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Dissident US diplomats defy Trump on travel ban

Fuad Sharif Suleman holds the passport of his family members in Arbil, the capital of the Kurdish autonomous region in northern Iraq, on Jan. 30, 2017 after returning to Iraq from Egypt, where him and his family were prevented from boarding a plane to the US following US President Donald …

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Five cult followers suffocate on incense

People burn incense and pray on the first day of the Lunar New Year at a temple in Yangon’s Chinatown district on Jan. 28, 2017. Across the world in Africa, cult members in the West African nation of Benin died after suffocating on incense while doing a ritual inside a …

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Trump fires defiant justice chief

DISMISSED Acting US Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, a holdover of the Obama administration, draws the ire of President Donald Trump after she refused to defend his refugee and immigration ban in court. —AFP WASHINGTON—In an extraordinary public showdown, President Donald Trump fired the acting US attorney general after she …

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2 top BI officials in bribery/extort lying, say senators

Senate Committee on Accountability of Public Officers and Investigations’ second public hearing on the Jack Lam alleged bribery scandal: CCTV showing Retired Police Senior Supt. Wenceslao Sombero Jr. (2nd from left), BID Associate Commissioner Atty. Michal Robles (blue shirt, 3rd from left), Robles’ brother (white shirt) Former BID Associate Commissioner …

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Aguirre says Lam’s man cleared him in extort rap

Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre at the Senate Committee on Accountability of Public Officers and Investigations’ second public hearing on the Jack Lam alleged bribery scandal. INQUIRER PHOTO/LYN RILLON Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said on Tuesday that Wally Sombero, a representative of casino mogul Jack Lam, had cleared him from …

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Germany supports PH quest for federalism

GERMANY is willing to assist the Duterte administration in its move from a unitary to a federal form of government for the Philippines, German officials in Manila said on Tuesday. President Rodrigo Duterte has been consistently pushing for the shift, saying it will facilitate better delivery of public funds and …

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Ex-BI officials had no power to investigate

TWO former officials of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) accused of accepting P50 million bribe from Macau-based online gaming tycoon Jack Lam had no authority to investigate cases involving violation of immigration laws or human trafficking, the Senate learned on Tuesday. The Senate blue ribbon committee resumed yesterday its investigation …

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Rody, Leni civil in Palace Ledac meeting

President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo met for the first time since the latter quit the Cabinet last year. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) Meeting at the State Dining Room in Malacañan Palace. REY BANIQUET/Presidential Photo The two officials …

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