Christmas cutie: Prince George images released

Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 11:05 p.m.

LONDON -- This little prince already knows how to mug for the camera.

With a sly grin and robust rosy cheeks, Prince George looks cheerful and self-assured — for a toddler — in pictures released Sunday.

Commercial flights suspended in Tacloban during Pope's visit

Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 07:17 p.m.

ALL commercial flights at Tacloban airport in Leyte province will be suspended when Pope Francis visits the typhoon-ravaged city in January next year.

The Philippine Airlines (PAL) said Sunday that the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has issued a notice to all airlines, suspending all airline operations at Tacloban on January 17, 2015 for security reasons.

Migrant group: Aquino ties Arroyo on OFW executions

Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 04:18 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has already matched the record of his predecessor, then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, in terms of number of executed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), a migrant group said Sunday.

Six OFWs were executed under Arroyo's nearly 10-year rule but Aquino has already reached this with still a year and a half left in his term, Migrante International chairman Garry Martinez said.

DOH rues alleged sin tax malpractices

Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 03:45 p.m.

THE Department of Health (DOH) expressed alarm on Sunday over reports that a cigarette firm is evading taxes under Republic Act 10351, popularly known as the Sin Tax law.

“Definitely maapektuhan ang pagbibigay ng budget sa Department of Health. Malaki ang impact nito kasi the DOH is relying on this para sa ating iba’t ibang campaigns and activities,” said DOH spokesperson Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy.

32 dead, 76 missing in Indonesia mudslide

Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 01:47 p.m.

BANJARNEGARA, Indonesia (Updated) -- Rescuers pulled more bodies from the debris Sunday after heavy rain in central Indonesia loosened soil and collapsed a hill, setting off a landslide that killed at least 32 villagers and left 76 others missing under piles of mud.

About 2,000 rescuers, including soldiers, police and volunteers, were digging through the mud and the wreckage of crumpled homes, getting some relief from clear weather following days of heavy rain. Excavators, meanwhile, shoved aside earth and the remains of decimated wooden homes.

UN climate talks deadlocked

Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 01:31 p.m.

LIMA, Peru -- Negotiators were struggling to unblock U.N. climate talks late Saturday after developing countries rejected a draft deal they said would allow rich countries to shirk their responsibilities to fight global warming and pay for its impacts.

The main goal for the two-week session in Lima was relatively modest: Reach agreement on what information should go into the pledges that countries submit for a global climate pact expected to be adopted next year in Paris.

Pagasa: Luzon to have rainy Sunday

Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 12:27 p.m.

MANILA -- Most parts of Luzon, including Metro Manila, will have cloudy skies with light rains and slightly cooler-than-normal temperatures due to the northeast monsoon and tail-end of a cold front, the state weather bureau said Sunday.

In an interview, weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said the cold northeast monsoon or “hanging amihan” is expected to bring cloudy skies with passing light rains in Northern Luzon.

Japan holds vote expected to back Abe's policies

Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 10:43 a.m.

TOKYO -- Japanese voters headed to the polls Sunday in a parliamentary election that is expected to reaffirm the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's majority, though many analysts were predicting a record low turnout.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called Sunday's snap election for the lower house, saying he wanted a fresh mandate for his economic program and other policies. Abe said he will step down if the Liberal Democrats fail to obtain an outright majority, but weakness among opposition parties makes that unlikely.

Indonesia landslide kills 18

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 10:18 p.m.

BANJARNEGARA, Indonesia — A mudslide set off by torrential rains rushed down hills into a village in central Indonesia and swept away scores of homes, killing at least 18 people and leaving 90 others missing, officials said Saturday.

About 105 houses were swept away by the landslide late Friday in Jemblung village in Central Java province's Banjarnegara district, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency.

Flash flood, landslide warnings up in Eastern Visayas

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 08:57 p.m.

CEBU -- The state weather bureau said Saturday that possible flash floods and landslides may occur over Eastern Visayas due to a low pressure area (LPA).

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said in its 5 p.m. weather bulletin that the LPA was located at 170 kilometers (km) east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

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