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Brazil deforestation shatters April record

  RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) — Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon last month shattered the record for April, destroying more than 1,000 square kilometers of the world’s biggest rainforest, nearly double the previous high, according to official figures published Friday. The record — the third in four months — is the latest damning statistic on the accelerating loss of the Amazon under President Jair Bolsonaro. Satellite images show a total area of destroyed forest […]

World-class Clark Int’l Airport opens new 110,000 square-meter passenger terminal

New state-of-the-art terminal can accommodate around 8 million passengers annually   (Eagle News) – Another world-class airport, the Clark International Airport (CRK), opened the gates of its new passenger terminal building on Monday, May 2, 2022, after all departing and arriving flights were transferred to the modern, state-of-the-art facility envisioned to be Asia’s next premier gateway. “The 110,000 square-meter new CRK terminal has a design capacity of at least 8 million passengers annually, providing Filipinos […]

Europe lashed by extreme weather as climate crisis grows

  by Marlowe HOOD Agence France Presse PARIS, France (AFP) — Europe endured record extreme weather in 2021, from the hottest day and the warmest summer to deadly wildfires and flooding, the European Union’s climate monitoring service reported Friday. While Earth’s surface was nearly 1.2 degrees Celsius warmer than pre-industrial levels last year, Europe saw an average increase of more than two degrees, a threshold beyond which dangerous extreme weather events become more likely and […]

Pres. Duterte expresses sadness in loss of lives due to Agaton as death toll further climbs

Conducts aerial inspection, visits hospital where the injured were taken   (Eagle News) – President Rodrigo Duterte expressed his extreme sadness with the big number of deaths and persons still missing due to the landslides brought about by storm Agaton. The death toll has risen to 175 as of Tuesday, April 19, but the missing still stood at 110. President Duterte went to Leyte and Capiz to distribute aid to the residents affected by “Agaton” […]

Reported deaths due to storm “Agaton” reach 76, with 29 still missing

NDRRMC says number of individuals affected by storm close to 1 million   (Eagle News) – The death toll due to tropical depression Agaton has reached 76, with 29 reported missing and eight injured mostly in the Visayas and Mindanao region. A state of calamity has also been declared in 14 cities and municipatilies in Region 6, Region 11 and CARAGA. There is no more active tropical cyclone within the country, But Agaton has left […]

Pres. Duterte presented with new P1,000 polymer banknotes which are more secure and durable

New P1,000 polymer banknotes to be released in phases starting April 18 (Eagle News) – The Philippines has a new P1,000 polymer banknote which has more security features and more durable than the usual paper banknotes. The new P1,000 polymer banknote was presented to President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, April 6, by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin E. Diokno and Monetary Board members in a ceremony held in Malacanang. He received the 1000-Peso […]

Residents survey damage after powerful Japan quake

  by Harumi OZAWA / Charly TRIBALLEAU Agence France Presse SOMA, Japan (AFP) — People in northeast Japan were cleaning up and surveying the damage on Thursday after a powerful 7.4-magnitude quake derailed a bullet train, opened cracks in highways and initially cut power to over two million homes. At least one death was directly caused by the overnight quake, government spokesman Hirokazu Matsuno said, but the toll is still being finalised after two suspected […]

UPDATED: Four dead after powerful Japan quake rattles east coast

by Harumi OZAWA / Charly TRIBALLEAU Agence France-Presse Four people were reported dead and more than 100 injured in Japan on Thursday after a powerful overnight earthquake rattled large parts of the east coast and prompted a tsunami warning, authorities said. The 7.4-magnitude quake off the coast of Fukushima derailed a bullet train, opened cracks in highways and threw products from shelves in shops. A tsunami warning for waves of up to a metre (three […]

Deadly blasts rock Kyiv as talks with Russia resume

  by Dmitry ZAKS / Dave CLARK Agence France Presse KYIV, Ukraine (AFP) –A series of powerful explosions rocked residential districts of Kyiv early Tuesday killing two people, just hours before talks between Ukraine and Russia were set to resume. At least three large blasts were heard from the centre of the capital, sending columns of smoke high into the sky. As dawn broke the damage became clear, with one strike hitting a large 16-storey […]

Central square of Ukraine’s second city, Kharkiv, shelled

  KYIV, Ukraine (AFP) — The central square of Ukraine’s second city, Kharkiv, was shelled on Tuesday by advancing Russian forces who hit the building of the local administration, regional governor Oleg Sinegubov said. “This morning the central square of our city and the headquarters of the Kharkiv administration was criminally attacked,” Sinegubov said in a video on Telegram. “Russian occupiers continue to use heavy weaponry against the civilian population,” he said, adding that the […]