July inflation drops to 0.8% – a new 20-yr low

August 5, 2015 1:36 pm

Philippine headline inflation marked its slowest pace in 20 years at 0.8 percent in July, dragged by lower food, energy and oil prices, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said on Wednesday. The inflation figure for the month matched the … Read more »

Seventy years on, few Americans regret Enola Gay’s mission

August 5, 2015 12:05 pm

WASHINGTON: The Enola Gay was on its long flight back to its Pacific island base when co-pilot Captain Robert Lewis opened his log and scribbled down the many questions racing through his mind. “Just how many Japs did we kill?” … Read more »

Add spice for a longer life?

August 5, 2015 12:01 pm

PARIS: Eating spicy food, especially fresh chilli, has been linked to a lower risk of death in a Chinese study, researchers said Tuesday. But they cautioned it was too early to draw a final conclusion on the potential benefits of … Read more »

World hopes for first clues to MH370 mystery

August 5, 2015 11:58 am

SYDNEY: Technical experts in France were to begin examining a washed-up plane part on Wednesday that almost certainly belonged to missing flight MH370, raising hopes that some light may finally be shed on one of aviation’s darkest mysteries. The Malaysia … Read more »

Former South Korea first lady begins rare trip to North

August 5, 2015 11:56 am

SEOUL: The widow of late South Korean president Kim Dae-Jung flew to North Korea on Wednesday, hoping the rare trip would help ease the perennial tensions that have stymied efforts at cross-border cooperation. The August 5-8 visit by Lee Hee-Ho … Read more »

Shots fired near US military training center

August 5, 2015 11:29 am

MIAMI: Shots were fired Tuesday near a US military training center in Mississippi but no service members were hurt, a base spokesman said. At about 11:45 am troops training at Camp Shelby reported hearing shots, said Lieutenant Colonel Christian Patterson. … Read more »

New York’s largest Legionnaires outbreak kills seven

August 5, 2015 11:28 am

NEW YORK: New York’s largest recorded outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease has killed seven people and infected 86 others, as the city moved Tuesday to draw up new legislation to halt future outbreaks. Sixty-four people are still being treated for the … Read more »

Trump, an unknown quantity in first Republican debate

August 5, 2015 11:24 am

WASHINGTON: As nine candidates prepare to take their place Thursday alongside Donald Trump for the first Republican presidential debate, a question looms: how does one deal with a rival whose bombast is part of his DNA? The real-estate tycoon turned … Read more »

Simple coordination to slash ‘superbug’ infections

August 5, 2015 10:50 am

WASHINGTON: Simple coordination between hospitals, nursing homes and health authorities could slash the number of drug-resistant “superbug” infections and save thousands of US lives, experts said. Hospitals and nursing homes strive to control infections but rarely report to one another … Read more »

Obama to evoke ghosts of Iraq, Soviet Union in Iran plea

August 5, 2015 10:48 am

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama will present the Iran nuclear debate as the most momentous US foreign policy decision since the Iraq war, in a fresh history-evoking bid to win support. In the address to the American University in Washington, Obama … Read more »