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THE Court of Appeals (CA) stood firm on its decision finding the military accountable for the disappearance of Jonas Burgos after he was abducted in 2007. In a resolution penned by Associate Justice Rosalinda Asuncion-Vicente and concurred in by Associate Justices Remedios Salazar-Fernando and Franchito Diamante, the appellate court denied…

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TUGUEGARAO CITY: An incoming college freshman took his own life on Friday upon realizing that he could not enroll because his parents do not have money for his tuition. Denmark Gabug of San Lorenzo Village, San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte province, used a nylon cord to end his life. His family…

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Malacañang on Sunday said Taipei has not issued additional conditions with which the Philippines should comply before deploying its investigators to Taiwan. Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) are set to go to Taiwan today to conduct their own probe into the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman off…

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The confirmed death toll from fighting between soldiers and Abu Sayyaf rebels rose to 14 on Sunday as troops pursued the militants, a military spokesman said. Soldiers pressed on with their hunt for the rebels a day after a bloody clash on the remote southern island of Jolo, said Brig.…

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The Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations (Cocopea) congratulated the newly-elected lawmakers and urged them to prioritize legislations that will boost scholarship funding and strengthen the quality of education in the Philippines. Dr. Jose Paulo Campos, Cocopea chairman, hoped that the new members of Congress will focus on raising the…

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SUPREME Court justices on Sunday cautioned Justice Secretary Leila De Lima to stop criticizing the courts because she is in no position to review the decisions of magistrates. The justices were angered by de Lima’s recent verbal attacks against the Court of Appeals (CA). The Justice secretary lambasted the appellate…

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SHANGHAI: Chinese leasing company Bohai will buy Irish jet lessor Avolon in a deal which values the company at $7.6 billion, according to a statement, as Beijing pushes its companies to search overseas for future growth. Bohai Leasing Co. will pay $31 per common share in New York-listed Avolon, a…

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TOKYO: Google has launched a music streaming service in Japan, becoming the latest tech giant to push into the world’s number two music market, despite mixed results among earlier arrivals. The US company said that its Japanese edition of Google Play Music features more than 35 million tunes available at…

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TOKYO: McDonald’s in Japan said on Friday it was investigating an incident involving a customer who was injured by plastic shards found inside a drink, the latest in a string of food contamination scandals. The company said it temporarily closed the outlet in Osaka this week, and sent a notice…

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HONG KONG: Japanese stocks led a broad Asian stock slide on Friday as the yen advanced ahead of a key US jobs report later in the day and after the European Central Bank indicated it could expand its stimulus. With mainland Chinese markets closed for a second day, traders focused…

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SINGAPORE: Oil prices edged lower in cautious Asian trade on Friday as investors await the release of a US jobs report for August that could determine the Federal Reserve’s timetable for hiking interest rates. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for October delivery fell 55 cents to $46.20 while Brent crude…

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FRANKFURT: The European Central Bank (ECB) said on Thursday (Friday in Manila) it could scale up its contentious stimulus program of bond purchases as the outlook for growth and inflation in the eurozone clouds over. Saying it was still too early to determine the extent and impact of the economic…

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BANGKOK: Thailand’s Constitutional Court said on Tuesday it will rule today on whether to remove Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from office on abuse of power charges, a verdict that could plunge the country deeper into crisis. The premier appeared at the court to deny the allegation, filed by a group…

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SEOUL: A diver died on Tuesday while working at the scene of South Korea’s ferry disaster as investigators disclosed that the ship was routinely overloaded with cargo to make more money. Lee Gwang-Wook, 53, suffered breathing difficulties after reaching a depth of 25 meters (82 feet), said coastguard spokesman Ko…

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HONG KONG: An air and sea rescue mission scoured choppy waters near Hong Kong on Tuesday in a desperate search for 11 crew still missing more than 24 hours after their Chinese cargo ship sank. The Zhong Xing 2, which was laden with cement, went down after colliding with a…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The first US patient sickened by the dangerous Middle East respiratory virus, MERS, is doing better and no other cases have emerged, American health officials said Monday (Tuesday in Manila). The patient, a male healthcare worker who came down with the illness while working in Saudi Arabia, is…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: Former basketball star Dennis Rodman claims North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un did not execute his uncle and that he saw him during a recent trip to the Stalinist state. In an interview with DuJour magazine, the retired athlete known for his tattoos, piercings and flamboyant ways insisted the…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: Seeking to boost the embattled Syrian opposition, Washington on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) granted its US offices diplomatic status as the rebels’ political leader arrives to plead for arms to help end the three-year civil war. A delegation led by Ahmad Jarba, head of the Syrian National Coalition…

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HA NOI: A five-year regional project to fight human trafficking across Southeast Asia was launched in Ha Noi Tuesday by the United Nations Action for Cooperation against Trafficking in Persons (UN-ACT). The Asia-Pacific region records by far the highest rates of human trafficking in the world. The International Labor Organization…

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PUERTO PRINCESA CITY: The two minor Chinese fishermen, who were intercepted in the vicinity of Hasa-Hasa Shoal within the country’s West Philippines Sea (WPS) territory with nine others, have been deported Tuesday night via China Airlines in Manila. Still unidentified, the two minors were accompanied from this city to Manila…

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The Quezon City government announced Wednesday that it had strongly requested the Philippine National Police (PNP) hierarchy to institute movements in the leadership of the QC Police District (QCPD) in wake of the shooting spree in Barangay North Fairview over the weekend. “I felt frustrated and personally feel bad about…

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When most people think of the Chinese tech industry, they probably envision vast Foxconn factories with armies of workers churning out iPhones and laptops. And Silicon Valley, in this popular view, is the world’s tech innovation capital. But the pending initial public offering of Alibaba, the planet’s largest e-commerce site,…