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Hong Kong failing to tackle wildlife smuggling epidemic: study

HONG KONG, China (AFP) — Hong Kong must do more to crack down on illegal wildlife smuggling by ending legal loopholes and lenient sentences, conservation groups said Monday, as they detailed the city’s role in the lucrative trade. Despite its comparatively small size, the bustling southern Chinese transport hub plays a “disproportionate” role in wildlife crime, researchers said, accounting for around a fifth of all global ivory seizures and nearly half of all pangolins seized […]

Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ dominates N. American box office

HOLLYWOOD, United States (AFP) — “Glass,” a superhero thriller both financed and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, dominated North American box offices this weekend, taking in $40.6 million, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Sunday. The Universal film, a sequel to Shyamalan’s “Unbreakable” (2000) and “Split” (2016), stars Bruce Willis as the superhuman known as “The Overseer” locked in a psychiatric ward with nemesis and mass murderer Samuel L. Jackson, AKA “Mr. Glass.” Its estimated three-day […]

CIA agent Tony Mendez, hero of film “Argo,” dead at 78

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Former CIA agent Tony Mendez, who engineered a creative way to smuggle US hostages out of Iran in 1980 and was immortalized in the Hollywood film “Argo,” died of complications from Parkinson’s Disease, his family said. He was 78. Mendez, who will have a private burial in Nevada, died on Saturday, his literary agent Christy Fletcher said via Twitter, relaying a family statement. “The last thing he and his wife […]

China’s economy grew at slowest pace in 28 years in 2018

by Ryan MCMORROW Agence France-Presse BEIJING, China (AFP) — China’s economy grew at its slowest pace in almost three decades in 2018, losing more steam in the last quarter as it battles a massive debt pile and a US trade war, official data showed Monday. The 6.6 percent growth comes in above the official target of around 6.5 percent and matches a forecast by analysts polled by AFP, but is down from the 6.8 percent […]

Tokyo stocks close higher

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — Tokyo stocks closed higher on Monday, extending global rallies as optimism grew over a breakthrough in efforts to defuse a US-China trade war. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index rose 0.26 percent or 53.26 points to 20,719.33 while the broader Topix index was up 0.56 percent or 8.78 points at 1,566.37. “A set of positive factors — hopes for progress in US-China trade talks, rallies on Wall Street and a relatively weak […]

“Amang” maintains its strength; Signal No. 1 hoisted over several areas

(Eagle News)–“Amang” maintained its strength on Monday, Jan. 21, as it hovered  over the eastern seaboard of Eastern Samar. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said as of 10 a.m., “Amang” was located 40 kilometers north northeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar or 45 kilometers east southeast of Borongan City, Eastern Samar It is packing maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 60 kilometers per hour, […]

Rose and Towns combine as ‘Wolves edge Suns

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Derrick Rose nailed a three pointer from 18 feet with just 0.6 seconds left to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 116-114 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday. “It was about damn time I hit a shot like that,” said Rose. Rose and Karl-Anthony Towns took turns carrying the ‘Wolves on their backs as they combined for 61 points. Towns scored 28 of his 30 points in the […]

Bahagi ng Surigao Del Norte niyanig ng 3.4 magnitude na lindol

(Eagle News) — Niyanig ng magnitude 3.4 na lindol ang bahagi ng Surigao Del Norte. Ayon sa Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, naitala ang epicenter ng lindol sa layong dalawang kilometro sa timog Silangan ng Socorro bandang 11:32 kagabi. May lalim na 101 kilometro ang lindol at tectonic ang origin. Wala namang napaulat na pinsala sa mga ari-arian dahil sa pagyanig at wala ring inaasahang aftershocks.

Japanese fourth seed Osaka battles into Open quarters

MELBOURNE, Australia (AFP) — Japanese fourth seed Naomi Osaka edged past 13th seed Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia in three sets Monday to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals. The US Open champion triumphed 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to set up a last eight clash with Ukrainian sixth seed Elina Svitolina and keep alive her dream of a second successive Grand Slam title. It is the second time in a row the 21-year-old had been forced to come […]

In photos: Cotabato residents arrive in droves to vote in BOL plebiscite

(Eagle News)–In these pictures taken by Eagle News reporter Jerold Tagbo, Cotabato residents are seen arriving in droves in polling precincts to vote in the Bangsamoro Organic Law plebiscite. President Rodrigo Duterte himself had vouched for the ratification of the BOL in a speech in Cotabato days before the plebiscite, saying it was the only way peace could be attained in Mindanao.

House justice panel approves bill lowering age of criminal liability

(Eagle News)–The House of Representatives justice panel approved on Monday, Jan. 21, approved a bill seeking to lower the age of criminal liability from 15 years old to nine years old. The approval came despite opposition from Gabriela Rep. Arlene Brosas. In a previous statement, House Speaker Gloria Arroyo said she would move for the approval of the bill in support of President Rodrigo Duterte’s request. The approval came after children aged 4 to 15 […]