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President Rodrigo Duterte has authorized limited face-to-face classes for the following programs: 

  1. Engineering and Technology programs
  2. Hospitality/ Hotel and Restaurant Management
  3. Tourism/ Travel Management
  4. Marine Engineering
  5. Marine Transportation

Commission on Higher Education Chairman Popoy De Vera, who made the announcement, said the authorization applies to "degree programs that require hands-on experience in higher education institutions under Modified General Community Quarantine."

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A coronavirus state of emergency targeting nightlife in Tokyo and other Japanese regions will end this week, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga says, as cases nosedive nationwide.

The emergency measures, which largely limit alcohol sales, restaurant opening hours and crowd sizes at large events, have been in place for much of the year, including during the Olympics.

They are due to expire at the end of September, and Suga said there would be no extension due to Japan's improving virus situation. —  AFP

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Thai authorities on Tuesday rushed to protect parts of Bangkok from floodwaters that have already inundated 70,000 homes and killed six people in the country's northern and central provinces.

Tropical storm Dianmu has caused flooding in 30 provinces, with the kingdom's central region the worst hit, the Thai Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department said.

The level of the Chao Phraya River —  which snakes through Bangkok after winding almost 400 kilometers from the north —  is steadily rising as authorities release water from dams further upstream.

Soldiers on Tuesday set up barriers and sandbags to protect ancient archaeological ruins and landmarks as well as neighborhoods in the old royal capital Ayutthaya, some 60 km north of Bangkok. —  AFP

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Gunmen ambushed and killed a town councilor midday Monday while he was driving his car in Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte, police said.

The fatality was identified as Ernesto Manait Bihag Jr., 46, municipal councilor of Liloy town, said Police Brig. Gen. Ronaldo Genaro Ylagan, Police Regional Office-9 (PRO) director.

Bihag was driving his Toyota Fortuner to the municipal hall when the gunmen aboard a maroon Innova overtook and strafed his vehicle, police said. — The STAR/Roel Pareño

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France's pharmaceutical giant Sanofi, which has lagged rivals in producing new generation Covid-19 vaccines, said Tuesday it had decided to halt development of an mRNA candidate and focus on another vaccine against coronavirus.

Despite positive results at phase one and two trials, the candidate will not go to the third and final phase, Sanofi said, as they believed it would arrive too late to market with 12 billion anti-Covid doses already due to be produced by the end of the year.

Results from phase three trials of the other vaccine, developed with Britain's GlaxoSmithKline are expected before the end of 2021. — AFP

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A councilor of Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat succumbed to COVID-19 Monday, barely three months after the mayor died of the disease.

The 77-year-old Maximo Casador was a second-termer member of the Tacurong City council and was expected to seek reelection in the 2022 polls.

Allan Freno, city information officer, said Tuesday that Casador's remains had been cremated in keeping with state health protocols.

The Philippine flag is flown at half-mast at the ground of the Tacurong City hall compound in honor of Casador. — The STAR/John Unson

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Rep. Francisco Matugas, speaking on behalf of the Commission on Elections during the House budget deliberations, says the poll body will be extending voter registration until October 31. — Xave Gregorio

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National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera has passed away. He was 89.

Lumbera, a renowned poet, playwright and literary critic was also a recipent of the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature and Creative Communications.

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The US State Department says it "condemns" North Korea's apparent missile launch and urged Pyongyang to engage in dialogue.

"The United States condemns the DPRK's missile launch," the department says in a statement. "This launch is in violation of multiple UN Security Council Resolutions and poses a threat to the DPRK's neighbors and the international community. We remain committed to a diplomatic approach to the DPRK and call on them to engage in dialogue." — AFP

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NUJP Metro Manila retiterates their call to stop attacks against journalists covering hearings after a reporter was kicked out of th Viber group of House good government and public accountability chair Michael Aglipay.

Rappler reporter Rambo Talabong was kicked out of the group chat after writing a story and quoting Aglipay asking if anyone died from expired face shields during House hearings on Pharmally's dealings with the government.

NUJP Metro Manila streesed that "no journalist should be singled out and be barred from covering government offices and personalities."

NUJP Metro Manila chapter
stands firm that no journalist should be singled out and be barred from covering government offices and personalities.@ramboreports#DefendPressFreedom pic.twitter.com/PlhqoG974r

— NUJP (@nujp) September 27, 2021
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Ford announces $11.4 billion investment for electric vehicle production.

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A group of the 107 biggest companies in Brazil on Monday called for the Bolsonaro government to strengthen its environmental commitments, just one month ahead of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow. 

"Brazil should be a participant in climate negotiations," the companies said in an open letter published by the Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development (CEBDS), which is made up of companies representing 47 percent of the country's GDP. 

"Brazil must stay at the center of the this conversation, or risk enormous damage to the productive sector and Brazilian society," said the letter, which included signatures from big banks such as Bradesco, JBS -- the biggest meat producer in the world -- and Brazilian branches of multinational corporations such as Carrefour and Shell. — AFP

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