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HOLLYWOOD: Filipino American songwriter Robert Lopez and his wife, Kristen Andersen-Lopez, won the Oscar for best song with their powerful ballad, “Let It Go,” the theme music of Disney blockbuster animated film “Frozen.” The award makes Lopez, 39, the youngest member of an elite group that has bagged an EGOT…

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Sen. Jose “Jinggoy’ Estrada is according to speculations, eyeing the top post in Manila, but a source who is also a potential rival said the plunder complaint filed at the Office of the Ombudsman could work against the senator. The source, who has been monitoring the political situation in Manila,…

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HALF of the members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) are gearing up for clashes with the government over the Aquino administration’s failure to implement the peace agreement with the MNLF in 1996. The Selatan Kutawato State Revolutionary Committee (SKSRC), a faction of the MNLF based in Central Mindanao,…

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AS Catholics prepare for Lent that officially starts tomorrow, Ash Wednesday, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) called on the faithful to fight the “economy of exclusion” that degrades and dehumanizes. CBCP President Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said he was referring to exclusion from gainful livelihood, exclusion from…

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Nearly five months after Typhoon Santi raked Nueva Ecija with gale-force winds, Michael Santiago is still trying to put his life back together again. The storm destroyed rice lands in the town of Cabiao, leaving farmers like Santiago with no crops to harvest. The situation in Cabiao is a cruel…

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KIEV: Russia cemented its control of the flashpoint Crimean peninsula without firing a shot while markets plunged on Monday and world leaders held a series of crisis talks over the worst standoff between Moscow and the West since the Cold War. The price of oil surged on fears of an…

Business

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BEIJING: China’s factory activity shrank further in December, a private survey showed on Monday, the 10th consecutive month of contraction with the world’s second-largest economy set to post its weakest growth in a quarter of a century. The Caixin Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), tracking activity in the factory and workshop…

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SINGAPORE: Singapore’s trade-dependent economy grew by an estimated 2.1 percent in 2015, its worst performance since the 2009 recession, as global demand for Asian exports slumped, official data showed on Monday. The gross domestic product (GDP) expansion figure, down from 2.9 percent in 2014, was based on advance estimates that…

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ATHENS: Greece’s prime minister on Sunday said his government will not give in to “unreasonable” demands as the debt-ridden country braces for critical negotiations with international creditors on the thorny issue of pension reform. The warning came just days after Athens got one billion euros under the terms of its…

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SINGAPORE: Oil prices rose in Asia on Monday after crude kingpin Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic ties with Iran following a row over Tehran’s execution of a Shiite cleric. Saudi Arabia announced the decision Sunday, a day after protesters ransacked its embassy in Tehran over the execution of a Shiite cleric.…

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SHANGHAI: Chinese authorities for the first time closed the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges early under a “circuit breaker” mechanism to curb volatility after shares fell 7 percent on Monday, raising concern over their commitment to market openness. China’s stock indices plummeted in mid-2015 as a debt-fuelled bubble burst, sending…

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I am writing this installment, the first of the business year, in a curiously yoga-like position at my desk at home: Facing about 45 degrees, with my left leg resting on the corner of the desk so my knee is about at chest level, my left thigh providing a comfortable…

Regions

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: The Philippine Army said a mother who was injured after falling into a cliff while escaping a rebel bombing near their house in Compostela Valley province had died from internal injuries. It said Ellen Sucnaan, 20, who just gave birth two months ago, succumbed to her injuries in…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: A drunken government teacher is facing charges after he assaulted a police officer who booked him here. Marlon Marquez, who teaches at the Limpapa National High School, suddenly grabbed police investigator Roberto Millan 2nd by his collar and slammed his face against the iron bars of his detention…

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SOLANO, Nueva Vizcaya: A 32-year-old businessman tagged number 5 on the government drug watchlist in the province was arrested in a drug-bust operation here Wednesday morning. Director Juvenile Azurin of Cagayan Valley’s Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) identified the suspect as John Tan of Barangay Quezon here who antinarcotics agents…

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ILOILO CITY: Panay and Negros Occidental trade union members and officers signed a resolution for worker’s protection. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported in a news release that 62 union members and officers from the 25 unions in Western Visayas signed a resolution calling for the protection of…

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OLONGAPO CITY: A police officer here died after being accidentally shot by his fellow police just outside their police headquarters Monday morning. Reports identified the victim as Police Officer 1 Rogene Estrada, 37, while the shooter was identified as PO1 Alexander Quiming, also a member of the Philippine National Police.…

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TWO farmers were killed late Sunday afternoon after they unidentified gunmen shot them while on their way home in Agusan de Sur, belated police reports said on Tuesday. Reports at the Philippine National Police national operations center in Camp Crame identified the victims as Angelito Logronio, 43, and Florentino Adahan,…

World

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STOCKHOLM: Sales by Russian arms manufacturers continue to expand thanks to Moscow’s investments despite a downturn in global defense spending, a Stockholm-based think-tank said on Monday. “The remarkable increases in Russian companies’ arms sales in both 2012 and 2013 are in large part due to uninterrupted investments in military procurement…

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RIYADH: Jordan’s King Abdullah II met his Saudi counterpart in Riyadh on Sunday for talks as both nations participate in a US-led bombing campaign against Islamic State (IS) group extremists in Syria. The official Saudi Press Agency said King Abdullah received the Jordanian monarch at his palace. Since September both…

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ROME: Top United States diplomat John Kerry met his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Sunday, amid anger in Moscow over the prospect of new US sanctions and possible lethal military aid for Ukraine. The meeting in Rome came after US lawmakers passed a bill—dubbed the Ukraine Freedom Support Act—calling for…

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WASHINGTON D.C.: Defenders and critics of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) clashed over the release of a US report that revealed harrowing details of America’s torture of “war on terror” detainees, and opened fresh political wounds. The US Senate report released last week said the CIA’s interrogation of Al-Qaeda suspects,…

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PARIS: French police launched raids across the country early on Monday, dismantling a network sending jihadist fighters to Syria, a police source told Agence France-Presse. Elite and anti-terror police units descended on around a dozen targets, mostly in the southern region of Toulouse, but also around Paris and in the…

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WASHINGTON: Defenders and critics locked horns Sunday over last week’s release of a US report that aired harrowing new details of America’s torture of “war on terror” detainees, and opened fresh political wounds. The US Senate report released Tuesday said the CIA’s interrogation of Al-Qaeda suspects, including beatings, rectal rehydration,…

Today's Breaking News

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The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Tuesday reported that eight fatalities are now identified from the 11 confirmed fatalities due to the onslaught of typhoon “Ruby.” Earlier, NDRRMC Executive Director Alexander Pama said there were 11 persons confirmed dead and three persons were earlier identified and…

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Tropical depression “Ruby” is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility by Wednesday night, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported Tuesday. PAGASA said “Ruby” is forecast to be at 375 km west of Ambulong, Tanauan City, Batangas or at 385 km West of Calapan City,…

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Justice Secretary Leila  De Lima on Tuesday said that she has ordered an investigation of the report that Amin Boratong, who was convicted due to “shabu tiangge” operation in Pasig City, was allegedly able to construct a two-storey house inside the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) in Muntinlupa City. According to…

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The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Tuesday the number of people affected by typhoon “Ruby” has hit the 2.096-million mark. NDRRMC said that 456,386 families or 2,096,562 persons were affected by “Ruby” in Regions 4-A (Calabarzon), 4-B (Mimaropa), 5 (Bicol Region), 6 (Western Visayas), 7…

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NEW YORK: Facebook said Monday (Tuesday in Manila) it is rolling out upgraded search capabilities for mobile and desktop users who want to find favorite posts from their friends on the huge social network. “You’ve told us the most important thing is being able to find posts you’ve seen before,…