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WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 — U.S. space agency NASA announced Tuesday that it has awarded contracts to Boeing and SpaceX to build commercial spaceships that will send U.S. astronauts to space from American soil.

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MOSCOW, Sept. 17 — Hollywood actor and activist Mark Ruffalo is calling for a ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the United States, The Guardian reported Wednesday.

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LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Sept. 17 — A top provincial official took to task former Pangasinan Fifth District Congressman Mark Cojuangco for his alleged inconsistencies on the issue of the cutting of the remaining 700 standing trees along the Manila North Road (MNR) to pave the way for its widening.

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By Sammy F. Martin

MANILA, Sept. 17 (PNA) — Senator Loren Legarda on Wednesday lauded the Office of the Ombudsman for its efforts to ensure the implementation of the country's environmental laws, particularly the 13-year old Republic Act 9003 or Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM) Act of 2001.

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MOSCOW, Sept. 17 — The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) issued permits allowing 29 self-driving vehicles to be tested on Californian freeways and neighborhoods with a human onboard incase the car malfunctions, CBS Sacramento News reported.

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Spanish PM to visit China

BEIJING, Sept. 17 — Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will pay an official visit to China from Sept. 24-27 at the invitation of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

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NEW YORK, Sept. 17 — UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday named Hollywood heavyweight and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio as its newest messenger of peace who will focus on climate change.

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JAKARTA, Sept. 17 — At least eight provinces in Indonesia currently have an increasing number of hotspots producing smoke from forest and land fires, causing disturbance to neighboring countries.

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By Jojo Lamaria

LA TRINIDAD, BENGUET, September 17 (PNA) -– Benguet governor Nestor Fongwan commended the Philex Mining Corporation for being responsible in addressing concerns relative to tailings leak incident two years ago.

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By Jade Dela Cruz Miguel

MANILA, Sept 17 (PNA) — Aiming for the development of the agricultural and aquatic sector especially for the benefit of farmers and small and medium enterprises (SMEs), the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), one of the sectoral councils of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), sees the adoption of new technology as an important factor in the increase of farmers' productivity and maximization of the profit of SMEs involved in agriculture and fisheries.

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By Jade D. Miguel

MANILA, Sept. 14 (PNA) — Accounting for 95 percent of all businesses in the country, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are becoming more and more competitive with bigger local and foreign businesses with the help of science and technology (S&T), thus enabling them to contribute to the inclusive growth of the country, according to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

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DAGUPAN CITY, Sept. 16 — The province of Pangasinan will again take part in the 29th International Coastal Cleanup to be held in the morning of September 20.

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China to hold biennial air show

BEIJING, Sept. 16 — China will open its biennial air show featuring new aircraft, trade talks and technological exchanges on Nov. 11 in the southern port city of Zhuhai, Guangdong Province.

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BEIJING, Sept. 16 — China and other countries should cooperate more in agricultural technology in the face of common challenges, a senior Chinese leader said Tuesday.

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UNITED NATIONS, Sept 17 — Top United Nations officials on Tuesday hailed the progress made in reducing damage to the ozone layer and the vital role played by one of the most successful environmental treaties in history in phasing out ozone- depleting substances.

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NEW DELHI, Sept. 16 — India's maiden mission to Mars, launched in November last year, will enter the planet's orbit on Sept. 24 as scheduled, a top official of the state-owned space agency has said.

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Expo Milano 2015 ticket sales kicks off

MILAN, Italy, Sept. 16 — Ticket sales for the upcoming world exposition in Milan were open and available for everyone from Monday, organizers said.

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 — Mice that receive a "humanized " version of a speech and language gene exhibit accelerated learning, a new study said Monday.

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LISBON, Sept. 17 — Portuguese and Spanish paleontologists have discovered a new species of dinosaur, the smallest in Portugal, researchers involved in the discovery revealed on Tuesday.

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They created jobs, with tech-voc's help

MANILA, Sept. 16 — Imbued with entrepreneurial spirit and believing in their own business management skills, these two graduates of technical vocational (tech-voc) courses created employment for themselves.

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