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By Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan

MANILA, Dec. 17 (PNA) — Five moderate earthquakes struck parts of the provinces in Luzon and Mindanao and was felt also in Metro Manila on Wednesday, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvocs).

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WASHINGTON, Dec 17 — U.S. space agency NASA said Tuesday its Mars Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane, a potential sign of life, in the atmosphere around it and detected other organic molecules in a rock-powder sample collected by the robotic laboratory's drill.

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HA NOI, Dec. 17 — Businesses that deliberately delayed the replanting of forests would have their operating licences revoked, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat said yesterday.

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BRUSSELS, Dec. 17 — One in five individuals aged between 16 to 74 used Internet storage space for saving files in the European Union (EU) in 2014, the EU's statistical office said in a press release on Tuesday.

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LOS ANGELES, Dec. 17 — Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence has become the most-searched celebrity on Google over the past 12 months.

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GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Dec. 17 — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in Region 12 has proposed for the establishment of a mineral reservation area in the resource-rich mountains of Kiamba and Maitum towns in Sarangani.

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MOSCOW, Dec. 17 — Russian design bureau Energomash has signed a contract with the US-based Orbital Sciences Corporation for the delivery of 60 RD-181 rocket engines to be used to power the Antares rocket's first stage, Russia's Izvestiya newspaper reported Wednesday.

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ZAMBOANGA CITY, Dec. 17 – At least 200 bamboos were planted Wednesday at Camp Don Basilio Navarro that houses the headquarters of the military’s Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) in this city.

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BAGUIO CITY, Dec. 17 -– The advocacy against child labor, “Fun Run to Stop Child Labor” spearheaded by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Cordillera Regional Office, recently gathered more than 500 participants for the 3K, 5K and 10K run.

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JAKARTA, Dec. 17 — Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday ordered authorities to establish an early warning system in areas vulnerable to landslides following the landslide in Central Java that killed at least 82 people, an official said here.

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By Sarwell Q. Meniano

PALO, Leyte, Dec. 17 (PNA) – Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang, Jr. reiterated calls to join the war against climate change.

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MOSCOW, Dec. 17 — The first launch of the heavy-lift Angara-A5 rocket from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in northwest Russia is scheduled for Dec. 25, according to the initial plans, a high-ranking source in the Russian rocket and space industry told TASS on Wednesday.

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NABUNTURAN, Compostela Valley Province, Dec. 17 -– A total of 13 agencies and institutions in this province received on Wednesday the “Red Orchid Awards” for implementation and advocacy in support to a tobacco-free environment.

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PALO, Leyte, Dec. 17 — The Department of Education (DepEd) in Eastern Visayas (Region 8) and Plan International Philippines recently launched self-learning kits incorporating climate change topics into the kindergarten and 12 years of basic education (K to 12) curriculum.

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TARLAC CITY, Tarlac, Dec. 17 — The city government, in collaboration with other concerned agencies, led a clean-up drive at the Masalasa creek in line with the Manila Bay Clean-up, Rehabilitation and Preservation Project (MBCURPP).

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By Sol Luzano

TAYTAY, Rizal, Dec. 17 (PNA) — The 2nd Infantry Division of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) stationed in Taytay, Rizal conducted a tree planting activity Wednesday in Barangay Isidro, Rodriguez, Rizal with General Gregorio P. Catapang, AFP Chief of Staff, as guest of honor and speaker.

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CEBU CITY, Dec. 17 — The Cebu City government is set to completely shut down the 15-hectare Inayawan Sanitary Landfill on Jan. 15.

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MELBOURNE, Dec. 16 — A Mars One astronaut candidate and a team of Western Australian students aiming to generate the first breathable air on Mars have reached the finals of the international competition that will land vital experiments on the Red Planet.

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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Dec. 16 -– A new low pressure area (LPA) is developing into a typhoon 220 kilometers east of Surigao City, the local weather bureau here said Tuesday.

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ROME, Dec. 16 — Russia will build up cooperation with European partners in scientific research which has great mutually beneficial potential, Sergei Salikhov, director of department of science and technology at the Russian Ministry of Education and Science, told TASS on Monday.

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