Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 03:06 p.m.
MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday received in Malacañang two foreign ministers from New Zealand and Canada who were both invited by Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario.
Aquino first received Foreign Minister New Zealand Murray McCully at the Music Room of the Malacañang Palace where they discussed the advancement of economic ties and various areas of cooperation between Philippines and New Zealand.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 01:43 p.m.
MANILA — Indonesia's top diplomat said he has begun an emergency swing through Southeast Asia to try to end disagreements over territorial rifts in the South China Sea.
Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa is pushing for a new pact aimed at avoiding future confrontations in the disputed region.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 01:03 p.m.
MANILA (Updated) -- The main proponent of the reproductive health (RH) bill said lack of time should not be used as an excuse for the non-passage of the highly divisive measure.
Albay Representative Edcel Lagman, main author of House Bill 4244, said Tuesday that the House of Representatives can easily pass the bill if it wants to.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 12:36 p.m.
PARACHINAR, Pakistan — A minibus carrying Shiite Muslims hit a roadside bomb in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, killing 12 of them in the country's latest apparent sectarian attack.
The incident took place shortly after the victims left Spai, a predominantly Shiite village in the Orakzai tribal area, said local government official Jamil Khan. They were headed for the nearby district of Kohat, he said.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 12:28 p.m.
MANILA -- Senator Loren Legarda expressed disappointment over the failure of the Foreign Ministers' Meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to agree on a joint statement on China's activities in the West Philippine Sea.
Cambodia, this year's summit chairperson, blocked the Philippines' move last week to include the issue about the ongoing standoff with China over the resource-rich Panatag (Scarborough) shoal. It is the first time in its 45 years of existence that Asean has failed to issue a statement regarding a pressing matter at the conclusion of its meetings.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 11:45 a.m.
NORTH Korea said its leader Kim Jong Un has been promoted to marshal, the military's highest rank.
North Korean state media made the announcement Wednesday in a special bulletin.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 11:00 a.m.
ATLANTA — The FBI is investigating after needles were found in turkey sandwiches on Delta Air Lines flights from Amsterdam to the United States.
Delta says what appear to be sewing needles were found in five sandwiches Sunday. One passenger on a flight to Minneapolis was injured.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 10:22 a.m.
MANILA (Updated 10:22 a.m.) -- Two Filipino children were found positive for enterovirus but the Department of Health (DOH) is still conducting tests to confirm whether they contracted the more dangerous strain of the virus, Enterovirus 71 (EV-71).
The health department recently intensified security among travelers following the deaths of 56 children in Cambodia due to EV-71.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 09:49 a.m.
MEXICO CITY — Mexico's special prosecutor for crimes against journalists says 67 journalists have been killed and 14 have disappeared in the country since 2006.
Prosecutor for crimes against freedom of speech Laura Angelina Borbolla says she is aware of only one case involving the slaying of a journalist that reached sentencing.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 09:31 a.m.
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar — Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she will accept an award in the United States in September, setting up a new round of international accolades for the Nobel Peace laureate and former political prisoner who was unable to leave her home country for more than two decades.
Suu Kyi was greeted enthusiastically by world leaders and human rights activists during her recent trips to Thailand and Europe, and the US trip announced Tuesday likely will garner the same level of attention as she re-emerges on the world stage.