Today’s Breaking News

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The Philippine government spends only 3 percent on public health, much smaller than what the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommends. Oscar Picazo, PIDS senior health research consultant of the Philippines Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), told reporters “about 3 percent to 3.5 percent” of the country’s gross domestic product…

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A man was reportedly decapitated Tuesday night in an explosion along the national highway in Zamboanga del Sur, police said on Wednesday. The blast occurred along the national highway in Barangay Tapodoc, Labangan town. The reports said bomb experts from the Lanbangan police station recovered another improvised explosive device (IED)…

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Janet Lim-Napoles, the woman in the center of the pork barrel scam, is beginning to get used to living in detention, the Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesman said Wednesday. Sr. Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac said Napoles’ health has greatly improved on her third day in Fort Santo Domingo in…

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Malacanang on Wednesday welcomed the Philippines’ strong showing in the latest World Economic Forum (WEF) survey that showed the country rising six notches. In its Global Competitiveness Report 2013-2014, the WEF ranked the Philippines in 59th place among 148 countries included in the survey. Last year the country was 65th…

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Riot police on Wednesday stood guard around South Korea’s parliament where politicians were set to vote for the arrest of a leftist lawmaker accused of plotting an armed insurrection in support of Pyongyang. Rival political parties were expected to join forces to approve the arrest of Representative Lee Seok-Ki, of…

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A barangay chairman was killed along with his wife after being ambushed by still unidentified gunmen in Barangay Loria, Angadanan town, Isabela Wednesday morning. Senior Supt. Sotero Ramos Jr., Isabela Provincial Police Office director, identified the fatalities as Barangay captain Arnold Pastor and his wife Lailanie. Arnold is the head…

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Ariel Castro, sentenced to life in prison for holding three young women captive and raping them for a decade, has been found dead in his prison cell, news reports said. CBS television and other US news outlets reported that the former Cleveland, Ohio school bus driver, who was sentenced to…

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After a long drive from across the border in China, the white truck arrived in Nepal’s capital at dawn with a seemingly innocuous cargo of Chinese-made clothes. But hidden in a cylinder inside the vehicle’s front bumper was the latest haul of gold smuggled from Tibet—bars weighing some 35 kilograms…