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MANILA, March 26 — Isabela Rep. Rodolfo Albano III urged on Thursday all national government agencies (NGAs) and local government units (LGUs), through the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), to actively participate in the annual worldwide Earth Hour “switch off” as mankind struggles against the deadly and devastating impact of climate change.

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HARBIN, March 17 — China's largest grain producer, Heilongjiang Province, is facing dual drought and flood challenges during this year's spring harvest, according to experts.

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SYDNEY, March 17 — A United Nations agency has reported 24 confirmed deaths in Vanuatu from Cyclone Pam that ravaged the South Pacific island nation late last week, quoting the country's National Disaster Management Office.

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MANILA, March 17 — A magnitude 3.8 earthquake hit Occidental Mindoro on Tuesday, according to to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

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SAN FRANCISCO, March 17 — Bioengineers at Stanford University have unlocked a mystery that had spanned over six decades: why some bacteria shift their shape for some time, fooling the immune system, and recover their original form later.

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NAIROBI, March 17 — A Kenyan official on Monday hailed Chinese support towards enhancing the fight against the poaching menace.

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ILOILO CITY, March 17 –- The Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) here has given its go signal to the proposed cooperation for environmental policy between this city and the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) in South Korea.

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KINGSTON, March 16 — A dump fire in Jamaica turned out to be a disaster as dozens of schools have been closed and hundreds of residents were sent to hospital due to respiratory problems.

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By Keith Anthony S. Fabro and Celeste Anna R. Formoso

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, March 17, (PNA) -– To win against the seemingly relentless illegal logging challenge in Palawan, the provincial government recognizes that there is a need to strengthen the power of local government units (LGU) and reconsider their role in the protection and conservation of the environment.

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NAIROBI, March 17 — Kenya and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) on Monday launched a unique partnership designed to help protect elephants and curb rampant poaching in the country.

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UNITED NATIONS, March 17 — Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan Monday shared her life experiences here at the UN headquarters, calling for equal opportunity for women and girls to play and to dream.

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KUALA LUMPUR, March 17 — BAE Systems, a UK-based global defense, aerospace and security company, is showcasing a Cyber Zone at the biennial Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace 2015 (LIMA'15) this year, focusing on capabilities and knowledge to protect against national-scale cyber threats to Critical National Infrastructure (CNI).

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SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, March 17 — Three people were killed by landslides and avalanches triggered by fresh spell of rains and snowfall in Indian-controlled Kashmir, officials said Monday.

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By Catherine J. Teves

MANILA, March 17 (PNA) — The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has reported gaining headway in its campaign to address air pollution in Metro Manila.

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CANBERRA, March 16 — The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park will be free of dredge spoil dumping under groundbreaking draft laws proposed by Australia's Environment Minister.

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Young women group organized

LAOAG CITY,Ilocos Norte,March 16 –In time for the International Women’s Month celebration, a new organization of young women in this northern Philippines, about 485 kilometers north of Manila, was formed primarily to give voice to the young women aged 14-30.

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KHANH HOA, March 16 — The central coastal province of Khanh Hoa has asked for financial support from the government and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to cope with a severe drought.

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BEIJING, March 16 — Xu Caihou, formerly China's No. 2 ranking military official, who was caught in President Xi Jinping's widening crackdown on graft, has died of cancer, state-run media said Monday. He was 71.

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BEIJING, March 16 — An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale jolted 71km NW of Luwuk, Indonesia at 2317 GMT on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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GUANGZHOU, March 15 — Three workers were killed and another five were hospitalized after a gas leak in a chemical factory in south China's Guangdong Province on Sunday morning.

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