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MANILA, Aug. 27 — Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) on Wednesday announced the launch of an expanded service that allows its subscribers abroad to stay better connected with their friends and families in the country.

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MANILA, Aug. 27 — The critical role of youth in climate change adaptation and mitigation will be tackled in a forum on Friday at the Luxent Hotel in Quezon City.

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DIGOS CITY, Davao del Sur, Aug. 27 — The Department of Tourism (DOT 11) has intensified its campaign dubbed as “Save Mt. Apo” to bring back the beauty of the tallest peak in the country.

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LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Aug. 27 — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) along with other stakeholders agreed to save the remaining more than 700 trees along the Manila North Road (MNR) from Carmen, Rosales to Sison, Pangasinan.

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TACLOBAN CITY, Aug 27 — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is slated to conduct another Diskwento Caravan this Thursday focusing on basic and prime commodities.

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BATAC CITY, Ilocos Norte, Aug. 27 — A Science and Technology Park will soon open at the sprawling compound of the Mariano Marcos State University main campus in Batac City as a show window of latest innovations and technologies to uplift the living conditions of the people of Ilocos Norte and its neighboring provinces in northern Philippines.

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PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Aug. 27 -– The mayor of the town of Brooke’s Point in southern Palawan and an indigenous peoples (IP) group there is calling on Governor Jose Alvarez to help them against the alleged mining operation of Lebach Mining Corporation (LMC) in Barangay Ipilan.

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WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 — Wolves, like humans, chimps and dogs, may also be susceptible to contagion of yawning, according to a study published in the U.S. journal PLOS ONE Wednesday.

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BAGUIO CITY, August 27 -– Baguio City mayor Mauricio Domogan personally met with residents and barangay officials of Apugan-Sto Tomas to personally talk with them on the proposed site for the city’s Integrated Solid Waste Management System (ISWMS).

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MANILA, Aug. 27 — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Wednesday said that gradual weather improvement is expected as the low pressure area (LPA) affecting Luzon is likely to exit the country anytime today.

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BEIJING, Aug. 27 — China's carbon emission has declined by 5 percent this year, the largest progress in recent years, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Tuesday.

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BRUSSELS, Aug. 27 — Greece is receiving support through the European Union (EU)'s Civil Protection Mechanism to fight the forest fires raging in the central part of the country, a EU statement said Tuesday.

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MANILA, Aug. 25 — A low pressure area (LPA) spotted in Eastern Visayas Is expected to dissipate within the next 48 hours, the state weather bureau said on Monday.

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By Leilani S. Junio

MANILA, Aug. 22 (PNA) — The coronation night for the Miss Quezon City Diamond Jubilee is set at 7 p.m. on Sept. 13 at the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Theater in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

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3.1 quake jolts Zamboanga del Sur

MANILA, — A magnitude 3.1 earthquake jolted the province of Zamboanga del Sur on Monday morning, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS).

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BEIJING, Aug. 25 — A 10-day Malaysian Product and Cultural Fair in Qingdao city in China's eastern Shandong Province has successfully attracted some 500,000 local visitors.

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LEGAZPI CITY, Aug. 25 — The Office of Civil Defense Regional Office 5 (OCD-5) and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office 5 (MGB-5) have formed a partnership for the holding of one-day training on geo-hazard awareness and disaster preparedness for 11 local government units (LGUs) in the provinces of Masbate and Camarines Sur.

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KATHMANDU, Aug. 25 — Nepal's IT company, LABA Nepal, has been selected as one of the top 100 finalists for Red Herring's award.

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Quake hits central Peru

LIMA, Aug. 25 — A magnitude 7.0 earthquake jolted a thinly-populated region of central Peru at 2321 GMT on Sunday, U.S. Geological Survey said.

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Former Irish prime minister dies

DUBLIN, Aug. 22 — Former Irish Prime Minister Albert Reynolds, who played an important part in the Northern Ireland peace process, died on Thursday after a long illness.

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