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China detains Australian writer

By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE July 20, 2019 SYDNEY: Canberra on Friday said it was “deeply disappointed” with the criminal detention of an Australian-Chinese writer in China, demanding Beijing release him if he was being held for “his political views”. Foreign Minister Marise Payne said Australia had received confirmation Friday that Yang …

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Taiwan to help HK protesters seeking sanctuary

By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE July 20, 2019 TAIPEI: Taiwan’s government said Friday it would provide assistance to Hong Kongers seeking sanctuary after local media reported dozens of activists involved in an unprecedented storming of the city’s parliament had fled to the island. The pledge risks infuriating Beijing but comes as Taiwan …

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52 BoC employees on floating status

By CATHERINE S. VALENTE, TMT July 20, 2019 ALL 52 officials and employees of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) summoned to Malacañang on Thursday night for their alleged involvement in irregularities have been placed on floating status. “A lot of them are already facing administrative cases and some are already …

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LPA now tropical depression ‘Goring’

By DIVINA NOVA JOY DELA CRUZ July 20, 2019 The low pressure area that formed within the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday developed into a tropical depression on Friday morning and was named “Goring,” the state-run weather bureau said. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) …

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Senate bill filed banning single-use plastics

By BERNADETTE E. TAMAYO July 20, 2019 SEN. Cynthia Villar has filed Senate Bill (SB) 333 or the “Single-Use Plastic Product Regulation Act of 2019,” which seeks to regulate the manufacture, importation and use of single-use plastic products. Different kinds of plastic waste are seen along the shore of Manila …

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IBP, fishers withdraw from kalikasan writ

By BERNADETTE E. TAMAYO July 20, 2019 The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) and seven fishers from Palawan and Zambales withdrew as petitioners from the writ of kalikasan lodged at the Supreme Court for some areas of the West Philippine (South China) Sea. IBP and human rights lawyer Jose …

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Duterte may expand martial law – Palace

By CATHERINE S. VALENTE, TMT July 19, 2019 President Rodrigo Duterte might be forced to declare martial law if extremists carry out terror attacks in Metro Manila, Malacañang said on Thursday. Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo said the President was “very concerned” over potential security threats in the region arising from …

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Pacquiao teaches Thurman humility

By EDDIE G. ALINEA July 19, 2019 LAS VEGAS: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom, or the strong boast of their strength, or the rich boast of their riches.” “But let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I …

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24 dead, 38 injured in Japan arson

By ASSOCIATED PRESS July 19, 2019 TOKYO: A Japanese fire official said at least 24 people were confirmed dead and more could be missing after they were trapped by fire at a popular animation production studio in Kyoto. The fire, which occurred 10:30 a.m. (9:30 a.m. in Manila), broke out …

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