Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Let's Do The News! (July 27, 2016)

- The five recent presidents of the Philippines in historical order; Fidel V. Ramos, Joseph Estrada, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Benigno Aquino III, and the latest Rodrigo Roa Duterte, have come together for a national security meeting to discuss the recent decision on the Philippines' case against China. Duterte convened the National Security Council at Malacanang with former presidents and joining the meeting were Duterte's Cabinet officials as well as newly elected Senate President Koko Pimentel and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

- During his Philippine visit, US Secretary of State John Kerry said that the Philippines' respect for human rights can go with efforts to achieve security. Kerry, who met with President Duterte and his Philippine counterpart, Perfecto Yasay, said that the US's "broadening agenda" in the Philippines outside the question of the South China Sea involves the fight against crime, which the two countries have long undertaken.

- The Manila Police District revealed the suspect behind the murder of the cyclist Mark Vincent Geralde as Vhon Tanto. Vhon was involved in a "road rage" incident in Quiapo, where he killed the cyclist after fighting at P. Casal Street.

- In Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton made history as she was named as the presidential nominee for the Democratic party. In a shocking move, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders nominated Clinton to become the next US president while ditching the acclamation line. Following his decision, supporters of Bernie began protesting outside the convention. Meanwhile, former president Bill Clinton appeared onstage to tell everyone more about his story with Hillary and how his speech is a new tack for Hillary's campaign.

- An acquaintance of one of the men who murdered a priest at a church in northern France says the suspect hinted of plan for terrorist attack in recent months. Two men armed with knives entered the Catholic church in Normandy on Tuesday morning, killing a priest and seriously wounding another person. The attackers were shot dead by police.

- 35 Russian athletes were banned by four international sports federations from entering the Rio Olympics, in connection with doping. The Russian track and field team has already been disqualified but the judo and shooting teams are allowed to compete in the Olympics.

- South Sudan President Salva Kiir fired his vice president in a move that risks reigniting violence in the country. Over 270 people died during fierce fighting in the capital city of Juba. Kiir replaced VP Riek Machar with former mining minister Taba Deng Gai. The president made the appointment while Machar was away from the country.

- The Fairy Tail franchise celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with a special art exhibit in September. The exhibit will feature art from the manga series, as well as life-size figures of popular characters including Natsu, Lucy, Gray, and others, and exclusive merchandise.

- The Pokemon GO app game has reached 75 million downloads worldwide with 10 million downloads in Japan on first day.


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