Monday, February 20, 2017

Let's Do The News! (February 20, 2017)

- 14 people are confirmed dead after a bus loaded with college students on their way to a trip, suffered an accident early Monday morning in Tanay, Rizal. Reports told that 13 students and the driver of the Panda Coach Bus with plate number TXS-325 have died from the said accident.

- Retired SPO3 Arturo Lascanas admitted that he led his own brothers to their deaths due to his trust and loyalty to President Rodrigo Duterte. According to the confessed member of the Davao Death Squad, he reported that his brothers were involved in illegal drugs, which lead to their deaths.

- Indonesian Islamist groups on Monday called on the government to suspend the Christian governor of the capital city and for the courts to convict him of blasphemy, demands they will protest against outside parliament on Tuesday. Islamist groups have held two big rallies since November against the governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, who is on trial for insulting the Koran, and in the midst of an election in which he hopes to win a second term.

- James Mattis, US defense secretary, told that the US military is not in Iraq "to seize anybody's oil", distancing himself from remarks by President Donald Trump before arriving on an unannounced visit to Baghdad on Monday. On his first trip to Iraq as Pentagon chief, Mattis is hoping to get a first-hand assessment of the war effort as U.S.-backed Iraqi forces launch a new push to evict Islamic State militants from their remaining stronghold in the city of Mosul.

- The New Zealand court ruled on Monday that Kim Dotcom, the founder of the infamous Megaupload site, could be extradited to the United States to face charges relating to his website, which was shutdown five years ago following an FBI-ordered raid on his Auckland mansion. The Auckland High Court upheld the decision by a lower court in 2015 on 13 counts, including allegations of conspiracy to commit racketeering, copyright infringement, money laundering and wire fraud, although it described that decision as “flawed” in several areas.

- After Saturday's aborted launch, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket has been successfully launched to space, carrying a cargo for the International Space Station. The launch was made from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The touchdown is part of SpaceX's strategy of returning rockets to earth so they can be reused rather than jettisoning them in the ocean after a single launch.

- The Cinderella Girls Gekijo TV anime shorts will be airing this 4th of April.

- The writers behind the movies Moonlight and Arrival won top Writers Guild of America awards, boosting their hopes of scoring biggest honors at the upcoming Academy Awards.

- See Top Gear's Rory Reid driving the Ariel Nomad through the muddy Welsh roads.


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