• Profiles of foreigners due to be executed in Indonesia
    Profiles of foreigners due to be executed in Indonesia

    Eight foreign drug convicts are set to be executed in Indonesia after losing all appeals for clemency. Here are brief profiles of the inmates, who include two from Australia, one each from Brazil and the Philippines, and four from Africa. Myuran Sukumaran A ringleader of the Bali Nine drugs smuggling syndicate, Sukumaran was born in London in 1981 and moved with his Sri Lankan family to Australia when he was a child. Enticed by the prospect of easy money, in 2005 he helped to organise a …

  • Pacquiao sees fist of God delivering win over Mayweather
    Pacquiao sees fist of God delivering win over Mayweather

    Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao is confident he can beat American arch-rival Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas on Saturday with the power of God, after abandoning a life he said was packed with sin condemning him to hell. Pacquiao is in top form both in mind and spirit after he traded his boozing, gambling and womanising ways for a devout life of prayer, his spiritual adviser, Jeric Soriano, told AFP in a recent Manila interview. Except the world got to him," Soriano said of Pacquiao's …

  • Indonesia says will not delay execution of Filipina convict
    Indonesia says will not delay execution of Filipina convict

    JAKARTA (Reuters) - The execution of a Filipina drug convict by an Indonesian firing squad will not be delayed despite last-minute appeals by the Philippine government, the attorney general said on Tuesday. Indonesian President Joko Widodo earlier met with a migrant workers' group to discuss the case of Mary Jane Veloso, who is one of nine people set to be executed within hours. (Reporting by Rosemarie Francisco in MANLIA and Gayatri Suroyo in JAKARTA; Editing by Clarence Fernandez) …

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    Cheapest motorcycles in the Philippines under PhP 40,000

    Are you hunting for an affordable motorcycle which you can use for personal use or a family service vehicle? Carmudi PH presents to you some of the cheapest motorcycles in the Philippines today. These budget friendly motorbikes will surely not hurt your pockets, and you may even buy them on the spot instead of monthly […] The post Cheapest motorcycles in the Philippines under PhP 40,000 appeared first on Carmudi Philippines. …

  • Indonesia to look into condemned Filipina's case: Philippines AFP News
    Indonesia to look into condemned Filipina's case: Philippines

    Indonesian President Joko Widodo is "sympathetic" about the plight of a Filipina facing death for drug trafficking and has promised to look into her case, a spokesman for Philippine President Benigno Aquino said Monday after he made a personal appeal. While the comments seemed to indicate a faint prospect of reprieve for Mary Jane Veloso, the Indonesian leader is seen as extremely unlikely to change course on the executions which he has insisted for months are essential to halting a national …

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  • Profiles of foreigners due to be executed in Indonesia AFP News
    Profiles of foreigners due to be executed in Indonesia

    Eight foreign drug convicts are set to be executed in Indonesia after losing all appeals for clemency. Here are brief profiles of the inmates, who include two from Australia, one each from Brazil and the Philippines, and four from Africa. Myuran Sukumaran A ringleader of the Bali Nine drugs smuggling syndicate, Sukumaran was born in London in 1981 and moved with his Sri Lankan family to Australia when he was a child. Enticed by the prospect of easy money, in 2005 he helped to organise a …

  • A friend in need: China, India turn on aid diplomacy in Nepal Reuters
    A friend in need: China, India turn on aid diplomacy in Nepal

    By Sanjeev Miglani and Ross Adkin DHADING, Nepal/KATHMANDU (Reuters) - At a 12-bed hospital deep in Nepal's Himalayan mountains, Indian Air Force helicopters bring in the casualties of a devastating earthquake that has killed more than 4,000: injured men, women and children plucked from hilltops and inaccessible valleys. In the capital Kathmandu, Chinese rescuers in red uniforms have been searching for survivors in the rubble. Nepal's government has struggled in the wake of the country's …

  • Houthis and tribesmen battle in central Yemen, at least 15 dead Reuters
    Houthis and tribesmen battle in central Yemen, at least 15 dead

    At least 15 people were killed in heavy fighting between Houthi fighters and tribesmen in the oil-producing Marib province in central Yemen, tribal and medical sources said on Tuesday, as Saudi-led air strikes against the Iran-allied militia continued. Yemeni Vice President Khaled Bahah on Monday had called on the Houthis to heed a U.N. Security Council demand for an end to fighting. The conflict has pushed Yemen into a humanitarian "catastrophe", according to the Red Cross. Talks with …

  • Burundi president won't 'back down' over protests: spokesman AFP News
    Burundi president won't 'back down' over protests: spokesman

    Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza will continue his bid for a third term in power, dismissing calls by protestors who have clashed with police for three days, a spokesman said Tuesday. …

  • Man arrested in Bosnia over links to gunman in police attack Associated Press
    Man arrested in Bosnia over links to gunman in police attack

    KUCIC KULA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnian police on Tuesday arrested a man with suspected links to a gunman who stormed into a police station in the country's Bosnian Serb region shouting "Allahu akbar," killing one policeman and wounding two others before he died in the shootout. …

  • Filmmaker among 4 Americans killed on Everest Associated Press
    Filmmaker among 4 Americans killed on Everest

    A documentary filmmaker from Colorado was among four Americans killed in a Mount Everest avalanche triggered by the earthquake that shook Nepal. …

  • Houthis and tribesmen battle in central Yemen, at least 15 dead
    Houthis and tribesmen battle in central Yemen, at least 15 dead

    At least 15 people were killed in heavy fighting between Houthi fighters and tribesmen in the oil-producing Marib province in central Yemen, tribal and medical sources said on Tuesday, as Saudi-led air strikes against the Iran-allied militia continued. Yemeni Vice President Khaled Bahah on Monday had called on the Houthis to heed a U.N. Security Council demand for an end to fighting. The conflict has pushed Yemen into a humanitarian "catastrophe", according to the Red Cross. Talks with …

  • A friend in need: China, India turn on aid diplomacy in Nepal Reuters
    A friend in need: China, India turn on aid diplomacy in Nepal

    By Sanjeev Miglani and Ross Adkin DHADING, Nepal/KATHMANDU (Reuters) - At a 12-bed hospital deep in Nepal's Himalayan mountains, Indian Air Force helicopters bring in the casualties of a devastating earthquake that has killed more than 4,000: injured men, women and children plucked from hilltops and inaccessible valleys. In the capital Kathmandu, Chinese rescuers in red uniforms have been searching for survivors in the rubble. Nepal's government has struggled in the wake of the country's …

  • Trade deal poses dilemma for Clinton in Democratic primary Associated Press
    Trade deal poses dilemma for Clinton in Democratic primary

    WASHINGTON (AP) — On a trip to Australia in 2012, Hillary Rodham Clinton lavished praise on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, calling it the "gold standard" in efforts to create open and fair trade. …

  • Obama, Abe putting joint face on trade amid opposition in US Associated Press
    Obama, Abe putting joint face on trade amid opposition in US

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Eager to build on the U.S.-Japan alliance, President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will work to strengthen economic ties while confronting stiff resistance from Obama's own political party to a massive new Pacific Rim trade deal. …

  • HK tycoon Li finalises purchase of UK train firm for $3.8 bn AFP News
    HK tycoon Li finalises purchase of UK train firm for $3.8 bn

    Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing's Cheung Kong Infrastructure announced Tuesday it had finalised the acquisition of Britain's Eversholt Rail Group for £2.5 billion ($3.8 billion), as the tycoon's business empire continued to expand offshore. The purchase of one of Britain's three main railway rolling stock companies follows an agreement last month which allowed Li to purchase British telecom giant O2 for $15.2 billion, a move that will expand his holdings in the international telecoms …

  • Adultery site Ashley Madison back in business in S.Korea
    Adultery site Ashley Madison back in business in S.Korea

    The global adultery hook-up site Ashley Madison on Tuesday dubbed further efforts to ban it from South Korea as "futile" as customers greeted its return to the country with enthusiasm. Ashley Madison is "no different than many other communication platforms and to ban us will be a futile attempt if the purpose is to ban infidelity", its vice president Paul Keable told journalists in Seoul. Citing a 1953 statute that criminalises adultery, The Korea Communications Standards Commission blocked …

  • Apple profit soars on iPhone, China sales AFP News
    Apple profit soars on iPhone, China sales

    Apple on Monday reported a sharp rise in its quarterly profit, lifted by robust sales of its iPhones and a jump in revenue from China. Revenue increased 27 percent from the same period a year ago to $58.01 billion, Apple said. A major contributor was the expansion of iPhone sales in China. Revenue for "greater China" leapt 71 percent to $16.8 billion in the quarter, allowing the region to overtake Europe as Apple's second-largest market. …

  • Facebook rolls out video calls on Messenger AFP Relax
    Facebook rolls out video calls on Messenger

    Facebook on Monday began rolling out video calling on its Messenger mobile application, enabling face-to-face conversations among users of the app around the world. With the new feature, users can add video to calls to another person with the same application. "You can quickly start a video call from any conversation with just one tap," Facebook said in a statement. Similar services are offered by Microsoft's Skype, Google Hangouts and Apple's FaceTime. …

  • Yahoo unveils new online video series AFP News
    Yahoo unveils new online video series

    US Internet giant Yahoo said it was expanding its online offerings, unveiling 18 new video series with which it hopes to attract a larger audience and advertisers. Of these, 14 will be featured in Yahoo's digital magazines, which focus on beauty, show business and finance. "I Am Naomi," starring model Naomi Campbell, and "Riding Shotgun with Michelle Rodriguez," which will feature actress Michelle Rodriguez driving cars, are among the new offerings. Chief executive Marissa Mayer is trying to …

  • Facebook collecting Nepal quake aid donations AFP News
    Facebook collecting Nepal quake aid donations

    Facebook was rolling out a donation button Monday for contributions to victims of the massive earthquake in Nepal, and offered to match up to $2 million. "People are coming together to support those affected by the earthquake that struck Nepal and impacted the populations of Nepal, India and Bangladesh," Facebook said in a blog post. Facebook said that as of Monday, users will see a message at the top of their News Feed with an option to donate to International Medical Corps, which has been …

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