Thursday, June 1, 2017

Let's Do The News! (June 1, 2017)

-The Marawi Siege enters its 9th day and the clash between the government troops and the Maute terrorists continue with numerous airstrikes seen targeting the terrorists' den. The Armed Forces of the Philippines warned that operations against the Maute group will intensify since three of its leaders are still in Marawi.

- Congress has approved the Tax Reform Package of the administration, which aims to lower the personal income tax, and increase the excise tax on petroleum, cars, expand the Value-Added Tax base, and impose tax on sweetened beverages and lotto winnings during its third and final reading.

- An independent Azeri journalist has been abducted in Georgia and forcibly taken to Azerbaijan where he was detained in custody, according to his lawyer in a case condemned by rights activists. Afgan Mukhtarli, an investigative journalist and human rights activist who had been living in the former Soviet republic of Georgia since 2015, went missing on Tuesday evening.

- US President Donald Trump tweeted in the morning that he would make his final decision whether or not to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accords, aimed to combat climate change. Most feared that abandoning from this agreement would be a historic misstep, even his daughter Ivanka warned that it could lead to a significant diplomatic blowback if he withdraws from the accords.

- Social media companies stepped up both the speed and number of removals of hate speech on their platforms in response to the European Union's pressure to do more to tackle the issue. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft last year signed up to a voluntary code of conduct to take action in Europe within 24 hours, following rising concerns about the proliferation of racist and xenophobic content on social media triggered by the refugee crisis and attacks in Western Europe.

- Comedienne Kathy Griffin was fired by the CNN from its annual New Year's Eve broadcast after she drew strong criticism for posing in photographs holding up the likeness of a bloody, severed head resembling U.S. President Donald Trump.

- Residents in Abu Dhabi will pay more for taxis starting this Thursday as a new fare structure comes into effect. The new fare structure is likely to double spending for most inter-city trips, and commuters who are forced to use taxis to get to and from work, according to reports.

- Rolls-Royce teases the upcoming Phantom full model change before its official unveiling this July.

- Nissan's NV350 Caravan gets a minor change, available this summer, with a new front face, new rear lamps, and some will be uncovered soon.

- In case you really really missed it, actress Liza Soberano was chosen to play the role of iconic Philippine superhero, Darna, after months of speculation.

- Actor Richard Gutierrez is making a comeback, this time now in his new home network, ABS-CBN. Not only he will appear in the new movie starring Angel Locsin but also on the upcoming fantasy drama, La Luna Sangre, which is the sequel of Imortal.


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