Palace: No apology for bus hostage crisis, but families compensated

April 24, 2014 6:36 pm

  Malacanang said on Thursday the Philippine government will not apologize for the 2010 hostage crisis in Manila, but the families of the victims from Hong Kong received a “reasonable” compensation. Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras said the Philippine panel gave … Read more »

Obama gets a kick out of footballing robot

April 24, 2014 6:23 pm

TOKYO – Barack Obama Thursday came face to face with Japan’s newest sporting phenomenon — an eerily realistic humanoid robot which can run, jump and enjoy a kickaround with the president of the United States. The US leader marvelled at … Read more »

Pasig ferry service starts operation on April 28

April 24, 2014 5:37 pm

The passenger ferry system along Pasig River is set to operate on April 28 (Monday) and offers free rides for the first week, said Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino. Tolentino said the free rides of the Pasig … Read more »

ADB: 1.6B people in Asia-Pacific might slip back into extreme poverty

April 24, 2014 5:37 pm

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said in a report released Thursday that 1.6 billion people in Asia-Pacific are at risk of being pushed back into extreme poverty. The Manila-based lender said the 1.6 billion people who subsist on less than … Read more »

PH advances 8 notches in WEF ICT ranking

April 24, 2014 5:36 pm

The Philippines has gained another upgrade in World Economic Forum’s (WEF) report as it advances eight notches in the Global Information Technology Report (GITR) 2014. The country’s Network Readiness Index (NRI) has improved from rank 86 out of 144 economies … Read more »

Three foreigners dead at Kabul hospital as guard opens fire

April 24, 2014 4:56 pm

KABUL: A guard at a Kabul hospital run by a US charity opened fire on staff Thursday, killing three foreigners including a doctor, in the latest attack targeting international civilians in the Afghan capital. The security guard was injured in … Read more »

US judge dismisses Tarantino lawsuit against website

April 24, 2014 4:56 pm

LOS ANGELES: A US judge threw out a lawsuit by Quentin Tarantino seeking $1 million from a gossip website for helping leak a screenplay for his latest planned movie. US District Judge John F. Walter said Wednesday that Tarantino had … Read more »

Russia not abiding by Geneva agreement says Obama

April 24, 2014 4:55 pm

DONETSK: US President Barack Obama accused Russia on Thursday of failing to respect an agreement to defuse the crisis in Ukraine, the latest salvo in the Cold War-like duel between Washington and Moscow over the future of the ex-Soviet nation. … Read more »

Philippine Airlines quits flying shark fins amid outcry

April 24, 2014 4:53 pm

Philippine Airlines (PAL) said Thursday it has stopped flying shark fin cargoes, joining a number of other Asia-Pacific carriers in taking a stand for marine conservation. The fins are used in shark fin soup, a much-valued delicacy in Hong Kong … Read more »

Team Prima Pasta riders rule Baguio, Gensan downhill series legs

April 24, 2014 4:47 pm

  Team Prima Cyclists Jerich Farr, Frederick Farr and Jing Malabanan ruled the Baguio City and General Santos City leg of 2014 Downhill Riders Organization of the Philippines’ (DROP) Specialized National Downhill Series round 1 and 2. Jerich Farr, 17, … Read more »