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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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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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Rosenstein defends Mueller team

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WASHINGTON -- Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the investigation into whether President Trump’s team assisted Russian meddling in last year’s campaign, pushed back strongly Wednesday, dec. 13, against Republican accusations that the inquiry is infected with partisan bias and steadfastly defended special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

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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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Pope renews call for ‘wisdom and prudence’ over Jerusalem

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Pope Francis has renewed a call for “wisdom and prudence” over United States President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, which has since sparked protests and clashes.

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