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  • Sunken Japanese WWII Battleship Located in the Philippines
    Sunken Japanese WWII Battleship Located in the Philippines

    More than 70 years after it sank during World War II, the legendary Japanese battleship Musashi has been discovered off the coast of the Philippines. Billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has been leading an expedition to find the Musashi — one of the biggest battleships ever built — aboard his high-tech 414-foot-long (125 meters) yacht, the M/Y Octopus. …

  • US billionaire says WWII Japanese ship found in Philippines AFP News
    US billionaire says WWII Japanese ship found in Philippines

    Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen said Wednesday he had found one of Japan's biggest and most famous battleships on a Philippine seabed, some 70 years after American forces sank it during World War II. Excited historians likened the discovery, if verified, to finding the Titanic, as they hailed the American billionaire for his high-tech mission that apparently succeeded after so many failed search attempts by others. Allen posted photos and video online of parts of what he said was the …

  • Philippines' Aquino promises police commandos extra resources after botched raid Reuters
    Philippines' Aquino promises police commandos extra resources after botched raid

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino promised police commandos better extra resources on Wednesday, weeks after 44 commandos were killed in a clash with Muslim rebels, but declined to answer questions about the botched raid, a senior officer said. On Jan. 25, police commandos sneaked into a southern rebel area to "neutralise" Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, an al Qaeda-linked bomb maker with a $5 million U.S. bounty on his head. The mission went disastrously wrong for the government when …

  • Wife of Frenchman on Indonesia death row clings to hope AFP News
    Wife of Frenchman on Indonesia death row clings to hope

    The wife of a Frenchman on death row in Indonesia says she refuses to believe she has seen him for the last time, as fears grow he will soon be executed with a group of foreigners. Serge Atlaoui has been detained on Indonesia's notorious Nusakambangan prison island in Central Java since he was sentenced to death in 2007 on drugs charges. The Frenchman, 51, had his appeal for clemency rejected in January by Indonesian President Joko Widodo, a vocal supporter of capital punishment for drug …

  • 3 Filipino health workers infected with MERS in Saudi Arabia Associated Press

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Three Filipinos have contracted Middle East respiratory syndrome while working at separate hospitals in Saudi Arabia, the Philippine government said Friday. …

  • Greek PM seeks EU talks after ECB snub
    Greek PM seeks EU talks after ECB snub

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has requested a meeting with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, a government source said Friday, after Athens got no help from the European Central Bank to address a cash squeeze. "The prime minister called Mr Juncker to arrange a meeting next week," a government source said. Athens is scrambling to find cash to address a mounting debt repayment schedule this month. It had pinned its hopes on the European Central Bank giving more leeway to …

  • Greek PM seeks EU talks after ECB snub AFP News
    Greek PM seeks EU talks after ECB snub

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has requested a meeting with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, a government source said Friday, after Athens got no help from the European Central Bank to address a cash squeeze. "The prime minister called Mr Juncker to arrange a meeting next week," a government source said. Athens is scrambling to find cash to address a mounting debt repayment schedule this month. It had pinned its hopes on the European Central Bank giving more leeway to …

  • Security questioned in probe of attack on US envoy to Seoul Associated Press
    Security questioned in probe of attack on US envoy to Seoul

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Police on Friday investigated the motive of the anti-U.S. activist they say slashed the U.S. ambassador to South Korea, as questions turned to whether security was neglected. …

  • Harrison Ford survives crash-landing on golf course Associated Press
    Harrison Ford survives crash-landing on golf course

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — When a man battles Darth Vader, Nazis and other evil-doers for work, what does he do for fun? Harrison Ford's answer is found in a pilot's license and the freedom to take to the skies at will. …

  • Xi carries on China's tradition of political slogans Associated Press
    Xi carries on China's tradition of political slogans

    BEIJING (AP) — Political slogans have been a mainstay of Chinese life dating back to Mao Zedong, the founder of the People's Republic. …

  • SAP to cut 2,250 posts while creating similar number in refocusing
    SAP to cut 2,250 posts while creating similar number in refocusing

    Business software maker SAP SE will cut about 2,250 posts, or around 3 percent of its global workforce, while creating a similar number in expanding parts of the company, as it accelerates a push to sell its products via the Internet. Last year SAP, Europe's largest software maker, which employs about 75,000 workers worldwide, cut a similar percentage of posts, said Stefan Ries, SAP's chief of human resources. He said SAP expects to create about 2,200 jobs this year in growth areas such at …

  • Apple supplier Japan Display to build $1.4 bn LCD screen factory AFP News
    Apple supplier Japan Display to build $1.4 bn LCD screen factory

    Apple supplier Japan Display said Friday it would spend $1.4 billion on a new smartphone and tablet screen factory, in a move that may be a response to growing demand from the US iPhone maker. The plant, which is expected to produce 25,000 sheets of liquid crystal displays (LCD) a month, will be constructed in the central Japanese city of Hakusan at a cost of 170 billion yen ($1.4 billion), the company said. The plant, which would boost Japan Display's screen production by about 20 percent, …

  • Asia stocks mostly up, euro struggles on ECB stimulus AFP News
    Asia stocks mostly up, euro struggles on ECB stimulus

    Asian markets mostly rose Friday following gains in New York, while the euro remained stuck at 11-year lows after the European Central Bank said it would launch its massive stimulus programme next week. …

  • 3 reasons Apple's watch will _ or won't _ change the game Associated Press
    3 reasons Apple's watch will _ or won't _ change the game

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — No one can argue that many Apple devices have changed the way people live their lives. The company's iTunes, iPhone and iPad have shaken up music, phone and computer markets worldwide. Is the Apple Watch going to be able to do the same? …

  • Asia stocks gain after ECB upgrades growth ahead of US jobs Associated Press
    Asia stocks gain after ECB upgrades growth ahead of US jobs

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets were higher on Friday as investor sentiment was boosted by the European Central Bank's growth forecast upgrade and expectations for a solid increase in U.S. employment. …

  • Online child abuse moving to Skype, Bitcoin: Europol
    Online child abuse moving to Skype, Bitcoin: Europol

    Hi-tech criminals are increasingly selling live streams of child sex over legitimate chat sites and apps such as Skype for hard-to-trace virtual currencies like Bitcoin, Europe's policing agency warned on Tuesday. "Criminals that sexually exploit children online are becoming more entrepreneurial with technological developments and are profiting financially," Europol said in a special report on commercial sexual exploitation of children online. Compiled by Europol's EC3 cybercrime centre, …

  • French court says has jurisdiction in Facebook vagina case AFP News
    French court says has jurisdiction in Facebook vagina case

    A Paris court ruled Thursday that it has jurisdiction to judge a case against US social networking site Facebook which blocked the account of a French teacher who posted an image of a vagina. The court ruled that Facebook's clause forcing all users to agree that any litigation must be based in California, where the site is based, was "abusive". Facebook is being sued by a French father of three whose account was blocked after he posted a 19th century picture by Gustave Courbet, "The Origin of …

  • Mandarin Oriental says hackers stole credit card data AFP News
    Mandarin Oriental says hackers stole credit card data

    Hackers broke into the Mandarin Oriental luxury hotel group's database and stole credit card information from "an isolated number" of its properties in the United States and Europe. "Unfortunately incidents of this nature are increasingly becoming an industry-wide concern and therefore we have also alerted our technology peers in the hospitality industry." The hotel group said the breach came from malicious software that was "undetectable by all anti-viral systems." Mandarin said it had …

  • Car industry welcomes Google, Apple but battles loom AFP News
    Car industry welcomes Google, Apple but battles loom

    Auto giants at the Geneva Motor Show say they welcome the potential move of Silicon Valley players into their sector but experts warn of major disruptions. Google has long made headlines with its plans for a self-driving car, but Apple is now also reportedly readying for a plunge into the industry to begin developing an electric car. "This could surprise you, but I welcome with open arms the interest of Apple, Google and others in the auto industry," Volkswagen head Martin Winterkorn said, …

  • Watches, robots suitcases: mobile gadget highlights AFP News
    Watches, robots suitcases: mobile gadget highlights

    Tech companies showcased countless connected gadgets at the world's biggest wireless telecom fair, the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which wrapped up on Thursday. Here is a selection of highlights: …

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    ‘When I’m onstage, I belong to you’ - Nelly Miricioiu

    Soprano Nelly Miricioiu, whose roots are in Romania, has been called many things, including “a traitor to her country” when she defected to Western Europe. She experienced being snubbed and ignored by her countrymen despite the accolades heaped on her when she conquered Covent Garden in the United Kingdom, La Scala in Italy, the Metropolitan Opera in New York. More »

  • Story of Marcos-era mosquito press relevant as ever

    Story of Marcos-era mosquito press relevant as ever

    It’s not even past,” wrote the great William Faulkner, a Nobel laureate for literature. The past is clearly never dead in the new documentary Portraits of Mosquito Press by JL Burgos about the assault on press freedom, and human rights during the  rule of Ferdinand Marcos especially during the Martial Law years. Burgos brings together family members, as well as journalists, to pose for the camera for their photos to be taken. Along the way, they share stories about We Forum and Ang Pahayagang Malaya, alternative media outfits which became known as part of the mosquito press, both published by Jose Burgos, Jr., the filmmaker’s father. More »

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    Learning about Down Syndrome from Celina

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    Grief lingers a month after the Mamasapano tragedy

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    Mamasapano tragedy will be a factor in  2016 elections

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    The Philippine National Police’s Board of Inquiry is considering the possibility President Benigno Aquino III may have been on top of, or fully aware of, the Jan. 25 Mamasapano operation in Maguindanao that resulted in the death of 44 troopers of the PNP’s Special Action Force. The BOI, now almost done with its probe, is looking into how deep the president’s involvement was in the operation to hunt down terrorists Zulkilfi Bin Hir and Basit Usman, considering that 2014 was a banner year in the government’s campaign to arrest high-profile fugitives, with the president himself announcing the operations and subsequent arrests. Among the fugitives arrested last year were businessman Delfin Lee, the Communist Party of the Philippines leaders Benito and Wilma Tiamzon, and former general Jovito Palparan. The source said President Aquino could have spared himself and the country the political crisis it is in had he only taken quick responsibility for Mamasapano, which also left 18 members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and at least two civilians dead. More »

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    Spreading love, hope for kids with Down Syndrome

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