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  • Philippines quarantines man over MERS fears AFP News
    Philippines quarantines man over MERS fears

    Philippine health authorities said Wednesday they have quarantined a Filipino who arrived from the Middle East because he tested positive for the deadly MERS virus. The man, who arrived in the Philippines on Tuesday, is not yet showing symptoms but has been isolated in hospital, Health Secretary Enrique Ona said. The Health Department is also quarantining the man's family and tracing the people who had contact with him during his flight to see if they may also be infected with the MERS or …

  • Philippine leader apologises over 'world's worst airport' AFP News
    Philippine leader apologises over 'world's worst airport'

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino publicly apologised on Wednesday for failures in air conditioning at Manila airport, already named by an online travel guide as the world's worst. The fresh debacle at Terminal 1, used by foreign airlines, came as millions of Filipinos begin travelling for the Easter holidays during one of the hottest months of the year. The transportation ministry also issued a separate public apology Wednesday, on the eve of four-day Easter holidays in the Catholic …

  • Tiny power plants hold promise for nuclear energy Associated Press
    Tiny power plants hold promise for nuclear energy

    PARIS (AP) — Small underground nuclear power plants that could be cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts may herald the future for an energy industry under intense scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster, the incoming head of the Nuclear Energy Agency told The Associated Press. …

  • Malaysia quarantines 64 villagers over MERS virus AFP News
    Malaysia quarantines 64 villagers over MERS virus

    Malaysia has quarantined 64 people in a southern village after one of its residents become the country's first person to die of a respiratory illness that is spreading from the Middle East, local media reported Thursday. At least 71 people have died from the so-called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, out of more than 200 infections in the worst-hit country, Saudi Arabia. The first fatality in Muslim-majority Malaysia -- a 54-year-old man -- died in hospital in the southern state of …

  • Holder: Hate crimes 'an affront to who we are'
    Holder: Hate crimes 'an affront to who we are'

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — All Americans stand with the mourners of three people killed at Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City, Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday, adding that hate crimes are "an affront" to the nation. …

  • Singer Chris Brown's bodyguard on trial in DC Associated Press
    Singer Chris Brown's bodyguard on trial in DC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A man accusing singer Chris Brown and his bodyguard of punching him in the face is trying to "get rich" as a result of a bloody nose, a lawyer for the bodyguard said Thursday. …

  • Tiny power plants hold promise for nuclear energy Associated Press
    Tiny power plants hold promise for nuclear energy

    PARIS (AP) — Small underground nuclear power plants that could be cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts may herald the future for an energy industry under intense scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster, the incoming head of the Nuclear Energy Agency told The Associated Press. …

  • Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87 Associated Press
    Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez crafted intoxicating fiction from the fatalism, fantasy, cruelty and heroics of the world that set his mind churning as a child growing up on Colombia's Caribbean coast. …

  • Scientists tether lionfish to Cayman reefs Associated Press
    Scientists tether lionfish to Cayman reefs

    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Research done in the Cayman Islands suggests that native marine predators can be conditioned to gobble up invasive lionfish that colonize regional reefs and voraciously prey on juvenile fish. …

  • Tiny power plants hold promise for nuclear energy
    Tiny power plants hold promise for nuclear energy

    PARIS (AP) — Small underground nuclear power plants that could be cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts may herald the future for an energy industry under intense scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster, the incoming head of the Nuclear Energy Agency told The Associated Press. …

  • President defending health law good for some Dems Associated Press
    President defending health law good for some Dems

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's full-throated defense of his health care overhaul seems perfectly timed for Democrats who want their party to embrace the law more enthusiastically. …

  • Judge wants Detroit mayor to back bankruptcy plan Associated Press
    Judge wants Detroit mayor to back bankruptcy plan

    DETROIT (AP) — Looking years ahead, the judge overseeing Detroit's bankruptcy says he wants assurances from elected leaders that they'll follow the final plan that gets the city back on its feet. …

  • Retailer Michaels Stores confirms payment card data breach Reuters
    Retailer Michaels Stores confirms payment card data breach

    (Reuters) - Michaels Stores Inc, the biggest U.S. arts and crafts retailer, on Friday confirmed that there was a breach of certain systems that process payment cards at its U.S. stores and that of its unit, Aaron Brothers. The company said in January that it was working with federal law enforcement officials to investigate a possible data breach. While the affected systems contained certain payment card information, there was no evidence that those data were at risk, the company said in a …

  • Putin says annexation of Crimea partly a response to NATO enlargement Reuters
    Putin says annexation of Crimea partly a response to NATO enlargement

    President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said Russia had been forced to respond to NATO enlargement and that its annexation of Crimea, home to its Black Sea Fleet, was partly influenced by the Western military alliance's expansion into eastern Europe. Putin said Moscow will respond if the United States moves ahead with plans to base elements of a missile defence shield in eastern Europe, accusing Washington of fuelling a Cold War-style arms race. …

  • Facebook rolls out 'nearby friends' feature AFP News
    Facebook rolls out 'nearby friends' feature

    Facebook on Thursday began rolling out a feature allowing users of its mobile app to use smartphone location to discover friends near them. The optional "nearby friends" feature "helps you discover which friends are nearby or on the go," said product manager Andrea Vaccari in a blog announcement. "If you turn on Nearby Friends, you'll occasionally be notified when friends are nearby, so you can get in touch with them and meet up," Vaccari said. "For example, when you're headed to the movies, …

  • Sina Weibo shares jump more than 25% after IPO AFP News
    Sina Weibo shares jump more than 25% after IPO

    Shares of Sina Weibo, China's answer to Twitter, jumped more than 25 percent in initial trade Thursday, after a disappointing initial public offering on the US Nasdaq exchange. The offering on Wednesday was undersubscribed as Weibo's parent, the Chinese Internet giant Sina Corp, ran into a market jittery over both tech and Chinese company shares. Weibo sought to raise as much as $380 million by selling 20 million shares for as much as $19 each, but only saw demand through underwriters for …

  • Turkey still hopes Twitter will open local office AFP News
    Turkey still hopes Twitter will open local office

    Turkey's government said on Thursday it still hopes Twitter will open an office in the country, a day after the social networking site ruled out any such move. …

  • Weibo disappoints with low IPO debut, but shares climb after cold start Tech in Asia
    Weibo disappoints with low IPO debut, but shares climb after cold start

    Weibo’s shares made their IPO debut at a mere $16.27, but the share price soon climbed up gradually. …

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  • Ayungin dilemma

    Ayungin dilemma

    China faces a dilemma in Ayungin Shoal and other contested areas. If it waits for the ITLOS—which may decide against it—it would have tacitly bound itself to UNCLOS and risk a rogue state reputation if it asserts its claim in the South China Sea. If its militarily acts now, it may face international isolation. More »

  • 48 nabbed in biggest anti-trafficking catch in Bongao

    48 nabbed in biggest anti-trafficking catch in Bongao

    By Jake Soriano, VERA Files Bongao, Tawi-tawi—A team of Marines and policemen intercepted around noon Thursday 48 people, 12 of them minors, believed recruited by a human trafficking syndicate for work in Malaysia. The arrest constitutes what advocates called the … Continue reading → More »

  • Docs vow to pay right taxes, make peace with BIR

    Docs vow to pay right taxes, make peace with BIR

    By Kiersnerr Gerwin Tacadena, VERA Files Leaders of the medical profession have made peace with their former adversary, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), and joined forces in a campaign to get doctors to pay the right taxes. BIR Commissioner … Continue reading → More »

  • Sen. TG on the beauty of Mayon and the ugliness of corruption

    Sen. TG on the beauty of Mayon and the ugliness of corruption

    By Pablo A. Tariman, VERA Files Senate Blue Ribbon Committee Chair Teofisto “TG” Guingona III found a short respite from hearings on pork barrel scams when he flew to Albay to address the awardees of this year’s Outstanding Albayano Award. … Continue reading → More »

  • Holy Week in prison for Enrile, Estrada, Revilla?

    Holy Week in prison for Enrile, Estrada, Revilla?

    Commentary By Ellen T. Tordesillas Now that the Ombudsman has approved the resolution to file plunder charges against those involved in the malversation of the Priority Development Assistance Fund, it looks like Senators Juan Ponce-Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla … Continue reading → More »

  • Faith, love, time and Mayon Volcano

    Faith, love, time and Mayon Volcano

    By Pablo A. Tariman, VERA Files Albay is in the news again with its official entry, Ivethe Maria Santiago, winning Bb. Pilipinas –Supranational. Another beauty with Albay roots, Bianca Guidotti, ended up Bb. Pilipinas International. Santiago did pretty well in … Continue reading → More »

  • After peace with MILF, quo vadis Mindanao?

    After peace with MILF, quo vadis Mindanao?

    The Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) was signed last March 27, 2014 by the Chairperson of the GPH Negotiating Panel, Prof. Miriam Ferrer and her MILF counterpart, Mohagher Iqbal. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, Malaysian president Najib Razak, and MILF chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim witnessed the signing. More »