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TODAY’S level of use of electronic gizmos—laptops, i-Pads and tablets, mobile phones and portable power packs—produces a massive market for chargers. The batteries in the gizmos never seem to hold a charge for very long despite the manufacturers’ claims, and it is usually difficult, particularly in the Philippines, to be…

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Trade deficit narrows to $812M from $862M in Jan (Updates with additional data on trade deficit; NEDA, bank economist comments) Philippine merchandise imports rebounded from the January slump with an 11.2 percent increase in February, marking their fastest annual growth pace in more than a year, preliminary data from the…

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Philippine merchandise imports rebounded from the January slump with an 11.2 percent increase in February, marking their fastest annual growth pace in more than a year, preliminary government data showed on Tuesday. Imports in February rose to $5.326 billion from $4.788 billion in the corresponding month of 2014, the Philippine…


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Joint FMIC- UA&P report also sees inflation easing further STRONG jobs data and tame inflation must have largely helped fuel a robust Philippine economy in the first quarter of the year, a joint think tank report said. First Metro Investments Corp. (FMIC) and the University of Asia and the Pacific…

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THE state-owned Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) said on Monday that it has generated P29.16 billion for the modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) over the past 22 years. At the same time, it said it remitted P2.2 billion last month to the national treasury covering…

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DAMASCUS: More than 100,000 people have now been killed in the Syrian civil war, United Nations (UN) leader Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday (Friday in Manila), as he appealed for new efforts to convene a peace conference. The UN chief and United States (US) Secretary of State John Kerry told…

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SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA: A train hurtled off the tracks in northwest Spain killing at least 77 passengers and injuring more than 140, an official said on Thursday, the country’s deadliest rail disaster in more than 40 years. Four carriages overturned in the smash on Wednesday, smoke billowing from the wreckage,…

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PARIS: Massive leakage of methane from thawing shoreline in the Arctic would devastate the world’s climate and economy, a trio of scientists warned on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila). Billions of tonnes of this potent greenhouse gas are locked in the shallow frozen shelf of the Arctic Ocean, which warms when…

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UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations (UN) on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) declared November 19 as World Toilet Day following a proposal by Singapore whose envoy said he did not care if jokes are made. “I am sure there will be laughter among the press and the public when it is…

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CAIRO: Egypt’s army chief called on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) for rallies to back a crackdown on “terrorism and violence,” in comments Islamists denounced as a call to “civil war” ahead of their own protests. With tensions already running high three weeks after the military ousted president Mohamed Morsi, General…

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NEW DELHI: An Indian court trying a teenager over the fatal gang-rape of a student in December on a bus in the capital delayed announcing the first verdict in the case on Thursday, lawyers said. The juvenile court has finished hearing the case of the teenager, who was aged 17…

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VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Wednesday called for humanitarian aid access in Syria and “social harmony” in South Sudan on his first Christmas in the Vatican after months of shaking up the papacy with his humble style and common touch. Francis also pleaded for divine aid to rescue child soldiers…

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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…