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Despite being active in the social networking community, Filipinos retain “traditional” shopping habits,” according to recent Reader’s Digest survey. The Reader’s Digest Trusted Brands 2013 Survey, which polled 7,000 respondents in seven Southeast Asian countries, showed that only 17 percent of the 1,000 Filipino respondents changed their shopping habits, despite…

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Canada on Thursday warned its citizens against traveling to the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao [ARMM] because of a supposed kidnap threat. The advisory follows the travel warning issued by United Kingdom and the United States against areas in Mindanao that are considered risky to foreign travelers. “Foreign Affairs and…

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SYDNEY – Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard was forced to dodge a flying sandwich for the second time this month Thursday when someone’s salami lunch was flung at her during a school visit. Gillard was greeting children at Lyneham High School in Canberra when the sandwich narrowly missed her. Photos…

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Cabinet secretaries and other officials in the Executive branch should make clear the President’s positions on proposed bills even before these measures get congressional approval, lawmakers said Thursday. Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. of Quezon City, Rep. Teddy Baguilat of Ifugao and Rep. Milagros Magsaysay of Zambales reacted to President Benigno…

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Promising wrestlers Kristine Jambora of New Era University and Richelle Piollo of Makati led the double-gold medalists in the wrestling events of the 2013 Philippine Olympic Committee-Philippine Sports Commission (POC-PSC) Philippine National Games at the Robinsons Manila in Malate. The 17-year-old Jambora, a bronze medalist in the 2013 Southeast Asian…

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The Commission on Elections (Comelec) runs the risk of being accused of involvement in a bidding war if it is made to decide on party-list groups with multiple sets of nominees, a House leader said. Rep. Walden Bello of Akbayan party-list made the observation in light of the Comelec’s move…

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HONG KONG: Asian shares were mixed Thursday, with a stronger yen driving down Tokyo stocks as investors weighed the implications of a potential softening of the US Federal Reserve’s aggressive stimulus programme. Tokyo stocks tumbled nearly three percent as jittery investors dumped shares following a sharp fall on Wall Street…

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SYDNEY: An Australian has been jailed for four-and-a-half years in Saudi Arabia on terrorism-related offences, with his lawyer vowing to appeal what he claims was an unfair trial. Shayden Thorne has been held in a jail outside Riyadh for almost 18 months, reportedly after a laptop, which his family says…

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TOKYO: Tokyo stocks tumbled more than three percent in opening trade Thursday after falls on Wall Street and the dollar’s drop against the yen. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index lost 3.12 percent, or 446.53 points, to 13,879.93 in the first few minutes of trading. The benchmark index was down 3.10…

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BRUSSELS: The European Commission laid down its economic targets Wednesday for EU nations desperately seeking growth and jobs in the fallout from the debt crisis but gave France and Spain extra time in return for deeper reforms. The debt crisis has seen Brussels gain additional powers to ensure EU member…