Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Let's Do The News! (January 20, 2016)


- The Islamic State militants confirmed the death of their member known as "Jihadi John" in a drone strike in Syria last year. Jihadi John appeared in their videos that announced the executions of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, US journalists, and other Western hostages. He was known by his real name of Mohamed Emwazi, a British citizen.

- Following the historic lifting of sanctions against Iran, the International Atomic Energy Agency is set to continue monitoring the situation whether Iran is adhering to the nuclear deal it reached with world powers.  Last week, the Western nations lifted sanctions after confirming that Iran met the requirements to restrict their nuclear operations under the 2015 deal. The IAEA will continue to monitor the situation.

- Continuing on the Jakarta attacks, sources revealed that an Indonesian explosives expert tagged as an al-Qaeda arms dealer deported two years ago after serving a ten year sentence may have returned to the country to continue his arms trade. He was identified as Agus Dwikarna, an associate to the late Osama bin Laden as a Jemaah Islamiyah arms supplier, who vowed to return to the Philippines after his release and deportation in early 2014.

- The Philippine National Police has arrested over 250 violators who violated the gun ban policy implemented during the election period. According to the PNP Spokesperson Chief Superintendent  Wilben Mayor, most of the violators are 238 civilians, two police officers, three government/elected officials, three members of Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, two security guards, and a member from a law enforcement agency and the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit.

- Senator Grace Poe admitted that Philippine President Benigno Aquino III is responsible for the operation to neutralize the terrorist Marwan, which led to the death of forty-four Special Action Force members in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last year.

- Manny Pacquiao admittedly that his third fight against Tim Bradley happening on the 9th of April will be the last of his career and he felt sad walking away from the sport that rose him to superstardom.

- The organizers of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro have announced a number of cost-cutting measures amid the struggling Brazilian economy. Reports told that the number of volunteers will be slashed from 70,000 to 50,000. Also, they have cancelled the construction of viewing stands at the venue where the rowing events will be held and use tents for backstage facilities, but the anti-doping center and other facilities will be built as planned.

- Incoming Top Gear presenter Chris Evans got carsick during the shooting for their revamped show, due to air on the BBC this May.

- Bubble Gang's RJ Padilla and his wife Rosa Bianca Abdelsayed will welcome their second baby this March.

- TV presenter Roderick Paulate and three other Quezon City officials were sacked from their offices over their alleged hiring of "ghost employees" six years ago.

TTFN!!!

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