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RESPONDING to solve the scarcity of reference books in many of Nueva Vizcaya’s public schools, a non-government organization (NGO) has established child-friendly libraries in four municipalities for more than 3,000 pupils this school year. The Acts of Hope for the Nation (AHON) Foundation, a non-stock, non-profit organization whose main mission…

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A former municipal accountant in Maguindanao province was thrown behind bars after the Sandiganbayan proved that she failed to remit premium contributions from the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and collected dues from municipal employees. The Sandiganbayan Third Division convicted Monawara Kiga, office-in-charge (OIC)-municipal accountant of Paglat Town, for violating…

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TUGUEGARAO CITY: A winning vice mayoralty candidate’s coordinator in Piddig town, Ilocos Norte province was shot dead Friday. Police said the slain campaign leader was identified by police as Michael Padaca of said town who succumbed to death due to multiple gunshot wounds on different parts of his body. Padaca,…

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A farmer was shot dead by still unidentified assailants inside his still unfinished home Thursday evening in Surigao del Sur province, police reports said Saturday. Belated reports reaching the Philippine National Police operations center in Camp Crame identified the fatality as Pedro Gemina alias “Bebot” of legal age, married, of…

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SCORES of people were left homeless after several houses were destroyed by a tornado that hit a small village in Polomok, South Cotabato province Friday afternoon, a government disaster report said on Saturday. Reports at the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (Ndrrmc) said the tornado struck at around 1…

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GUATEMALA CITY: Guatemala extradited ex-president Alfonso Portillo to the United States US on Friday to face charges of laundering $70 million, sending him on a plane under the escort of US agents in a first for Latin America. “Hasta luego (see you later), people of Guatemala,” Portillo, 61, said as…

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PARIS: International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde avoided immediate charges Friday but was named an “assisted witness” after French prosecutors grilled her for two days over a state payout to a disgraced tycoon when she was finance minister. Lagarde was questioned for a total of 24 hours by prosecutors…

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LAHORE: Sixteen children and a teacher were killed when their school bus caught fire in central Pakistan on Saturday, police said. Seven other children were injured in the blaze which destroyed the vehicle. The van was carrying 24 children to a private school in Gujrat when it caught fire, local…

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GENEVA: Saudi Arabia said Friday it would send samples taken from animals possibly infected with a deadly SARS-like virus to the United States (US) for testing in a bid to find the source of disease. The Saudi health ministry has “collected large samples from bats and other animals, including camels,…

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OSAKA: A Japanese politician who drew fire for calling “comfort women” a wartime necessity has been forced to apologize for suggesting United States (US) soldiers in Okinawa visit brothels to vent their violent frustrations. Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto had suggested that US servicemen in the southern prefecture of Okinawa, where…