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Permanent dwelling on PH isles urged

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Members of the House of Representatives are promoting “permanent dwelling” in the Kalayaan Group of Islands by allowing residents and investors to obtain titles to the land. The House committee on natural resources has approved a bill declaring the Kalayaan Group, which is part of Palawan, “alienable and disposable” land for agricultural, residential and commercial purposes.

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ISIS-inspired immigrant ‘drawn by Christmas posters’ in New York attack

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WASHINGTON -- The Bangladeshi immigrant who set off a bomb in New York’s subway Monday, Dec. 11, told investigators that he was avenging attacks on the Islamic State (ISIS) group and chose the location by its Christmas posters, US media reported.

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Palace: Drug war to improve in 2018

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The Duterte administration will apply the lessons from its previous experiences in the controversial drug war to make the campaign better in 2018, according to presidential spokesperson Harry Roque.

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#MeToo spotlight increasingly pointed at past Trump conduct

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NEW YORK -- Donald Trump sailed past a raft of allegations of sexual misconduct in last year’s presidential election.

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Reds in Southern Mindanao ready to face Duterte’s ‘full-scale war’

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DAVAO CITY -- Communist rebels in Southern Mindanao said they were ready to face “the full-scale war” that the Duterte administration would be unleashing on them next year.

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NoKor tells UN envoy it wants to prevent war but offers no commitment

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A senior United Nations (UN) official returning from Pyongyang said on Tuesday, Dec. 12, that North Korean officials had told  him it was important to prevent war but offered no concrete proposal for talks.

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‘Comfort woman’ statue not an insult vs Japan’

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A prominent member of the Chinese-Filipino community and anticrime advocate has written Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada to question the government’s stand on the installation of a “comfort woman” statue on Roxas Boulevard and its seeming subservience to the Japanese government.

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Putin: US hurts itself with ‘invented’ Trump collusion case

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MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday, Dec. 14, scoffed at allegations of collusion between U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia, saying they have been “invented” by Trump’s foes and have hurt the U.S. political system.

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PH exports seen to grow by 12-15% in 2018

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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is targeting a 12-to 15-percent growth in merchandise exports next year, hoping the export industry will continue its recovery.

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US urges talks with North Korea ‘without preconditions’

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The United States is ready to talk to North Korea “without preconditions” but remains determined to force it to abandon its nuclear arsenal, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday, Dec. 12.

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