Philippine house ends leadership spat after Duterte budget plea

MANILA, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Philippine lawmakers elected a new house speaker on Tuesday, ending a protracted leadership battle that was threatening to delay passage of a 4.5 trillion pesos ($92.67 billion) budget vital to rebuilding the country’s battered economy.

Lord Allan Velasco replaced Alan Peter Cayetano as speaker with support from 186 of the 299-member lower house, ahead of a four-day special session called by President Rodrigo Duterte to

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Rethinking Covid-19 tests, a Sino-Australian spat and Venice’s masked festival

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With Covid-19 infections surging again in many parts of the world, governments are racing to ramp up testing to detect and trace the virus. FRANCE 24 also covered the souring relations between China and Australia, mysterious horse mutilations in France, a high-profile lawsuit over colonial-era abductions in the former Belgian Congo, and masked film festivals from Venice to Deauville.


Could saliva tests be a

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