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FIBA World Cup: Gilas Pilipinas falls just short of overtime upset of favored Croatia 30-Aug-14, 8:43 PM | InterAksyon.com The Philippine national men’s basketball team came close to a shocking introduction to world stage after giving Group B favorite Croatia all it could handle in an 81-78 overtime loss in the opening contest of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Seville, Spain.

Washington calls for global coalition to counter 'genocidal' Islamic State jihadists 30-Aug-14, 11:55 AM | Agence France-Presse One week ahead of a NATO summit in Wales that will gather leaders from across the Western world, US Secretary of State JOhn Kerry advocated 'a united response led by the United States and the broadest possible coalition of nations.'

MANILA, TAKE NOTE | Turkey orders 3 luxury condos demolished to preserve iconic Istanbul view 30-Aug-14, 9:40 AM | InterAksyon.com Advocates on either side of the debate over DMCI's controversial Torre de Manila project across Luneta may want to take note of this development in Istanbul.

DAP debacle, ports congestion drag down business confidence to 3-year low 29-Aug-14, 4:44 PM | Scarlet Venilia, InterAksyon.com The BSP's business confidence index in the third quarter revisited the lows seen in 2011 when government curtailed spending.

West Africa Ebola outbreak could infect 20,000, spread further - WHO 29-Aug-14, 7:43 AM | Stephanie Nebehay and Tim Cocks, Reuters The Ebola epidemic in West Africa could infect over 20,000 people and spread to more countries, the UN health agency said on Thursday, warning that an international effort costing almost half a billion dollars is needed to overcome the outbreak.

Budget deficit narrows at start of 2H as gov't spending fails to pick up 29-Aug-14, 1:55 PM| Rain Castro, InterAksyon.com The drop in spending belied official commitment to ramp up public spending.

De Lima orders raps vs ex-Davao del Sur gov, mayor for journalist's murder 29-Aug-14, 9:50 AM| Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com (UPDATE 2 - 4:12 p.m.) Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has ordered the filing of murder charges against former Davao del Sur Governor Douglas Cagas and a town mayor for the killing of a journalist in Digos City in 2010.

After ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Pinoys come up with own dare: The MRT Rush Hour Challenge 29-Aug-14, 10:21 PM| InterAksyon.com | News5 Following the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that started in the U.S. and India's Rice Bucket Challenge, the Philippines has come up with its own version of the dare: the MRT Rush Hour Challenge.

TALE OF 2 MRT RIDERS | Before Grace Poe, transport chief Abaya takes train, but draws more flak 29-Aug-14, 5:10 PM| Radyo5 | With InterAksyon.com Before Sen. Grace Poe endured a two-hour commute Friday morning from the MRT's North Avenue station to Taft Avenue, there was DOTC Secretary Abaya riding the problematic train last Thursday afternoon. Instead of drawing praise for trying to feel people's pulse, he was criticized. Why?

U.N.: At over 3 million, half of all Syrians displaced 29-Aug-14, 6:57 PM| Reuters Syrians now constitute the world's largest refugee population under the care of UNHCR, second only in number to refugees from the Palestinian crisis under the mandate of separate U.N. agency UNRWA.

PLDT, Rocket Internet hold discussions on mobile commerce gameplan 29-Aug-14, 9:49 AM| InterAksyon.com The two companies are setting up a mobile commerce and payment solutions platform for emerging markets.

 
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