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GOP dealt stiff blow in Senate’s bid to repeal ‘Obamacare’

WASHINGTON – Dealing a serious blow to President Donald Trump’s agenda, the Senate early Friday rejected a measure to repeal parts of former President Barack Obama’s health care law after a night of high suspense in the U.S. Capitol. Unable to pass even a so-called “skinny repeal,” it was unclear if Senate Republicans could advance …

Trump heads to New York towns hit hard by gang violence

NEW YORK – A wave of gang killings in New York’s Long Island suburbs, many involving teenage victims, has caught the attention of President Donald Trump, who is scheduled to travel Friday to one of the towns hit hardest by the violence. Trump is expected to meet with law enforcement officers and discuss the MS-13 …

242K to take Civil Service exam on Aug. 6

MANILA, July 28—  A total of 242,901 Filipinos will take the Career Service Examination – Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT) on Aug. 6, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) announced Friday. Of the figure, 208,757 examinees (85.9 percent) will take the Professional level exam, and 34,144 examinees (14.1 percent) the Sub-professional level exam. In a news …

Deaths in Venezuela unrest hit 103 as polarizing vote nears

CARACAS, Venezuela — Days before a polarizing vote to start rewriting its constitution, Venezuela is convulsing to a rhythm of daytime strikes and nocturnal clashes. Five deaths reported from violence in the 24 hours through late Thursday drove the death toll from nearly four months of unrest above 100. Most of the dead in anti-government …

LGIS, Pearson LCCI bring int’l certification program to PH

MANILA, July 28—  LGIS Qualifications Assessment Authority and United Kingdom-based Pearson LCCI have partnered to bring their international certification program to the Philippines. LGIS chief executive officer, Loda Grace Zuyco-Dulla, said in an interview that bringing an international qualification program to the country opens opportunities for Filipinos to boost learning competency and employment here and …

Duterte says only empty tribal schools would be bombed

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says his threat to launch airstrikes against tribal schools because they allegedly teach subversion would apply only when the buildings are empty, a clarification that still raised concern he was advocating a war crime. Critics had asked Duterte to retract his earlier threat, saying government troops may use …

NBI-AHTRAD operatives nab 2 suspects for human trafficking

MANILA, July 28 — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Friday said operatives of the NBI-Anti-Human Trafficking Division (NBI-AHTRAD) have arrested two suspected human traffickers and rescued 17 minors who were allegedly offered for sexual services in Caloocan City. NBI Director Dante A. Gierran identified the two suspects as Glady Dulot and Cherry Ann …

DILG checks quake-hit local gov’t buildings

TACLOBAN CITY, July 28—  The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) regional office here this week deployed newly-trained engineers to Ormoc City and Kananga town to validate public buildings reportedly damaged by the 6.5 magnitude earthquake which hit Leyte and nearby provinces last July 6. “Aside from checking the accuracy of the report, the …

Guv urges Muslim constituents to help sustain anti-terrorism efforts in Sarangani

MANILA, July 28 — As the military continuously engages in fierce battle against the Maute terror group in Marawi City, Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon of Sarangani province urged his Muslim constituents to help sustain the anti-terrorism efforts the provincial government has initiated last year. This is to shield the province from the influence and atrocities …

Chinese top diplomat pushes for ‘new era’ of ASEAN-China ties

BEIJING, July 28 – A Chinese top diplomat has pushed for a new era of collaboration between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries to boost further the China- ASEAN strategic partnership. Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made his proposal last Wednesday in a working lunch …

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