READ: Text exchange between Aquino, Purisima on Mamasapano raid

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 12:25 p.m.

THE Senate released on Monday the transcript of exchange of text messages between resigned Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Alan Purisima and President Benigno Aquino III.

Court enters not guilty plea for Pemberton

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 10:52 a.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- An Olongapo City court entered Monday a not guilty plea for United States Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton in the murder case involving the death of a transgender Filipino in October last year.

'Fifty Shades of Grey' stays on top of weekend box office

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 08:37 a.m.

LOS ANGELES — "Fifty Shades of Grey" didn't relinquish control of the box office.

Universal's erotic drama starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan earned $23.2 million at No. 1 in its second weekend at the box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. The adaptation of E.L. James' best-selling novel earned an additional $68.1 million overseas.

Deaths in Saudi Arabia from MERS virus climb to 385

Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 09:59 p.m.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Saudi Arabia's Health Ministry said two more people have died after contracting Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or MERS, pushing the total number of deaths from the virus in the kingdom to 385.

The ministry's statement on Saturday said that 902 cases of MERS have been discovered in Saudi Arabia since the virus was first identified in 2012, though 490 people who contracted it have recovered.

NTC can be sued: official

Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 06:54 p.m.

MANILA -- Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Sunday the National Transformation Council (NTC) may face criminal charges for instigating military-backed people power to oust President Benigno Aquino III.

Shortage of radiologists hurting provinces, says firm

Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 04:10 p.m.

THE piling up of unread X-ray or CT-Scan results in provincial hospitals and rural health centers only shows the lack of sufficient number of radiologists in the country, a company said Sunday.

Teleradiology service provider Mediarchives Philippines Inc. (Mapi) said the shortage of radiologists is already affecting the delivery of medical services, especially in the provinces.

Bangladesh ferry with 100 passengers sinks; at least 31 dead

Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 03:53 p.m.

DHAKA, Bangladesh (Updated) — A river ferry carrying about 100 passengers capsized in central Bangladesh on Sunday after being hit by a cargo vessel, killing at least 31 people, officials said. A rescue operation was underway, but it was not clear how many people were missing.

Gazmin to BIFF forces: Surrender immediately

Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 03:37 p.m.

BAGUIO CITY -- Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin has ordered the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) to surrender immediately, as the government's armed forces and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are conducting a joint tactical offensive against them.

Aquino, Hollande to tackle terrorism, climate change

Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 03:21 p.m.

MANILA -- French President François Hollande is set to hold a two-day state visit to the Philippines, marking the first time an incumbent leader of France will be in the country since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1947.

Nursing home worker in China kills 3, injures 15 with brick

Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 12:20 p.m.

BEIJING -- A nursing home worker in central China accused of killing three elderly residents with a brick and injuring 15 other people had argued with his boss over unpaid wages, according to a local government and state media.

Luo Renchu, 64, attacked elderly residents and staff at the privately run home in Hunan province at around 2 a.m. Thursday, the first day of the Chinese New Year, the Shuangfeng county government said in a statement. Luo fled and police said they apprehended him on a mountain on Saturday afternoon.

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