MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Coup d'etat and rebellion charges against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV were once again in the spotlight, after President Rodrigo Duterte signed on August 31 a proclamation revoking the amnesty granted to the opposition senator in 2011. Here's a rundown of what happened to Trillanes, from the mutiny that started it all, leading up to the voiding of his amnesty. MUTINY. A group of rebel troops and officers belonging to elite military units face journalists as they wait for the 5:00 pm deadline for their surrender inside the Oakwood Hotel in the suburban financial district of Makati in Manila, 27 July 2003. Photo by Jimin Lai/AFP Rumors have been circulating about junior military officers planning to take action against reported corruption in the armed forces. Among their grievances are the lack of housing and incentives for soldiers, low pay, and the supposed "micromanagement" of then-defense secretary Angelo ... » Learn More about TIMELINE: Trillanes, from mutiny to amnesty
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Belgium’s Prime Minister Alexander De Croo welcomes U.S. President Joe Biden as he arrives ahead of a NATO summit, at Brussels Military Airport in Melsbroek, Belgium June 13, 2021. REUTERS/Yves Herman/Pool BRUSSELS — NATO leaders are expected to brand China a security risk to the Western alliance on Monday, a day after the Group of Seven rich nations issued a statement on human rights in China and Taiwan that Beijing said slandered its reputation. With allied leaders also raising concerns about Russia’s recent military build-up near Ukraine, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg described the summit, the first Joe Biden will attend as U.S. president, as a “pivotal moment”. In a marked change of tone from his predecessor Donald Trump, Biden on Sunday described NATO as “a sacred obligation”. Arriving at the one-day summit in Brussels, Stoltenberg said China’s growing military presence from the Baltics to Africa meant NATO had to be prepared to stand up for Western security and ... » Learn More about NATO to toughen G7 message on China despite Beijing’s cries of ‘slander’
Chances are, you already know quite a bit about the cherry blossom flower, or sakura. The delicate and ephemeral flower not only represents the arrival of spring, but also the circle of life. This change in scenery also reminds the industrious Japanese to take a break from work, open picnic mats in nearby parks and just relax. A brief history of Hanami The act of gathering under sakura trees to eat, drink and socialise is called hanami , which translates to “flower viewing”. Marking the beginning of the rice planting season, hanami was initially only enjoyed by Japanese nobility . Dating back to the Nara period (710–794AD), it was ume (plum) blossoms or momo (peach) that people admired at that time. Eventually, sakura, being similar in appearance to ume blossoms, gained popularity and became synonymous with hanami . Rulers of the archipelago would eventually plant cherry blossom trees across Japan, so that sakura and hanami can be enjoyed by people of ... » Learn More about People around the world have been admiring sakura blossoms for more than 100 years. Here’s why.
For not including chargers with its iPhone 12, Apple was fined US$2 million (S$2.7 million) by the consumer protection agency in São Paulo, Brazil. The consumer protection regulator, Procon-SP, said the fine was imposed "for misleading advertising, selling a device without the charger and unfair terms," according to 9to5Mac , a site that reports on all Apple-related news. Procon-SP said Apple had failed to respond when asked if the iPhone 12's price was reduced after taking the charger away. Apple had not responded to similar questions either, such as the price difference of the iPhone with and without the charger, and if the company is not producing as many chargers as before. The iPhone 12 Pro is listed on the Apple website at S$1,649 in Singapore. Apple says removal of accessories is environmentally-friendly Apple had previously announced in October last year that it would not be including chargers or Lightning EarPods with its new iPhone 12 series. ... » Learn More about Brazil fines Apple S$2.7 million for not including chargers with iPhone 12