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Thousands protest against Gloria Arroyo

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MANILA (Reuters) – Thousands of protesters blocked the main street in Manila’s financial district on Monday calling on President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to step down and catching police officers by surprise.

Remittances by overseas Filipinos exceeds $10b mark

Dollar remittances from overseas Filipinos rose 16.6 per cent in the first 10 months of the year, exceeding 10 billion dollars, the government said Friday. The central bank said remittances from January to October totalled 10.3 billion dollars, compared with 8.83 billion dollars in the same period last year. Read more »

‘Little Fatty’ a big hit

An overweight Chinese petrol station attendant has become an unexpected celebrity after a picture of his portly face was posted on the internet – and then started appearing on movie posters and in other unlikely places. Nicknamed “Little Fatty,” 19-year-old Qian Zhijun’s picture was loaded on to the internet Read more »

LA judge sides with ‘Borat’ against frat boys

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – As the esteemed Kazakh television journalist Borat Sagdiyev might say: “High Five. Sexy Time. You Lose.” Two college fraternity buddies shown guzzling alcohol and making racist remarks in the “Borat” movie have lost their bid for a court order to cut the scene they claim Read more »

Five feared dead as typhoon whips Philippines

MANILA (Reuters) – At least five people were feared dead and tens of thousands spent the night in makeshift shelters as Typhoon Utor plowed through the central Philippines on Sunday, cutting power and communication lines in the archipelago.

Manila pulls plug on Asian summit, blames weather

By Manny Mogato – CEBU, Philippines (Reuters) – The Philippines hastily shelved a high-profile gathering of Asian leaders until early January on Friday due to concerns an incoming tropical storm could wreak havoc at the venue this weekend.