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  • Philippine Airlines quits flying shark fins amid outcry
    Philippine Airlines quits flying shark fins amid outcry

    Philippine Airlines (PAL) said Thursday it has stopped flying shark fin cargoes, joining a number of other Asia-Pacific carriers in taking a stand for marine conservation. The fins are used in shark fin soup, a much-valued delicacy in Hong Kong and China. Conservationists say booming demand for such fins has put pressure on the world's shark populations, prompting calls for measures to restrict their trade. Air New Zealand as well as South Korea's two largest airlines, Korean Air and Asiana, …

  • Crowdsourcing marketplace DesignCrowd expands to Philippines, aims to woo small businesses Tech in Asia
    Crowdsourcing marketplace DesignCrowd expands to Philippines, aims to woo small businesses

    DesignCrowd has opened an office in the Philippines and launched the DesignCrowd Philippines site. …

  • 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 …

  • 2 Malaysia kidnap victims now in Philippine jungle Associated Press

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Filipino officials say Muslim militants have brought a Chinese tourist and a Filipino hotel receptionist to their jungle stronghold in the southern Philippines after kidnapping the women from a dive resort in eastern Malaysia early this month. …

  • Obama visit to South Korea tinged by mourning Associated Press
    Obama visit to South Korea tinged by mourning

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Barack Obama is sitting down with South Korea's President Park Geun-hye, whose attention is unavoidably split between her economic agenda with Obama and the unfolding aftermath of a tragic ferry disaster. …

  • Number of military suicides dropped last year Associated Press
    Number of military suicides dropped last year

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Suicides across the military dropped by more than 15 percent last year, but new detailed data reveals an increase in the number of Army National Guard and Reserve soldiers who took their own lives. …

  • Angry Muslims in Central African Republic call for partition Reuters
    Angry Muslims in Central African Republic call for partition

    By Emmanuel Braun BAMBARI Central African Republic (Reuters) - In this dusty town at the heart of the Central African Republic, many angry Muslims advocate a simple solution to the threat of religious violence from Christian militias terrorising the country's south: partition. Bambari lies near the dividing line separating Central African Republic's Christian south - where mobs have lynched hundreds of Muslims and torn down their homes - from a northern region controlled by the mostly Muslim …

  • Obama visit to South Korea tinged by mourning Associated Press
    Obama visit to South Korea tinged by mourning

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Barack Obama is sitting down with South Korea's President Park Geun-hye, whose attention is unavoidably split between her economic agenda with Obama and the unfolding aftermath of a tragic ferry disaster. …

  • 40 years after revolution, Portugal is angry Associated Press
    40 years after revolution, Portugal is angry

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Euphoria gripped Portugal during the 1974 Carnation Revolution, when junior army officers swept away a four-decade dictatorship. The almost bloodless coup brought what for the Portuguese were novelties — the right to vote, universal health care, public education, old-age pensions and labor rights. …

  • Angry Muslims in Central African Republic call for partition
    Angry Muslims in Central African Republic call for partition

    By Emmanuel Braun BAMBARI Central African Republic (Reuters) - In this dusty town at the heart of the Central African Republic, many angry Muslims advocate a simple solution to the threat of religious violence from Christian militias terrorising the country's south: partition. Bambari lies near the dividing line separating Central African Republic's Christian south - where mobs have lynched hundreds of Muslims and torn down their homes - from a northern region controlled by the mostly Muslim …

  • Cambodian garment industry protesters go on trial AFP News
    Cambodian garment industry protesters go on trial

    Twenty-three Cambodian activists and workers arrested during a deadly crackdown on a garment industry strike in January went on trial Friday despite international appeals for their release. The case has deepened concerns among human rights defenders about the recent suppression of street demonstrations intended to challenge strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen's nearly three-decade rule. Several hundred demonstrators gathered near the Phnom Penh Municipal Court as the trial began, holding a prayer …

  • ANA boosts profit forecast for past fiscal year by 20 percent AFP News
    ANA boosts profit forecast for past fiscal year by 20 percent

    The operator of Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) on Friday boosted its net profit forecast for the past fiscal year by 20 percent, citing a pick-up in its international business. ANA Holdings said it expects net earnings of 18 billion yen ($175 million) in the year to March 31, up from an earlier 15 billion yen estimate. The company, which will report its earnings next month, also lifted its revenue expectations to 1.60 trillion yen from a previous forecast of 1.58 trillion yen. The expected …

  • U.S. official says MH370 search likely to last for years Reuters
    U.S. official says MH370 search likely to last for years

    By Matt Siegel and Byron Kaye SYDNEY/PERTH Australia (Reuters) - The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is likely to drag on for years, a senior U.S. defence official said on Friday, as an underwater search for any trace of the plane's wreckage off west Australia appeared to have failed. The official, who declined to be identified because he is not authorised to comment on the search effort, said two weeks of scouring the Indian Ocean floor with a U.S. Navy submersible drone had …

  • Ukraine forces kill up to five rebels; Russia starts drill near border Reuters
    Ukraine forces kill up to five rebels; Russia starts drill near border

    By Aleksandar Vasovic and Alexei Anishchuk SLAVIANSK Ukraine/ST PETERSBURG Russia (Reuters) - Ukrainian forces killed up to five pro-Moscow rebels on Thursday as they closed in on the separatists' military stronghold in the east, and Russia launched army drills near the border in response, raising fears its troops would invade. The Ukrainian offensive amounts to the first time Kiev's troops have used lethal force to recapture territory from the fighters, who have seized swaths of eastern …

  • Web conference in Brazil calls for multistakeholder approach AFP News
    Web conference in Brazil calls for multistakeholder approach

    Delegates to an international conference on how the Internet should be governed called for a transparent, multi-stakeholder approach. The participants at the gathering in Brazil called NetMundial also warned against what they called massive and arbitrary surveillance of the Internet in the wake of revelations in documents leaked by Edward Snowden of widespread US spying on the Web. The gathering was attended by delegates from more than 80 countries including the US, as well as the United …

  • Pinterest adds search tool for finding fun 'pins' AFP News
    Pinterest adds search tool for finding fun 'pins'

    Pinterest launched a tool to help people quickly sift through the roughly 30 billion 'Pins' on the service's online bulletin boards to find what they like. …

  • Baidu rebrands online finance service, introduces loans Tech in Asia
    Baidu rebrands online finance service, introduces loans

    Baidu today officially rebranded its financial services branch changing the name from "Baidu Licai" to "Baidu Jinrong" …

  • Facebook woos journalists with 'FB Newswire' AFP News
    Facebook woos journalists with 'FB Newswire'

    Facebook launched Thursday FB Newswire, billed as an online trove of real-time information for journalists and newsrooms to mine while reporting on events or crafting stories. In partnership with News Corp-owned Storyful, FB Newswire aggregates newsworthy content shared publicly at the social network, including original pictures, videos, and comments posted by "people on the front lines of major events" such as protests, elections and sports matches. "News is finding a bigger audience on …

FEATURED BLOGS

  • Fight vs online libel goes to the UNHCR

    Fight vs online libel goes to the UNHCR

    Commentary By Ellen T. Tordesillas Last Tuesday, while in Baguio City for their summer session, the Supreme Court denied all the Motions for Reconsideration on Online Libel which it upheld in its Feb. 18, 2014 decision. It will be recalled … Continue reading → More »

  • Book chronicles efforts for PWD-friendly polls

    Book chronicles efforts for PWD-friendly polls

    By Melissa Luz Lopez, VERA Files A lot have been done but much still need to be done for a hassle-free participation of Persons with Disabilities in elections,according to a book published by The Asia Foundation (TAF) and supported by … Continue reading → More »

  • The other side of Palawan

    The other side of Palawan

    By Ellen T. Tordesillas Mention Palawan and what comes to mind are Underground River and El Nido in the northern side of this richly-blessed province from its capital, Puerto Princesa. Three weeks ago, we went to the southern side- in … Continue reading → More »

  • Docu exposes destruction of PH marine resources

    Docu exposes destruction of PH marine resources

    By Kiersnerr Gerwin Tacadena, VERA Files "Gutom (hunger)," Sen. Loren Legarda said is what’s in store for the Filipino people if destruction of the country's marine resources is not stopped. Legarda, chair of the Senate committee on Environment 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 hangs by a fruit stand. Many towns now ban the use of plastics … Continue reading → More »