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THE Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed criminal charges against trader Janet Lim-Napoles for allegedly abducting Benhur Luy, one of the witnesses in the P728 million fertilizer fund scam. The DOJ granted the motion for reconsideration filed by Luy and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and reversed its original…

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A faction of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) had allegedly tapped members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) to conduct bomb attacks in Mindanao in their bid to sabotage the ongoing peace talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Peace activist Jun Aparece, quoting a…

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THE United States and the Philippines on Wednesday started formal discussions on the planned increased rotation presence (IRP) of American forces in the country. Government negotiators, headed by Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Carlos Sorreta, vowed to stand by the nation’s interests and ensure that the country benefits from a possible…

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THE death toll in the onslaught of typhoon Labuyo (international codename: Utor) reached seven as of Wednesday while damage to agriculture and properties neared the P1 billion mark. According to reports from the National Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), among the dead was Vennie Labios, 40, the woman earlier…


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DESPITE its limited resources, the Department of National Defense (DND) is bent on purchasing two brand new frigates to beef up the Navy’s “arsenal” that includes the BRP Gregorio del Pilar, BRP Ramon Alcaraz and the World War II vintage BRJ Rajah Humabon. Fernando Manalo, Defense undersecretary for finance, munitions,…

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) is readying charges against lawmakers whose Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or “pork barrel” were funneled to bogus non-government organizations run by Janet Napoles. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima made the disclosure after she graced the launch of Book 1 of House Bill 2300 which…

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Mass Housing Developer 8990 Holdings Inc. is looking at developing a project in Sri Lanka as it has been tapped to bring its expertise to the Asian country, a company official said. 8990 Chief Executive Officer Jose Januario Gregorio Atencio 3rd told reporters that the company recently received an “unofficial”…

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THE HAGUE: Dutch electronics giant Philips Tuesday unveiled solid net profits for last year, up 55 percent on 2014 driven by increased sales in its healthcare and lifestyle business as its seeks to shed its historic lighting section. Total net profit attributable to shareholders was 645 million euros ($700 million)…

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The Home Development Mutual Fund or Pag-IBIG on Tuesday reported that its annual net income for 2015 increased by 24.5 percent on better collection. Net income totalled P20.2 billion compared to P16.22 billion registered in the previous year, Pag-IBIG Fund Chairman of the Board Chito Cruz announced during 2015 Pag-IBIG…

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SEOUL: A strong local currency and slowing sales in the key Chinese market pummeled South Korea’s Hyundai Motor in 2015, with the automaker on Tuesday reporting its lowest annual profit in five years. Hyundai, along with its smaller affiliate Kia, forms the world’s fifth-largest automaking group. The firm’s net profit…

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SOFTWARE security developer ESET listed down red flags that would help smartphone users notice if their gadget has been compromised. According to ESET, more than ever, cellphones have increasingly become the number one storage for sensitive information. ESET’s sales and marketing director for Asia Pacific Parvinder Walia said that while…

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SHANGHAI: China’s central bank said on Tuesday it was injecting 440 billion yuan ($67 billion) into the money market, seeking to ease tight liquidity ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday when demand for funds surges. The injection through the regular open market operations of the People’s Bank of China…

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NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi headed to Brazil on Sunday for a meeting of the BRICS group of emerging powers, hoping to seal the long-discussed deal to open a new development bank. Modi will be the guest of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff who also hosts the leaders of…

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VIENNA: US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Vienna on Sunday to face off with Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, seven days before a deadline to strike a historic but elusive-looking deal on Tehran’s suspect nuclear program. Kerry and the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany also plan…

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VATICAN CITY: The crisis in Ukraine is undermining reconciliation efforts between the Vatican and the Russian Orthodox Church and has shown up Pope Francis’s inability to make his peace message heard in the conflict-torn country, analysts said. Francis has called for dialogue in Ukraine—as he does for conflicts around the…

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BAGHDAD: Militants seized part of the Iraqi town of Dhuluiyah on Sunday in fighting that killed six people, an official said, as a new drive towards the capital entered its third day. Four policemen were among the dead in the fighting for the town, which the militants took in a…

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GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Israeli marines mounted a first ground assault on Gaza early on Sunday, further escalating a deadly six-day offensive hours after the United Nations Security Council unanimously called for a ceasefire. As world powers prepared to meet in Vienna over the escalating conflict, the Palestinian death toll…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The United States warned Saturday (Sunday in Manila) that the conflict in Libya could become widespread,” urging that a new parliament be quickly seated after contested elections. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki also called for work on drafting Libya’s new constitution to take place unhindered, amid increasing lawlessness…

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WASHINGTON: Record-breaking snowfall that buried towns near Buffalo, New York, and killed at least 14 people posed a major flooding threat with temperatures forecast to rise. Areas of western New York that got socked with more than six feet (two meters) of snow this week are now are under a…

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VIENNA: Iran and world powers still appeared a long way off from a nuclear deal late Saturday with US Secretary of State John Kerry and officials on both sides warning of major gaps two days before a deadline. “We’re working hard,” Kerry said in Vienna, “and we hope we’re making…

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The country will continue to be storm-free for the next three days, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Sunday. In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said the agency is not anticipating any cyclone to affect the country until Wednesday. He added that those…

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SYDNEY: Swimmers were ordered out of the water at Sydney’s Bondi Beach on Saturday after a shark was seen in the area, just hours after a dead great white was pulled from nets protecting bathers. The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries said the carcass, which was found about…

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BANGKOK: Thailand’s revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej missed a planned meeting with two government ministers, palace officials said, amid ongoing public concern over the state of the ailing 86-year-old’s health. The two ministers were supposed to accompany junta leader General Prayut Chan-O-Cha to meet the world’s longest serving monarch on Friday…

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WASHINGTON: She’s short, brunette, has an average body shape and can even be given cellulite and acne: the ‘anti-Barbie’ doll is ready to go on sale in the United States. The brainchild of 26-year-old graphic designer Nickolay Lamm, the “Lammily” doll will begin shipping next week with the sales pitch…