• First China air force drills in 'far offshore' Pacific
    First China air force drills in 'far offshore' Pacific

    China's air force has carried out its first ever military drill over the western Pacific Ocean, state media said, highlighting Beijing's growing military reach. Several aircraft from China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Monday flew over the ocean via the Bashi Channel, which runs between Taiwan and the Philippines, the official Xinhua news agency said. "This is the first time that the PLA Air Force conducted such drills in an airspace far offshore from Chinese coastlines," Xinhua cited …

  • Oil firms raise gas prices today
    Oil firms raise gas prices today

    This year’s Holy Week break will be accompanied by an increase in local pump prices after oil companies announced yesterday a P1.10 per liter hike for gasoline and P0.60 per liter for diesel effective today. “Phoenix Petroleum Philippines will increase the prices of gasoline by P1.10 per liter and diesel by P0.60 per liter effective 6 a.m. of March 31, 2015 to reflect the movements in the prices of refined petroleum products in the international market,” said Phoenix Petroleum, an independent …

  • DFA denies dropping Phl claim to Sabah
    DFA denies dropping Phl claim to Sabah

    The Philippines has never offered to drop its Sabah claim in exchange for Malaysia’s support for Manila’s arbitration case against China over the West Philippine Sea issue, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said yesterday. “In the context of our friendly bilateral relations, our two countries have been for years exchanging ways on how to address the issue of the extended continental shelf (ECS) in the South China Sea,” Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said in explaining the DFA’s …

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    Philippine troops end offensive they say killed 139 rebels

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A monthlong Philippine offensive against hard-line Muslim rebels ended Monday after 139 insurgents were killed, 12 others were captured and bomb-making strongholds were seized by troops, the military chief said. …

  • Philippines hits back at Beijing over South China Sea AFP News
    Philippines hits back at Beijing over South China Sea

    The Philippines on Saturday shot back at Beijing's criticism of its activities in the South China Sea, saying they were "in no way comparable to China's massive reclamation activities" in the waters. It also said accusations that Manila was being "hypocritical" would not distract people from Beijing's own actions which were raising regional tensions. "The Philippines' possible undertaking of necessary maintenance and repairs on its existing facilities in the West Philippine Sea... is in no …

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  • First China air force drills in 'far offshore' Pacific AFP News
    First China air force drills in 'far offshore' Pacific

    China's air force has carried out its first ever military drill over the western Pacific Ocean, state media said, highlighting Beijing's growing military reach. Several aircraft from China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Monday flew over the ocean via the Bashi Channel, which runs between Taiwan and the Philippines, the official Xinhua news agency said. "This is the first time that the PLA Air Force conducted such drills in an airspace far offshore from Chinese coastlines," Xinhua cited …

  • Buying During the Pre-Selling Stage: Tips Property24 Philippines
    Buying During the Pre-Selling Stage: Tips

    "Pre-selling" is a strategy employed by property developers. It involves marketing and selling property even before they were ready for occupancy. Most commonly used in condominium developments, "pre-selling" comes with incentives like cheaper costs, discounts on downpayment, flexible payment schemes, in-house financing, and better options for the buyer. Buyers and investors, therefore, have to be extra careful when they're in the market for pre-selling properties. …

  • Violence wanes in Chicago, but fear looms over mayor's race
    Violence wanes in Chicago, but fear looms over mayor's race

    CHICAGO (AP) — A few years ago, violence on Chicago streets thrust a recently elected mayor into the national spotlight as shootouts in some of the city's most troubled neighborhoods fueled nearly constant bloodshed. …

  • Man accused in Ferguson police shooting to seek lower bond Associated Press
    Man accused in Ferguson police shooting to seek lower bond

    CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — The attorney for a man accused of shooting two police officers during a Ferguson demonstration says he'll seek a lower bond for his client. …

  • South African comic Noah will replace Jon Stewart Associated Press
    South African comic Noah will replace Jon Stewart

    NEW YORK (AP) — The choice of South African comic Trevor Noah as Jon Stewart's replacement on "The Daily Show" advances an intriguing new trend of late-night comic hosts with a more worldly perspective while continuing the longer-running pattern of keeping those jobs filled with men. …

  • NYC blast probe highlights problem of stealing gas Associated Press
    NYC blast probe highlights problem of stealing gas

    NEW YORK (AP) — It was a run-of-the-mill complaint — a smell of gas — with a troubling explanation: Someone had improperly tapped into a Manhattan building's gas line, and it was leaking. …

  • Singapore teen in court over anti-Lee Kuan Yew video AFP News
    Singapore teen in court over anti-Lee Kuan Yew video

    A Singaporean teenager arrested for posting an expletive-laden YouTube video attacking the country's late founding leader Lee Kuan Yew and Christianity was charged Tuesday with jailable offences including obscenity and hurting religious feelings. Amos Yee, a slight student with a thick mop of hair, smiled and fidgeted as charges were read to him in a district court. Yee, who at 16 is old enough to be tried as an adult, was already known in the local YouTube community for humorous postings and …

  • NYC blast probe highlights problem of stealing gas
    NYC blast probe highlights problem of stealing gas

    NEW YORK (AP) — It was a run-of-the-mill complaint — a smell of gas — with a troubling explanation: Someone had improperly tapped into a Manhattan building's gas line, and it was leaking. …

  • Japanese robber breaks leg during hold-up, calls ambulance AFP News
    Japanese robber breaks leg during hold-up, calls ambulance

    A hapless armed robber in his 60s broke his leg while holding up a convenience store in Japan -- and then used the shop's payphone to call an ambulance, according to a report and police. The crook was disarmed in the struggle, which saw him fall to the ground and break his leg before hobbling out of the shop, the local China Nippo newspaper reported. …

  • Japan denies plan to join China-led development bank AFP News
    Japan denies plan to join China-led development bank

    Japan on Tuesday ruled out any immediate plan to join the Beijing-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), categorically denying a news report that its ambassador to China said Tokyo is likely to take part. The Financial Times reported that Masato Kitera, Tokyo's envoy in Beijing, said in an interview Japan is likely to join the AIIB within a few months, a move that would leave Washington as the only big holdout. …

  • Student loan recipients go on repayment strike, face default Associated Press
    Student loan recipients go on repayment strike, face default

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sarah Dieffenbacher is on a debt strike. She's refusing to make payments on the more than $100,000 in federal and private loans she says she owes for studies at a for-profit college that she now considers so worthless she doesn't include it on her resume. …

  • Buying During the Pre-Selling Stage: Tips Property24 Philippines
    Buying During the Pre-Selling Stage: Tips

    "Pre-selling" is a strategy employed by property developers. It involves marketing and selling property even before they were ready for occupancy. Most commonly used in condominium developments, "pre-selling" comes with incentives like cheaper costs, discounts on downpayment, flexible payment schemes, in-house financing, and better options for the buyer. Buyers and investors, therefore, have to be extra careful when they're in the market for pre-selling properties. …

  • Trending at SXSW: Mind cloning, off-the-grid messaging
    Trending at SXSW: Mind cloning, off-the-grid messaging

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As a plane with a Grumpy Cat flag flew overhead, courtesy of Friskies, the Technorati flooded into panel discussions and happy hour spots at the annual tech festival South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, on Sunday. …

  • Facebook moves into 'not fancy' new headquarters AFP News
    Facebook moves into 'not fancy' new headquarters

    Facebook moved into its new Frank Gehry-designed headquarters in Silicon Valley, with a rooftop park and "the largest open floor plan in the world." Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg insisted, however, that the building is "pretty simple and isn't fancy." "That's on purpose," Zuckerberg said on his Facebook timeline. When you enter our buildings, we want you to feel how much left there is to be done in our mission to connect the world." Facebook's new Menlo Park headquarters is one of …

  • Cuba wants more Internet access while keeping state control AFP News
    Cuba wants more Internet access while keeping state control

    Cuba wants to boost public Internet access while keeping the Communist government's control over it, a senior US official close to talks with Havana on technology said Monday. "They are looking for mechanisms by which, in the first instance, they can expand connectivity while at the same time retaining their mechanism for market management, which is obviously vastly different than ours," said the State Department source. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, questioned whether …

  • China suspected as software site GitHub hit by attack AFP News
    China suspected as software site GitHub hit by attack

    The software collaboration website GitHub said Monday it was fighting off a cyber attack since late last week, and security analysts said the effort appeared to originate in China. A US website described as "the world's largest code host," GitHub said it first noticed the so-called distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack Thursday, with intermittent disruptions over the past few days. GitHub said it believes "the intent of this attack is to convince us to remove a specific class of …

  • Google unveils unified email for Android users AFP News
    Google unveils unified email for Android users

    Google said Monday it was updating its mobile Gmail app for Android device users to allow them to manage multiple email accounts from a single program. …

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