UN: death toll from Syrian civil war tops 191,000

Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 01:50 a.m.

GENEVA -- The death toll from three years of Syria's civil war has risen to more than 191,000 people, the United Nations reported Friday.

The figure, covering the period from March 2011 to April 2014, is the first issued by the UN's human rights office since July 2013, when it documented more than 100,000 killed.

DFA: Pinoy being tested for Ebola in Togo

Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 01:26 a.m.

MANILA -- A Filipino seafarer has been tested and monitored for the Ebola virus in Togo, West Africa, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed Friday night.

DFA Assistant Secretary Charles Jose said in a text message to reporters Friday that the Philippine Embassy in Nigeria is awaiting results of the tests conducted on the Filipino.

Armed woman tries to enter Malacañang

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 09:49 p.m.

MANILA -- A woman armed with a pistol tried to enter the presidential palace Friday and demanded to see President Benigno Aquino III, security officials said.

She was immediately disarmed and turned over to Manila police for investigation, said Commodore Raul Ubando, head of the presidential guards.

MH17 bodies returned as Malaysia battles fallout

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 09:48 p.m.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Carried by soldiers and draped in the national flag, coffins carrying Malaysian victims of Flight MH17 returned home Friday to a country still searching for those onboard another doomed jet and a government battling the political fallout of both tragedies.

The bodies and ashes of 20 victims from the Malaysia Airlines jet that was shot down over eastern Ukraine in July were given full military honors and a day of national mourning was declared, the first for civilians in the country's five-decade history.

Parents had hoped to negotiate with journalist's captors

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 09:09 p.m.

ROCHESTER, New Hampshire -- he parents of slain journalist James Foley said they regarded an email they received from his captors last week as a hopeful sign they could negotiate with the Islamic militants.

Speaking on NBC's "Today," John and Diane Foley from Rochester, New Hampshire, said they had last heard from the captors via several emails in December.

Nigeria confirms 2 new Ebola cases

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 08:44 p.m.

ABUJA, Nigeria -- Two new cases of Ebola have emerged in Nigeria and, in an alarming development, they are outside the group of caregivers who treated an airline passenger who arrived with Ebola and died, Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said Friday.

Chukwu told reporters in Abuja, the capital, the two are spouses of a man and woman who had direct contact with Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer, who flew into the country last month with the virus and infected 11 others before he died in July, including the male and female caregiver who both subsequently died of Ebola.

8 nabbed in online 'sextortion' raid in Bulacan

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 07:39 p.m.

MANILA -- Police have arrested eight suspected members of an online syndicate accused of blackmailing more than 1,000 Hong Kong and Singapore residents after luring them into exposing themselves in front of webcam, an official said Friday.

The raid on the syndicate's locations in Bulacan on Thursday was a follow-up to an operation backed by Interpol in April in which 58 Filipinos were arrested, and another 100 linked to the extortion in a subsequent investigation in May.

Palace to Binay: Aquino himself openly stated view on Cha-cha, term extension

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 07:08 p.m.

VICE President Jejomar Binay should not make any allusion that the people surrounding President Benigno Aquino III were the ones instigating him to change the Constitution, including the provision on lifting the six-year single term of the president, a Palace official said Friday.

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that it was Aquino himself who expressed openness for Charter change and to listen to his "bosses," the Filipino people, concerning the possibility of a term extension during an interview over TV5.

CA stops refund to telco subscribers

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 06:05 p.m.

MOBILE phone subscribers could not expect a refund from providers for alleged excessive text messaging service after a directive by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) was blocked by the Court of Appeals (CA).

In a resolution dated August 20, the CA sixth division granted a 60-day temporary restraining order (TRO) in favor of Digitel Philippines, Inc., operator of Sun Cellular.

Palace: Opposition's tactical alliance vs Cha-cha premature

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 05:43 p.m.

MALACANANG shrugged off Friday reported plan by the minority block in Congress to have tactical alliance with other political parties to oppose Constitutional amendments, particularly on the political provisions.

In a press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, however, said that the opposition's move for a tactical alliance was premature since there were no moves yet from Malacanang to push for Charter change.

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