Thursday, August 25, 2016

Let's Do The News! (August 25, 2016)

- The Commission on Human Rights said the rights body has not experienced having extrajudicial killing cases since almost three decades ago. During the budget briefing at the House of Representatives, CHR Chair Jose Luis Martin Gascon said that the Special Task Force was only able to look into less than 20% of more than a thousand cases of extrajudicial killings.

- President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday expressed hope that China will deal with the Philippines in good faith regarding the issue on the West Philippine Sea. Duterte hopes China is dealing with them in good faith as they're not insisting on the verdict of the Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration last July favoring the Philippines’ arbitration case against China’s nine-dash line claim that covers virtually the entire West Philippine Sea or South China Sea.

- The death toll from the M6.2 quake in central Italy was now risen to 247. Amatrice, a mountainous town with a population of about 2,600, was hardest hit and almost all of the buildings collapsed. It was known to be a tourist spot for a summer holiday and it is believed many quake victims are tourists.

- Back to some provocations made up by Republican presidentiable Donald Trump, he floated a possible process to allow undocumented immigrants to remain in America during a stunning reversal on an issue central to his candidacy. Trump said he was moved by concerns from fans who opposed his previous calls for a deportation force" to remove all of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the US. In the midst of his Jackson, Mississippi tour, Trump pitched in former UKIP leader and one of the key people behind last June's Brexit vote, Nigel Farage, to urge Trump supporters to "re-declare American independence" in the same way the Brits done two months ago. Farage declined to endorse Trump but he freely opined on the US presidential election.

- With Hillary Clinton getting her first intelligence briefing as nominee this Saturday, according to sources, former president Bill Clinton said that none of the recent headlines about the Clinton Foundation have caused him to second guess how the charitable organization operated when his wife was secretary of state. The Democratic presidentiable come under fire after reports that most donors got meetings with Clinton when she headed the State Department, according to newly released emails.

- The Refugee Olympic athletes, originally from South Sudan, have received a warm welcome at Kenya as they returned from the Rio Olympics. The five athletes arrived in Nairobi on Wednesday. People celebrated their return, beating drums and performing dances. The athletes are among the members of the first-ever Olympic Refugee Team, comprising of athletes from unstable countries, mostly from the Middle East and Africa.

- Some say, Jeremy Clarkson will invade the set of Game of Thrones for one of the stunts in the upcoming Amazon original show, The Grand Tour, which filming for the first 12-episode season is almost complete.

- Two new downloadable contents are now available on the PS4-exclusive THE IDOLM@STER Platinum Stars! First up, the second DLC Catalog is now up featuring the new song 僕たちのResistance as well as the brand new Trench Camouflage outfit, among many other accessories and returning songs such as オーバーマスター and Do-Dai. Also, the second DL LIVE has arrived and those who performed well will receive a brand new ひまわり畑の思い出 costume, packed with special skills made for this costume, as well as better accessories!

- Back to some IDOLM@STER-related stuff, a new music video made by the 10 aspiring hopefuls in the making of the upcoming South Korean drama based on THE IDOLM@STER franchise is now up. It's titled Dream by the newly named Real Girls Project. Check it out.

- Today marks the 58th Weeksary of AlDub!

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