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  • 5 dead, 15 injured in Philippine bus accident Associated Press
    5 dead, 15 injured in Philippine bus accident

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — At least five people including a 2-year-old boy were killed and 15 others were injured Wednesday when a passenger bus rammed a stalled truck along the highway in eastern Philippines' Camarines Sur province at the start of the Easter week exodus of vacationers to provinces, police said. …

  • A peek into Philippines culture: what foreign investors and startups need to know Tech in Asia
    A peek into Philippines culture: what foreign investors and startups need to know

    The “Culture” section in the World Startup Wiki aims to help foreign entrepreneurs, companies, and investors understand the market and see if the Philippines is an ideal business location for them. …

  • Top Asian News at 1:00 p.m. GMT Associated Press

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. At least four people were confirmed dead and 55 injured. The high number of people unaccounted for — likely trapped in the ship or floating in the ocean — raised fears that the death toll could rise drastically, …

  • Filipino positive for MERS virus home from UAE Associated Press

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Filipino health worker who tested positive for the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus has arrived home from the United Arab Emirates, Philippine officials said Wednesday. It's the first known case of the deadly virus in the country. …

  • Russian economy hit by Ukraine turmoil
    Russian economy hit by Ukraine turmoil

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's economy slowed sharply in the first three months of the year as uncertainty over the crisis in Ukraine spooked investors into pulling money out of the country, a government minister said Wednesday. …

  • Russian economy hit by Ukraine turmoil Associated Press
    Russian economy hit by Ukraine turmoil

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's economy slowed sharply in the first three months of the year as uncertainty over the crisis in Ukraine spooked investors into pulling money out of the country, a government minister said Wednesday. …

  • Rivals flex muscles on streets of east Ukraine AFP News
    Rivals flex muscles on streets of east Ukraine

    Armoured vehicles from the rival sides appeared on the streets of two neighbouring towns after Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that Kiev's decision to send in troops to put down a separatist uprising in its industrial heartland had dragged the country to the brink of civil war. NATO said it planned to deploy more forces in eastern Europe in the face of the crisis, while Germany warned of more bloodshed if the four-way talks in Geneva on Thursday fail. An AFP reporter in the flashpoint …

  • Ford to offer 50th anniversary Mustang Associated Press
    Ford to offer 50th anniversary Mustang

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ford is building a limited-edition Mustang GT to honor the pony car's 50th anniversary. …

  • Passenger train derails in northern India; 42 hurt Associated Press
    Passenger train derails in northern India; 42 hurt

    GAUHATI, India (AP) — A passenger train derailed in northeastern India early Wednesday, and dozens of passengers suffered mostly minor injuries. …

  • US home building up in March after frigid winter
    US home building up in March after frigid winter

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S home construction rose moderately in March as builders resumed work at the end of a frigid winter. But applications for building permits slid, clouding the outlook for future construction. …

  • Ford to offer 50th anniversary Mustang Associated Press
    Ford to offer 50th anniversary Mustang

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ford is building a limited-edition Mustang GT to honor the pony car's 50th anniversary. …

  • Megaupload's Dotcom, facing legal threat, launches political party Reuters
    Megaupload's Dotcom, facing legal threat, launches political party

    By Naomi Tajitsu AUCKLAND (Reuters) - Internet tycoon Kim Dotcom holds court while bathing in the pool of a sprawling New Zealand mansion, fist bumping and chatting with some of the 700 guests gathered to celebrate the political party he launched last month to promote Internet freedom. In Dotcom's alternate universe, he is fighting extradition from his adopted country to the United States, where the hulking 40-year-old stands accused of massive copyright infringement related to the Megaupload …

  • Separatists fly Russian flag over Ukrainian armoured vehicles Reuters
    Separatists fly Russian flag over Ukrainian armoured vehicles

    By Gabriela Baczynska and Thomas Grove KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Pro-Russian separatists hoisted the Russian flag on Ukrainian army armoured vehicles in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, mocking the pro-Western Kiev government's attempt to reassert control on the eve of crucial talks in Geneva on the country's future. Amid escalating rhetoric between Moscow and Kiev, the incident highlighted defiance by pro-Russian separatists, undermining central government efforts to push armed …

  • France targets welfare for big spending cuts Associated Press
    France targets welfare for big spending cuts

    PARIS (AP) — France's prime minister has announced plans to cut 21 billion euros ($29 billion) from pensions, social care and health care as a part of a 50-billion-euro effort to rein in the country's debt and deficit. …

  • How well do you really understand Vietnam’s market? (Startup Asia preview) Tech in Asia
    How well do you really understand Vietnam’s market? (Startup Asia preview)

    For the MET Vietnam session we want to give startups, investors, and tech folks deeper insights into the overall Vietnamese market, legal landscape, and startup ecosystem. …

  • Former Apple chief evangelist Guy Kawasaki joins online design platform Canva Tech in Asia
    Former Apple chief evangelist Guy Kawasaki joins online design platform Canva

    Today, the Sydney-based startup announced that Apple’s former chief evangelist Guy Kawasaki has finished his contract with Motorola and Google, and has joined the team full-time in the same role he performed ... …

  • New US-Spanish firm says targets rich mobile ad market AFP News
    New US-Spanish firm says targets rich mobile ad market

    Spanish telecoms firm Telefonica and US investment giant Blackstone launched a mobile telephone advertising venture on Wednesday, challenging internet giants such as Google and Facebook in a multi-billion-dollar market. Telefonica and Blackstone's GSO Capital Partners division have formed Axonix, a London-based advertising company which will buy and sell "space" for targeted advertising via mobile phones, the Spanish firm said. Telefonica said it was the first telecom firm to compete in the …

  • Candy Crush Saga hits China with upcoming tie-in on Tencent’s WeChat Tech in Asia
    Candy Crush Saga hits China with upcoming tie-in on Tencent’s WeChat

    Fasten your seatbelts and get out your toothbrushes, because an avalanche of hard candy is about to hit China. The Wall Street Journal just reported that Candy Crush Saga, the mega-hit mobile game made ... …

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  • 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 »

  • After peace with MILF, quo vadis Mindanao?

    After peace with MILF, quo vadis Mindanao?

    The Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) was signed last March 27, 2014 by the Chairperson of the GPH Negotiating Panel, Prof. Miriam Ferrer and her MILF counterpart, Mohagher Iqbal. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, Malaysian president Najib Razak, and MILF chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim witnessed the signing. More »