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Rise and fall of jihadists

By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE March 24, 2019 BEIRUT: Islamic State jihadists in June 2014 proclaimed a “caliphate” across territory seized in Syria and Iraq, but have since lost one territory after another until the fall of a border village on Saturday. A timeline: On June 29, 2014, jihadists of the Islamic …

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DoF transparency on loan deals lauded

By JAVIER J. ISMAEL March 24, 2019 Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian has lauded the Department of Finance (DoF) for being transparent on foreign loan agreements the government entered into to bankroll various infrastructure projects. Senator Sherwin Gatchalian. FILE PHOTO Gatchalian, chairman of the Senate Committee on Economic Affairs, commended the DoF …

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Help govt in federalism drive, Misuari asked

By ROY NARRA March 24, 2019 The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Saturday expressed hopes that Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari could help push a federal form of government. President Rodrigo Duterte discusses matters with Moro National Liberation Front Founding Chairman Nur …

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Syria force takes IS bastion, ‘caliphate’ wiped out

By The Manila Times March 23, 2019 Fighters of the US-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) celebrate near the Omar oil field in the eastern Syrian Deir Ezzor province on March 23, 2019, after announcing the total elimination of the Islamic State (IS) group’s last bastion in eastern Syria. AFP …

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Pacquiao polls Twitter on who to fight next

By The Manila Times March 23, 2019 Manny Pacquiao jars Adrien Broner with a hard right during their fight for the WBA (regular) welterweight title on January 19, 2019, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. PHOTO BY WENDELL ALINEA Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao took to …

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Twin cyclones batter Australia

By The Manila Times March 23, 2019 Residents of McArthur River, a remote town in the Northern Territory, boarding an Australian military plane as authorities evacuate communities in the path of a powerful cyclone AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE/AFP – CPL TRISTAN KENNEDY SYDNEY: A “very destructive” category 4 cyclone slammed …

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Serena survives scare to advance in Miami

By The Manila Times March 23, 2019 American Serena Williams reacts during on the way to a three-set second-round victory over Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson at the WTA and ATP Miami Open GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP MIAMI: Serena Williams survived an “irresponsible” second set lapse on Friday to see off Sweden’s …

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Duterte bans govt junkets

By RALPH VILLANUEVA March 23, 2019 PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has issued an executive order (EO) prohibiting government officials and employees from going on junkets abroad. Under EO 77, an official local or foreign travels and assignment would only be allowed if there were essential to the effective performance of an …

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Sotto, Arroyo vow to end budget deadlock soon

By GLEE JALEA and JAVIER J. ISMAEL March 23, 2019 SENATE President Vicente Sotto 3rd and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Friday vowed to end the budget deadlock that has pitted the two houses of Congress against each other. Senate President Vicente Sotto 3rd. FILE PHOTO Sotto said the …

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ICC assembly chief regrets PH withdrawal

By AL JACINTO, TMT and GLEE JALEA March 23, 2019 The president of the Assembly of States Parties, O-Gon Kwon (from the Republic of Korea), has expressed regret over the withdrawal of the Philippines from the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Mr. O-Gon Kwon. …

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