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Facebook says it removed fake accounts in Philippines

Technology
Facebook says it has removed 200 pages, groups and accounts linked to Nic Gabunada, reportedly the former social media manager of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, for misleading people. The social network says it took down the accounts for "coordinated inauthentic behavior," the term it uses to describe accounts that work together to mask who is behind them and what their purpose is. In the past, Facebook has removed accounts linked to Russia , Iran and other countries for trying to wreak political havoc or influence elections in the U.S. and elsewhere. The accounts and posts in question posted about elections, alleged misconduct by political candidates and local news. Facebook says they tried to hide their identity but were linked to a network organized by Ga...
Philippines charges ex-health secretary in connection to vaccine deaths

Philippines charges ex-health secretary in connection to vaccine deaths

World
March 1 (UPI) -- A day after UNICEF said the Philippines saw one of the largest increases in measles cases last year, its Department of Justice announced it had indicted the country's former health secretary in connection to deaths allegedly caused by a controversial dengue fever vaccination. In a court document dated Feb. 11 but announced Friday, a Department of Justice panel found probable cause to charge former health secretary Jannette Grain and nine other department officials with reckless imprudence resulting in homicide, the PhilStar reported. Six officials with the vaccine division of the pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur Inc., two Food and Drug Administration employees and two doctors at a research institute were also charged. In a statement, the justice department said the c...
Rice 'safely conserved' in Philippines gene bank

Rice 'safely conserved' in Philippines gene bank

Science
Scientists say that more than 100 thousand varieties of rice have been safeguarded for the future.Samples in the world's largest rice gene bank in the Philippines are being used to help farmers develop rice crops that can survive drought and flooding.The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) gene bank has secured permanent funding from the Crop Trust.It is part of international efforts to store seeds in gene banks to protect food supplies in a warming world."These seeds are miracles - we believe that in this natural diversity of rice you have almost any trait that you would want to look for," said Marie Haga, executive director of the international non-profit organisation, the Crop Trust.She said rice is relatively easy to...
29 dead in Philippines amid typhoon landslides

29 dead in Philippines amid typhoon landslides

World
Typhoon Mangkhut has left 29 people dead and a trail of destruction across the northern Philippines. The strongest storm in the world this year has now moved on to southern China and densely populated Hong Kong, after causing landslides on the northern tip of the Philippines' Luzon island yesterday.While the worst of the storm has passed in the Philippines, authorities are dealing with the devastation left in its wake.Houses collapsed amid landslides as more than five million people found themselves in the path of the deadly typhoon.Francis Tolentino, an adviser to President Rodrigo Duterte, said most of the fatalities happened in mountainous areas. Image: Mangkhut levelled structures in the Philippines over the weekend ...
2018 world's strongest storm: Mangkhut barrels through Philippines toward China

2018 world's strongest storm: Mangkhut barrels through Philippines toward China

World
The strongest storm on Earth in 2018 barreled through the northern Philippines before dawn on Saturday, bringing with it ferocious winds and torrential rain. Typhoon Mangkhut, known locally as Ompong, made landfall in Cagayan province on northeast Luzon island at 1:40 a.m. local time, according to the country's weather agency, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration. It's estimated that the tropical cyclone put at least five million people at risk. Mangkhut, considered the strongest storm on the planet so far this year, was the 15th to hit the Philippines. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center U.S. Navy-U.S. Air Force command, located in Hawaii, had downgraded Mangkhut from a "super typhoon," when it had peak wind speeds of 180 mph, prior to landfall ...