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  • SINGAPORE, October 22, 2009--Catholic moral theologians have raised concerns after news broke that scientists here have become the first to "semi-clone" an animal by fertilizing an egg with an embryonic stem cell that mimics sperm.

    The breakthrough by scientists at the National University of Singapore's Department of Biological Sciences could help treat infertility, according to an Oct. 17 press release on the university's website.

    According to this and other local media reports, the scientists have successfully "semi-cloned" a Medaka fish, which they have named "Holly."

  • PILI, CAMSUR (16 October)-The Camarines Sur Dragon Boat team added another feather in its cap by capturing the championship in three categories-International Freestyle, Corporate Club Crew Open and 200 m men open in the prestigious SAVA Sprints International V in Singapore last October 11 and 12.

    The SAVA Sprints International V featured teams from Canada, Germany, Malaysia, Singapore, England, Japan, United States, Malaysia and several teams from the Philippines.

  • JAKARTA, Sept. 6 -- The 7.3-magnitude powerful earthquake jolting Indonesia's West Java on Wednesday had killed 70 people, wounded 966 and caused 32 still missing, the national Antara news agency reported on Saturday.

    Rano Harjaya, an official from the coordinating unit of the West Java Disaster Mitigation Service, said that most of the dead, wounded and missing victims were found in Cianjur of West Java.

  • PILI, Camarines Sur - New Zealand's Terenzo Bozzone and Lisa Bentley of Canada confirmed they are among the world's speediest and toughest multisport athletes by handily clinching the maiden edition of Ironman 70.3 Philippines held at the renowned Camarines Sur Watersports Complex (CWC) here, Sunday, August 23.

    This is the very first time a triathlon of international calibre has ever been staged in the country, thus a historical episode in national sports, hosted by Governor LRay Villafuerte and the province government of Cam. Sur.

  • BRUSSELS, Aug. 14 -- The European Union (EU) on Thursday stepped up sanctions against Myanmar by adding members of the judiciary responsible for the verdict of Aung San Suu Kyi to the existing list of officials subject to a travel ban and to an assets freeze.

    Moreover, the blacklist is extended to cover the assets freeze to enterprises that are owned and controlled by these officials or by persons associated with them, said a statement of the council of the EU, which represents the 27 EU member states.

  • ROME, August 12, 2009-- The president of Etica Bank in Italy, Fabio Salviato, said this week that the new encyclical by Pope Benedict XVI, "Caritas in Veritate," is a guide for redefining the world economic system.

    In an interview with Vatican Radio, the 51 year-old executive and author said the encyclical is a "guide that can enlighten us in this phase of individualization of a new economic and financial system."

    He noted that the new encyclical calls for "a cultural change founded upon the centrality of the person."

  • VATICAN, August 3, 2009-- Pope Benedict XVI deplored the killing of eight Christians in Pakistan by a Muslim mob and urged the minority Christian community not to be deterred by the attack.

    The Christians, including four women and a child, were either shot or burned alive Aug. 1 when a crowd attacked the eastern Pakistani town of Gojra, setting fire to dozens of Christian homes. Authorities said tensions were running high in the area, fueled by a false rumor that a Quran, the sacred book of Islam, had been desecrated.

  • UNITED NATIONS, July 16 (PNA/Xinhua) -- Industrialized and developing countries must rectify their "formidable differences" if the climate talks in Copenhagen are to bear substantive results, said the director of the UN climate change support team here on Wednesday.

    "All countries need to make an effort based on common but differentiated responsibilities," Janos Pasztor told reporters.

  • LOS ANGELES, July 11 - The investigation into Michael Jackson's death continued on Friday, with the focus on painkillers the King of Pop may have used, and the doctors who gave them to him, the Los Angeles Times said on its website.

    The coroner's office subpoenaed "any and all" of Jackson's medical records, "including radiology and psychiatric records," a source familiar with the investigation told the paper.

    One of the subpoenas was served on Dr. Arnold Klein, Jackson's dermatologist, the paper quoted the doctor's attorney as saying.

  • VATICAN, June 24, 2009-- The Vatican confirmed today Benedict XVI will receive in audience U.S. President Barack Obama next month.

    The meeting, set for the afternoon of July 10, will be the first between the Pontiff and the new president.

    Obama's Vatican visit will take place within the context of his participation in the Group of Eight summit, which will be held July 8-10 in L'Aquila, Italy.