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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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DA, NFA urged to avert spread of synthetic rice

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) and the National Food Authority (NFA) must look into the reported proliferation of synthetic rice in the country, Senator Cynthia Villar said Tuesday.

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DOH clears 3 South Koreans of MERS-CoV

THE Department of Health (DOH) said Tuesday that the three South Koreans manifesting symptoms of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome–Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) have been found negative of the disease.

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Tension rises in Makati over mayor's suspension

MANILA -- Officials of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) served Tuesday the suspension order against Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr., causing tension between Binay supporters and policemen.

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