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Florida police say mass shooting by Filipino at mosque thwarted

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JACKSONVILLE, Florida – Law enforcement authorities said they prevented a mass shooting at a Jacksonville mosque and arrested a 69-year-old Filipino immigrant who allegedly hated Muslims.

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Expert says Duterte gave Reds a chance; analyst cites ‘incoherent policy’

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A peace and conflict studies expert says President Duterte has given peace talks with the communist rebels a chance, but a security analyst believes the commander in chief’s “incoherent policy” has resulted in casualties and has even given the Left a “strategic advantage.”

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Ambassador Haley: N. Korea ‘brings us closer to war’ the US doesn’t seek

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WASHINGTON -- United States Ambassador Nikki Haley condemned on Wednesday, Nov. 29, North Korea’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and said that the latest incident “brings us closer” to a war that the US does not seek.

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Duterte to soldiers: Kill armed NPA rebels and I’ll answer for you

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President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday, Nov. 29, soldiers should shoot and kill armed members of the New People’s Army (NPA).

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Europe’s Muslims to rise strongly, even if migration ends - study

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PARIS, France -- Muslims could make up over 11 percent of Europe’s population in the coming decades, compared with just under 5 percent currently, if legal migration levels are maintained, a report by a US-based think tank said Thursday, Nov. 30.

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Gov’t witness links Aquino brother-in-law to DPWH right-of-way scam

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A government witness has implicated the brother-in-law of former President Benigno Aquino III to the P8.7-billion fake right-of-way claims in Mindanao.

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Who is the pope?’ ask Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

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COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh  -- The plight of Rohingya refugees is the backdrop to Pope Francis’ landmark visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh. But in the vast refugee camps on the border, there is puzzlement, with many asking: “Who is he?”

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Senate approves ‘Balik Scientist’ bill

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Senators voted 13-0 on Monday, Nov. 27, to approve on third and final reading a bill that would encourage Filipino scientists, engineers, and innovators abroad to return to the country by providing them with more benefits.

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NPA attacks intensify in Luzon

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CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The New People’s Army (NPA) stepped up attacks in parts of Luzon almost 11 months before President Rodrigo Duterte unilaterally canceled the peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), according to an overseas security and intelligence group.

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US parents not liable for adult offspring’s medical debts on shared health insurance

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Are parents responsible for adult children’s medical debts? Should people squeeze in appointments and expensive procedures before year’s end because of changes that might come with the GOP tax bill? Should consumers pay a broker to help them enroll in a plan? I answer these questions from readers this week.

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