Blast kills 7, wounds 4 in S. Afghanistan

January 6, 2012 11:57 pm· Comments Off on Blast kills 7, wounds 4 in S. Afghanistan 

TRINKOT, Afghanistan, Jan. 6 — Seven people including six children lost their lives as a bomb went off in Uruzgan province 370km south of Afghan capital Kabul on Friday, police said.

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Office for democracy established in U.S. State Department

January 6, 2012 11:53 pm· Comments Off on Office for democracy established in U.S. State Department 

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 — The U.S. State Department on Thursday established the Office of the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights.

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News Analysis: EU emission tax threatens to trigger aviation trade war

January 6, 2012 11:52 pm· Comments Off on News Analysis: EU emission tax threatens to trigger aviation trade war 

By Chong Dahai and Vanessa Liberson

BRUSSELS, Jan. 6 — The European Union (EU)'s newly-introduced Emission Trading System (ETS) might trigger trade rows between major economies, experts warned here on Thursday.

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BFAR gives P4-M fishing equipment to Sulu island town

January 6, 2012 11:50 pm· Comments Off on BFAR gives P4-M fishing equipment to Sulu island town 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Jan. 6 — The Department of Agriculture (DA) through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) recently provided several fishing equipment and patrol boat engines worth P4 million to the fishermen and local officials in Banguingui, an island-municipality in Sulu.

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P17.2 million up for repair of warehouses in Western Visayas

January 6, 2012 11:49 pm· Comments Off on P17.2 million up for repair of warehouses in Western Visayas 

ILOILO CITY, Jan. 6 – The Department of Agriculture (DA) has made available some P17.2 million for the repair of warehouses for seed banking use of 68 irrigators associations in Western Visayas.

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2012 good prospects for coffee business in Davao City

January 6, 2012 11:47 pm· Comments Off on 2012 good prospects for coffee business in Davao City 

DAVAO CITY, Jan. 6 – A Davao-based coffee shop owner is optimistic of business this year as the number of coffee lovers continue to grow over the years with an increasing number of the younger markets.

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DA enhances infrastructure monitoring

January 6, 2012 11:45 pm· Comments Off on DA enhances infrastructure monitoring 

MANILA, Jan. 6 – The Department of Agriculture (DA) is further improving the monitoring of its infrastructure projects to help ensure public funds appropriated for these are spent accordingly and work is carried out in accordance with specifications.

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Aquino orders release of P270M for Laguna de Bay rehabilitation

January 6, 2012 11:43 pm· Comments Off on Aquino orders release of P270M for Laguna de Bay rehabilitation 

By Joann Santiago

MANILA, Jan 6 – President Benigno Aquino III has directed the release of P270 million for scientific projects aimed at improving Laguna de Bay’s water quality.

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Asia to face difficult year, has ample policy space — IMF economists

January 6, 2012 11:36 pm· Comments Off on Asia to face difficult year, has ample policy space — IMF economists 

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 — Events unfolding far from Asia's shores could shape the region's economic outlook for 2012, but Asia's policymakers still have the room to respond aggressively to a deteriorating global economic scenario, say economists with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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Samsung's operating profits hit new high in Q4

January 6, 2012 11:26 pm· Comments Off on Samsung's operating profits hit new high in Q4 

SEOUL, Jan. 6 — Samsung Electronics, the world's largest maker of memory chips, televisions and flat screens, estimated Friday that its fourth-quarter operating profits hit new high due to brisk sales of smartphones.

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