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  • Philippines' oldest artworks in danger of disappearing
    Philippines' oldest artworks in danger of disappearing

    The 127 engravings of people, animals and geometric shapes are the Southeast Asian nation's oldest known artworks, but encroaching urbanisation, vandals and the ravages of nature are growing threats. The artworks have been declared a national treasure, regarded as the best proof that relatively sophisticated societies existed in the Philippines in the Stone Age. "They show that in ancient times, the Philippines did have a complex culture. Museum scientists believe the carvings date back to …

  • Hong Kong, Philippines end emotional hostage row AFP News
    Hong Kong, Philippines end emotional hostage row

    Hong Kong and the Philippines announced Wednesday they had resolved an enduring and deeply emotional row over a deadly hostage crisis, allowing soured diplomatic relations to return to normal. The breakthrough came after a deal was struck on the most sensitive issues of compensation to the victims of the tragedy, which saw eight tourists from Hong Kong killed following a bus hijacking in Manila in 2010, as well as an apology. "The resolution of the incident enables the normalisation of the …

  • Philippines arrests extremist in Malaysia resort kidnapping AFP News
    Philippines arrests extremist in Malaysia resort kidnapping

    Philippine forces on Wednesday arrested a Muslim extremist believed to have taken part in the kidnapping of 21 people from a Malaysian resort in 2000, a senior commander said. Such cross-border kidnappings have become more common recently with militants from the lawless southern Philippines travelling to nearby Malaysia, where there are many dive resorts popular with foreign tourists. Nabil Talahi Idjiran, a member of the Abu Sayyaf group who took part in one such raid on Malaysia's Sipadan …

  • Obama arrives in Japan for tension-filled Asia trip AFP News
    Obama arrives in Japan for tension-filled Asia trip

    US President Barack Obama dined on sushi Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he described as the best in his life on Wednesday, a fitting start to an Asian tour dedicated to "rebalancing" US foreign policy toward Asia. Obama's arrival in Tokyo came as regional tensions boil over maritime territorial disputes and fears that North Korea could soon carry out a new nuclear test. The pair began the president's visit at Tokyo's three Michelin starred Sukiyabashi Jiro sushi restaurant, where …

  • Obama offering Japan security, economic assurances Associated Press
    Obama offering Japan security, economic assurances

    TOKYO (AP) — Facing fresh questions about his commitment to Asia, President Barack Obama will seek to convince Japan's leaders Thursday that he can deliver on his security and economic pledges, even as the crisis in Ukraine demands U.S. attention and resources elsewhere. …

  • Scientists watch enormous Antarctic iceberg drift Associated Press
    Scientists watch enormous Antarctic iceberg drift

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists are watching an iceberg bigger than the island of Guam as it slowly moves away from an Antarctic glacier. …

  • For Wrigley, it's party of a century Associated Press
    For Wrigley, it's party of a century

    CHICAGO (AP) — For Wrigley Field, it really was the party of a century. …

  • Camilla's brother dies in US after head injury Associated Press
    Camilla's brother dies in US after head injury

    LONDON (AP) — The brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has died after sustaining a serious head injury following a fall in New York, British royal officials said Wednesday. …

  • Oldest living ex-MLB player dies in Cuba at 102 Associated Press
    Oldest living ex-MLB player dies in Cuba at 102

    HAVANA (AP) — Conrado Marrero, the diminutive Cuban right-hander who pitched for the Washington Senators in the 1950s and in 2011 became the oldest living former Major League Baseball player, has died, his grandson said. He was 102, just two days short of his 103rd birthday. …

  • Amazon snares classic shows in deal with HBO
    Amazon snares classic shows in deal with HBO

    NEW YORK (AP) — Fans of classic HBO shows like "The Sopranos" and "The Wire" will soon have access to those series and more through Amazon Prime in the first online streaming deal signed by the cable network. …

  • Pakistan raises $1.1 billion with 3G, 4G licence auction AFP News
    Pakistan raises $1.1 billion with 3G, 4G licence auction

    Pakistan on Wednesday raised more than $1.1 billion in its long-delayed auction of next-generation telecommunications licences, snapped up by the country's four existing mobile network providers. The government sold off four licences to provide 3G services, which allow broadband-speed internet on mobile phones, and one for superfast 4G connections. The total is close to the $1.2 billion estimated for the sale in the federal budget for 2013-14 but below a bullish prediction of $2 billion made by …

  • NYPD Twitter campaign backfires, thousands of negative tweets Reuters
    NYPD Twitter campaign backfires, thousands of negative tweets

    By Chris Francescani NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York Police Department campaign to burnish its image via social media instead produced a flood of pictures of apparent police brutality and tweets critical of the force being shared at a rate of thousands an hour. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said on Wednesday he would continue and expand the NYPD Twitter campaign a day after it backfired, triggering an outpouring of negative images including police violence at New York's Occupy Wall Street …

  • MTV Video Music Awards to return to Los Angeles Reuters
    MTV Video Music Awards to return to Los Angeles

    The annual MTV Video Music Awards, one of the music industry's top televised showcases, will return to Los Angeles this summer from New York City, the U.S. cable channel said on Wednesday. The show, popular among MTV's young viewers prized by advertisers, will take place on August 24, the day before TV's Emmy Awards, at the Forum in Inglewood, California, about eight miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles. The Video Music Awards, which hand out "Moonman" statuettes of an astronaut planting …

  • Amazon's eroding tax advantage, bid to sustain growth in focus in first quarter Reuters
    Amazon's eroding tax advantage, bid to sustain growth in focus in first quarter

    By Deepa Seetharaman SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's quarterly results on Thursday may heighten worries that its edge over online and even traditional brick-and-mortar rivals is narrowing as it charges sales tax in more states, curtailing growth in its core business. Amazon, which has expanded aggressively into mobile devices and computing services to try to sustain its pace of growth, may lose customers to a growing crop of retail startups and major chains that had been slow to …

  • Are you a mobile addict? AFP Relax
    Are you a mobile addict?

    But what is a mobile addict? According to Flurry Analytics, it's someone who launches and uses smartphone or tablet apps at least six times more than the global average which, according to its data drawn from 500,000 apps installed on 1.3 billion devices, currently stands at 10 times a day. Only 12 months ago, 79 million people fell into the same addict category meaning that there has been a 123 percent jump in addiction since 2013 and those on the edge -- i.e., using apps between 16 and 60 …

  • Amazon Prime wins deal with HBO AFP News
    Amazon Prime wins deal with HBO

    Amazon scored a deal Wednesday to distribute old shows from premium cable TV channel HBO to its monthly Prime subscribers, landing a blow on rival Netflix in the streaming video battle. Amazon said the multi-year deal would allow it to stream top HBO shows from past years like "The Sopranos", "The Wire" and others to Prime Instant Video service customers, who pay a monthly fee for unlimited viewing. Until now HBO had distributed its shows via streaming to customers of its own HBO GO service. …

  • Uber now in 100 cities worldwide as limo service rolls into Beijing Tech in Asia
    Uber now in 100 cities worldwide as limo service rolls into Beijing

    Eight months after first launching in the Chinese city of Shanghai, Uber has now rolled into Beijing. …

  • Amazon woos merchants in India, helps deliver items faster to shoppers Tech in Asia
    Amazon woos merchants in India, helps deliver items faster to shoppers

    In a bid to reach out to more online merchants in India, Amazon India today announced two initiatives that will help make life easier for its third-party sellers. …

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  • Docu exposes destruction of PH marine resources

    Docu exposes destruction of PH marine resources

    By Kiersnerr Gerwin B. Tacadena, VERA Files “Gutom (hunger),” Sen. Loren Legarda said is what’s in store for the Filipino people if destruction of the country's marine resources is not stopped. Legarda, chair of the Senate committee on Environment and Natural … Continue reading → More »

  • ‘Yolanda’ fiberglass boats modern-day Noah’s ark

    ‘Yolanda’ fiberglass boats modern-day Noah’s ark

    By Jane Dasal, VERA Files If you want to save the earth, build a boat. That's what a group of environmentalists is saying, especially if you want to save both the forests and fishermen affected by supertyphoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan). “Haiyan … Continue reading → More »

  • Environmental groups oppose proposed coal-fired power plants

    Environmental groups oppose proposed coal-fired power plants

    By Patricia Isabel Gloria, VERA Files GROUPS opposed to the building of 25 coal-fired power plants within the next six years gathered outside the gates of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Tuesday, International Earth Day, as … Continue reading → More »

  • Green is in

    Text by Kimmy Baraoidan, VERA Files Photos by Chris Quintana and Kimmy Baraoidan Los Baños, Laguna—Inside a wet market in Los Baños, a stack of paper bags hangs by a fruit stand. Many towns now ban the use of plastics … Continue reading → More »

  • Binondo: Beyond hopia and dragon dance

    Binondo: Beyond hopia and dragon dance

    By Yolanda L. Punsalan, VERA Files There are sections of Binondo that are not in the itinerary of bloggers, and food and culture trippers. For the generally young crowd who want to experience the sights, smells and flavors of Binondo, … Continue reading → More »

  • Rising number of trafficked fishermen alarms Tawi-Tawi authorities

    Rising number of trafficked fishermen alarms Tawi-Tawi authorities

    By Jake Soriano, VERA Files Bongao, Tawi-Tawi—Tawi-Tawi authorities are alarmed at the growing number of fishermen from the Visayas who end up here after being recruited by human trafficking syndicates to engage in dangerous compressor diving. The latest case involves … Continue reading → More »

  • The return of Gigi Reyes

    The return of Gigi Reyes

    By Ellen T.Tordesillas This is going to be fascinating. Atty. Gigi Reyes, former chief of staff of Sen. Juan Ponce-Enrile who is included among those accused of plunder in connection with the misuse of Priority Development Assistance Fund, came back … Continue reading → More »