ADVERTISEMENTBut a top defense ministry official, Major-General Yevgeny Ilyin, told the lower house, or Duma, that Russia would continue to observe agreed restrictions on nuclear delivery systems – meaning missiles and strategic bomber planes. “I do not believe that the decision to suspend the New START Treaty brings us closer to nuclear war,” he said, in comments cited by the Interfax news agency. Treaty limitsThe 2010 New START treaty limits each country’s deployed nuclear warheads to 1,550 – a level Russia has also said it will continue to observe – and deployed missiles and heavy bombers to 700. According to the U.S. State Department, the two sides have exchanged more than 25,000 notifications since the treaty came into force in 2011. Russia now demands that British and French nuclear weapons targeted against Russia be included in the arms control framework, a position seen as a non-starter for Washington after over half a century of bilateral nuclear treaties with Moscow.
Vote-counting will begin as soon as polls close and results will be posted outside polling stations. The final tally from the 36 states and federal capital Abuja are expected within five days of voting. ADVERTISEMENTNigeria has a long history of electoral fraud and violence, though its polls have been getting gradually cleaner in recent cycles. The presidential candidates and parties pledged on Wednesday to support a peaceful and transparent process. US President Joe Biden called on Thursday on candidates and parties to accept the results of the election as announced by INEC, and urged all Nigerians including young voters to make their voices heard through the ballot box.1 month ago Inquirer.net
Before Tuesday’s approval by the Senate, the Philippines was the last holdout to the trade deal. Trade Assistant Secretary Allan Gepty said the next step is to send the document of ratification to the Secretary General of Asean. “Upon receipt of the instrument of ratification, 60 days thereafter, the RCEP agreement will be effective in the Philippines,” he said. “It is for this reason that we would like to emphasize the importance of the Philippines’ inclusion in the [RCEP]. The National Economic and Development Authority and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) had said the ratification of RCEP was needed to boost the economy.1 month ago Inquirer.net
Their analysis is part of the South-to-South knowledge exchange series by DigiLabour, an organization that looks at the intersections of work and digital technologies. The Philippines held its presidential elections in May 2022 while general elections in Brazil were held in October of the same year. The study sought to identify key lessons from both countries’ experiences with influence operations and how civil society rose to the challenge. They were referring to how congressional measures to outlaw “fake news” threaten freedom of expression and speech. So far, at least two measures against fake news have been filed in the Senate in the 19th Congress.1 month ago Inquirer.net
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said on Thursday he expects to speak with China’s President Xi Jinping about what the United States says was a Chinese spy balloon that a US fighter jet shot down early this month after it transited the United States. “I expect to be speaking with President Xi, I hope we are going to get to the bottom of this, but I make no apologies for taking down that balloon,” Biden said in response to complaints from Beijing. Biden said they might have been spotted due to radar that was enhanced in response to the Chinese balloon. Biden said the results of the administration’s review of how to deal with unidentified objects going forward would be classified and shared with relevant members of Congress. Lockheed makes the F-22 Raptor fighter jet that flew the mission to shoot down the Chinese balloon and Raytheon makes the AIM-9X Sidewinder missile that blew it out of the sky.1 month ago Inquirer.net
ADVERTISEMENTCastro made the reaction after a Chinese coast guard ship illuminated a green light twice toward the Philippine Coast Guard vessel, causing temporary blindness to crew members on duty. “It would be best if our country increases our coast guard patrols as well as coordinate and launch joint patrols with the coast guards of Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and Taiwan,” she said. The sites are notable since it faces Taiwan (Zambales, Cagayan, and Isabela) and the South China Sea (Palawan). ADVERTISEMENTChina claims almost all of the South China Sea, including the West Philippine Sea. But in 2016, the United Nations-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague invalidated China’s claim to almost the entire South China Sea.1 month ago Inquirer.net
SYDNEY — Two pilots have made a “miraculous” escape after their Boeing 737 water-bombing plane crashed and burned while fighting a blaze in remote Western Australia. An investigation has been launched by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, which said it was the first “collision with terrain” involving a Boeing 737 in Australia. ADVERTISEMENTThe safety regulator would be interviewing the pilots and witnesses, as well as looking at maintenance records, weather conditions, and the task underway at the time, Mitchell told a news conference a day after the crash. But in this incident, the plane appeared to have clipped a ridge and “pancaked” to the ground, he added. The investigation would focus on ensuring procedures were as rigorous as possible “to keep the crew safe” Mitchell said.1 month ago Inquirer.net
MANILA, Philippines — East Zone concessionaire Manila Water recently inaugurated one of its flagship projects that seeks to boost water security and service reliability for its more than 7.4 million customers in eastern Metro Manila and Rizal Province. This major water project augurs well with the government’s “Build Better More” program, which prioritizes the build of infrastructure as a key engine for growth and economic development. As an innovative solution, the Manila Water project team opted to use a machine to create a tunnel underneath the major thoroughfare. Moving forward, we will continue to invest on water security, service continuity, service accessibility and environmental sustainability, allotting P181-B for our Service Improvement Plan for the next 5 years,” says Jocot De Dios, Manila Water President and CEO. RELATED STORY:Manila Water inaugurates new P5.6-B aqueduct to ensure water supply in east zoneYour subscription could not be saved.1 month ago Inquirer.net