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MOSCOW, July 23 — Russian scientists have supported the extension of the International Space Station (ISS) operation until 2024, Director of the Institute of Medico-Biological Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences Igor Ushakov told ITAR-TASS in an interview on Wednesday.

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BEIJING, July 23 — The death toll from super typhoon Rammasun has increased to 56 as of 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, with another 20 missing, latest official figures show.

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HA NOI, July 23 — Typhoon Rammasun has dealt a massive VND125 billion (US$ 5.9 million) blow to Viet Nam's northern region, an official damage report released yesterday said.

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ISS may move to avoid space junk

MOSCOW, July 23 — The International Space Station may have to move to avoid space debris, the Russian Mission Control Centre said on Wednesday.

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DUBLIN, July 23 — An expansion in hedgerow and non-forest woodlands in Ireland could reduce the amount of carbon in the atmosphere, according to a report released on Tuesday.

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BEIJING, July 23 — The death toll from super typhoon Rammasun had increased to 56 as of Wednesday morning, with another 20 missing, latest official figures show.

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By Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan

MANILA, July 23 (PNA) — Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas on Wednesday reminded the public to always be on alert due to heavy rains that may cause flashfloods in the next few days as another low pressure area (LPA) has been spotted near the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

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SEOUL, July 23 — The first ever bust of Mahatma Gandhi, the apostle of non-violence, has been inaugurated in the South Korean metropolis of Busan.

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SANTIAGO, July 23 — Chile unveiled a plan on Tuesday to protect its biodiversity.

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WARSAW, July 23 — Renewable energy is a priority for the government, according to deputy Economy Minister Jerzy Witold Pietrewicz who was commenting on the first reading of a renewable energy bill in the Sejm (lower house) on Tuesday.

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MOSCOW, July 23 — Specialists of the Russian Mission Control Centre have made the International Space Station moving to avoid space junk, Russian space agency told ITAR-TASS on Wednesday.

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HANGZHOU, July 23 — A total of 1,477 tourists on an island in east China's Zhejiang Province have been evacuated as Typhoon Matmo approaches, local authorities said.

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LEGAZPI CITY, July 23 — The United Nations (UN) has chosen the province of Albay, which is often visited by typhoons, as its global model in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate-change adaptation (CCA).

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TOKYO, July 23 — At least three people have died and over 3,000 were hospitalized over the past week in Japan due to an extremely hot weather. This was reported by the Main firefighting directorate of Japan, which also acts as a ministry of emergencies and first aid.

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BAGUIO CITY, July 23 -– The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is continuously bringing in Science and Technology (S&T) innovations and technology transfer assistance to boost their competitiveness in preparation for the ASEAN Integration 2015.

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By Villamor Visaya Jr

TABUK CITY, Kalinga, July 24 (PNA)-Local officials are upbeat on the tourism prospects in the province as National Museum scientists, archaeologists and researchers have recently found almost-intact body of a rhinoceros, other fossils and artifacts in the upland Sitio Greenhills, San Pedro, Rizal in Kalinga province.

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By Lily O Ramos

MANILA, July 23 (PNA)— This year, Eid’l Fitr Festival formally ends on July 28 for the Ramadan for Muslims around the world .

This means the culmination of Ramadan fasting to give way to activities such as visiting family and friends, partaking on traditional sweet dishes,giving gifts, using perfume, wearing new clothes and musical performances or cultural and art activities.

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By Huang Leyi, Yu Fei

BEIJING, July 23 (PNA/Xinhua) — China's lunar probe, Chang'e-5, will be launched around 2017 and its mission to collect samples from the moon and return to earth is the most challenging yet, according to Wu Weiren, chief designer of China's lunar exploration program.

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By Nanette L. Guadalquiver

BACOLOD CITY, July 22 (PNA) – At least 60 houses in two coastal towns in southern Negros Occidental were either destroyed or damaged by strong winds Tuesday.

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WASHINGTON, July 22 — Last month was the hottest June since record keeping began in 1880, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said Monday.

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