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PALEMBANG, Indonesia: It is just a matter of time before the territorial rows in the Spratlys are settled peacefully and the region is declared a “peace zone,” a ranking Indonesian defense official said. After 10 years of trying to convince claimants to come up with a Code of Conduct, Air…

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FOR every 100 girls who want to become nuns, only one or two qualify. This is because a majority of the applicants are no longer virgins. Virginity is a big issue for those who want to enter a monastery. Sister Rica, a senior member of the Daughters of Saint Paul,…

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A study of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) showed that the Philippines is not likely to attain its targets under the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) to reduce poverty, cut maternal mortality rate and improve education. Roehlano Briones, PIDS research fellow who authored the study titled Millennium Development Goals…

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This year’s commemoration of the 1986 People Power Revolution will no longer be held at the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) but in Malacañang. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the EDSA People Power Commission headed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. decided to hold the commemoration of…

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak are set to meet in Kuala Lumpur on February 27, when Aquino visits Malaysia in his first foreign trip for 2014, a highly reliable foreign affairs source said. Missing from the agenda, however, will be the setting up of a…

Business

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NEW YORK CITY: Twitter said on Thursday (Friday in Manila) it was expanding its advertising to allow marketers to reach people who use the messaging platform without logging in. The move potentially opens up new revenue streams to Twitter, which has struggled to expand its user base and has never…

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GOT idle residential property in the city? Read up. Renting out property has become a thriving business in the Philippines, especially in prime cities, according to Global Property Guide, a website for international investors who want to buy houses or apartments in other countries. In its recent research, the real…

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The Asia Pacific hotel market presents the strongest optimistic outlook from investors among other regions in the next two years, according to a report by real estate services firm Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL). JLL said of the surveyed investors, it was found that the Asia Pacific region received the most…

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The Philippine Electricity Market Corp. (PEMC) and Singapore-based Energy Market Co. (EMC) are intensifying a partnership for a more efficient trading cooperation. “We could always learn from each other like trainings and, seminars of  both parties and they could have an exchange of knowledge,” Energy Secretary Zenaida Monsada told reporters…

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As battery storage costs decline WITHIN five years, battery storage costs are predicted to go down by 85 percent which would make solar a low-cost option for intermediate load power plants. This was the projection made by William Ruccius, business development director of Enfinity Philippines, a subsidiary of Belgian solar…

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GENEVA: The aviation industry is set to post a second consecutive year of net profits in 2015, nearly doubling them to $33 billion (30.1 billion) thanks to low fuel prices, its trade association said Thursday (Friday in Manila). “Our outlook for this year has improved to a 33 billion US…

Regions

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Zamboanga City: Motorcycle-riding gunmen shot and killed two persons in an attack over the weekend in the town of Liloy in Zamboanga del Norte province, police said. Police said Jessie Velasco, 37, and Rafael Callao, 68, were traveling on a motorcycle when masked gunmen shot them. The attackers were tailing…

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A militant peasants’ organization on Sunday criticized the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) for its bid to subject Hacienda Luisita to a sugar block-farming scheme. The Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), in a statement, claimed that the scheme would allow the Cojuangco family to retain control over Hacienda Luisita. Hacienda…

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Government troops arrested a man who was transporting antitank explosives in Davao City, military officials reported on Sunday. Joey Atienza was driving his motorcycle when soldiers intercepted him over the weekend at a checkpoint in the village of Mabuhay in Paquibato district, a known lair of New People’s Army (NPA)…

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Baguio City: The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Cordillera Regional Office, for the second consecutive year, held a summer workshop for the families of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Baguio-Benguet area. The summer program, focused on the theme, “Strengthening Family Values, Stewardship Formation and Economic Reintegration,” was held in…

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Lawmakers over the weekend called for the immediate arrest of former vice mayor Romeo Borja Jr. of Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija, in the wake of a resolution from the Department of Justice finding probable cause and recommending the filing of charges for 22 counts of rape against the former local government…

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Baguio City: The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (Opapp) has set up a monitoring, evaluation and transparency (MET) mechanism and partnered with several civil society organizations (CSOs) to improve the management and monitoring of the government’s peace and development projects in the Cordillera region. Undersecretary Marie…

World

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TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling party is on course for a landslide win in the December 14 general election, opinion polls published on Thursday showed. His Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) could sweep more than 300 of the 475 seats in the lower house of parliament, the Asahi Shimbun…

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WASHINGTON D.C.:  – Iranian hackers have managed to penetrate and steal information from governments and companies around the world since 2012, posing a grave security threat, researchers say in a new report. The report by the security firm Cylance released on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) said the hackers have “extracted…

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WASHINGTON D.C.: United States lawmakers voted unanimously on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) to pass legislation making Israel a “major strategic partner” of the US, deepening a bilateral bond that has recently shown signs of strain. In Jerusalem, Israeli political leaders agreed on Wednesday to hold a snap election next March,…

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DAKAR: The Belgian microbiologist who co-discovered the Ebola virus has accused the World Health Organization (WHO) of dithering in reacting to the deadly epidemic and accused the international community of “hysteria.” Peter Piot said that while an initial delay in confirming the outbreak could be expected, there was no excuse…

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NEW YORK: Lady Gaga has revealed that she was raped as a teenager and said that it took her years of therapy to acknowledge and start to recover from the trauma. “I don’t want to be defined by it,” the pop star said. “I’ll be damned if somebody is going…

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LOS ANGELES: Three more women came forward on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) claiming Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them, as a lawyer challenged the veteran comic to let himself face legal action over decades-old alleged attacks. The women appeared in tears at a Los Angeles press conference called by attorney Gloria…

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LONDON: Scientists in Britain are studying a rare tapeworm that lived in a man’s brain for four years, researchers said on Friday. The parasite travelled five centimeters (two inches) from the right side of the brain to the left. The tapeworm causes sparganosis, an inflammation of body tissues that can…

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VIENNA: US Secretary of State John Kerry joined troubled Iran nuclear talks in Vienna on Thursday, four days before a looming deadline, with Russia warning that getting a deal will be “very difficult”. Speaking in Paris earlier, Kerry said that with British counterpart Philip Hammond — who said on Wednesday…

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SAN FRANCISCO: Firefox maker Mozilla announced Wednesday that it is switching to Yahoo as the default service for online searches done through the Web browser in the United States. Google has been the default option for Firefox searches since 2004, but beginning next month that role in the US will…

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WASHINGTON: The Secret Service admitted Wednesday to an “inexcusable” series of failures that allowed a disturbed veteran to make it deep into the White House armed with a knife. Joseph Clancy, acting director of the Secret Service, told the House Judiciary Committee that the front door of the presidential mansion…

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NEW YORK: A “historic” storm dumped more than five feet of snow, stranding scores of motorists, canceling flights and killing at least eight people in the northeastern United States, officials said Wednesday. Areas east and southeast of Buffalo, in northern New York state, could receive a year’s accumulation of snow…

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WASHINGTON: The Library of Congress feted Billy Joel, presenting the American pop music icon with its Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at a gala concert in the US capital. Tony Bennett, Boyz II Men, John Mellencamp and LeAnn Rimes were among the recording artists lined up to perform in honor…