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  • Ecuador bus slides off road, 13 killed

    March 26, 2018 11:28 AM 5

    QUITO -- Thirteen people have died and 18 were injured when the bus they were traveling in careened off a road in a coastal region of western Ecuador, according to the latest official toll. A rescue agency had initially reported that 12 people were killed and 25 injured. The latest person to have died succumbed to injuries while being treated, the Interior

  • N. Korea agrees to inter-Korean talks

    March 24, 2018 10:58 AM 6

    SEOUL -- North Korea on Saturday agreed to hold high-level talks with Seoul next week to discuss logistics for a rare inter-Korean summit, the South’s Unification Ministry said, as a diplomatic thaw on the peninsula gathers pace. The two sides will each send a three-member delegation to the border truce village of Panmunjom on Thursday for talks aimed

  • Sotto exposé casts doubt on election of Duterte, other elected execs —Robredo

    March 9, 2018 11:37 AM 31

    Senator Vicente Sotto III's disclosure of alleged fraud in the 2016 elections casts doubt on the victories of all those who won—from President Rodrigo Duterte to the councilor in the smallest municipality—Vice President Leni Robredo said on Friday. In a news conference in Iloilo City, Robredo pushed for the immediate investigation of the alleged fraud

  • Who poisoned Russ ex-spy?

    March 8, 2018 10:55 AM 12

    LONDON -- British detectives were scrambling Thursday to uncover who poisoned a Russian former double-agent and his daughter with a nerve agent, as doctors battled to save their lives and that of a policeman who also fell ill after coming to their aid. Sergei Skripal, 66, who moved to Britain in a 2010 spy swap, is in a critical condition in hospital

  • EU to present Trump trade war riposte

    March 7, 2018 11:37 AM 12

    BRUSSELS -- The EU will Wednesday set out plans to strike back against US President Donald Trump’s threatened steel and aluminum tariffs, with flagship US products such as jeans, motorbikes and whiskey in the crosshairs. No firm decision is expected as Trump has yet to sign into effect his plan to set tariffs to protect US carmakers from what he calls

  • $5M taken in ‘the great plane robbery’ in Brazil

    March 6, 2018 10:51 AM 15

    SAO PAULO -- A group of thieves stole $5 million in cash, which had been due to travel from Brazil to Switzerland aboard a Lufthansa jet, at a large freight airport near Sao Paulo, police said Monday. The spectacular heist, which took place late Sunday, was completed in a matter of minutes, and authorities have yet to arrest a suspect. The crooks entered

  • 30 years jail for ousted South Korea’s Park eyed

    February 27, 2018 10:34 AM 13

    SEOUL -- South Korean prosecutors on Tuesday demanded a 30-year-jail sentence for former president Park Geun-hye for corruption and abuse of power. Park, 66, was sacked by the country’s top court in March last year over a wide-ranging corruption scandal and has been held in custody for almost a year now. “We ask the court to hand down 30 years in prison

  • US blacklists 3 IS finance supporters

    February 10, 2018 9:38 AM 11

    WASHINGTON -- The US Treasury on Friday placed three men it said were part of the Islamic State’s global financial network on its sanctions blacklist, as it seeks to shut down the flow of funds to the group. The Treasury said Abdulpatta Escalon Abubakar of the Philippines, Yunus Emre Sakarya of Turkey, and Mohamed Mire Ali Yusuf of Somalia all provided

  • Robredo on Badoy’s remarks that she’s a ‘purveyor of fake news’: ‘Hindi ko siya pag-aaksayahan ng oras’

    January 31, 2018 9:33 AM 23

    Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday refused to further comment on the statement of Communications Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy accusing her of being a "purveyor of fake news." "Hindi ko na siya pag-aaksayahan ng oras. Mas maraming mahalagang issues na dapat tayong [pag]tuunan. Hindi na ako mag-aaksaya ng oras sa mga hindi dapat pag-aksayahan ng oras," Robredo

  • Trump's 1st State of the Union runs long

    January 31, 2018 4:06 AM 18

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address clocked in at one hour and 20 minutes. According to the American Presidency Project, that makes Trump's speech one of the longest State of the Union addresses in recent presidential history. President Bill Clinton's final State of the Union speech in January 2000 ran longer than Trump's