The Manila Times

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YOUNG Brazilians who marched in June to demand more funding for health and education are hoping Pope Francis will back their cause when he visits Rio next week. But organizers ruled out a resumption of the street protests during the pontiff’s week-long stay to attend World Youth Day (WYD), a…

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REPRESENTATIVE Magtanggol Gunigundo Valenzuela City has filed a bill seeking to reform the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK). House Bill 1333 aims to change the age requirement for SK members and officers, remove the SK Federation president as ex-officio member of local government legislative bodies such as the Sangguniang Bayan, Sangguniang Panglungsod…

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SUSPECTED communist rebels tossed a hand grenade at an Army base on Tuesday night in an effort to get back at the government forces, the Army here said. 1st Lieutenant Nashrullah Sema, speaking for the 57th Infantry Battalion, said the 9 p.m. grenade attack could be part of retaliatory offensive…

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THE provincial government of Pampanga has put up a medical ward dedicated for the members of the Aeta community at the Romana Pangan District Hospital. The new Indigenous People’s (IP) ward, the first in the province, is to be used solely by Aetas who are sick and their family members…

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BRITISH lawmakers on Tuesday passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in England and Wales, paving the way for the first gay weddings in 2014. MPs in the House of Commons decided not to oppose a number of minor amendments to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill proposed by the House…

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TROPICAL Depression Isang has maintained its strength and speed after making landfall in the provinces of Isabela and Cagayan on Wednesday morning, the state weather forecaster said. Weather Forecaster Alvin Pura said that Isang made landfall in Estagno Point in Isabela at about 4 a.m. and made another landfall in…

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YOUNG people in many European countries will continue to struggle for jobs as unemployment in the eurozone is set to hit a record 12.3 percent in 2014, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said on Tuesday. The poor and low-skilled sections of the workforce are also in the…

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OFFICIALS of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) led by chairperson Dr. Patricia Licuanan recently awarded scholarship grants to 54 students who were victims of Typhoon Pablo at the Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology (DOSCST) here. The scholarship grants for Pablo victims were awarded to the St.…

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A UNITED Nations tribunal has been convened in the Netherlands to look into a complaint filed by the Philippines to question the legality of China’s massive territorial claim in the resource-rich South China Sea. The progress in the Philippines’s legal challenge against China comes amid increasing animosity between the two…

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SEVEN children and four other hostages caught up in a decades-old southern Philippines clan war have been freed in a straight swap by the feuding families, the military said on Tuesday. The hostages, aged as young as two, were snatched last week in tit-for-tat kidnappings on the remote southern island…