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  • France's Hollande visits typhoon-hit Philippine town
    France's Hollande visits typhoon-hit Philippine town

    French President Francois Hollande met survivors of one of the world's strongest typhoons in a remote Philippine coastal town on Friday, seeking to sound a global alarm on climate change ahead of a crucial UN summit. Hollande is on a two-day trip to the Southeast Asian archipelago, regarded as a frontline state in the struggle against global warming, as part of his campaign to build diplomatic momentum ahead of the Paris summit in December. The French president is determined to broker an …

  • Hollande tours typhoon-hit Philippines ahead of climate deal Associated Press
    Hollande tours typhoon-hit Philippines ahead of climate deal

    GUIUAN, Philippines (AP) — French President Francois Hollande on Friday took his warning about the need for funds for a landmark climate deal to a central Philippine town that was devastated by a killer typhoon in 2013. …

  • French, Philippine leaders appeal for climate action AFP News
    French, Philippine leaders appeal for climate action

    French President Francois Hollande and Philippine leader Benigno Aquino appealed Thursday for urgent global action on climate change, seeking to build momentum for a planned historic accord at a UN summit in Paris. On the first day of Hollande's visit to the Philippines, the leaders offered a show of unity they said could serve as a model for rich and poor nations who have long been divided over how to tackle climate change. "We have a duty to act together and that's why I came here to the …

  • Top Asian News at 5:00 a.m. GMT Associated Press

    BEIJING (AP) — Wild giant pandas in China are doing well. According to a census by China's State Forestry Administration, the panda population has grown by 268 to a total of 1,864 since the last survey ending in 2003. …

  • Kurdish fighters rout IS militants from town near Iraq Associated Press
    Kurdish fighters rout IS militants from town near Iraq

    BEIRUT (AP) — Backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, Kurdish fighters fought their way Friday into a northeastern Syrian town that was a key stronghold of Islamic State militants, only days after the group abducted dozens of Christians in the volatile region, Syrian activists and Kurdish officials said. …

  • Cameron defends security services after media unmask 'Jihadi John'
    Cameron defends security services after media unmask 'Jihadi John'

    Prime Minister David Cameron has defended Britain's security services after Islamic State executioner "Jihadi John" was unmasked as London graduate Mohammed Emwazi, a man previously monitored by spy agency MI5. Civil rights group Cage, which had been in touch with the Kuwaiti-born computing graduate before he left Britain, said MI5 had been tracking Emwazi since at least 2009. Officials have not confirmed Emwazi's identity, but Cameron said Friday: "We will do everything we can with the …

  • US Congress averts Homeland Security shutdown AFP News
    US Congress averts Homeland Security shutdown

    Feuding US lawmakers narrowly avoided a Department of Homeland Security shutdown Friday at the 11th hour, but funded the agency only until March 6, forcing Congress to revisit the issue next week. House and Senate members scrambled to prevent the premier agency securing the United States against terror threats from running out of money at midnight, as DHS became a battleground for lawmakers clashing over President Barack Obama's controversial immigration reforms. With the clock ticking, the …

  • Prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov shot dead Associated Press
    Prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov shot dead

    MOSCOW (AP) — Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down Saturday near the Kremlin, just a day before a planned protest against the government. …

  • Mexico drug lord captures change but don't lower trafficking Associated Press
    Mexico drug lord captures change but don't lower trafficking

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — It's another big score for the Mexican government, which has been tearing through its list of most-wanted drug lords in recent years. …

  • Detentions of major Mexico drug chiefs in recent years Associated Press
    Detentions of major Mexico drug chiefs in recent years

    Recent captures or killings of top Mexican drug cartel leaders: …

  • Japan's NTT Comm in talks to buy German e-shelter: source
    Japan's NTT Comm in talks to buy German e-shelter: source

    By Yoshiyasu Shida TOKYO (Reuters) - NTT Communications Corp is in talks to acquire German data center provider e-shelter for about 100 billion yen ($836 million), according to a source familiar with the matter. An acquisition of e-shelter by Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Communications is the latest in the NTT Corp's overseas expansion due to a dwindling home market. NTT bought South African IT firm Dimension Data for 382 billion yen ($3.2 billion) in 2010, followed by takeover deals with a …

  • Lupita Nyong'o's $150,000 Oscar gown returned by thief via TMZ Reuters
    Lupita Nyong'o's $150,000 Oscar gown returned by thief via TMZ

    The $150,000 Oscar gown worn by actress Lupita Nyong'o that was stolen two days ago was returned on Friday by the thief, who tipped off celebrity news site TMZ.com after finding out that the pearls on the dress were fake. TMZ said the thief took the Calvin Klein dress from Nyong'o's hotel room on Wednesday after finding the door ajar. The thief and others removed two pearls from the dress and took them to the Garment District in downtown Los Angeles where they were told they were not real, …

  • Some California farmers to go without federal water Associated Press
    Some California farmers to go without federal water

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The federal government said Friday it won't send any of its reservoir water to the Central Valley for the second straight year, forcing farmers in California's agricultural heartland to again scramble for other sources or leave fields unplanted. …

  • Tribes from around US gather to discuss legal marijuana Associated Press
    Tribes from around US gather to discuss legal marijuana

    TULALIP, Wash. (AP) — The Justice Department's announcement in December that it would allow the nation's Indian tribes to legalize and regulate marijuana on their reservations brought notes of caution — if not silence or opposition — from many tribes. …

  • Google's Blogger reverses porn policy after user backlash Associated Press
    Google's Blogger reverses porn policy after user backlash

    NEW YORK (AP) — Apparently Google bloggers like to post porn. A lot. …

  • 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, …

  • Google unveils 'campus' plan with modular buildings AFP News
    Google unveils 'campus' plan with modular buildings

    Google unveiled a plan Friday for a new headquarters campus that includes waterways, public gardens, covered bikeways and modular building structures. The redesign for Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California, by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels and London-based Thomas Heatherwick was submitted to local officials Friday, with details released on the company's official blog. "As we've inhabited a variety of workplaces -- including a garage in Menlo Park, a farmhouse in Denmark and an …

  • Iran blocks website for reporting on reformist ex-president AFP News
    Iran blocks website for reporting on reformist ex-president

    Iran blocked a website Friday for publishing reports about and pictures of former reformist president Mohammad Khatami despite a judicial ban, state-run IRNA news agency said Friday. Jamaran.ir is close to Hassan Khomeini, grandson of the Islamic republic's late founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Newspapers have said judicial authorities told media they were banned from publishing information, including pictures, about "heads of sedition", a reference to protests claiming that the 2009 …

  • Ericsson sues Apple over patent violations AFP News
    Ericsson sues Apple over patent violations

    Swedish telecoms group Ericsson announced Friday a lawsuit against Apple claiming that the US tech giant continued to use its technology in iPhones and other wireless devices after refusing to renew a licencing agreement. "Apple currently uses our technology without a license and therefore we are seeking help from the court and the ITC (International Trade Commission)," Ericsson's head of intellectual property, Kasim Alfalahi, said in a statement. "Features that consumers now take for granted …

  • Google backflips on Blogger sexual content ban AFP News
    Google backflips on Blogger sexual content ban

    Days after announcing a ban on sexually explicit content or "graphic nudity" on its Blogger platform, Google has reversed course. Google said Friday that after a barrage of public comments, it decided not to implement the ban, but instead would step up efforts to enforce its policy barring "commercial porn." "We've had a ton of feedback, in particular about the introduction of a retroactive change (some people have had accounts for 10+ years), but also about the negative impact on individuals …

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  • Learning about Down Syndrome from Celina

    Learning about Down Syndrome from Celina

    In their class, Sakiwat is among the oldest and the only one with Down Syndrome. In a country where one in 800 children is born with the genetic condition every year, the awareness of the disability remains low. For Sakiwat’s parents, it took years before they knew what their daughter had, and many more years before they could send her to a proper special education school. February is National Down Syndrome Consciousness Month, a time to raise awareness about the condition and promote rights of people with the disability to special care, education and services that will allow them to live decent and productive lives. More »

  • Grief lingers a month after the Mamasapano tragedy

    Grief lingers a month after the Mamasapano tragedy

    The old woman sat gravely in a corner of an unfinished classroom in Mamasapano town as an officer from the regional government explained that her group will be receiving complimentary health insurance. The woman’s son Rasul Kamsa had been one of 18 Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters killed when police commandos launched a raid to arrest Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias  Marwan last Jan. 25. More »

  • Mamasapano tragedy will be a factor in  2016 elections

    Mamasapano tragedy will be a factor in  2016 elections

    Don’t expect the truth about the Jan. 25 Mamasapano tragedy to come from President Aquino. He had one whole month to tell the Filipino people about his role in the debacle that claimed the lives of 44 members of the Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police, 18 members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and six civilians including an eight-year old girl who was hit in the crossfire. Jan. 30 necrological service at Camp Bagong Diwa, and Feb. 6 to announce his acceptance of the resignation of suspended Police Chief Alan Purisima. More »

  • PNP to Aquino: Provide answers and accountability

    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 »

  • Spreading love, hope for kids with Down Syndrome

    Spreading love, hope for kids with Down Syndrome

    Children with Down Syndrome need support from family members, beginning with acceptance. Early morning Sunday, the Bangcailans, a family of five,rushed to reach the Freedom Park in Davao City to join for the first time this year’s Happy Walk. They did it for Shawnn Noel, their two-year-old son with Down Syndrome. A yearly event to highlight the National Down Syndrome Consciousness Month celebration, Happy Walk is devoted to promoting positive attitudes like love and hope, instead of disappointment, fear or anger for kids with the disability. More »

  • Nelly Miricioiu: First-rate musician and human being

    Nelly Miricioiu: First-rate musician and human being

    To listen to Nelly Miricioiu, the soprano from Romania who is now a British citizen, is to fall in love with her. She will have a one-night concert, “Nelly Miricioiu Live in Manila,” on March 6 at 8 p.m. at Meralco Theater, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, with Najib Ismail as assisting artist in a program of arias by Verdi, Puccini, Bellini, Rossini, Chausson and Respighi. She will also conduct a bel canto masterclass for 13 young classical music singers who she handpicked based on the videos they had sent her. The classes, all open to the public, will run from March 9 to 11 at the Ayala Museum, Makati Ave., Makati City, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. More »

  • Sarah

    The tragedy in Mamasapano, Maguindanao  claimed the lives of 44 of the country’s elite policemen, 18 members  of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and some civilians. No, Sarah will not be forgotten. More »