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A 27-year-old immigrant from Bangladesh detonated a homemade pipe bomb strapped to his body in a crowded New York subway passage during the morning rush hour on Monday (Tuesday in Manila), injuring three people and putting the city on edge just six weeks after a deadly truck attack. Akayed Ullah…

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The top US trade representative launched a broadside at the World Trade Organization on Monday, accusing it of losing its focus on trade negotiation and becoming a “litigation-centered” body. “Too often members seem to believe they can gain concessions through lawsuits that they could never get at the negotiating table,”…

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The European Central Bank will highlight economic strength in the eurozone in new forecasts Thursday, analysts expect, while avoiding spooking markets with talk of further cuts to its massive support for the economy. ECB economic growth forecasts could be in for an upgrade this week, after the European Commission last…

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”COMEDY Queen” AiAi de Las Alas will wed her beau, Gerald Sibayan, today, Tuesday. De las Alas, 51, arrived at the Christ the King Church in Quezon City wearing a Frederick Peralta gown, a gift from her best friend Marian Rivera. De Las Alas and Sibayan, who is 29 years…

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A LOW pressure area (LPA) east of Surigao del Norte will most likely turn into a tropical depression within the next 24 hours, according to the state-run weather bureau. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said on Tuesday that the LPA was spotted 450 kilometers (km) east…

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CHIEF Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno unilaterally decided not to raffle off the request by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd to remove the cases filed against the Maute group out of Marawi City, violating the Supreme Court’s collegiality, magistrates said on Monday. Associate Justice Teresita de Castro confirmed this before the…

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HEALTH Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd on Monday accused French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur of “mental dishonesty” on the efficacy of its anti-dengue vaccine, thereby placing the lives of hundreds of thousands of children at risk. “I think they have not been forthright from the beginning,” Duque told a Senate inquiry…

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PARENTS of the 11-year-old girl who died of dengue after being inoculated with the Dengvaxia vaccine last year vowed to help in the investigation into the P3.5-billion dengue vaccine program being conducted by the Justice department and other bodies, to bring justice to their child and other children who have…

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Debt watcher Fitch has upgraded the Philippines’ credit rating, noting continued investor confidence despite President Rodrigo Duterte bloody war against illegal drugs. The one-notch adjustment, to “BBB” from “BBB-“ with a stable outlook, placed the country further into investment-grade territory. Fitch Ratings was the first to rate the country as…

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WHILE the prim and proper among us shudder at vulgarity, history has given us a more charitable perspective on it. Vulgarity serves as a “crucial rhetorical weapon of the politically excluded,” Amber A’Lee wrote in Current Affairs. A prominent feature of the language of the people, it has been historically…

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