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Iran Guards say released seized Vietnamese tanker

TEHRAN, Iran (AFP) — Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said Wednesday they had released a Vietnamese-flagged oil tanker they seized last month in the Sea of Oman in a tense incident also involving the US Navy. While Iran’s Guards claimed they thwarted an attempt by the US ship to seize the MV Sothys carrying Iranian oil, US defence officials rejected that account and said that Iran seized the tanker and took it into its territorial waters. “The […]

Georgia destroys 17,000 vaccine doses as rollout slows

TBILISI, Georgia (AFP) — Health officials in Georgia sounded the alarm Wednesday over the slow pace of coronavirus vaccinations, after some 17,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine had to be destroyed because they expired. The Black Sea nation is in the midst of a devastating new wave of the pandemic despite vaccines being widely available. The country of 3.7 million people saw record numbers of daily cases this week, with 6,024 new infections on Wednesday, […]

Strong quake strikes northeast Taiwan: weather bureau

  A strong earthquake struck northeastern Taiwan on Sunday, with residents reporting violent shaking in the capital Taipei. Taiwan’s central weather bureau said the quake was of magnitude 6.5 while the US Geological Survey gave a lower strength of 6.2. It struck northeastern Yilan county at 1.11 pm (0511 GMT) at a depth of 67 kilometres (42 miles). An AFP reporter in Taipei said the shaking seemed to last roughly 10 seconds and felt like […]

PNP COVID-19 tally rises to 41,587

(Eagle News)–COVID-19 cases among police personnel rose to 41587 after 63 more cases were reported. The Philippine National Police said of the total cases, 792 were active. Recoveries also rose to 40672 with the additional 82 recoveries. No additional deaths were reported, which means the PNP COVID-19 death toll remains at 126. The police are among the country’s frontliners amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The PNP has said over 80 percent of the force was fully […]

55 quakes monitored at Taal in 24 hours

(Eagle News)–Fifty-five volcanic earthquakes were monitored at Taal in 24 hours. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the quakes in the volcano, which remains on alert level 2, included nine tremors that lasted for one to two minutes. Sulfur dioxide flux was registered at 9451 tons on Oct. 22. PHIVOLCS said this was dominated by an upwelling of hot volcanic fluids in the lake. Meanwhile, a plume 1200 meters tall was also reported. […]

Pagkakapili kay Maria Ressa sa Nobel Peace Prize, “parang pang-iinsulto” sa Pilipino – Rep. Marcoleta

Ipinahayag ni House Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta na “parang iniinsulto ang Pilipino” at hindi dapat ikatuwa ng mamamayang Pilipino ang pagkakapili kay Maria Ressa ng Rappler bilang awardee ng Nobel Peace Prize. Ibinatay ni Marcoleta ang kanyang pahayag sa naging karanasan niya sa mga isinulat ng Rappler. “Ituring mo na akong kasama sa mga hindi sumasang-ayon na binigyan siya ng parangal ng Nobel Peace Prize,”  ayon pa kay Marcoleta sa programang “Sa Ganang Mamamayan” ng […]

In Siberia, a copper mine hopes to become a global energy pivot

by Andrea PALASCIANO Agence France-Presse UDOKAN, Russia (AFP) – In 1949, a Soviet expedition in Siberia was looking for uranium to supply the national nuclear arsenal when it stumbled on a vast deposit of copper. More than 70 years later, a mining complex in Russia’s Far East between Lake Baikal and the Pacific Ocean is finally due to launch operations next year. With copper key to the world’s energy transition away from carbon, the hope […]

Drugs in river at UK’s Glastonbury music festival harming fish: scientists

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) – High levels of illegal drugs have been found in a river running through Britain’s Glastonbury music festival site, endangering a rare species of fish and other wildlife, scientists said on Tuesday. The levels of cocaine and MDMA — more commonly known as ecstasy — detected in the water were so high, experts said, they could be harming wildlife downstream in Whitelake River that runs through the festival grounds. Samples taken […]

Texas bans social networks booting users over politics

SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — Texas on Thursday made it illegal for popular social media platforms to ban users “simply based on their political viewpoints.” Political conservatives have accused Facebook, Twitter and other social media giants of stifling their voices, providing no evidence to support the claims. Social media platforms have consistently defended themselves against such accusations. Former US president Donald Trump was booted from Facebook and Twitter after a group of his supporters […]

Tropical Storm Mindy threatens northwest Florida

MIAMI, United States (AFP) — Tropical Storm Mindy formed Wednesday in the Gulf of Mexico, threatening the northwest coast of Florida, the US National Hurricane Center said. The storm was located 90 miles (150 kilometers) west-southwest of the city of Apalachicola Wednesday evening and was expected to make landfall in the southern US state later Wednesday night, the Miami-based organization said. Mindy was moving northeast at about 21 miles per hour, with maximum sustained winds […]

Floating Dutch cow farm aims to curb climate impact

by Charlotte VAN OUWERKERK Agence France-Presse ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AFP) — Among the cranes and containers of the port of Rotterdam is a surreal sight: a herd of cows peacefully feeding on board what calls itself the world’s first floating farm. In the low-lying Netherlands where land is scarce and climate change is a daily threat, the three-storey glass and steel platform aims to show the “future of breeding”. The buoyant bovines live on the top floor, […]

Despite Delta surge, Fauci says US not headed back to lockdown

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The United States is unlikely to be sent back into lockdown despite a surge in Covid-19 cases stemming from the Delta variant, top US scientist Anthony Fauci said Sunday. America is in for “some pain and suffering in the future” but enough people have now been vaccinated to prevent a repeat of last winter’s deadly surge, the infectious disease expert who advises President Joe Biden told ABC’s “This Week.” “I […]