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THE No. 44 Philippine men’s squad started its campaign on a bright note in the 41st World Chess Olympiad by beating Afghanistan, 3.5-.5, on Saturday in Tromso, Norway. Grandmasters Julio Catalino Sadorra, John Paul Gomez and Eugene Torre defeated FIDE Masters Mahbuboollah Kooshani, Zaherudden Asefi and Hamidullah Saraery, respectively. International…

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Second seed John Ray Batucan flashed top form and swept his first six matches to wrest the solo lead in the juniors division while brothers Ronald and Romeo Canino took control in kiddies play in the Shell National Youth Active Chess Championship Northern Mindanao leg at SM City in Cagayan…

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STANFORD: Serena Williams stormed into the final of the WTA hardcourt tournament at Stanford on Saturday, winning the last eight games of a 7-5, 6-0 victory over Andrea Petkovic. The world number one and top seed, playing her first tournament since a disappointing Wimbledon campaign in which she was slowed…

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GLASGOW: Sprint superstar Usain Bolt anchored the Jamaican team to victory in the Commonwealth Games men’s 4x100m relay on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) as England topped the medals table for the first time in 28 years. In a fitting end to the track and field program at Hampden Park, Jason…

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Dear PAO, Is it mandatory for a wife to use her husband’s surname? Nica Dear Nica, Under the law, a married woman may use the surname of her husband. This is clearly provided by the New Civil Code of the Philippines, which states: “Art. 370. A married woman may use:…

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GENEVA: The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) on Sunday urged the international community to immediately scale up efforts to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West African countries. As of July 27, the cumulative number of cases attributed to Ebola virus disease in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra…

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HARTMANNSWILLER, France: French President Francois Hollande and his German counterpart Joachim Gauck paid emotional tributes on Sunday to the millions of soldiers who died during World War I, exactly 100 years after Germany declared hostilities against France. The two leaders gathered at Hartmannswillerkopf to remember the 30,000 soldiers who lost…

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MONROVIA: It is a sweltering morning in the over-stretched Ebola clinic in the Liberian capital Monrovia, and Kendell Kauffeldt scowls in frustration as a jeep pulls up with a new patient. “It’s dangerous to bring cases in private vehicles like this,” he chides as he watches the Toyota disgorge its…

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The Philippines hosts an international meeting on the globally-recognized GS1 barcoding system today to protect consumers from fake or expired drugs and hopefully reduce deaths associated with mismedication or drug problems associated with certain flaws in the drug delivery system. The global meet will be attended by chief executives of…

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