its extension. The activity was organized by the Salinlahi Alliance for Children’s Concerns. (Photo from the Facebook account of Salinlahi) Even before President Rodrigo Duterte declared 6

July 22, 2017 12:58 PM 'The Voice Teens': Mica Becerro hits whistle tone, books place in finals

Lea Salonga will be betting on a young artist from Surigao del Norte to bring home the first-ever "The Voice Teens" title for her team next week. On Saturday's episode, it was revealed that Mica Becerro got more votes from viewers than teammate and rival Chan Millanes. She also received a higher judges' score of 95, five points higher than Millanes 4

July 22, 2017 3:21 AM Linkin Park's Bennington and Chris Cornell: friends united in tragedy

Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington killed himself on the birthday of his late friend Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, highlighting the close friendship between the two troubled singers. The coroner's office confirmed Friday that Bennington died by hanging himself, with an employee of his Los Angeles residence finding his body on a belt attached to his bedroom 7

July 22, 2017 2:49 AM Spicer exits as Trump shakes up his beleaguered press team

WASHINGTON — White House press secretary Sean Spicer abruptly resigned Friday over President Donald Trump's decision to tap a camera-ready financier to lead the beleaguered White House communications team. The departing spokesman said the president "could benefit from a clean slate" as he seeks to steady operations amid the Russia investigations and ahead 8

July 22, 2017 1:21 AM US confirms N. Korea travel ban after Warmbier death

The United States confirmed Friday that it plans to ban its nationals from traveling to North Korea, in the wake of the death of an American student who was imprisoned by Pyongyang during a tourist visit. Travel agencies organizing trips to the isolated country had said earlier Friday they were informed of the impending change. Strict warnings against 6