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THE VATICAN (The Adobo Chronicles, Rome Bureau) - Pope Francis has already publicly apologized for violating a woman at The Vatican a couple of days ago.  The incident where the Pope slapped the hand of a woman pilgrim after she grabbed his hand was caught on video and has gone super viral. But Vatican officials are…
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) -President Donald Trump has signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2020 that establishes a U.S. Space Force as the sixth branch of the U.S. armed forces—despite the Outer Space Treaty designating space as a global commons to be used for peaceful purposes. Trump signed the NDAA flanked by…
DONALD TRUMP has been impeached by the  Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives. It doesn’t mean much other than being seen as the shaming of a President.  He remains in the White House unless he is removed from office and prevented from holding Federal positions through a conviction by the Senate. But a Senate conviction is unlikely.  It…
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) - In a rare show of unity and non-partisanship, Philippine Senators unanimously approved a resolution demanding that the U.S. government immediately release all prisoners from Guantanamo Bay. As of latest available information resulting from a Google search, about 40 detainees remain at the U.S.-leased detention center in Cuba.  Many of…
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) - It is being reported on social media that Bono and U2 were booed by members of the audience during a concert held last weekend at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila.  The reason? Bono dedicated the song, “Ultra Violet” to Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and flashed her face on…
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) - President Donald Trump has suggested sending the US Army over the border into Mexico to “wage war” on drug cartels in a typically bombastic tweet. The US President said his country stood “ready, willing & able to get involved and do the job quickly and effectively” if his Mexican…
NEW YORK, New York (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) - "Enough is enough!" With these words, the United Nations General Assembly voted unanimously to move its headquarters out of New York and into New Zealand. The unprecedented move was prompted by the most recent mass shootings in the United States which have put the number to…
BERKELEY, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Francisco Bureau) - One of the most liberal cities in the U.S. of A. is getting rid of the pronouns “he” and “she.” In a move that tops all gender-neutral initiatives, the City of Berkeley is now asking its citizens to start referring to people as “it. Talk about equality…
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte knows that no one is above the law, so he voluntarily paid a P100,000 fine for violating a law he signed three months ago. The law is the ‘Anti-bastos’ law which imposes stiffer penalties on a range of acts from catcalling, sexist slurs, stalking and…
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) - Beauty lies in the beholder, and U.S. President Donald Trump is a beholder of beauty.  After all, he used to own the Miss Universe Organization the world’s premium international beauty pageant. Now, Trump appears to be employing some beauty pageant diplomacy in his nomination for the next U.S.…
NEW YORK, New York (The Adobo Chronicles, New York Bureau ) - In order to impress, some people dress up — others dress down. Reality star Kim Kardasian-West chooses to do the latter. West has been criticized for launching a new line pf shapewear which she is calling kimono. Kimono is of course the Japanese…
BEIJING, China (The Adobo Chronicles, Hong Kong Bureau) - In 2014, The Adobo Chronicles broke the news story that the American Psychiatric Association had officially confirmed that the taking of ‘selfies’ is a mental disorder. Since we broke the story, studies have been conducted by various groups and institutions, including researchers from Nottingham Trent University and Thiagarajar School of…
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) - Under President Donald Trump’s administration, the United States’ space exploration is making huge discoveries. Today, the Nationl Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced its biggest discovery yet in many decades: the earth’s moon is actually part of planet Mars! This new discovery was revealed by no less than…
LONDON, United Kingdom (The Adobo Chronicles, Paris Bureau) - When in Rome, do as the Romans do.  When in Great Britain, wear a tuxedo as the British do, especially when you’re visiting the Queen. Most everyone has now seen a photo of US President Donald Trump wearing a tux to Buckingham Palace.  It was hard to…
WASHINGTON, D.C, (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) - The vetting process for foreign nationals wishing to enter the U.S. has just become more stringent, thanks to Donald Trump. Yahoo News is reporting that the U.S. Department of State is now requiring applicants for tourist or immigrant visas to submit a list of their current and…
DAVAO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Davao Bureau) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday confirmed rumors that he had passed away. ”It’s true,” Duterte said, “but I rose again after three days.” To prove he is back alive, Duterte’s companion, Honylet Avanceña posted a live video of the couple reading last Sunday’s edition of the…
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) - Do you owe IRS some money for your 2018 income return? Worry no more. Because of the continued government shutdown which has all but paralyzed essential Federal services, the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) announced today that U.S. taxpayers will get an automatic across-the-board refund when they file…
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles,Manila Bureau) - Many Filipinos are fans of ‘Star Trek,’ especially of George Takei who originated the role of Mr. Sulu in this Science Fantasy series.  Thousands upon thousands have prized collections of ‘Star Trek’ DVDs (and Betamax tapes). But these collections will soon go up in flames, thanks to a…
CUPERTINO, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Jose Bureau) - It only took the first sixty minutes before Apple’s newest iPhone sold out. A company spokesperson told The Adobo Chronicles that most of the sold units were ordered online, thanks to an aggressive email advertising campaign launched by Apple’s Marketing gurus. But alas, it seems that many…
SAN FRANCISCO, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Francisco Bureau) - Twitter account holders will soon have to say goodbye to their ‘retweets’ following a new bold move by the San Francisco-based social networking giant. First, Twitter suspended a network of suspected Twitter bots on Thursday that pushed pro-Saudi Arabia talking points about the disappearance of journalist…