Denmark joins int’l appeal for post-Sendong assistance in Phl

December 24, 2011 12:45 pm· Comments Off on Denmark joins int’l appeal for post-Sendong assistance in Phl 

By Gloria Jane Baylon

MANILA, Dec. 24 — The government of Denmark will donate DKK 300,000 (about P2.68 million) intended to immediately alleviate the plight of 1,500 target-families who were among the hundreds of thousands of victims of tropical storm “Sendong” in the northeast part of Mindanao region in the Philippines.

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Bynum's NBA suspension reduced to four games

December 24, 2011 12:44 pm· Comments Off on Bynum's NBA suspension reduced to four games 

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 24 — Andrew Bynum, Los Angeles Lakers center, has been given a reduced suspension of four games on Friday, one less than the original judgement.

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PCG to ferry 245 tons of relief supplies to CDO

December 24, 2011 12:35 pm· Comments Off on PCG to ferry 245 tons of relief supplies to CDO 

MANILA, Dec. 24 — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) will deploy BRP Pampanga (SAR-003) to transport 245 tons of emergency supplies to Cagayan De Oro Saturday.

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Firefighters battling huge Cebu City mall fire

December 24, 2011 12:35 pm· Comments Off on Firefighters battling huge Cebu City mall fire 

CEBU CITY, Dec. 23 – Firefighters from all over Cebu province are battling for almost 12 hours now a huge fire that hit a mall in downtown Cebu City shortly after midnight Thursday.

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Obama urges lawmakers to pass full-year tax cut, jobless benefits

December 24, 2011 12:33 pm· Comments Off on Obama urges lawmakers to pass full-year tax cut, jobless benefits 

WASHINGTON, Dec. 24 — U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday signed the bipartisan short-term compromise stopgap measure to extend the payroll tax cut and federal jobless benefits into law, and urged lawmakers to negotiate next year and extend the tax cut and benefits for a full year.

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Aftershocks continue to rattle in S. New Zealand

December 24, 2011 12:30 pm· Comments Off on Aftershocks continue to rattle in S. New Zealand 

WELLINGTON, Dec. 24 — Aftershocks continued to rattle in New Zealand South Island city of Christchurch following a series of shakes on Friday.

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Croatian new gov't gains confidence vote

December 24, 2011 12:30 pm· Comments Off on Croatian new gov't gains confidence vote 

ZAGREB, Dec. 24 — Croatian lawmakers on Friday gave confidence vote to the new government led by Zoran Milanovic of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

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16 PKK members killed in southeastern Turkey

December 24, 2011 12:29 pm· Comments Off on 16 PKK members killed in southeastern Turkey 

ANKARA, Dec. 24 — Turkish security forces killed at least 16 members of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) in their latest operation in southeastern Turkey, the state-run TRT TV channel reported late on Friday.

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Greek PM meets party leaders to iron out differences on reforms, election date

December 24, 2011 12:29 pm· Comments Off on Greek PM meets party leaders to iron out differences on reforms, election date 

ATHENS, Dec. 24 — Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos launched here on Friday evening a new round of talks with party leaders supporting the interim coalition he leads, aiming to iron out differences over key structural reforms to overcome the debt crisis, and set the date of early general elections.

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Cuban parliament starts session

December 24, 2011 12:27 pm· Comments Off on Cuban parliament starts session 

HAVANA, Dec. 24 — Cuban leader Raul Castro chaired here Friday the eighth regular session of the country's legislative body, the National Assembly of People's Power, to discuss the budget and the economic plan for 2012.

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