Filipinos told to move out of typhoon’s path

Updated 04 April 2015
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Filipinos told to move out of typhoon’s path

MANILA, Philippines: The Philippine government has told thousands of residents and tourists to leave coastal areas in the country’s northeastern region in the path of a typhoon.
The weather bureau says winds and rains from Typhoon Maysak will start battering the eastern seaboard of the main island of Luzon late Saturday before making landfall early Sunday.
The typhoon has picked up speed and was located around noon Saturday about 225 kilometers (140 miles) northeast of Virac town on the island province of Catanduanes with sustained winds of 130 kilometers (81 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 160 kph (100 mph).
The off-season typhoon comes as the nation marks Holy Week when many local and foreign tourists visit beach resorts, including popular surfing areas in the north.


Former US VP Biden announces 2020 run for White House

Updated 25 April 2019
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Former US VP Biden announces 2020 run for White House

  • Biden joins an already crowded list of presidential candidates running from the Democratic party
  • He served eight years as Barack Obama’s vice president

WASHINGTON: Former US Vice President Joe Biden announced Thursday he is entering the 2020 White House race, joining an already crowded list of candidates running on the Democratic Party platform.
In a tweet accompanied by a three-and-a-half minute video, Biden said he couldn’t stand idly by while US President Donald Trump “fundamentally altered the character of this nation.”
“The core values of this nation... our standing in the world... our very democracy... everything that has made America — America — is at stake,” he wrote in the post.
“That’s why today I’m announcing my candidacy for President of the United States.”
Even before his official announcement, Biden, who served eight years as Barack Obama’s vice president, led most surveys of Democratic voters.
The RealClearPolitics poll aggregate puts him as favorite with 29.3 percent support, followed by independent Senator Bernie Sanders at 23 percent.