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WASHINGTON: Donald Trump’s attorney general warned US cities that turning a blind eye to illegal migrants could jeopardize billions in federal funding, as the administration doubled down on tough immigration policies Monday. Jeff Sessions demanded so-called “sanctuary cities” — from Boston to Chicago to Los Angeles — do more to…

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WASHINGTON: Donald Trump’s son-in-law and top aide Jared Kushner will appear before a Senate panel investigating Russian interference in the US election, the White House said Monday. Kushner, 36, was Trump’s main intermediary with foreign governments during the 2016 election campaign and now plays that role in the White House.…

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OTTAWA: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party will introduce legislation in the coming weeks that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Canada by mid-2018, reports said Monday. Passage of the bill would make Canada the first G7 country to legalize the recreational use of pot nationwide. The announcement…

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RIO DE JANEIRO: The European Union’s health commissioner said Monday that Brazil will have to “restore trust” in its meat exports after being hit by a scandal over expired meat being passed off as fresh. “I expect that (the Brazilian authorities) will understand that it’s up to them to act…

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Cabanatuan City: Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo cancelled her visit to Nueva Ecija on Monday afternoon due to heat exhaustion.  Robredo was in Baler, Aurora on Monday morning where she spoke at an event to celebrate International Women’s Month. “The Vice President cancelled her scheduled visit to Cabanatuan after…

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The Court of Appeals has stopped the scheduled deposition of Mary Jane Veloso, a Filipina who’s now in death row in Indonesia after being convicted of a drug trafficking case. The Court of Appeals’ Eleventh Division issued a 60-day temporary restraining order stopping the implementation of the ruling of Judge…

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SINGAPORE: French President Francois Hollande said Monday the final mission of his term would be to ensure that “populism, nationalism and extremism cannot win” in the world and especially not in France. Hollande’s term of office ends in mid-May and far-right politician Marine Le Pen is seen as one of…

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The Sandiganbayan’s Sixth Division has allowed Rep. Ruby Sahali Tan to travel abroad to attend the fourth round of peace talks between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines. Tan, who leads the House Committee on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity, was invited by the Office of the…

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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday said there is “nothing irregular” in the bidding of the electronic passport, or ePassport, saying everything is “aboveboard.” DFA spokesman Charles Jose, however, declined to provide The Manila Times a copy of the ePassport contract with APO Production Unit Inc. or APO,…

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In separate advisories on Monday, nine oil companies–Petron, Pilipinas Shell, Phoenix Petroleum, Eastern Petroleum, Seaoil, Unioil, PTT Philippines, Flying V and Jetti– announced that they will roll back diesel prices by P0.25 per liter, effective March 27 and March 28, Tuesday. Petron, Pilipinas Shell, Petron and Flying V will also…

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