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Philippines’ PLDT says its digital unit may bring in a Chinese partner

MANILA (Reuters) – PLDT Inc, one of only two wireless carriers in the Philippines, said on Monday its digital applications unit could bring in a Chinese partner and even PLDT itself is open to tying up with a mainland firm. The comments by PLDT Chairman Manuel Pangilinan come as a shakeup looms for the Philippine telecoms industry amid a rising Chinese presence. Pangilinan said a Chinese company was likely to come in as a strategic partner for PLDT unit Voyager Innovations, which builds technology platforms and products for financial servicesRead More


Alpine skiing: Rebensburg wins World Cup giant slalom title

(Reuters) – Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg won her second World Cup race of the season on Saturday when she beat American favorite Mikaela Shiffrin in the giant slalom in Killington, Vermont. Nov 25, 2017; Killington, VT, USA; Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany during the first run of the women’s giant slalom race in the 2017 Audi FIS alpine skiing World Cup at Killington Resort. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports Rebensburg, the 2010 Olympic champion in the giant slalom, expanded the lead she had established on her opening run on the SuperstarRead More


Police make an arrest for the murder of Christa Worthington: Part 6 Video – Sharing #ABC #News Feed

Transcript for Police make an arrest for the murder of Christa Worthington: Part 6 Christa Worthington, found stabbed to death in her home. Shy had been with her mother’s body more than 24 hours. Secrets, sex and money. That was all in the story. There were so many different possible suspects. This case almost becomes a game of clue. Who do the police on? Nobo. They arrest somebody that no one would have expected. It’s like he came out of nowhere. I think there is so much mystery that stillRead More


Exclusive – State Dept. revolt: Tillerson accused of violating U.S. law on child soldiers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A group of about a dozen U.S. State Department officials have taken the unusual step of formally accusing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of violating a federal law designed to stop foreign militaries from enlisting child soldiers, according to internal government documents reviewed by Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks to staff members at the U.S. Mission to the U.N. in Geneva, Switzerland October 26, 2017. REUTERS/Alex Brandon/Pool/File Photo A confidential State Department “dissent” memo not previously reported said Tillerson breached the ChildRead More


Babies learn what words mean before they can use them

(Reuters Health) – Babies begin to learn words and what they mean well before they begin talking, and researchers are beginning to understand how they do it. ”I think it’s especially intriguing that we find evidence that for infants, even their early words aren’t ‘islands’: even with a very small vocabulary they seem to have a sense that some words and concepts are more ‘similar’ than others,” Dr. Elika Bergelson from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina told Reuters Health by email. “While they still have a lot to learn beforeRead More


Bonn talks test global resolve to fix climate, without Trump

OSLO (Reuters) – Governments will try to bolster a 2015 pact to combat climate change at annual talks in Germany from Monday strained by President Donald Trump’s plan to pull out and instead promote the U.S. coal and oil industries. Children are seen during climate march prior to the opening session of the COP23 UN Climate Change Conference 2017, hosted by Fiji but held in Bonn, in World Conference Center Bonn, Germany, November 6, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, who will preside at the Nov. 6-17 talksRead More


Going ape: new orangutan species identified in Sumatra

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Scientists have identified a new species of great ape on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, finding that a small population of orangutans inhabiting its Batang Toru forest merits recognition as the third species of these shaggy reddish tree dwellers. A photo of Pongo tapanuliensis, identified as a new species of orangutan is shown, found on the Indonesian island of Sumatra where a small population inhabit its Batag Toru forest, according to researchers November 2, 2017. Courtesy Andrew Walmsley/Handout via REUTERS Researchers said on Thursday these orangutans boastRead More


Typhoon Lan heads out to sea, leaves three dead and flooding

TOKYO (Reuters) – A rapidly weakening typhoon Lan made landfall in Japan on Monday, setting off landslides and flooding that prompted evacuation orders for tens of thousands of people, but then headed out to sea after largely sparing the capital, Tokyo. A collapsed road is seen following torrential rain caused by typhoon Lan in Kishiwada, Japan in this photo taken by Kyodo on October 23, 2017. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS Three people were reported killed, hundreds of plane flights canceled, and train services disrupted in the wake of Lan, whichRead More


What are the secret John F. Kennedy assassination files set for release? – Sharing #ABC #News Feed

President Donald Trump said he will allow the public release of thousands of long-secret documents about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy 54 years ago. Interested in JFK? Add JFK as an interest to stay up to date on the latest JFK news, video, and analysis from ABC News. A White House official said later that the release of the files could be held up if national security or law enforcement agencies believe that is necessary. Unless the president formally objects to the release of the documents, they willRead More


Latest Republican assault on healthcare would punish older Americans

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Republicans’ battle to repeal Obamacare is starting to look less like warfare and more like a game of whack-a-mole. Each time a draconian plan pops up, advocates for healthcare and seniors – and grassroots opponents – grab their mallets and pound them back into their holes. And so it should be with the latest nightmarish repeal and replace plan, Graham-Cassidy. The plan would slash federal healthcare funding to states by $215 billion through 2026, and more than $4 trillion over a 20-year period, according to AvalereRead More