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WASHINGTON/RIYADH (Reuters) – The United States imposed economic sanctions on 17 Saudi officials on Thursday for their role in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor sought the death penalty for five suspects in the murder. The US Treasury Department sanctions were the first concrete response by the Trump administration to Khashoggi’s death […]

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North Korea tests new weapon

  SEOUL (AFP) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has overseen the testing of a “newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon,” Pyongyang’s state media reported yesterday, in a move that will raise the temperature over denuclearization talks. It marked the first official report of a weapons test by North Korea since it began a delicate diplomatic […]

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ASEAN leaders raise concern over reclamation activities in South China Sea

By ARGYLL GEDUCOS   SINGAPORE – Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have expressed concern over reclamation activities in the South China Sea which they think eroded trust and confidence in the region. In the Chairman Statement, the ASEAN, chaired by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, noted the activities in the disputed resource-filled […]

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By AARON RECUENCO   Director General Oscar Albayalde, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), yesterday urged traffic policemen not to be intimidated by motorists driving cars with number 8 protocol plate. Albayalde said any motorist who would commit infraction of the law must be accosted since it is what law enforcement, to which the […]

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  By ELLALYN DE VERA-RUIZ   The inter-agency task force that led the clean up of Boracay Island will also monitor and lead the rehabilitation of other top tourist destinations in the country. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu, who also heads the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force, said they will replicate […]

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Balangiga Bells coming home

By ROY MABASA   United States Defense Secretary James Mattis on Wednesday announced the return of the historic Balangiga Bells to the Philippines in consideration of the enduring friendship between the two countries and its respect of the past as “co-equal brothers in arms.” “In returning the bells of Balangiga to our ally and our friend, the […]

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