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Pacquiao wins round in bruising Philippine tax fight MANILA: Philippine world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has won a Supreme Court reprieve in his battle to avoid paying tens of millions of dollars in extra taxes, authorities said Thursday.Pacquiao will not have to post a cash bond of 3.3 billion pesos ($75.2 million) and the government is banned from seizing any of his assets while his income tax case is being heard, according to a Supreme Court ruling.The ruling, handed down this week and sent to AFP by court spokesman Theodore Te on Thursday, also ordered the proceedings be carried out more quickly as they began last year and are still in the pre-trial stage.Pacquiao expressed relief at the ruling, which came ahead of a China tour starting next week to promote the Macau defence of his World Boxing Organization welterweight title against unbeaten US challenger Chris Algieri in November."Let us now let the legal process take its course. ...

Vietnam releases two Nigerians isolated for Ebola tests HANOI: Vietnam has released two Nigerians isolated after arriving from west Africa with fevers, saying they show no symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus.Ebola test results for the pair are not yet known but the health ministry said their condition had improved. "After 24 hours of monitoring, the two patients were without fever, showing no abnormal signs or symptoms related to Ebola," it said in a statement released late Wednesday.The two men will be put ...
Rescuers comb through devastation of Japan landslide TOKYO: Thousands of rescuers combed through the wreckage of homes engulfed by landslides in western Japan on Thursday in the slim hope of finding survivors, a day after a wall of mud claimed at least 39 lives.Police officers, firefighters and soldiers worked through the night in a desperate bid to find seven people still unaccounted for among the sludge and rubble.Dozens of houses were buried when hillsides collapsed after torrential downpours in Hiroshima that saw ...
Japan mulls building its own fighter jets: report TOKYO: Japan is considering building its own fighter jets after years of playing second fiddle in a US construction partnership, a report said Thursday, in a move likely to stoke fears of its military resurgence among Asian neighbours.Japan's attempt in the 1980s to build its first purely domestic fighters since World War II faced US resistance and resulted in joint US-Japan development and production of the F-2, the Nikkei newspaper said.But joint F-2 production ended ...
Vietnam tests two Nigerians for Ebola HANOI: Vietnam is testing two Nigerians for the deadly Ebola virus after they arrived on a flight to Ho Chi Minh City showing symptoms of fever, the health ministry said.The pair were displaying no other symptoms but have been sent to the southern city's Tropical Diseases Hospital for isolation, the ministry said in a statement released late Tuesday.Airline passengers sitting next to the pair -- who travelled to Vietnam on Monday from Nigeria via Qatar ...
'Reasonable chance' of finding MH370 in new search: Australia PM SYDNEY: A new underwater hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 had a "reasonable chance" of finding the plane, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Wednesday, adding that searchers would not give up easily.Flight MH370 vanished inexplicably en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, and there has been no sign since of the aircraft or the 239 people onboard.It is believed to have crashed into the southern Indian Ocean far off the ...
Eight dead as landslides hit Japan's Hiroshima, 13 missing TOKYO: At least eight people were killed in Japan on Wednesday when landslides touched off by torrential rain slammed into the outskirts of the city of Hiroshima, media reported. At least 13 people were also missing after a month's worth of rain fell overnight, loosening slopes already saturated by heavy rain over the past few weeks. "There was rain and thunder all night, beating down so hard I was scared to go outside," a resident ...

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