Monday, August 6, 2012 - 01:22 p.m.
MANILA -- Majority of the 23-member Senate is allegedly in favor of a comprehensive reproductive health policy in the Philippines but its chances to be implemented will depend on the final form of the proposed measure, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano said over the weekend.
The minority leader said he himself wishes to have a conscientious objection clause included and clarified in the bill, which will soon undergo amendments in the Senate. The House of Representatives has yet to end the debate stage.
Monday, August 6, 2012 - 12:33 p.m.
BEIJING — China's Ministry of Public Security said it has detained nearly 2,000 people in a nationwide crackdown on counterfeit drugs, including some to treat cancer.
It said in a statement on its website Sunday that it also seized about $180 million worth of fake medicine and false trademark logos.
Monday, August 6, 2012 - 12:09 p.m.
MANILA -- Residents in the western sections of the country are being alerted of possible landslides and flash floods after the state weather bureau on Monday said the southwest monsoon will continue to bring inclement weather this week.
No tropical cyclone formation is expected at least until Wednesday, an official of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said, but rainy skies are expected in Luzon and Visayas.
Monday, August 6, 2012 - 11:17 a.m.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Low-lying coastal areas in Pampanga remained flooded due to continuous rains over the weekend.
Based on the report of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), 97 barangays in 10 municipalities of the province are still flooded due to heavy rains brought by the enhanced southwest monsoon.
Monday, August 6, 2012 - 11:05 a.m.
MANILA -- Over 1,000 residents of Quezon City were evacuated to safer grounds since Sunday night due to an overflowed creek in Fairview and the threats of La Mesa Dam reaching its spilling level, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) said on Monday.
OCD Director Susana Cruz said 60 families in Masambong village were evacuated in the nearby covered court; 15 families or 60 individuals in Sta. Lucia sought temporary shelter in the covered court, parish church and barangay hall; and 424 families or 1,259 persons in Bagong Silangan moved to the covered court and Brookside Elementary School.
Monday, August 6, 2012 - 10:51 a.m.
MANILA -- Several classes in Metro Manila and nearby provinces were suspended Monday due to heavy downpour brought by monsoon rains.
In Quezon City, classes from pre-school to high school were suspended.
Monday, August 6, 2012 - 10:18 a.m.
LOS ANGELES — "The Dark Knight Rises" topped the box office for the third week in a row, making $36.4 million this past weekend.
The finale in Christopher Nolan's epic Batman trilogy has now made nearly $355 million in the U.S. alone, according to Sunday estimates from Warner Bros.
Monday, August 6, 2012 - 09:32 a.m.
TOKYO — Hiroshima has marked the 67th anniversary of the world's first atomic bomb attack with a call for the elimination of nuclear arsenals.
About 50,000 people gathered Monday in Hiroshima's peace park near the epicenter of the 1945 blast that destroyed most of the city and killed as many as 140,000 people. A second atomic bombing Aug. 9 that year in Nagasaki killed tens of thousands more and prompted Japan to surrender to the World War II Allies.
Monday, August 6, 2012 - 08:33 a.m.
LONG POND, Pennsylvania — Officials at Pocono Raceway say one person is dead and nine are injured after a lightning strike in the parking lot behind the grandstand after a race.
Pocono officials say two people were taken to hospitals in critical condition after Sunday's lightning strike. Track president Brandon Igdalsky confirms that one of them later died at Pocono Medical Center. He provided no details.
Monday, August 6, 2012 - 07:05 a.m.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Sunday that he and first lady Michelle Obama are "deeply saddened" by the killing of at least six people Sunday at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, and promised his administration will provide "whatever support is necessary" to those investigating the shooting.
The gunman opened fire and killed six people at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee before he was killed in an exchange of gunfire with a police officer, authorities said.