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JAKARTA – A new species of shark that “walks” along the seabed using its fins as tiny legs has been discovered in eastern Indonesia, an environmental group said Friday. The brown and white bamboo shark pushes itself along the ocean floor as it forages for small fish and crustaceans…

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PARIS — French President Francois Hollande said Friday he remained committed to a firm response on Syria despite Britain’s surprise rejection of armed intervention. “France wants firm and proportionate action against the Damascus regime,” he said in an interview with Le Monde daily to be published Saturday. Hollande said all…

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VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis is preparing to replace the Vatican’s powerful Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone in a key reshuffle for his papacy, Italian media reported on Friday, citing anonymous Vatican sources. Bertone has held the post, considered a deputy to the pope, since 2006 and has proved…

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Janet Lim-Napoles will be transferred from the Makati City Jail to Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Judge Elmo Alameda of the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150 on Friday decided on the Fort Sto. Domingo facility as Napoles’ detention quarters on the recommendation of Director Roberto Fajardo, the…

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BEIJING – A giant steel and mesh “birdcage” that caps the uppermost level of a building in China has been ordered dismantled, state media reported, in the latest rooftop architectural oddity in the country. The structure wraps around the fourth storey of the building in the southern city of Guangzhou,…

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The Court of Appeals has found prima ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde and her father Cesar Macuja liable for damages for revoking the scholarship of a ballet dancer in 2003. In a 26-page decision, the Court’s Eleventh Division affirmed the decision of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court, Branch 104, dated…

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The Philippines will be field an all-star line-up in the World 9-Ball Championships slated on September 2 to 13 in Doha, Qatar. Former World 9-Ball champions Efren “Bata” Reyes (1999), Ronnie Alcano (2006), Francisco “Django” Bustamante (2009) and Alex Pagulayan (2004) spearhead the country’s campaign in the World Pool-Billiard…

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MANILA – Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel said he and President Benigno Aquino discussed expanding the US military’s presence in the Philippines on Friday as the Asian ally looks to defend its territorial claims in disputed waters. The US defense chief went ahead with his overnight visit to Manila despite…

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Nongovernment organizations (NGOs) have been banned from implementing projects funded by government money under the new guidelines adopted by the House of Representatives for the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) allocations. Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya, vice chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, said Friday Speaker Feliciano Belmonte issued…