Aquino secures $2.3-B worth of investments from Europe

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 08:01 p.m.

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III has secured some $2.3 billion worth of investments following his meetings with top business leaders in Europe, a MalacaƱang statement said Sunday.

The President said at least 19 companies from Spain, Belgium, France and Germany committed to invest in the Philippines.

Pope denounces perversion of religion for violence

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 05:43 p.m.

TIRANA, Albania -- Pope Francis denounced how religion has been "perverted" to justify violence as he arrived in Albania to highlight a Balkan nation that endured brutal religious oppression but where Christians and Muslims now live and work together.

Francis told Prime Minister Edi Rama at the start of his 11-hour visit Sunday that Albania's interreligious harmony was an "inspiring example" for the world, showing that Christian-Muslim coexistence was not only possible but beneficial for a country's development.

Labor office welcomes decline in HSWs in Qatar

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 01:08 p.m.

THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) welcomed Sunday the decline in the number of Filipino household service workers (HSWs) deployed to Qatar in 2013.

In a statement, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the number of HSWs being sent to Qatar has drastically decreased from 33,303 verified employment contracts for domestic workers in 2012, to only 3,967 in 2013.

'Mario' death toll now 10

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 12:55 p.m.

MANILA -- The death toll from Tropical Storm Mario, which barreled through Metro Manila and other nearby provinces last week, has climbed to ten on Sunday.

In its 6 a.m. Sunday update, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported that seven people drowned, two were electrocuted, and one suffered from a head injury. Most of the victims were males.

Quakes hurt 3 in North Cotabato

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 11:29 a.m.

MANILA -- A series of earthquakes hurt 3 people and damaged 83 houses in North Cotabato on Saturday, officials said.

A magnitude-5 quake, the strongest of the tremors that shook the area, caused most of the damage in one mountain village, said Eduardo Buenacosa, disaster officer of Makilala municipality in North Cotabato province.

Fire captain injured in ice bucket challenge dies

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 11:03 a.m.

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky -- A central Kentucky firefighter injured in an "ice bucket challenge" has died a month after a power line shocked him and another man.

Campbellsville Fire Chief Kyle Smith said 41-year-old Tony Grider died Saturday.

Kurdish fighters head to Syria to face militants

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 11:00 a.m.

BEIRUT -- Hundreds of Kurdish fighters raced from Turkey and Iraq into neighboring Syria on Saturday to defend a Kurdish area under attack by Islamic State militants. As the fighting raged, more than 60,000 mostly Kurdish refugees streamed across the dusty and barren border into Turkey, some hobbling on crutches as others lugged bulging sacks of belongings on their backs.

Coast Guard to probe Bohol-bound boat grounding

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 05:23 p.m.

THE Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is launching an investigation into the failures that led M/V Clarin Cruiser running aground off Cordova Point last Friday.

Rear Admiral William Melad, Coast Guard Central Visayas chief, said they will conduct an investigation on the boat's skipper, Raul Alipuyo, who proceeded with the voyage to Bohol despite a travel restriction due to a gale warning issued last Friday.

5.0-magnitude earthquake hits North Cotabato

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 03:22 p.m.

A MAGNITUDE 5.0 earthquake struck North Cotabato on Saturday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

The quake struck at 12:26 p.m. with a depth of 11 km.

Marikina River water level drops

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 02:50 p.m.

THE Marikina River's water level dropped to 15.5 meters on Saturday afternoon, a day after reaching the critical level of 19 meters.

From 19.9 meters on Friday, the water level depreciated by 4.4 meters, as of 1:26 p.m.

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