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Immigration blocks attempt to smuggle 9 workers

NINE people bound for Japan posing as students were intercepted by Bureau of Immigration (BI) operatives at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City last week.

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DFA apologizes for passport delays

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) apologized on Tuesday to the public for the passport delays that were caused by "technical and operational adjustments."

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2 dead after man sets self on fire on Japan train

[UPDATE] ODAWARA, Japan — A man riding one of Japan's high-speed bullet trains set himself on fire Tuesday, killing himself and another passenger as the coach filled with smoke, Japanese officials and media reports said.

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Palace: West Philippine Sea documentary for Filipinos, not China

MALACAÑANG said Tuesday that the three-part documentary on the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) was intended to create awareness among the Filipinos and not for those taking "adversarial position" on the matter.

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Indonesian military transport plane crashes; 20 dead

JAKARTA (Updated) — An Indonesian air force Hercules C-130 plane crashed Tuesday into a residential neighborhood in the country's third-largest city of Medan, killing at least 20 people.

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LPA off Eastern Samar to bring rains, thunderstorms

CEBU CITY (Updated with corrections) -- The weather bureau issued Tuesday an advisory on a low pressure area (LPA) monitored over east of Eastern Samar (not Surigao City as reported earlier).

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Passenger sets self on fire on Japan's bullet train

TOKYO — A passenger on one of Japan's high-speed bullet trains tried to set himself or herself on fire Tuesday, causing smoke to fill the carriage and forcing the train to stop, Japan's transport ministry said.

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Drug convict in Malaysia spared from death penalty

MANILA -- Officials said Malaysia's pardons board has commuted to life imprisonment the death sentence on a Filipino woman convicted of smuggling five kilograms (11 pounds) of cocaine at Kuala Lumpur's airport.

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