Today’s Breaking News

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Al-Qaeda and other hostile groups have repeatedly sought to infiltrate US intelligence agencies, which are investigating thousands of their employees to counter the threat, The Washington Post reported on Monday. The CIA found that about a fifth of job applicants with suspect backgrounds had “significant terrorist and/or hostile intelligence connections,”…

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A group of Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen on Monday attacked a US base near the Pakistani border in eastern Afghanistan, sparking a three-hour shootout, officials said. No member of the US-led NATO mission in Afghanistan was killed in the attack on a base in Nangarhar province, said a spokesman…

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The west of Japan had its hottest ever summer this year, official figures showed Monday after a season in which heatstroke killed dozens and hospitalized tens of thousands nationwide. The average temperature from June to August was 1.2 degrees Celsius higher than the seasonal average, with the mercury hitting a…

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Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen on Monday attacked a US base in eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistani border, officials said. “A group of suicide bombers have attacked a US base in Torkham near the border with Pakistan,” Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, spokesman for the Nangarhar provincial governor, told Agence France-Presse. Abdulzai…

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The head of India’s ruling party, Sonia Gandhi, is to fly to the United States for a medical check-up, according to a report, a week after she was hospitalized in New Delhi. Gandhi, India’s most powerful politician, traveled to the United States in 2011 for surgery on an undisclosed condition…

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A lawmaker has filed a bill lowering the mandatory retirement age for government employees to age 55 or 10 years earlier than 65 years what the present law has pegged. Rep. Maria Carmen Zamora of 1st District of Compostela Valley said if House Bill 242 is approved, it will correct…

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A rubber plantation worker was killed while another was seriously wounded after 30 heavily armed New People’s Army (NPA) fighters torched a plantation of the Standard Rubber Development Corporation in Barangay Taluntalunan, Makilala town, North Cotabato province on Sunday evening. Lt. Nasrullah Sema, 57th Infantry Battalion civil-military operation officer, said…

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US President Barack Obama launched an intense lobbying effort on Sunday (Monday in Manila) to sway skeptical lawmakers weighing whether to support a military strike against Syria. The strategy, outlined by a senior White House official, came as Secretary of State John Kerry said that Washington had proof Damascus used…

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Workers will switch off one of Japan’s two working reactors on Monday, with the other set for shutdown later this month and no restarts in sight amid continued public hostility to nuclear power. Kansai Electric Power will start reducing generating power at its Unit No. 3 at the Oi plant,…

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To uphold President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s agenda of inclusive and sustainable growth, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has increased the proposed budget for the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) from P44 billion this year to P62.6 billion in 2014, supporting the administration’s bid to expand the 4Ps program…