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  • US billionaire says WWII Japanese ship found in Philippines
    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
    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 …

  • Image of Asia: Fire burns more than 1,000 homes in Manila
    Image of Asia: Fire burns more than 1,000 homes in Manila

    In this photo by Bullit Marquez, a boy sits on pavement while his family retrieves items from their burned home Tuesday following an overnight fire that destroyed a slum-dwellers community in Manila, Philippines. No casualties were reported in the 9-hour fire that burned more than a thousand homes and left at least 3,000 families homeless. The Bureau of Fire and Protection was still investigating the cause of the fire. But in Manila's poorest neighborhoods, fires often are caused by poor wiring …

  • State pulls teens from rural Nevada juvenile camp after riot

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — The state of Nevada has removed all youths in its custody from a privately owned juvenile rehabilitation center where a riot erupted over the weekend about 70 miles southeast of Reno — the fourth uprising there in fourth months, a state official said Wednesday. …

  • 'It was him' Boston bombings trial hears
    'It was him' Boston bombings trial hears

    Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could face the death penalty and -- while survivors recounted the carnage in graphic detail -- the defense sought to put the bulk of the blame on his slain older sibling. Prosecutors said Tsarnaev carried out the attacks to avenge the deaths of fellow Muslims overseas after learning how to build pressure-cooker bombs through an Al-Qaeda publication. The Kyrgyzstan-born US citizen faces the death penalty if convicted of the bombings which killed three people and wounded 264, …

  • AFP orders sustained campaign vs Abus
    AFP orders sustained campaign vs Abus

    Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. ordered a sustained campaign against the Abu Sayyaf as he personally assessed the military offensive in Sulu. The military launched the offensive Tuesday last week and encountered more than 300 Abu Sayyaf militants led by Radulan Sahiron and Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan in the mountains of Patikul town. The series of encounters left 24 Abu Sayyaf killed and scores wounded while government forces had two dead and 26 others …

  • Noy starts search for next PNP chief, interviews Espina, Garbo
    Noy starts search for next PNP chief, interviews Espina, Garbo

    President Aquino has interviewed Philippine National Police officer-in-charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina and directorial staff chief Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo Jr. as part of the search for the next PNP chief to replace resigned Director General Alan Purisima. Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II told reporters yesterday that the President spoke with Espina and Garbo last Monday and asked for their records. “At the right time, the President will make a decision,” Roxas …

  • Lights on in remote Abra town
    Lights on in remote Abra town

    BANGUED – Electricity has finally arrived in Tineg town in Abra.  …

  • SB to power sector: Don’t aggravate electricity shortage
    SB to power sector: Don’t aggravate electricity shortage

    Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. yesterday asked the power sector not to aggravate the electricity shortage this summer through unscheduled plant shutdowns. Belmonte issued the statement as the bicameral committee handling a resolution seeking to grant President Aquino emergency powers to address the power shortage remained deadlocked over the “no pass-on” provision. “The power industry must not make matters worse by shutting down power plants, whose maintenance can be rescheduled after the …

  • Women’s role in governance, nation building cited
    Women’s role in governance, nation building cited

    The Civil Service Commission (CSC) lauded yesterday the important role of women in governance and nation building as part of the observance of Women’s Month this March. Statistics show that women make up the majority of the bureaucracy and as such, they play a significant part in the implementation of government programs. According to the Philippine Commission on Women, women’s participation in decision-making can still be improved as men continue to outnumber women in top leadership posts in …