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TO promote local animation industry, the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) is adding a new category for animated videos in its annual award-giving event. Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino, who is also the overall MMFF head, said that animation will be under the New Wave Section dedicated…

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THE Bureau of Customs on Friday confiscated smuggled cigarettes and condiments after conducting a raid in a warehouse in Tondo, Manila. The smuggled products were hidden in a warehouse located in the corner of Padre Rada Street and Elcana Street in Tondo. Customs operatives and agents said they received a…

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Showbiz personalities and old faces dominated the council race in Quezon City. Actor-turned politician and second district Councilor Alfred Vargas was elected as representative of the newly created District 5 (Novaliches area). TV host and comedian Anjo Yllana, a former vice mayor of Parañaque City, has been elected councilor in…

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As neophyte senator 15 years ago, Loren Legarda had to learn the ropes the hard way. Now she wants to make the process easier for a Senate newcomer, Nancy Binay. Legarda recalled that she also had to learn the ropes when she first became senator in 1998. She admitted that…

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The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) and the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) raised concern over the decision of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to suspend the release of tallies from the transparency server after the partial proclamation of winning senators. PPCRV communications and media coordinator…

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WASHINGTON: The United States on Wednesday urged Taiwan and the Philippines to resolve a dispute after the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman, amid concern over rising tensions between its two allies. Taiwan has slapped sanctions on the Philippines, including a ban on the hiring of new workers, and rejected an…

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BMW’s biggest exhibition is returning to Bonifacio Global City as Asian Carmakers Corp. (ACC), the official importer and distributor of BMW in the Philippines, hosts the BMW Xpo from September 25 to 27, 2015. For the first time, the annual event will see a complete model assembly including performance vehicles…

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Cityland Development Corp. (CDC) has received the green light from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to issue P100 million worth of commercial paper to fund its projects and settles its financial obligations. In an email to reporters on Tuesday, the SEC said it approved CDC’s short-term commercial papers (STCP).…

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NEW DELHI: India cleared on Tuesday a $2.5 billion deal to buy 37 military helicopters from aviation giant Boeing, on the eve of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States. Modi’s government is in the middle of a multibillion-dollar upgrade of its Soviet-era military hardware, partly to keep…

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PARIS: French music-streaming service Deezer said Tuesday it plans to launch an initial public offering on the Paris stock exchange by year’s end aiming to consolidate its position in the online music market. “Entering the stock market is an important step for Deezer at a decisive time for the music…

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BEIJING: Chinese speculators who claim to have lost money on risky investments mounted a rare protest in Beijing on Tuesday, a uncommon sight in the capital despite plunging prices on the country’s stock exchanges. Several dozen investors—surrounded by police—stood outside the office of China’s top anti-graft agency complaining they were…

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SHANGHAI: Britain’s finance chief George Osborne will urge closer business ties with China as he visits the country’s commercial hub Shanghai on Tuesday, according to a speech text, despite slowing growth and a stock market slump in the world’s second-largest economy. Osborne, Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, will visit the…

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WASHINGTON D.C.: President Barack Obama welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday (Saturday in Manila) for discussions on the escalating crisis in Ukraine, her first visit to Washington since revelations that the US may have tapped her mobile phone. Negotiations on a major transatlantic trade accord known as TTIP are…

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Afghanistan had an election a few weeks ago. Iraq had one on Thursday. But that is about all that these two countries, both invaded by the United States in the last decade, have in common right now. Afghanistan is moving forward just as rapidly as Iraq is moving backward. It…

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SLAVYANSK: Ukraine’s military lost two helicopters and two servicemen on Friday in a deadly offensive launched just before dawn against pro-Russian rebels holding the flashpoint town of Slavyansk, insurgents and authorities said. “A full-scale attack” was being mounted, said a spokeswoman for the rebels in the town. Agence France-Presse jour–nalists…

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia on late Thursday made public a report on Flight MH370 and other data in its most extensive release of information on the airliner yet, but which contained no new clues on what happened to the missing plane. The brief five-page report dated April 9, and which was…

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TOKYO: Japanese fans of Godzilla say the newly-unveiled monster, set to star in a Hollywood reboot of the post-war classic, is too fat and has been “super-sized” by a country used to large portions. The latest version of the giant beast will hit 3D screens in the United States on…

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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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KIEV: A total of 270 people have been killed and 713 injured during the Ukrainian army’s ongoing operation in Ukraine’s eastern regions, the Ukrainian Health Ministry reported Wednesday. “Since the start of the standoff, 225 people have died and 576 sought medical assistance over wounds in the Donetsk Region; 150…

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PUERTO PRINCESA CITY: Unscrupulous wildlife traders have found a new lucrative species in the endemic predatory arthropod scorpions and critically-endangered Philippine freshwater turtles in Palawan, according to the Wildlife Traffic Monitoring Unit (WTMU) of the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS). PCSDS spokesperson Alex Marcaida told the Philippines News…

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Tropical storm “Ester” is already out of Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) but still rains are expected over Luzon due to the Southwest Monsoon affecting these area, the state weather bureau said on Thursday. In the Thursday forecast, PAGASA said that Batanes, Calayan and Babuyan group of Islands, the regions…

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Senate President Franklin Drilon on Thursday urged the Filipino people to take to their heart the responsibility of guarding national freedom amid many controversies plaguing some government institutions including the Senate. “I call on our people to renew our commitment to democracy. Let us revitalize our sense of nationhood with…

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A composite team of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and the Social Services Department of Quezon City has rescued 15 suspected children of minor age who are working in a gay bar in Quezon City. According to DOLE-NCR…