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Outgoing Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim yesterday urged all city hall employees to support of the administration of newly elected Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada. In a speech yesterday at the regular weekly flag-raising ceremony, Lim said:”Kung hindi man ninyo mapantayan, higitan nyo and serbisyong ibibigay ninyo para sa bagong administrasyon…

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BAGHDAD – A wave of 12 bomb attacks across Iraq killed at least 15 people and wounded dozens more on Monday, security and medical officials said. Two car bombs exploded in the main southern port city of Basra, killing seven people and wounding 35, the officials said. In the Iraqi…

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A Filipino worker who was attacked with a bat by a group of Taiwanese teenagers amid the furor over the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman by Philippine Coast Guard personnel has said the tension has subsided and that relations between Filipinos and Taiwanese have returned to normal. Jose de Leon, …

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ZAMBOANGA CITY – Dozens of communist rebels disguised as government troops raided a village in the town of Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur, over the weekend and carted weapons issued by the military to local militias, police said Monday. Police said some 40 New People’s Army (NPA) fighters also seized communication…

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ROME, May 20, 2013 (AFP) – Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams fired warning shots to their French Open rivals with comprehensive victories over Roger Federer and Victoria Azarenka respectively in Rome on Sunday. Nadal has produced some blistering tennis since returning from a seven-month injury absence and his seventh victory…

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NEW YORK – Yahoo! geared up for a major announcement Monday said to be a $1.1 billion deal to take over popular blogging platform Tumblr, a move that could bring a younger, hipper audience to the struggling Internet pioneer. The deal, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, if confirmed…

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WELLINGTON – An elderly New Zealand anti-royalist was fined Monday over a plan to hurl manure at Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla during their visit to Auckland last year, reports said. Sam Bracanov, 77, pleaded not guilty to preparing to commit an assault after his arrest on November…

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WASHINGTON – One ticket-holder won a record Powerball lottery jackpot of more than $590 million, organizers said Sunday, ending a days-long American quest for a life-changing payout. The winning numbers — 10, 13, 14, 22, 52 and a Powerball of 11 — were drawn just before 11:00 pm eastern time…

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Despite Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou’s insistence, Malacanang on Sunday said the Philippines cannot agree to a joint probe over the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman in disputed waters. Ma earlier called on the Philippines to “adopt a pragmatic attitude to unveil the truth behind the incident.” Palace deputy spokesman Abigail…

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Amid the intensifying harassment of Filipino workers in Taiwan, the government on Sunday said it was ready to bring the workers home. Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) head Amadeo Perez Jr. said that President Benigno Aquino 3nd had already ordered the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to closely monitor the…