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Feb. 24—JAKARTA — Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi has cancelled a visit to Myanmar following opposition to visiting the country, where the army recently seized power in a coup, the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday. Retno has been touring member-states of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to seek a common stance on the February 1 military coup in Myanmar. Myanmar ...

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Feb. 24—MANILA, Philippines — The country's economic managers will likely come up with ways to further reopen the economy after President Rodrigo Duterte turned down a recommendation by the government body in charge of pandemic response to ease quarantine restrictions nationwide, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said on Tuesday. Economic managers had noted that many people go hungry each day ...

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Feb. 24—MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is requesting the United Kingdom and Germany to provide the Philippines with Covid-19 vaccines in exchange for exemption from the 5,000 per year limit on deployment of Filipino nurses and other health care workers. International Labor Affairs Bureau Director Alice Visperas said Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has ...

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Feb. 24—The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) released on Thursday the names of candidates for vacant seats in the Sandiganbayan, the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) and the Court of Appeals (CA). Eight candidates, mostly Regional Trial Court (RTC) judges, will vie for the post vacated with the death of Sandiganbayan Justice Reynaldo Cruz. They are Philip Aguinaldo, Lorna Chua Cheng, Ronald Chua, Lyn ...

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Feb. 24—Legal gender equality in the Philippines had improved amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, according to a new World Bank report. The Washington-based multilateral lender's "Women, Business and the Law 2021" report released on Wednesday revealed that the Philippines scored 85 in women, business and the law 2021 index, up from the 81.3 it recorded in 2020. The ...

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Feb. 24—The Philippines is ready to start its vaccination program, Malacañang assured the public on Tuesday, despite delays in the procurement of vaccines against Covid-19. Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei Nograles made the statement as he admitted that President Rodrigo Duterte was not holding anyone accountable for the delay, as he believed that it was the manufacturers' obligation and ...

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Feb. 23—If you're looking for a taste of the Philippines, then look no further than I'm Skewed in the heart of Destin. "This is authentic food like you would get in the Philippines," said Amy Hunter, owner of I'm Skewed. She said it's not like when you go to a Chinese restaurant and have Americans make the food. "We have Filipinos prepping. ... It's Filipinos serving Filipino food," she said. ...

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Feb. 23—By Ben Garcia KUWAIT: The Cabinet on Monday decided to ban dine-in at restaurants and close all land and sea borders from today as part of additional measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus. For Cristina, a restaurant owner, it's a struggle running her small business. "Restaurants have not completely recovered from 2020 lockdowns and curfews. We are not fully operational and ...

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What do you get when you combine island-inspired cocktails, Filipino bar food and beers brewed with mango and pineapple? Bit House Collective is the answer. Opening next week, the new bar is a collaboration between award-winning bartender Natasha Mesa (Deadshot), critically acclaimed chef Carlo Lamagna (Magna Kusina) and Pono Brewing, makers of a notably crushable pineapple k\u00f6lsch. For ...

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Feb. 23—Twenty years ago, Davidson County was going through one of its worst economic periods as it watched its major industry pick up and move overseas, leaving massive job loss and economic chaos in its wake. Since before the turn of the 20th century, North Carolina has been known as an area where furniture and textile plants plentifully peppered the region; created generations of families ...