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Bill Gates developing ‘next gen’ condom

NEW DELHI, India (AFP) – Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates said Thursday progress is being made on developing a “next-generation” ultra-thin, skin-like condom that could offer better sexual pleasure, help population control and be financed by first-world investors. Last year, the Microsoft co-founder and one of the world’s richest men offered inventors $100,000 in start-up grants to develop... 

Man kills 6 grandkids, daughter

Miami (AFP) – A man killed his daughter and six grandchildren, the youngest just three months old, in a mass shooting at a house in the US state of Florida. The shooter, identified as Don Charles Spirit, 51, then killed himself, said Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert Schultz. At a later news conference, Schultz released the names of the victims. They were Sarah Lorraine Spirit, 28; Kaleb Kuhlmann,... 

World population may soar

Washington (AFP) – The world population may grow larger than previously estimated, reaching 11 billion people by century’s end, according to a UN-led analysis published Thursday. That would mean two billion more people on Earth than expected by 2100, largely due to high birth rates in Africa, said the report in the US journal Science.  Read More »

Papal skull cap raises $135K

Rome (AFP) – An Italian TV show managed to coax Pope Francis into handing over his white skull cap and has already raised over 100,000 euros in less than 24 hours by putting it on eBay. The host of satirical show “Le Iene” (The Hyenas) got up at the crack of dawn to ensure he had a front row position for one of the pope’s regular appearances in St Peter’s Square in Vatican City. As later... 

Scots say no

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Scotland spurned independence in a historic referendum that threatened to rip the United Kingdom apart, sow financial turmoil and diminish Britain’s remaining global clout. A vote for the 307-year union is a relief for millions of Britons including Prime Minister David Cameron, whose job was on the line, as well as allies across the world who were horrified at the prospect... 

Aquino doesn’t see China attacking PH

PARIS, France – Amid his global campaign for a peaceful resolution of a maritime conflict, President Aquino is optimistic that China is not going to “attack” the Philippines over the dispute in the South China Sea. The President said he believes China is a “reasonable and pragmatic” nation that would pursue the stability of the region to ensure trade and progress. An attack on the Philippine... 

Zambo vice mayor, children take drug test

ZAMBOANGA CITY – City Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde together with his three children submitted themselves Thursday for a drug test at the city health office to dispel rumors that one of his sons is a drug user. Iturralde and children Boris, 21; Nicole, 23, a school nurse; and Oliver, 16, underwent drug test, and hours later the results were released. All of them are negative of drug use.  Read More »

Mindoro mayor faces criminal raps

The Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) has ordered the filing of criminal charges against San Jose, Occidental Mindoro Mayor Jose Villarosa for allegedly usurping the power of the provincial governor in the issuance of quarry permit. The Ombudsman declared that only the provincial governor is authorized to issue extraction permit under the Local Government Code (Republic Act No. 7160.  Read More »

Pinoy peacekeepers pull out early from Golan

Malacanang on Friday said the Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights may be repatriated earlier than expected. Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that based on the information from the Armed Forces, Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights may return home sooner.  Read More »

Kidapawan releases P9.1-M calamity fund

KIDAPAWAN CITY – The local government of Kidapawan is set to release at least P9.1 million from its Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) fund to cover expenses for drainage rehabilitation, crop assistance to affected farmers, and food relief to families displaced by the September 11 floods, considered one of the worst floods to hit the city since 2000.  Read More »