Moderate quake hits Gorontalo, Indonesia

January 16, 2012 11:58 pm· Comments Off on Moderate quake hits Gorontalo, Indonesia 

JAKARTA, Jan. 16 — An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 struck off Gorontalo province in Indonesia on Monday, the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency reported here.

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Israeli municipalities begin open-ended strike

January 16, 2012 11:54 pm· Comments Off on Israeli municipalities begin open-ended strike 

JERUSALEM, Jan. 16 — Israeli local municipal authorities began an open-ended strike Monday morning in protest over government funding.

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Death toll of Italian cruise liner up to 6, 16 still missing

January 16, 2012 11:51 pm· Comments Off on Death toll of Italian cruise liner up to 6, 16 still missing 

ROME, Jan. 16 — The death toll from the wreck of an Italian cruise liner rose to six on Monday as another body was found, Italy's ANSA news agency said.

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Syrian official paper dismisses UN chief calls on Assad to "stop killing his people"

January 16, 2012 11:50 pm· Comments Off on Syrian official paper dismisses UN chief calls on Assad to "stop killing his people" 

DAMASCUS, Jan. 16 — A Syrian state-run newspaper Monday dismissed the UN chief's calls on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to stop violence and killing people as an "unacceptable impudence."

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Jet raid toll in southern Somalia rises to 7

January 16, 2012 11:48 pm· Comments Off on Jet raid toll in southern Somalia rises to 7 

MOGADISHU, Jan. 16 — The death toll has risen to seven from five after Sunday's fighter jet bombing in southern Somalia controlled by the Islamist Al-Shabaab group, local residents reported.

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NIA-UPRIIS, agri stakeholders draw plan to use possible excess water this year

January 16, 2012 11:47 pm· Comments Off on NIA-UPRIIS, agri stakeholders draw plan to use possible excess water this year 

CABANATUAN CITY, Nueva Ecija, Jan. 16 — The National Irrigation Administration-Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation System (NIA-UPRIIS), along with other stakeholders, are drawing measures to translate into rice production its flood control program that involved release of millions cubic meters of water in the second half of this year.

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Mindanao eyes pork shipment to Dubai

January 16, 2012 11:44 pm· Comments Off on Mindanao eyes pork shipment to Dubai 

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Jan. 16 – Cut pork meat products from Mindanao may soon become an export commodity in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to serve the palates of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) there, a regional Department of Agriculture official said.

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NFA: No rice shortage in Pangasinan this year

January 16, 2012 11:43 pm· Comments Off on NFA: No rice shortage in Pangasinan this year 

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Jan. 16 – The National Food Authority (NFA) does not foresee any rice shortage in Pangasinan this year though the province and the rest of Region 1 will not get any rice importation for the whole of 2012 for the first time in many years.

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Australia's unemployment rate forecast to rise in 2012

January 16, 2012 11:41 pm· Comments Off on Australia's unemployment rate forecast to rise in 2012 

SYDNEY, Jan. 16 — Australia is expected to have a higher jobless rate in 2012, the nation's major bank ANZ Bank said on Monday.

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Chinese motorbike makers see rising sales in New Zealand

January 16, 2012 11:40 pm· Comments Off on Chinese motorbike makers see rising sales in New Zealand 

WELLINGTON, Jan. 16 — Motorbike makers from the Chinese mainland and Taiwan expanded their market in New Zealand last year as rising petrol prices saw motorists seeking alternatives to their cars.

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