Quake damages 4,000 structures

KIDAPAWAN CITY, Cotabato, Philippines — More than 4,000 houses and buildings in Cotabato and Davao del Sur provinces were damaged by Wednesday’s 6.3-magnitude quake.   Makilala is one of the three areas in North Cotabato hardest hit by the tremor. The two others were Kidapawan City and Tulunan, identified by Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology as the epicenter.   About 2,250 residential homes and government buildings were damaged by the quake in Makilala.   Makilala Mayor Armando Quibod said at least 83,000 people in 38 villages have been affected by the quake, the strongest experienced in the town, so far.   Epicenter &nbsp…

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Trump Says Erdogan Told Him He Wants Ceasefire

President Donald Trump said Friday that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had assured him that he wants the “ceasefire” with Kurdish militants in northern Syria to work. Trump, in a series of tweets, said he had spoken to Erdogan and “he very much wants the ceasefire, or pause, to work. “Likewise, the Kurds want it, and the ultimate solution, to happen,” the US president said. “There is goodwill on both sides & a really good chance for success,” he said. “The U.S. has secured the Oil, & the ISIS Fighters are double secured by Kurds & Turkey.” Trump also said that “some” European countries, which he did not name, “are now willing, for the first time, to tak…

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Totally focused

ANTIPOLO CITY—University of Santo Tomas was all business in handling National University, scoring an 88-76 victory in Season 82 of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at Ynares Center here on Saturday. The Growling Tigers, whose ace forward Rhenz Abando was recently reported to be the subject of being recruited by a rival school, played without distractions and rose to 7-6 while sending the Bulldogs reeling to a league-worst 2-9 and out of Final Four contention. Far Eastern University repeated over La Salle, 81-60, in the second game and claimed solo fourth as jockeying for playoff position nears fever pitch with the elimination round heading to its homestretch. The Tamaraws …

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