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TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Monday to work with the US, China and Russia to contain North Korea’s nuclear threat with “strong, resolute diplomacy”, as he “humbly” accepted his landslide victory in a snap election. Fresh from clinching a two-thirds “super-majority” that enables the nationalist premier to realize…

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CLARK FREEPORT: Security officials on Monday officially declared the end of the fighting in Marawi City, exactly five months to the day when Maute terrorists seized the Islamic city. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said combat operations have been terminated since all Maute fighters have been taken out. “We now announce…

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SYDNEY: Australian music pioneer George Young, a driving force behind AC/DC which was fronted by his brothers Angus and Malcolm, has died aged 70, the band and his publishing house said Monday. Young shot to fame in the 1960s as a member of Sydney-based The Easybeats and became an established…

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CLARK: US Defense Secretary James Mattis on Monday praised the Philippines for its successes in battling Islamic State supporters, as he began an Asian trip aimed at reaffirming American support for regional allies. Mattis echoed Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement last week that Filipino forces had “liberated” the southern city…

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BUTUAN Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos passed away on Saturday. He was 74. Though saddened by Pueblos’ death, Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, former president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, (CBCP), said it should also be looked at with hope and faith in God. “Every death diminishes us.…

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A 3.5-magnitude earthquake hit Samar on Sunday, according to the Philippine Institute for Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). The quake recorded at 5:22 p.m. was located at 12 kilometers (km) northeast of Hinahangan with a depth of 24 km. The quake was tectonic in origin, Phivolcs said. Phivolcs added that no damage or aftershocks were recorded. GLEE…

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THE Houston Astros defeated the New York Yankees 4-0 on Saturday to book a Major League Baseball World Series showdown with the Los Angeles Dodgers. After fending off elimination in game six on Friday, the Astros won the best-of-seven American League Championship Series four-games-to-three to reach the World Series for the second time in…