Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Let's Do The News! (May 22, 2018)

- The Philippine government prefers not to antagonize China despite military buildup in the South China Sea. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said while the government has not given up its ownership of the West Philippine Sea, it has chosen to set aside “contentious issues” with China and focus on other areas of cooperation for now.

- Liberal Party member, Caloocan City 2nd district Rep. Edgar Erice, believes that party leader Mar Roxas will eventually throw his hat in the 2019 midterm polls.

- Cesar Montano steps down as chief operating officer of Tourism Promotions Board, according to DOT Secretary Berna Puyat.

- Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' health is apparently improving in hospital from his latest health troubles.

- Two sportscar-shaped satellites are poised to zoom around the Earth and track changes in water and ice, offering new insights into global warming and sea level rise, NASA said Monday.

- Democrats in central Arkansas will choose their nominee for a Republican-led US Congress seat the party believes it has a chance to reclaim this fall, while a state Supreme Court justice is seeking re-election in a campaign that’s marked by an onslaught of attack ads from an out-of-state group.

- Numerous airline companies are obeying Beijing’s demands to refer to Taiwan explicitly as a part of China, despite the White House’s call this month to stand firm against such “Orwellian nonsense.” About 20 carriers, including Air Canada, British Airways and Lufthansa, now refer to Taiwan, the self-ruled island that Beijing considers Chinese territory, as a part of China on their global websites.

- Police in the Thai capital blocked a march Tuesday by pro-democracy activists protesting four years of military rule and calling for elections this year.

- BMW teases their iNEXT electric car set for 2021 debut.

- The owner of Sofina Foods bought 10% stake of McLaren for 204 million Pounds.

- Maddie Poppe is named the winner of the 2018 season of American Idol. Their first winner since the show went back on air after a hiatus.

- Monty Python actor Michael Palin visited North Korea for his new travel series.


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