Mangudadatu defends PGMA’s ML proclamation in Maguindanao

December 12, 2009 1:02 pm· Comments Off on Mangudadatu defends PGMA’s ML proclamation in Maguindanao 

MANILA, Dec. 12 -– Buluan Vice Mayor Esmael Mangundadatu of Buluan town in Maguindanao on Saturday defended President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s declaration of martial law in the province.

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PNP welcomes PGMA's creation of independent commission to address issue of private armed groups

December 12, 2009 11:56 am· Comments Off on PNP welcomes PGMA's creation of independent commission to address issue of private armed groups 

MANILA, Dec. 12 — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has welcomed the creation of an independent commission that will address the alleged existence of partisan armed groups in the country.

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Verzosa cites martial law proclamation for swift seizure of high-powered firearms in Maguindanao

December 12, 2009 11:56 am· Comments Off on Verzosa cites martial law proclamation for swift seizure of high-powered firearms in Maguindanao 

MANILA, Dec. 12 — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Jesus Verzosa has cited that the declaration of martial law in Maguindanao has enabled government forces to swiftly seize high-powered, crew-served weapons from armed groups in the province.

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Provincial entries to dominate Dinagyang drum and bugle tilt

December 12, 2009 11:56 am· Comments Off on Provincial entries to dominate Dinagyang drum and bugle tilt 

ILOILO CITY, Dec. 11 -– Entries from elementary and high schools in the province of Iloilo are expected to reign the Dinagyang 2010 drum and bugle competition as one of the main events in next year’s festival of festivals.

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More CVOs yield; Army deploys peacekeepers in other parts of Maguindanao

December 12, 2009 11:56 am· Comments Off on More CVOs yield; Army deploys peacekeepers in other parts of Maguindanao 

COTABATO CITY, Dec. 12 — Members of the Civilian Volunteer Organization in Northern Kabuntalan, Maguindanao turned over Saturday some 25 assorted firearms in a ceremony held at the town hall.

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Pakistan pledges to uphold human rights; slams poor attendance at UN meeting

December 12, 2009 11:56 am· Comments Off on Pakistan pledges to uphold human rights; slams poor attendance at UN meeting 

UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 11 — Pledging to promote and protect the human rights of its people, Pakistan on Thursday chided some of the so-called champions of human rights for showing a lack of interest in a special meeting held at UN to mark the end of the International Year of Human Rights Learning.

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No need to worry on solar storm in 2012: Indonesian space agency

December 12, 2009 11:56 am· Comments Off on No need to worry on solar storm in 2012: Indonesian space agency 

JAKARTA, Dec. 11 — People should not worry about solar storm that is expected to peak in 2012 because the incident would not extreme, detikcom online news quoted an official at Indonesian space agency on Friday.

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World not controlled by superpowers, Asia on the rise: politician

December 12, 2009 11:56 am· Comments Off on World not controlled by superpowers, Asia on the rise: politician 

SIEM REAP, Cambodia, Dec. 11 — "The world is no longer dominated, influenced or controlled by one or two super powers," a politician made a public speech here on Friday at a seminar.

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Death toll from nightclub fire in Perm grows to 139

December 12, 2009 11:56 am· Comments Off on Death toll from nightclub fire in Perm grows to 139 

PERM, Dec. 11 — The death toll from the fire at the nightclub Lame Horse in Perm last weekend has grown to 139, sources from the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations told Tass on Friday.

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North Korea reports progress with US on six-party talks resumption

December 12, 2009 11:56 am· Comments Off on North Korea reports progress with US on six-party talks resumption 

PYONGYANG, Dec. 11 — North Korea said on Thursday it reached mutual understanding with the United States regarding the resumption of six-party talks on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

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