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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 …

  • Philippines asks airline passengers to check for MERS AFP News
    Philippines asks airline passengers to check for MERS

    The Philippines on Thursday asked more than 400 passengers who shared an airline flight with a man infected with the MERS virus to check in with the health department immediately. …

  • Rice farmers not ready for ASEAN Integration MB

    Manila, Philippines --- The country’s rice farmers are not yet ready for the ASEAN Integration in 2015 due to high production cost of palay, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA). DA Secretary Proceso Alcala said the mechanization and loan program for agriculture could significantly reduce cost of production among farmers in the country. At present, Alcala said “Filipino rice farmers are not yet ready for the ASEAN Integration in 2015 because our production cost for palay is too …

  • Ukraine: Live Report
    Ukraine: Live Report

    The four parties agree to "restore security for all citizens", including a call to disband armed groups that have taken over buildings in Ukraine "illegally". While not spelt out in the agreement, these groups could refer to pro-Kremlin separatists who have seized control of government buildings and taken over parts of Ukraine's southeast, destabilising the country. Washington and Kiev have accused Russia of supporting the militants who have occupied buildings such as police stations and …

  • Atletico faces Elche in 1st of 5 'finals' Associated Press
    Atletico faces Elche in 1st of 5 'finals'

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has called their remaining Spanish league games five "finals," the first of them against Elche on Friday before receiving Chelsea in the Champions League. …

  • Ukraine: Live Report AFP News
    Ukraine: Live Report

    The four parties agree to "restore security for all citizens", including a call to disband armed groups that have taken over buildings in Ukraine "illegally". While not spelt out in the agreement, these groups could refer to pro-Kremlin separatists who have seized control of government buildings and taken over parts of Ukraine's southeast, destabilising the country. Washington and Kiev have accused Russia of supporting the militants who have occupied buildings such as police stations and …

  • Russia, West reach surprise deal on Ukraine crisis AFP News
    Russia, West reach surprise deal on Ukraine crisis

    Russia, Ukraine, the US and EU reached a surprise deal Thursday on de-escalating the worsening Ukrainian crisis, in a ray of hope for the former Soviet republic that has plunged into chaos. The agreement reached in Geneva comes as a strong contrast to earlier hawkish comments made by Russian leader Vladimir Putin, who left the door open for intervention in Ukraine. A ban by Kiev on all Russian males aged 16 to 60 from entering Ukrainian territory had also ratcheted up the tensions, with Russian …

  • India goes to polls in biggest voting day AFP News
    India goes to polls in biggest voting day

    India hosted its biggest day of voting on Thursday with the ruling Congress party battling to stem a further slide in the polls against the opposition Hindu nationalists after another week of damaging headlines. "It's a very important election, as it will decide the country’s future, the idea of India and its philosophy," billionaire first-time candidate Nandan Nilekani told AFP in IT hub Bangalore. Congress, in power for two terms since 2004, is widely expected to lose to the resurgent …

  • 'X-Men' director Bryan Singer accused of drugging, raping teen
    'X-Men' director Bryan Singer accused of drugging, raping teen

    By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A director of the popular "X-Men" films, Bryan Singer, has been accused of drugging and raping a teenage boy in California and Hawaii in the late 1990s, according to a lawsuit filed in U.S. court. The lawsuit filed on Wednesday, just weeks before the release of Singer's upcoming "X-Men: Days of Future Past," alleges the 48-year-old used his influence as a Hollywood insider as well as a range of drugs and alcohol to force anal and oral sex on the boy. …

  • Hot cars at this year's New York auto show Associated Press
    Hot cars at this year's New York auto show

    NEW YORK (AP) — With more than 1 million visitors annually, the New York International Auto Show is one of the most important shows for the U.S. auto industry. Here are some of the vehicles debuting this year. The show opens to the public Friday. …

  • Judge won't order recalled GM cars to be parked Associated Press
    Judge won't order recalled GM cars to be parked

    DETROIT (AP) — A Texas federal judge has denied an emergency motion that would have forced General Motors to tell owners of more than 2 million recalled cars to stop driving them until the ignition switches are replaced. …

  • India's Wipro reports quarterly profit up 41% AFP News
    India's Wipro reports quarterly profit up 41%

    Wipro, one of India's biggest outsourcing exporters by sales, reported Thursday quarterly net profit jumped 41 percent as clients increased spending on the back of a pick-up in the global economy. For the financial fourth quarter ended March 31, Wipro's net profit totalled 22.3 billion rupees ($371 million) on revenues that climbed 22 percent to 117.04 billion rupees. Billionaire Wipro chairman Azim Premji, India's richest tech tycoon, said the technology services company's quarterly profit …

  • Regulator reasserts goal to restrict AT&T, Verizon in auction Reuters
    Regulator reasserts goal to restrict AT&T, Verizon in auction

    By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. telecommunications regulator in a letter to a lawmaker on Thursday reasserted his commitment to help smaller national wireless carriers get access to valuable lower-frequency airwaves in the upcoming spectrum auction. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler reaffirmed his plans to restrict how much spectrum the biggest U.S. carriers, Verizon Communications Inc and AT&T Inc, could buy in the auction scheduled for mid-2015. …

  • 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. …

  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet AFP News
    Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet

    Finnish telecom company Nokia on Thursday recalled 30,000 chargers for its Lumia 2520 tablet due to risk it could give customers an electric shock. The Lumia 2520 is the first tablet by Nokia, once the world leader in the mobile phone industry but which lost its top place to South Korea's Samsung in 2012. "If loose and separated, certain internal components pose a hazard of an electric shock if touched while the plug remains in a live socket." The Finnish company said the problem was detected …

  • Zynga seeks new harvest with mobile FarmVille game AFP News
    Zynga seeks new harvest with mobile FarmVille game

    Social games pioneer Zynga on Thursday released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players. The San Francisco-based game maker set on its heels by a shift away from desktop computers is out to regain momentum with the mobile-format "Farmville 2: Country Escape" for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. "Just as the original 'FarmVille' created a global phenomena when it launched, we expect the same from 'Country Escape,'" …

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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 »