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Typhoon Florita intensified further as it continued to move on a west-northwest direction on Sunday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said. According to the weather bureau, the storm gained strength while it was still in the sea when its maximum sustained winds increased from 165 kilometers…

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MILWAUKEE: A team of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers has shown that chronic stress of poverty, neglect and physical abuse in early life may shrink the parts of a child’s developing brain responsible for memory, learning and processing emotion. While early-life stress already has been linked to depression, anxiety, heart disease,…

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REP. Terry Ridon of Kabataan party-list on Saturday said fraternity-related violence continues because of loopholes in Republic Act No. 8049 or the Anti-Hazing Law of 1995. “Loopholes in the Anti-Hazing Law, including the exclusion of community fraternities and sororities from the mandate of the law, and the exemption of hazing…

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The leader of the Philippines’ Catholic Church, which routinely denounces abortion and contraception, called for the clergy on Saturday to listen more and condemn less, in the latest sign of a liberal shift in the powerful institution. Church leaders exert vast influence in the Philippines, Asia’s bastion of Catholicism and…


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Malacañang on Saturday asked the public to keep monitoring the weather and to take the necessary precautions as a storm near Luzon May bring heavy rains that could lead to flooding. Palace deputy spokesperson Abigail Valte issued the warning over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan on Saturday, hours after the weather…

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SENator Juan Ponce Enrile will be spending the weekend at the Philippine National Police (PNP) hospital in Camp Crame where he was taken after surrendering to the authorities on Friday. Enrile went straight to Camp Crame from his residence in Dasmariñas Village in Makati City after the Sandiganbayan issued an…

Business

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HONG KONG: Asian markets rose again on Wednesday on hopes that authorities will unveil fresh stimulus to counter the effects of Britain’s shock vote to leave the European Union. After Friday’s battering, regional investors have this week led a return to global equities and higher-yielding currencies. However, analysts warned there…

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AFTER seven eventful post-election weeks, it finally becomes official at noon today: Rodrigo Duterte, the former mayor of Davao City and possibly the least presidential figure the country could have picked to fill the role, will take his oath to become the 16th President of the Republic of the Philippines.…

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Let’s face it: Learning about personal finance is not fun but it is necessary. Students won’t trade playing video games or going out with friends for staying at home and reading about how they can budget better. They think they have better things to do, but the teenage years are…

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Investment in human capital must be a sustained objective of the government to ensure that the deployment of Filipino workers abroad will continue to boost remittance inflows into the economy, the Department of Finance (DOF) said on Wednesday. But along with this, it noted that alternative sources of dollar inflow…

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THE national government’s budget balance reverted to a P55 billion surplus in April, reversing a deficit in March on stronger revenue collections, data released by the Department of Finance (DOF) showed on Wednesday. The budget balance in March stood at a deficit of P74.38 billion. Year-on-year, the April surplus was…

NCC URGES GOVT TO OPEN INFRA, TOURISM TO FOREIGN INVESTMENT

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The Philippine economy needs to be more “outward-looking” to reach new growth levels, opening up several sectors such as infrastructure and tourism to foreign investment, an official of the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) said on Tuesday. Given a government target for the Filipino family to have a gross monthly income…

Regions

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The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said recently that it has allocated P34 billion for Mindanao’s infrastructure development for 2014. DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson said in his presentation to the recently in the 22nd Mindanao Business Conference held in Davao City that separate infrastructure support to Autonomous Region…

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THE Supreme Court dismissed the complaint against a retired judge in Lucena City, Quezon province charging him for allegedly failing to act on several civil cases pending before him during his incumbency. In an en banc decision, the high court absolved Judge Guillermo Andaya, formerly of the Regional Trial Court…

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BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya: House of Representative Deputy Speaker Carlos Padilla has sought an inquiry on Casecnan River’s delectable fish ludong which is on the brink of extinction arising from construction of water and energy facilities by an American firm. Introduced by Padilla of the lone congressional district of Nueva Vizcaya,…

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TUGUEGARAO CITY: The newly created Cagayan Black Sand Mining Task Force has strengthened its operations against illegal black sand mining along the shorelines of northern Cagayan province. In collaboration with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), the crew was in the coastal town…

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COTABATO CITY: After 10 days, authorities released on Thursday computer-generated photos of the suspects of the recent blast here that left eight people dead and wounded 30 others. The three suspects’ photos were presented by City police Director Sr. Supt. Rolen Balquin together with commanding officer of the Marine Battalion…

World

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TOKYO: The governor of Okinawa on Monday ordered a halt to construction of a controversial US military airbase, the latest twist in a saga that has riven southern Japan for decades. Setting up a new clash between the central government in Tokyo and the independently minded semi-tropical island chain, Takeshi…

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WASHINGTON D.C.: Once reviled by fellow Republicans as a “wacko bird” for leading the US government to a 2013 shutdown, resurgent Senator Ted Cruz has turned his Constitution-above-all conservatism into a Tea Party quest for the White House. As a freshman in the upper chamber of Congress, the 44-year-old Texas…

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COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s new president heads to Beijing this week for talks with China’s leadership, seeking to smooth ruffled feathers after scuttling Chinese-funded projects and seeking stronger ties with regional rival India. Maithripala Sirisena swept to power in January, ending a decade of rule by Mahinda Rajapakse, whose close alliance…

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ADEN: The Shiite Huthi militia and its allies on Sunday seized the airport in the strategic Yemeni city of Taez from forces loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, security sources said. Taez is located in central Yemen on the road between Sanaa, which the Huthis overran in September, and the…

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NAPLES, Italy: Hundreds of thousands of people waving Vatican flags on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) greeted Pope Francis as he headed deep into mafia territory, visiting jailbirds and the poor in Naples amid heightened security. The pontiff arrived in the poor, crime-ridden Scampia area of the city in a popemobile…

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DONETSK, Ukraine: Intensive artillery fire broke out on Sunday near the rebel-held city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, apparently breaking an internationally brokered ceasefire between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian government, an Agence France-Presse reporter said. The sound of explosions began at 9:00 am (6:00 am Manila time) and appeared…

Today's Breaking News

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WASHINGTON: The Republican-led US Senate easily advanced a crucial spending bill Monday (Tuesday in Manila) that averts a government shutdown, rebuffing far-right conservatives who have demanded a showdown over funding scandal-plagued abortion provider Planned Parenthood. Fiscal year 2016 begins Thursday and Congress must approve — and President Barack Obama must…

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LONDON: The United Nations is expected to place sanctions on four British jihadists accused of fighting or recruiting for the Islamic State group in Syria, the British government said on Tuesday. The two women and two men would face a travel ban and an asset freeze in a bid to…

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LONDON: Over 80 percent of the 15 million people diagnosed with cancer worldwide in 2015 will need surgery, but less than a quarter will have access to proper, affordable surgical care when they need it, according to a study released Monday by the King’s College London. The study revealed that…

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PARIS: Scientists on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) announced “the strongest evidence yet” of liquid water on Mars, raising the distant prospect of microscopic life on the Red Planet. Experts at NASA hailed the findings, made with the US space agency’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and said they were “revolutionising our understanding”…

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FRANKFURT: German prosecutors on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) announced a criminal probe against Volkswagen’s former boss Martin Winterkorn as VW group carmakers Audi and Skoda said more than three million of their vehicles were fitted with software designed to dupe emission tests. The German government piled on the pressure by urging…