Giant Lantern Festival in Pampanga brings Yuletide cheers

December 16, 2012 11:24 am· Comments Off on Giant Lantern Festival in Pampanga brings Yuletide cheers 

By Zorayda S. Tecson

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Dec. 16 — Bright and colorful giant lanterns brightened up the cool and dark Saturday night as this year's Ligligan Parul (Giant Lantern Festival) was held at the Robinsons Starmills here.

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1st LD: Egypt's Mubarak injured after slipping in hospital bathroom

December 16, 2012 11:24 am· Comments Off on 1st LD: Egypt's Mubarak injured after slipping in hospital bathroom 

CAIRO, Dec. 16 — Egyptian former President Hosni Mubarak was injured in his head Saturday after he slipped and fell down in a bathroom of Tora Hospital, official MENA news agency quoted a security source as saying.

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Great turnout, divisive ballots in Egypt referendum on draft constitution

December 16, 2012 11:24 am· Comments Off on Great turnout, divisive ballots in Egypt referendum on draft constitution 

By Chen Cong

CAIRO, Dec. 16 — Egyptian people on Saturday morning went to polling booths to vote in the first stage of the referendum on a draft constitution, which has recently caused controversy in the country and led to bitter division between liberals and Islamists.

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Israel sends condolences to U.S. president over school massacre

December 16, 2012 11:24 am· Comments Off on Israel sends condolences to U.S. president over school massacre 

JERUSALEM, Dec. 16 — Both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres sent condolences to U.S. President Barack Obama Saturday, over the deadly elementary school massacre which left 28 people dead, among them 20 children.

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Shooter forces way into school in U.S. massacre

December 16, 2012 11:24 am· Comments Off on Shooter forces way into school in U.S. massacre 

NEWTOWN, United States. Dec. 16 — Police in U.S. state of Connecticut on Saturday said the shooter of Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre forced his way into the school before Friday's rampage, as authorities and the world wonder about the motives behind such senseless killings.

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UN preparing for further influx of Syrian refugees to Lebanon

December 16, 2012 11:24 am· Comments Off on UN preparing for further influx of Syrian refugees to Lebanon 

BEIRUT, Dec. 16 — Visiting United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said Saturday that the international organization is preparing for a further influx of Syrian displaced into Lebanon, the National News Agency reported.

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Opposition rallies in Moscow despite ban

December 16, 2012 11:24 am· Comments Off on Opposition rallies in Moscow despite ban 

MOSCOW, Dec. 16 — A considerable crowd of opposition activists braved subzero temperatures and police cordons to attend a peaceful, unsanctioned rally in Moscow on Saturday, marking the first anniversary of mass protests in Russia.

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Pakistan sends condolences to U.S. over deadly shooting

December 16, 2012 11:24 am· Comments Off on Pakistan sends condolences to U.S. over deadly shooting 

ISLAMABAD, Dec. 16 — Pakistan has sent condolences to the United States over the shooting incident at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday, local media reported Saturday.

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Japan's lower house election begins

December 16, 2012 11:24 am· Comments Off on Japan's lower house election begins 

TOKYO, Dec. 16 — The 46th Japan's House of Representatives election began at 7 a.m. local time Sunday. A total of 1,504 candidates will run for the 480 seats in lower house election.

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Newtown of Connecticut on healing journey, mystery remains

December 16, 2012 11:24 am· Comments Off on Newtown of Connecticut on healing journey, mystery remains 

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 — One day after a gunman shot and killed 26 people, including 20 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut of the United States, many questions remain unknown as to the motive behind the massacre.

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