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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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MALACAÑANG on Friday defended Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. from allegations that he serves as backer or padrino of some ranking officials at the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and that he interferes with its operations. Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte admitted that Ochoa had recommended  Customs’ Deputy Commissioner Peter Manzano…

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Customs Deputy Commissioner Danilo Lim on Friday chose to keep silent, ignoring calls for him to name the protectors of corrupt officials in the agency. Reminded of his promise to name “the powerful forces” he had hinted at earlier, Lim said he would divulge their identifies at the right time…

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THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has given its go-signal for the implementation of the competitive selection process (CSP) in the procurement of power supplies by distribution utilities (DUs) for their captive markets. According to ERC chairman Jose Vicente B. Salazar, the move aims to make transparent the manner in which…

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THE Rural Bankers Association of the Philippines (RBAP) will be holding its 58th charter anniversary symposium from November 9 to 10, 2015 at the Manila Marriott Hotel. The two-day symposium, with the theme, “Rural Banks: Financial Accessibility in the Countryside,” will highlight the association’s vision to achieve a stable, sound…

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THE gasoline products of Chevron Philippines Inc. are now Euro4 compliant. Chevron said its Euro4 Caltex with Techron gasoline, now available in Metro Manila stations and select major cities, will be sold nationwide by year end. The Euro 4 diesel will be available by January 1, 2016. “Combined with the…

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THE Philippine subsidiary of AES Corp., one of the world’s leading power companies, has started developing its first energy storage facility in the country. AES Philippines said the project —Masinloc Advancion TM Energy Storage Array, which is also the first in Asia—will provide 10 megawatts (MW) of interconnected capacity to…

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and an asset management firm are batting for institutional reforms and financial literacy programs that, they said, are crucial in addressing the increasing cases of investment scams in the Philippines. Lalaine Monserate, assistant director for Enforcement and Investor Protection Department of the SEC, said…

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WASHINGTON: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) sent a saucer-like vehicle high into the sky on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) to test technology for a future Mars landing, but its parachute tangled when deployed and the spacecraft splashed into the Pacific Ocean. The test began when the US space…

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SANTIAGO: Britain’s Prince Harry, on an official visit to Chile, toured fire-ravaged areas of the port city of Valparaiso on Saturday (Sunday in Manila), and met with families who lost their homes in a recent blaze. The blaze left 15 people dead, damaged or destroyed 2,900 homes and left more…

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah on Saturday sacked the deputy defense minister, Prince Khaled bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz, just a month and a half after appointing him. A royal decree cited by the official SPA news agency said the decision was taken at the request of Crown Prince Salman…

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PARIS: A French-Algerian man suspected of carrying out a deadly shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels is appealing a court decision to extradite him to Belgium. Mehdi Nemmouche, who was detained several days after the attack in which four people died, will now have 15 days to challenge the…

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SYDNEY: Australian and New Zealand authorities are investigating whether the identities of top military officers are being used in an international Facebook dating scam, officials said on Sunday. Australian Federal Police confirmed the existence of a fake profile of incoming Australian Defence Force chief Mark Binskin, with the Sydney Morning…

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BANGKOK: Thailand’s army rulers will appoint a national assembly stacked with military officers to pick an interim government leader, officials said late on Thursday, as they seek to retain their influence over the kingdom’s political transition. In the first real hint of the shape the politically fraught country’s next administration…

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GREENSBORO, United States: While Rory McIlroy rests up for the US PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup playoffs, a host of players will try to book their spots in the tour’s post-season at this week’s Wyndham Championship. The tournament at Sedgefield Country Club is the last US PGA Tour event before the…

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WASHINGTON: Edward Snowden says dishonest comments to Congress by the US intelligence chief were the final straw that prompted him to flee the country and reveal a trove of national security documents. In an interview with Wired magazine in Moscow, where he sought asylum after the revelations, Snowden said he…

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NEW YORK: Tributes flowed for screen legend Lauren Bacall on Wednesday, a day after the iconic star of Hollywood’s golden age died aged 89. Bacall, famed for her on and off-screen romance with Humphrey Bogart, died after suffering a stroke at her home at New York’s exclusive Dakota apartments, where…

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CINCINNATI: Roger Federer became the first man to win 300 matches at the ATP Masters 1000 level, beating Vasek Pospisil 7-6 (7/4), 5-7, 6-2 on Wednesday in Cincinnati. The victory in just over two hours put the 33-year-old world number three into the third round of his final tune-up tournament…

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SANTOS, Brazil: Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos died Wednesday when his campaign jet slammed into houses in Santos city in bad weather, killing all seven people on board and setting buildings alight. Campos, a 49-year-old socialist who had been running third in opinion polls for the October election, was flying…