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Bush family pays respects to late patriarch in emotional public viewing of casket

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

Former US President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush silently standing at his father’s flag-draped casket | REUTERS

Members of the Bush family paid their respects to their late patriarch on Tuesday (December 4) during an emotional visit to the U.S. Capitol Rotunda where the body of former President George H.W. Bush was lying in state.

Former President George W. Bush along with his wife Laura was greeted with hugs and handshakes by well-wishers who have been filing past the flag-draped casket during a public viewing that began late Monday and continues until Wednesday’s funeral.

Also present were the late president’s other son, former Florida Governor and Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, and twin granddaughters Jenna BushHager and Barbara Bush.

Ordinary Americans, generals, and former Cabinet members have been paying their respects at the Capitol Rotunda to the late president, who died last week at the age of 94 after a life of service as a World War II hero, head of the CIA and wartime president. — Reuters

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US Embassy, affiliated offices in PH to close for National Day of Mourning

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

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MANILA, Philippines — US Embassy and its affiliated offices will be closed on Wednesday (December 5).

Based on the advisory of the embassy, this is due to the commemoration of National Day of Mourning for former President George H.W. Bush in the United States.

The operation is set to be back on Thursday (December 6). — UNTV News & Rescue

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‘A gentleman and a gentle man’: Americans pay tribute to George H.W. Bush

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, December 3rd, 2018

 

Former presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush | REUTERS

Tributes to former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, who died at the age of 94, poured in from around the world on Saturday (December 1) as global leaders honored him for his role in helping to end the Cold War and reduce the danger of nuclear annihilation.

In Washington, D.C., flags at the White House and the U.S. Capitol building were lowered to half-staff. Early morning tourists outside the White House remembered Bush’ as “compassionate” and a “gentleman” and lauded his ability to cross party lines.

“War hero, gentlemen, statesmen. Loved by all. Was a great aggregator. I loved the fact that the Clintons and the Bushes became great friends and I hope that we get more of that type of person going forward in the future,” said Steve O’Brien, a tourist from New York.

“He crossed the lines with the Democrats and he became friends finally with Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton and that horrible partisanship that is pervasive in our country right now quickly went away,” said Blake Messinger, also visiting from New York.

Bush, the 41st president of the United States who possessed one of the most impressive resumes in American political history, also routed Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi army but lost his chance for a second term after breaking a no-new-taxes pledge.

His death at 10:10 p.m. CST Friday (0410 GMT Saturday) was first announced in a brief statement issued by longtime spokesman Jim McGrath. No further details about the circumstances of his death were immediately available. — Reuters

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Trump on Florence: ‘We are ready’

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, September 13th, 2018

Satellite imagery showing eye of Hurricane Florence | NASA via REUTERS

 

U.S. President Donald Trump said the federal government “is ready” as fears about Hurricane Florence spread south on Wednesday (September 12), with Georgia declaring a state of emergency after officials in the Carolinas urged people to evacuate the coast ahead of the storm’s expected pounding winds and rain-driven floods.

Florence weakened slightly to a Category 3 storm on a five-step scale but had maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour (201 km per hour) as of 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT), down from 130 mph earlier in the day. Its trajectory showed its center most likely to strike the southern coast of North Carolina by late Thursday or early Friday, the National Hurricane Center said.

Updated NHC forecasts showed the storm lingering near the coast of the Carolinas, carrying days of heavy rains that could bring intense inland flooding from South Carolina to Virginia. Parts of North Carolina could get 40 inches (1 meter) of rain. — Reuters

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