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April 3, 2014 Edition

Valerie Castro

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  1. 4 dead, others wounded in US military base shooting

    Several people were injured and four reported dead April 3 at Fort Hood in a shooting on the US military base, scene of a deadly 2009 rampage, officials said. CNN said up to 15 people had been injured. Other media reports put the figure at 8. At least one person was taken to hospital, according to reports cited by the local KCEN TV station, showing emergency vehicles racing to the scene. One person was shot in the chest, it reported. CNN reported that a shooter – there were reports of possibly a second gunman – had been shot, possibly by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. In November 2009, Major Nidal Hasan opened fire at a medical facility in the sprawling Fort Hood base, killing 12 and wounding more than a dozen others.

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  2. Probe Aquino allies in pork barrel scam

    A day after the Ombudsman announced it was filing plunder charges against Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr, Vice President Jejomar Binay urged probers to also look into the involvement of administration allies in the pork barrel scam. Otherwise, the investigation will create the impression of “being selective,” he said, and that “political partisanship, not justice, is the sole motivation behind these charges.” Binay noted that the Commission on Audit mentioned other lawmakers and fake NGOs in its audit report released last year. The Vice President heads the opposition coalition, and is a close ally of Enrile and Estrada.

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  3. PH-MILF peace deal unconstitutional?

    A senator fired the first salvo in opposing the peace agreement signed by the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), as both sides hammer out a draft law to be submitted to Congress. Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago called the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) illegal and unconstitutional since the deal “appears to facilitate” the creation of a substate in the Moro region. Government chief negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer said the peace panel would rather seek a meeting with Santiago than address her criticism. She maintained that the deal that seeks to end 4 decades of conflict in Mindanao does not intend to create a state separate from the rest.

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  4. China, Asia-Pacific key drivers in world tourism

    The tourism industry will grow faster than overall economic activity, and the Asia-Pacific region, led by China, will be the main force driving it in the next 10 years. A consultancy survey said that 2 big factors in the sector were the rise of low-cost service providers and increasing use of mobile phones to organize and book travel arrangements. It estimated that the number of tourists would rise by 5.4% a year in the next 10 years, higher than the expected rate of economic growth, put at 3.4%.

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  5. MH 370 crash likely to remain a mystery

    “We may not even know the real cause of this incident.” Malaysia’s top police official has warned that authorities may never learn what caused the mysterious disappearance of flight MH370, as he indicated a 3-week-old criminal investigation has so far been inconclusive. This is unlikely to go down well with anxious family members of the missing passengers, especially Chinese relatives who have fiercely attacked Malaysia’s government and the airline as incompetent “liars” and “murderers.” The probe has focused on the possibility of a hijacking, sabotage or psychological problems among passengers or crew.

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  6. Australia court recognizes ‘non-specific’ gender

    In a unanimous verdict, Australia’s highest court recognized the existence of a third “non-specific” gender that is neither male nor female, in a landmark ruling campaigners said will help end years of discrimination. The decision ended a long legal battle by sexual equality campaigner Norrie to overturn a New South Wales state edict that gender is an inherently “binary” concept involving only men or women. The Court ruled that not everyone should be forced to identify as a man or woman when dealing with officials, saying some people could legitimately describe themselves as gender neutral. “The High Court… recognizes that a person may be neither male nor female, and so permits the registration of a person’s sex as ‘non-specific’,” it said.

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  7. Japan’s top architect to build factory in PH

    The top architect of Japan unveiled on April 2 his latest social housing project: he will build comfortable and economical housing made from foam walls covered with fiberglass. Shigeru Ban wants his first factory for these new models to be set up in the Philippines, where thousands were displaced by a series of natural calamities last year. Ban was awarded the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize last week for his work using cardboard to make temporary housing for refugees and disaster victims. Ban, who works in disaster zones and with private clients, has spent about two decades traveling the world to help design low-cost but dignified housing and community buildings in hard-hit areas.

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  8. Trip to Mars poses health risks

    Efforts to send humans to Mars would likely expose them to health risks beyond the limits of what NASA currently allows, an independent panel of medical experts said. They proposed that any long-term or deep space missions – which are still decades off – need a special level of ethical scrutiny, said the report by the Institute of Medicine. Health risks from short-term missions in space can include nausea, weakness, blurred vision, while long-term risks include radiation-induced cancer and the loss of bone mass. Long-term missions to Mars will likely expose crews to risk that “are beyond those allowed by current health standards, as well as to a range of risks that are poorly characterized, uncertain, and perhaps unforeseeable,” the report said.

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  9. Kremlin confirms: Putin, wife divorce

    After succeeding in annexing Ukraine’s Crimea region, Russian President Vladimir Putin turned to domestic woes, finalizing his divorce from his low-key wife. The state-owned news agency Itar-Tass broke the story late on Tuesday, April 1, but it appeared the Kremlin may have managed the story since the local mainstream media ignored it, according to the BBC. None of the major TV channels reported the formal breakup of Russia’s most famous couple. In June, the two announced they were breaking up. There were rumors that Putin was planning to marry former Olympic gymnast Alina Kabayeva, who was among the final 6 torchbearers at the opening of the Sochi Winter Olympics last February.

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  10. Rappler has a new look

    Rappler has a new look

    It’s been just over two years since our site went live and 7 months since we dropped beta. On April 2, we rolled out a new and improved design that looks better, loads faster, and makes it easier to discover new stories. This new site was redesigned from the ground up and is optimized to provide the best Rappler experience regardless of platform. Rappler 3.0 will look and work great whether you’re on a desktop, tablet, or smartphone. In Rappler 3.0, for example, we’ve made the Mood Meter smarter and more intuitive.

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