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  • Philippines' Aquino promises police commandos extra resources after botched raid
    Philippines' Aquino promises police commandos extra resources after botched raid

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino promised police commandos better extra resources on Wednesday, weeks after 44 commandos were killed in a clash with Muslim rebels, but declined to answer questions about the botched raid, a senior officer said. On Jan. 25, police commandos sneaked into a southern rebel area to "neutralise" Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, an al Qaeda-linked bomb maker with a $5 million U.S. bounty on his head. The mission went disastrously wrong for the government when …

  • US billionaire says WWII Japanese ship found in Philippines AFP News
    US billionaire says WWII Japanese ship found in Philippines

    Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen said Wednesday he had found one of Japan's biggest and most famous battleships on a Philippine seabed, some 70 years after American forces sank it during World War II. Excited historians likened the discovery, if verified, to finding the Titanic, as they hailed the American billionaire for his high-tech mission that apparently succeeded after so many failed search attempts by others. Allen posted photos and video online of parts of what he said was the …

  • Volkswagen Philippines introduces the Polo Hatchback Power Wheels
    Volkswagen Philippines introduces the Polo Hatchback

    Automobile Central Enterprise, Inc. (ACEI) the official distributor of Volkswagen here in the Philippines just recently gave the us in the media a preview of the Volkswagen Polo hatchback which also marks the entry of VW in the subcompact hatchback segment.  Unmistakeably VW, it comes with 15” alloy wheels, chrome accents on the front grille, range adjustable halogen headlamps and front & rear fog lamps. ... …

  • Top Asian News at 2:30 p.m. GMT Associated Press

    NEW DELHI (AP) — When a condemned killer said the woman he and others brutally gang-raped on a New Delhi bus was responsible for what had happened to her, his comments were shocking in their callousness and lack of remorse. But the underlying view has wide acceptance in India. Blaming women for rape is what hundreds of millions of men here are taught to believe. …

  • Microsoft co-founder says he found sunken Japan WWII warship Associated Press
    Microsoft co-founder says he found sunken Japan WWII warship

    TOKYO (AP) — Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen and his research team have found the wreckage of a massive Japanese World War II battleship off the Philippines near where it sank more than 70 years ago, he said Wednesday. …

  • France gets rap on knuckles over smacking children
    France gets rap on knuckles over smacking children

    A top rights body said Wednesday that France was in violation of a European treaty because it did not fully ban the smacking of children, reigniting debate over the divisive issue. The Strasbourg-based Council of Europe said France's laws on corporal punishment for children were not "sufficiently clear, binding and precise". France bans violence against children but does allow parents the "right to discipline" them. French law does forbid corporal punishment in schools or disciplinary …

  • Trial begins for suspect in 2013 Boston marathon bombings AFP News
    Trial begins for suspect in 2013 Boston marathon bombings

    An American Muslim accused of carrying out the 2013 Boston marathon bombings that killed three and injured 264 others went on trial Wednesday. …

  • Kerry pushes back on Israeli criticism of Iran nuke talks Associated Press
    Kerry pushes back on Israeli criticism of Iran nuke talks

    MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is pushing back against the Israeli prime minister's assertion that a developing nuclear deal with Iran should be scrapped. …

  • WHO declares war on hidden sugars in fight against obesity AFP News
    WHO declares war on hidden sugars in fight against obesity

    The World Health Organization on Wednesday urged a dramatic drop in the consumption of sugar, "hidden" in everything from sodas and ketchup, as it steps up the fight against obesity. The UN health agency had previously issued guidelines that sugars should make up less than 10 percent of a person's total daily energy intake, but in a new twist urged countries to strive for half that. Health-hazardous free sugars, in the form of table sugar, fructose or glucose for instance, are added to foods …

  • People must cut sugar intake to fight obesity, tooth decay - WHO Reuters
    People must cut sugar intake to fight obesity, tooth decay - WHO

    Adults and children must cut amount of sugar they consume every day in fizzy drinks and sweet foods to lower their risk of obesity and tooth decay, the World Health Organization said. People should reduce the amount to less than 10 percent of their daily energy intake -- about 50 grams or 12 teaspoons of sugar for adults which is about half the current rate in North and South America, experts at the U.N. body told Reuters. "We have solid evidence that keeping intake of free sugars to less …

  • People must cut sugar intake to fight obesity, tooth decay - WHO
    People must cut sugar intake to fight obesity, tooth decay - WHO

    Adults and children must cut amount of sugar they consume every day in fizzy drinks and sweet foods to lower their risk of obesity and tooth decay, the World Health Organization said. People should reduce the amount to less than 10 percent of their daily energy intake -- about 50 grams or 12 teaspoons of sugar for adults which is about half the current rate in North and South America, experts at the U.N. body told Reuters. "We have solid evidence that keeping intake of free sugars to less …

  • Insight - From eastern flank, Iran-backed force advances on Tikrit Reuters
    Insight - From eastern flank, Iran-backed force advances on Tikrit

    By Thaier al-Sudani UDHAIM DAM, Iraq (Reuters) - Wearing military fatigues and a white turban, the Shi'ite cleric gave an eve-of-battle address to Iran-backed fighters preparing to attack Islamic State militants in Tikrit, praising them for defending their faith and urging them to fight honourably. Seated in front of him in rows, crossed-legged in the grass, were dozens of armed men from Iraq's largest Shi'ite militia, the Badr Organisation, the main element of a force now advancing on …

  • Merkel seeks to dampen talk of 3rd Greek bailout Associated Press
    Merkel seeks to dampen talk of 3rd Greek bailout

    BRUSSELS (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the president of the European Union's executive branch are cautioning against speculation that Greece will need a third financial bailout. …

  • Dozens of miners missing, feared dead after blast in east Ukraine Reuters
    Dozens of miners missing, feared dead after blast in east Ukraine

    By Maria Tsvetkova DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Dozens of miners were trapped underground and feared dead after a blast on Wednesday at a coal mine in the eastern Ukrainian rebel stronghold of Donetsk. Mine officials said the explosion was most likely caused by gas and not linked to fighting at the nearby frontline in the war between Moscow-backed rebels and Ukraine government forces. Nevertheless, Kiev suggested the war had made the disaster worse, accusing the separatists of holding up a …

  • Kerry says significant gaps remain in Iran talks Reuters
    Kerry says significant gaps remain in Iran talks

    GENEVA (Reuters) - Significant gaps and important choices remain in talks on Iran's nuclear programme, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday, after completing a round of talks over three days with Iranian Foreign Secretary Mohammad Javad Zarif. Kerry said he would not be distracted from the talks by external factors or politics and any deal would include intrusive access and verification measures and increase the “breakout” time needed for Iran to build a nuclear weapon. …

  • Online child abuse moving to Skype, Bitcoin: Europol
    Online child abuse moving to Skype, Bitcoin: Europol

    Hi-tech criminals are increasingly selling live streams of child sex over legitimate chat sites and apps such as Skype for hard-to-trace virtual currencies like Bitcoin, Europe's policing agency warned on Tuesday. "Criminals that sexually exploit children online are becoming more entrepreneurial with technological developments and are profiting financially," Europol said in a special report on commercial sexual exploitation of children online. Compiled by Europol's EC3 cybercrime centre, …

  • Indie game makers shaking up world of play AFP News
    Indie game makers shaking up world of play

    Independent studios are boldly taking on blockbusters in a gaming world being transformed by smartphones, tablets, and online access to play. Thousands of game makers, many from studios made up of just a handful of people if not a one-person shop, are at a Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this week to share insights in a ceaseless quest to get better at their craft. "This is the largest family reunion of game developers in the year," International Game Developers Association chief …

  • Italy adopts plans to shift into Internet fast lane AFP News
    Italy adopts plans to shift into Internet fast lane

    Italy's government adopted a six-billion-euro plan Tuesday to modernise its Internet network and improve access to broadband in hopes of shedding its reputation as one of Europe's online laggards. The plan that the government's economic development minister labelled a "digital revolution" aims to boost broadband access by 2020 in compliance with European Union objectives. A report published last year by the US consultancy Akamai found that Italy came 48th among countries in Europe, the Middle …

  • Newly found online security flaw stems from 1990s AFP News
    Newly found online security flaw stems from 1990s

    A newly discovered Internet security flaw could leave many websites vulnerable to hackers because of weak US encryption standards in the 1990s, researchers said Tuesday. The flaw was discovered by a team led by Karthikeyan Bhargavan at INRIA in Paris -- the French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation -- and disclosure coordinated by Matthew Green, a cryptographer at Johns Hopkins University. A research paper said the flaw comes from "a class of deliberately weak export …

  • Ubisoft game aims to be what the doctor ordered AFP News
    Ubisoft game aims to be what the doctor ordered

    Ubisoft on Tuesday unveiled a tablet video game crafted as a prescription for a medical condition known as "lazy eye," blending the worlds of play and health care. The France-based video game titan created "Dig Rush" in collaboration with US health technology startup Amblyotech, using treatment technology patented by innovators at McGill University in Canada. "This is a good demonstration of the positive impact that video game technology can have on our society," said Ubisoft senior producer …

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  • ‘When I’m onstage, I belong to you’ - Nelly Miricioiu

    ‘When I’m onstage, I belong to you’ - Nelly Miricioiu

    Soprano Nelly Miricioiu, whose roots are in Romania, has been called many things, including “a traitor to her country” when she defected to Western Europe. She experienced being snubbed and ignored by her countrymen despite the accolades heaped on her when she conquered Covent Garden in the United Kingdom, La Scala in Italy, the Metropolitan Opera in New York. More »

  • Story of Marcos-era mosquito press relevant as ever

    Story of Marcos-era mosquito press relevant as ever

    It’s not even past,” wrote the great William Faulkner, a Nobel laureate for literature. The past is clearly never dead in the new documentary Portraits of Mosquito Press by JL Burgos about the assault on press freedom, and human rights during the  rule of Ferdinand Marcos especially during the Martial Law years. Burgos brings together family members, as well as journalists, to pose for the camera for their photos to be taken. Along the way, they share stories about We Forum and Ang Pahayagang Malaya, alternative media outfits which became known as part of the mosquito press, both published by Jose Burgos, Jr., the filmmaker’s father. More »

  • Learning about Down Syndrome from Celina

    Learning about Down Syndrome from Celina

    In their class, Sakiwat is among the oldest and the only one with Down Syndrome. In a country where one in 800 children is born with the genetic condition every year, the awareness of the disability remains low. For Sakiwat’s parents, it took years before they knew what their daughter had, and many more years before they could send her to a proper special education school. February is National Down Syndrome Consciousness Month, a time to raise awareness about the condition and promote rights of people with the disability to special care, education and services that will allow them to live decent and productive lives. More »

  • Grief lingers a month after the Mamasapano tragedy

    Grief lingers a month after the Mamasapano tragedy

    The old woman sat gravely in a corner of an unfinished classroom in Mamasapano town as an officer from the regional government explained that her group will be receiving complimentary health insurance. The woman’s son Rasul Kamsa had been one of 18 Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters killed when police commandos launched a raid to arrest Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias  Marwan last Jan. 25. More »

  • Mamasapano tragedy will be a factor in  2016 elections

    Mamasapano tragedy will be a factor in  2016 elections

    Don’t expect the truth about the Jan. 25 Mamasapano tragedy to come from President Aquino. He had one whole month to tell the Filipino people about his role in the debacle that claimed the lives of 44 members of the Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police, 18 members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and six civilians including an eight-year old girl who was hit in the crossfire. Jan. 30 necrological service at Camp Bagong Diwa, and Feb. 6 to announce his acceptance of the resignation of suspended Police Chief Alan Purisima. More »

  • PNP to Aquino: Provide answers and accountability

    The Philippine National Police’s Board of Inquiry is considering the possibility President Benigno Aquino III may have been on top of, or fully aware of, the Jan. 25 Mamasapano operation in Maguindanao that resulted in the death of 44 troopers of the PNP’s Special Action Force. The BOI, now almost done with its probe, is looking into how deep the president’s involvement was in the operation to hunt down terrorists Zulkilfi Bin Hir and Basit Usman, considering that 2014 was a banner year in the government’s campaign to arrest high-profile fugitives, with the president himself announcing the operations and subsequent arrests. Among the fugitives arrested last year were businessman Delfin Lee, the Communist Party of the Philippines leaders Benito and Wilma Tiamzon, and former general Jovito Palparan. The source said President Aquino could have spared himself and the country the political crisis it is in had he only taken quick responsibility for Mamasapano, which also left 18 members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and at least two civilians dead. More »

  • Spreading love, hope for kids with Down Syndrome

    Spreading love, hope for kids with Down Syndrome

    Children with Down Syndrome need support from family members, beginning with acceptance. Early morning Sunday, the Bangcailans, a family of five,rushed to reach the Freedom Park in Davao City to join for the first time this year’s Happy Walk. They did it for Shawnn Noel, their two-year-old son with Down Syndrome. A yearly event to highlight the National Down Syndrome Consciousness Month celebration, Happy Walk is devoted to promoting positive attitudes like love and hope, instead of disappointment, fear or anger for kids with the disability. More »