Sierra Leone begins 3-day Ebola lockdown

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 11:43 p.m.

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone -- Thousands of health workers began knocking on doors across Sierra Leone on Friday in search of hidden Ebola cases as the entire West African nation was locked down in their homes in an unprecedented effort to combat the deadly disease.

Wooden tables lay empty at the capital's usually vibrant food markets. Police stood guard at roadblocks in this nation of six million people. This crumbling seaside capital, its streets normally crowded with bumper-to-bumper traffic, seemed like a ghost town.

3 dead in flooding; thousands displaced

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 11:14 p.m.

MANILA -- Torrential monsoon rains worsened by Tropical Storm Mario (Fung-Wong) flooded large swathes of Metro Manila and nearby provinces Friday, leaving at least three people dead and displacing tens of thousands just days after the region was drenched by a typhoon.

Filipino peacekeepers from Golan arrive home

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 10:18 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- More than 240 Filipino peacekeepers arrived in Manila on Friday after pulling out two weeks early from a UN mission in the Golan Heights because of escalating fighting in the border region, the military said Friday.

Areas hit by power cuts after Tropical Storm Mario

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 07:35 p.m.

THE Manila Electric Company (Meralco) shut down its operation in some parts of Metro Manila after Tropical Storm "Mario" (international name: Fung-Wong) made landfall over Luzon on Friday.

As of 2 p.m., the electricity was cut off in 2.6 percent of Meralco's customers to prevent accidents amid the flooding due to heavy rains.

Aquino to finish Europe, US trip despite disaster in PHL

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 07:13 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III will complete his foreign trips despite flooding that submerged Metro Manila and nearby provinces, a Palace official said Friday.

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the President has been given updates on the situation in the country, which was being battered by Tropical Storm "Mario", while he is in Europe.

Heavy rains in Metro Manila through Friday night

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 07:01 p.m.

METRO Manila and nearby provinces will experience heavy to intense rainfall through Friday night as Tropical Storm Mario (international name: Fung-Wong) continues to enhance the southwest monsoon, state weather forecasters said.

Bulacan, Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, Rizal, Zambales, Bataan are also under the red warning (observed rainfall of 30 millimeters per hour) list as of 3 p.m., according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

Aquino witnesses signing of LRT 1 service pact

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 06:57 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has witnessed the signing of a technical service agreement between RATP Developpement and the Light Rail Manila Consortium for the operations and maintenance of Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 1.

‘Mario’ slightly weakens

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 06:49 p.m.

MANILA -- Tropical Storm Mario (international name: Fung-Wong), which brought heavy rains that shut down Manila and other provinces on Friday, has slightly weakened while on its way out of the country.

Mario is packing center winds of 75 kilometers per hour, down from 85 kph in the last few hours, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said in its 5 p.m. bulletin.

Bench cancels denim, underwear show

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 06:46 p.m.

CLOTHING giant Bench announced on Friday the cancellation of its denim and underwear fashion show due to bad weather condition brought by Tropical Storm "Mario".

Dubbed as "The Naked Truth," the event is moved from Friday to Saturday, September 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Passenger boat runs aground near Cordova Point

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 06:41 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel are conducting search and rescue operations after a passenger boat ran aground off Cordova Point in Mactan, Cebu, at 3:15 p.m. Friday.

Commander Armando Balilo, Coast Guard Public Affairs chief, said that M/B Clarin Cruiser, with 40 passengers and seven crew, was supposedly on its way to Getafe, Bohol, from Cebu City when it partially submerged on waters along Cordova Point.

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