• Boxing hero Pacquiao is top tax-payer in Philippines: govt
    Boxing hero Pacquiao is top tax-payer in Philippines: govt

    Boxing hero Manny Pacquiao, who faces his biggest fight against unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather, already holds top spot as the number one taxpayer in the Philippines, government records showed Saturday. A list of top individual tax-payers for 2013, posted on the Bureau of Internal Revenue website, put the boxer-turned-congressman at number one with 163.84 million pesos ($3.72 million) in taxes paid. Internal revenue chief Kim Henares confirmed that Pacquiao topped the list but stressed …

  • Donaire wins in a flash; Nietes stops Mexican
    Donaire wins in a flash; Nietes stops Mexican

    It didn’t take long for Nonito Donaire Jr. to announce that he still has what it takes to be called a champion once more. The Filipino Flash, who was knocked out last October, was his old self, deadly and explosive, last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Donaire needed less than two rounds to finish off Brazil’s William Prado and clinch the WBC NABF super-bantamweight crown. In the featured bout, Donnie Nietes used his right straight to send Gilberto Parra down and eventually out. …

  • Germanwings crash co-pilot hid illness from airline
    Germanwings crash co-pilot hid illness from airline

    The Germanwings co-pilot who crashed his Airbus into the French Alps, killing all 150 aboard, hid a serious illness from the airline, prosecutors said Friday amid reports he was severely depressed. The black box voice recorder indicates that Andreas Lubitz, 27, locked his captain out of the cockpit on Tuesday and deliberately flew Flight 4U 9525 into a mountainside, French officials say, in what appears to have been a case of suicide and mass murder. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said …

  • Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida in Syria seize major city
    Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida in Syria seize major city

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida's branch in Syria seized almost full control of the northwestern city of Idlib on Saturday, taking over major roundabouts and government buildings in a powerful blow to President Bashar Assad whose forces rapidly collapsed after four days of heavy fighting, opposition activists and the extremist group said. …

  • Precedents of pilots downing their planes
    Precedents of pilots downing their planes

    Investigators believe the co-pilot of a German airliner deliberately crashed the plane into the French Alps earlier this week, killing all 150 people aboard. - Mozambique Airlines - November 29, 2013: Mozambique Airlines (LAM) flight TM 470 flying from Maputo to Luanda goes down in northeastern Namibia killing 33. Investigators said the captain had a "clear intention" to crash the plane. They said flight recorders showed the Embraer 190 went down while Captain Herminio dos Santos Fernandes …

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