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Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged increased maritime cooperation with the Philippines on Saturday amid growing territorial disputes with regional rival China. “For Japan, the Philippines is a strategic partner with whom we share fundamental values and many strategic interests,” Abe told a joint news conference with President Benigno Aquino…

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MACAU: Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao will strap on his gloves on a Sunday morning when he takes on Brandon Rios in Macau, as promoters cash in on the lucrative US pay-per-view market. In an almost unprecedented move, America’s top promoter Bob Arum announced Saturday that the November 24 fight…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: A bomb explosion ripped through a restaurant full of diners in Cagayan de Oro City, killing six people and wounding as many as 37 others, army officials said on Saturday. Major Rosa Maria Cristina Manuel of the Eastern Mindanao Command said the blast occurred before midnight Friday at…

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WASHINGTON, District of Columbia: Taller women may face a higher risk of many cancers than their shorter counterparts, according to a US study released on Thursday. Researchers looked at a sample of nearly 145,000 postmenopausal women aged 50 to 79 for the analysis published in the US journal Cancer Epidemiology,…

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MORE than 7,000 pieces of steel bars worth about P1.4 million are rusting away inside the Government Arsenal which the Commission on Audit said should be disposed of for additional income. In the latest report of state auditors on the country’s repository and production hub of arsenal and military equipment,…

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CABANATUAN CITY, Nueva Ecija: A ranking bank official and a businesswoman were freed by their abductors unharmed after prompt police operation resulted in the arrest of a man who was to pick up ransom money at about 2 p.m. on Thursday here. Sr. Supt. Crizaldo Nieves, Nueva Ecija police director,…

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Airport ground support concessionaire Philippine Airport Ground Support Solutions Inc. (PAGSS) is facing raps for allegedly falsifying lease contracts to operate two lounges at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminal 1. The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) filed the case against PAGSS president Janet Cordero, it said in a…

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A global leader in residence and citizenship planning has urged the government to revisit its strategy to make the Philippines more attractive as a retirement haven for foreigners. Juerg Steffen, managing partner of Henley & Partner’s (H&P) Singapore Office, told reporters over the weekend that the Philippine government has to…

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Davao is turning to be a sweet spot for Information Technology (IT) and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) ventures and investments, as the city in the south is more than ready to absorb the spillover of opportunities from the metropolis and opens its doors to urban development and a buoyant property…

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The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) has asked the Energy Regulatory Commission to reject calls to change retail competition rules for the power industry, claiming this would raise consumers’ power bills. “ERC would be very well-advised if it focuses its capability and resources in addressing the more important…

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THE Philippine Stock Exchange and PPP Center are bent on listing at least one public-private partnership (PPP) project before the Aquino government steps down next year. A proposal by the PSE and PPP Center centers on the creation of PPP securities to raise funds for PPP projects by listing the…

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INDEPENDENT oil and gas company Dragon Oil plans to withdraw from Service Contract 63 (SC 63) in North-West Palawan basin. In its quarterly report, Australia’s Nido Petroleum Ltd. said Dragon Oil has expressed its intention to withdraw from the oil exploration project. Nido Petroleum said the move by Dragon Oil…

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HONG KONG: Clutching banners and chanting slogans, tens of thousands of protesters on Tuesday began a pro-democracy rally in Hong Kong that organizers say could be the largest since the city was handed back to China. The rally reflects surging discontent over Beijing’s insistence that it vet candidates before a…

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BAGHDAD: US President Barack Obama has deployed 200 more troops to Baghdad to protect the US embassy as Iraq’s parliament was set to convene on Tuesday to seek a solution to the country’s sectarian crisis. “In light of the security situation in Baghdad, I have ordered up to approximately 200…

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TOKYO: Two Chinese government ships sailed into disputed waters off Japan-administered islands in the East China Sea on Monday, the Japanese coastguard said, as Tokyo prepared to strengthen its military posture. The two vessels were sailing in territorial waters extending 12 nautical miles around one of the Senkaku islands, which…

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SEOUL: North Korea on Monday proposed that the two Koreas halt hostile military activities starting later this week—an apparent show of its desire for peace before a visit to Seoul by Chinese President Xi Jinping. The surprise proposal from the North’s top military body, the National Defense Commission, was reported…

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HONG KONG: Organizers on Monday urged Hong Kong’s government to take seriously an unofficial referendum on de–mocratic reform after nearly 800,000 people voted in the Chinese city, but state media in Beijing dismissed the ballot as unpatriotic. The poll organized by pro-democracy activists that closed late on Sunday saw more…

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BANGKOK: Thailand’s military court has issued an arrest warrant for the spokesman of an anti-coup group over alleged arms offenses, an accusation firmly rejected by the former minister. The warrant against Jakrapob Penkair, a prominent member of the “Red Shirt” movement affiliated to the government ousted by the military in…

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NEW YORK: Two years after completing the first one-person voyage to the deepest part of the ocean, Hollywood director James Cameron’s 3D underwater plunge is set to splash into theaters on Friday. “Deepsea Challenge” chronicles Cameron’s submarine descent into the western Pacific’s Mariana Trench, a barren underwater moonscape where “squid…

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WASHINGTON: The latest media scoop about the internal workings of the US intelligence community has convinced officials they have a new leaker feeding information to journalists, reports said Tuesday. The concerns came after The Intercept, a news site that has access to documents from known leaker Edward Snowden, published new…

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MONTREAL: Polish third seed Agnieszka Radwanska rallied to beat Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-4, 6-4 to become the first player to reach the third round of the WTA Montreal hardcourt tournament on Tuesday. Radwanska, who lost in her opener in Stanford last week, came into the $2.4 million event at Uniprix…

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LOUISVILLE: World number one Rory McIlroy has become golf’s most dominant player thanks to longer drives and more accurate wedges, but he’s not calling this the “Rory Era” just yet. The 25-year-old from Northern Ireland has eight top-eight finishes this season, won his fourth major title at last month’s British…

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HIROSHIMA: Tens of thousands of people were gathering for peace ceremonies in Hiroshima on Wednesday, marking the 69th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of the city, as anti-nuclear sentiment runs high in Japan. Bells tolled as ageing survivors, relatives, government officials and foreign delegates observed a moment of silence…