Coconut exporter firm’s office in Agusan del Sur victimized by robbery hold-up

March 16, 2012 9:44 am· Comments Off on Coconut exporter firm’s office in Agusan del Sur victimized by robbery hold-up 

BUTUAN CITY, March 15 – An office of one of the biggest exporters of coconut products operating here in Caraga region was the latest victim of series of robbery incidents that hit Caraga Region recently

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Couple shot dead in holdup in Pangasinan

March 16, 2012 9:44 am· Comments Off on Couple shot dead in holdup in Pangasinan 

VILLASIS, Pangasinan, March 16 — Two men riding tandem on a motorcycle shot dead a couple they held up in Barangay Lapaz here Thursday morning.

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Obama gov't sets up agency to spur local economic development

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WASHINGTON, March 16 — The White House said on Thursday that U.S. President Barack Obama has signed an executive order to establish the White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2), a new inter-agency body, in a bid to support local economic development.

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East China iron mine accident kills 13

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JINAN, March 16 — Thirteen people had been confirmed dead after a mining capsule fell out of control into a pit at an iron ore mine in Shandong province Thursday, local authorities said.

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2nd Ld Writethru: U.S. needs to develop every energy source: Obama

March 16, 2012 9:44 am· Comments Off on 2nd Ld Writethru: U.S. needs to develop every energy source: Obama 

WASHINGTON, March 16 — The United States needs to develop every kind of energy source – not only oil and gas, but also wind, solar and biofuels, U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday, defending his energy strategy.

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Italian FM says Algeria key counterterrorism partner

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ALGIERS, March 16 — Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi Di Sant'Agata said Thursday that Algeria is a key partner in counterterrorism in the region of the African Sahel, Algerian newspaper El Khabar reported.

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U.S. denies sending warning to Iran via Russia

March 16, 2012 9:44 am· Comments Off on U.S. denies sending warning to Iran via Russia 

WASHINGTON, March 16 — The U.S. government on Thursday denied that its Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had asked Russia to warn Iran that the potential nuclear talks with world powers is its "last chance" for diplomacy.

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Norwegian defense minister confirms military transport plane crashed

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OSLO, March 16 — Norwegian Defense Minister Espen Barth Eide confirmed on Thursday evening that the Norwegian military transport plane, which reportedly went missing earlier in the day, has crashed in the mountain area in north Sweden.

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White House reaffirms commitment to Afghan reconciliation process

March 16, 2012 9:44 am· Comments Off on White House reaffirms commitment to Afghan reconciliation process 

WASHINGTON, March 16 — The White House said Thursday that the U.S. remains committed to an Afghan-led process towards reconciliation despite Taliban's announcement of suspending talks with the U.S.

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Bahrain shuts down embassy in Damascus

March 16, 2012 9:44 am· Comments Off on Bahrain shuts down embassy in Damascus 

MANAMA, March 16 — Bahrain's Foreign Ministry on Thursday evening announced the shut-down of its embassy in Damascus in what could be seen as part of the Gulf state's pressure against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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