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COTABATO CITY: The Department of Trade and Industry of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DTI-ARMM) secretary Anwar Malang said the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council (MSMEDC) held its first summit to empower local entrepreneurs and provide them with information on the latest trends in the local and…

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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: Free legal assistance would be made available at the provincial capitol grounds of Misamis Oriental this Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano said. He added that the program is part of the provincial government’s annual “free legal assistance” to provide the…

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CAMP ALAGAR, Cagayan de Oro City: Five New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Bukidnon surrendered on separate occasions in early December and turned over high-powered “sniper” rifles. Supt. Lemuel Gonda, spokesman for the police regional command, said the latest to yield were two NPA rebels from Cabanglasan, Bukidnon, identified as…

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BEIJING: South Korean President Moon Jae-In was set to meet with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Beijing on Thursday amid mixed US signals about potential talks to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis. Relations between Beijing and Seoul have encountered their own rough patch over the US military’s deployment…

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TOKYO: United Nations chief Antonio Guterres on Thursday warned the world against “sleepwalking into war” over North Korea, as he called for diplomatic efforts to banish nuclear weapons from the Korean peninsula. Speaking on a visit to Japan, Secretary-General Guterres said: “The worst possible thing that could happen would be…

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BRUSSELS: British Prime Minister Theresa May heads to a Brussels summit on Thursday reeling from a parliamentary defeat over Brexit that threatens to undermine her just as EU leaders back the opening of trade talks. The other 27 leaders are expected during the two-day meeting in Brussels to endorse an…

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JAKARTA: A bid to make all sex outside marriage illegal was rejected by a top Indonesian court Thursday, in a ruling that surprised many as concerns grow about rising intolerance in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country. Five out of nine judges on the Constitutional Court in the capital Jakarta narrowly…

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BANGKOK: Thailand has drastically reduced trade with North Korea amid mounting international pressure to isolate the pariah state, the government said Thursday, as a senior US envoy arrived for talks on Pyongyang’s nuclear program. The kingdom is one of several Southeast Asian countries to host a North Korean embassy, and…

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TOKYO: Japanese police said on Thursday they had carried out several raids, reportedly in connection to alleged shipments of food to North Korea that would contravene sanctions. Investigators raided several places on suspicion of violating foreign exchange regulations, an official from the Kyoto Police Department told Agence France-Presse, declining to…

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SEOUL: The powerful secret confidante at the center of the sprawling corruption scandal that brought down South Korean president Park Geun-Hye should spend the next quarter of a century in prison, prosecutors demanded on Thursday. Park’s longtime friend Choi Soon-Sil—the daughter of her religious guru—was vilified at the massive nationwide…

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