Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Let's Do The News! (July 12, 2016)

- The United Nations Arbitral Tribunal has decided that the Philippines has exclusive sovereign right to West Philippine Sea in the South China Sea and that China's nine-dash line is invalid. The Tribunal issued its Award Tuesday after several months of hearings and submission of documents. China was absent throughout the proceedings, refusing to recognize the case. The Tribunal also said that China has violated Philippine sovereign rights.

- Meanwhile, China denounced the Hague's tribunal judgment over the West Philippine Sea, according to the foreign ministry. China has repeatedly denied the tribunal's authority to rule on the dispute with the Philippines over the strategically vital region, claiming that the court's actions are illegal and biased against it.

- The two leaders of South Sudan, President Salva Kiir and Vice President Riek Machar have ordered their rival forces for a ceasefire. Violence in the capital, Juba, reportedly subsided after the two leaders ordered them to stop fighting on Monday, but the situation remains tense, since truces have been repeatedly breached in the past.

- UK Home Secretary Theresa May will assume the post of Britain's prime minister-designate on Wednesday. British PM David Cameron said on Monday that he will resign by Wednesday and hand over the job to May. Cameron said a prolonged period of transition is not vital and he will chair his last Cabinet meeting on Tuesday and attend the House of Commons for Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday. He will then offer his resignation to the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

- The Court of Arbitration for Sport has suspended an expected ruling for tennis player Maria Sharapova's appeal of her two-year ban for doping. The Russian tennis star reportedly tested positive for the banned performance enhancing drug meldonium at the Australian Open in January.

- Police in O'Fallon, Missouri, arrested four teenagers suspected of using Pokemon GO app game to lure players into armed robbery on Sunday. They've posted a press release on Facebook explaining that police had responded to a report of armed robbery found the suspect in a car and recovered a pistol. It further explained that suspects targeted their victims through the app.

- Mazda Motor Corporation and Isuzu will collaborate on a next-generation pickup truck, meaning that the last of the Ford-Mazda tie-up has finally ended with this new partnership.

- Famed Porsche tuner, RUF, enters the Great Britain market.

- John Barrowman's role of Malcolm Merlyn from The CW's TV series Arrow could now appear in other TV adaptation of DC Comics superheroes such as The Flash, DC's Legends of Tomorrow (which has Doctor Who's Arthur Darvill on it), and Supergirl.


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