Monday, July 16, 2012 - 11:33 a.m.
MANILA (Updated 11:30 a.m.) -- A lawmaker urged on Monday the House of Representatives to posthumously confer the Congressional Medal of Distinction to the late King of Comedy, Dolphy.
Bagong Henerasyon party-list Representative Bernadette Herrera-Dy said Rodolfo Vera “Dolphy” Quizon Sr. deserves the same award earlier bestowed to Filipino boxing icon and Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao.
Monday, July 16, 2012 - 10:31 a.m.
A FIRE broke out Monday morning in a village in San Fernando town in Cebu, a radio report said.
Although the fire only destroyed one house in Barangay Panadtaran, San Fernando, residents living near the area left their homes for safety.
Monday, July 16, 2012 - 10:14 a.m.
DAMASCUS, Syria — Syria's 16-month bloodbath crossed an important symbolic threshold Sunday as the international Red Cross formally declared the conflict a civil war, a status with implications for potential war crimes prosecutions.
The Red Cross statement came as United Nations observers gathered new details on what happened in a village where dozens were reported killed in a regime assault. After a second visit to Tremseh on Sunday, the team said Syrian troops went door-to-door in the small farming community, checking residents' IDs and then killing some and taking others away.
Monday, July 16, 2012 - 09:31 a.m.
MANILA -- A shallow low pressure area (SLPA) spotted in Palawan has dissipated but rains over parts of Mindanao are still expected due to intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ), the weather bureau said on Monday.
Weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said the ITCZ can bring scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over Mindanao and Eastern Visayas.
Monday, July 16, 2012 - 09:16 a.m.
SEOUL, South Korea — Kim Jong Un's top military official — a key mentor to North Korea's new young leader — has been removed from all posts because of illness, state media said Monday.
The decision to relieve Ri Yong Ho of his duties was made at a Workers' Party meeting Sunday, according to the North's official Korean Central News Agency. It was not immediately clear who would take Ri's place, and the North Korean media dispatch did not elaborate on Ri's condition or future.
Monday, July 16, 2012 - 09:10 a.m.
MANILA — Officials said a pregnant woman and two girls have been swept to their deaths by a rain-swollen river in the southern Philippines.
Office of Civil Defense Administrator Benito Ramos said the three were washing clothes along the bank of the Safali river in Tiboli town in South Cotabato province on Saturday when the water rapidly rose and the current swept them away.
Monday, July 16, 2012 - 12:40 a.m.
NEW YORK — With Batman lurking, the prehistoric critters of "Ice Age: Continental Drift" ran off with the box office, with the movie earning $46 million in its opening weekend.
The 20th Century Fox animated film is the fourth in the decade-long "Ice Age" series and the first in 3-D. The studio's box office estimate Sunday for the North America performance of "Continental Drift" was on par with previous "Ice Age" movies but well below the opening weekend of the second installment, "The Meltdown," with opened with $68 million.
Sunday, July 15, 2012 - 10:31 p.m.
TOKYO — Officials say at least 25 people have died and thousands of others remain cut off by floods and mudslides triggered by torrential rains in southern Japan.
Evacuation orders issued a day earlier for a quarter of a million people were lifted in most areas Sunday as the rains subsided, allowing many people to return home.
Sunday, July 15, 2012 - 08:57 p.m.
LONDON — Concert organizers pulled the plug on rock stars Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney after the pair defied the sound curfew at London's Hyde Park.
McCartney joined Springsteen at the end of the singer's headline gig Saturday night, but both stars had their microphones silenced before they could address the crowds.
Sunday, July 15, 2012 - 05:56 p.m.
BEIJING — Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said the country's economic woes will continue for some time, but that its slower growth will remain within the anticipated range.
Wen's comments Sunday came two days after Beijing announced that economic growth had fallen in the second quarter to a three-year low of 7.6 percent.