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China's mega-tours draw attention abroad, critique at home

BEIJING — All-expenses-paid trips to reward top salespeople aren't unusual, but direct marketing companies that are the Chinese versions of Amway, Avon and Herbalife are taking it to an extreme by sending thousands abroad on package tours.

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Senators seek review of occupational safety, health standards

FOLLOWING a deadly fire that hit a slipper factory in Valenzuela City last week, at least three senators sought to review the country's occupational safety and health standards.

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Americans warned against traveling to Sulu, parts of Mindanao

THE United States reiterated on Friday its travel warning for its citizens planning to travel to Sulu and some areas in Mindanao.

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Philippines told to be cold, calculative on sea dispute

THE Philippines needs to be "cold and calculative," as well as open itself to backchannel negotiations, when dealing with China on the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) dispute, a leading geopolitical analyst said.

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US readies air patrols in search for Rohingya boat people

BANGKOK — Attention turned Friday to the vast ocean off Southeast Asia's west coast as Malaysian naval vessels searched for stranded boat people and the U.S. military prepared air patrols to step up its involvement.

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Warriors hold off Harden, Rockets 99-98 to take 2-0 lead

OAKLAND, California — Houston's James Harden lost control of the ball as time expired, allowing Golden State to hang on for a 99-98 win against the Rockets on Thursday and take a 2-0 lead in an NBA Western Conference finals series that is developi

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China, US assert rights after exchange over South China Sea

BEIJING — China said Thursday it is entitled to keep watch over airspace and seas surrounding artificial islands it created in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, following an exchange in which its navy warned off a U.S.

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Clinton speeches raised at least $12 million for foundation

PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire — The Clinton Foundation said Thursday that Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton have raised at least $12 million to support the family's philanthropy since 2002 by delivering paid speeches to an assortment of corporations,

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