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The Philippines gets a $500 million World Bank credit line to reduce disaster risk

The Southeast Asian country can get access to the credit line if its president declares a state of calamity, the bank said in a statement.<p>It is the second such financing option the bank has provided the Philippines, which is the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to use such a credit line.<p>"If …

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Beauty Queens and Geopolitics: Debating American Bases in the Philippines

The 2015 Miss Universe contest will perhaps go down as the franchise' most memorable, if not controversial, edition, mainly thanks to Steve Harvey's (the event host) gargantuan mix-up of the eventual winner's announcement. Donald Trump, who no longer owns the franchise after uttering outrageous …

Santa absent this year in typhoon-hit Philippines

Animal photos of the year 2015: Part 2 - Telegraph

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Blue Bell creameries to lay off 37% of employees after listeria-related recall

Ice cream company to furlough an additional 1,400 workers Production plants still closed for clean-up and repairs<p>Blue Bell Creameries says it will lay off more than a third of its workforce following a series of listeria illnesses linked to its ice cream that prompted a total product recall.<p>The …