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<p>&nbsp;CISHAN, Taiwan - Pressure mounted on Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou on Thursday to speed up operations to rescue hundreds of residents of remote mountainous villages buried or stranded in the aftermath of typhoon Morakot.</p> <p>&nbsp;ZAMBOANGA CITY - A businesswoman in Zamboanga City was freed by her abductors Thursday after fifteen hours of captivity.</p> <p>MANILA -- The contract for the Manny Pacquiao-Miguel Cotto match up has finally been signed with the Puerto Rican&rsquo;s World Boxing Organization belt at stake.</p> <p>AMSTERDAM &ndash; David Beckham has all but ruled out a return to the English Premier League after insisting AC Milan are very much his first choice when he leaves LA Galaxy at the end of the Major League Soccer season.</p> <p>BERLIN &ndash; From next year any athlete committing a false start will be immediately disqualified under a rule change approved by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on Wednesday.</p> <p>MANILA -- Ateneo Blue Eagles nabbed the solo lead after surviving a gritty University of the East Red Warriors, 80-75, during Thursday&rsquo;s 72nd University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) game at the Araneta Coliseum.</p> <p>MANILA - Malaca&ntilde;ang on Thursday defended President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her US entourage's expensive dinners in the US, saying the president was merely a guest in the two dinners, and that, as president, she is entitled to amenities befitting a head of state.</p> <p>An accident in a construction site caused a power outage in many parts of Metro Manila Thursday afternoon but the power distribution utility said power has been restored after less than an hour.&nbsp;</p> <p>MANILA - The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday approved the temporary release of a detained National Democratic Front (NDF) official so he can participate in formal peace talks between the government and the NDF set to reopen in Oslo, Norway in October.</p> <p>CHICAGO &ndash; Pedro Martinez made a victorious return to the mound behind a potent offense to help the Philadelphia Phillies storm to a 12-5 thrashing of the Chicago Cubs in his first start with his new team on Wednesday.</p>

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