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Typhoon Gardo (Maria) began to make its way to the northern part of Taiwan late Tuesday morning, July 10. It maintained its strength while enhancing the southwest monsoon or hanging habagat, which is affecting Luzon and the Visayas.
Also on Tuesday, rescue workers in Japan carried out house-to-house searches in hopes of finding survivors after deadly floods and landslides claimed at least 141 lives.
In the US, President Donald Trump nominated conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court. Kavanaugh, who now sits on the US Court of Appeals in Washington, was former advisor to George W. Bush. He began his career as a clerk to retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Here are today’s top stories.
PAGASA warned that the typhoon is enhancing the southwest monsoon or hanging habagat, which is affecting Luzon and the Visayas.
The record downpours that began last week have stopped and receding flood waters have laid bare the destruction that has cut a swathe through the west of the country.
Although the rescued 8 were all presumed to be the boys, aged between 11 and 16, authorities did not reveal their identities nor confirm whether the coach remained inside the cave.
The US leader kept the suspense running for days over his choice for the crucial vacancy, narrowing the selection down to a shortlist of 4 judges, all with solid right-wing credentials.
Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque quoted him as saying, “We will be there July 16. After boxing, will talk with Mahathir.”
The 4-time NBA Most Valuable Player formally signed a 4-year $154-million contract with Los Angeles.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the spiritual leader of the world’s Anglicans, led the service in the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace.