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HANGZHOU, Aug. 22 — Nearly 65,000 people in east China's Zhejiang Province have been evacuated after torrential rains caused floods in some cities, said the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters on Thursday.

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BUCHAREST, Aug. 22 — Romania's former Prime Minister Adrian Nastase was released late Thursday from prison on parole, following an earlier ruling of the local court.

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HO CHI MINH CITY, Aug. 21 — The Vietnam International Hospital, Medical and Pharmaceutical Exhibition 2014 (Vietnam Medi- Pharm Expo 2014), the 14th edition of this kind ever held in the country, kicked off here on Thursday, attracting more than 250 local and foreign companies operating in the areas, local media reported Thursday.

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4.2-magnitude quake jolts SW China

KUNMING, Aug 22 — A 4.2-magnitude earthquake struck China's Yunnan Province on Thursday.

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4.2-magnitude quake jolts SW China

KUNMING, Aug. 21 — A 4.2-magnitude earthquake struck China's Yunnan Province on Thursday.

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BRUSSELS, Aug. 21 — The European Union (EU) on Thursday delayed launching its two Galileo satellites due to bad weather, the regional bloc said in a statement.

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UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 22 — The Third UN Conference on Small Island Developing States to be held in Samoa from Sept. 1 to 4 is "well on track" towards success, which is expected to generate over 300 new and innovative partnerships, a top UN official said here on Thursday.

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By Jelly F. Musico

MANILA, Aug. 21 (PNA) – In an effort to strengthen climate change adaptation and mitigation, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has set aside P21.5 billion calamity and quick response fund under the proposed P2.606-trillion national budget for 2015.

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WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 — Researchers from the United States and China on Thursday explained why the rapid global warming in the late 20th century has been slowing down over the last 15 years.

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TACLOBAN CITY, Aug 21 — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has reported the planting of 23,404,678 mangrove seedlings in 38, 221 hectares as of end June, achieving more than half of the reforestation goal this year.

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BRUSSELS, Aug. 22 — The European Space Agency (ESA) has signed a contract with Arianespace for services that will see an accelerated launch program for the Galileo European Navigation System, the European Commission said Thursday in a statement.

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By Lily O. Ramos

MANILA, Aug. 19 (PNA) — The prestigious Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature will hold its 64th version at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 1 at the Rigodon Ballroom of the Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati City.

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Earthquake hits Son La

SON LA, Aug. 20 — An earthquake measuring 4 on the Richter scale hit the northern mountainous province of Son La's Muong La District at 6.50am today.

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HIROSHIMA, Aug. 21 — A total of 39 people were confirmed dead and seven remain missing on Wednesday after a series of landslides and flooding triggered by torrential rain overnight engulfed residential areas in Hiroshima, western Japan.

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COLOMBO, Aug. 20 — Climate change could cause annual economic losses of over 12 percent of the Maldives' Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by the end of this century, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said in a report on Wednesday, making it the most vulnerable country in the region.

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By Ahlete C. Reyes

TACLOBAN CITY, Aug 20 (PNA) — The Materials Testing Laboratory of the Second Leyte Engineering District was rated as one-star following the assessment made by the Bureau of Research and Standards (BRS) of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

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BRUSSELS, Aug. 21 — The plane makers in the European Union (EU) will introduce more robots technology to their factory, a statement said on Wednesday.

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By Judy G. Quiros

DAVAO CITY, Aug 19 (PNA) — The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) bought new models of emergency restoration system (ERS) structure in preparation for the typhoon season.

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PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Aug. 18 -– Environment cops in the northern Palawan town of Dumaran confiscated Sunday evening two dead and 78 live critically endangered species of green sea (pawikan) turtles from two abandoned fishing boats.

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M6.2 earthquake jolts Iran- USGS

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 — A 6.2-magnitude earthquake jolted 36 km southeast of Abdanan, Iran, at 02:32 GMT Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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