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RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazilians cried, cursed their president and covered their faces in shame after their beloved football team’s humiliating 7-1 thrashing by Germany in the World Cup semifinals on Tuesday. After the fifth goal, well before half-time, hundreds of people left their expensive seats at the stadium in the…

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Lawyer Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes will be detained at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City (Metro Manila), not at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame in Quezon City as she wished. The Sandiganbayan on Wednesday denied Reyes’ appeal to be transferred to Camp Crame, the PNP…

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SEN. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito lost a chance to patch things up with his brother when he was prevented from seeing Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame on Wednesday. The senator was also stopped from visiting another colleague, Sen. Ramon “Bong”…


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THE country’s top boxing champ is also one of the top absentees in Congress. Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao of Sarangani was able to attend only 38 sessions for the past year. Based on the records of the House of Representatives, Pacquiao, the only boxer in the world with eight titles…

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THE Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival celebrates its 10th year in August as local independent filmmaking continues to enter the mainstream scene and earn recognition from award-giving bodies. On Wednesday, the festival’s 10th edition aptly dubbed “Cinemalaya X” was officially launched at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and Cinemalaya…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: US industrial production rose in April as manufacturing increased for the first time in three months, but only after a sharp March decline, Federal Reserve data showed on Tuesday. Total industrial output rose 0.7 percent in April, but following a 0.9 percent decline in March, worse than the…

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TOKYO: Japan has sidestepped a recession with modest first-quarter growth, preliminary data showed Wednesday, but the reading underscored how Tokyo’s drive for a firm recovery in the world’s number three economy is not gaining traction. The country’s gross domestic product expanded by 0.4 percent between January and March—or 1.7 percent…

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HONG KONG: Asian stock markets mostly fell on Wednesday after a two-day rally and strong US data that fuelled talk of an interest rate rise, while Tokyo swung back and forth following a better-than-forecast economic growth reading. The world’s number three economy expanded 0.4 percent in the first three months…

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TOKYO: Suzuki on Wednesday admitted it found “discrepancies” in its fuel-economy and emissions testing, but denied that it manipulated data to make cars seem more efficient than they were. The remarks came after the small carmaker’s shares dived in Tokyo on reports it had used improper testing, after rival Japanese…

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PAKISTAN Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif’s two-day visit to Beijing focused on the $46-billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which India has objected to because it passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The CPEC is a key component of President Xi Jinping’s “Belt and Road Initiative” connecting China’s Xinjiang region to Pakistan’s Gwadar…

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THE central bank tossed a bit of a surprise at financial markets this week with a cut in its key interest rates, to take effect on June 3, as an operational move toward implementing its interest rate corridor (IRC). The IRC is fundamentally designed to make interest rate setting by…

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LEGAZPI CITY: Sr. Supt. Leonardo Prades, 55, regional director of Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) was found dead floating at the waters off Puro village in Albay Gulf at around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday still wearing his snorkeling goggles, some 200 meters away from the shoreline here. His corpse was…

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BAMBANG, Nueva Vizcaya: The implementation of a farming scheme is seen to have boosted rice production in Nueva Vizcaya, according to the National Irrigation Administration (NIA). NIA officials have expressed optimism on the projected rice production increase in the province because of the implementation of the Five in Two Years…

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CAUAYAN CITY, Isabela: Calata Corp. and LPGMA Partylist Group signed a memorandum of agreement that will pay for the schooling of more than 500 scholars in Isabela. In a statement, Joseph “Josh” Hernandez Calata, president and chief executive of Calata Corp. together with LPGMA partylist Rep. Arnel Ty signed the…

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Manila-based Airline Operators Council (AOC) executives made an ocular inspection on the ongoing construction of five-hectare expanded terminal facility of Clark International Airport (CIA), “What we’re doing here is we are trying to correct the mistakes of NAIA Terminal 3 by injecting new ideas here in Clark.” Their visit on…

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THE Commission on Audit (COA) noted mismanagement of carabaos (water buffaloes) at the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC), prompting state auditors to ask the government-owned and -controlled corporation to take care of the company’s P440-million live assets. According to government auditors, of the 2,326 carabaos worth P440.2 million, a tenth of…

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THE Pasay City government is now requiring all business establishments operating in the city to register with the Pag-IBIG Fund in order to be able to apply for or renew their business permits. This after Pasay City Mayor Antonino “Tony” Calixto signed a memorandum of agreement with the Home Development…

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BEIJING: A US geologist convicted on state secrets charges and imprisoned in China has been released and returned to the United States, a human rights group said. Xue Feng, who had been serving an eight-year sentence in Beijing No. 2 Prison, was immediately deported upon leaving jail, the US-based Dui…

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DHAKA: Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia left her office Sunday for the first time in three months in a sign of easing tensions after deadly protests had plunged the country into a political crisis. Zia, 69, was taken by car to a court where she surrendered and secured bail in…

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MOSCOW: Since April 2014, pro-Russian separatists in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of east Ukraine have been waging a deadly battle with Ukrainian forces. More than 6,000 people have been killed over the course of the year. 2014 April 6: Pro-Russian protesters take over official buildings—local government offices and headquarters…

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DONETSK, Ukraine: From Ukraine’s war-torn Donetsk and Lugansk regions to Kiev, Moscow and the capitals of Western Europe, here are some of the key players in the year-long conflict that has claimed over 6,000 lives in east Ukraine. Vladimir Putin The Russian president, 62, is accused by Kiev and the…

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UNITED NATIONS: Russia called on the UN Security Council Saturday to push for a pause in the air war in Yemen, as a Saudi-led coalition pounded rebels in the country for a 10th day. Yemen’s main southern city, a last foothold of supporters of self-exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, has…

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WASHINGTON: In this hi-tech age of gadgets and gizmos, a simple whiteboard found in classrooms around the globe was the tool that helped negotiators seal the complex parameters of a Iran nuclear deal. Until the final hours, US diplomats who had spent eight days locked in a Lausanne hotel hammering…

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SEOUL: Less than two weeks after securing a rare deal to improve relations, North and South Korea are already back on more familiar territory, trading accusations of insult and insincerity. Previous agreements have been scuppered by similar verbal disputes, which can easily escalate into something more serious. The North’s annoyance…

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GUATEMALA: Protesters railed against Guatemala’s disgraced ex-president Otto Perez outside his court hearing on corruption allegations Friday, two days before elections that have been upended by his resignation and jailing. Hundreds of protesters outraged over a torrent of scandals that engulfed Perez’s administration gathered outside the Supreme Court as prosecutors…

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LOS ANGELES: The battle against wildfires sweeping across the drought-stricken western United States, mobilizing 30,000 firefighters, could be the costliest on record with $1.23 billion spent so far, officials say. Last week alone, a record $243 million was spent fighting more than 40 massive wildfires, said Jennifer Jones, spokeswoman for…

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SAN FRANCISCO: Google is talking with Chinese authorities and smartphone makers about opening an online shop in China stocked with applications for Android-powered mobile devices, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The move would mark a return for the US Internet firm, which moved its online search service from…

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WASHINGTON: The US unemployment rate fell to 5.1 percent in August, the lowest since early 2008, as the economy motored steadily ahead despite a global slowdown, the Labor Department said Friday. A modest 173,000 new jobs were created last month, below what was forecast, and there were some signs that…

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SAN JUAN: Hillary Clinton refused to apologize Friday for using a private email account as US secretary of state despite an uproar dogging her presidential campaign, as she knocked Republican frontrunner Donald Trump. Faced with eroding support, the Democratic hopeful for next year’s election offered the most comprehensive public remarks…