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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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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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