Friday, May 13, 2016

Let's Do The News! (May 13, 2016)

- The Chinese Foreign Ministry sees immediate resolution of the territorial disputes with the Philippines under the administration of presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte, particularly in exploring fishery agreement among claimants. The Ministry said they are looking forward to a sound and stable development of the two countries that would ensure regional peace and stability in the region.

- The top generals from China and the United States say they're ready to work out an effective mechanism to prevent confrontation and maintain stability in the South China Sea. China's Defense Ministry says the Chief of the General Staff Fang Fenghui told Chairman of the US JCS Joseph Dunford in a video conference that China values freedom of navigation "more than any other country in the world".

- The National Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) complained about not being given full access to the random manual audit currently being conducted by local precincts. About 715 precincts ordered to conduct an RMA, majority have submitted their reports, according to NAMFREL, but some election officers in Lanao, Manila, and Paranaque said they weren't aware about the audit.

- Brazilian Vice President Michel Temer has inaugurated his cabinet in the wake of President Dilma Rousseff's suspension from office. At a news conference, Temer's top priority is to tackle the economic crisis now facing Brazil. Earlier, the Senate decided by a majority vote to hold an impeachment trial for Rousseff for alleged manipulation of government accounts, suspending her from office for up to 180 days. As interim leader, Temer is expected to face challenges from the Zika outbreak and the Rio Olympics in August.

- At the Anti-Corruption Summit in London, participants have confirmed they will cooperate to increase transparency in tax havens. British PM David Cameron hosted the meeting and stressed that anti-corruption measures are indispensable for tackling this issue. Participants confirmed they will cooperate to return illicit funds to countries of origin.

- Susannah Mushatt Jones, the oldest person in the world, died in New York at the age of 116. Jones once named as the world's oldest person by Guinness World Records when 117-year-old Misao Okawa died in Tokyo last year. Which means, the title unofficially claimed by 116-year-old Emma Morano from Italy.

- French authorities have opened an investigation after a teenager allegedly live-streamed her suicide video on the popular app Periscope. The prosecutor said the young woman threw herself under a commuter train in the suburban Egly station, south of Paris, after claiming she had been raped by her ex-boyfriend. The prosecutor's statement said the woman was born in 1997, so she was 18 or 19.

- Amid the recent fuel consumption scandal, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. acquired 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors.

- Volvo is teasing a mysterious concept car, set to be revealed at an event in Gothenburg next week.

- The hybrid car for otakus, the Toyota Aqua, gets a special Style Black model in honor of one million units sold in Japan.

- The first trailer of the movie adaptation of Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed franchise, starring Michael Fassbender, is now up. Michael plays as a criminal named Callum Lynch who tries to take on an organization during the days of the Spanish Inquisition. He later knows that he has a bloodline traces back to the legendary Assassin Aguilar and he has to learn the art of being one in order to fight off against his adversaries. The movie is slated to show in theaters in the 21st of December.


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