Palestinian death toll in Gaza reaches 508

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 05:07 p.m.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The U.N. chief and the U.S. secretary of state headed to Cairo on Monday to try to end two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting that has killed at least 508 Palestinians and 20 Israelis and displaced tens of thousands of Gaza residents.

The new cease-fire efforts by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry followed the deadliest day of fighting since the escalation erupted on July 8.

PNP benefited from DAP funds

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 04:44 p.m.

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) confirmed Monday that it received P3.24 billion from the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) of the Aquino administration but only 11.7 percent of it was utilized.

In a media conference, PNP Public Information chief Reuben Theodore Sindac said the national police agency received Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) "believed to be charged to DAP" starting in 2011, on top of their annual budget, to cover four activities in the PNP.

Impeachment rap filed vs Aquino

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 03:09 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- Militant lawmakers endorsed an impeachment complaint against President Benigno Aquino III on Monday, a week before the Chief Executive delivers his fourth State of the Nation Address (Sona) in Congress.

Representatives Neri Colmenares and Carlos Isagani Zarate (Bayan Muna) and Fernando Hicap (Anakpawis) endorsed the complaint for betrayal of public trust and culpable violation of the Constitution against Aquino.

Poll: Binay top pick for president

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 02:28 p.m.

VICE President Jejomar Binay edged potential rivals for the presidency in 2016 elections in a survey conducted by independent pollster Pulse Asia.

The poll, conducted from June 24 to July 2, showed that 41 percent of 1,200 respondents would choose Binay as successor to President Benigno Aquino III if the 2016 elections were held today.

3 senators' bank accounts under scrutiny

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 02:22 p.m.

A GOVERNMENT agency is now looking into the bank accounts of Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada and Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr., all accused of enriching themselves through kickbacks from their ghost projects under the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

In a Court of Appeals (CA) resolution, the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) has 90 days to do its work of determining whether the accounts are in any way linked to the multi-billion peso scam, which would then be the basis of the government to file forfeiture cases against the senators.

11 inmates bolt Mandaluyong jail

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 02:20 p.m.

MANILA -- Eleven inmates bolted a temporary detention cell at the Mandaluyong City Police Station Monday dawn, police said.

Mandaluyong City police director Tyrone Amasigon said Gabby Capistrano, one of the 11 detainees who escaped, was immediately recaptured while police are still hunting down the 10 other escapees.

McDonald's, KFC in China face new food scandal

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 12:04 p.m.

BEIJING — McDonald's and KFC in China say they have stopped using meat from a supplier in Shanghai while authorities investigate a report it sold expired beef and chicken.

The report by a Shanghai television station said that Shanghai Husi Food Co., Ltd. reprocessed and sold old meat adds to a string of food safety scares in China.

Scores dead in first major ground battle in Gaza

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 10:35 a.m.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The first major ground battle in two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting exacted a steep price Sunday: It killed 65 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers and forced thousands of terrified Palestinian civilians to flee their neighborhood, reportedly used to launch rockets at Israel and now devastated by the fighting.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the offensive would continue "as long as necessary" to end attacks from Gaza on Israeli civilians.

4 areas under signal no. 1; Henry accelerates

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 12:14 a.m.

MANILA -- The state weather bureau raised public storm warning signal number 1 over four areas in Luzon as Typhoon Henry (Matmo) accelerated Sunday evening while moving northwestward.

In its 11 p.m. Sunday bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Typhoon Henry was located as of 10 p.m. at 330 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes.

Aquino approves cigarette warnings

Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 10:54 p.m.

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III, a known smoker, has signed a law requiring tobacco companies to put graphic health warnings on cigarette packs in a country where tens of thousands of people die every year from tobacco-linked diseases, an official said Sunday.

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