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ON Scarborough Shoal, which is Panatag Shoal or Bajo de Masinloc to us, the Philippines and China have simply agreed to disagree.

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Jesus passed through towns and villages, teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?” He answered them, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough. After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door, then will you stand outside knocking and saying, ‘Lord, open the door for us.’ He will say to you in reply, ‘I do not know where you are from.’ And you will say, ‘We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.’

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One of the greatest archaeological discoveries of 20th century, the terracotta warriors and horses lay buried for more than 2,000 years until 1974 when farmers digging a well chanced upon a pit. It was an archaeological sensation.

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Black Swan President

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For several years up to the 16th century, a black swan was considered impossibility. Why? Because all previous records showed they had white feathers. Things changed, however, in 1697 when Dutch explorers became the first Europeans to discover black swans in Western Australia.

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Two Mondays from today, on November 7, Americans will go to the polls to elect their next president. Filipinos have been closely following the election campaign, for it is significant to us in many ways. Elections are important to us and ours are patterned after the American system, without, of course, its primaries and its Electoral College. We even share such practices as mud-slinging, vote-buying, and – if Republican candidate Donald Trump is to be believed – election-rigging.

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Jesus was teaching in a synagogue on the Sabbath. And a woman was there who for eighteen years had been crippled by a spirit; she was bent over, completely incapable of standing erect

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