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THE Philippines is getting ready to import one million metric tons (MT) of rice this year to meet local demand amid falling stock levels while the Agriculture and Justice Departments debate the legal issues surrounding the move. Agriculture Undersecretary Dante Delima said one million MT of rice will be allowed…

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UNEMPLOYMENT worsened in January as thousands lost their jobs due to recent typhoons that hit the country, Malacañang said on Tuesday, pledging to find new ways to ease the problem. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the number of people without jobs increased, boosting the labor force by 1.2…

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The Philippines’ financial center, Makati, has emerged as the city with the most number of “selfie” photos uploaded on the social network, prompting Time magazine to name it the “Selfie Capital of the World.” Pasig and Cebu cities also made it to the top 10 cities listed to have uploaded…

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THE Court of Appeals (CA) on Tuesday ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to present Globe Asiatique (GA) President Delfin Lee before the court today. Lee, who was arrested last week on complaints of syndicated estafa, will be brought to the CA’s Special…

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The Philippines lodged a formal protest after two Filipino vessels were prevented from bringing supplies to Marines by the Chinese coastguard on a disputed shoal in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the Chinese charge d’affaires was summoned over the March 9…

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Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago wants the next President of the country to be a woman and called on the people to support female candidates who will run in 2016. Speaking at the celebration of the International Women’s Month at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Baños, Laguna, Santiago explained…

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NEW YORK CITY: US printer maker Xerox said over the weekend it was splitting into two publicly traded companies after coming under pressure to boost performance from Wall Street activist investor Carl Icahn. Xerox said it would divide into a document technology company, including its printer and imaging businesses, and…

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NEW YORK CITY: Chevron became the latest player in the oil industry to report a loss in the fourth quarter over the weekend, as the red ink from the oil bust spreads to bigger companies. Chevron, the second-largest US oil company, announced a $588 million loss for the quarter ending…

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WHILE economic volatility now shakes global markets a bit, the Philippine property industry stands to benefit from still positive investor sentiment, especially as the local office sector enjoys strong demand from outsourcing foreign companies, industry analysts have noted. “Although it faces a lot of threats and risks, sentiments toward [Philippine…

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LONDON: Around 2,000 Londoners marched through the British capital on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) in protest at proposed legislation radically altering the rights of public housing tenants. Residents of the Lambeth and Southwark boroughs of inner south London marched from the Imperial War Museum to British Prime Minister David Cameron’s…

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SARAJEVO: With 360 villas and apartments around an artificial lake, swimming pools, a halal supermarket and a Muslim prayer area, the ‘Sarajevo resort’ is one of Bosnia’s most ambitious residential projects to date. It is one of dozens of real estate ventures in the picturesque hills surrounding the capital of…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The US economy sputtered at the end of 2015, with the impact of slower global growth and turmoil across markets spilling over into US business investment and consumer spending. Economic output grew at only a 0.7 percent annual pace in the fourth quarter, to hold overall growth for…

Regions

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Operation at the Davao International Airport was suspended for over an hour when an AG-Cat single-engine biplane crash landed shortly after it took off at the airport’s runway 05, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said on Friday. The incident had caused the delays of several flights bound…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: A homemade bomb exploded at the parking area of a mall in Pagadian City in Zamboanga del Sur province, police said. Police said there were no reports of casualties, but the explosion destroyed two cars parked outside the Gaisano Mall in downtown Pagadian. No individual or group claimed…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Police arrested a 54-year-old man for mauling his widowed septuagenarian partner in the coastal town of Liloy in the province of Zamboanga del Norte. Police said Romulo Bayubay was arrested after neighbors phoned authorities to say that he was beating Rosario Borling, 71, during a heated argument in…

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A fire of undetermined origin gutted the field office of the Commission on Elections office, a public library and three houses in Antipolo City, Rizal province before midnight on Thursday. Initial reports said no one was injured in the fire, which started at a row of houses behind the building…

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UMINGAN, Pangasinan: Authorities arrested a pastor during a raid on his house on early Thursday where they seized a number of ammunitions. Umingan Police, together with PPSC and Regional Special Operations Task Group (Rsotg), raided the pastor’s house exactly 6 a.m. on Thursday with a search warrant at hand issued…

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PERSONNEL of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday saved a cargo boat from sinking in the waters between Fuga Island and Dalupiri Island in Babuyan Islands, Cagayan province. A report from the Coast Guard Detachment in Calayan said that the cargo boat Macarra started…

World

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WASHINGTON D.C.: A US police officer from Milwaukee, Wisconsin who shot and killed an African-American man in a park last April will not be charged, prosecutors said on Monday (Tuesday in Manila). The incident – in which Dontre Hamilton, 31, was shot 14 times – prompted demonstrations that foreshadowed the…

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NEW YORK CITY: Legendary singer Joe Cocker, whose intense, gritty voice won him wide acclaim that spanned both rock and blues, has died at age 70, his agent said on Monday (Tuesday in Manila). Cocker, who started off playing to small audiences in pubs in his native England, gained fame…

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BAGHDAD: Women and girls from Iraq’s Yazidi religious minority forced into sexual slavery by the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group have committed suicide or tried to, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. “Many of those held as sexual slaves are children – girls aged 14, 15 or even younger,” Donatella Rovera,…

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YANGON: A woman protesting against a controversial Chinese-backed copper mine in Myanmar has been shot dead, a government spokesman said on Tuesday, announcing an investigation into how police handled the latest clash at the site. The woman, believed to be in her 50s, was gunned down on Monday when police…

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DHAKA: Bangladesh’s war crimes court on Tuesday sentenced a former government minister to hang for rape and genocide during the 1971 independence struggle against Pakistan. Syed Mohammad Kaiser became the 15th person to be convicted of atrocities by the International Crimes Tribunal, which found him guilty of heading a militia…

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BERLIN: A record 17,000 anti-Islamic protesters rallied for their tenth demonstration in as many weeks on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) in eastern Germany, celebrating the rise of their far-right movement by singing Christmas carols. Germany has for weeks grappled with the emergence of the “Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of…

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PARIS: The Solar System has at least two more planets waiting to be discovered beyond the orbit of Pluto, Spanish and British astronomers say. The official list of planets in our star system runs to eight, with gas giant Neptune the outermost. Beyond Neptune, Pluto was relegated to the status…

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LONDON: Britain’s electronic spy agency GCHQ tapped emails of journalists at some of the world’s top media organisations, the Guardian reported on Monday. The report said GCHQ gathered emails from journalists at the BBC, the Guardian, Le Monde, NBC, the New York Times, the Sun, Reuters and the Washington Post.…

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JERUSALEM: US Senator John McCain on Monday urged the deployment of international ground forces to combat jihadists in Syria and Iraq, as he toured the Middle East with a Senate delegation. “For months we’ve been bombing (Syrian border town) Kobane and we still haven’t driven ISIS out,” the Senate Armed…

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GENEVA: Unemployment will rise by 11 million in the next five years due to slower growth and turbulence, the UN warned on Tuesday. More than 212 million people will be jobless by 2019 against the current level of 201 million, the International Labour Organization said. “The global economy is continuing…

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LONDON: Rights group Amnesty International urged European countries on Tuesday to come clean on alleged cooperation with CIA operations involving torture and help bring those responsible to justice. “Governments can no longer rely on unsubstantiated ‘national security’ grounds and claims of state secrecy to hide the truth about their roles…

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GROZNY, Russia: The furious backlash against French magazine Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed rumbled on Monday with a huge rally in Chechnya, Afghan protesters burning the French flag and Gazans levelling threats against France. Hundreds of thousands of people flooded into the centre of Grozny, the capital of…