Ghani named next Afghan president, signs power-sharing deal

September 22, 2014 10:22 am

KABUL: Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani was declared Afghanistan’s next president, hours after signing a power-sharing deal with his rival Abdullah Abdullah that ended a prolonged standoff over the disputed result. The “unity government” deal paves the way for a … Read more »

IS fighters close in on Syria border town as thousands flee

September 22, 2014 10:22 am

MURSITPINAR, Turkey: Islamic State militants closed in on Syria’s third-largest Kurdish town on Sunday as tens of thousands of people fled in terror across the border into Turkey. The UN refugee agency said as many as 70,000 Syrian Kurds had … Read more »

Thousands rally worldwide over climate change

September 22, 2014 10:22 am

NEW YORK: Celebrities, political leaders and the masses rallied in New York and across the globe Sunday demanding urgent action on climate change, with organizers saying 600,000 people hit the streets. Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio, UN chief Ban Ki-moon and … Read more »

Islamic State recruits women to ‘have kids and cook’

September 22, 2014 10:01 am

Months after declaring an Islamic caliphate, the Islamic State, which has seized large swaths of Syria and Iraq, is seeking to address a need of any viable nation: women. In Internet posts and social media messaging, the extremist Sunni militants … Read more »

US awaits Arab contributions to the battle against Islamic State

September 22, 2014 9:59 am

ZAGREB, Croatia — The U.S. plan to step up attacks against militants in Iraq and Syria is being delayed until more Arab governments agree to contribute to the operation, the Pentagon’s top officer said Sunday. President Barack Obama wants more … Read more »

Quake-hit North Cotabato town now under state of calamity

September 22, 2014 9:54 am

MAKILALA, North Cotabato: After a series of 80 quakes in North Cotabato Saturday and Sunday, the local government here placed the entire municipality under state of calamity. Mayor Rudy Caoagdan said at least 208 families or 1,040 individuals were displaced … Read more »

TS ‘Mario’ leaves PH, ‘habagat’ to bring rain over Northern Luzon

September 22, 2014 9:52 am

Except in extreme Northern Luzon, most parts of the country will experience fair weather as tropical storm “Mario” is already outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Monday. PAGASA … Read more »

Aquino’s plea to China: Share prosperity in stability

September 21, 2014 11:41 pm

CHINA’S aggressive posturing in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) could undermine the global economy as the sea lane serves a significant portion of international trade, but President Benigno Aquino 3rd said he has appealed to Beijing to share the benefits of prosperity in an atmosphere of stability.

In an interview with the international media in Berlin on September 19 (Saturday in Manila)… Read more »

Boston trip homecoming of sorts for President

September 21, 2014 11:40 pm

President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s visit to Boston, Massachusetts, was a homecoming of sorts because it is the first time that he returned to Massachusetts where his family lived in exile for three years during martial law. The President arrived at … Read more »

‘Mario’ leaves 12 dead

September 21, 2014 11:39 pm

TROPICAL storm Mario (international codename: Fung-Wong) left a trail of death and destruction as the death toll rose to 12. The fatalities were identified as Althea Gaviola, Jay-ar Taganas, Hermengildo Duma, Eduard Lelis, Conrado Bergonio, Ernesto Guevarra and John Pabello … Read more »