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PHL hopes deal reached before Obama visit

New defense accord means more US troops MANILA (AFP) – The Philippines said Friday it hopes to complete a new defense accord with the United States ahead of a visit by President Barack Obama this month, as a territorial dispute with China simmers. The chief Philippine negotiator,...
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Olongapo students help shape positive picture of PHL in US

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Nine public school students from Olongapo City are helping shape a positive picture of the Philippines and strengthen people-to-people ties with the United States through an educational exchange program with the city of Virginia Beach in Virginia. The nine...
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Obama to tour PHL, Malaysia, Japan, S. Korea in April

By Stephen Collinson WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama will seek to ease questions over the staying power of his strategic shift to increasingly tense East Asia in April with stops in Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines and South Korea. Obama’s visits to Manila and Kuala...
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More than 3.3-M signed up to Obamacare health plans

WASHINGTON, February 12, 2014 (AFP) – More than 3.3 million Americans had signed up for new insurance plans by the end of last month under President Barack Obama’s troubled signature health care law, officials said Wednesday. The administration also reported a slight increase in...
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Republicans endorse path to legalize immigrants

By Michael Mathes CAMBRIDGE, January 31, 2014 (AFP) – Republican lawmakers endorsed in principle the legalization of millions of undocumented immigrants on Thursday, but stopped short of backing a pathway to citizenship. The majority party in the House of Representatives did,...
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Obama honors champion Fil-Am Spoelstra and the Miami Heat at White House

WASHINGTON, January 15, 2014 (AFP) – President Barack Obama welcomed the NBA champion Miami Heat back to the White House on Tuesday, congratulating them on winning their second title in as many years. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and their teammates attended the...
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Stunned Kerry says US won’t abandon typhoon-hit PHL

By Jay Directo TACLOBAN (AFP) – A stunned Secretary of State John Kerry toured a typhoon-devastated Philippine city on Wednesday, pledging more US aid as its Asian ally appealed for international help to fund an $8.17 billion rebuilding plan. “This is a devastation unlike...
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Obama makes appeal for PHL: Dig deep

MANILA, Nov 14 (Mabuhay) – The United States said relief channels were belatedly opening up to the typhoon-ravaged Philippines on Thursday as President Barack Obama urged Americans to dig deep and other countries upped their aid. Transport planes, helicopters, ships and medics...
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World sends emergency relief to battered PHL

MANILA (AFP) – The United States, Britain, Australia and the United Nations mobilised emergency aid to the Philippines as the scale of the devastation unleashed by Super Typhoon Haiyan continued to emerge Tuesday. The Pentagon sent Marines and equipment while Britain was to send...
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US mobilizes military to help typhoon-hit PH

WASHINGTON, Nov 11 (Mabuhay) — The United States has mobilized an array of military personnel and equipment to the Philippines in the wake of killer Typhoon Haiyan, the Pentagon said Sunday. An assessment team is on the ground to gauge the support needed following the...