Urban heat waves getting worse, study confirms

January 30, 2015 3:47 pm

PARIS: Urban heat waves have become more frequent over the last 40 years, scientists reported on Friday. A weather database of cities around the world reveals “significant” increases in periods of extremely hot days and falls in the number of … Read more »

‘Aquino betrayed the public’

January 30, 2015 3:44 pm

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd has gravely betrayed public trust when he allowed suspended Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima to oversee the Special Action Force (SAF) operation in Maguindanao which later led to the killing of 44 elite policemen, … Read more »

Thai military ramps up ‘attitude adjustment’ for critics

January 30, 2015 3:39 pm

BANGKOK: A prominent leader of the opposition Red Shirt movement and a former minister Friday became the latest critics of Thailand’s junta forced to report to barracks for “attitude adjustment” as the military ramps up its campaign against dissent. Nattawut … Read more »

China surveying government suicides amid graft drive

January 30, 2015 12:47 pm

BEIJING: China’s ruling Communist party has ordered a survey of “unusual deaths” among officials, government websites showed Thursday, after reports that some had committed suicide to escape a crackdown on corruption. An “urgent notice” called on officials to provide details … Read more »

China vows no ‘Western values’ in universities

January 30, 2015 12:45 pm

BEIJING: China’s education minister has vowed to ban university textbooks that promote “Western values”, state media said, in the latest sign of ideological tightening under President Xi Jinping. “Never let textbooks promoting Western values appear in our classes,” minister Yuan … Read more »

US scientist jailed over nuclear spy sting

January 30, 2015 12:38 pm

WASHINGTON: A naturalized US citizen was jailed Wednesday for five years for attempting to help Venezuela build a nuclear weapon by passing on secret information, the US Justice Department said. Scientist Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni, 79, and his wife Marjorie Roxby … Read more »

Obama backs spending increase, hits Republicans

January 30, 2015 11:32 am

WASHINGTON: A combative US President Barack Obama unveiled plans to increase government spending, in defiance of his Republican opponents controlling Congress. Rolling out budget proposals for the coming year that would increase spending by $74 billion above an agreed cap, … Read more »

Islamic State group issues new threat to kill Jordanian pilot

January 30, 2015 11:22 am

AMMAN: Islamic State militants say they will execute a Jordanian pilot “immediately” if Amman does not hand over a female suicide bomber by sunset Thursday, as Japan waits in anguish for news of a journalist the extremists are also holding. … Read more »

EU, Germany warn Greece over debt reduction ambitions

January 30, 2015 11:21 am

ATHENS: The European Union and Germany warned Greece’s radical new left-wing government Thursday that there is little support for a reduction in its massive debts, on the eve of its first talks with its eurozone partners. Radical Prime Minister Alexis … Read more »

Teen hit by stray bullet in Mamasapano carnage fighting for life

January 30, 2015 11:16 am

COTABATO CITY: A 16-year-old civilian named Saat Manadal of Barangay Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao is still fighting for his life days after he was hit by stray bullets at the height of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighter … Read more »