The Manila Times

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A 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit southwest Pakistan on Saturday in a region already devastated by a quake which left more than 300 dead just days ago. The new tremor struck 96 kilometres northeast of the district of Awaran at a depth of 14 km at 1234 according to the US Geological…

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Dozens of separatist rebels, who were fighting security forces in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines, had surrendered to the military, but police statistics remain at 24 further fanning speculations that some of those who yielded would be freed without criminal charges. At least 23 of those who allegedly surrendered to…

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The Department of Justice is set to ask the Makati City Regional Trial Court to cite lawyer Lorna Kapunan in contempt of court. “I instructed the handling prosecutors, thru PG [Prosecutor General Claro] Arellano, to formally ask the RTC-Makati to cite Atty. Lorna Kapunan in contempt of court for arguing…

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A system to decontaminate radioactive water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant has been halted due to a defect only hours after it started operations, the plant’s operator said Saturday. The Advanced Liquid Processing System (ALPS) is designed to remove radioactive materials contained in contaminated water and is expected…

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Greece on Saturday arrested the leader of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party and hunted for dozens of members as part of a crackdown launched after the murder of a leftist musician, a police source said. Nikos Michaloliakos, 56, was arrested along with Golden Dawn lawmaker and spokesman Ilias Kassidiairis and…

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The death toll from the collapse of a five-storey apartment block in India’s financial hub Mumbai rose to at least 28, a senior official at the rescue site told Agence France-Presse on Saturday. Alok Avasthy of the National Disaster Management Authority said in a text message there were “28 dead”,…

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd has appointed former Armed Forces of Philippines Chief Jessie Dellosa as one of the Deputy Commissioners of the Bureau of Customs, replacing ex-soldier Danilo Lim, a. Palace official said Saturday. Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte made the announcement almost two months after President Aquino shamed the…

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The 19-day long Zamboanga crisis is over even if the leaders of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) that led the violent attacks remain at large, a Palace official said Saturday. Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte made the announcement in the aftermath of the statement of Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin…

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There will be no delays in conducting hearings on the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill in the House of Representatives, FOI authors said over the weekend. Reps. Teddy Baguilat of Ifugao province, Walden Bello of Akbayan party-list and Sherwin Tugna of Citizens Battle Against Corruption party-list noted that Rep. Jorge…

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The P120 million property of Sen. Jinggoy Estrada in the posh Wack Wack subdivision in Mandaluyong won’t escape the scrutiny of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), BIR Commissioner Kim Henares said. Henares made the disclosure a day after the BIR filed P60 million tax evasion charges against Janet Napoles…