Investiture of new NAST academicians and corresponding member

August 5, 2010 10:28 am· Comments Off on Investiture of new NAST academicians and corresponding member 

National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) president Emil Q. Javier leads the oath-taking ceremony for the newly-inducted academicians and corresponding member during the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). Photo shows from (left) Academicians Marco Nemesio E. Montaƒo, Fernando P. Siringan, Guillermo Q. Tabios III, Antonio Miguel L. Dans, and Corresponding Member Kelvin S. Rodolfo. [PNA photo courtesy of S&T Media Service]
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Italy sends fire-fighting planes to Russia

August 5, 2010 10:15 am· Comments Off on Italy sends fire-fighting planes to Russia 

ROME, Aug. 5 — Italy sent two fire-fighting aircraft to Russia on Wednesday to help the Russian authorities tame the wild flames which are destroying many of the country's regions.

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UN chief sends special envoy to flood-hit Pakistan

August 5, 2010 10:15 am· Comments Off on UN chief sends special envoy to flood-hit Pakistan 

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 5 — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon has dispatched a special envoy to Pakistan to assist relief efforts in response to the South Asian country's worst flood disaster in decades, a UN spokesman said Wednesday.

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UN holds tripartite meeting with Lebanese, Israeli army officials

August 5, 2010 10:15 am· Comments Off on UN holds tripartite meeting with Lebanese, Israeli army officials 

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 5 — The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) convened an "urgent" tripartite meeting on Wednesday with representatives of the Lebanese Armed Forces ( LAF) and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), UN peacekeeping chief Alain Le Roy told reporters here.

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Turkish crew captured by pirates return after 128 days

August 5, 2010 10:15 am· Comments Off on Turkish crew captured by pirates return after 128 days 

ISTANBUL, Aug. 5 — The 19 Turks out of 21 crew-members of the Frigia, captured by Somalian pirates 1,000 nautical miles (1,852 km) off the coast of India in March, returned to Turkey on Wednesday, 128 days after their ordeal.

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White House hails "beginning of the end" of Gulf oil spill

August 5, 2010 10:15 am· Comments Off on White House hails "beginning of the end" of Gulf oil spill 

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 — White House spokesman Robert Gibbs on Wednesday hailed the "beginning of the end" of efforts to stop the leak and contain the oil in the Gulf of Mexico.

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New Gaza-bound flotilla to set sail again

August 5, 2010 10:15 am· Comments Off on New Gaza-bound flotilla to set sail again 

STOCKHOLM, Aug. 5 — A new aid flotilla would set sail again to Gaza before the end of the year if Israel does not lift its blockade, an organization said in Stockholm on Wednesday.

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Deadly border clashes lasted 30 minutes between Lebanon, Israel: UN official

August 5, 2010 10:15 am· Comments Off on Deadly border clashes lasted 30 minutes between Lebanon, Israel: UN official 

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 5 — A senior UN official said on Wednesday that the deadly border clashes between the Israeli and Lebanese armies on Tuesday lasted "roughly half an hour."

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UN officials urge Iraqi leaders to step up efforts to form new government

August 5, 2010 10:15 am· Comments Off on UN officials urge Iraqi leaders to step up efforts to form new government 

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 5 — The United Nations is urging Iraq's political leaders to work together to form a new government, which is still pending five months after parliamentary elections were held, warning that further delays could impact negatively on the country's stability, democratic transition and development.

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Mubarak, Obama tackle over phone requirements of launching direct peace talks

August 5, 2010 10:15 am· Comments Off on Mubarak, Obama tackle over phone requirements of launching direct peace talks 

CAIRO, Aug. 5 — Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak received Wednesday a phone call from U.S. President Barack Obama during which they discussed the requirements for starting direct peace talks between the Palestinians and Israel, Egypt's official MENA news agency reported.

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