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JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela was Sunday discharged from hospital where he has been treated since June 8 for a recurring respiratory illness, the presidency said. Despite his release, questions remain about the health of the 95-year-old Nobel laureate who has been in and out of…

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A Department of Justice (DOJ) panel preparing homicide charges against the members of the Philippine Coast Guard over the death of a Taiwanese fisherman has formally asked his fellow crewmen to appear before it, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Sunday. Asked to appear before the DOJ investigation were the…

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The Department of Budget and Management has proposed a P66.4-billion budget for the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program next year, P22 billion more than what was budgeted for this year. The program, also known as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), provides monthly financial subsidies to the poorest households, allotting…

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JODHPUR, India – Police have arrested a popular Indian spiritual guru for an alleged sexual assault on a 16-year-old schoolgirl at a religious retreat, a local official said Sunday. Asaram Bapu, one of many self-styled Hindu “godmen” who attract large numbers of followers, was arrested shortly after midnight on Sunday…

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MAJURO, Marshall Islands – Conservationists have attributed a dwindling demand for shark fins to China’s crackdown on corruption which has forced a decline in lavish banquets. “We are seeing a reduction in demand from China. Hong Kong is also showing a significant decline in consumption,” Angelo Villagomez, a shark…

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University of Santo Tomas needed two extra periods to put away Far Eastern University, 79-78, in UAAP men’s basketball Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum. Six-foot-seven Cameroonian center Karim Abdul and forward Aljon Mariano starred in the victory, the Growling Tigers’ sixth in 11 games. Abdul, who blocked Tamaraws center…

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TOKYO – More than one million Japanese took part in a national disaster drill Sunday as the country assessed its emergency readiness in the wake of a massive quake and tsunami in 2011. Timed to commemorate the anniversary of the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 which killed more than…