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Pope says he’ll focus on poor, exploited in Philippine trip

MANILA, Philippines — Pope Francis said Thursday that his visit to the Philippines, Asia’s largest Catholic nation, will focus on the plight of the poor, the exploited and victims of injustice — themes sure to resonate in a nation where poverty afflicts nearly a fourth of the 100 million people.   Church bells tolled across […]

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Where’s my cap? Pope loses zucchetta to vagabond wind

          MANILA, Philippines—Bienvenido Papa Francisco! Pope Francis has landed in the Philippines. Bathing in the shouts and cheers of his faithful, Pope Francis started his five-day visit to the Philippines with a wide smile on his face, and his skull cap going into the distance. Upon going through the doorway of […]

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Two Sta. Ana parishioners faint while waiting for Pope

The corner of Quirino and Taft Avenues near the Papal Nunciature has been thick with people since early Thursday morning, causing some members of the faithful waiting for Pope Francis' arrival to faint. Read full news here – GMA News Online / News / Metro Manila

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‘Amang’ unlikely to hit Leyte

STATE weather forecasters said Thursday Tropical Storm Amang (Mekkhala) will not likely to make landfall in the Philippines but those attending the activities of Pope Francis in Leyte will still have to brace for rains and winds. Read full news here – Manila | Sun.Star Online

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Dinky denies DSWD locking up street kids for papal visit

Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman on Thursday denied that her agency is rounding up and locking away street children in Metro Manila to prevent them from being seen by Pope Francis. Read full news here – GMA News Online / News / Metro Manila

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Google expects public in driverless cars in 2 to 5 years

      DETROIT, United States — The head of self-driving cars for Google expects real people to be using them on public roads in two to five years.   Chris Urmson says the cars would still be test vehicles, and Google would collect data on how they interact with other vehicles and pedestrians.   […]

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Young pope fan from Cavite shows up at Villamor Airbase early

Twelve hours before Pope Francis arrives in the Philippines for a five-day visit, a young fan traveled all the way from Cavite to Villamor Airbase before dawn Thursday to wait for him. Read full news here – GMA News Online / News / Metro Manila

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Turkish court bans websites publishing Charlie Hebdo cover

  ANKARA, Turkey — A Turkish court on Wednesday ordered the telecommunications authority to ban access to websites showing Charlie Hebdo’s front cover with the image of the Prophet Muhammad, a state-run news agency said.   The Anadolu Agency said the ban, which would block access to the websites in Turkey, was ordered by a […]

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Consuls’ family, bus firm fail to reach settlement after NLEX mishap

The camp of the honorary consuls of Bulgaria and Monaco and the operator of the passenger bus that hit their vehicle while traversing the North Luzon Expressway last week have failed to reach a settlement, which each party blaming the other for the deadlock. Read full news here – GMA News Online / News / […]

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Roads closed during papal visit on January 15-19

THE government has announced the closure of several roads during the scheduled visit of Pope Francis from January 15 to 19. Read full news here – Manila | Sun.Star Online

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Palace: Changes on Pope’s itinerary to depend on him

MANILA — Malacañang said Wednesday that any changes on Pope Francis’ itinerary, particularly on his trip to Leyte, would depend on him amid the tropical depression threatening the country in the coming days. Read full news here – Manila | Sun.Star Online

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The Interview: What’s the fuss about?

NORTH Korea is not really comedy country. The rulers of the Hermit Kingdom are not renowned for their sense of humor. They do not appreciate satire, especially if it’s their supreme leader, Kim Jong Un, who is being satirized. Read full news here – Manila | Sun.Star Online

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QUICK LINKS: The Ultimate Guide for #PapalVisitPH

After months of anticipation, Pope Francis starting Thursday afternoon will be among Filipinos in his first ever visit to the only predominantly Catholic nation in Asia. While his visit that will last until Monday morning is primarily meant to bring comfort to the victims of the super typhoon Yolanda, millions more are expected at the […]

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SC tells DOJ to justify transfer of Boratong to NBI

MANILA, Philippines -The Supreme Court ordered the Department of Justice (DOJ), Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to explain the transfer of detention of Amin Imam Boratong, who was convicted for operating a shabu flea market in Pasig. In the consolidated petitions, the high court gave the DOJ through Justice […]

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SC tells DOJ to justify transfer of Boratong to NBI

MANILA, Philippines -The Supreme Court ordered the Department of Justice (DOJ), Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to explain the transfer of detention of Amin Imam Boratong, who was convicted for operating a shabu flea market in Pasig. In the consolidated petitions, the high court gave the DOJ through Justice […]

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