Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Let's Do The News! (May 18, 2016)

- The Philippines has gained a "new territory" through the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea's ruling on the 13 million hectare Benham Rise. Until 2012, the seismically active underwater region known as the Benham Plateau and extinct volcanic ridge had not been part of the archipelago, despite the Philippines is the only country within 200 nautical miles of the plateau.

- Philippine President-Elect Rodrigo Duterte's plans to revive the death penalty sparked criticisms from the public, even those from the Catholic Church and officials. Among the critics of the revival of life imprisonment is Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo, who is leading in the vice presidential race.

- In the latest presidential primaries for the November 2016 US Presidential Elections, the heated battle between two Democratic presidentiables Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are heating up as Clinton wins at the Kentucky primaries while Sanders won the Oregon primaries. As of now, Clinton now has 2,291 delegates while Sanders is 763 delegates behind her.

- Series of bomb attacks in Baghdad, Iraq, have killed at least 70 people and injured 140 others. The Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for the attacks and all four bomb attacks took place within a few hours in areas populated by Shia Muslims. The Iraqi military and the US-led coaliton are stepping up an offensive against the Islamic State militants.

- US authorities opened the investigation into athletic doping by Russian athletes. According to reports, the US Justice Department is targeting anyone who might have benefited unfairly from doping. These would include Russian government officials, athletes, coaches, and anti-doping agency officials.

- In the ongoing fuel consumption crisis, South Korean authorities says Nissan manipulated emissions with their UK-built crossover with diesel engine, thanks to a dubious device that shuts off its exhaust reduction system under regular driving temperature.

- The long-awaited arrival of NASCAR in the world of Forza Motorsport 6 for the XBOX One console is here with the brand new FM6 NASCAR Expansion, now available for $20. The expansion not only sees the car roster full of 2016 season NASCAR machines but also the arrival of Homestead-Miami Speedway and the all-new NASCAR World Tour where players pit their NASCAR skills to the test against the world.

- Minzy, the former member of K-Pop girl group 2NE1, has officially signed with The Music Works Entertainment, a subsidiary of CJ E&M Music Performance Division. Minzy will be joining alongside singer Baek Ji Young on the record label.

- Torchwood alums John Barrowman (who played as Captain Jack Harkness) and Gareth David-Lloyd (who played Ianto Jones) are reprising their roles once again for their newest chapter of their Torchwood audio drama series titled Torchwood: Broken.

- With shooting for the fourth season of BBC's Sherlock has commenced, actor Toby Jones will be joining this season as a villain in the new season, due 2017.


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