The Manila Times

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THE world increasingly believes China will become the top superpower but the United States enjoys a better image in most regions, according to a poll released Thursday. A 39-nation study by the Pew Research Center found that the United States is still enjoying the boost to its reputation that followed…

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THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Thursday filed before the Department of Justice a P15-million smuggling case against a trader and a licensed customs broker. Charged were Blue Shadow Trading owner Rommel Marasigan and his broker Mel  Banas for violation of the Tariffs and Customs Code of the Philippines and…

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A LAWMAKER is calling for the immediate approval of a measure upgrading the minimum salary grade level of all public school teachers in the country. Rep. Raul Del Mar of the 1st District of Cebu City, through House Bill 365 he filed, proposes an increase in salary of public school…

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VIETNAM has voiced protest about the acts of a Chinese ship which chased and bullied two Vietnamese fishing vessels in the waters at Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago on July 7. Responding to reporters’ question regarding the incident, the spokesman of Vietnam’s Foreign Affairs Ministry, Luong Thanh Nghi said yesterday…

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UN leader Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday condemned the alleged desecration of the bodies of rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo by government forces, the UN spokesman said. “The secretary general is deeply concerned about reports of alleged mistreatment of M23 detainees and desecration of corpses of M23 combatants by…

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All public storm-warning signals were lifted on Thursday morning as tropical storm Isang (international codename: Cimaron) continues to move away from the country, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa). In an interview, Pagasa weather forecaster Alvin Pura said that Isang is already out of the…

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A RUSSIAN court will on Thursday deliver a verdict in the embezzlement trial of top protest leader Alexei Navalny, an abrasive critic of President Vladimir Putin who risks years in prison and an end to his budding political career. Navalny, 37, who emerged as a powerful new political force in…

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THE World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday held off from calling for travel restrictions related to the MERS virus striking Saudi Arabia as the kingdom braces for the Muslim hajj pilgrimage. In a statement following a session of the UN health agency’s emergency committee— whose rarity underlined global concerns about…

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THE United States and Cuba held migration talks on Wednesday, despite news that Panama had impounded a North Korean freighter carrying Cuban missile equipment. The State Department said the discussions in Washington, the first such talks in over two years, were being held as scheduled. “The US delegation highlighted areas…