School asks for loo pa­per

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This week’s visit to China by Philip­pine Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte points to­ward a restora­tion of trust be­tween the sides fol­low­ing re­cent ten­sions over their South China Sea territorial dis­pute, China’s of­fi­cial news agency has said. The visit by the re­cently elected Duterte, who was due to ar­rive in Bei­jing late yes­ter­day, will be a step to­ward end­ing years of es­trange­ment be­tween the coun­tries, Xin­hua News Agency said. “Should he demon­strate his good faith, the trip will present a long over­due op­por­tu­nity for the two na­tions, which en­joy long­stand­ing friend­ship, to heal the wounds of the past few years and steer their re­la­tion­ship back to the right course,” Xin­hua said in a com­men­tary. Duterte is sched­uled to meet with Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and other of­fi­cials tomorrow. The Philip­pine draft of a pro­posed joint state­ment touches on the restora­tion of per­mits for Filipino agri­cul­tural ex­ports, China’s sup­port for Duterte’s cam­paign against il­le­gal drugs, boost­ing tourism and en­hanc­ing Coast Guard co­op­er­a­tion to avoid mis­un­der­stand­ings at sea. A row over a school’s toi­let pa­per sup­ply has bro­ken out in a Span­ish town, prompt­ing lo­cal of­fi­cials to step in. The gov­ern­ment-run Rafael Gar­cia Valino pri­mary school in Yepes, a town 50km south of Madrid, re­cently sent out a list of sup­plies stu­dents need for class this year. Among the pens, note­books and erasers was an un­ex­pected item - six rolls of toi­let pa­per. One par­ent, Car­men Con­tr­eras, com­plained on her Facebook page that the re­quire­ment was “to­tally sur­real”. She said the school told her it didn’t have enough money for toi­let pa­per. The ABC news­pa­per said Yepes town hall has of­fered to re­solve the shortage by sup­ply­ing rolls for the whole school, how­ever no one was avail­able at the school or town hall to com­ment.

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