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Hawaii wants to raise the legal smoking age to 100

Would-be cigarette smokers in the US state of Hawaii might have to wait a very long time for their first legal drag, after a lawmaker introduced a bill that would bar sales to anyone under the age of 100. The proposed law, introduced by local Democratic representative Richard Creagan, would effectively amount to a cigarette […]

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UAE gives Pope pomp-filled welcome ceremony at visit’s start

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – Pope Francis received a grandiose, pomp-filled welcome on Monday as he opened his historic visit to the Arabian Peninsula with a meeting with Emirati leaders ahead of an address to faith leaders gathered in a Muslim region known for its restrictions on religious freedom. Francis arrived at the […]

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European nations recognize Guaido as Venezuelan leader

MADRID (AP) – Spain, France, and Sweden have all announced that they are recognizing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s interim President and are urging him to hold a new presidential election. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez told reporters in Madrid on Monday that “we are working for the return of full democracy […]

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Palace: Gov’t committed to protect seafarers

The government is committed to promote and protect the welfare of seafarers and other Filipino overseas workers in recognition of their contribution to the nation’s growth, according to a Palace official. At the recent commissioning ceremony of the new training ship M/V Kapitan Gregorio Oca in Manila, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said they recognize the […]

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Indonesia ready to help PH probe Jolo bombings

Indonesia is ready to assist the Philippines with the investigation into the suicide bombings in Jolo, Sulu last month, a senior government official said last Saturday. Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said they intend to work closely with Indonesia after initial probe showed an Indonesian couple was behind the church bombing the killed dozens of people. […]

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PH, Israel reaffirm ties

The Philippines and Israel reaffirmed bilateral ties as President Duterte met Israeli Ambassador Rafael Harpaz in Malacañang Thursday. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the Israeli Ambassador condoled with victims of the cathedral bombing in Jolo, Sulu last Sunday. Harpaz added that terrorism and violent extremism must be defeated. The President thanked Harpaz for the expression […]

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