Thursday, January 11th, 2018


German court overturns acquittal of 'sharia police' Islamists

BERLIN, Germany –  A group of Islamists in Germany who formed a “sharia police” vigilante street patrol will face trial again after a court on Thursday, January 11, overturned an earlier acquittal. The ultra-conservatives had told Muslims to stay clear of alcohol, drugs, gambling, music, pornography and prostitution in the … Source: Politics

U.K. denies Assange diplomatic status after Ecuador request

LONDON, United Kingdom – Britain said on Thursday, January 11, it has denied a request by Ecuador to issue diplomatic status to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been living in the country’s London embassy since 2012. “The government of Ecuador recently requested diplomatic status for Mr Assange here in the … Source: Politics

LuxLeaks whistleblower's conviction quashed

LUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg – A Luxembourg court on Thursday, January 11, overturned the verdict against a “LuxLeaks” whistleblower who was convicted of leaking thousands of documents that revealed tax breaks for multinational firms. Luxembourg’s highest court rejected the conviction against former PricewaterhouseCoopers employee Antoine Deltour, who in March was handed a reduced … Source: Politics

Ricky Martin ties knot with partner Jwan Yosef

LOS ANGELES, USA – Singer Ricky Martin of “Livin’ la Vida Loca” fame announced Wednesday, January 10 he has married his partner of two years, Jwan Yosef. “I’m a husband,” the Puerto Rican singer told E! television without specifying the date of the wedding. “We’re doing a heavy party … Source: Politics

Philippines says deaths in vaccine row 'consistent with' dengue

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines said Thursday, January 11, that some of the 14 children who died after receiving a controversial vaccine showed signs of “severe dengue,” as investigators probe the drug whose use was suspended due to health concerns. More than 830,000 Filipino schoolchildren were injected with Sanofi’s Dengvaxia vaccine … Source: Politics

Pampanga court OKs transfer of cop in Jee Ick Joo case to PNP-AKG

ANGELES CITY, Philippines – A regional trial court judge here approved on Thursday, January 11, the request of Senior Police Officer 4 Roy Villegas to be transferred to the custody of the Philippine National Police-Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG). In the hearing on the two counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention … Source: Politics

[Right Of Way] The fault in our signs, part 1

Welcome to Right Of Way, a vlog about traffic, transport and road safety. Road safety advocate Vincent Lazatin talks about faulty road signs in the metro and how they could be improved. Have you seen any other faulty road signs in and out of the metro? Send them to … Source: Politics

Japanese crime boss held in Thailand after 'yakuza' tattoos go viral

BANGKOK, Thailand – A retired Japanese crime boss has been arrested in Thailand ending more than 14 years on the run after photos of his ‘yakuza’ tattoos and a missing little finger went viral. The fugitive, Shigeharu Shirai, 72, was arrested by a SWAT team on Wednesday, January 10, in the … Source: Politics

The effects of sexual harassment on children

MANILA, Philippines – Breaking your silence after being sexually harassed takes a lot of courage. Fil-Am Josiah Weihman took 14 years before he broke his silence on his  experience of sexual harassment  involving his former basketball coach Leo Arnaiz during his playing days in high school. (READ:  Baguio high school basketball coach accused of sexual harassment ) All those years, he felt he … Source: Politics

Radiohead denies filing lawsuit against Lana Del Rey

MANILA, Philippines – Contrary to earlier reports, Radiohead clarified it has not filed a lawsuit against Lana Del Rey for copyright infringement. The English rock band was earlier reported to be suing the pop star, supposedly demanding 100% of publishing royalties from her 2017 song “Get Free,” which sounds strikingly similar … Source: Politics