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Your World in 10 - November 7, 2012 Edition

USvote

1. American voters turn out in full force, tense wait as votes are counted



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Voters turned out in full force on Tuesday, November 6 in the hotly contested US presidential election. Freezing-point temperatures in Chicago and the threat of thunderstorms in Florida did little to stop voters from coming out in record numbers. With incumbent President Barack Obama and Republican bet Mitt Romney neck and neck going in to those polls, all eyes are on the results in battle ground states Virginia, Florida and Ohio. Both candidates picked up early wins in states traditionally loyal to their parties but it decisions in swing states remain to close to call.


Read more on Rappler.




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2. Filipinos and the US Elections



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While the Philippines tunes in to the 2012 US Presidential elections with much interest, Filipino-Americans could play a vital role in the outcome of the elections. About 700,000 Filipinos in the US are eligible to vote. Based on the 2012 National Asian American survey 27% of FIlAms are Republicans, 24% are Democrats while 45% are Non-Partisan. Based on voting behavior 38% of FilAms are expected to vote for Mitt Romney, 32% for Barack Obama. For the complete picture refer Rappler's Infographic.




Syrian war

3. UK to open talks with rebels



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The UK will step up and take a bolder position in the Syrian crisis. British foreign secretary William Hague is set to open talks with militant opposition groups in Syria during a visit to a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan on Wednesday. The decision will be announced during a conference in Doha, Qatar as part of Hague's tour of the Middle East. Prime MInister David Cameron is expected to publicly declare his support for the move. Earlier Cameron stated that he would be prepared to allow safe passage to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in reaction to what he called an "appalling slaughter."


Read more on the Guardian.




Democratic reform

4. Chinese President proposes democratic reforms in Communist Party



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Delegates of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China have started arriving in Beijing for the process that will result in a selection their new leader. In a surprising and unprecedented development, outgoing President Hu Jintao is proposing that Congress selects new members of its Politburo - the communist party's executive committee - via an election. A source tells Reuters, "Hu wants intra-party democracy to be one of his legacies." The vote is said to boost the legitimacy of the communist party in the eyes of the public.


Read more on Reuters.




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5. Putin fires defense minister over corruption scandal



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Russian President Vladimir Putin fired his Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov Tuesday, November 6 following a corruption scandal that involves the sale of valuable military property way below its market value. Serdyukov, a long-time Putin ally was dismissed in order to create an environment that would meet the "conditions for an objective investigation". Serdyukov is known for his tightening of the Russian army, and imposing a structural change that forced 40,000 officers into retirement. His is one the most high-level corruption-related dismissals in Russian history.


Read more on the New York Times.




Agenda

6. RH Bill still not on House agenda



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Two days into the resumption of sessions at the House of Representatives and 20 days before another recess for the Christmas holiday there is still no word on when the Reproductive Health Bill will be discussed on the floor and put to a vote. This is despite an earlier appeal by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. for Congressmen to stop delaying the process. A group of Pro-RH female lawmakers have asked for the amended bill to be included in the agenda while anti-RH lawmakers insist the bill should go back to committee level.


Read more on Rappler.




Ready for war

7. Netanyahu: Israel prepared to go after Iran alone



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If need be, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says is ready to strike Iran alone if international sanctions do not stop Iran from continuing with its nuclear program. While Iran has insisted that its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes, the relationship between Israel and the US has strained following failure by the administration of President Barack Obama to define the parameters that would preclude military action against Iran.


Read more on BBC News.




Copy cat?

8. MVP accuses Globe, ABS-CBN of copying PLDT/TV5 strategy



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CEO Manny Pangilinan says rivals at ABS-CBN and Globe Telecom may be taking a page out of his playbook by pursuing a convergence strategy that pairs television content with a telco infrastructure similar to what his two companies TV5 and PLDT are engaged in. At a recent stockholder's meeting Pangilinan said that traditional telcos no longer make business sense in the changing digital world. Last month Globe CEO Ernest Cu admitted to regular meetings with ABS-CBN's Gabby Lopez to discuss potential business strategies. Pangilinan admits the budding partnership between his business rivals could increase competitive tension but he is prepared to, "deal with it."


Read more on Rappler.




Social media

9. iVoted posts dominate social networking sites



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Social media has played an important role in the campaign leading up to today's US Presidential elections. And as Americans came out in full force to vote, they also took to social media to prove they voted. Users were seen on Twitter posting photos of their "I voted" stickers and urging others to do the same. Almost 23,000 photos have also been posted on mobile photo-sharing site Instagram using the hashtag #iVoted. "Happy Election Day" trended nationwide on Twitter as were the hashtags #VoteObama and #GoVote.


Read mire on Rappler.




Technology

10. Instagram gets web-based profile pages



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Instagram is rolling out public profile pages to users starting Tuesday, November 6. Since its launch in 2010, mobile photo-sharing service Instagram has been mostly accessible to users of its mobile applications. Profile pages will allow users to browse through and comment on photos video the web. Users can also directly follow users via a web browser. Previously this was only possible through 3rd party services like webstagram and statigram. Instagram says the decision is meant to make it possible for users to discover Instagram content on the web. Rappler got early access to the service, follow us to get the latest news updates in photos.