Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 09:14 a.m.
OSAKA, Japan — Two Korean former sex slaves demanded the resignation of an outspoken Japanese mayor and canceled a meeting with him Friday for justifying Japan's wartime practice of forcing tens of thousands of Asian women into prostitution for its military.
Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 02:25 a.m.
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A Taliban suicide car bomber and five heavily armed gunmen attacked an international aid group's guest house in the Afghan capital on Friday, killing two guards and setting off an hours-long battle with security forces in an upscale Kabul neighborhood, authorities said.
The International Organization for Migration said four of its workers were wounded, including an Italian woman badly burned by a grenade at its quarters for international workers. Police said at least five attackers also died.
Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 02:21 a.m.
GRAPEVINE, Texas -- The Boy Scouts of America is throwing open its ranks to gay Scouts but not gay adult Scout leaders — a fiercely contested compromise that some warn could fracture the organization and lead to mass defections.
The Scouts on Thursday stressed that their organization of about 2.6 million boys and about 1 million adult leaders and volunteers would not condone sexual conduct by any Scout — gay or straight.
Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 01:46 a.m.
ISLAMABAD -- President Barack Obama's decision to impose more restrictive rules governing U.S. drone strikes and his prediction that they will be used less could pave the way for better relations with the new government of key ally Pakistan, officials and analysts said Friday.
Obama fell short of Pakistani demands to announce an end to the attacks, but his landmark speech Thursday was seen as addressing some of Islamabad's main concerns over the covert CIA drone program targeting militants in the country's northwest tribal region along the Afghan border.
Friday, May 24, 2013 - 11:32 p.m.
MADRID — The Catholic archdiocese in Madrid said it needs more exorcists to help some of its faithful cope with the devil.
An archdiocese spokeswoman said Friday that Madrid only has one exorcist priest and that it is considering a plan to train more. She spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with archdiocese policy.
Friday, May 24, 2013 - 09:27 p.m.
THE raging fire that burned the million dollar coconut oil mill of Granexport Manufacturing Corporation (Granex) in Barangay Kiwalan, Iligan city, on Monday is now under control.
Chief Inspector Richard Arbutante of the Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP) in Northern Mindanao, however, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro that declaring a fire out is not yet possible at press time but it is under control.
Friday, May 24, 2013 - 07:18 p.m.
MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III has sought for regular updates from the Presidential Security Group (PSG) in the case of two of its member who reportedly figured in a robbery incident in Quezon City this week.
PSG Commander Brigadier General Ramon Mateo Dizon said in a press briefing that the PSG is cooperating with the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) in its investigation, adding that the PSG leadership will not tolerate wrongdoing among its members.
Friday, May 24, 2013 - 06:41 p.m.
MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III admitted on Friday that being the leader of the country is not the easiest job in the world as he prayed for protection from his enemies.
In his message during the "2013 Care for Philippines Prayer Assembly at the Global Discipleship Congress" held at the Christ Commission Fellowship Auditorium, Frontera Verde Drive, in Pasig City, the Chief Executive said that aside from taking care of the welfare of the more than 92 million Filipinos in the country, he has to look also on the welfare of the 10 million Filipinos abroad.
Friday, May 24, 2013 - 06:35 p.m.
MANILA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has disqualified with finality five party-list groups included in the 12 organizations earlier disqualified but remanded by the Supreme Court (SC).
Friday, May 24, 2013 - 04:09 p.m.
MOSCOW — A powerful earthquake hit Russia's Far East on Friday with tremors felt as far away as Moscow, about 7,000 kilometers (4,400 miles) west of the epicenter.
Marina Kolomiyets, spokeswoman for Obninsk's seismic station of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told The Associated Press the epicenter was in the Sea of Okhotsk, east of the Russian coast and north of Japan. She said the quake registered 8.0 on the Richter scale.