Ailing ruble poses risks to China

December 19, 2014 8:08 pm

BEIJING: The panic from Russia’s beleaguered currency has not yet reached the Chinese foreign exchange market, but economists are warning about a chain reaction from economic turmoil in the nation’s large neighbor. Following the sharp drop in world oil prices, … Read more »

US air strikes kill several IS leaders

December 19, 2014 8:07 pm

WASHINGTON D.C.: Several leaders of the Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq have been killed in US air strikes in recent weeks, dealing a blow to the jihadist forces, the Pentagon said on Thursday (Friday in Manila). “I can confirm … Read more »

China to build major railway in Thailand

December 19, 2014 8:06 pm

BANGKOK: Chinese premier Li Keqiang is set on Friday to sign agriculture and transport agreements on a visit to Bangkok, as Thailand’s junta seeks diplomatic support after their coup was given short-shrift by US and European allies. A dual-track railway … Read more »

Eight children found dead at Cairns

December 19, 2014 8:06 pm

SYDNEY: Eight children ranging from babies to teenagers were found dead at a home in the Australian city of Cairns on Friday, police said, reportedly in a gruesome mass stabbing that comes just days after a deadly siege in Sydney. … Read more »

Dreams, doubts in Cuba after news of US thaw

December 19, 2014 8:05 pm

HAVANA: Stunned by the sudden announcement of Cuba’s rapprochement with the United States, residents of Havana on Thursday (Friday in Manila) oscillated between joy and skepticism as they tried figure out what it all means. “I’m still in shock, still … Read more »

Boko Haram kidnaps 185 in Nigeria

December 19, 2014 8:04 pm

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria: Boko Haram has kidnapped at least 185 people, including women and children, in northeast Nigeria, the latest mass abduction in a region where the military has repeatedly struggled to protect civilians, officials and witnesses said on Thursday (Friday … Read more »

US calls movie studio hack a security breach

December 19, 2014 8:03 pm

WASHINGTON D.C.: The White House called the cyber-attack on Sony Pictures a serious national security matter on Thursday (Friday in Manila), threatening an “appropriate response” as others pointed the finger at Pyongyang. With the Hollywood scandal threatening to escalate into … Read more »

German medics report on drug success for Ebola patient

December 19, 2014 7:59 pm

PARIS: German doctors on Friday gave details of how an experimental drug together with advanced intensive care helped save a Ugandan physician who had been airlifted from Sierra Leone with Ebola. A prototype drug called FX06, designed to stop hemorrhage, … Read more »

UN wants to refer N. Korea to int’l court

December 19, 2014 7:58 pm

UNITED NATIONS, United States: The UN General Assembly on Thursday (Friday in Manila) called for North Korea to be referred to the International Criminal Court over its dismal rights record, in a landmark resolution adopted by a strong majority. The … Read more »

Apple suppliers accused of poor treatment of workers

December 19, 2014 7:57 pm

LONDON: Workers in Chinese factories making Apple products are poorly treated, with exhausted employees falling asleep on their 12-hour shifts, British broadcaster the BBC found in an investigation broadcast on Thursday (Friday in Manila). Reporters who took jobs undercover at … Read more »