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SoKor envoy vows to bring in more tourists to PH

President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with Ambassador of the Republic of Korea Han Dong-man who paid a courtesy call on the President at the Malacañan Palace on November 18, 2019. Han said the growing popularity of Korean pop, drama, food, and other products in the Philippines may soon give rise to a Korea Town in Malate,…
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Pentagon says Iran’s missiles unrivaled in Middle East

Published November 20, 2019, 7:18 AM By Agence France-Presse Despite decades of sanctions, Iran has succeeded in developing its missile arsenal, which is larger than that of any other Middle Eastern country including Israel, a Pentagon study said Tuesday. A Shahab-3 surface-to-surface missile is on display in a Tehran street exhibition by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards…
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US calls hostages’ release in Afghanistan ‘hopeful sign’

Published November 20, 2019, 7:16 AM By Agence France-Presse The United States on Tuesday welcomed the release of two hostages — an American and an Australian — in Afghanistan, calling it a “hopeful sign” for efforts to end the decades-long conflict. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Taliban’s release of two Western hostages…
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Epstein prison guards charged over falsifying records

Published November 20, 2019, 7:16 AM By Agence France-Presse Two guards who were on duty the night Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide in a high-security jail were charged Tuesday with falsifying records after they apparently failed to check on him. Epstein, 66, was found dead in New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center on August 10 as…
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Trump spokeswoman says Obama aides left mean notes in White House

Published November 20, 2019, 7:16 AM By Agence France-Presse President Donald Trump’s spokeswoman claimed Tuesday that Barack Obama staffers left behind catty notes in White House offices for the incoming administration, telling them “you will fail.” White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham walks with President Donald Trump’s social media director Dan Scavino (AFP Photo/MANDEL NGAN)…
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Panda Bei Bei says bye bye to US, heads ‘home’ to China

Published November 20, 2019, 7:14 AM By Agence France-Presse The US-born giant panda Bei Bei on Tuesday left the only home he has known at the National Zoo in Washington for a 16-hour flight back to China as part of its research and breeding program. Bei Bei munches bamboo in his enclosure at the National…
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Duterte to rely on PH forces' recommendation on martial law

President Rodrigo Duterte and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (Presidential Photo) MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said he would rely on the recommendation of state forces whether to lift or extend martial law in Mindanao. “I will leave it to the military and the police to make the recommendation,” Duterte said in a press…
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PH-SoKor to sign 4 deals in Duterte’s Busan trip

President Rodrigo Duterte and Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in during their bilateral meeting at the Blue House in Seoul on June 4, 2018. (Presidential Photo) MANILA — South Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Han Dong-man on Tuesday said the Philippines and South Korea are scheduled to sign several agreements during the bilateral meeting between President…
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Pope to Asia in search of Buddhist ties, nuclear arms ban

Published November 20, 2019, 7:14 AM By Agence France-Presse Pope Francis departed Rome on Tuesday for Thailand and Japan, majority Buddhist countries where the Jesuit pontiff is to plead for interreligious dialogue and nuclear disarmament. Thailand’s Catholic community officially accounts for 0.59 percent of the population (AFP Photo/Lillian SUWANRUMPHA) The pope’s third trip to Asia,…
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Trump says media ‘sick’ over health rumors

Published November 20, 2019, 7:13 AM By Agence France-Presse An angry President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused the “sick” media of scaring his wife Melania with reports of his poor health, following a surprise weekend hospital visit. Speculation has swirled around the 73-year-old’s health since he made a sudden trip to a government hospital outside…
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Pregnant woman killed by dogs while walking in French woods

Published November 20, 2019, 7:13 AM By Agence France-Presse A pregnant woman was killed by dogs while walking her own dog in a forest in northern France during a hunt with hounds, investigators said Tuesday. The body of the 29-year-old woman was found Saturday in a forest outside the town of Villers-Cotterets (AFP Photo/ALAIN JOCARD)…
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UN calls on Nicaragua to end repression after church attacks

    MANAGUA, Nicaragua — The UN called Tuesday on the Nicaraguan government of President Daniel Ortega to halt persistent repression after his supporters stormed Managua’s Catholic cathedral and another church to attack protesting opposition hunger strikers. A pro-government mob broke in on Monday and injured a priest and a nun while attempting to dislodge…
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‘No extravagance’ in P50-M SEA Games cauldron

President Rodrigo Duterte (Presidential Photo) MANILA – There was nothing extravagant in the PHP50-million cauldron built for the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday. “Walang extravagance diyan (There is no extravagance there),” the President told Palace reporters in a press conference at Palace’s Heroes Hall late Tuesday night, referring to…
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2 Dutch IS women arrested on return home

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Dutch police on Tuesday arrested two women who joined the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria after they were deported by Turkey to the Netherlands, prosecutors said. The women, one of whom has two young children, were being held on terror charges following their arrival at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, the prosecution…
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Google Assistant to be ‘news host’ on devices

  WASHINGTON — Google said Tuesday its digital assistant will serve as a “news host” on its connected devices to deliver stories from a variety of its media partners. The feature called Your News Update will be activated by asking the Google Assistant to read the news. The artificial intelligence program will deliver “a mix…
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And the ‘best toilet’ in PH can be found in . . .

Far Eastern University (FEU) has the best and the brightest “kubeta” in the Philippines. FEU, one of the country’s leading universities established by Dr. Nicanor Reyes in 1928, emerged as the big winner in this year’s Golden Kubeta Awards bankrolled by water distributor Maynilad Water Services Inc. It topped the schools and universities category and…
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Palace: Missteps in drug war cost Robredo Cabinet rank

President Duterte has “reservations” about trusting Vice President Leni Robredo with sensitive information because she has made “missteps,” including consulting “enemies of the state” who have prejudged his war on drugs, Malacaang said on Tuesday. Explaining Duterte’s change of mind about making Robredo a member of his Cabinet, presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the Vice…
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Weather double whammy: ‘Ramon’ lingers, ‘Sarah’ nears

People in northern Luzon should brace for a weather double whammy this week, as Typhoon “Ramon” (international name: Kalmaegi) and Tropical Depression “Sarah” both threaten to bring heavy rain and strong winds in provinces in the region, the weather bureau warned on Tuesday. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) also warned residents…
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Latest DOH pitch for toilets: Bowl cheaper than smartphone

Families must give priority to having working toilets at home over acquiring new mobile phones, as only one in 10 barangays in the country has achieved zero open-defecation (ZOD) status, according to the Department of Health (DOH). “If you are able to buy a cell phone, you should also be able to prioritize the dignity…
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Leni on Leila’s 1,000th day in jail: Raps false; free her

Vice President Leni Robredo on Tuesday said the continued detention of Sen. Leila de Lima was “one of the biggest setbacks” in human rights and justice in the country and appealed anew for the release of the feisty opposition senator. De Lima, a staunch critic of President Duterte, will mark her 1,000th day of detention…
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Bike services for hire: Risky, still illegal, but in demand

(Last of three parts) Ryan Rillera knew he was taking a high risk when he quit the relative stability of his job as a fast food branch manager two years ago. Income was steady, he said, but his odd shifts meant spending more time at work than with his family. “There was no fulfillment then,”…
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Turkmenistan’s top dog breed rivals horse for national affection

ASHGABAT, TURKMENISTAN —A gift for foreign leaders, a subject of presidential poetry, and the inspiration for a new statue in the capital, the alabai shepherd dog’s stock has never been higher in horse-loving Turkmenistan. For as long as anyone can remember or 4,000 years, according to strongman President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, this barrel-chested, large-skulled breed has…
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Palace: Pogos can be taxed

Malacaang has expressed support for the Department of Finance’s (DOF) position that taxes can be imposed on Philippine offshore gaming operators (Pogos), arguing that the State cannot be denied its due. “While the matter is being studied at length by the DOF, what is clear is that the State cannot be denied its right to…
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Gun ban, no-fly zone imposed on several provinces for SEAG

A gun ban will be enforced in La Union province, Central Luzon, Metro Manila and Calabarzon starting today until Dec. 14 as part of the security measures for the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) that the country is hosting. Some 10,000 athletes from Asia will compete in the games to be held in different venues…
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US official tells Asean claimant countries: assert rights vs China

US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has urged all South China Sea claimant countries, including the Philippines, to take a “very public posture” and assert their sovereign rights against China’s aggressive moves in the disputed waters. Esper also said the United States was open to revisiting and strengthening its Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) with the…
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18 areas in PH hit by red tide

A shellfish ban is up in 18 areas all over the country after their waters were found to be contaminated with red tide toxins, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) reported. The red tide-infested areas included the coastal waters in the following areas: Sual in Pangasinan; Pampanga; Bataan (Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga,…
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Giving up post not a problem, says Cayetano

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said he would not give President Duterte any problem regarding the top post in the House of Representatives, which is the subject of a term-sharing deal. Cayetano was supposed to relinquish the post after 15 months to give way to Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco, another ally of President Duterte. The…
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Court denies petition to release activist

The Court of Appeals has denied a petition to release a 23-year-old activist arrested by the military in Quezon province on Sept. 14. The appellate court ruled that the habeas corpus petition of Alexandrea Pacalda’s father had become moot since she had been charged in court with illegal possession of firearms and ammunition. “Alexandrea cannot…
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Libel case vs Rappler CEO, reporter dismissed

Quezon City Assistant Prosecutor Arnel Pabellar has dismissed the libel complaint filed against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and reporter Rambo Talabong in 2017 by Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones, then an undersecretary at the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). In an eight-page resolution, Pabellar said the news reports Castriciones had taken issue…
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Bishop deplores Red-tagging of Church, aid groups

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo on Tuesday deplored the inclusion of at least 50 organizations, including several Church groups, in the government’s list of alleged “communist front organizations.” “If their intelligence indicates that a person or a group is engaged in illegal activities, then bring them to court,” said Pabillo in a post on CBCPNews,…
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