Saturday, August 27, 2016

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

- Typhoon Dindo is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility today, but it will continue to induce monsoon rains over the western part of the country, according to PAGASA. As of 4:00 PM yesterday, Dindo was spotted at 1,025km east-northeast of Itbayat, Batanes.

- Despite the sharp rise of extrajudicial killings and recognized him as a threat to the country according to international media, there are most Filipinos seen supporting President Rodrigo Duterte despite today's issues.

- An impromptu ceasefire between the communist rebels and the government takes effect today after the representatives signed a joint declaration in Norway to stop armed hostilities in preparation for talks to end once and for all the decades-long rebellion. The declaration of the truce coincided with the announcement of the release of three policemen by New People's Army rebels.

- The death toll from the central Italy quake has now risen to 278 and 388 people are hurt and hospitalized. Rescue workers searching for survivors of the quake have been facing rapidly narrowing odds of finding people alive following the passing of the 72-hour period.

- The French top administrative court has suspended the ban on "burkini" full-body swimsuits for Muslim women on a Mediterranean beach resort. A burkini is a combination of bikini and burkha, a full-body covering with a mesh screen for the eyes. The Council of State said on Friday that the ban had seriously infringed on basic freedoms, such as religious freedom and individual freedom.

- White House officials voiced concerned about close encounters between US and Iranian military vessels in the Persian Gulf. Military officials say four Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps ships approached within about 270 meters of a US Navy destroyer in the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday despite warnings. The next day, an Iranian ship approached within 180m of a US patrol boat. The vessel moved away after the US side fired warning shots, but later approached another American ship.


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