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  • State Dept: 'No American is proud' of CIA tactics

    July 31, 2014 4:07 PM 11

    WASHINGTON — The State Department has endorsed the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks, a report that accuses the agency of brutally treating terror suspects and misleading Congress, according to a White House document. "This report tells a story of which no American

  • Palace to Congress: Redefine ‘savings’

    July 31, 2014 4:01 PM 11

    MALACAÑANG has asked Congress to allow the declaration of savings by the first semester in the proposed 2015 General Appropriations Act despite a unanimous ruling by the Supreme Court that such an act under the Disbursement Acceleration Program was unconstitutional. Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma said, however, that this was not a way to circumvent

  • Europe, Asia on alert vs Ebola virus spread

    July 31, 2014 4:01 PM 14

    LONDON—Fears that the west African Ebola outbreak could spread to other continents grew on Wednesday with European and Asian countries on alert and a leading medical charity warning the epidemic was out of control. Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said the crisis gripping Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone would only get worse and warned there was no overarching

  • US calls attention to media killings

    July 31, 2014 4:01 PM 11

    UNITED States Ambassador Philip Goldberg on Thursday added his voice to international calls for more concern for extrajudicial and media killing in the Philippines following similar calls from the United Nations last month. Goldberg met Wednesday with representatives from the Confederation of Asean Journalists, Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility

  • ‘DOH ready for epidemic’

    July 31, 2014 4:01 PM 15

    HEALTH Secretary Enrique Ona said Thursday his department has the capacity to detect the West African Ebola virus in a carrier early and to take measures against it in case it reaches the country. “We already have complete reagents to diagnose a victim of Ebola,” Ona told reporters. conducted and then forwarded to the World Health Organization for confirmation

  • Coup yarn seen as ploy to deflect news on DAP

    July 31, 2014 4:01 PM 12

    A FORMER chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines said Senator Antonio Trillanes’ disclosure of a supposed plot to oust President Benigno Aquino III from office was most likely the senator’s way to divert attention from the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program. Retired general Hermogenes Esperon Jr., the military chief during the Arroyo

  • Drug-resistant malaria spreading fast in SE Asia

    July 31, 2014 4:01 PM 16

    PARIS—Drug-resistant malaria parasites are now firmly established in border regions in four Southeast Asian countries, imperiling global efforts to control the disease, experts warned . Blood samples taken from 1,241 malaria patients found that parasites which are resistant to the front line drug artemisinin have spread to border areas in western and northern

  • Four judges face probe over links to ‘Ma’am Arlene’

    July 31, 2014 4:01 PM 11

    FOUR regional trial court judges are facing an investigation by the Court of Appeals after they were implicated in the alleged influence-peddling activities in the judiciary by a “Ma’am Arlene.” In a resolution released on Thursday, the Supreme Court ordered the appellate court to further investigate judges Rommel Baybay (Regional Trial Court of Makati

  • 2 senators’ suspension on hold — Drilon

    July 31, 2014 4:01 PM 16

    Senate President Franklin Drilon has notified the Sandiganbayan that it still cannot enforce the 90-day suspension order on Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile and Senator Jose Estrada. Drilon said the two senators have filed separate motions for reconsideration before the anti-graft court’s Third Division and Fifth Division which are hearing the plunder

  • Budget still pork-laden but not unli, says solon

    July 31, 2014 4:01 PM 13

    Malacañang has denied that the proposed 2015 General Appropriations Act will give President Benigno Aquino III “unlimited pork” amounting to at least P607 billion. Of the amount, P501 billion is for the Special Purpose Funds of the executive branch while P106 billion is for projects that will be nominated by lawmakers. “Based on established management