Monday, July 18, 2016

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

- The Malacanang urged protesters not to hold rallies in President Rodrigo Duterte's first State of the Nation Address, which takes place next week, the 25th of July. Instead, militant groups should air their sentiments to the president on another time to maintain peace and order during the SONA and enable "better communication".

- Returning to the aftermath of the arbitral ruling over the South China Sea, China's People's Liberation Army flies a nuclear-capable bomber, the H-6K, flying over the Scarborough Shoal a few days after the ruling. The H-6K can run at top speeds of 1,050kph and has a range of 6,000km. It was specifically built for the PLA Air Force. Days after the bomber flew over Scarborough Shoal, China tested its two new airports on the Spratly Islands.

- Regular white taxis on Monday can now pick up passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport's arrival area. Since then, arriving passengers have to climb up to the departure area to get a white taxi ride because only NAIA-accredited yellow taxis are allowed to pick up passengers in the arrival area. Yellow taxis have a flagdown rate of 70 pesos while regular white taxis have a lower flagdown rate of thirty.

- On the Turkish failed coup, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan has pledged to rid the government of followers of US-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, who despises Erdogan. Erdogan spoke on Sunday at a funeral for victims of the coup attempt in Istanbul. In an apparent reference to the Gulen movement, he vowed to keep ridding the ones responsible for the overthrow attempt from all state institutions. He plans to urge the United States to hand over Gulen who lives in Pennsylvania.

- Back to the Nice attacks, former French president Nicolas Sarkozy blamed the government for not doing enough to provide security. Over 80 people died when an attacker hit-and-run a truck into people celebrating Bastille Day on Thursday.

- UK's new foreign minister, Boris Johnson, stresses that the UK will not abandon its European Union allies despite its historic Brexit referendum. In his appearance on Brussels, Johnson said the EU needed a "co-ordinated response" to terrorism following the Nice attacks. He is expected to meet with EU foreign ministers for talks.

- The National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo, Japan, has been listed as one of UNESCO's world heritage sites. UNESCO's World Heritage committee announced the decision in Istanbul on Sunday/ The meeting had been postponed following the failed coup attempt. The building was designed by the French architect Le Corbusier and seven countries had jointly recommended the designation of 17 buildings designed by Le Corbusier as a single entry.

- The suspect behind the killing of three police officers at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, an ex-Marine named Gavin Long, had posted videos urging to "fight back" against police treatment of African Americans. The ex-Marine, 29, was killed by police during the attack on Sunday morning. Thension has been high since police shot dead a black man in Baton Rouge two weeks ago.

- The White House states that previously classified papers regarding the September 11, 2001 attacks released on Friday show there had been no Saudi Arabia links. Lawmakers and victims' families campaigned for years for their publication, alleging high-level Saudis were complicit in the attacks. The pages from the 2002 report found it likely the attackers got firm financial backing inside the KSA. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers behind the attack 15 years ago were Saudi nationals.


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