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KIEV: The United States (US) suspended military cooperation with Russia because of its military intervention in Ukraine, as Secretary of State John Kerry prepared to visit Kiev on Tuesday amid a deepening crisis. “We have, in light of recent events in Ukraine, put on hold all military-to-military engagements between the…

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A rapidly growing domestic market and the revival of the country’s manufacturing industry will help fuel gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 7.0 percent to 9.0 percent in the next five to 10 years, economist Dr. Bernardo Villegas, chairman of the Center for Research and Communications, said on Tuesday. “The…

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Filipino-Chinese magnate Henry Sy and family remained in Forbes magazine’s list of top 100 global billionaires in 2014, despite a decline in the family’s net worth to $11.4 billion from $13.2 billion in 2013. According to Forbes magazine, the 89-year-old tycoon ranked 97th among 1,645 billionaires across the world with…

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Now is not the time to discuss possible team-ups for the 2016 presidential elections, two senators who are likely contenders said on Tuesday. Senators Francis Escudero and Allan Peter Cayetano both insisted it would be better for everyone to focus on the job at hand and not speculate about who…

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EDUCATION Secretary Armin Luistro on Tuesday said that the Department of Education (DepEd) will be sticking to the June to April school calendar, even if some of the country’s top universities have already declared to move their academic calendar from August to May in line with the economic integration of…

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Malacañang on Tuesday denied allegations that there is “hidden pork” in the 2014 national budget. Rep. Antonio Tinio of Alliance of Concerned Teachers party-list claimed that some lawmakers can still access their “hidden pork” with the line agencies where the budget once meant for Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) were…

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SOUTHEAST Asia is seen emerging as a major driver of global growth that will push the region’s potential in corporate real estate. The Asean Economic Community (AEC) promises to open up markets making the bloc an attractive destination for investments and expanding business potential in the region, CoreNet Global, the…

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The Villar group’s AllHome brand has expanded its Pampanga store by almost four times its original size amid strong consumer demand in the area. In a statement, the company said it has expanded its store in San Fernando, Pampanga from its original size of 2,240 square meters to 10,000 square…

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LAS VEGAS: A battle for the title of best new television opened on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) at the Consumer Electronics Show, with titans fielding new slim, smart, ultra high-definition models. LG Electronics fired an opening salvo with a new OLED television no thicker than four stacked credit cards. The…

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As the information technology-business process outsourcing (IT-BPO) industry continues to drive demand for office space, it was observed to have also influenced demand in the residential sector. In a report, real estate consultancy group CBRE Philippines said the growth of the BPO industry has transformed the central business districts of…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The top US oil lobby said on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) that the oil market’s muted response to the escalating crisis between Saudi Arabia and Iran shows US production has been a “game changer.” The United States now is the world’s number one crude-oil producer and is “poised…

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SHANGHAI: Chinese conglomerate Wanda is venturing into healthcare, it said on Wednesday, with a $2.3 billion investment in three hospitals in China, to be managed by a British company. Wanda, owned by China’s richest man Wang Jianlin, has its origins in property development but is diversifying into areas ranging from…

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ILOILO CITY: The Department of Energy (DOE) gave the go-ahead to Trans-Asia Oil and Energy Development Corp. for its P6.3-billion wind farm power project to be set up in barangays Cabano, Suclaran and M. Chavez in San Lorenzo town of Guimaras island province. The power generation arm of Phinma Group…

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“What is important is the commander’s ability to hit back and get even with the enemy based on his lessons learned in combat and his good leadership qualities.” So explained a retired police officer as he slammed the Philippine National Police for relieving three police officials following an ambush by…

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THE 78 suspects, including some members of the influential Ampatuan clan, on Wednesday entered a not guilty plea to a 58th murder charge hurled against them in connection with the gruesome 2009 Maguindanao massacre. Patriarch former Maguindanao gov. Andal Ampatuan Sr. as well as his sons former Autonomous Region in Muslim…

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A P50-million garbage disposal program of the Cebu province lacked guidelines and monitoring schemes, resulting in the usage of the fund for other purpose, if not for nonuse at all. The Commission on Audit bared that the program of former governor and now Representative-elect Gwendolyn Garcia amounting to nearly P50.7…

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Tidal surges causing strong winds left wrecked houses and boats in the province and city of Iloilo. Gale-force winds lashed the northern part of Iloilo’s Estancia town at about 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, causing a massive tidal surge that destroyed properties in the area. Estancia Municipal Disaster and Risk Reduction…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Police is searching for a woman who went into hiding after castrating her philandering husband in Cagayan de Oro City, reports said. It said the man woke up in their bedroom all bloodied and was shocked to see that a portion of his penis had been cut off…

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GENEVA: More than 6,800 people have now died from the Ebola virus, almost all of them in west Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. The United Nations health agency reported that as of December 13, there had been 18,464 cases of infection from the deadly virus in…

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WASHINGTON D.C.: A global anti-corruption group said on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) that nearly $1 trillion was illicitly drained from developing countries in 2012, representing a record level of corruption, money laundering and false trade documentation. The Washington-based group Global Financial Integrity (GFI) said illicit financial flows around the world…

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SAN FRANCISCO: Robin Williams’s death had people worldwide scouring the Internet for insights into the famed comic’s life, making him the hottest search trend of the year on Google, the web giant said on Tuesday. “The passing of beloved comedian and actor Robin Williams shook the world, bringing many people…

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BRUSSELS: The European Union (EU) backed United Nations efforts on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) to arrange a ceasefire in Syria’s second city Aleppo as one of the few options left to help end a conflict which has claimed more than 200,000 lives. EU foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini said the…

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WASHINGTON: About half of Americans believe that the CIA was justified in its harsh interrogation methods of “war on terror” detainees, a poll found Monday, days after a damning US report revealed harrowing details of torture. The US Senate report released last week said the Central Intelligence Agency’s interrogation of…

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LONDON: Top US diplomat John Kerry meets chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat Tuesday hoping to avert a diplomatic crisis over a UN bid to force Israel to withdraw from Palestinian land. The American secretary of state will seek to persuade the Palestinians not to rush ahead with a draft UN…

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LOS ANGELES: Police in the northwestern US state of Oregon arrested a man Saturday in connection with a shooting outside a high school that left three people injured. Friday’s shooting outside the school in Portland was believed to be gang-related and following a manhunt police stopped a vehicle and arrested…

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GENEVA: Police fired tear gas and a water cannon in central Zurich late Friday to disperse some 200 masked demonstrators who attacked officers and torched cars, trees and garbage bins during an anti-capitalism protest. The rioters, many of them armed with iron bars, threw rocks, Molotov cocktails and fireworks at…

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JEMBLUNG: Rescuers continued to search for more than 80 villagers still missing after a landslide on Indonesia’s main island of Java killed at least 20 people, officials said Sunday. “As of Sunday, 20 people were killed… and 88 people were still missing,” the National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo…

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SHARIFF Aguak, Maguindanao: The daughter of this town’s chief executive on Saturday said the grenade attacks on the family’s home was politically motivated. Anhara Ampatuan, town councilor and serving as acting vice mayor, said a series of gunfire followed by two grenade launcher attacks hit the family home on Friday…

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COTABATO CITY: Starting Monday, households in a remote village in North Cotabato will be penalized if they do not have sanitary toilet and proper sewerage system, officials said on Sunday. A fine of PhP1,000 awaits each violator, according to barangay officials of Barangay Kabalantian in Arakan, North Cotabato. Kabalantian has…