January 9, 2015 Edition

Valerie Castro

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  1. Millions in Manila as Black Nazarene nears

    On Friday, January 9, millions of devotees will once again take part in the annual “translacion” or the procession of the religious image through the streets of Manila, starting from the Quirino Grandstand until it returns back to the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene (also known as the Quiapo Church). The centuries-old image of the Black Nazarene begins its yearly journey Friday morning, following a religious service led by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle at 6 am. Hundreds of thousands will be walking, marching, or jostling barefoot along the procession itself while even more take part in the feast by lighting a candle or saying a prayer as the image passes through its route.

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  2. People unite as search continues for Charlie Hebdo attack suspects

    With the Philippines and other countries uniting in solidarity with the people of France, steps are being taken to find the suspects involved in the Charlie Hebdo attack. Thousands of people took to the streets in France and other countries again Thursday, January 8, to condemn the killing of 12 people by Islamist gunmen at Paris-based satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Meanwhile, France extended the highest security alert level already in place in greater Paris to the northern Picardy region where police have zoned in on two suspects in the magazine massacre.

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  3. Indonesian divers struggle to reach plane wreckage

    Battling strong currents on Thursday, January 8, elite Indonesian military divers tried to reach the submerged tail of AirAsia Flight 8501 to find crucial black box data recorders. Because visibility was below one meter, divers managed to retrieve only various debris. Stormy weather has hindered multinational efforts to locate the plane wreckage, as well as bodies and black boxes that should contain the pilots’ last words.

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  4. Charlie Hebdo won’t be silenced

    After the January 7 attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo that decimated its staff, surviving columnist Patrick Pelloux said they would publish as scheduled next week. An act of defiance, it will show that “stupidity will not win,” Pelloux said. The paper will be produced outside its offices, which were not accessible after the massacre killed 12, including 5 cartoonists. A million copies will be printed, far more than its usual print run of 60,000 per week.

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  5. Sri Lanka elections see high turnout

    Sri Lankans turned out in large numbers Thursday, January 8, shrugging off some reports of voter intimidation to vote in the island’s tightest election in decades as President Mahinda Rajapakse battles for survival. Turnout was higher than expected in Tamil-dominated areas of the north and east, which have boycotted national elections in the past and where resentment against Rajapakse runs high. Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena’s shock decision to defect from the government and stand against the president led to a bitterly fought campaign for the election, which analysts say is too close to call. Rajapakse said he was confident of a “resounding victory” and promised a peaceful post-election period as he cast his ballot.

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  6. Cuba lets 30 political prisoners go

    At least 30 Cuban political prisoners have been released in the last 48 hours, dissident leaders said Thursday, January 8, as Cuba moves towards normalizing ties with the United States. “So far we’re counting a total of 30 releases, including 24 from the UNPACU,” said Jose Daniel Ferrer, leader of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), a dissident group based in the communist island’s east. Elizardo Sanchez, a prominent dissident from the Cuban Human Rights and National Reconciliation Committee, said his group had counted more than 30.

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  7. Three dead as catamaran capsizes off Costa Rica

    A catamaran carrying nearly 100 tourists and 10 crew capsized and sank within minutes off Costa Rica on Thursday, January 8, leaving 3 elderly foreigners dead while rescuers saved dozens from the choppy seas. Vice President Ana Helena Chacon said 99 tourists and 10 crew were on the pleasure cruise when it capsized off the Pacific coast. She said 106 were rescued and nobody was missing, as previously reported.

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  8. SpaceX to retry rocket, cargo launch Saturday

    After a last-minute aborted launch caused by a problem with the second stage of the Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX will give it another shot on Saturday, January 10. If successful, the rocket’s first stage engines would refire 3 times, guiding the 14-story portion of the Falcon 9 to land upright on a floating ocean platform. The launch would also propel the Dragon cargo ship toward the International Space Station. The only other US company able to send cargo to low-Earth orbit, Orbital Sciences, suffered a catastrophic rocket failure in October 2014.

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  9. When Angelina meets Francis

    Movie star and Oscar winner Angelina Jolie met Pope Francis on Thursday, January 8, after the screening of Unbroken at the Vatican. A special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Jolie was in the company of her brother, two daughters Shiloh and Zahara, and an interpreter. The American actress kissed the Pope’s ring and was presented with a rosary by Francis. Unbroken is based on the true story of an Olympic athlete who survived a plane crash and post-traumatic stress disorder with the help of his Christian conversion.

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  10. Sony delays China launch of Playstation consoles

    Sony is delaying the launch of its Playstation game consoles in China, originally set for Sunday, January 11. No specific reasons were given. In 2014, Beijing authorized the domestic sale of game consoles through its first free-trade zone in Shanghai, putting an end to a ban instituted in 2000 because of worries over content. Chinese authorities inspect game materials for obscenity, violence, and political sensitivities. It is unclear if the delay was caused by the Chinese review process.

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