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Duterte daughter says has ‘running mate’ offers for poll
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Duterte daughter says has ‘running mate’ offers for poll

Duterte daughter says has 'running mate' offers for poll Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte arrives with daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio to attend the enthronement ceremony of Japan's Emperor Naruhito in Tokyo on Oct 22, 2019. (Carl Court/Pool via Reuters) MANILA: Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte's daughter has named several politicians, including her father's closest aide and preferred successor, whom she said have offered to run with her in next year's presidential election. Sara Duterte-Carpio, mayor of Davao City, is leading opinion polls but has yet to disclose her political plans ahead of the October deadline to file for candidacy. Mrs Duterte-Carpio, 43, said on Facebook that lawmakers Sherwin Gatchalian and Christopher "Bong" Go had "personally expressed their offer to run as...
The Latest: More U.S. first responders are dying of COVID-19
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The Latest: More U.S. first responders are dying of COVID-19

UNDATED -- The resurgence of COVID-19 this summer and the national debate over vaccine requirements have created a fraught situation for the United States’ first responders, who are dying in larger numbers but pushing back against mandates. It’s a stark contrast from the beginning of the vaccine rollout when first responders were prioritized for shots. The mandates affect tens of thousands of police officers, firefighters and others on the front lines across the country, many of whom are spurning the vaccine. That is happening despite mandates’ consequences that range from weekly testing to suspension to termination — even though the virus is now the leading cause of U.S. law enforcement line-of-duty deaths. According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, 132 members of law enforcement age
Hundreds of women have been killed during the pandemic. How B.C.’s inquiry could help tackle gender-based violence in Canada
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Hundreds of women have been killed during the pandemic. How B.C.’s inquiry could help tackle gender-based violence in Canada

Warning: This story includes details of gender-based violence. When the pandemic first hit Canada, Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS) immediately saw an increase in calls from concerned friends, relatives and neighbours of gender-based violence victims and survivors. There were even a few instances where youth called in, concerned about the violence their mothers were facing at the hands of their fathers, BWSS’ executive director, and a survivor of gender-based violence Angela Marie MacDougall observed. “When we’re talking about the numbers of killings that happen with in an intimate partner context, it’s very difficult to to think about that as a hate attack, because it’s so normalized,” MacDougall said. “The problem that we always have in trying to talk about this kind of violen
The Latest: Elders leader tells UN council to protect rights
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The Latest: Elders leader tells UN council to protect rights

UNITED NATIONS — Former Irish president Mary Robinson, who heads the group of prominent former leaders founded by Nelson Mandela, called on China and Russia especially to tell the Taliban that participation of women in Afghan society and the education of girls are “non-negotiable and must be respected.” Robinson recalled visiting Afghanistan in March 2002 as U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights and being with the then minister of women’s affairs and other Afghan women who had been active before the Taliban ruled from 1996-2001 when they drafted a charter of women’s rights. Now chair of The Elders, Robinson told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday this was “an important reminder that women’s rights are not Western rights — they are fundamental human rights that these Afghan women had
Big C targets Cambodia retail dominance with store blitz
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Big C targets Cambodia retail dominance with store blitz

Pictured from left are Thai ambassador to Cambodia Panyarak Poolthup, Cambodian Undersecretary of State Penn Sovicheat and Suwin Somsri, vice-president of Big C Cambodia, at the opening of the first Mini Big C store in Phnom Penh on Sept 5. Big C Supercenter Plc plans to increase investment to expand its retail business in Cambodia over the next five years. "With our five-year plan, we aim to become the No.1 retailer in Cambodia in terms of value, size and perception among Cambodian customers," said Gary Hardy, chief operating officer. Mr Hardy said the company is set to open hundreds of Big C stores in different sizes and formats, in Phnom Penh and other big cities such as Siem Reap and Battambang. The formats include hypermarkets, supermarkets and Mini Big Cs. While exact investment ...
US: pro-China media spreading misinformation about covid spread in world
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US: pro-China media spreading misinformation about covid spread in world

SAN FRANCISCO: A campaign spreading misinformation about the origin of covid-19 is being circulated in many platforms of different language. Defending the Chinese Government and blaming the US government for the transmission if coronavirus. Experts at security company FireEye and Alphabet´s Google said the operation was identified in 2019 as running hundreds of accounts in English and Chinese aimed at discrediting the Hong Kong democracy movement. The effort has broadened its mission and spread from Twitter, Facebook and Google to thousands of handles on dozens of sites around the world. This expansion suggests Chinese interests have made a deeper commitment to the sort of international propaganda techniques Russia has used for several years, experts said. Some of the new account
Fixing the US-China tech split
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Fixing the US-China tech split

Fixing the US-China tech split Heightened US-China tensions have raised the prospect of a deep global technology divide, potentially forcing other countries to choose which camp to join. There are plenty of grim scenarios involving irreconcilable splits between core technologies that power a wide range of products and services, from aircraft and automobiles to precision engineering for robotics and payment systems for e-commerce. Should these scenarios materialise, the world's two largest economies will pour huge amounts of resources into a zero-sum race to control technology's cutting edge. Both the United States and China understand the central role of technology in driving their economies and global development. They also know that mastering it, as well as safeguarding relevant intell...
‘What will happen to people left behind?’ Afghanistan’s future shaped by big questions
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‘What will happen to people left behind?’ Afghanistan’s future shaped by big questions

WASHINGTON—The departure of the last U.S. military plane from Afghanistan left the region facing uncertainty, with the Taliban seeking to cement control of a nation shattered by two decades of war and an economy long dependent on foreign aid and opium sales. Now the U.S., its allies, and adversaries including Russia and China must all regroup and assess how they’ll approach the Taliban, which swept to power with stunning speed as American and NATO troops withdrew over the summer. The chaos of the American withdrawal following the collapse of Ashraf Ghani’s government only underscores the country’s fragility and the daunting challenges that await. After evacuating some 120,000 people, the U.S. says it will look to help any Americans who remain in the country. Less certain is the fate of t
The Latest: Russia reports daily record of 820 virus deaths
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The Latest: Russia reports daily record of 820 virus deaths

MOSCOW — Russia reported a one-day record of 820 coronavirus deaths. The national coronavirus taskforce says the number of new daily infections reached 19,630. That follows a consistent ebb since the beginning of the month when 22,800 cases were reported. The previous record for deaths was 819 on Aug. 14. Russia has reported more than 6.8 million confirmed cases and 179,243 confirmed deaths. ___ MORE ON THE PANDEMIC: — U.S. may reach 100,000 more COVID-19 deaths by Dec. 1. — AP-NORC poll: Half of US workers favor vaccine, mask mandate in workplaces — Illinois Gov. Pritzker requires educators, health workers to get vaccine — U.S. virus surge breaks hospital records amid rising toll on kids ___ — Find more AP coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apne
Nualphan appointed first manager of national football team
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Nualphan appointed first manager of national football team

Nualphan appointed first manager of national football team Nualphan Lamsam, appointed the first manager of the men's national football team. (Photo: Football Association of Thailand) The Football Association of Thailand has appointed businesswoman Nualphan Lamsam the manager of the men's national team, after the War Elephants crumpled in the Asian qualifying round of the World Cup. The FAT said on Monday that Nualphan "Madam Pang" was well qualified for the post. She had steered the women's side to the final round of the Fifa World Cup twice when she was their manager. The Thai football governing body said it hoped she would replicate that success with the men's team. She will also manage the U-23 side. She would "restore the dignity of the Thai national team", the FAT announcement sa...