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 2021-08-23 14:20 

Manila Standard

Ex-DBM exec summoned over face-mask purchases...

Former Budget and Management Undersecretary Lloyd Christopher Lao was summoned by the Senate Blue Ribbon committee to attend its probe into the purchase of allegedly overpriced face masks and face shields....

 2021-08-23 14:10 

Manila Standard

Immigration eases alien's entry or exit...

Foreigners registered with the Bureau of Immigration will soon be able to enter or exit the country with more ease as a result of the upcoming integration of the bureau's automated travel control system at the ports with its database of issued alien c...

 2021-08-23 13:45 

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Youth group, DepEd, USAID launch '2DModule Legends' radio-based learning system in Albay...

The Albay Youth Organizations, Inc. (TAYO Inc.) has launched a broadcast-based education system to "make distance learning more equitable for all" as the pandemic continues to disrupt face-to-face classes, harnessing support from local, national a...

 2021-08-23 11:10 

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China reports zero local virus cases...

China reported no new domestic coronavirus cases Monday, and Beijing appears poised to bring to heel the pandemic's most serious resurgence in months---driven by the highly contagious Delta variant---with mass testing and targeted lockdowns....

 2021-08-23 11:00 

Manila Standard

At least 21 dead in flooding in US state of Tennessee...

Devastating floods after record rainfall in the southern US state of Tennessee have left at least 21 people dead and at least 20 more missing, local officials said in what they warned was a preliminary toll....

 2021-08-23 10:40 

Manila Standard

Deadly firefight at Kabul airport as US boosts airlift...

Western security forces were involved in an exchange of fire with unidentified gunmen Monday at Kabul airport, as US President Joe Biden sought to speed up the chaotic evacuation of tens of thousands of people from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan....

 2021-08-23 10:30 

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VP Harris vows 'enduring US engagement' in Asia...

Vice President Kamala Harris vowed "enduring engagement" in Asia on Monday, offering reassurances of Washington's commitment to the region following the United States' withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Taliban takeover....

 2021-08-23 05:38 

Manila Standard

New Zealand to stay in lockdown, outbreak 'yet to peak'...

New Zealand extended a national Covid-19 lockdown Monday, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern saying a Delta variant outbreak has yet to peak....

 2021-08-23 05:10 

Manila Standard

China reports zero local virus cases as Delta outbreak retreats...

China reported no new domestic coronavirus cases Monday, and Beijing appears poised to bring to heel the pandemic's most serious resurgence in months -- driven by the highly contagious Delta variant -- with mass testing and targeted lockdowns....

 2021-08-23 03:30 

Manila Standard

Bitcoin jumps above $50,000 for first time since May...

Bitcoin broke back above $50,000 on Monday for the first time in three months as investors piled back into the cryptocurrency on bargain-buying....

 2021-08-23 03:00 

Manila Standard

Bolivian ex-president Anez 'stable' after suicide bid in jail...

Jailed Bolivian ex-president Jeanine Anez was in "stable" condition Sunday after she tried to kill herself when prosecutors charged her with "genocide" over 2019 protesters' deaths, an official said....

 2021-08-23 02:30 

Manila Standard

PayPal to let UK users buy, hold and sell cryptocurrency...

PayPal on Monday said it will this week begin to allow users in Britain to buy, hold and sell cryptocurrency through the online payment platform for the first time....

 2021-08-23 02:00 

Manila Standard

Biden hopes to end Afghan airlift on time as Taliban blame US for chaos...

US President Joe Biden said Sunday he still hopes to finalize the dramatic evacuation of tens of thousands of people from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan by August 31, as the Islamists blamed Washington for harrowing scenes of chaos and despair at the airp...

 2021-08-23 01:30 

Manila Standard

OPEC chief makes first trip to oil-rich Congo...

OPEC chief Mohammad Barkindo arrived in Congo late Sunday in the first-ever visit by a head of the powerful cartel to the oil-rich African country where crude constitutes the primary source of income, the Congolese hydrocarbons ministry said....

 2021-08-23 01:00 

Manila Standard

At least 21 dead in flooding in US state of Tennessee...

Devastating floods in the southern US state of Tennessee have left at least 16 people dead and dozens missing, local officials said Sunday in what they warned was a preliminary toll....

 2021-08-23 00:30 

Manila Standard

Egypt closing Rafah crossing with Gaza: Palestinians...

Egypt has told Gaza authorities it will close the Rafah border crossing from Monday, a spokesman for the Palestinian enclave's Hamas government said....

 2021-08-23 00:00 

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Hezbollah chief pledges more Iranian fuel for Lebanon...

The head of Hezbollah in Lebanon on Sunday promised that deliveries of Iranian fuel would arrive "in the days to come" to help solve the beleaguered country's dire shortages....

 2021-08-22 23:30 

Manila Standard

Haiti quake toll rises as gangs hamper aid efforts...

The death toll in the major earthquake that struck Haiti on August 14 has risen to 2,207, authorities said Sunday, as attacks on aid convoys have complicated efforts to bring relief to survivors....

 2021-08-22 23:00 

Manila Standard

Taliban says 'hundreds' of fighters head for holdout valley...

The Taliban said on Sunday that "hundreds" of its fighters were heading to the Panjshir Valley, one of the few parts of Afghanistan not yet controlled by the group....

 2021-08-22 22:30 

Manila Standard

Vandals snatch iron cross from Israel church: official...

Vandals have stolen a cross from outside a church in northern Israel where Christians believe Jesus performed the miracle of the loaves and fishes, a church official said Saturday....

 2021-08-22 17:10 

Manila Standard

What's next? Manny's career at a crossroads...

Manny Pacquiao, Filipino boxing superstar and senator, is at a crossroads in his career....

 2021-08-22 17:00 

Manila Standard

Magsayo kayoes Mexican, sets up title bout...

Filipino Mark Magsayo turned an imminent loss into an electrifying win, knocking out Mexico's Julio Ceja 50 seconds into the 10th round of their World Boxing Council featherweight title eliminator Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in the underca...

 2021-08-22 16:50 

Manila Standard

Octa's fearless forecast: 20,000 daily in 2 weeks...

Citing the continuing rise in the virus reproduction rate outside Metro Manila, the independent OCTA Research Group on Sunday said the country could see 20,000 fresh COVID-19 cases a day within two weeks....

 2021-08-22 16:40 

Manila Standard

3 vax makers wary of tripartite deals...

With international drug manufacturers still overwhelmed by new orders for the coronavirus vaccine, tripartite agreements for securing COVID-19 jabs have been put on hold, National Task Force Against COVID-19 spokesman Restituto Padilla said Sunday....

 2021-08-22 16:35 

Manila Standard

Hospital group threatens to cut ties with PhilHealth...

The bridge between the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth) and hospitals is bound to collapse, hospital and medical groups warned, after the state run insurance company temporarily suspended payments of claims to some health care providers....

 2021-08-22 16:30 

Manila Standard

Follow money trail to uncover corruption—solon...

The Office of the Ombudsman and Commission on Audit should follow the money trail of unutilized funds and savings to discover corruption in the government, Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate said on Sunday....

 2021-08-22 16:26 

Manila Standard

Pacquiao loses comeback bid...

Manny Pacquiao suffered a dramatic upset defeat Saturday at the hands of Cuba's Yordenis Ugas, who outclassed the Filipino boxing icon with a composed, unanimous points victory at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada....

 2021-08-22 15:50 

Manila Standard

Congress to work double time on priority measures...

After a two-week suspension due to the imposition of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila, Congress will work double time on pending priority measures as it returns to session today (Monday), Speaker Lord Allan Velasco said....

 2021-08-22 15:40 

Manila Standard

Marcos' plea to ease curbs on worship places hailed...

The appeal made by former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. to ease quarantine restrictions on the church and other places of worship raised hope for leaders of different church ministries....

 2021-08-22 15:30 

Manila Standard

Taal Volcano records 142 earthquakes...

Taal Volcano in Batangas has generated 142 volcanic earthquakes in the past 24 hours....

 2021-08-22 15:20 

Manila Standard

Graveyard shift: Robredo attends to virus referral calls personally...

Vice President Leni Robredo is attending personally to calls made through the Office of the Vice President's Bayanihan E-Konsulta on COVID-19 cases on a graveyard shift....

 2021-08-22 15:10 

Manila Standard

Villar Foundation webinars teach animal production...

The challenges brought about by the pandemic have prompted the Villar SIPAG Foundation to use social media platforms to connect and reach out to people in order to disseminate information and educate them on native animal production....

 2021-08-22 15:00 

Manila Standard

Social enterprise helps college dropouts earn degree...

Did you know that out of every 100 Filipinos who reach college eligibility age, only 23 will enter college? And of these 23, at least 19 will drop out in the first three years, 77 percent of them due to financial constraints? Of the four who will actually...

 2021-08-22 14:40 

Manila Standard

Hong Kong allows OFWs with BOQ cards to enter...

Filipino workers vaccinated in the Philippines will be allowed entry in Hong Kong starting Aug. 30 upon presentation of Bureau of Quarantine vaccination certificates, the Department of Labor and Employment announced on Sunday....

 2021-08-22 14:30 

Manila Standard

PNP-PDEA 'shoot-out' findings up by Aug. 31...

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Sunday said the National Bureau of Investigation is expected to complete this month its probe into the Philippine National Police-Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency shootout as the NBI is just finishing the tedious ev...

 2021-08-22 14:20 

Manila Standard

SC affirms 2 jail terms vs. Davao City drug dealer...

The Supreme Court has upheld the two jail terms imposed by the trial court and sustained by the Court of Appeals on the accused who was arrested for selling shabu to a police officer in a buy-bust operation in 2015....

 2021-08-22 14:10 

Manila Standard

Tax relief bill for schools needs corrective measure — Villafuerte...

Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Ray Villafuerte expressed confidence the Senate and Congress would work overtime to pass a corrective legislation defining the tax rates for proprietary schools and allowing them to enjoy a 1 percent preferential tax rate until Jun...

 2021-08-22 14:00 

Manila Standard

Coast Guard buying P12-b patrol boats...

The chairman of a House committee has endorsed the Philippine Coast Guard's plan to acquire two additional French-made high-endurance offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) at an estimated cost of P11.2 billion....

 2021-08-22 11:11 

Manila Standard

NCRPO chief Danao orders crackdown vs. illegal gambling...

Twenty-one persons were arrested as the National Capital Region Police Office intensified its crackdown operation against all forms of illegal gambling in Metro Manila....

 2021-08-22 10:30 

Manila Standard

Taliban inherit untapped $1T minerals trove...

The Taliban now hold the keys to an untouched trillion-dollar trove of minerals including some that could power the world's transition to renewable energies, but Afghanistan has long struggled to tap its vast deposits....

 2021-08-22 10:20 

Manila Standard

Israel strikes Gaza after border clashes...

Israeli warplanes bombed Gaza Saturday after clashes between its troops and Palestinian protesters left dozens injured, including an Israeli border policeman and a 13-year-old Palestinian boy who were both critically wounded....

 2021-08-22 10:10 

Manila Standard

Sri Lanka bans 'drunk driving' of elephants under new law...

Sri Lanka will issue captive elephants with their own biometric identity cards and ban their riders from drinking on the job under a wide-ranging new animal protection law....

 2021-08-22 10:00 

Manila Standard

Russian rocket launches 34 new satellites from UK operator Oneweb...

A Russian Soyuz rocket has blasted into space carrying 34 new satellites from British operator Oneweb, which aims to provide broadband internet everywhere in the world....

 2021-08-22 06:00 

Manila Standard

New Zealand queries virus approach as Delta outbreak grows...

New Zealand conceded its ambitious "COVID zero" elimination strategy may no longer be viable on Sunday as an outbreak of the virulent Delta variant spread further....

 2021-08-22 05:00 

Manila Standard

Afghans face 'impossible' race against time to flee Kabul...

Tens of thousands of Afghans were racing Sunday to flee their country as the United States warned of security threats at Kabul's chaotic airport and the European Union said it was "impossible" to evacuate everyone at risk from the Taliban....

 2021-08-22 04:30 

Manila Standard

Hurricane Henri bears down on US east coast...

A swath of the US East Coast, including New York City, was under alert Saturday, as storm Henri was upgraded to what could be the first hurricane in 30 years to hit New England....

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