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The Bureau of Immigration (BI) deported four alien fugitives wanted by authorities in Taipei for serious crimes, it was learned yesterday. Immigration Commissioner Ricardo A. David Jr. said the foreigners were deported aboard a China Airlines flight to Taipei, Taiwan that left the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) last Thursday. David identified the four deportees as Chang Che- Wei, Yeh Ching-Shun, Chen Po-Hua, and Yen Jung Wu.

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Thanksgiving masses and other commemorative rites will be held today in many parts of the world, including the Philippines, in observance of the first feast day of Blessed Pope John Paul II, who was beatified in rites witnessed by millions of Catholics across the globe last May 1 in Rome, Italy by his successor Pope Benedict XVI.

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Two minors, both 15-years-old, were reportedly raped in Bulacan recently, police said. The victims were from Paombong and Calumpit.

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Dr. Amado Gabriel Esteban, a University of the Philippines (UP) alumnus, has earned the distinction of being the first Filipino- American and Asian-American to serve as president of the prestigious Seton Hall University, the oldest and largest Catholic university in the state of New Jersey in the United States.

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Taking the cudgels for Filipino pilgrims to Mecca, Saudi Arabia who might be stranded in Manila, President Benigno S. Aquino III appealed last Tuesday to King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud for his benevolence by granting 1,100 more hajj visas so they can travel to the kingdom and fulfill their Islamic obligation.

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A House leader expressed optimism that the Aquino government’s P72-billion stimulus package could shield the country from the effects of the global financial unrest that might be worsened by the “Occupy Wall Street” protests that are gripping the world’s financial centers.

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