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ZAMBOANGA CITY: A daring plot to free three “notorious” Abu Sayyaf rebels from a prison in Zamboanga City was foiled late Monday after the discovery of a grenade, a caliber .45 pistol and several loaded magazines hidden inside a stove that was delivered by female visitors. In the report, it…

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At least 21 men were arrested on Monday afternoon for illegal gambling and drugs in Sitio Tahimik, Barangay Toclong I-A, Imus City. Cavite Police Director Jonnel Estomo said the joint Provincial Intelligence and Imus Police raid also led to the confiscation of eight fruit game machines. The machines operate in…

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An improvised explosive device went off at the public market in Kabacan town, North Cotabato early Monday evening. Colonel Odie Edralin, commander of the 7th Infantry Batallion, said the bomb used a cellular phone as a triggering device. Civilians alerted the authorities but the bomb went off before the responding…

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BEIRUT: The Islamic State (IS) group threatened to kill two Japanese hostages unless it receives a $200 million ransom within 72 hours, but Tokyo vowed on Tuesday it would not give in to “terrorism.” IS has murdered five Western hostages since August last year, but it is the first time…

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BEIJING: China’s working-age population continued to fall in 2014, the government said on Tuesday, as Beijing struggles to address a spiralling demographic challenge made worse by its one-child policy. Mainland China’s total population stood at 1.37 billion at the end of 2014, according to the National Bureau of Statistics, an…

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JAKARTA: Indonesia could help combat the threat of homegrown extremism by banning its citizens from traveling abroad to fight with organizations such as the Islamic State (IS) group, a think-tank said Monday. The Jakarta-based Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC) said new laws banning any involvement with foreign militant…

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SEOUL: South Korean activists balloon-launched anti-Pyongyang leaflets into North Korea and threatened on Tuesday to follow them with copies of Hollywood comedy “The Interview,” despite the North’s dire threats of retaliation. The North has warned at least one activist that he would “pay for his crimes in blood” if copies…

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BRUSSELS: European Union (EU) foreign ministers agreed on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) there would be no change in the bloc’s Russia policy, including sanctions, as the union’s diplomatic chief warned the Ukraine situation had got “much worse” in recent weeks. They said they would stick to their course until Russia…

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LONDON: Rights group Amnesty International urged European countries on Tuesday to come clean on alleged cooperation with Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operations involving torture and help bring those responsible to justice. “Governments can no longer rely on unsubstantiated ‘national security’ grounds and claims of state secrecy to hide the truth…

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GROZNY, Russia: The furious backlash against French magazine Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed rumbled on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) with a huge rally in Chechnya, Afghan protesters burning the French flag and Gazans levelLing threats against France. Hundreds of thousands of people flooded into the centre of Grozny,…