• Image of Asia: Tearing down squatters' homes near Manila
    Image of Asia: Tearing down squatters' homes near Manila

    In this photo by Bullit Marquez, a demolition crew begins to tear down a squatters' community at suburban Caloocan city, north of Manila, Philippines. Population growth and the lack of economic opportunities in rural areas have driven millions of Filipinos into the squatters' colonies that dot the sprawling metropolitan area in and around Manila. Most of the land they occupy is privately owned, and clearing the dwellings often results in violence. The landowner had offered about $1,344 in …

  • SE Asia Stocks - Mostly down; Thai shares near 2-week low

    BANGKOK, May 26 (Reuters) - Most sharemarkets in Southeast Asia fell on Tuesday with the Thai index ending at a near two-week low and the Philippines touching a near four-week low after trade data while ... …

  • China breaks ground on lighthouse project in South China Sea

    China hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the building of two lighthouses in the disputed South China Sea, state media said on Tuesday, a move that is likely to escalate tensions in a region already jittery about Beijing's maritime ambitions. China's Ministry of Transport hosted the ceremony for the construction of two multi-functional lighthouses on Huayang Reef and Chigua Reef on the disputed Spratly islands, state news agency Xinhua said, defying calls from the United States and the …

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  • Philippines to fly over disputed South China Sea: Aquino
    Philippines to fly over disputed South China Sea: Aquino

    Philippine military and commercial aircraft will keep flying over disputed areas in the South China Sea despite Chinese warnings over the airspace, President Benigno Aquino said on Monday. "We will still fly the routes that we fly based on the international law from the various conventions we entered into," Aquino told reporters when asked whether the Philippines accepted China's position. The Chinese military last week ordered a US Navy P-8 Poseidon surveillance plane away from airspace …

  • Philippines seeks stronger commitment from U.S. in South China Sea dispute Reuters
    Philippines seeks stronger commitment from U.S. in South China Sea dispute

    The Philippines is seeking a "stronger commitment" from the United States to help its ally, the defence minister said on Monday, as China asserts its sovereignty over disputed areas of the South China Sea. China claims most of the South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year, and the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei have overlapping claims. China said on Monday it had lodged a complaint with the United States over a U.S. spy plane that flew …

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  • Top Asian News at 3:30 p.m. GMT Associated Press

    BUKIT WANG BURMA, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian forensics teams exhumed a body from a shallow grave Tuesday at an abandoned jungle camp used by human traffickers, the first of what police predicted would be more grim findings as they search through a cluster of illicit hideouts near the border with Thailand. Authorities say there are 139 suspected graves in the mountainous jungle where northern Malaysia meets southern Thailand, a remote area that trafficking syndicates used as a transit point to …

  • Top Asian News at 12:30 p.m. GMT Associated Press

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — An international gathering about the plight of Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya Muslims boasts a star-studded cast, with three Nobel Peace laureates among those calling on the world to wake up to the unfolding tragedy. But fellow winner and pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi will not be among them. She wasn't invited. …

  • Suriname elects strongman's party: partial results AFP News
    Suriname elects strongman's party: partial results

    Suriname has given President Desi Bouterse's party an absolute majority in parliament, according to partial election results Tuesday, consolidating the ex-dictator and convicted drug trafficker's grip on power. Voters gave Bouterse's National Democratic Party (NDP) 27 seats in the 51-member National Assembly, according to the partial results. If the results are upheld, Monday's polls will probably enable Bouterse to cast off his awkward alliance with one-time nemesis Ronnie Brunswijk, a …

  • Balkan leaders wary of Macedonia crisis fallout Associated Press
    Balkan leaders wary of Macedonia crisis fallout

    TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's president and other Balkan leaders expressed concern Tuesday that the ongoing crisis in Macedonia could be a setback for the region's efforts to add new members to the European Union. …

  • US stocks broadly lower; strong dollar hits oil and energy Associated Press
    US stocks broadly lower; strong dollar hits oil and energy

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks fell broadly Tuesday as investors fretted about Greece's debt crisis and soft demand for durable goods last month. A surge in the dollar pushed down energy prices, and, in turn, oil and gas stocks. …

  • Sen. Mitch McConnell working on memoir Associated Press
    Sen. Mitch McConnell working on memoir

    NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, is working on a memoir. …

  • Cable operator Charter to buy Time Warner Cable for $56 billion
    Cable operator Charter to buy Time Warner Cable for $56 billion

    Charter Communications Inc, controlled by cable industry pioneer John Malone, offered to buy Time Warner Cable Inc for $56 billion, seeking to combine the No. 3 and No. 2 U.S. cable operators to compete against market leader Comcast Corp. The partners, who said on Tuesday the deal would mean better access to broadband Internet for many consumers, immediately faced questions about likely regulatory obstacles that helped sink Comcast's earlier bid for Time Warner Cable. The Federal …

  • Amazon's Europe changes to boost tax bill, add secrecy Reuters
    Amazon's Europe changes to boost tax bill, add secrecy

    By Tom Bergin LONDON (Reuters) - Amazon’s decision to change its tax-efficient European business structure could raise its tax bill by as much as $100 million a year but authorities will have to fight for additional money and any payments will be hidden from public view. Amazon has become one of the highest profile targets of an international drive against tax avoidance that has gained pace in Europe in recent years. The company has historically paid little tax in Europe because its clients …

  • US stocks broadly lower; strong dollar hits oil and energy Associated Press
    US stocks broadly lower; strong dollar hits oil and energy

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks fell broadly Tuesday as investors fretted about Greece's debt crisis and soft demand for durable goods last month. A surge in the dollar pushed down energy prices, and, in turn, oil and gas stocks. …

  • Amtrak to install long-sought cameras in locomotives Associated Press
    Amtrak to install long-sought cameras in locomotives

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Amtrak said Tuesday it will install video cameras inside locomotive cabs to record the actions of train engineers, following a deadly derailment earlier this month in which investigators are searching for clues to the engineer's actions just before the crash. …

  • French bill seeks to boost renewable energy, cut nuclear use Associated Press
    French bill seeks to boost renewable energy, cut nuclear use

    PARIS (AP) — France's lower house of parliament has approved a bill aimed at boosting renewable energy and reducing the country's reliance on nuclear power, among other environment-friendly measures. …

  • Singapore Games to be streamed live on mobile apps, YouTube
    Singapore Games to be streamed live on mobile apps, YouTube

    The Southeast Asian (SEA) Games to be held in June in high-tech Singapore will be streamed live on dedicated mobile apps and YouTube, organisers said Monday. More than 600 hours of the 39-sport competition from June 5 to 16 will be streamed live on the "SEA Games TV" apps for Android and iOS mobile devices, the Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee said in a statement. 16 sports will also be streamed live on popular video sharing and streaming site YouTube, along with the opening and …

  • Microsoft is launching Cortana for Apple and Android AFP Relax
    Microsoft is launching Cortana for Apple and Android

    The Windows Phone personal assistant will soon be available to download on its biggest rivals' handsets. Just like Android's Google Now and Apple's Siri, Cortana is a digital personal assistant who can respond to voice commands and queries and help you keep on top of your appointments schedule. Users will also be able to sync Cortana on their handset with the personal assistant on their Windows PC. …

  • Microsoft’s music app updated for Windows 10 could be inspired by Spotify AFP Relax
    Microsoft’s music app updated for Windows 10 could be inspired by Spotify

    The preview for Microsoft's music app has been out for a long time, yet new evidence suggests Spotify users will feel more at home using the app than ever. The already-released preview showed little difference between the early and updated version, reports the Verge, who spotted an X-Box support page that includes a picture of the updated app, in which it appears to resemble Spotify. Instead of a white background, as they had originally previewed, the image of the app features a black …

  • Connected devices to shine at Monaco' MedPi 2015 AFP Relax
    Connected devices to shine at Monaco' MedPi 2015

    For the last 20 years, MedPi has been bringing together distributors and tastemakers of new technologies. Beginning today and running through May 29, the annual convention will be flooded by a wave of connected devices, from watches to home automation solutions and entertainment gadgets. MedPi is a meeting ground for vendors and buyers, a major event for launching innovative products related to photo, 3D printing, sports, video games, connected devices and home automation throughout France …

  • Mexico cab drivers snarl traffic in anti-Uber demo AFP News
    Mexico cab drivers snarl traffic in anti-Uber demo

    Thousands of Mexico City taxi drivers snarled traffic in the mega-capital on Monday in a protest demanding that the government ban US ride-sharing service Uber. In response, Uber fired back by offering free cab service "on a day so complicated to move" around the metropolis of 20 million people and four million vehicles. Taxi drivers on foot and many in their cars blocked the city's main arteries, painting windows with the words "Uber Out" and holding signs reading "Criminals with license …

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  • VERA Files: DFA misleading public in Sabah for Spratlys issue

    VERA Files: DFA misleading public in Sabah for Spratlys issue

    Note Verbale No. 15-1979 sent to Malaysia, the basis of VERA Files’ story, stated that it is reviewing the Aug. 4, 2009 protest (No. 000819) it filed with the United Nations.  The Philippines’ August 2009 protest, contained in two pages, singles out North Borneo or the old name of Sabah. Contrary to what DFA’s comment that putting out the story was a disservice to the country, VERA Files released the story in the interest of the public to help it fully understand the issues involved. More »

  • The Chusueys: Good argument for  family business

    The Chusueys: Good argument for  family business

    At the helm is the patriarch, Henry Chusuey. His wife Ana, twelve years his junior, is the company treasurer. Helping Henry and Ana (“Henann”) expand their empire are their two sons, Alfonso and Hendrick.   Alfonso, 29, is neither an architect nor engineer, but takes charge of construction in all properties while  Hendrick , 25, takes care of sales, marketing, advertising and PR. Henann own the imposing 1400- room Boracay Regency Hotel in the world-famous island. More »

  • PH offers Sabah to win Malaysia’s support for UN case vs China

    PH offers Sabah to win Malaysia’s support for UN case vs China

    The Philippines has offered to downgrade its claim on Sabah in exchange for Malaysia’s support for its case against China before the United Nations. The note verbale, a copy of which was obtained by VERA Files, referred to the May 6, 2009 joint submission by Malaysia and Vietnam to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) in which Malaysia claimed an extended continental shelf (350 nautical miles from baseline) that was clearly projected from Sabah. The Philippines has excellent relations with Malaysia. More »

  • Loom bands for a cause

    Loom bands for a cause

    For Melchora Grace Balacdao-Matias, looming bands began as an activity to merely overcome boredom in her new work environment in Kuwait. Little did Matias (Mitz to her friends) know that her loom bands would be of help to some 500 school children in the remote municipality of Bakun in Benguet Province. “My husband and I went to one of the shops in Kuwait and I saw these popular loom bands and I decided to try [doing] it, learning from Youtube how to do the designs,”Matias recalled. She was given the go-signal to make a solicitation letter for her loom bands project that made the rounds of the office. More »

  • What PNoy and Kris Aquino text each other

    What PNoy and Kris Aquino text each other

    OMG. I almost fell off my chair upon reading the text exchanges between President Aquino and his sister, Kris Aquino posted by journalist Cecil Morella in Facebook. More »

  • A novel approach against TB in Maguindanao

    A novel approach against TB in Maguindanao

    Free medicines and half a sack of rice have gone a long way in combatting deadly tuberculosis here. Alarmed at the high TB detection rates in Upi, the local government and the rural health center have resorted to rewarding cured patients, as well as those who take their medicines religiously. “Once mag-negative, i-certify ng medical technologist, maghingi na kay mayor ng half sack (Patients who have been certified cured of TB receive half a sack of rice from the mayor),” said doctor Carmelo Esberto, Upi’s municipal health officer. The reward system has been an effective strategy in persuading those with tuberculosis to take their medication, he added. More »

  • Dancing to a better life

    Dancing to a better life

    From bleak garbage dumps to glamor-filled  dance  floors, Wilbert Aunzo has come a long way. Aunzo was a scavenger and an out –of- school youth  who picked garbage to buy his daily meal of rice and salt .  When he was twelve, he joined a dance camp organized by Edward and Eleanor Hayco and literally danced his way out of poverty and his crime-ridden neighborhood. His dancing prowess qualified him as an athletic scholar, enabled him to graduate high school, become a nine-time national champion, a member of the elite Philippine national team and the grand winner of the World Youth championship in Australia. More »