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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 …

  • Top Asian News at 10:30 a.m. GMT Associated Press

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — Investigations into South Korea's ferry disaster focused on the sharp turn it took just before it started listing and on the possibility that a quicker evacuation order by the captain could have saved lives, officials said Friday, as rescuers scrambled to find some 270 people still missing and feared dead. Tragedy struck in another way Friday when a high school vice principal who had been rescued from the ferry was found hanging from a pine tree on Jindo, an island …

  • Malaysian Muslims protest against Obama visit AFP News
    Malaysian Muslims protest against Obama visit

    About 100 Malaysian Muslim activists protested Friday outside the US embassy against the coming visit by President Barack Obama, denouncing him as an enemy of Islam. The demonstration underscored the delicate nature of Obama's trip to Muslim-majority Malaysia, which will make him the first siting US president to visit in nearly half a century, a period marked by mutual distrust. The protesters marched to the embassy in Kuala Lumpur from a nearby mosque after Friday afternoon prayers, shouting …

  • Pro-Russian militants in Ukraine defiant despite deal
    Pro-Russian militants in Ukraine defiant despite deal

    Pro-Russian rebels kept their grip on seized government buildings in Ukraine on Friday, a day after Kiev struck a deal with Russia and the West aimed at easing the crisis in the ex-Soviet republic. But the pro-Kremlin gunmen who have overrun nearly a dozen towns and cities across Ukraine's Russian-speaking southeast showed little sign of leaving. Six armoured personnel carriers captured by the gunmen from the Ukrainian army on Wednesday during a failed operation to oust the militants remained …

  • Doomed ferry's sharp turn, slow evacuation probed Associated Press
    Doomed ferry's sharp turn, slow evacuation probed

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — Investigations into South Korea's ferry disaster focused on the sharp turn it took just before it started listing and on the possibility that a quicker evacuation order by the captain could have saved lives, officials said Friday, as rescuers scrambled to find some 270 people still missing and feared dead. …

  • Views differ of imam accused in terror case Associated Press
    Views differ of imam accused in terror case

    NEW YORK (AP) — An Egyptian imam who led a London mosque more than a dozen years ago was portrayed in opening statements at his terrorism trial as an enthusiastic supporter of al-Qaida by a prosecutor and as a reasonable man who helped authorities in England keep people calm by his defense attorney. …

  • Al-Qaida splinter group lashes out over Syria Associated Press
    Al-Qaida splinter group lashes out over Syria

    CAIRO (AP) — The spokesman of an al-Qaida breakaway group has slammed the terror network's chief, blaming him for the widening rift between rival Islamic rebels who are battling each other in Syria. …

  • Ukrainian militia rejects calls to leave buildings Associated Press
    Ukrainian militia rejects calls to leave buildings

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine's east who have been occupying government buildings in more than 10 cities said Friday they will only leave them if the interim government in Kiev resigns. …

  • Corrected - Obama looks to salvage Asia 'pivot' as allies fret about China
    Corrected - Obama looks to salvage Asia 'pivot' as allies fret about China

    By Matt Spetalnick and Manuel Mogato WASHINGTON/MANILA (Reuters) - (Corrects last para -- Chuck Hagel is U.S. Defense Secretary) When a Philippine government ship evaded a Chinese blockade in disputed waters of the South China Sea last month, a U.S. Navy plane swooped in to witness the dramatic encounter. The flyover was a vivid illustration of the expanding significance of one of Asia's most strategic regions and underscored a message that senior U.S. officials say President Barack Obama …

  • Brewers seek to rekindle Belgium's love of beer Associated Press
    Brewers seek to rekindle Belgium's love of beer

    DWORP, Belgium (AP) — The ruby lettering on the front of the old corner pub "In de Welkom" has peeled almost beyond recognition. Owner Leza Wauters, a tough 87-year-old, is holding on to her business but can't say how much longer. Sooner or later, yet another bar with a warm "Welcome" will be gone. …

  • Nobel winner Garcia Marquez, master of magical realism, dies at 87 Reuters
    Nobel winner Garcia Marquez, master of magical realism, dies at 87

    By Anahi Rama MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian author whose beguiling stories of love and longing brought Latin America to life for millions of readers and put magical realism on the literary map, died on Thursday. A prolific writer who started out as a newspaper reporter, Garcia Marquez's masterpiece was "One Hundred Years of Solitude," a dream-like, dynastic epic that helped him win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. Garcia Marquez died at his home in …

  • Asian shares mostly up in quiet trade AFP News
    Asian shares mostly up in quiet trade

    Asian markets mostly rose while the dollar edged up in holiday-narrowed trade on Friday following a mixed lead from Wall Street and news of a deal between Russia and the West to ease Ukraine tensions. …

  • Tech workers seek to use Steve Jobs evidence in upcoming trial on no-hire accords Reuters
    Tech workers seek to use Steve Jobs evidence in upcoming trial on no-hire accords

    By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Four large technology companies should not be allowed to limit evidence about Apple Inc co-founder Steve Jobs at an upcoming trial over no-hire agreements in Silicon Valley, according to a court document filed late on Thursday by employees suing the firms. Tech workers brought a class action lawsuit against Apple, Google Inc, Intel Inc and Adobe Systems Inc in 2011, alleging they conspired to avoid competing for each other's employees in order to avert …

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  • Chronicling the komedya in Antique

    Chronicling the komedya in Antique

    By Alex C. Delos Santos, VERA Files The first time Cecile Locsin-Nava, a scholar on cultural studies in Western Visayas, came to Antique around ten years ago was to gather data for a research on the korido, or Philippine narrative … Continue reading → More »

  • 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 »