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Sub search for missing jet to be finished in week

Breaking News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 12:38
PERTH, Australia — A robotic submarine looking for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane continued to dive Sunday after completing about half of its search on the bottom of the Indian Ocean with no luck, prompting an official to express the urgent need to find something that can help solve the mysterious disappearance six weeks ago. The Bluefin 21 unmanned sub began its eighth trip into the depths off the coast of western Australia. Its search area forms a 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) circle around the location of an underwater signal that was believed to have come from the aircraft's black boxes before their batteries died. The sonar scan of the seafloor in that area is expected to ...

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2 suspected victims of summary execution found dead in N. Cotabato

Breaking News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 11:57
KIDAPAWAN CITY, Philippines – Two men suspected to have been victims of summary execution were found dead by joggers in Barangay New Rizal in Mlang, North Cotabato on Sunday morning. Insp. Sunny Leoncito, Mlang police chief, said by phone that the victims – in their late 20s – apparently died of bullet wounds. Each had multiple gunshot wounds to the body, he said. Leoncito said the hands of the victims, who remained unidentified as of this hour, were tied with packing tape and their mouths also gagged with the same material. “They might be victims of summary execution. We could not say, however, if they killed in the area or were just dumped there,” he said, adding ...

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Divers begin pulling bodies from sunken ferry in Korea

Breaking News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 11:40
MOKPO, South Korea — After more than three days of frustration and failure, divers on Sunday finally found a way into a submerged ferry off South Korea's southern shore, discovering more than a dozen bodies inside the ship and pushing the confirmed death toll to 49, officials said Sunday.   More than 250 people are still missing, most of them high school students on a holiday trip, and anguished families are furious with the pace of rescue efforts. Divers had previously failed to enter the ferry, officials said, because of extremely strong currents and bad visibility due to foul weather. They have yet to find any survivors in the ship.   The penetration by d...

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Aquino: ‘Doubting Thomases’ now contributing to PH recovery

Breaking News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 11:26
MANILA, Philippines – Seeing is believing. In the case of the Philippines, those who used to question the government are now believers, according to President Benigno Aquino III.   Aquino, in his Easter message likened Jesus Christ’s suffering and resurrection to the country’s economic revival.   He said Christ’s resurrection allowed mankind to bask in the light, with many people regaining and strengthening their faith. However, there were also others like the apostle Thomas who doubted it.   “Gaya po ng landas na piniling tahakin ni Hesukristo, nanindigan at muling bumangon ang ating bayan mula sa malubhang katiwalian at kahirapan,” he sa...

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Fire engulfs apartments in Sampaloc

Breaking News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 11:23
MANILA, Philippines--‎At least 10 families were left homeless after a fire had swept through a stretch of houses in Sampaloc, Manila on Easter Sunday.   A Manila Fire Department official said in a phone interview with Inquirer.net that the fire engulfed four residential apartments along P. Campa Street near España Boulevard.   The fire that reached fifth alarm started at 3:03 a.m. and was put out an hour after, at 4:10 a.m. before dawn Sunday.   The four two-storey apartments were reportedly made of light materials, which caused the fire to spread quickly.   ‎Nobody was reported injured in the incident.   Authorities estimated t...

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Warriors beat Clippers in playoff opener

Breaking News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 10:41
The Golden State Warriors got Blake Griffin and Chris Paul in foul trouble to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 109-105 in their NBA playoff opener on Saturday. Klay Thompson scored 22 points, David Lee added 20, and Stephen Curry 14 for the Warriors, who trailed by 11 points to start the game before rallying in the third when Griffin and Paul were on the bench together. Paul led the Clippers with 28 points, and J.J. Redick added 22 points in 30 minutes. Griffin finished with 16, fouling out with 48 seconds left and the game tied at 105. DeAndre Jordan had 11 points and 14 rebounds. Foul trouble plagued both teams, but losing Griffin and Paul for periods cost the Clippers at bo...

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Messy warehouse belongs to Unicef, WFP, says Soliman

Breaking News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 09:40
MANILA, Philippines--The messy warehouse of relief goods intended for Supertyphoon “Yolanda” victims as shown by TV5 network and posted on its Web portal Interaksyon.com last month is actually being occupied by the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) and World Food Program (WFP).   Social Welfare and Development Secretary Dinky Soliman on Saturday reported that the investigation conducted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development disproved the report that the unkempt relief hub was being maintained by DSWD in Tacloban City. Soliman had asked the network’s management to correct the report aired on March 26 but the network issued a statement standing...

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Suspected Abu Sayyaf rebels release hostage

Breaking News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 09:33
ZAMBOANGA CITY - Suspected Abu Sayyaf gunmen on Saturday freed an employee of the Jolo Water District in Sulu, whom they had held captive for 59 days.   Capt. Ryan Lacuesta, spokesperson of the 2nd Marine Brigade, said Sunday that Bonifacio Salinas was released in Barangay Baunoh Bangkal in Patikul town. He said based on Salinas' account, he and his captors walked for about two hours before they left him behind. Salinas managed to meet some civilians on his way and they helped him contact authorities, Lacuesta said. He said Salinas was immediately brought to the Camp Bautista Station Hospital for medical check up. The water district employee was abducted along with his ...

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New meaning of Easter in Samar

Breaking News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 09:30
GUIUAN, Eastern Samar—As Christendom celebrates Easter, worshippers are coming in droves to a popular church  here, grateful for having survived the worst storm in their lives.   Observing a significant number of survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) coming to visit St. Anthony of Padua Church at Sulangan village (population: 3,500) is Fr. Joberto Picardal, the parish priest, who has ordered additional Masses and other rites to accommodate the sudden spike in churchgoers.   “A lot of Yolanda survivors have been coming to our church lately. This is something new to us,” Picardal, 65, said.   “They come to thank t...

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Colombia hopes to share Garcia Marquez remains

Breaking News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 09:08
MEXICO CITY— The final resting place for the ashes of Gabriel Garcia Marquez remains unclear. It could be Mexico where he lived for decades or his native Colombia. Perhaps even both. Colombia's ambassador to Mexico says it's completely up to the family of the Nobel laureate who died Thursday in Mexico City. And the family so far has not revealed its wishes. Ambassador Jose Gabriel Ortiz says Colombians from President Juan Manuel Santos on down would like to see the remains divided between Mexico and Colombia. He notes that while Garcia Marquez wrote many of his novels in Mexico, "he never stopped being Colombian." Santos sent a tweet on Saturday confirming he will attend a...

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Show-biz celebrities’ other choices of summer getaway

Breaking News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 08:56
MANILA, Philippines--Tagaytay, too, is movie star and former beauty queen Maria Isabel Lopez’s haven when she wants a cooler climate without the hassle of a long trip.   Donsol, Sorsogon, is on her list as well, for whale shark encounters and the firefly tour at night, not to mention pili nuts.   Daughter Mara Yokohama, a surfing enthusiast, can be spotted in any of the beaches in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Aurora and Siargao. “Anywhere with the perfect waves and no crowd. My dream getaway is being stranded on any island with my surfboard,” Yokohama told the Inquirer.   Mountains and springs   Mike Tan and Isay Alvarez prefer the mountai...

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Asia seeks Obama’s assurance in territorial spats

Breaking News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 08:02
WASHINGTON— As President Barack Obama travels through Asia this coming week, he will confront a region that's warily watching the crisis in Ukraine through the prism of its own territorial tensions with China. Each of the four countries on Obama's itinerary — Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines — has a dispute with Beijing over islands and waters in the South and East China Seas. Their leaders will be weighing Obama's willingness to support them if those conflicts boil over. "What we can say after seeing what happened to Ukraine is that using force to change the status quo is not acceptable," said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose country is in one of...

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Rain or Shine, Ginebra clash for No. 6 spot

Breaking News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 04:39
MANILA, Philippines — Rain or Shine, a finalist in the last two PBA conferences, and Barangay Ginebra, a side which its throng of diehards feel has underachieved in the same span, clash Sunday for the critical No. 6 spot in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Game time is 5:15 p.m. with the Gin Kings unveiling a returning import in the undersized Gabriel Freeman and the Elasto Painters trying to make do with Wayne Chism, whom coach Yeng Guiao describes as impressive in practice. The Painters have drawn little offensive mileage from Chism, and if Rain or Shine plays to the run-and-gun style of the Kings which Freeman likes, then Guiao and his boys ...

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Why ‘Noah’ can’t dock his ark at Philippine theaters

Breaking News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 00:15
It could take more than 40 days and 40 nights for the multimillion dollar Hollywood movie “Noah” to dock its ark in Philippine theaters.   The Darren Aronofsky film, about the biblical character Noah’s mission to save the whole of creation from a great flood, was originally set for local release April 2.   However, the Russell Crowe-starrer became the first casualty in a courtroom battle between its producer United International Pictures (UIP) and local film distributor Solar Entertainment Corporation.   Bad faith   The Makati City Regional Trial Court has prohibited the distribution of UIP films in the country after the US firm allegedly...

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Acclaimed artist goes wild while on holiday

Breaking News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 00:10
Just in time for Easter: A few years back, Acclaimed Artist traveled to an exotic destination on a group tour. AA thoroughly enjoyed the holiday—actually, a bit too much.   His conservative companions were scandalized by AA’s hijinks. He often wandered off to sample local “delicacies.” To be more specific, AA went hog wild with a different date every night.   As far as his fellow pilgrims (yes, it’s that kind of a destination) knew, AA missed all the sights and rituals because he mostly stayed in.   Amen.       Attack dogs strike again   Admired Veteran dared to uncover the shenanigans of Powerful Co...

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Believing in this mermaid

Breaking News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 00:05
“Dyesebel” star Anne Curtis reacts to critics who say she doesn’t deserve the role: “I can’t please everybody. Criticisms come with the territory. I heard the same thing when I did ‘Kampanerang Kuba’ and ‘Dyosa.’ Many say I don’t deserve to be the lead here. I will prove them wrong. ABS-CBN conducted a survey before giving ‘Dyesebel’ to me. I’m thankful to those who believe in me.” Marinel R. Cruz      ...

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2 killed in apparent Bahrain car bombing

Breaking News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 22:02
MANAMA, Bahrain—Authorities in Bahrain say an apparent car bombing has killed two people and wounded one west of the capital, Manama. A statement Saturday from the Interior Ministry said the blast happened in Mughsha, a village along a highway west of the capital. It said investigators found traces of explosives in the car. Bahrain has been roiled by three years of unrest, with a Shiite-dominated opposition movement demanding greater political rights from the Sunni monarchy. The country is a small, Western-allied island kingdom off the coast of Saudi Arabia that is home to the United States Navy's 5th Fleet. Separately, the ministry said a bomb thrown at security officials try...

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Tottenham beats Fulham 3-1 in Premier League

Breaking News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 21:59
LONDON, England— Tottenham kept its small hopes of a top-four finish alive with a 3-1 win over Fulham in the Premier League on Saturday. Spurs remained sixth in the standings but cut their deficit to fourth-place Arsenal to four points after goals from Paulinho, Harry Kane and Younes Kaboul ended relegation-threatened Fulham's run of two consecutive wins. The Gunners have played one game less. Paulinho put Tottenham ahead with a simple tap-in after Christian Eriksen's free kick beat the Fulham defense but Steve Sidwell equalized just two minutes later. Kane restored Tottenham's lead after the interval with a header from Aaron Lennon's cross and Kaboul made it 3-1 as he turned...

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SC suspends proctor in 2011 bar exams

Breaking News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 21:55
MANILA, Philippines—The Supreme Court has suspended for a month without pay a Court of Appeals clerk who brought a digital camera and took snapshots of questionnaires when he served as proctor during the 2011 bar examinations.   The court en banc found Melchor Tiongson, head watcher of the 2011 bar exams at the University of Sto. Tomas, guilty of simple misconduct for violating instructions given by the Office of the Bar Confidant.   He was also permanently disqualified from serving in future bar exams.   According to a decision dated April 1, which was uploaded last week on the Supreme Court website, Tiongson brought a digital camera on November 13, 2011, the se...

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At barricades, Ukraine insurgents await Easter

Breaking News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 21:38
DONETSK, Ukraine—Pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine on Saturday prepared to celebrate Orthodox Easter at barricades outside government offices seized in nearly a dozen cities, despite an international agreement to disarm and free the premises. In Donetsk, Denis Pushilin, spokesman for the self-appointed Donetsk People's Republic, which is demanding broader regional powers and closer ties to Russia, vowed that insurgents will continue occupying government offices until the new pro-Western Kiev government is dismissed. "We will leave only after the Kiev junta leaves," Pushilin told The Associated Press outside the occupied regional administration building. "First Kiev, then ...

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