Thursday, May 10, 2018

Let's Do The News! (May 10, 2018)

- The Philippines and Kuwait are now expected to sign the agreement on the welfare of OFWs in the gulf state, 11 days after President Duterte said that he will get all Filipinos there.

- President Rodrigo Duterte is ranked 69th in Forbes magazine's 100 most powerful people in the world following TIME magazine's labeling of him as a "strongman". Chinese leader Xi Jinping ended Russian leader Vladimir Putin's reign as number one on the list for four consecutive years and also on the list; US President Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, French President Emmanuel Macron, North Korean President Kim Jong-un, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

- The number of casualties related to the upcoming Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections has risen to 22, according to the Philippine National Police.

- The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines slammed President Duterte's EO No. 51 as "disrespectful of labor." “President Duterte’s signing of EO 51 is a sign of disrespect to workers, thus he betrays workers’ trust,” the National Secretariat for Social Action Justice and Peace said in a statement dated May 8.

- Next week, the US Senate will have a vote whether to scrap the FCC's last year decision to scrap down the Obama-era net neutrality rules. With 50 senators supporting a bipartisan effort to keep net neutrality, it needed one more.

- In the aftermath of the US pullout from the Iran nuclear deal, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis promises that the United States will keep cooperating with allies to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

- The United States lodged a complaint against India over indications the country has underreported its price support for grains.

- CIA director nominee, Gina Haspel, pledges she won't restart the controversial interrogation program and disregard President Trump's orders to carry out other questionable activities if confirmed to lead the agency. But Haspel resisted senators' efforts to make her say whether she believed it had been morally wrong at the time for the agency to use "enhanced" interrogation techniques on terrorist suspects, including waterboarding, which many have said is a form of torture. She emphasized repeatedly that the techniques had been authorized by the U.S. government's highest legal authorities and by President George W. Bush.

- Former Doctor Who Peter Capaldi is now part of the cast of the upcoming David Copperfield film.

- A third installment of the Sherlock Holmes films starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law is now underway, according to reports.


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