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ALEPPO, Syria, was in the news again last Tuesday, not because of the violence surrounding the fighting in that ancient city, but because it appeared to be the reason a Turkish gunman assassinated the Russian ambassador in Ankara, Turkey.

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The birth of John

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When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her, and they rejoiced with her. When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child, they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother said in reply, “No. He will be called John.” But they answered her, “There is no one among your relatives who has this name.” So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called. He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,” and all were amazed. Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God. Then fear came upon all their neighbors, and all these matters were discussed throughout the hill country of Judea. All who heard these things took them to heart, saying, “What, then, will this child be?” For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.

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No matter how many scams are being reported in the news, you would be surprised at how many people are still being victimized by them.

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Grumpiness & health

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Being grumpy most of the time is not good for anyone since it brings stress and a host of other health issues, all the more if you are the country’s president.

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Phenomenal

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Suddenly last Saturday EDSA looked like Good Friday. In the days following, travel time was shortened by 40 to 50 percent: one hour from Caloocan to Makati, 35 minutes from Malate to Buendia, one hour from Batasan to Ayala.

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Some of senators have urged President Duterte to call a meeting of the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) to discuss certain key national issues, notably the President’s threat to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States.

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