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South Korean President Park Geun-hye visits the site where a ferry sank off South Korea's southern coast. Sarah Toms reports.

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Lee Jun-seok, the man identified by broadcaster YTN and Yonhap news agency as the captain of the sun…

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The WSJ's Jonathan Cheng says the survivors of the South Korea ferry disaster are recovering and hel…

  • Philippines quarantines man over MERS fears
    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 …

  • Philippines says peace pact should hold despite clashes AFP News
    Philippines says peace pact should hold despite clashes

    The Philippines said Wednesday it was confident a peace deal with the country's largest Muslim rebel group would hold despite fresh clashes that left four of its members dead. …

  • 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. …

  • Divers struggle in search for Korean ferry survivors Reuters
    Divers struggle in search for Korean ferry survivors

    By Narae Kim JINDO South Korea (Reuters) - Rescuers struggled with strong waves and murky waters on Thursday as they searched for hundreds of people, most of them teenagers from the same school, still missing after a South Korean ferry capsized 36 hours ago. Nine people have been found dead and 179 were rescued, according to the South Korean government, leaving 287 unaccounted for and possibly trapped in the vessel. …

  • Chipotle 1Q profit misses view, sales surge
    Chipotle 1Q profit misses view, sales surge

    DENVER (AP) — Mexican food chain Chipotle's first-quarter net income rose 8 percent as higher costs offset a sales surge as more customers bought its burritos and other fare. …

  • Morgan Stanley's income rose 18 percent Associated Press
    Morgan Stanley's income rose 18 percent

    NEW YORK (AP) — Investment bank Morgan Stanley said Thursday that its first-quarter income rose 18 percent from a year ago, helped by higher earnings in its trading and merger and acquisitions advisory businesses. …

  • 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. …

  • Union Pacific railroad's 1Q profit up 14 percent Associated Press
    Union Pacific railroad's 1Q profit up 14 percent

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The harsh winter didn't keep Union Pacific railroad from delivering 14 percent higher quarterly profit as it hauled more agricultural, industrial and coal shipments. …

  • EU warns Russia against using gas for politics Associated Press
    EU warns Russia against using gas for politics

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is warning Russia that interfering with gas deliveries to Ukraine to apply political pressure would backfire by damaging its reputation as a reliable supplier for the EU. …

  • Chipotle 1Q profit misses view, sales surge
    Chipotle 1Q profit misses view, sales surge

    DENVER (AP) — Mexican food chain Chipotle's first-quarter net income rose 8 percent as higher costs offset a sales surge as more customers bought its burritos and other fare. …

  • Morgan Stanley's income rose 18 percent Associated Press
    Morgan Stanley's income rose 18 percent

    Investment bank Morgan Stanley said Thursday that its first-quarter income rose 18 percent from a year ago, helped by higher earnings in its trading and merger and acquisitions advisory businesses. Morgan ... …

  • 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. …

  • Union Pacific railroad's 1Q profit up 14 percent Associated Press
    Union Pacific railroad's 1Q profit up 14 percent

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The harsh winter didn't keep Union Pacific railroad from delivering 14 percent higher quarterly profit as it hauled more agricultural, industrial and coal shipments. …

  • EU warns Russia against using gas for politics Associated Press
    EU warns Russia against using gas for politics

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is warning Russia that interfering with gas deliveries to Ukraine to apply political pressure would backfire by damaging its reputation as a reliable supplier for the EU. …

FEATURED BLOGS

  • 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 »