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1 NPA captured during a brief fire fight

A team from Alpha Company, 87th Infantry (Hinirang) Battalion while conducting Focus Military Operation (FMO) at Sitio Opong, Barangay Veloso, Marabut Samar encountered about 15 fully armed communist terrorists on June 26, 2017......»»

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US-Phl relations: The bigger picture

What is really worrisome for the United States, and in fact in this part of the globe as well, is North Korea......»»

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5 hurt in North Cotabato grenade blast

NORTH COTABATO, Philippines – Five persons were wounded in a grenade explosion in Barangay General Luna in Carmen, North Cotabato at past 6 p.m. Friday......»»

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5 hurt in North Cotabato grenade attack

NORTH COTABATO, Philippines — Five villagers, two of them mino.....»»

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Time runs out for South Korea-proposed army talks with North – Seoul

Time runs out for South Korea-proposed army talks with North – Seoul.....»»

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U.S. bans travel to North Korea after Warmbier death

U.S. bans travel to North Korea after Warmbier death.....»»

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UN says North Korea faces worst drought in 15 years

UN says North Korea faces worst drought in 15 years.....»»

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PHI men's volleyball team steps up SEA Games preparation

Preparations for the 29th Southeast Asian Games next month shifts into high gear as the national men’s volleyball team flies to Suwon, South Korea for a two-week training camp on Saturday. Bannered by skipper Johnvic De Guzman, the Sammy Acaylar-mentored squad is set to leave at 2:35 p.m. via Philippine Airlines flight 468 to Incheon before taking another few hours of land travel to the enchanting and historic city of Suwon north of the South Korean capital Seoul.   A tight and hectic schedule, which includes a number of tune-up games, awaits the Nationals in their training camp at Sungkyunkwan University and will serve as the highlight of their preparations for the biennial meet slated from August 19 to 31. “Pagdating namin sa Korea may three days sila na tatlong beses mage-ensayo. Then another three days na may twice a day practice for morning and afternoon,” said Acaylar. “Kumbaga, Monday, Wednesday, Friday three times of practice sessions. Then Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, two times. The team will use the facilities of SKK University for most of its training and tune up matches while some practice games will be at Hwasung volleyball court and Suwon Indoor Gym.  The Nationals will test their mettle against club team Hwasung City, the Korean national U-19 team, Korean Universiade national squad and the SKK University squad. Acaylar wants to sharpen and develop the squad’s speed and floor defense as well as whipping setters Geuel Asia and Relan Taneo into top caliber playmakers under the tutelage of a Korean mentor.   “Korea is one of the best teams in Asia. That is why pinili ko talaga ang Korea kaysa Japan sa men's. I want to develop the team more on service receive and pattern of floor defense, and especially, blocking. Dahil sa lalaki talaga, ang labanan diyan ay blocking,” said Acaylar, who steered the national men’s team to its last podium finish back in 1991 when the Pinoys snared bronze medal. “I told my libero and my setter na everytime na bago sila matulog, talagang pahahawakan ko sila sa mga Korean coaches para ma-train sila ng speed ng setting.” “Kasi ang Korea is good in setting eh. Magaling sila mag-train ng setter, that is why gusto ko makuha 'yung speed,” added Acaylar, whose team is bracketed with Vietnam and Indonesia in the SEA Games. “Of course, 'yung mentality ng isang setter, hindi lang siya nagse-set kundi nagse-set siya in which 'yung blocker mahihila, kaya ayun 'yung mga plano ko, so far.” The national team is composed of De Guzman, Taneo, Asia, Bryan Bagunas, reigning Premier Volleyball League MVP Ranran Abdilla, Mark Alfafara, Alden Cabaron, Reyson Fuentes, Bonjomar Castel, Herschel Ramos, Jack Kalingking, Greg Dolor, Peter Quiel and John Eduard Carascal. The squad will return to Manila on August 3. .....»»

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Police fire tear gas to halt Morocco 'million-man march'

Police fire tear gas to halt Morocco 'million-man march'.....»»

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South Korea urges North to respond to military talks offer

South Korea urges North to respond to military talks offer.....»»

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SKorea urges North to respond to military talks offer

SKorea urges North to respond to military talks offer.....»»

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London Grenfell fire survivors heckle authorities at tense meeting

London Grenfell fire survivors heckle authorities at tense meeting.....»»

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BBC under fire for gender pay gap as top salaries revealed

BBC under fire for gender pay gap as top salaries revealed.....»»

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No response from North Korea as proposed talks loom – Seoul

No response from North Korea as proposed talks loom – Seoul.....»»

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IN PHOTOS: Cafe by the Ruins before and after the fire

IN PHOTOS: Cafe by the Ruins before and after the fire.....»»

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Backchannel talks with NDF delayed anew after NPA attack in NorthCot

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 20 July 20) – The attacks the communist guerillas launched in North Cotabato and other parts of Mindanao were among the reasons why the Philippine government decided to suspend the backchannel talks with the National Democratic Front (NDF) in Europe, a top government executive said on Thursday. In an interview over [&'].....»»

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ONE Championship gets cash for major growth

em>By Greg Beacham, Associated Press /em> ONE Championship has secured a major equity investment from venture capital firm Sequoia India and investment firm Mission Holdings, positioning the ascendant mixed martial arts promotion to increase its presence throughout Asia. The investment means ONE Championship has raised over $100 million in total capital less than six years after its first show, according to Chatri Sityodtong, the promotion's chairman and CEO. Sityodtong told The Associated Press on Wednesday that ONE Championship plans to stage up to 30 events in 2018 and will financially compete to sign the world's best fighters, all while concentrating on its primary goal of being Asia's dominant MMA brand. To that mission, Sityodtong intends to expand the Singapore-based promotion's reach next year into Japan, South Korea and eventually India. 'Already we're the largest martial arts organization in the history of Asia,' Sityodtong said. 'All the pieces suggest that we have a big, big runway of growth ahead of us and that we're just scratching the surface of our potential.' The growth is already visible: In the final five months of 2017 alone, ONE Championship has 11 scheduled shows spread among Macau, Malaysia, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Myanmar. After doing 18 events this year, Sityodtong projects 24 to 30 shows for 2018. The increase will include aggressive expansion into China, where ONE Championship is already staging events this year in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, just north of Hong Kong. ONE Championship already claimed it was the largest sports media property in Asia before the latest round of investment, with video programming seen in 128 countries and live shows attracting large crowds throughout the Eastern hemisphere. The promotion received capital last year from Heliconia Capital Management, which is owned by Singapore's sovereign wealth fund. Sityodtong is a Harvard-educated entrepreneur and a lifelong martial artist who left a lucrative career as a hedge fund manager to start ONE Championship as a showcase for homegrown Asian martial artists. He is looking forward to utilizing Sequoia's expertise on business expansion while he plots his still-young promotion's next moves. 'It's been a whirlwind,' Sityodtong said. 'Just six years ago, this was a PowerPoint presentation, and now we arguably have the most blue chip shareholder base for any sports property out here in Asia.' The UFC, the sport's richest and most prominent promotion, is striving to increase its presence in Asia with shows in Singapore, Japan and China this year. UFC fights are watched avidly across Asia, and the promotion has a healthy number of fighters under contract with Asian ethnicity, but Sityodtong claims ONE Championship already has 'a massive lead over the UFC' in the fight for Asian fans. 'We're very focused on Asia, with Asian content that really resonates,' Sityodtong said. 'So it's very different scale. It would be like ONE Championship coming to America with Asian heroes and trying to ignite American audiences without any Americans on a show. It's hard to do so.' ONE Championship's talent pool is Asian-focused, but not exclusive. Its champions include Filipino-American heavyweight Brandon Vera, Wisconsin-born welterweight Ben Askren, Brazilian light heavyweight Roger Gracie — and Angela Lee , the Canada-born, Hawaii-raised atomweight who has become one of the promotion's most popular fighters. While ONE Championship's roster of fighters probably doesn't measure up to the UFC's group on pure overall talent, Sityodtong's promotion is about much more than blood and belts. Although he has the money to bid for top free-agent fighters alongside the UFC and Bellator, Sityodtong is more interested in creating a product that suits ONE Championship's conception of the Asian audience's sensibilities. 'The UFC has done a wonderful job in the Western hemisphere and deserve their success, but they focus primarily on the fighting, on the violence, on controversy, on disrespect,' Sityodtong said. 'You know, Conor McGregor, in your face, F-this, F-that. We've chosen to focus on Asian values, and that kind of stuff just doesn't fly. ONE Championship is a true celebration of martial arts, which is Asia's greatest cultural treasure, and we want to honor the Asian values of humility, kindness, integrity, strength and discipline. So it's a very different approach.' Sityodtong believes that cultivated, clean-cut image has the side benefit of attracting corporate sponsors and deep-pocketed partners — including Sequoia India, a branch of the famed U.S. venture capital firm that invested in Apple, Google, PayPal, YouTube, Instagram, Yahoo!, WhatsApp and countless other foundational technology companies. 'ONE Championship has been a pioneer and major driving force of the martial arts industry in Asia, with surging popularity across major countries,' said Shailendra J Singh, the managing director of Sequoia Capital (India). 'It has played an incredible role in nurturing local talent and developing local stars, led by a wonderful, mission-oriented team. We are delighted to join the team in their pursuit of developing the leading martial arts franchise for Asia's 4.4 billion people.' br />     .....»»

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Isko Moreno is chairman of North Luzon Railways Corp - Rappler

Isko Moreno is chairman of North Luzon Railways Corp - Rappler.....»»

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South Korea probes North Korean celebrity who 'returned home'

South Korea probes North Korean celebrity who 'returned home'.....»»

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Isko Moreno is chairman of North Luzon Railways Corp

Isko Moreno is chairman of North Luzon Railways Corp.....»»

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