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WASHINGTON: The Western air strikes against Syria probably won’t slow Bashar al-Assad and Russia’s campaign and they certainly don’t amount to a strategy to kick-start the failing peace process. They were never meant to. But, by refocusing Washington’s attention, however briefly, on Syria’s seven-year-old civil war, they served to highlight…

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Police in many nations that are fighting back against the pedophiles who sexually exploit children online are having remarkable success. Pedophiles and child pornographers, despite hiding in the dark corners of the web and using encryption software, are being caught in increasing numbers. They abuse children online and send thousands…

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Missing SALNs for the years 1985, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997. These, plus two found in the Office of the Ombudsman, bring the total to 11, lawyers Josalee Deinla and Jojo Lacanilao said. I believe that calling CJ Sereno ignorant and dumb is a bit cruel.…

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WASHINGTON: “The Justice Department announces the seizure of Backpage.com, the Internet’s leading forum for prostitution ads, including ads depicting the prostitution of children.” All I can say is, it is about time. Since 2010, state and federal politicians and law enforcement have known about Backpage.com’s classified section, which offered a…

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This article is the 23rd in a series of joint productions of Lotus News Features and IDN-InDepthNews, flagship of the International Press Syndicate. BANGKOK (IDN): A recent conference at Thammasat University in Bangkok brought together Indian and Southeast Asian scholars to discuss re-building cultural links along two major rivers in Asia – the…

ANALYSIS

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WASHINGTON, United States: With Donald Trump in the White House, the end of the Castro era in Cuba next week is unlikely to bring warmer relations, analysts say. President Raul Castro will step down on April 19, ending nearly 60 years of Castro family rule after his brother Fidel seized…

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was full of praise for China at the just-concluded Boao Forum for Asia (BFA). The president declared he “needs” Beijing even before departing for the forum. “I need China more than anybody else at this time of our national life,” Duterte said as quoted by the…

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IT was Chief Justice-on leave Maria Lourdes Sereno who asked the Supreme Court to hold oral arguments on the quo warranto petition filed against her by Solicitor General Jose Calida. Earlier, the court had rejected Calida’s request for the same. Sereno got her wish. Oral arguments were heard on Tuesday,…

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GIVE me this one break. It is the season for graduations after all, and I believe this particular grandfather deserves to be allowed a great feeling of joy at having walked my darling granddaughter to the stage to receive her diploma at long last. Gia is a special child of…

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