Three dead, two missing under Belgium school collapse

Three construction workers were confirmed dead and two still missing on Saturday, a day after a school construction site partially collapsed in the Belgian city of Antwerp. The city’s fire department tweeted that three bodies had been found under the rubble. “Despite this terrible toll, the rescue work continues unabated until we are also able… Continue reading Three dead, two missing under Belgium school collapse

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Tokyo scraps Olympics public viewing sites

Tokyo will cancel all public Olympics viewing events in an effort to reduce the risk of coronavirus infections, the city governor said Saturday. Having postponed the Games for a year because of the pandemic, Japan has already banned overseas spectators — in an Olympics first — while reducing the number of participants, volunteers, and guests.… Continue reading Tokyo scraps Olympics public viewing sites

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Shooter Valdez hits Olympic spot

Shooter Jayson Valdez was right on target as he became the 12th Filipino to officially qualify in the Tokyo Olympics next month. The 25-year-old Valdez made the cut in the men’s air rifle 10-meter event through the quota system implemented by the Munich-based International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF). No less than Philippine Olympic Committee (POC)… Continue reading Shooter Valdez hits Olympic spot

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Remulla calls on Makabayan bloc to condemn NPA

House senior deputy majority leader Rep. Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla has called on his colleagues, particularly the members of the Makabayan Bloc, to condemn the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) for killing football varsity player Kieth Absalon and his cousin in Masbate. Remulla said he “couldn’t find any reason” why the Makabayan… Continue reading Remulla calls on Makabayan bloc to condemn NPA

Lochte’s Olympic career likely over after 200m medley defeat at trials

OMAHA, United States (AFP) — Ryan Lochte’s bid to make a fifth Olympic team ended in an emotional 200m medley defeat at the US trials on Friday, almost certainly bringing down the curtain on the 36-year-old’s Games career. “I still want to race,” Lochte said. “As far as another Olympic trials, I don’t know about… Continue reading Lochte’s Olympic career likely over after 200m medley defeat at trials

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Palestinians cancel deal to trade vaccine doses with Israel

The Palestinian Authority said Friday it canceled a swap deal that would have seen Israel provide it with one million Covid-19 jabs, as the doses were “about to expire”. Israeli officials earlier Friday had announced the deal, saying the Jewish state was to provide the doses to the Palestinian Authority as their expiry date loomed.… Continue reading Palestinians cancel deal to trade vaccine doses with Israel

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Wars uproot 82M

GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the number of people fleeing war and persecution continued rising last year, with global displacement climbing to over 82 million — double the figure a decade ago, the UN said Friday. A fresh report from the UN refugee agency showed global displacement figures swelled by around three… Continue reading Wars uproot 82M

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Biden, Xi meet soon

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — A top aide said Thursday that US President Joe Biden’s first foreign trip showed G7 and NATO unity in pushing back on Beijing but that Biden was also ready to meet his counterpart Xi Jinping. Jake Sullivan, the national security advisor, said there were no plans scheduled to meet Xi… Continue reading Biden, Xi meet soon

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