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France will from August 9 enforce new legislation that will make a health pass compulsory to visit a cafe, board a plane or travel on an inter-city train, the government's spokesman said Wednesday.

The legislation passed by parliament at the weekend has sparked mass protests in France but the government is determined to press ahead and make the health pass a key part of the fight against COVID-19.

A valid health pass is generated by two jabs from a recognized vaccine, a negative coronavirus test or a recent recovery from infection. The legislation also makes vaccination compulsory for health-workers and carers. — AFP

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Facebook on Wednesday reported its profit doubled in the recently ended quarter as digital advertising surged, but warned of cooler growth in the months ahead in an update which sent its shares sinking.

Profit jumped to $10.4 billion on revenue of $29 billion, a 56 percent increase from last year, mainly from a jump in ad revenues, Facebook said in its second quarter report.

The number of people using the social network monthly climbed to 2.9 billion, a year-over-year gain of seven percent. And some 3.5 billion people used at least one of the company's apps including Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger.

"We had a strong quarter as we continue to help businesses grow and people stay connected," Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said in an earnings release.

However, Facebook shares slipped some four percent as the tech giant warned that growth was expected to slow due to regulatory actions and a tweak to the Apple iPhone operating software that could hurt its ad targeting. — AFP

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Soldiers collected 97 more firearms from supporters of the New People’s Army and Dawlah Islamiya in Maitum, Sarangani in the past three months, a regional Army official said Thursday.
 
The firearms were voluntarily turned in by owners through the intercession of the Army’s 38th Infantry Battalion and officials of the 603rd Infantry Brigade, according to Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy of the 6th Infantry Division.

More than 50 firearms were collected from Sarangani residents by both units early on. — The STAR/John Unson

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President Rodrigo Duterte will meet United States Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Thursday as part of the latter's official visit to Southeast Asia.

Austin's visit to Manila highlights the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and the US, the Office of the President says in a statement.

Executive Salvador Medialdea, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Manuel Romualdez and Presidential Assistant on Foregin Affairs Robert Borje are also expected to attent the courtesy call.

READ: Statement on US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Courtesy Call on President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacañang on 29 July 2021. pic.twitter.com/A1OzhNFNgO

— Presidential Communications Operations Office (@pcoogov) July 28, 2021
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Japanese teenager Daiki Hashimoto wins the coveted men's Olympic all-around gymnastics title on Wednesday.

The 19-year-old edged out China's Xiao Ruoteng with Russian world champion Nikita Nagornyy taking bronze. — AFP

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Hidilyn Diaz is now in a virtual courtesy call with President Duterte.

"The nation is ecstatic about your achievement. Your achievement is the achievement of the Philippine nation. We are extremely proud," Duterte says, reading a prepared statement.

Duterte also extends a housing unit from the government for Diaz and her family in Zamboanga and an additional P3 million gift from him.

This is on top of the P10 million reward for her Olympic gold achievement from the government.

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Daily virus cases in Tokyo top 3,000 for the first time on Wednesday, as several neighbouring regions weighed emergency restrictions to tackle a surge in infections.

Tokyo, which is already under a virus state of emergency as it hosts the Olympics, reports 3,117 cases, and Governor Yuriko Koike called on people to avoid "unnecessary, non-urgent outings."

Japan's vaccination program started slowly, and only just over 25% of the population has had two jabs. — AFP

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The Philippines' coronavirus caseload climbs to 1,566,667 with 4,478 new infections reported Wednesday.

Ngayong 4 PM, Hulyo 28, 2021, ang Department of Health ay nakapagtala ng 4,478 na karagdagang kaso ng COVID-19. Samantala ay mayroon namang naitalang 6,149 na gumaling at 84 na pumanaw.

Sa kabuuang bilang ng mga naitalang kaso sa bansa, 3.5% (54,552) ang aktibong kaso, 94.8% pic.twitter.com/9GEXpbGgAr

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Baguio City government employees felt a sigh of relief as they go home early on Wednesday after Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong suspended public office work at the Baguio City Hall from noon onwards.

Magalong stated that the city just like other places of North Luzon, is battered by strong winds and continuous torrential rains for over a week now brought by the SouthWest monsoon. This, he said, poses danger to everyone.

"Work will be temporarily suspended, owing to inclement weather, to safeguard the general welfare of all persons in the city, and to allow our workers and employees to go home early so that they maybe secured in their residence as we wait improved weather conditions," the mayor wrote. He said the issuance is in accordance to section 16 if Republic Act 7610 or the local government code of 1991 regarding such weather conditions. —  The STAR/Artemio Dumlao

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The head of the British pharmaceutical giant GSK, Emma Walmsley, will present the company's quarterly results on Wednesday as criticism mounts over ineffective management and delays in COVID-19 vaccine production.

She is one of a small number of women to lead a large UK company and has become a fixture of global business circles after boosting GSK's research efforts.

The 52-year-old Briton was appointed to the helm of the pharmaceutical heavyweight in 2017 and has navigated it through the storm of the global pandemic, during which time it has fallen behind in the development of a vaccine.

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 A gunman shot dead a son of a ranking leader of the Moro National Liberation Front in an attack at a busy thoroughfare in Datu Odin Sinsuat town Tuesday.

The 23-year-old Datu Qudzi Simpal died on the spot from multiple bullet wounds.

Simpal’s father, Datu Yahudza Qudz, is chief-of-staff of a large group of the Moro National Liberation Front in Maguindanao.

Police Lt.Col. Romel Dela Vega, Datu Odin Sinsuat municipal police chief, told reporters Wednesday responding probers found in the crime scene six spent .45 caliber pistol shells. — The STAR/John Unson

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 A former police colonel tagged as a leader of a gun-for-hire group composed of rogue military and police personnel surrendered Monday afternoon at the national headquarters of the Philippine National Police at Camp Crame.

Former police colonel Wilson Magpali, accompanied by his lawyer, surfaced apparently wanting to clear his name. “Nagpakita siya kasi iniimplicate siya,” Police Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, PNP chief, said.

Magpali, who turned himself in to the Intelligence Group of the PNP, is also wanted for estafa by a Baguio City court.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier ordered the PNP in the Ilocos region to "get the head" of the Magpali gang which was reportedly hired by still unnamed politicians “to harass or liquidate political rivals” ahead of the 2022 elections. — The STAR/Artemio Dumlao

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