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Like a wallflower who has been asked to dance

VICE President Maria Leonor Robredo has hurtled so fast like a cannonball out of the presidential appointment system it’s impossible even for a media organization like The Manila Times to keep track of what she is doing and of her many plans and initiatives. First, almost like the Pope speaking...

SKorea and Asean commemorate 30 years of friendship in Busan summit

BY HAN DONG-MAN FROM November 25 to 26 this year, leaders of the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) will converge in Busan, South Korea...

Threats, killings: Iraqi protesters face ‘psychological’ war

BAGHDAD: Strange men following them. Threats phoned in or muttered in the middle of a crowd. As Iraq’s anti-government protests falter, activists and volunteer medics feel the noose tightening...

Generation Z taunts old-timers with ‘OK boomer’ jibe

NEW YORK: Call it an eye-roll from the “snowflakes” to the old-timers they blame for climate change and student debt. “OK boomer” is the new rallying cry for Generation...

Prepare to win: Tsunami awareness and preparedness

By Asako Okai UNITED NATIONS: Once considered rare in their occurrence, in the last 10 years tsunamis have struck nearly every year — from Samoa to Chile, and from Iceland...

Activity at Iran’s nuclear site raises risks

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: Ten years ago while flanked by the leaders of Britain and France, then-President Barack Obama revealed to the world that Iran had built a “covert...

Online trolls, bots, snoopers imperil democracy – report

UNITED NATIONS: Using armies of online fans, trolls and automated ‘bots’, the world’s authoritarians and populists are increasingly using the web to drown out opponents and swing public opinion...

Sri Lanka courts a strongman

THE setting is the chandeliered splendor of the ballroom at the luxury Shangri-La Hotel In Colombo, Sri Lanka, which is packed to capacity. A trim, white haired sixty-something man...

Threat or chance? Israel eyes Lebanon protests closely

MOUNT HERMON: Looking down on Lebanon from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, soldiers wonder whether the political turmoil in the neighboring country will weaken arch-enemy Hezbollah or make it more...

Red Alert for Blue Planet and Small Island States

ROME: Barely a week passes without alarming news of the most recent scientific research into the global climate crisis compounding a growing sense of urgency, particularly the impact on...

‘Bulletproof’ China-backed site attacks HK democracy activists

HONG KONG: Using Russia-based servers and promoted by powerful groups linked to China’s ruling Communist Party, a sophisticated anonymous website is targeting Hong Kong pro-democracy figures — and there...

Growth of contraceptive use highest in African countries – report

NAIROBI: The number of women and girls in poor countries embracing modern contraception has leapt by tens of millions with Africa recording the biggest...

Supreme Court sacks lawyer for falsifying son’s records, other offenses

THE Supreme Court sacked a lawyer from the roll of attorneys for committing a string of offenses, including his failure to provide child support to his...

PNP backs scrapping ‘Tokhang’

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) is open to scrapping “Oplan Tokhang” if Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo will order it, its spokesman said on Tuesday. Brig. Gen....

7 dead, 20 wounded as troops, NPA clash in Eastern Samar

SIX soldiers and a communist rebel were killed while 20 other troopers were wounded during a firefight on Monday afternoon in Borongan City, Eastern...

LPA intensifies into tropical depression ‘Ramon’

A low pressure (LPA) off the coast east of Visayas has intensified into a tropical depression on Tuesday morning and has been named “Ramon,” the...