Florida officials say local Zika transmission ‘likely’

July 29, 2016 11:54 pm

MIAMI, Florida: Florida health officials said Friday they believe that four people have been infected locally with Zika, in what would be the first evidence that mosquitoes carrying the virus are present in the continental United States. Officials have been … Read more »

US Navy to name ship after gay rights icon Harvey Milk

July 29, 2016 11:52 pm

WASHINGTON, DC: The US Navy will name a ship after gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk, a San Francisco politician who was assassinated in 1978, a naval official said Friday. Nicknamed “the gay Martin Luther King, Jr” for his work to … Read more »

Facebook to challenge US bill for back taxes

July 29, 2016 11:49 pm

WASHINGTON: The US government is expected to hit Facebook with a bill for between $3 billion and $5 billion in back taxes, the social network has disclosed. Facebook said it would challenge the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) assessment in the … Read more »

French church attacks: what we know

July 29, 2016 11:48 pm

PARIS: Two teenaged jihadists attacked a French church and brutally murdered a priest in the Normandy town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray as the country was still mourning the Bastille Day killings in Nice claimed by IS. Here is what we know so … Read more »

Conflict brews over Con-Ass

July 29, 2016 11:29 pm

CONFLICT is brewing over how to overhaul the 1987 Constitution as President Rodrigo Duterte confirmed he would pursue Charter change through a Constituent Assembly instead of a costly Constitutional Convention, even threatening to abolish the party-list system. Differing views emerged … Read more »

Yasay hit for weakness vs China

July 29, 2016 11:28 pm

TWO DIPLOMATS of the previous Aquino administration on Friday lashed out at Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. for his supposedly weak stance on China, saying Manila should have insisted on a stronger statement on the West Philippine Sea (South China … Read more »

Duterte issues new ultimatum to Reds

July 29, 2016 11:27 pm

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has issued another ultimatum to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), calling on the rebel group to reciprocate his unilateral ceasefire declaration or face renewed hostilities. Duterte was at the 60th Infantry Battalion headquarters in Davao … Read more »

Road rage killer nabbed in Masbate

July 29, 2016 11:26 pm

THE INACTIVE ARMY reservist who is accused of killing a cyclist in a road altercation on July 25 in Quiapo, Manila was nabbed shortly before noon on Friday in Masbate province (south of Manila). Vhon Tanto was arrested at 11:40 … Read more »

‘Carina’ to make landfall in NLuzon

July 29, 2016 11:25 pm

MANILA: Tropical Depression “Carina” is expected to make landfall in the northern part of Luzon this weekend, and could intensify into a typhoon, the state weather bureau said on Friday. In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Samuel Duran said that … Read more »

‘We’ll fix it together’

July 29, 2016 11:15 pm

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania: Hillary Clinton on Thursday (Friday morning in Manila) claimed her place in history as the first woman presidential nominee of a major US party, promising economic opportunity for all and rejecting Donald Trump’s dark vision of America. Pledging … Read more »