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Tawi-Tawi mayor wounded in ambush

A TOWN mayor of Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, was shot and wounded in an ambush on Sunday while on his way to the port city of Zamboanga.

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North Korea defies warnings, praises rocket launch

SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea on Sunday defied international warnings and launched a long-range rocket that the United Nations and others call a cover for a banned test of technology for a missile that could strike the US mainland.

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Taiwan rescuers find signs of life in quake rubble

TAINAN, Taiwan — Rescuers on Sunday found signs of life within the remains of a high-rise residential building that collapsed in a powerful, shallow earthquake in southern Taiwan that killed at least 18 people and injured hundreds.

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DOH: 650 new HIV cases reported last December

SIX hundred fifty individuals welcomed the New Year learning that they are positive of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), according to the Department of Health (DOH).

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The Latest: More than 130 missing, 18 dead in Taiwan quake

TAINAN, Taiwan -- The Latest on a magnitude-6.4 earthquake in southern Taiwan (all times local):

8:30 a.m.

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Dole chief: Qatar demand for OFWs remain high

AMID the uncertainty surrounding the fate of Filipino engineers and architects in Qatar, there remains to be a high demand for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), according to the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole).

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Rainy Sunday due to 'amihan', tail-end of cold front

MANILA -- Most parts of the country will experience cloudy skies with rains on Sunday due to the two weather systems affecting the country, according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astrnomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

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UN chief: 34 groups now allied to Islamic State extremists

UNITED NATIONS — Thirty-four militant groups from around the world had reportedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State extremist group as of mid-December — and that number will only grow in 2016, U.N.

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