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The proposed United Nations inquiry on possible human rights violations in the Philippines has suffered a setback after UN Repporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary, and Arbitrary Executions Agnes Callamard rejected some conditions reportedly being set by the Philippine government.

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CHRISTMAS means so many things to many people. It means carols being played on radio as early as September, city streets filled with lights in Metro Manila and elsewhere, Sta. Claus figures in malls, exchanging of gifts at Christmas parties, Christmas trees covered with lights and with a bright star at the top.

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A HIGH-SPEED railroad – this was how Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jinhua described China-Philippine relations today following President Duterte’s recent state visit to Beijing. After their initial meeting, Duterte met again with China President Xi Jinping at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Lima, Peru.

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SIMBANG Gabi today marks the official start of the Christmas season in the Philippines. Actually we started hearing Christmas carols as early as September 1, and office and school Christmas parties began as soon as December came in.

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THERE is a new unseen war that is now going on in the world, involving forces organized by Russia, China, North Korea, and the United States. Where there used to be combat on land and sea, in the air, and in outer space, the new operational domain is cyberspace, according to a US Army Cyber Command spokesman.

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IN Oslo, Norway, last Saturday, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia, for his efforts to end a half-century of civil war which has killed over 220,000 and displaced eight million people in the longest continuing conflict in the Western Hemisphere.

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