Doomed ferry's sharp turn, slow evacuation probed

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 06:25 p.m.

MOKPO, South Korea -- Investigations into South Korea's ferry disaster focused on the sharp turn it took just before it started listing and whether a quicker evacuation order by the captain could have saved lives, officials said Friday, as rescuers scrambled to find 270 people still missing and feared dead.

Christians mark Good Friday in the Holy Land

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 04:07 p.m.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Christians in the Holy Land are commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in Good Friday prayers and processions through Jerusalem's Old City.

6 killed, 9 missing in avalanche on Everest

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 04:02 p.m.

KATMANDU, Nepal -- An avalanche swept the slopes of Mount Everest on Friday along a route used to climb the world's highest peak, killing at least six Nepalese guides and leaving nine missing, officials said.

The Sherpa guides had gone early in the morning to fix ropes for hundreds of climbers when the avalanche hit them just below Camp 2 about 6:30 a.m., said Nepal Tourism Ministry official Krishna Lamsal, speaking from the base camp where he is monitoring the rescue efforts.

Devotees re-enact Christ’s crucifixion on Good Friday

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 03:20 p.m.

SAN FERNANDO, PAMPANGA (Updated) -- Devotees in San Pedro Cutud village here had themselves nailed to a wooden cross to re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ as thousands of local and foreign spectators watch the bloody annual rites to mark Good Friday in Asia’s largest Roman Catholic nation.

Church leaders and health officials have spoken against the practice which mixes Roman Catholic devotion with folk belief, but the annual rites continue to draw participants and huge crowds, particularly in northern Pampanga province.

DOH: Returning OFW no longer positive for MERS-CoV

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 02:54 p.m.

MANILA - The overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who was placed under quarantine upon his return to the country for previously testing positive for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the United Arab Emirates is now negative for the virus, the Department of Health (DOH) said Friday.

According to the DOH, the male health worker tested negative 11 days after being exposed to the virus in a hospital in UAE.

Pacquiao returns to PHL

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 02:31 p.m.

MANILA - Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao returned to the country on Friday morning, five days after reclaiming the WBO welterweight title from erstwhile undefeated American Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Pacquiao, 35, arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Centennial Terminal on board a Philippine Airlines flight at 4:30 a.m.

Fire guts warehouse in Cebu City

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 01:53 p.m.

CEBU CITY - A fire ravaged a warehouse in Barangay Tinago past 10 a.m. today, Good Friday, as workers went on vacation for the holiday.

The warehouse was rented out to WWR Enterprise located at M.J. Cuenco Avenue beside the National Statistics Office (NSO) building.

Classmates celebrating 60th birthday among missing

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 07:39 p.m.

MOKPO, South Korea — Kim Jeong-keun woke up on his cabin bed to find out his friends had smeared lipstick on his face while he had been asleep, a prank harking back to their school days.

The 60-year-old Kim took it in good spirits and washed his face. After all, they were traveling together on a reunion voyage aboard The Sewol, celebrating their birthdays and remembering good old days from their elementary school in Incheon city, where the ferry departed Tuesday evening.

Fate of over 100 abducted girls in Nigeria unknown

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 06:37 p.m.

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria -- The fate of more than 100 girls and young women abducted by Islamic extremists was thrown into uncertainty Thursday when their school principal denied a report from Nigeria's military that almost all the students were free.

"Up till now we are still waiting and praying for the safe return of the students ... the security people, especially the vigilantes and the well-meaning volunteers of Gwoza are still out searching for them. The military people too are in the bush searching," the principal, Asabe Kwambura, told The Associated Press by telephone.

3 kidnap-for-ransom men nabbed

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 05:26 p.m.

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Combined police and military forces arrested three suspected members of a kidnap-for-ransom-group (KFRG) in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay, the police said Thursday.

Arrested in the village Timbang-Timbang, Alicia, Zamboanga Sibugay were Abral Abdusalam, Rating Hadjirul, and Kismir Hadjirul.

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