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Centre terms 18 individuals as terrorists under UAPA: Check who they are

Some of these terrorists have been a part of the major attacks the country has ever seen such 26/11 Mumbai attacks (2008), attack on the Akshardham Temple (2002), Parliament attack of 2001 and Mumbai blasts of 1993. The list also includes terrorist who have carried out attacks in Kashmir.

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Malaysia reports 835 new coronavirus cases, two deaths

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia's health ministry reported 835 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, raising the total to 28,640 infections.

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DoE enforces moratorium on new coal power developments

To force the country into ‘clean energy’ transition, the Department of Energy (DOE) has enforced moratorium on new coal-fired power plant projects. But it’s not time for the clean energy advocates to pop the champagne bottle yet, because the DoE qualified the moratorium will not cover projects that are already endorsed; or those that have already secured permits including environmental compliance certificates (ECCs) from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). The cessation of coal plant developments, according to Energy Undersecretary Felix William Fuentebella, will stay until the country will not be in need of additional baseload capacity. “We need to prepare for the influx of RE (renewable energy) under the recent policies issued by the DOE. Hence the need for more flexibility,” Fuentebella said. Essentially, in the next wave of power developments, the energy department is setting preferential treatments for RE technologies, but with a caveat that the moratorium is rather half-baked because this will only stay until the next baseload capacity additions are needed. And based on forecasts, the need for baseload capacity in the biggest power grid of Luzon in particular will be until year 2024 – a timeframe that is not covered anymore by this current administration. Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi declared that based on the department’s assessment, there is already a paramount need “for the country to shift to a more flexible power supply mix.” He said “this would help build a more sustainable power system that will be resilient in the face of structural changes in demand and will be flexible enough to accommodate the entry of new, cleaner, and indigenous technological innovations.” Nevertheless, the department cannot categorically lay down at this point which coal projects are in the scope of the moratorium – it just noted that the coverage would be the developments yet to be proposed. In the DOE’s list of indicative and committed power projects, there are still array of shovel-ready coal plant projects that already secured the endorsements of the DoE – and some are even classified as “energy projects of national significance.” The energy chief said “while we have initially embraced a technology neutral policy, our periodic assessment of our country’s energy requirements is paving the way for innovative adaptations in our policy direction.” Cusi stressed the moratorium on the endorsements for greenfield coal power plants “are but among the innovative policies that the DOE will be implementing.” He emphasized that as the energy department re-evaluates “the appropriateness of our current energy mix vis-a-vis our energy goals, I am optimistic that this would lead to more opportunities for RE to figure prominently in our country’s energy future.”

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UK coronavirus LIVE: London sees 13,000 weekly Covid cases as Boris Johnson urged for 'roadmap' out of lockdown

Boris Johnson is under pressure from scores of Conservative MPs to detail a “road-map out of lockdown” as more people in England come under the toughest coronavirus restrictions. The Prime Minister has been warned by a group of 50 Tory backbenchers representing northern constituencies that the pandemic is threatening his election pledge to “level-up” the country. Meanwhile, Covid-19 is spreading across London with more than 13,000 cases in a week , according to official figures. They also show that six of the ten boroughs with the highest coronavirus rates are now in west London. It comes as a study revealed a decline in protective antibodies among the general population since mid-July. Research by Imperial College London estimated just 4.4 per cent of adults had some form of immunity against Covid-19 in September, compared with six per cent between June 20 and July 13. Follow our live updates below...

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BP reports 3Q earnings plunge amid falling demand

BP plc says third-quarter earnings plunged 96% as the COVID-19 pandemic reduced energy prices and demand

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Juggling act: Tips for balancing remote work and home life in 2020

By Chris Taylor NEW YORK - Any remote worker can tell you how office demands have invaded the home in

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Fake news spread on WhatsApp to Indian Americans plays stealth role in U.S. election

By Paresh Dave OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - New Jersey tech entrepreneur Arun Bantval is U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden's top

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Lacson cautions AFP general on public statements

Senator Panfilo M. Lacson, chairman of the Senate national defense committee, said today Lieutenant General Antonio Parlade Jr. is one Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) officer who is dedicated to the accomplishment of his mission to end the half-century-old insurgency problem. Parlade’s only fault, however, is that he over-analyzes and over-talks, with some of his public statements threatening to affect his mission, Lacson, a former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, pointed out. The AFP’s officer was called out for ‘’advising’’ entertainment celebrity Lisa Soberano to distance herself from a supposed leftist organization. Parlade cited to her an incident where a university female student, alleged member of that organization, was killed in a recent anti-insurgency operation in Batangas. Lacson said that under the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, only the court could proscribe a group like the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) as a terrorist organization. On the other hand, the purpose of surveillance work is defeated when the subject becomes aware that he is being tailed, he said. Lacson said a little prudence and self-discipline on Parlade’s part would help.

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Biden makes play for red states in final days of campaign as Trump narrows his focus

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's campaign is making a late push into deeper-red states in the final week before the 2020 election, chasing a number of possible paths to 270 electoral votes while President Donald Trump focuses on defending a narrower set of states that he won four years ago but where polls show he now trails.

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Local elections in Ukraine were free - ENEMO

The October 25 local elections in Ukraine were generally free, competitive, and well-administered, according to Zlatko Vujovic, Head of the ENEMO International Election Observation Mission to Ukraine for the Local Elections.

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House transmits approved 2021 budget to the Senate

The House of Representatives transmitted to the Senate on Tuesday its approved version of the P4.506 trillion 2021 General Appropriations Bill, containing bigger funding for the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines and the distribution of another round of social amelioration program financial assistance to families severely affected by the pandemic. Speaker Lord Allan Velasco said the Lower House was a day early in transmitting the copy of the budget measure. Deputy Speaker and 1Pacman Parytlist Rep. Mikee Romero and other key leaders of the Lower House aired confidence that with the transmittal of the House-approved budget measure to the Senate, the feared re-enactment of the 2020 GAA to be applied for 2021 may no longer be a cause for worry. The proposed budget law contained amendments that were agreed upon by the so-called “small committee”, a bipartisan group empowered by the chamber to introduce changes to the measure. Headed by ACT CIS Partylist Rep. Eric Go Yap, chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, the small committee has reportedly agreed unanimously to increase original allocations for the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines and the improvement of health facilities in the country. “We increased the allocation for the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines by more than three-fold to cover more Filipinos. We also provided extra allocation for the facilities enhancement program of the Department of Health to help improve the country’s health care system,” said Velasco. In the proposed National Expenditure Program submitted by the Department of Budget and Management, COVID-19 vaccine procurement for 2021 will get only P2.5 billion. The House amendment proposed P7.5 billion, which is P2.5 over the original proposed amendment discussed by the small committee. “This record-high budget was designed to further strengthen government response and stimulate economic recovery in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic,” said Velasco in a statement. “Not only did we pass the proposed 2021 national budget in a timely, constitutional and legal manner, we also made sure that next year’s spending plan will be more reflective and responsive to the needs of the people amid the worst public health crisis in a generation,” the Marinduque solon said. According to Velasco, the House-approved 2021 GAA also grants the Department of Labor and Employment additional funding to aid workers displaced as a result of the adverse economic effects of the pandemic. The House leader also disclosed that the Department of Social Welfare and Development will get additional allocation for another round of financial assistance to families affected by the pandemic. Said Velasco: “The House could not have done it without its hardworking and dedicated members, including the Secretariat, who worked till the wee hours of the morning on a number of occasions to ensure that we pass a budget that is fair, equitable, timely and responsive to the needs of the country as we fight this very serious public health and economic crisis.” Aside from the DOLE and DSWD, the Lower House small committee had discussed granting the Philippine National Oil Corporation and Energy Regulatory Commission additional P400 million and P100 million each. A P2 billion increase was sought for the Health Facilities and Equipment program while P2 billion more was sought to be added to the 2021 budget of the Philippine National Police.

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Relic: ‘Deeply creepy’ horror film hailed as scariest of the year gets release date

The horror film billed as the scariest of 2020 so far finally has a release date in the US. The news comes after Relic – starring Robyn Neven, Emily Mortimer and Bella Heathcote – was acquired by IFC Midnight. The film, which made waves at Sundance Film Festival in January, follows a daughter and granddaughter’s search for their mother and grandmother Edna after she goes missing from their remote family home. When she returns, though, a sinister presence begins taking control of her. Relic is the debut of Japanese-Australian director Natalie Erika James, and following its premiere at the Utah festival, the film scored rave reviews from “stunned” critics. Variety called Relic “deeply creepy”, writing that the film – which is drawing comparisons to Hereditary and The Babadook – sets the bar high for horror films in 2020. Bloody Disgusting said the film presents a “bone-chilling depiction of dementia”. Jake Gyllenhaal serves as a producer on the film alongside Riva Marker. Relic will be released in the US on 10 July, and a UK release date is yet to be announced. Read more How torture porn and Scary Movie killed off the J-horror remake Why do TV reboots lead to our favourite ensembles hating each other? BBC’s Normal People is a perfect adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel

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Borat 2: Tutar babysitter Jeanise Jones says she feels ‘betrayed’ by film

A professional babysitter who makes an emotional appearance in Borat 2 has said she feels “betrayed” by the film. Jeanise Jones, 62, features in a number of scenes in Sacha Baron Cohen’s comedy sequel, as she is recruited to babysit Tutar (Maria Bakalova), the 15-year-old daughter of Borat (Baron Cohen). Jones and Tutar strike up a bond, with Jones teaching Tutar that she should not undergo plastic surgery purely at her father’s behest, and providing wisdom about being a woman in the world. Jones has now revealed that she did not know who Baron Cohen was when she was asked to participate in the film, which she was told was a documentary about women’s rights. She has also said that she believed Tutar was a real person who may have been sold into the sex trade. “I’m feeling like she’s from the Third World and that kind of stuff does happen where they sell women,” Jones told Page Six. “I’m thinking this is for real so I felt kind of betrayed by it.” She continued: “They told me it was a documentary for this young lady to understand she has rights and she can do whatever a man can do. I felt pain for her and tried [to see] if there’s any way we can get through to her that she doesn’t need to do all that.” Jones was found by the Borat 2 production team through the Oklahoma church in which she volunteers, and was paid $3,600 (£2,600) to participate. She shot scenes for the film in her Oklahoma home, and was later flown out by the film’s producers to Washington, where she filmed more scenes. Jones said that she only discovered the truth about Borat 2 when she was shown a trailer for the film in early October, and that she and many within her church were genuinely concerned for Tutar’s welfare when they believed she was a real person. “We were up there praying for her and asking God to help her and we were doing what we thought was the Christian thing to do,” Jones recalled. While newcomer Bakalova has not yet spoken about her work in the film, Baron Cohen has insisted she receive Oscar attention for her performance. Read more Nick Frost on coronavirus, loss and Truth Seekers Kazakhstan adopts Borat catchphrase as tourism slogan: ‘Very nice!’ Dwayne Johnson tastes own blood after gym injury in bizarre video

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Relic: One of 2020's scariest films is being released this week

The new horror billed as one of the scariest films of 2020 is finally getting released in the UK. The new chiller, which made waves at Sundance Film Festival in January, follows a daughter and granddaughter’s search for their mother and grandmother Edna after she goes missing from their remote family home. When she returns, though, a sinister presence begins taking control of her. Relic is the debut of Japanese-Australian director Natalie Erika James, and following its premiere at the Utah festival, the film scored rave reviews from “stunned” critics. It stars Emily Mortimer, Bella Heathcote and Robyn Neven as Edna. Variety called Relic “deeply creepy”, writing that the film – which has drawn comparisons to Hereditary and The Babadook – set the bar high for horror films in 2020. Radio Times called it “genuinely terrifying” in its review. Jake Gyllenhaal serves as a producer on the film alongside Riva Marker. Relic will be available to view in select UK cinemas and on download from 30 October. Read more How torture porn and Scary Movie killed off the J-horror remake Ghoulish mystery The Sister is ideal Halloween viewing Nick Frost on coronavirus, loss and Truth Seekers

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'Baptism by fire' for newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Barrett

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Newly confirmed conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett faces a barrage of

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There’s A Lot More Shady Info About The Death Of JoAnn Romain Than We Saw On Unsolved Mysteries

The fifth episode of the newest installment of true crime series Unsolved Mysteries introduces viewers (and amateur detectives) to the cold case of JoAnn Romain, a Michigan woman who disappeared after a church service and was found dead two months later. The police declared the case a death by suicide, but Romain’s children are convinced otherwise. And new details that weren’t discussed in the episode might actually support their suspicions of foul play.

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Huawei CFO's lawyers set to grill witnesses as U.S. extradition case resumes

By Tessa Vikander and Moira Warburton VANCOUVER/TORONTO (Reuters) - The second day of witness testimony in the extradition case of

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Tricycle driver dead in Abra town gun attack

BAGUIO CITY--A tricycle driver was killed in the town of Peñarrubia, Abra province when unidentified assailants shot him while he was on his way home late on Monday (Oct. 26), according to police.Investigators said the victim, Felipe Ablog Belena Jr., 39, of the village of Malamsit, was with his daughter and mother in his tricycle when he was attacked.Belena’s daughter and mother were unhurt. The mother was cited by police as saying the gunmen shot her son repeatedly until the tricycle slammed into a wall on the road.Belena suffered gunshot wounds in the head and abdomen and was pronounced dead at the hospital.Police have yet to determine the motive for the attack.

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Esperon slams calls for dismantling the NTF-ELCAC

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. on Tuesday lambasted Left-leaning lawmakers and organizations who want the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) to be dismantled after one of its officials was accused of red-tagging. “In the strongest terms, I denounce the personalities that claim to be ‘progressive’ and are calling for the dismantling of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict,” Esperon, who also serves as the vice chairman of the anti-communist task force, said in a statement. Aside from this, Esperon also hit back at the task force’s critics who want to defund the Barangay Development Program (BDP), a counter-insurgency plan which aims to deliver various government programs in conflict-afflicted and geographically isolated areas that are freed from the influence of the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army (CPP-NPA). Calls for the dismantling of the NTF-ELCAC originated from Bayan Muna Partylist Reps. Carlos Zarate and Ferdinand Gaite last week. They want the anti-communist task force to be dissolved after one of its spokespersons, Lieutenant General Antonio Parlade Jr., was embroiled in a red-tagging controversy involving some celebrities. “We have here a task force that is only spreading lies, disinformation, and fake news that would be funded by around P19 billion of taxpayers’ money that could have been allocated to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, give aid to those left jobless by the pandemic, and help our agriculture,” said Zarate. “Why waste hard-earned money on this fake news agency and just dismantle it?” he added. But Esperon rebutted Zarate and Gaite as he explained that the NTF-ELCAC follows a two-track strategic framework to accomplish their mission of eradicating communist insurgency. He said the first track focuses on the political, economic, and socio-cultural impact of NPA rebellion to address the primary issues and root causes of insurgency and the development of strong institutions in the communities. He said part of the NTF-ELCAC’s proposed P19-billion fund for 2021 will be used to build and provide farm-to-market roads, school buildings, water and sanitation system, national greening program, health stations, electrification, crops, livestock and fisheries, interconnectivity, and livelihood and skills trainings in 822 NPA-cleared barangays under the Barangay Development Program. On the other hand, he said that the second track tackles peace engagement, law enforcement, and military tactics to invite communist rebels to return to the fold of the law, delegitimize insurgents, and conduct sustained military operations against the CPP-NPA. “We, in the NTF-ELCAC, do not stand in the way of advocacies for the rights of vulnerable sectors. In fact, these are exactly what we want for our society — the opportunity for women to be heard, to protect our children from armed conflict, to provide sustainable development solutions to poverty and the health crisis,” Esperon emphasized. “This BDP belies the accusation of Congressman Zarate that the task force is only for ‘spreading lies, disinformation, and fake news’ that would be funded with P19 billion. The impact of COVID-19 pandemic, in fact, magnifies the urgency of delivering these initiatives to the communities,” he said. The controversy stemmed from Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade’s warning to actress Liza Soberano to distance herself from Gabriela Women’s Party, a progressive group advocating for women’s rights. Soberano participated in an online forum organized by the Gabriela’s youth sector, which was linked by Parlade to the CPP-NPA. The group has denied the military general’s allegation, although many former Gabriela youth members had been killed in encounters, fighting on the side of the NPA rebels. Parlade also issued the same warning to Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray, while accusing actress Angel Locsin and her sister, Angela “Ella” Colmenares, and their uncle, former Bayan Muna Partylist Rep. Neri Colmenares, of ties to the underground movement. They all denied these claims, even as General Parlade, commander of the AFP Southern Luzon Command, cited evidence that Ella had joined the NPA on Polillo Island, Quezon and returned only to legal life when she gave birth. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana had cautioned Parlade from accusing any individual of ties to communist groups unless he has a solid evidence. Meanwhile, Jose Maria “Joma” Sison, founding chairman of the CPP, criticized Parlade and Lorenzana for supposedly branding activists and advocates as “terrorists.” “In their excessive zeal to witch hunt and red-tag legal democratic organizations and personalities, Lorenzana and Parlade exposed their ignorance of the NDFP [National Democratic Front of the Philippines] table of organizations,” Sison said. Sison said Parlade, Lorenzana, and the rest of the NTF-ELCAC are bent on using the rule of “guilt by association” under the “catch-all pretext of anti-terrorism” to “incriminate any person in any kind of criminal offense while doing away with the principle of due process.”

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Duterte enjoys highest support among top PH officials

President Duterte garnered majority support and high performance rating among top government officials, a survey from the WR Numero Research showed. The survey, conducted from October 12 to 17, 2020 among 5,000 respondents found that among the top five government officials in the Philippines, the President received the highest support at 54 percent and 22 percent moderate support. WR Numero Research said that eight percent have low support and 10 percent said they do not support the President at all. For Vice President Leni Robredo, 11 percent expressed high support while 21 percent have low support, and 31 percent had no support at all. There were 17 percent who had moderate support; while 20 percent were unsure. Senate President Tito Sotto, on the other hand, received mostly moderate support at 37 percent while 23 percent said they have high support towards him; 13 percent expressed low support, while six percent said they do not support him at all. WR Numero Research said that similar to Sotto, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano also received mostly moderate support at 30 percent and high support at 16 percent. Meanwhile, he received low support at 18 percent and 14 percent expressed no support at all. Lastly, Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta received mostly an unsure response at 48 percent; 28 percent and eight percent expressed moderate and high support, respectively. 11 percent said they have low support towards him, while five percent does not support him at all. On the other hand, among government agencies, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) received the highest support at 32 percent and moderate support at 26 percent, followed by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) at 26 percent high support and 28 percent moderate support. WR Numero Research said that most of the respondents are unsure on the level of support they have for various government agencies. Meanwhile, in terms of the level of happiness towards the performance of top government officials in the fulfillment of their respective duties, President Duterte received mostly positive results with 50 percent saying they are very happy and 23 percent said they are happy, while 10 percent and 12 percent said they are unhappy and very unhappy, respectively. On the performance of Robredo, 17 percent are happy and 10 percent said they are very happy while 57 percent are at least unhappy, with 35 percent very unhappy. WR Numero Research said that respondents are at least happy towards Sotto’s performance at 59 percent, with 22 percent saying they are very happy;12 percent are unhappy and seven percent are very unhappy. Most respondents are also happy towards the performance of Cayetano as House Speaker at 30 percent, while16 percent said they are very happy; 33 percent are at least unhappy towards his performance. Lastly, half of the respondents are unsure towards the performance of Peralta as Chief Justice; 25 percent are happy and eight percent are very happy; only 17 percent are at least unhappy. More than a third of respondents are very unhappy towards the performance of the Department of Health, while they are very happy towards the performance of the AFP. Most respondents are unsure towards the other government agencies included in the survey. WR Numero Research gathered the data for this report through a mobile app-based survey using quota sampling of 5,000 Filipino adult respondents nationwide.

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Australian winemakers look past China, U.S. woes and toast the home market

By Stefica Nicol Bikes and Byron Kaye POKOLBIN, Australia (Reuters) - Faced with sluggish sales to top export markets, virtually

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GDS Poised to Raise $1.67 Billion in Hong Kong Listing

(Bloomberg) -- Data center company GDS Holdings Ltd. has raised HK$12.9 billion ($1.67 billion) in its Hong Kong second listing,

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Big Tech earnings approach under antitrust cloud

By Noel Randewich (Reuters) - Apple , Alphabet , Amazon and Facebook , together accounting for about a fifth of

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Love Is Blind‘s Mark, Who We Only Met This Year, Is Expecting His First Child

Remember Love is Blind? It might be a little hard to recall — 2020 has basically lasted for ten years — but the Netflix show paired up perfect strangers in holy matrimony to test how important looks are to romance. Love did in fact prove to be blind for a few participants on the fascinating series, but Mark Cuevas walked away heartbroken and single. Fortunately, he’s found his special someone, and they’ve got an important update to share with the world: they’re expecting a baby!

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5 things to know for October 27: SCOTUS, coronavirus, election, China, NASA

Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day.

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