MinDA assures support for DA’s rice export program

May 16, 2013 9:50 am· Comments Off on MinDA assures support for DA’s rice export program 

DAVAO CITY, May 16 — The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) has assured the support of the agency to the rice export program of the Department of Agriculture (DA).

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UNGA president calls for start of political process to end Syrian crisis

May 16, 2013 9:50 am· Comments Off on UNGA president calls for start of political process to end Syrian crisis 

UNITED NATIONS, May 16 — President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Vuk Jeremic on Wednesday called on the international community to help kick off a political process led by the Syrians themselves to end the two-year conflict in Syria.

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Most Russian regions opt for gubernatorial polls – Putin

May 16, 2013 9:50 am· Comments Off on Most Russian regions opt for gubernatorial polls – Putin 

BOCHAROV RUCHEI — Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that the majority of Russian regions is likely to choose their leaders by direct popular vote.

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IRS head resigns — Obama

May 16, 2013 9:50 am· Comments Off on IRS head resigns — Obama 

WASHINGTON, May 16 — U.S. President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the acting commissioner of Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which is at the center of a scandal that subjects conservative groups to extra scrutiny, has resigned, and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has accepted.

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White House releases emails about Benghazi attack

May 16, 2013 9:50 am· Comments Off on White House releases emails about Benghazi attack 

WASHINGTON, May 16 — The White House released Wednesday 100 pages of emails and documents in its latest effort to blunt the Republicans' sharp criticism of cover-up in the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi last year.

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UN agencies help Myanmar prepare for the onslaught of tropical cyclone

May 16, 2013 9:50 am· Comments Off on UN agencies help Myanmar prepare for the onslaught of tropical cyclone 

UNITED NATIONS, May 16 — UN aid agencies have been working with the government of Myanmar to make preparations for a forthcoming tropical cyclone, including relocating roughly 36,000 displaced people, a UN spokesman told reporters here on Wednesday.

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Urgent: 5.2 magnitude quake hits Papua New Guinea — USGS

May 16, 2013 9:50 am· Comments Off on Urgent: 5.2 magnitude quake hits Papua New Guinea — USGS 

HONG KONG, May 16 — An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale jolted the north coast of New Guinea, Papua New Guinea at 23:16:49 GMT, May 15, the US Geological Survey said.

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Gov't assess conditions of non-Kaesong firms forced to withdraw from N.Korea

May 16, 2013 9:50 am· Comments Off on Gov't assess conditions of non-Kaesong firms forced to withdraw from N.Korea 

SEOUL, May 16 — The government is assessing the conditions of local companies involved in North Korean ventures outside of an inter-Korean industrial complex that were forced to pull out of the country due to strained cross-border relations, an official source said Thursday.

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50 Kg of Heroin Seized in Tajik Train

May 16, 2013 9:50 am· Comments Off on 50 Kg of Heroin Seized in Tajik Train 

MOSCOW, May 16 — A total of 50 kilograms (110 lbs) of heroin were discovered on a train en route from the Tajik capital of Dushanbe to Moscow on Wednesday, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said.

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Obama appoints new assistant U.S. secretary of state for E. Asia, Pacific

May 16, 2013 9:50 am· Comments Off on Obama appoints new assistant U.S. secretary of state for E. Asia, Pacific 

WASHINGTON, May 16 — U.S. President Barack Obama has appointed senior diplomat Daniel Russel as assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, the White House said Wednesday.

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