UN watchdog faults HK on reforms

October 24, 2014 8:43 pm

GENEVA: A United Nations rights watchdog on Thursday (Friday in Manila) pressed Hong Kong to enact democratic reforms, saying moves so far fell short of what was needed. Amid weeks of pro-democracy protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese city, the UN … Read more »

EU pledges $1.26B in fight vs Ebola

October 24, 2014 8:41 pm

BRUSSELS: European Union leaders agreed on Friday to boost aid to combat the deadly Ebola virus in west Africa to $1.26 billion (one billion euros) EU president Herman Van Rompuy said. “EU will increase financial help to 1 billion euros … Read more »

IS among richest militant groups

October 24, 2014 8:40 pm

WASHINGTON D.C.: The Islamic State (IS) has fast become one of the world’s wealthiest terror groups, generating tens of millions of dollars a month from black market oil sales, ransoms and extortion, officials said on Thursday (Friday in Manila). It … Read more »

China launches mission to moon

October 24, 2014 8:38 pm

BEIJING: China launched early on Friday its first space mission to the moon and back, authorities said, the latest step forward for Beijing’s ambitious program to one day land a Chinese citizen on the Earth’s only natural satellite. The unnamed, … Read more »

New York confirms first Ebola case

October 24, 2014 8:37 pm

NEW YORK CITY: A doctor who recently returned to New York from treating Ebola patients in Guinea tested positive on Thursday (Friday in Manila) for the deadly virus, the first confirmed case in the city, officials said. The 33-year-old—identified by … Read more »

Baby killed in Jerusalem attack was US citizen

October 24, 2014 8:34 pm

WASHINGTON D.C.: A three-month-old baby girl killed when a Palestinian rammed his car into a group of pedestrians in Jerusalem was an American citizen, a US official confirmed on Thursday (Friday in Manila). Haya Zissel Braun was buried at a … Read more »

Colossal volcanic eruption could destroy Japan

October 24, 2014 8:30 pm

TOKYO: Japan could be nearly destroyed by a massive volcanic eruption over the next century, putting almost all of the country’s 127 million-strong population at risk, according to a new study. “It is not an overstatement to say that a … Read more »

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth sends first tweet

October 24, 2014 8:20 pm

LONDON: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II sent her first ever tweet during a visit to a museum Friday, signing it “Elizabeth R”—and even removing a glove to post it. The 88-year-old’s Twitter debut came during a visit to London’s Science Museum … Read more »

De Lima: Even before Laude slay there were talks already on VFA implementing guidelines

October 24, 2014 7:42 pm

Justice Secretary Leila De Lima on Friday clarified that even before the killing of Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude there were talks already between the United States and the Philippines in connection with the implementing guidelines of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA). … Read more »

BI calls on foreigners to report for passport red-stamping

October 24, 2014 7:41 pm

All foreign nationals and their dependents with permanent resident status were ordered to report to the Bureau of Immigration (BI) office in Manila for re-stamping of their passports. BI Spokesperson Elaine Tan said foreigners are required to participate in the … Read more »