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THE Senate and the House of Representatives ratified on Tuesday night the bicameral conference committee report approving the P3.7 trillion 2018 budget. The budget bill will be sent to the Palace to be signed by President Rodrigo Duterte before Christmas. In the ratified bill, the P900 million fund for the…

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BRUSSELS: NATO on Tuesday reappointed Jens Stoltenberg as secretary general until 2020, as the alliance undergoes its biggest revamp since the Cold War to counter the perceived threat posed by Russia. The former Norwegian prime minister, who took over in October 2014, will pilot the alliance into its next summit…

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PARIS: Former UN chiefs Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon have lashed out at the state of global leadership in the age of Donald Trump, warning a nuclear war could be triggered by accident. “Honestly speaking, we are in a mess,” Annan told Agence France-Presse in an interview ahead of Tuesday’s…

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MOSCOW: Russia’s security service on Tuesday said it was on alert for the possible return of jihadists from Syria ahead of the World Cup and the presidential election in 2018. The FSB’s warning came after the Russian military last week declared Syria “liberated” from the Islamic State group, and after…

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DHAKA: Bangladesh police scrambled on Tuesday for details about alleged New York subway bomber Akayed Ullah, but uncovered few early leads that might shed light on what might have driven him to try and kill commuters with a homemade bomb. US police say the 27-year-old immigrant from Bangladesh set off…

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PHNOM PENH: The European Union on Tuesday pulled support for Cambodia’s election authority, questioning the legitimacy of upcoming polls after the dissolution of the opposition transformed the kingdom into a virtual one-party state under strongman Hun Sen. A Supreme Court ruling last month dissolved the main opposition to the incumbent…

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TEHRAN: A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck Iran’s southeastern province of Kerman on Tuesday, the Iranian seismological center reported, though media said there were no immediate reports of damage. “The rescue teams present in the region have not reported any casualties or damage yet,” the head of rescue operations for the Red…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: US President Donald Trump directed NASA on Monday to send Americans to the Moon for the first time since 1972, in order to prepare for future trips to Mars. “This time we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprint,” Trump said at a White House…

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The White House on Monday (Tuesday) rejected calls for a congressional investigation of claims Donald Trump sexually harassed women, saying the American people had spoken on the matter by electing him president. Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called on Trump to resign, meanwhile, echoing a demand made the previous day by…

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A 27-year-old immigrant from Bangladesh detonated a homemade pipe bomb strapped to his body in a crowded New York subway passage during the morning rush hour on Monday (Tuesday in Manila), injuring three people and putting the city on edge just six weeks after a deadly truck attack. Akayed Ullah…

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