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PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd on Tuesday announced that he has tasked government agencies to study the prospects of entering into a fisheries deal with Taiwan in the aftermath of a diplomatic row resulting from the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman. Aquino said once the issue with Taipei has been resolved,…

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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday filed a diplomatic protest against the presence of Chinese ships in Ayungin Shoal in the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Raul Hernandez, Foreign Affairs spokesman, said the protest was filed against China on May 10. The note verbale was received…

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FORT SAN FELIPE, Cavite City: President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Tuesday rejected the proposal of Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. to postpone the barangay elections scheduled in October this year. Brillantes on Monday said he would prefer if the barangay polls will be reset to October 2014…

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WASHINGTON: A powerful tornado swept through an Oklahoma City suburb on Monday, tearing down blocks of homes, two schools and leaving at least 91 people dead, including 20 children, local officials said. The state medical examiner’s office released the latest death toll but the number was climbing rapidly, as emergency…

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By Catherine S. Valente, Llanesca T. Panti and Jefferson Antiporda Reporters FORT SAN FELIPE, Cavite City: President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Tuesday said that he will not in any way interfere in the business of the Senate, including the election of the chamber’s new leader. He issued the statement following…

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd has created an inter-agency task force that will implement reforms to make it easier to do business in the Philippines, a Palace official said. In a statement, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. said the President signed Administrative Order 38 for the creation of Task Force on…

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TOKYO: Japan’s factory output contracted a worse-than-expected 0.6 percent month-on-month in July, official data showed on Monday, owing to lackluster demand at home and as a slowdown in China weighed on exports. The reading published by the industry ministry was weaker than the median forecast for a modest 0.1 percent…

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TOKYO: Japan’s Suzuki Motor said on Sunday it plans to buy back its shares sold to Volkswagen after an international arbitration court settled a dispute between the two automakers. The ruling came four years after the Japanese small carmaker attempted to end an alliance with the German auto giant, which…

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SHANGHAI: China Construction Bank (CCB), one of the country’s biggest state banks, said net profit for the first half of the year were flat, hit by rising bad loans. The bank’s net profit for the January-June period rose just under one percent year-on-year to 131.90 billion yuan ($20.64 billion), the…

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HONG KONG: Chinese stocks sank again on Monday, dragging most other Asian bourses lower amid uncertainty over US interest rates, reviving fears of a broader global economic slowdown that has rocked the world’s financial markets. Analysts warned of further gyrations following a rollercoaster ride last week, with investors shifting into…

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SINGAPORE: Oil prices fell in Asia on Monday, coming under pressure as dealers took profits from huge gains in the previous session and tried to gauge the outlook for the US economy and its taste for crude. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for October delivery eased 61 cents to $44.61…

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PARIS: Europe’s main stock markets dipped Monday as investors still rattled by last week’s turmoil ponder China’s slowing economy and potential US interest rate moves. The CAC 40 in Paris slipped 0.52 percent to 4,650.90 points in early afternoon trades, and Frankfurt’s DAX 30 lost 0.67 percent to 10,229.60 points…

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TOKYO: Japan is to stage amphibious landing drills in the East China Sea, coinciding with wargames Russia and China are holding near islands at the center of a Tokyo-Beijing territorial row. About 1,330 personnel, four naval vessels and aircraft from Japan’s three services will be involved in exercises in the…

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WASHINGTON D.C.: World press freedom has hit its lowest level in a decade after a regression in Egypt, Turkey and Ukraine, and US efforts to curb national security reporting, a watchdog said on Thursday (Friday in Manila). A report by Freedom House, which has been conducting annual surveys since 1980,…

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SEOUL: Two subway trains collided in Seoul on Friday, injuring more than 170 people but with no reported fatalities, emergency services said. News of the accident broke as the country still reels from the ferry disaster that has left around 300 people dead or missing — most of them schoolchildren…

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SEOUL: North Korea has been testing engines for an inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM), a US think-tank said on Friday, as Pyongyang announced a top military reshuffle that coincided with signs of a looming nuclear test. The US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University said satellite images of the North’s Sohae rocket…

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WASHINGTON: If it were up to former US President George W. Bush, a third member of the Republican family dynasty — his younger brother Jeb — would run for the White House. Jeb Bush, the former two-term governor of Florida, has acknowledged he has not ruled out the idea of…

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AMMAN: Two new infections from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus have been detected in Jordan, the health ministry said on Thursday (Friday in Manila), one a Saudi man and the other a Jordanian medic who was treating him. State news agency Petra which carried the report said this…

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NEW YORK – Michael Sam made history Saturday as the St. Louis Rams made him the first openly gay player to be drafted into the National Football League. Sam had an agonizingly long wait for the milestone moment, which came as the seventh and final round of the three-day draft…

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Two men on a motorcycle killed five people in an apparent shooting spree in Quezon City on Sunday, a police official said. Investigators are still trying to establish the motive behind what appeared to be random shootings, said Inspector Roldante Sarmiento, deputy chief of the neighborhood where the…

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KANO, Nigeria — Escape seemed hopeless. The militants’ convoy of pickup trucks, buses and motorcycles penetrated deep into the northeastern Nigerian forest in the dead of night with its haul: several hundred schoolgirls. A phalanx of motorcycles puttered on either side, with men wielding AK-47s ready to shoot any girl…

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MARIUPOL, Ukraine – Pulling back his hospital duvet to reveal his bandaged leg Saturday, Vitaly Potenko said that it was lucky he decided to stop his seven-year-old daughter from coming with him to the victory day parade in their Black Sea hometown Mariupol. “She really wanted to go but…

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HONG KONG: University of Santo Tomas (UST) standout Sean Terence Zamora delivered the country’s first gold medal in the 2014 Hong Kong Stingrays Swimming Championships held at the Hong Kong International School swimming pool here. Zamora, an incoming Grade 9 student at UST Pay High School, was fastest in the…