• Indonesia's Jokowi to speak to attorney general about Philippines death row convict
    Indonesia's Jokowi to speak to attorney general about Philippines death row convict

    Indonesia President Joko Widodo will consult with the attorney general on legal issues surrounding the case of death row convict Mary Jane Veloso, the Philippines presidential spokesman said on Monday. The statement came after the Philippines President Benigno Aquino met Widodo at the ASEAN summit in Kuala Lumpur and appealed for "humanitarian consideration" in the case. Widodo was sympathetic and was consulting with the Indonesian attorney general on the legal issues, he said. …

  • Pacquiao a national symbol of hope in Philippines
    Pacquiao a national symbol of hope in Philippines

    Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao is idolised by tens of millions in the poverty-afflicted Philippines both for his punching power and as a national icon of hope after rising from the streets to the pinnacle of world boxing. Known to his countrymen in the Asian archipelago as "The National Fist", Pacman fights undefeated American Floyd Mayweather on May 2 to decide who is the world's best "pound-for-pound" boxer. To most of the Philippines' population of almost 100 million, Pacquiao, winner of an …

  • Halt Indonesia drug executions until graft claims probed: Australia
    Halt Indonesia drug executions until graft claims probed: Australia

    Australia on Monday urged Indonesia to ensure all legal processes have been cleared of corruption before executing two of its nationals, as bribery allegations surfaced regarding their drug smuggling trial. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop spoke to her Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi on Sunday evening while Prime Minister Tony Abbott has written to President Joko Widodo to again plead for the executions to be halted. "Bali Nine" drug traffickers Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan could face …

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    Indonesia's Jokowi to speak to attorney general about Philippines death row convict

    Indonesia President Joko Widodo will consult with the attorney general on legal issues surrounding the case of death row convict Mary Jane Veloso, the Philippines presidential spokesman said on Monday. The statement came after the Philippines President Benigno Aquino met Widodo at the ASEAN summit in Kuala Lumpur and appealed for "humanitarian consideration" in the case. Widodo was sympathetic and was consulting with the Indonesian attorney general on the legal issues, he said. …

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    Pacquiao a national symbol of hope in Philippines

    Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao is idolised by tens of millions in the poverty-afflicted Philippines both for his punching power and as a national icon of hope after rising from the streets to the pinnacle of world boxing. Known to his countrymen in the Asian archipelago as "The National Fist", Pacman fights undefeated American Floyd Mayweather on May 2 to decide who is the world's best "pound-for-pound" boxer. To most of the Philippines' population of almost 100 million, Pacquiao, winner of an …

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  • Australia pleads for stay in executions, demands Jakarta probe Reuters

    By Jane Wardell and Randy Fabi SYDNEY/JAKARTA (Reuters) - Australia made a last-minute plea on Monday for a stay in the imminent execution of two Australian drug traffickers in Indonesia, saying reports that their trial had been tainted by corruption needed to be investigated. The call from Foreign Minister Julie Bishop almost immediately deepened a diplomatic row with Jakarta. Indonesia's foreign ministry hit back, saying Australia needed to show proof of alleged corruption and questioned …

  • ASEAN warns Chinese actions 'may undermine peace' in S. China Sea AFP News
    ASEAN warns Chinese actions 'may undermine peace' in S. China Sea

    Chinese island-building efforts in the disputed South China Sea, where airstrips are being built on coral reefs, risk undermining "peace, security and stability" in the region, Southeast Asian leaders warned at a regional summit on Monday. Beijing's assertion to almost the entire strategic body of water -- also claimed in parts by several Asian nations -- has set off alarm bells with its neighbours and beyond as China stakes its claim with growing boldness. A statement to be issued at the …

  • Clinton Foundation acknowledges mistakes in revealing donors
    Clinton Foundation acknowledges mistakes in revealing donors

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A top official at the Clinton Foundation says the global philanthropy is working quickly to remedy mistakes it made in how it disclosed donors. Maura Pally says that its policies on transparency and contributions from foreign governments are "stronger than ever." …

  • Rose finds a new way to win 7th PGA Tour title Associated Press
    Rose finds a new way to win 7th PGA Tour title

    AVONDALE, La. (AP) — It sounds like Justin Rose believes he's had a breakthrough in the Big Easy. …

  • Pakistan 'mini-cyclone' death toll rises to 44: officials AFP News
    Pakistan 'mini-cyclone' death toll rises to 44: officials

    A severe storm in northwest Pakistan, dubbed a "mini-cyclone", has killed 44 people and injured more than 200, officials said Monday, raising their previous death toll. Intense rain and strong winds buffeted the city of Peshawar and adjacent districts late Sunday, felling trees, causing dozens of roofs and walls to collapse and blocking many roads. The injured include nearly 100 children, according to officials, while farmers have seen their produce badly affected. The storm followed by …

  • Lydia Ko defends her title at Lake Merced Associated Press
    Lydia Ko defends her title at Lake Merced

    DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) — The steady hands over important putts. The easy laughter even while playing a sudden-death playoff. Lydia Ko can make it seem like child's play on the LPGA Tour even as she keeps piling up victories at an alarming rate. …

  • Crushing re-election extends Kazakh president's quarter-century rule AFP News
    Crushing re-election extends Kazakh president's quarter-century rule

    Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev extended his quarter-century rule over the oil-rich, ex-Soviet republic with a crushing 97.7 percent of ballots in an election where opposition parties did not field a candidate, officials said Monday. Nazarbayev, who has run the huge Central Asian country since before the Soviet breakup in 1991, will start a fifth term. The Central Election Commission claimed a record turnout of 95.22 percent in Sunday's polls. Speaking in the capital Astana …

  • Asian stocks largely higher after Wall Street hits record
    Asian stocks largely higher after Wall Street hits record

    Shanghai led several Asian stock markets higher Monday as traders bet on fresh economy-boosting measures in China, while another record-breaking close on Wall Street also supported regional markets. In late trade Shanghai was up 2.30 percent while Hong Kong rallied 1.52 percent. Shanghai and Hong Kong continued their upsurge as a recent run of weak data fuels expectations Beijing will add to its two interest rate cuts since November and two reductions in bank reserve requirements. Hong …

  • ASEAN draft statement says South China Sea land reclamation risks security Reuters
    ASEAN draft statement says South China Sea land reclamation risks security

    By Manuel Mogato and Praveen Menon KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - ASEAN host Malaysia is set to give in to pressure from some neighbours and address the sensitive issue of land reclamations in the South China Sea with a draft summit statement saying such action may undermine peace, security and stability. The statement to be issued after the closing ceremony of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Kuala Lumpur on Monday will raise the "serious concerns" of some leaders over …

  • U.S.'s Kerry, Iran's Zarif to meet at U.N. anti-nuclear arms conference Reuters
    U.S.'s Kerry, Iran's Zarif to meet at U.N. anti-nuclear arms conference

    By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will meet U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the opening of a UN conference on the global anti-nuclear weapons treaty on Monday, as they try to make progress in talks on a long-term atomic deal. Iran's top diplomat will be the first state party to the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to address its 190 signatories at the United Nations headquarters in New York on behalf of 118 non-aligned …

  • EBay supports Google over Brussels antitrust probe: FT Reuters
    EBay supports Google over Brussels antitrust probe: FT

    (Reuters) - EBay Inc Chief Executive John Donahoe has supported arguments made by Google Inc in its defense in an antitrust case, saying the two companies are direct competitors in online shopping, the Financial Times reported. Barriers between different areas of online commerce are breaking down, Donahoe said in an interview with FT, highlighting the challenges the European Commission faces in bringing the high-profile case. Google said in a blog post that it strongly disagreed with the EU's …

  • Desperate Nepalis flee capital as aftershocks spread fear Reuters
    Desperate Nepalis flee capital as aftershocks spread fear

    By Gopal Sharma and Sanjeev Miglani KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Hundreds of Nepalis were fleeing the capital Kathmandu for the plains on Monday, terror-stricken by two days of powerful aftershocks following a massive earthquake that killed more than 3,200 people and faced with shortages of food and water. Many said they had slept in the open since Saturday's quake, either because their homes were flattened or they were terrified that the aftershocks would bring them crashing down. "We are …

  • Adultery site Ashley Madison back in business in S.Korea
    Adultery site Ashley Madison back in business in S.Korea

    The global adultery hook-up site Ashley Madison on Tuesday dubbed further efforts to ban it from South Korea as "futile" as customers greeted its return to the country with enthusiasm. Ashley Madison is "no different than many other communication platforms and to ban us will be a futile attempt if the purpose is to ban infidelity", its vice president Paul Keable told journalists in Seoul. Citing a 1953 statute that criminalises adultery, The Korea Communications Standards Commission blocked …

  • 'Map spam' puts Google in awkward place AFP News
    'Map spam' puts Google in awkward place

    Google was re-evaluating its user-edited online map system Friday after the latest embarrassing incident -- an image of an Android mascot urinating on an Apple logo. The image, part of a crowd-sourced edit on Google Maps, appeared briefly at a Pakistani location before it was removed by the online giant Friday. In a statement to US media, Google apologized for the inappropriate image and said it was working to step up verification of user edits on its Map Maker platform. "Handling spam is a …

  • Apple Watch begins global launch -- quietly AFP Relax
    Apple Watch begins global launch -- quietly

    The Apple Watch made its global debut on Friday in a launch aimed at making the California giant the overnight leader in wearable technology. The event was noticeably low key compared with the fanfare of other Apple product launches: None of the smartwatches were available in Apple stores in New York or around the world, meaning no long queues. Some customers were expected to get delivery of the Apple Watch if they were among the first to pre-order when Apple opened online sales on April 10. …

  • Samsung plans to release a round watch to compete with Apple AFP Relax
    Samsung plans to release a round watch to compete with Apple

    The next connected watch by Samsung should for the first time adopt a more conventional look and offer a round screen, like the Moto 360 or the LG Watch Urbane for example. In fact, it was on the day of the Apple Watch's release that the South Korean company announced the release of a development kit (SDK). This model, of which no details have surfaced, could also function with Tizen, Samsung's own mobile solution already installed on the Gear 2, 2 Lite and S. Until now, Samsung had only …

  • Apple unleashes ad trio for Watch debut AFP Relax
    Apple unleashes ad trio for Watch debut

    Tech giant Apple has released three fresh ads promoting the attributes of the Apple Watch in a series of everyday life scenarios. The second, "Up," is aimed at the lifestyle of active individuals, focuses on how people can use the Apple Watch to improve their general health and well-being -- at the gym, on their bikes, outdoors to time runs -- even at home via timed exercise reminders. …

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    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 »

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    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 »

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    A novel approach against TB in Maguindanao

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