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MANILA: Scores of holiday resorts on the famous white-sand island Boracay have been given two months to clean up or face closure, officials said on Wednesday, after President Rodrigo Duterte warned tourists were swimming in waters polluted by feces. The outspoken Philippine leader last week blasted the tiny island’s hotels,…

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STOCKHOLM: Denmark’s Prince Henrik, the French-born husband of Queen Margrethe II, has died at the age 83, after a half-century struggle to win the hearts of Danes that only succeeded in his later years. The prince passed away on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) night surrounded by his wife and their…

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TROPICAL Depression has weakened into a low pressure area (LPA), the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said. “Tuluyan na pong humina si Basyang at isa na po itong ganap na low pressure area,” Pagasa’s weather specialist Ariel Rojas said. (Basyang has weakened considerably and has been downgraded…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: US intelligence chiefs said on Tuesday that Russian attempts to meddle in US politics are continuing unabated—and pose a threat to mid-term congressional elections in November. They also said North Korea’s nuclear program poses a potential “existential threat” to the United States, and that the time is nearing…

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JAKARTA: Valentine’s Day was banned in some Indonesian cities on Wednesday as police rounded up amorous couples, giving the official kiss-off to a tradition which critics say doesn’t deserve any love in the Muslim-majority nation. The prohibitions come amid concerns that traditionally tolerant Indonesia is taking a sharp fundamentalist turn,…

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FIVE more people were added to the list of fatalities from Tropical Depression “Basyang” (international name: Sanba), raising the total toll to 10, authorities said on Wednesday. In his report, Supt. Reyman Tolentin, spokesman for the Central Visayas Police Regional Office, said Gaudiosa Lania, 71, was swept by the strong…

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THE Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday filed administrative and criminal charges against a popular beauty clinic for refusing to be inspected and for allegedly selling unregistered cosmetic products. The FDA last week ordered the Belo Medical Group (BMG) to stop its sale of 11 unregistered cosmetic products after its operatives…

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