Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Let's Do The News! (February 17, 2015)

Welcome back. Here is your current sitrep:

- Onto the Ukraine Crisis, the government forces and the pro-Russian rebels have failed to begin pulling out heavy weaponry from the front line, despite a Monday deadline. They've been given two days after the latest ceasefire came into effect to start the pullout but the Ukrainian government said they will not pull back until the fighting is over.

- Onto the Greek debt crisis, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said that they are ready and willing to do whatever it takes to reach agreement over its bailout after the failed talks with EU finance ministers.

- Thousands of Danes have marched through Copenhagen to mourn the death of the two victims killed from separate deadly attacks over the weekend at a free-speech event and a synagogue.

- Japan announced a new set of counterterrorism measures, including an additional 15.5 million dollars to combat terrorism in Middle Eastern and African countries.

- According to military officials, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters occupied at least two barangays in the town of Pikit, North Cotabato, forcing thousands of civilians to evacuate.

- The KAI-Lockheed team are the sole bidder for South Korea's KF-X fighter jet program because while the first round of the bidding, held last 9th of February, failed due to lack of bidders, they've submitted a proposal by the deadline according to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration. The second round of bidding will close on the 24th and if there's no competitor in the bidding, KAI-Lockheed will gain access to the 8.6 trillion won project for developing an F-16-based aircraft over the next eight years, replacing the aging F-4 Phantom IIs and F-5 Tiger IIs from their fleet.

- Citroen no more for the 2016 DS5 minor change because the latest facelift sees a departure from the Citroen name and the signature chevron grille because it's a clear sign that DS is now a separate brand from Citroen. It's set for this year's Geneva Motor Show debut next month.

2016 DS 5

- Naomi Wakabayashi, the voiceover behind THE iDOLM@STER's Ritsuko Akizuki, gave birth to a baby girl and she's going to take a break from her career to take care of child but promises she will return.

- Former Laguna governor Jeorge E.R Estregan announced that he'll be producing an upcoming biopic in tribute to the slain 44 Special Action Force units called SAF Special Action Force: Para sa Diyos, Para sa Bayan, Para sa Tao. This biopic showcases the bravery of the 44 SAF units up until their bloody death from the Mamasapano clash last January.

- Fashion brand Bench released an official statement over their controversial billboard promoting homosexuality and denies order to blur portion of the photo. The billboard in question features Vince Uy and Nino Gaddi holding hands with the tagline "LOVE ALL KINDS OF LOVE"


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