Today’s Breaking News

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The Philippine National Police (PNP) will deploy this week bicycle-riding policemen in Boracay Island, Aklan, one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations, officials said Wednesday. Regional Police commander, Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr., said a total of 40 police officers in the region have completed their training on bicycle-proficiency…

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Despite the absence of local leads, the Philippine Stock Exchange index still managed to make a slight recovery during the morning trade, rising 0.12 percent, or 7.63 points to close at 6,455.81. The wider all shares, however, remained in the red, losing by 0.14 percent, or 5.57 points to 3,938.16.…

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QUITO – A hidden microphone was found in Ecuador’s embassy in London, where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is holed up, Ecuador’s foreign minister said. Ricardo Patino said the origin of the bug would be revealed Wednesday and explanations demanded of the country involved. He did not elaborate. The bug was…

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SEOUL – Dozens of South Korean firms on Wednesday threatened to withdraw from a shuttered joint industrial zone in North Korea, complaining they fell victim to political bickering between the two Koreas. Representatives of the 123 South Korean companies with factories in Kaesong have repeatedly urged North and South Korea…

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BLANG MANCUNG – Rescuers battled through landslides and blocked roads Wednesday to reach survivors from an earthquake in Indonesia’s Aceh province that has killed at least 22 people, including several children who died when a mosque collapsed. More than 200 people were also injured in Aceh’s remote, mountainous interior when…

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Immigration agents nab 3 South Korean fugitives The Bureau of Immigration arrested three South Koreans wanted for various crimes back home. Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. said Wednesday BI intelligence operatives arrested the Koreans last June 19 at their residence at the Citadella Executive Village in Barangay Casimiro, Las Piñas…

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AUTHORITIES are tracking down a village policeman who accidentally shot and killed a woman late Tuesday afternoon in Davao City, police reports said Wednesday. Reports at the PNP national operation center identified the village watchman as Margarito Baguio a village police of Barangay Leon Garcia of Davao City. His victim was identified as…

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The Philippines has plenty of room to expand its private-sector leverage to boost domestic consumption and sustain growth, according a report released by an international banking institution. In its latest report titled “Asia leverage uncovered,” Standard Chartered Bank said that the Philippines was in the low-risk category in terms of…