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WASHINGTON: The first manned aircraft that can fly day and night powered entirely by solar energy was to leave Texas for Missouri Monday, and will use a “revolutionary” inflatable hangar to replace one damaged in last week’s Midwest tornadoes. Powerful storms that hit the St. Louis, Missouri area late Friday…

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HONG KONG: Hong Kong stocks opened 0.49 percent higher on Monday despite falls on Wall Street and in Europe at the end of last week. The benchmark Hang Seng Index was up 109.71 points at 22,501.87 in the opening minutes of trade.

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SHANGHAI: Chinese shares were down 0.16 percent in early trading on Monday after HSBC said manufacturing activity fell to an eight-month low in May. The British bank said its final reading of purchasing managers’ index fell to 49.2 in May, down from 50.4 in April. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index…

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CHICAGO: Three veteran storm chasers were killed while pursuing powerful tornadoes that tore through the US state of Oklahoma, a relative said Sunday. Tim Samaras, his son Paul and their storm-chasing partner Carl Young died Friday in a twister in El Reno, west of Oklahoma City. “They all unfortunately passed…

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VIENNA: Four people have died and at least eight more were missing Sunday as torrential rains lashed central Europe, forcing hundreds to evacuate their homes after floods and landslides. Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic sent in army units to help with rescue efforts after rains reached record levels in…

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PARIS: Nearly 40 years ago, European countries worried by US and Soviet dominance of space gave the green light to the first Ariane rocket, a wee launcher capable of hoisting a satellite payload of just 1.8 tonnes — the equivalent mass of two small cars. On Wednesday, the fifth and…

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LONDON: The two Muslim converts suspected of brutally hacking to death a soldier on a London street will appear at separate courts in the British capital on Monday. Michael Adebolajo, 28, will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court for his first court hearing after he was charged on Saturday with the…

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National University’s Lady Bulldogs completed their climb to women’s volleyball superstardom, winning their first ever Shakey’s V-League crown in the First Conference with a 25-23, 25-20, 17-25, 26-24 win over Ateneo’s Lady Eagles in the decider on Sunday at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City. NU jumped to…

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Brig. Gen. Daniel A. Lucero, commander of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division and former spokesman of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, died after scuba diving Sunday afternoon, a report reaching The Manila Times said. There were no other details but radio reports said Lucero was diving in Zamboanga…

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President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd has named new appointees for various government offices, Malacanang announced Sunday. Among the new appointees were: Veridigno P. Atienza – General Manager/CEO, Philippine Retirement Authority; Alvin P. Diaz – Acting Director IV, Governance Commission for Government Owned or Controlled Corporations (GCG); Joselito S. Enot…