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SM Prime Holdings Inc (SMPHI) said on Monday it hopes the government respects an existing contract that the common station for the elevated railway along Edsa in Quezon City will be located in front of SM North EDSA. “SM has not received any communication from the DOTC (Department of Transportation…

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THE Monetary Board of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has ordered the closure of the Surigaonon Rural Banking Corp., placing the bank under the receivership of state deposit insurer Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp. (PDIC). In a statement, PDIC said that upon takeover, all records of the 10-unit rural bank…

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Cebu Pacific chose a “wait-and-see approach” for its plan to purchase new wide body aircraft to serve Australia and Middle East markets, the Center for Aviation (CAPA) said on Monday. “For now Cebu Pacific is wisely taking a wait-and-see approach while in the meantime seeking additional traffic rights and working…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The Federal Reserve dropped its reference to staying patient before raising interest rates in its policy statement in March. But signs are, that could be its stance on Wednesday, when it concludes a new two-day monetary policy meeting amid a US growth slowdown and a potential financial eruption…


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PARIS: The uncle of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is under investigation in France for amassing a 90-million-euro fortune, including a stud farm and luxury apartments, despite being kicked out of Syria “with nothing” 30 years ago. French investigators have provided details to Agence France-Presse of their year-long probe into the…

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HONG KONG: Shanghai led several Asian stock markets higher on Monday as traders bet on fresh economy-boosting measures in China, while another record-breaking close on Wall Street also supported regional markets. The euro held up despite nervousness as Greece tries to hammer out a bailout reform deal with creditors that…

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TOKYO: Japan’s women retook their place as the world’s longest-lived last year, edging out Hong Kongers as their life expectancy bounced back from the dip caused by the 2011 tsunami, officials said on Thursday. Health ministry data showed girls born in Japan in 2012 could expect on average to live…

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LOME: Togo votes on Thursday in parliamentary elections delayed by months of protests, with the opposition seeking to weaken the ruling family’s decades-long grip on power in the west African nation. The polls mark the latest step in the impoverished country’s transition to democracy after Gnassingbe Eyadema’s rule from 1967…

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ABIDJAN: At least six prisoners have died and several others, including guards, were injured during an attempted breakout from an Abidjan prison. People living near the Maca jail, the largest in Ivory Coast, said shooting erupted on Tuesday and continued late into the night.

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NAYPYIDAW: Myanmar has revised a controversial copper mine deal with a Chinese company, officials said on Thursday, after a series of protests against the project that triggered a violent police crackdown. The new terms give the Myanmar government 51 percent of the revenue, Minister of Mines Myint Aung told parliament,…

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FORT MEADE, Maryland: The trial of Bradley Manning, the United States soldier accused of “aiding the enemy” by giving secret documents to WikiLeaks, enters its final stage on Thursday as both sides present closing arguments. The 25-year-old former intelligence analyst already has admitted to leaking hundreds of thousands of classified…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: United States (US) President Barack Obama on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) nominated Caroline Kennedy to become US ambassador to Japan, in the biggest foray into public service for John F. Kennedy’s sole surviving child. The former first daughter, who long resisted running for public office, if confirmed will…

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BAGHDAD: A car bomb targeted a church in the Iraqi capital on Wednesday as worshippers left after Christmas Mass, killing at least 14 people, most of them Christians, security officials said. The blast in the Dura area of south Baghdad also wounded more than 30 people, the sources said. “The…

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JUBA: South Sudan’s army battled rebel forces Wednesday in one key town while troops flushed out insurgents in another after its recapture, as the UN moves to double its peacekeeping force to stave off civil war. Thousands are believed to have been killed in more than a week of violence,…

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TAIPEI: Taiwanese authorities on Wednesday slapped a fine of Tw$20 million ($667,000) on US tech giant Apple for violating a fair trade law over local iPhone pricing. The Fair Trade Commission said an Apple unit in charge of Taiwan sales had interfered in the pricing and mobile phone payment rates…

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BANGKOK: Thailand’s prime minister proposed a “national reform council” Wednesday to seek a way out of the political crisis gripping the kingdom, following weeks of mass street protests against her government. Yingluck Shinawatra said the body would be set up in parallel with a February 2 general election to recommend…

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JAKARTA: Hundreds of Indonesian Christians held a Christmas service on Wednesday in front of the presidential palace in Jakarta to protest at the closure of their churches due to pressure by Muslim hardliners. Some 200 people from two churches near the capital sang hymns, recited prayers and lit candles by…

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POLICE arrested three suspected big-time drug traffickers and seized P400 million worth of shabu during a raid at a ranch in Lipa City on Christmas Day. The Philippine National Police (PNP) public information director, Chief Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac identified the suspects as Gary Tan, Argay Argenos Ledesma and Rochelle…