Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 10:41 p.m.
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar — Myanmar laid on a spare-no-expenses opening ceremony for the Southeast Asian Games on Wednesday, part of efforts by the government to convince the world it's open for business following a half-century of brutal military rule and isolation.
The four-hour extravaganza, complete with parades, fireworks, singers, dancers and a sound-and-light show, was held to loud cheers and bursts of applause in a packed 30,000-seat stadium.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 08:38 p.m.
BERLIN -- German police said one person has been killed and at least five others injured when a crane collapsed onto a supermarket in western Germany.
Bad Homburg police spokesman Siegfried Schlott told The Associated Press it was not yet clear whether any other people were still trapped in the building.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 06:43 p.m.
THE camp of former First Gentleman Jose Miguel "Mike" Arroyo on Wednesday slammed the police's decision to bar him from staying overnight in the detention suite of his wife, ex-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
At the same time, the former leader is only allowed to get one hour of sunshine instead of two hours as recommended by her doctor. She is currently afflicted by a degenerative bone disease.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 06:15 p.m.
MANILA -- Malacanang is expecting the post-Yolanda rehabilitation and reconstruction program to be completed in four years.
Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. of the Presidential Communications Operations Office said in a news briefing that based on the "pathway to recovery," the medium-term actions would take until 2017 to finish.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 05:38 p.m.
AFTER President Benigno Aquino III's order to investigate the parole granted to convicted killer and former Batangas governor Antonio Leviste, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said she takes responsibility for the decision of the Board of Pardons and Parole (BPP).
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 05:15 p.m.
VICTIMS of the gruesome Maguindanao massacre may secure justice in the remaining two and half years of the Aquino administration due to the Supreme Court guidelines aimed at expediting the trial, a lawyer said Wednesday.
Lawyer Harry Roque, who represents some of the relatives of 58 victims, said the guidelines show that "the Court also finds the status quo as being unacceptable." The trial has been criticized for its slow pace.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 04:58 p.m.
PRETORIA, South Africa -- A flag-draped casket containing the body of Nelson Mandela arrived with a military honor guard Wednesday in an amphitheater where he was sworn in 19 years ago as South Africa's first black president.
Army helicopters had been circling overhead but then a sudden quiet fell over the amphitheater as the hearse arrived. Eight warrant officers representing the various services and divisions of the South African National Defense Force carried the casket, led by an SANDF chaplain in a purple stole. Soldiers set down the coffin and removed the flag.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 03:08 p.m.
MORE than 100 congressmen have signed a resolution insisting that the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) holds jurisdiction over all poll cases involving their colleagues following the Supreme Court's (SC) final ruling on the disqualification of Marinduque Representative Regina Ongsiako Reyes.
Oriental Mindoro Representative Reynaldo Umali said that "more than a hundred and counting" congressmen have signed his House Resolution 597.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 02:17 p.m.
SENATORS are proposing amendments to the Presidential Decree (PD) 910 or the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (Epira) as they expressed doubt on the reported shut down of eight power plants in Luzon.
Senator Sergio Osmeña III on Wednesday said he cannot believe that such a coincidence will happen. Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla agreed, saying the timing was suspicious.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 02:03 p.m.
MANILA -- Asian stocks were mostly down Wednesday as investors factored in the prospect of the Federal Reserve reducing its lavish monetary stimulus this month.
Japan's Nikkei 225 fell 1.1 percent at 15,436.50 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng dropped 1.2 percent to 23,448.71. China's Shanghai Composite shed 1.1 percent to 2,211.88. Markets were also down in Singapore and Australia and slightly up in the Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand.