Australian nun to fly home in May but will return to PH to continue missionary work

SISTER Patricia Fox will leave for Australia in May for a congregational meeting but will return to the Philippines in June to continue her work “if things go well.” “I already booked to go back for congregational meeting and holiday in May but I have also booked to come back in June. I plan to stay […]

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PH anti-graft court convicts ex-envoy to UN

THE Sandiganbayan’s Fourth Division convicted a former Philippine Permanent Representative of the New York Philippine Mission (NYPM) to the United Nations of graft and malversation in connection with the alleged misuse of $17, 000 in insurance proceeds. In a 25-page decision promulgated on April 13, the court found Lauro Baja Jr. guilty beyond reasonable doubt […]

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Asian markets fall in line with Wall St as tech firms take a hit

HONG KONG — Asian markets mostly fell Friday as investors struggled to maintain the previous day’s positive momentum following losses on Wall Street, with technology firms tracking a sharp fall in Apple. While worries about the Syrian crisis and a potential China-US trade war keep dealers on edge, focus has for now moved to the […]

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Who are in, out of ‘Magic 12’ in senatorial pre-election survey

RE-ELECTIONIST and returning senators are ahead in a recent pre-election survey that also placed presidential daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio in the so-called “Magic 12” in the next senatorial poll. Senators Grace Poe, Cynthia Villar and former senator and now Taguig Rep. Pia Cayetano topped the survey by Pulse Asia from March 23 to […]

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BOP deficit narrows in March

THE Philippines posted a narrower balance of payments (BoP) deficit in March, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported on Friday. The deficit in March stood at $266 million, smaller than the $429 million and $550 million levels recorded in February this year and in March last year, respectively. “Outflows in March 2018 stemmed mainly from foreign exchange operations of the BSP and […]

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UPDATE: Actor arrested in Bulacan for possession of illegal drugs

VETERAN actor Julio Diaz was arrested by police authorities in a buy-bust operation in Meycauayan City, Bulacan on Friday morning, according to police. Diaz, or Mariano De Leon in real life, 59, was arrested with his driver Ronald Gomez, 35, at about 12:40 a.m. in Barangay Langka. The Bulacan Police Provincial Office (BPPO) lists Diaz […]

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WWII bomb forces mass evacuation in central Berlin

BERLIN: The planned disposal of an unexploded World War II bomb Friday will force a mass evacuation around Berlin’s central railway station and likely spark transport chaos in the German capital. Trains, trams, buses and even some flights at the city’s Tegel airport will be halted when a police bomb squad starts defusing the British […]

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Cuba marks end of an era as Castro hands over to Diaz-Canel

HAVANA: Cuba’s new president Miguel Diaz-Canel on Thursday became the country’s first leader in nearly 60 years who is not named Castro, pledging continuity for the Caribbean island during the historic transition of power. The silver-haired Diaz-Canel — a top Communist Party figure who has served as first vice president since 2013 — assumed power […]

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Asian push to crack down on ‘fake news’ sparks alarm

KUALA LUMPUR: Inflammatory stories masquerading as real news pose a particularly toxic threat in Asian countries with long-standing religious and ethnic divides, but promises by some regional leaders to tackle the problem carry equal menace. Borrowing from US President Donald Trump’s political playbook, government heads with an authoritarian streak are using the mantra of “fake […]

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EU Parliament has ‘crossed red line,’ says PH Foreign Affairs chief

FOREIGN Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Friday slammed the European Parliament for “crossing the red line” with its “unwarranted and uncalled for actions” against the Philippines, saying the moves constitute interference in the internal affairs of the Philippines. In a statement following the EU lawmakers’ adoption of a resolution Thursday night calling, among others, for the immediate end […]

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