Today on Rappler.
- Oil prices in the Philippines roll back for the second time in 2015.
- France makes history as millions march in Paris and other cities against terrorism.
- Searchers retrieve the black box of the ill-fated Air Asia flight.
MILLIONS UNITE VS TERRORISM IN HISTORIC FRENCH DEMOS
Millions marched against terrorism Sunday in some of the largest protests in France’s history. The interior ministry says nearly 4 million people took to the streets across the country, with 1.6 million in Paris alone. Hundreds of thousands turned out in other French cities as well as Berlin, Brussels, Istanbul and Madrid aside from cities in the US and Canada. In a historic display of unity French President Francois Hollande joined the crowds linking arms with world leaders, including Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas. The crowd chanted “Charlie, Charlie”, in honor of the 12 cartoonists and journalists slaughtered at satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on January 7. But the threats are far from over. The offices of a Belgian newspaper that republished cartoons from Charlie Hebdo were evacuated Sunday after an anonymous bomb threat. A man resembling the gunman who took hostages at a Jewish supermarket in Paris Friday claimed to be a member of ISIS or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria group in a posthumous online video. The man says he coordinated with the two who attacked Charlie Hebdo. He died when police launched an assault on the supermarket, where four hostages were killed.
AIRASIA QZ 8501 BLACK BOX RETRIEVED
Indonesian divers retrieve the black box flight recorders of AirAsia QZ 8501. The plane crashed in the Java Sea December 28 with 162 people on board. Indonesia’s transport ministry says the recorders were stuck under debris from the main body of the plane. Indonesia’s meteorological agency says stormy weather may have caused the plane to crash as it flew from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore. Definitive information can be retrieved from black box, which would show the pilots’ final words and flight data.
NO CAMPING, DRONES ALLOWED IN POPE FRANCIS PH VISIT
Four days before Pope Francis visits the Philippines authorities say security measures are in place. Thousands from the Philippine National Police and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority on Monday hold simulation exercises to prepare for the Pope’s arrival Thursday. The police tell the public: no one will be allowed to camp out in key areas through the Pope’s 5-day stay. Aviation officials also prohibit drones to fly over activity areas. The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines also declares places within 3-nautical-mile radius of the Pope as no-fly zones. Before the Pope flies to the Philippines he will preside over religious service in Sri Lanka Wednesday.
GAS PRICES DIP FURTHER IN 2015’S SECOND ROLLBACK
Five oil companies cut pump prices the second time this year effective Monday. Petron Corporation, Pilipinas Shell, Phoenix Petroleum, PTT Philippines, and Seaoil’s gasoline prices will go down by P1.70 or $0.038 per liter, kerosene by P1.60 or $0.036, and diesel by P1.50 or $0.033. The price cuts reflect falling petroleum prices in the world market. Global prices of oil drop to almost 50% since June last year due to excessive supply, a weak global economy and a strong US dollar.
FEDERER CLAIMS BRISBANE CROWN AND 1,000TH WIN
Tennis champ Roger Federer captured his 1,000th victory in style Sunday when he beat Canadian Milos Raonic in three tough sets to win the Brisbane International. Federer’s glittering career now includes 83 singles titles, including 17 Grand Slams, since his first victory over Frenchman Guillaume Raoux in Toulouse in 1998. He is third on the all-time list for matches won, behind Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl.
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