Duterte appoints Prospero de Vera as CHED OIC

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has named Commissioner Prospero de Vera III as officer-in-charge of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea announced De Vera’s appointment in a memorandum issue…

Trump proposes U.S. citizenship plan for 1.8M undocumented immigrants

WASHINGTON DC, USA – US President Donald Trump’s administration on Thursday, January 25, unveiled a sweeping new immigration plan to Congress that offers 1.8 million young unauthorized immigrants known as “Dreamers” a path to citizenship over 10-12 ye…

Ariane 5 satellites in orbit despite earlier ‘lost contact’

KOUROU, France (UPDATED) – Two commercial satellites have been successfully placed in orbit by an Ariane 5 rocket, Arianespace said Thursday, January 25, despite mission control briefly losing contact with the craft.
“Both satellites were confirmed se…

Brazil authorities prevent former leader Lula from leaving country

SAO PAULO, Brazil – Former Brazilian president Lula Inacio Lula da Silva, who was planning to travel to Ethiopia, was not allowed to leave the country, the justice ministry said Thursday, January 25, one day after an appeals court upheld his convictio…

Casey Affleck pulls out of Oscars presenting role

Los Angeles, United States — Scandal-hit Casey Affleck has withdrawn from presenting the best actress award at the Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the actor’s publicist told AFP on Thursday.
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Disney star arrested over armed robberies

Los Angeles, United States — Former Disney actor Adam Hicks was behind bars on Thursday in connection with a series of early-morning armed street robberies in the Los Angeles suburb of Burbank, police said.
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UP-MSI defends China’s permit to study PH eastern seaboard

MANILA, Philippines – The University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute (UP-MSI) defended its collaboration with a Chinese firm to survey the country’s eastern seaboard, a project that Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio had…

John Lloyd on int’l nod: It utterly blew my mind

John Lloyd Cruz believes this latest blessing, a nomination for best supporting actor from the International Cinephile Society, is personally and professionally significant—if only for the chance to be mentioned in the same breath as an Oscar-winning l…