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Probers zero in on unattended electric gadget as reason for barter trace center fire

COTABATO CITY, (PNA)–ARSON INVESTIGATORS ARE ZEROING ON CELLPHONE CHARGER LEFT UNATTENDED FOR SEVERAL HOURS, AN OVERHEAT ELECTRIC FAN OR OTHER ELECTRIC APPLIANCES AS THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE THAT RAZED…

“Mga Likha ni Inay” featured in Ayala Museum fashion show

By Saul E. Pa-a SAN PABLO CITY, Laguna (PNA) – The country’s highly acclaimed fashion czars may be in for a surprise at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept 20, when…

Coming home to my birthplace, a war zone (Feature)

By Aurelio A. Pena DAVAO CITY, (PNA) – Jovellar Street in the city of Zamboanga where I was born, lies next to Sta. Catalina district which links up with Talon-Talon…

Shots fired in Arctic over Greenpeace protest at oil rig

MOSCOW, (PNA/RIA Novosti) -– Greenpeace activists staged a protest at an offshore oil drilling platform in the Russian Arctic on Wednesday morning, during which two protesters were arrested and the…

Brillantes says Comelec cannot prevent aspirants in barangay, SK polls from displaying posters until start of campaign period

By Ferdinand G. Patinio MANILA, (PNA) — Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes said that Comelec cannot prevent aspirants in the October 2013 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections…

Roundup: Int’l community welcomes U.S.-Russian deal on Syria’s chemical weapons

BEIJING, (PNA/Xinhua) — The international community hailed the progress on the Syria issue, after the United States and Russia reached a framework agreement Saturday on eliminating the country’s chemical weapons….

US to surpass Russia in liquid fuel production – report

WASHINGTON, (PNA/RIA Novosti) -– The United States will overtake Russia in liquid fuel production this quarter, strengthening a US return to prominence as a global fuel powerhouse after years of…

Chicago agricultural commodities mixed

CHICAGO, (PNA/Xinhua) — Chicago agricultural commodities closed mixed Thursday, with corn slipping and wheat and soybean rising. The most active corn contract for December delivery dropped 6. 25 cents, or…

DA eyes Bicol as top cacao producer; trains farmers on latest technology

By Danny O. Calleja PILI, Camarines Sur, (PNA) -– The Department of Agriculture (DA) in Bicol is providing local farmers with the latest technology on the growing of cacao (Theobroma…

(Lead) Aquino, Obama to discuss in Oct ways to strengthen bilateral ties

MANILA, (PNA) — US President Barack Obama will visit the Philippines in his four-country ASEAN tour from October 6 to 12, Malacanang said Saturday. “Upon the invitation of His Excellency…

VN lawmakers agree to make health insurance compulsory

HANOI, (PNA/VNS) — Vietnamese lawmakers yesterday agreed that health insurance should be made compulsory to ensure there was more participation. They were attending the 21st session of the National Assembly…

PhilRice shifts to new direction, methods to enhance competitiveness

SCIENCE CITY OF MUNOZ, Nueva Ecija, (PNA) –The Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) is set to make fundamental shifts in scope and direction of its work to carry out its…

Pakistani PM to visit Turkey next week

ISLAMABAD, (PNA/Xinhua) — Pakistani Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, will pay a three-day official visit to Turkey from next Monday for talks on bilateral relations, focusing on economic cooperation, state media…

Hong Kong stocks close 0.17 pct lower

HONG KONG, (PNA/Xinhua) — Hong Kong stocks fell 39.51 points, or 0.17 percent, to close at 22,937.14 points on Wednesday. The benchmark Hang Seng Index traded between 23,120.46 and 22,…

1st LD Writethru: Mamnoon Hussain sworn in as Pakistan’s new president

ISLAMABAD, (PNA/Xinhua) — Mamnoon Hussain was sworn in Monday as the 12th president of Pakistan for the next five years at the President’s house in the federal capital of Islamabad,…