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Duterte to NPA: Help me get rid of illegal loggers

By Thu, Jul 08, 2010 8:30AM UTC

  By Ben O. Tesiorna,  Davao City Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte appealed to the New People’s Army for help in the government’s fight against illegal logging activities in the Paquibato and Marilog districts. The former mayor said illegal logging is rampant in the two districts that are known to be

Tax hike talk dominates Japan’s weekend election

By Wed, Jul 07, 2010 6:03PM UTC

Proposing a tax hike is normally a sure way to lose an election. Yet Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan insists that’s just what the country needs to do to rein in its bulging national debt. In office just a month after his predecessor abruptly resigned, Kan has put repairing the

NATO airstrike accidentally kills 5 Afghan troops

By Wed, Jul 07, 2010 4:59PM UTC

NATO mistakenly killed five of its Afghan army allies in an airstrike Wednesday while the Afghans were attacking insurgents in the country’s east, officials said. An Afghan defense official condemned the latest “friendly fire” deaths, which came at a time when international troops are trying to improve coordination with Afghan

East Timor president cautiously backs refugee plan

By Wed, Jul 07, 2010 4:49PM UTC

East Timor’s president said Wednesday he supports in principle an Australian plan to turn his country into a regional center for processing asylum seekers but does not want his tiny, impoverished nation to become an “island prison.” Jose Ramos Horta said Wednesday that Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard had raised

Japan court convicts NZ anti-whaling activist

By Wed, Jul 07, 2010 4:43PM UTC

A Tokyo court on Wednesday convicted a New Zealand activist of assault and obstructing the Japanese whaling mission in the Antarctic Ocean, sentencing him to a suspended prison term. Peter Bethune was also found guilty of three other charges: trespassing, vandalism and possession of a knife. He had pleaded guilty

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