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  • Suspected communist guerrillas kill Philippine mayor AFP News
    Suspected communist guerrillas kill Philippine mayor

    Suspected communist guerrillas disguised in paramilitary-style uniforms shot dead a Philippine mayor Monday as he presided over a flag-raising ceremony at a town hall, police said. About 20 men took part in the brazen attack, shooting dead Mayor Carlito Pentecostes in the northern town of Gonzaga and then overpowering officers at the scene, said regional police director Chief Superintendent Miguel Laurel. "It looks like the NPA. …

  • Philippines' oldest artworks in danger of disappearing AFP News
    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 …

  • EM ASIA FX-Yuan slide drags Asia FX down, rupiah hits 7-week low Reuters

    (Updates prices. For midday report, double-click ) SINGAPORE, April 23 (Reuters) - Most emerging Asian currencies fell on Wednesday as the Chinese yuan extended its recent decline to a 16-month low, while ... …

  • Top Asian News at 8:00 a.m. GMT Associated Press

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 150, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims. The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters of the 323 students are dead or missing, while nearly two-thirds of the other 153 people on board the ferry Sewol when …

  • Afghan election commission delays vote results
    Afghan election commission delays vote results

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's election commission has delayed a planned release of full results from the April 5 presidential election to allow for recounts and audits. …

  • Australia unmoved by UN critique of asylum seeker policy Reuters
    Australia unmoved by UN critique of asylum seeker policy

    By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's immigration minister dismissed on Wednesday United Nations' criticism of its asylum seeker policy, even as fresh evidence emerged of abuses at one of its detention centres in Papua New Guinea. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison hit back after the regional representative for U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said that Australia's policy of sending asylum seekers to third countries for lengthy detention might violate its treaty obligations. …

  • Captain who left doomed ferry had 40 years at sea Associated Press
    Captain who left doomed ferry had 40 years at sea

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — A colleague calls Capt. Lee Joon-seok the nicest person on the ship. Yet there he was, captured in video on the day his ferry sank with hundreds trapped inside, being treated onshore after allegedly landing on one of the first rescue boats. …

  • Bomb kills police general in Cairo AFP News
    Bomb kills police general in Cairo

    An Egyptian police brigadier general was killed Wednesday by a bomb placed under a police car in Cairo, security officials said. …

  • Cancellations on Everest amid talks to save climbing season AFP News
    Cancellations on Everest amid talks to save climbing season

    Another major mountaineering company has abandoned its Everest expedition after a deadly avalanche killed 16 Nepalese guides, as the government strove Wednesday to save the climbing season, a vital earner for the country. New Zealand-based Adventure Consultants lost three people in last Friday's avalanche which struck a party of sherpas preparing routes for commercial climbers up the world's highest peak. US-based Alpine Ascents International and the Discovery Channel, which intended to …

  • Australia unmoved by UN critique of asylum seeker policy
    Australia unmoved by UN critique of asylum seeker policy

    By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's immigration minister dismissed on Wednesday United Nations' criticism of its asylum seeker policy, even as fresh evidence emerged of abuses at one of its detention centres in Papua New Guinea. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison hit back after the regional representative for U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said that Australia's policy of sending asylum seekers to third countries for lengthy detention might violate its treaty obligations. …

  • Nepal moves to ease tension among Sherpas after Everest disaster Reuters
    Nepal moves to ease tension among Sherpas after Everest disaster

    By Gopal Sharma and John Chalmers KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's government decided on Wednesday to send a delegation of officials to the base camp of Mount Everest to cool anger among Sherpas over its response to last week's deadly ice avalanche in which at least 13 guides were killed. Two Western expedition organisers said tension was running high at the camp among the roughly 400 Sherpas there, with many demanding that all climbs to the 8,850-metre (29,035-foot) summit be abandoned for the …

  • Import tariffs strain rich-poor gap in "madly expensive" Luanda Reuters
    Import tariffs strain rich-poor gap in "madly expensive" Luanda

    By Shrikesh Laxmidas LUANDA (Reuters) - In Luanda's Jumbo supermarket, a half-litre tub of imported vanilla ice-cream used to cost $25, testament to the Angolan capital's rank as one of the world's most expensive cities. With new import tariffs imposed last month, that price has jumped to $31, enough to make even wealthy locals and expatriates pause and putting it even further beyond the reach of millions of poor Angolans struggling to feed their families. Luanda already ranks as the world's …

  • Huawei says reports of NSA spying won't impact growth Reuters
    Huawei says reports of NSA spying won't impact growth

    By Yimou Lee SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) - China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world's No.2 telecoms equipment maker, on Wednesday shrugged off analysts' concerns that its growth will suffer from media reports alleging the United States accessed servers at its Shenzhen headquarters. The New York Times and Der Spiegel last month cited documents leaked by former U.S. security contractor Edward Snowden as saying the National Security Agency (NSA) obtained sensitive data and monitored Huawei …

  • Soft Australia inflation takes pressure off rate rise AFP News
    Soft Australia inflation takes pressure off rate rise

    Australian inflation was weaker than expected in the first quarter of the year, data showed Wednesday, easing pressure on the central bank to hike interest rates as it supports the transition from a mining-driven boom. The consumer price index (CPI) rose 0.6 percent in January-March from the previous three months, when it climbed 0.8 percent, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) said. The Australian dollar slipped to as low as 93.15 US cents from 93.67 US cents Tuesday, with analysts …

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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 our marine resources is not stopped. Legarda, chair of the Senate committee on Environmetn 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 hang 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 »