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BEIJING: A Chinese special envoy on Monday ended a four-day trip to North Korea during which the two sides discussed regional concerns but made no direct statements about the nuclear crisis. Officially, Song Tao was sent by President Xi Jinping to report on the outcome of the Chinese Communist Party’s…

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BRUSSELS: The EU is confident of “stability and continuity” in Germany despite the collapse of talks to form a coalition government, leaving Chancellor Angela Merkel scrambling to save the country from crisis. Europe’s biggest economy faces snap elections or months of paralysis under a lame duck government after Merkel’s efforts…

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KABAYAN Party-list has officially announced five candidates being considered to replace Rep. Harry Roque whom President Rodrigo Duterte appointed spokesman. They are lawyer Rommel Regalaro Begares, Kabayan Chairman Vicente “Jun” Malvar, Kabayan Secretary General Rogel Navarro, Kabayan Vice Chairman for Education Eduardo Bayona and Rebecca Lazada. In a press conference…

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BAGHDAD: Iraq’s top court on Monday declared the Kurdish north’s independence referendum in September to be unconstitutional, firing a new salvo in the political crisis with the autonomous region. The legal move marked the latest stage in the dispute between Baghdad and Kurdish regional capital Arbil sparked by the referendum,…

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BEIJING: China said on Monday that Myanmar and Bangladesh have backed its plan to resolve a crisis that has caused more than 600,000 Rohingya refugees to flee from Myanmar into Bangladesh. Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi presented a “three-phase solution” during visits to Bangladesh last week and Myanmar this weekend.…

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AFTER four weeks of successive price hikes, oil companies will cut the prices of diesel, gasoline, and kerosene effective on Tuesday, November 21. Flying V and Seaoil said they would lower prices of diesel by 15 centavos per liter, gasoline by 50 centavos per liter, and kerosene by 35 centavos per…

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TRANSPORTATION Secretary Arthur Tugade said on Monday that only President Rodrigo Duterte can ask him to resign, in response to the call of two lawmakers to step down amid the problems faced by the Metro Rail Transit-3. “Only the President can ask me to resign. Hindi lahat ng problema inaaddress ng resignation…

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THE Philippine Navy announced on Monday that it would mount its first missile system on three of its brand new multi-purpose attack craft (MPAC) by Christmas time. Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado, the Philippine Navy chief, said that there would be a pre-delivery inspection of the Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd.’s Spike…

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