Rights group: Iraq Shiite militias killing Sunnis

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 12:12 p.m.

BAGHDAD — Iraq's Shiite militias have abducted and killed scores of Sunni civilians with the tacit support of the government in retaliation for Islamic State group attacks, Amnesty International said Tuesday, as a suicide car bombing claimed by the Sunni extremists killed 23 people, including a Shiite lawmaker.

The Shiite militiamen number in the tens of thousands and wear military uniforms but operate outside any legal framework and without any official oversight, the London-based watchdog said, adding that they are not prosecuted for the crimes.

Storm strengthening to hurricane heads for Hawaii

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 10:21 a.m.

HONOLULU — Tropical Storm Ana is forecast to strengthen to a hurricane this week as it moves toward the southern edge of Hawaii's Big Island, which was hit by a destructive tropical storm two months ago, meteorologists said Tuesday.

Ana is expected to become a Category 1 hurricane — the lowest level, with winds of 74 mph (119 kph) to 95 mph (153 kph) — on Wednesday morning, National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Brenchley said.

Palace: VFA provisions to be followed in seeking justice for ‘Jennifer’

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 06:41 p.m.

THE governments of the Philippines and the United States will follow the provisions of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) in seeking justice for the murder of a Filipino allegedly by an American serviceman in Olongapo City, Malacañang said Tuesday.

"Susundin po ang mga detalyadong proseso ng VFA, na ang pangunahing layunin ay gawaran ng katarungan ang mga krimeng magaganap," Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said in a press briefing.

BOC seizes P25M worth of rice, garlic in Misamis Oriental

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 06:31 p.m.

SOME 145,000 kilograms (kg) of glutinous rice and 200,000 kg of garlic worth over P24 million were seized recently by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) at the Mindanao Container Terminal (MCT) in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.

In a statement, the bureau said the shipments with a total estimated market value of P24.7-million arrived in the country in different dates this year.

Vatican elevates Manaoag Shrine to Minor Basilica

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 06:05 p.m.

THE Vatican has granted the Marian Shrine of Our Lady of Manaoag the title, Minor Basilica.

Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said it was Pope Francis who gave the title to Manaoag Church.

No stay order yet on Enrile suspension

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 05:55 p.m.

DETAINED Senator Juan Ponce Enrile remains suspended from his lawmaking duties after the Supreme Court (SC) chose not to grant, for now, his request to lift the three-month suspension issued by the Sandiganbayan.

In a session on Tuesday, the SC only directed the anti-graft court's third division to comment within 10 days on Enrile's plea for a status quo ante order (SQAO) or temporary restraining order (TRO).

Estrada seeks All Saints' Day furlough

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 05:40 p.m.

DETAINED Senator Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada has asked the Sandiganbayan fifth division to allow him to visit his departed love ones and friends in cemeteries during the All-Saints' Day festivities on November 1.

In his motion, Estrada wants a five-hour pass so he can visit the graves of his deceased grandparents, the late Don Emilio Ejercito and Dona Mary Ejercito, father-in-law Reynaldo Vitug, uncles George and Paulino, sister Jessica, as well best friend, the late actor Rudy Fernandez.

Workers clear debris after Indian cyclone kills 24

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 04:53 p.m.

HYDERABAD, India -- Rescue workers and soldiers cleared uprooted trees and electrical poles blocking roads in eastern India after a tropical cyclone killed at least 24 people and demolished tens of thousands of mud huts. In Japan, a tropical storm killed at least one person and injured 75 before heading out to sea Tuesday morning.

As weather improved in India on Monday, the air force used planes and helicopters to drop food packets in affected places in and around Visakhapatnam, the city hit worst by Sunday's severe cyclone, said a statement by India's Home Ministry.

M7.4 offshore quake hits Central America

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 02:56 p.m.

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador -- A magnitude 7.4 underwater earthquake off the Pacific coast of El Salvador shook several Central American countries late Monday.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries and no tsunami warnings. But power outages were reported in El Salvador, and Nicaragua put out an internal alert, announcing that schools would be closed on Tuesday.

Health officials urge hospitals to 'think Ebola'

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 02:21 p.m.

DALLAS -- US federal health officials urged the nation's hospitals to be prepared for Ebola and launched a review of procedures for treating infected patients, while the World Health Organization (WHO) called the outbreak "the most severe, acute health emergency seen in modern times."

Public-health authorities also intensified their monitoring of Dallas hospital workers who cared for a Liberian man who died of Ebola. Their stepped-up efforts came a day after a 26-year-old nurse tested positive for the virus.

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