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February 18, 2018


Ethiopia emergency to last 6 months

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – Ethiopia said Saturday, February 17, that a state of emergency will remain in place for 6 months, as the authorities move to quell “chaos and unruliness”. The council of ministers declared the country’s second emergency decree in two years on Friday evening, February 16. It capped a tumultuous … Source: Rappler

Vatican revives pope's sexual abuse panel

VATICAN CITY – The Vatican said Saturday, February 17, it has renewed its anti-pedophile panel as Pope Francis acts to quell the global scandal over the sexual abuse of children by priests. Nine new members were added to the panel, which had come under fire from two high-profile members, former sex abuse victims who quit

Manila Cathedral hosts St Therese's relics on February 18-19

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila Cathedral, seat of the Archdiocese of Manila, is set to host the relics of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus overnight starting Sunday, February 18. Father Reginald Malicdem, rector of the Manila Cathedral, will say a welcome Mass at 6 pm on … Source: Rappler

Dozens of students hit by suspected food poisoning in Davao City

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Dozens of students participating in a regional sports event here were rushed to hospitals for suspected food poisoning on Saturday night, February 17. The students were in Davao City for the Davao Regional Athletes Association (DAVRAA) Meet. “We confirm the suspected incident of food poisoning affecting at least … Source: Rappler

India, Iran agree to step up efforts to help Afghanistan

<img id="E63CE6431EF84E09A3AA3AA289310113" src="http://assets.rappler.com/37C82879D4DD4614B670B037D60FD2C4/img/E63CE6431EF84E09A3AA3AA289310113/afp-20180217-modi-rouhani-meeting.jpg" class="rappler_asset" border="0" alt="HELPING AFGHANISTAN. This handout photo taken on February 17, 2018 and released by the Indian Press Information Bureau (PIB) shows Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a joint press briefing at Hyderabad House in New Delhi. The Iranian President is … Source: Rappler

Ship crew use hot water to foil pirate attack off Basilan

BASILAN, Philippines  – Quick-thinking crewmembers of a cargo ship helped foil a seajacking attempt in Basilan waters on Friday night, February 16, by pouring hot water on pirates that tried to board their vessel. Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez Jr, Western Mindanao Command Commander, said on Saturday, February 17, lauded the crew … Source: Rappler

Wanda Teo warns Coron execs, tour operators over oil leak issue

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Philippines – Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo warned officials and tourism establishments in Coron that they should address the alleged practice of local tourist boats dumping fuel discharge in the ocean near the world-famous town’s beaches before the issue reaches President Rodrigo Duterte. Citing Coron alongside Siargao Island, … Source: Rappler

Lavrov calls U.S. election meddling claims 'blabber'

MUNICH, Germany (UPDATED) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday, February 17, dismissed as “blabber” accusations that Moscow had interfered in the US election that brought President Donald Trump to power. “So as long as we don’t see facts, everything else is blabber,” Lavrov said at the Munich Security Conference, a … Source: Rappler

San Miguel back at No. 1 with come-from-behind win vs Alaska

MANILA, Philippines – Three Beermen breached the 20-point mark while June Mar Fajardo registered another double-double as San Miguel subdued the Alaska Aces, 109-96, to regain the top spot in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at the Batangay City Sports Coliseum Saturday, February 17.  Chris Ross delivered 24 points, 9 assists, … Source: Rappler

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