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Envoy assures presence of US Marine at hearing

Gulf Today - ‎4 hours ago‎
MANILA: While standing firm on the issue of custody, the US ambassador to the Philippines on Thursday assured the presence of the US Marine indicted for the murder of a Filipino transgender during the hearing of the case before a regional court in ...
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Report on tipoff irks BuCor chief - ‎18 minutes ago‎
This was the response of Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director Franklin Bucayu to the National Bureau of Investigation official who claimed some prison guards had helped hide the quarters of so-called Very Important Prisoners (VIPs) and misled NBI agents ...
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Don't let politicians use you, Aquino urges soldiers - ‎17 minutes ago‎
MANILA, Philippines–President Aquino on Thursday exhorted the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), of which he is Commander in Chief, to “remain on the side of the people” as the 2016 elections draws near, warning of political personalities who would ...
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Celebs and fans alike angered by Sony pullout of "The Interview"

CBS News - ‎21 minutes ago‎
LOS ANGELES -- Critics of Sony's decision to pull "The Interview" say that it sets a dangerous precedent and that giving in to threats will have a chilling effect on Hollywood.
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Boko Haram kidnaps 185, kills 32

Arab News - ‎17 minutes ago‎
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria: Boko Haram has kidnapped at least 185 people, including women and children, from a Nigerian village, carting the hostages away on trucks toward Sambisa Forest, a notorious rebel stronghold, two local officials and a vigilante leader ...
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Permanent agency on disaster council, rehabilitation sought

Manila Standard Today - ‎7 hours ago‎
Rehabilitation czar Panfilo Lacson has proposed the amendment of the law governing the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council to make it the permanent agency that will handle recovery and rehabilitation efforts.
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Court guard in hot water for asking P20K from Napoles defense lawyer - ‎8 hours ago‎
MANILA, Philippines—First, he allegedly asked a private lawyer for a P20,000 donation for his office “Christmas party.” Second, the questionable solicitation was done in the Sandiganbayan antigraft court.
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Mar was my best Cabinet secretary – Erap

Philippine Star - ‎8 hours ago‎
Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada wave at residents of Baseco compound in Tondo, Manila yesterday.
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The Fog of Law: China's Great South China Sea Dilemma

The National Interest Online - ‎2 hours ago‎
Lawfare is in full swing in the South China Sea. How will China respond to an unfavorable legal ruling? Richard Javad Heydarian. December 19, 2014.
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MIC faction give Palanivel, Subra 'BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT', allow duo to meet ...

Malaysia Chronicle - ‎52 minutes ago‎
KUALA LUMPUR -ction in t A fahe MIC, which has been calling for fresh party elections, has reluctantly agreed to the top leaders meeting the Registrar of Societies (RoS) soon over the matter.
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Putin dismisses fears of Russian crisis, blames the West

ABC Online - ‎4 hours ago‎
At the Russian president Vladimir Putin's end of year press conference he did concede there would be hard times for a couple of years thanks to falling oil prices and a declining rouble.
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No lessons learnt from Peshawar, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi gets bail

Daily News & Analysis - ‎1 hour ago‎
Shocked at granting of bail to the main conspirator of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi by a Pakistani court, two days after the Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) terrorists killed over 130 children in Peshawar, India on Thursday conveyed its strong ...
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Mass. delegation vexed by lack of debate over ISIS fight

Boston Globe - ‎1 hour ago‎
WASHINGTON - Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III was frustrated as he sat in his Capitol Hill office last week. Preparing for a flurry of final votes to end the session for the year, he was thinking about a vote the House and the Senate failed to take: ...
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The year Congress hit rock bottom

Politico - ‎12 minutes ago‎
Most Read; Videos. IRS warns of possible shutdown · Obama libre · Limbaugh: I warned you · Grimes: Rand can't run for president and Senate · The Castros finally hit the jackpot · How Republicans could stop Obama's Cuba play · Jeb Bush quitting Barclays ...
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Backed by US Airstrikes, Kurds Reverse an ISIS Gain

New York Times - ‎37 minutes ago‎
BAGHDAD - Kurdish forces, backed by a surge of American airstrikes in recent days, recaptured a large swath of territory from Islamic State militants on Thursday, opening a path from the autonomous Kurdish region to Mount Sinjar in the west, near the ...
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PHILIPPINES PRESS-Meralco to comply with court order on $112 mln refund ...

Daily Mail - ‎35 minutes ago‎
Manila Electric Company will comply with the Court of Appeal's ruling ordering it to refund its customers some 5 billion pesos ($112 million) that it overcharged them from November 2006 to August 2012, Manila Standard Today newspaper reported, citing a ...

Century eyes P14-b sales

Manila Standard Today - ‎10 hours ago‎
Century Properties Group Inc. expects to raise as much as P14 billion in residential sales from its first township development outside Metro Manila called Residences at Azure North in San Fernando, Pampanga.
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BIR sues Makati cake shop for P47M - ‎3 hours ago‎
MANILA, Philippines–The former supplier of the birthday cakes that Makati City gives its senior citizens, who is also alleged to be Vice President Jejomar Binay's front for a real estate property in the city, has been charged by the Bureau of Internal Revenue ...
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NTC orders telcos to ensure no holiday 'unli' disruption

BusinessWorld Online Edition - ‎9 hours ago‎
TELECOMMUNICATIONS companies have been ordered by the industry's regulator to ensure that the public enjoys continuous access to “unlimited” promotional services between Dec. 23 and Jan. 2, and to deploy sufficient resources to accommodate the ...
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'Flappy Bird' Dominated 'Destiny' As Google's Most Searched-For Game Of The ...

Forbes - ‎9 hours ago‎
Based on the stories we've written here at Forbes Games over the past year, I could probably give you a rough approximation of the most search-for video games of the year as a reflection of our page views.
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SBP to meet this weekend to decide next Gilas coach; Baldwin 'prime' candidate

BusinessWorld Online Edition - ‎10 hours ago‎
IN THE next few days, a new coach will finally be unveiled by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas to take over as head coach of the Gilas Pilipinas and run the national basketball team's program.
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Aces take semis Game 1 vs E-Painters

ABS CBN News - ‎9 hours ago‎
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) - Alaska clawed back from a 17-point deficit to seal an 87-80 victory over Rain or Shine and take Game 1 of their PBA Philippine Cup semifinals duel on Thursday.
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Philippine crime lord enjoys jailhouse rock

GlobalPost - ‎13 hours ago‎
Crime lord "Herbert C" was enjoying national fame and growing iTunes success after reinventing himself as a lovelorn balladeer from inside the Philippines' biggest jail -- until police cut short his career.
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Michael Keaton on his career before Birdman: 'I'm shocked and thankful that I've ...

The Guardian - ‎6 hours ago‎
In Birdman, the camera follows Michael Keaton around in one seemingly single take, a performance that has made him an Oscar favourite.
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Germany's Wörner to lead European Space Agency

Press TV - ‎7 hours ago‎
European Space Agency has named a German scholar as its new head for the next four years. Johann-Dietrich Wörner is to assume the role of director general in the agency from July 1, 2015, according to an ESA statement on Thursday.
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Obokata, RIKEN team fail to create STAP cells

The Japan News - ‎4 hours ago‎
The Yomiuri Shimbun So-called stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency (STAP) cells have not been created in verification experiments by RIKEN researcher Haruko Obokata to determine whether STAP cells exist, according to the research institute's ...
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China's Ebola Vaccine Enters Clinical Trials

China Digital Times - ‎11 minutes ago‎
An Ebola vaccine developed by a military-tied research institute has been approved to enter the human test stage, the Chinese People's Liberation Army's (PLA) General Logistics Department announced Thursday.
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Hate harms our fight against HIV

Bangkok Post - ‎2 hours ago‎
In October, two groups researching the effectiveness of a potential breakthrough drug in the fight against HIV did something unusual.
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In Sierra Leone, the ghosts of war haunt an Ebola graveyard

Washington Post - ‎50 minutes ago‎
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone - To find Andrew Kondoh, walk through the gates of this city's largest cemetery, where teams in moonsuits bury more than 50 bodies in white plastic bags each day.
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Obesity can be disability: EU court

Times of India - ‎20 minutes ago‎
LONDON: Employers across the European Union and UK will now have to treat obese workers as disabled. A landmark ruling by Europe's highest court - The European Court of Justice rules that "obesity can constitute a disability within the meaning of the ...
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Life expectancy rises in every region but one

CBS News - ‎8 hours ago‎
People around the world are living much longer than they did a few decades ago, a new study indicates. Worldwide life expectancy rose from 65.3 years in 1990 to 71.5 years in 2013, but women had slightly greater gains than men.
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