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Sharapova claims underdog status against Wozniacki

MELBOURNE: Maria Sharapova has declared herself the underdog in her blockbuster third round clash with Australian Open defending champion Caroline Wozniacki, despite having five Grand Slam titles to the Dane’s one. Sharapova has struggled since returning from a drugs ban in 2017 and is seeded 30th at the tournament, while …

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Report: China leads in advanced weapons

WASHINGTON: China is on the cusp of fielding some of the world’s most advanced weapons systems — and in some cases already has surpassed its rivals, a Pentagon assessment released Tuesday found. An unclassified report by the Defense Intelligence Agency says Beijing has made enormous military strides in recent years, …

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UK parliament rejects PM May’s Brexit deal

LONDON: British lawmakers overwhelmingly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s divorce deal with the European Union on Tuesday, plunging the Brexit process into chaos and triggering a no-confidence vote that could topple her government. The defeat was widely expected, but the scale of the House of Commons’ 432 votes against the …

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Aquino eyes higher SSS, GSIS pension

SEN. Paolo Benigno Aquino 4th has sought the doubling of the minimum pension of senior citizens from P500 to P1,000 and expansion of its coverage to include 3 million more. The senator filed on January 14 Senate Bill (SB) 2142 which seeks to amend Republic Act (RA) 7432, as amended …

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Kris denies threatening Korina, others

After admitting on Tuesday it was indeed her voice in the viral audio recording threatening the life of her then-business manager and now-arch enemy Nicko Falcis, multimedia star Kris Aquino denied she did the same to news personalities Korina Sanchez and Ricky Lo, entertainer and former Duterte appointee Margaux “Mocha” …

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PH, Sri Lanka sow seeds of partnership, sign 5 deals

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte said the Philippines and Sri Lanka were “planting seeds for rapid growth in their relations,” after the two countries signed five agreements in Malacañang. Duterte rolled out the red carpet for Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena, who began a state visit to the Philippines on Wednesday. STATE …

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