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In a few hours, the world will know if Americans will have their first female commander in chief or if they will elect as president the billionaire real estate tycoon who hosted The Apprentice. As the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) finally lifts the threat that Hillary Clinton might face charges over her private email server, the former US Secretary of State leads the race vs Trump by a slim margin according to various polls. In the Philippines, Senator Leila De Lima files a petition for writ of habeas data against President Duterte, believing he has abused his immunity from suit. Activists and human rights victims during Martial Law stage their final plea against a hero's burial for late dictator Ferdinand Marcos with former President Benigno Aquino III adding his voice to the protest for the first time. Governor Manuel Mamba of Cagayan said the province needs a Yolanda-like rehab plan, due to damages it sustained from Super Typhoon Lawin (Haima) last month. Elsewhere in the world, European car manufacturer Volkswagen continues to struggle with the worst crisis in its history as investigators probe the involvement of its executives in the 'dieselgate' scandal. Hackers continue to exploit vulnerabilities in "internet of things" devices. Their target last week: the single broadband link in Liberia. Finally, we give you how Germany, Israel, Belgium, Russia, and China rate as potential alternative firearms suppliers now that the US is reluctant to sell firearms to the Philippine police.
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