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Top headlines See source for full story: Breaking News Katy Perry is newest UNICEF goodwill ambassador Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 08:16 a.m. UNITED NATIONS — Pop star Katy Perry said Tuesday that becoming a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. children's agency has made her realize there's more to happiness than material possessions and social status. She said that on her first trip for UNICEF, to the impoverished Indian Ocean island nation of Madagascar in April to see how the agency worked before agreeing to be a goodwill ambassador, she was moved by "the incredible joy" among the children despite the difficulties many faced. Asian nations dominate international test Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 04:33 a.m. WASHINGTON — Teens from Asian nations dominated a global exam given to 15-year-olds while U.S. students showed little improvement and failed to reach the top 20 in math, science or reading, according to test results released Tuesday.. Students in Shanghai, China's largest city, had the top scores in all subjects, and Singapore, South Korea, Japan and Hong Kong students weren't far behind. Even Vietnam, which had its students participate for the first time, had a higher average score in math and science than the United States. Officials: Walker crash not part of street race Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 11:35 p.m. LOS ANGELES -- The neighborhood where "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker died in a fiery crash is known to attract street racers, but law enforcement officials do not believe the Porsche the actor and a friend were riding in had been racing another car. Accident investigators "have received eyewitness statements that the car involved was traveling alone at a high rate of speed," the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement Monday. "No eyewitness has contacted the (department) to say there was a second vehicle." Ateneo student kidnapped inside campus Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 10:52 p.m. THE Ateneo de Manila University has tightened its security after one of its students was kidnapped inside the campus last Thursday, November 21. The university posted Monday on its website a statement dated November 23, saying a student was kidnapped around 6 p.m. in the North Car Park of the Loyola Heights Campus. Senate approves extension of validity of calamity funds Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 08:04 p.m. SENATORS on Tuesday backed a joint resolution seeking to extend until December 31 of next year the validity of calamity-related funds in the 2013 national budget. Twelve senators voted for the passage of Senate Joint Resolution 7 while Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile abstained. The House of Representatives approved a counterpart resolution on Monday night. House okays supplemental fund for calamity victims Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 07:46 p.m. THE House of Representatives on Tuesday night passed the P14.6-billion supplemental budget for calamity victims by a vote of 213 to 6. The bill's approval was stalled last Monday after Abakada party-list Representative Jonathan de la Cruz challenged the quorum. The second roll call at 8:30 p.m. showed that attendance dwindled to 129. Earlier in the day, 211 out of the 289 House members responded to the roll call. Santiago set to respond to Enrile ‘insults’ Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 07:26 p.m. SENATOR Miriam Defensor Santiago said she will deliver a privilege speech on Wednesday to counter the tongue-lashing she received from Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile last week. The senator urged her supporters to come early to the Senate session hall as the seats are on "first come, first serve basis" or just tune in to live coverage either on television or radio. De Lima: Biazon not inserted in pork scam cases Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 06:13 p.m. JUSTICE Secretary Leila de Lima has belied insinuations that outgoing Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon was only inserted in the second batch of complaints in relation to the alleged misuse of Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF). De Lima explained that Biazon was included in the charge sheet due to the supplemental affidavit of whistleblower Benhur Luy, who accused the Customs chief of receiving P1.95 million as kickback for diverting his PDAF in 2007 to a bogus foundation controlled by businesswoman Janet Napoles. Aquino: Roxas not being groomed to be next president Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 05:29 p.m. PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III denied Tuesday that Secretary Manuel Roxas II of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is now being groomed to be his successor. Aquino said in the Bulong Pulungan forum that his party, the Liberal Party, has not decided who would be endorsed as its presidential candidate in the 2016 elections. SC ends legal tussle over Marinduque congressional race Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 05:23 p.m. THE Supreme Court on Tuesday slammed the door on the bid of Marinduque Representative Regina Reyes to be recognized as a qualified candidate in last May’s midterm polls. SC spokesperson Theodore Te said the justices junked Reyes’ second motion for reconsideration, which is considered a prohibitive pleading.

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