Philippine troops, rebels to fight kidnappings

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 08:17 p.m.

MANILA — The Philippine government will work with the largest Muslim rebel group with which it signed a peace deal last month to curb an alarming number of kidnappings in the south.

Government negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer said Sunday that Philippine security officials and Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels will meet this week to renew an agreement that allows the insurgents to help Filipino troops capture kidnappers and other outlaws. Despite the accord, which was forged in mid-2000, kidnappings have spiked, with nearly 100 cases recorded in the last three years.

Pacquiao to call on Aquino on Monday

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 05:07 p.m.

BOXING champ Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao is set to call on President Benigno Aquino III on Monday.

In the President's schedule sent to reporters, the President will meet Pacquiao at the Music Room in Malacañang at 1 p.m.

Asia seeks Obama's assurance in territorial spats

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 02:02 p.m.

WASHINGTON -- As President Barack Obama travels through Asia this coming week, he will confront a region that's warily watching the crisis in Ukraine through the prism of its own territorial tensions with China.

Each of the four countries on Obama's itinerary — Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines — has a dispute with Beijing over islands and waters in the South and East China Seas. Their leaders will be weighing Obama's willingness to support them if those conflicts boil over.

Palma: Keep faith alive

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 01:55 p.m.

CEBU CITY -- Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma urged the faithful to keep their faith alive as they renew their baptismal rites in welcoming the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday.

Filipinos in Cebu and other parts of the Philippines once again celebrated Sunday dawn the "Sugat," a reenactment of the meeting between the Virgin Mary and the Risen Christ.

Divers begin pulling bodies from sunken Skorean ferry

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 12:04 p.m.

MOKPO, South Korea -- After more than three days of frustration and failure, divers on Sunday finally found a way into a submerged ferry off South Korea's southern shore, discovering more than a dozen bodies inside the ship and pushing the confirmed death toll to 49, officials said.

Pinoy Mers-Cov victim ready for discharge

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 11:14 a.m.

MANILA -- The overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who was diagnosed with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (Mers-Cov) is now ready to be discharged from quarantine, the Department of Health (DOH) said.

“The two tests done to the index passenger yielded negative results, hence, the passenger is now ready for discharge,” said Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy, DOH Emerging Infectious Diseases Program manager.

13th body pulled from snow in Everest avalanche

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 09:25 a.m.

KATMANDU, Nepal -- Search teams recovered a 13th body Saturday from the snow and ice covering dangerous climbing pass on Mount Everest, where an avalanche a day earlier swept over a group of Sherpa guides in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak.

Another three guides remained missing, and searchers were working quickly to find them in case weather conditions deteriorated, said Maddhu Sunan Burlakoti, head of the Nepalese government's mountaineering department.

Pope seeks to bring faith to "ends of the Earth"

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 09:06 a.m.

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis baptized 10 people Saturday and urged them to bring their faith "to the ends of the Earth" as he presided over an Easter Vigil in St. Peter's Basilica.

The vigil is among the Vatican's most solemn services.

Holy fire ceremony draws thousands in Jerusalem

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 08:28 a.m.

JERUSALEM -- The dark hall inside Christianity's holiest shrine was illuminated with the flames from thousands of candles on Saturday (Sunday Manila time) as worshippers participated in the holy fire ceremony, a momentous spiritual event in Orthodox Easter rites.

Confusion, anger as sunken ferry's relatives wait

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 12:20 a.m.

JINDO, South Korea — The informal briefing by a South Korean coast guard rescuer started calmly enough. He stood on a stage in front of relatives of those missing from a sunken ferry, explaining how divers trying to find their loved ones are hampered by poor visibility and can venture only so deep.

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