The Manila Times

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People can still catch the summer fever and go to beaches—because the rainy days are still too far. A weather forecaster predicted that rainy season may enter in the first or second week of June. Jori Loiz, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration weather forecaster said the soutwest monsoon…

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Two moderate earthquakes hit parts of Luzon and Mindanao early morning Monday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported. The first quake with magnitude 3.0 on the Richter scale occurred at 3:06 a.m. with its epicenter traced some 17 kilometers northeast of Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro, at…

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ILOILO CITY: The city council here will maintain its independence but at the same time vows to support and cooperate with the executive branch on development projects for the city. This was clarified by reelected city Vice Mayor Jose Espinosa 3rd while preparing for the turnover of chairmanship and membership…

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SYDNEY: Fear of scandal prompted the cover-up of child sex abuse allegations within the Catholic Church, Australia’s top-ranking Cardinal George Pell admitted Monday. Pell, speaking at an inquiry by Victoria’s parliament into child sex abuse in the state, denied being personally involved in the cover-up of pedophile priests, but said…

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SHANGHAI: China’s commercial hub Shanghai plans to turn recycled cooking oil, some of it seized by authorities, into an environmental asset by converting it into fuel for vehicles, state media said on Monday. The country has been rocked by a series of food safety scandals including the re-use of waste…

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SYDNEY, Australia: A man accused of deliberately lighting a deadly blaze that ripped through a Sydney nursing home in 2011, killing 11 elderly residents, pleaded guilty to murder on Monday. Roger Dean, 37, was a nurse at the facility and entered 11 guilty pleas to murder on the first day…

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LOS ANGELES: Angelina Jolie’s aunt has died of breast cancer, it was reported on Sunday, less than two weeks after the Oscar-winning actress announced that she had undergone a preventative double mastectomy. The Hollywood entertainment website E! News cited Jolie’s uncle, Ron Martin, as saying that his wife, Debbie—the younger…

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AL SHUNAH, Jordan: United States Secretary of State John Kerry unveiled on Sunday a plan to boost the Palestinian economy by attracting $4 billion in private investment, saying it could transform the lives of the people. As he seeks to bring Israel and the Palestinians back to the table to…

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SEOUL: South Korea’s obsession with plastic surgery is moving on from standard eye and nose jobs to embrace a radical surgical procedure that requires months of often painful recovery. A stream of celebrities boast on TV shows how it gave them a “new life,” while advertisements extolling its cosmetic benefits…

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SEOUL: South Korea on Monday brushed off an apparent offer by North Korea to resume nuclear disarmament talks, and chided Pyongyang for a recent personal attack on its President Park Geun-hye. “Actions are more important than words,” Unification Ministry spokesman Kim Hyung-seok said of the offer contained in a letter…