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The Philippines shocked powerhouse Mozambique, 1-0, to reach the finals in the girls’ division of the prestigious 2014 Street Child World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Filipinas will face the Brazilians for the championship. Brazil blanked El Salvador in their semifinal match, 5-0. The Philippines arranged a semifinal…

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Malacañang on Sunday said Maria Elena “Ballsy” Aquino-Cruz, a sister of President Benigno Aquino 3rd, is not covered by an investigation by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) of an alleged extortion attempt. Czech Ambassador to the Philippines Josef Rychtar had declared that Aquino’s sister was not involved in the…

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IN a move to reduce the agency’s energy consumption, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is seriously considering the implementation of a four-day workweek this summer. MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said they are still studying the implementation of the scheme to ensure that it should be in compliance with the…

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The Philippines pledged to act with restraint a week after China tried to block a boat ferrying supplies to Filipino troops on a disputed reef in the South China Sea. “(The) Philippines makes clear that it will continue to exercise self-restraint and will not raise tension in the West Philippine…


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They’re small, but their bite can be fatal. Mosquitoes, ticks, mites, fleas and sand flies pose great threat to health, that is why the World Health Organization (WHO) will focus on these “vectors” or carriers of diseases when it celebrates World Health Day on April 7. In a statement on…

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The government needs P1.2 billion to combat the HIV epidemic that is sweeping the nation. Dr. Ferchito Avelino, executive director of the Philippine National AIDS Council (PNAC), said the amount can be used to boost the campaign by the Department of Health (DOH) and other government agencies to stop the…

Business

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AFTER prolonged negotiations that raised public anticipation of the emergence of a third major telecom operator in the Philippines, San Miguel Corp. (SMC) and Australia’s Telstra said they have ended talks after failing to agree on an equity investment in a proposed $1-billion joint venture. In separate statements, SMC and…

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Volatility in the financial markets has dampened the enthusiasm of Filipino investors, prompting more of them to rely on cash as their “best-of-the-worst” investment strategy, a financial services firm said. Manulife Philippines on Monday cited results from its Manulife Investor Sentiment Index (MISI) survey, which found that Filipino investors are…

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PLDT and Globe Telecom stocks kept the market afloat in positive territory on Monday following the announcement of the end of talks between San Miguel Corp. and Australia telecom giant Telstra, even as profit-seeking investors dumped shares in the wake of last week’s rally, analysts said. The benchmark Philippine Stock…

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The Department of Trade and Industry has recognized the new Bureau of Customs (BOC) modernization plan as beneficial to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in cross border trade, mainly because of the benefits to exporters. In early February, the Customs bureau announced it has partnered with reputable information technology…

Regions

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Troops killed a communist rebel and captured a wounded child soldier in fierce clashes in the southern province of Compostela Valley, security officials said Saturday. Officials said troops attacked members of the New People’s Army manning a roadblock in the village of Lunganapan in Laak town. Lt. Col.…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: An unidentified gunman strafed a radio station in Dipolog City in Zamboanga del Norte province, police said Saturday. Police said the attack, which occurred at around 2.30 a.m. Friday, damaged the announcer’s booth of dxFL. The owner of the radio station, Franklin Lim, told police that he heard…

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GAMU, Isabela: A firefight broke out between government forces and suspected New People’s Army (NPA) members in the hinterlands of Abra province injuring a number of communist rebels, a military official said Saturday. The Army’s 41st Infantry Battalion led by 1Lt. Jesson G. Capoquian of the Gamu town based 5th…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: A former marine colonel was killed inside his rest house here, police said. Fernando Camohoy, 59, was hacked in the head and shoulders and that his body was discovered Friday by his son Freniel in the house in Lamisahan village. The victim’s motorcycle and his gun were both…

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SANTA ROSA, Nueva Ecija: Antonio Santiago, 44, a local businessman hanged himself with a nylon rope on Friday at Barangay San Joseph. According to the trader’s son Jonar, he saw his father in a room hanging from the ceiling. They forcibly opened the door but the businessman had already choked…

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CATANAUAN, Quezon: An Army soldier, PFC Denopol, died from multiple gunshot wounds in a 90-minute encounter between government troops and alleged members of the New People Army (NPA) Friday morning, around 8.15 at Sitio Pangi, Barangay Doongan Ilaya of this town. In a report to Solcom Chief LTGen Caesar Ronnie…

World

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WASHINGTON: A group declaring support for Islamic State jihadists hacked US Central Command’s social media accounts on Monday, forcing the military to take down the command’s Twitter feed. In an embarrassing propaganda setback for the US military, a black-and-white banner with the words “CyberCaliphate” and “I love you ISIS” replaced…

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PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia: Indonesian divers on Monday retrieved the flight data recorder of the AirAsia plane that went down in the Java Sea with 162 people on board, a potential breakthrough in efforts to discover what caused the crash. The recorder, one of two black boxes containing vital information, was…

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HONG KONG: The Hong Kong home and office of pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai was hit by arson attacks in the early hours of Monday morning, police said. The attacks came as tension remains high in the southern Chinese city after more than two months of protests for free leadership…

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PARIS: Increased Internet surveillance and tighter border checks are “urgently” needed to foil jihadist attacks of the sort that rocked Paris this week, European, United States and Canadian security ministers agreed on Sunday. The gathering of interior and justice ministers at the French interior ministry was held before a massive…

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BRUSSELS: The IMF hiked its eurozone growth forecasts Tuesday, with the economy getting a boost from lower oil prices, record low interest rates and the European Central Bank’s massive stimulus programme. At the same time, the IMF warned that the outlook was uncertain, with very low inflation reflecting weak demand…

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BEIJING: China must carry out promised reforms and rebalance its economy to stem financial risks, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Tuesday, as it pointed to slowing growth over the next two years. The IMF estimated that the world’s second-largest economy will grow 6.8 percent in 2015 before slowing to…

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TOKYO: The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday unexpectedly upgraded its projections for Japan’s economic growth this year and 2016, pointing to a weak yen and lower oil prices, but also warning that Tokyo must tame its massive national debt. In its latest World Economic Outlook, the Washington-based IMF said it…

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DUBAI: The International Monetary Fund slashed growth forecasts Tuesday for Middle East and North Africa (MENA) oil exporters over a steep drop in crude prices, raging conflicts and continued uncertainty. But in its semi-annual World Economic Outlook, the IMF said the 50-percent plunge in oil prices since June has provided…

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PORTO, Portugal: Pep Guardiola says his injury-hit Bayern Munich must expect surprises at FC Porto in Wednesday’s quarter-final, first leg, clash. Bayern are bidding to reach the semi-finals for the fourth year running, but the 2013 Champions League winners are missing several stars including wingers Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and…