HK protest talks show gap between students, government

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 11:13 p.m.

HONG KONG — On one side of the table sat the idealistic and earnest students in jeans and black T-shirts, knapsacks by their sides. Facing them was the lineup of seasoned government officials in formal suits.

In an unprecedented two-hour televised meeting Tuesday, the students passionately explained why they had taken to the streets for more than three weeks to fight for greater democracy in the specially-run Chinese region. The officials responded that the students' demands were not legally feasible.

Philippines pushes arbitration in China sea row

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 10:17 p.m.

MANILA — President Benigno Aquino III said Wednesday that the international arbitration Manila has initiated to challenge China's territorial claims in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) and a legally binding "Code of Conduct" are the only ways to settle the long-raging disputes peacefully.

The Philippines said that China has been intruding into its exclusive economic zone, including deploying two hydrographic ships in June near an offshore oil well inside Philippine waters.

Aquino belies offering help to Binay

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 10:12 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III bared Wednesday that it was Vice President Jejomar Binay who initiated their meeting on October 14.

"It was the Vice President who actually initiated the meeting. He texted me and asked if he could see me and I said 'yes.' I readily agreed," Aquino said during the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines' presidential forum.

Survey: Harassment a common part of online life

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 10:07 p.m.

NEW YORK — A new study confirms what many Internet users know all too well: Harassment is a common part of online life.

The report by the Pew Research Center found that nearly three-quarters of American adults who use the Internet have witnessed online harassment. Forty percent have experienced it themselves.

Aquino no plan to visit Laude’s wake

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 10:03 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has no plan to follow what Vice President Jejomar Binay did, to visit the wake of Jennifer Laude, a transgender who was allegedly killed by a United States serviceman.

Aquino told the foreign press during a forum that he only visits wake of those people he personally knew.

Laude family goes to Camp Aguinaldo

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 07:52 p.m.

THE family of slain Filipino transgender Jeffrey "Jennifer" Laude trooped to Camp Crame in Quezon City to confront detained suspect United States Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton.

The supposed meeting between Laude's family and Pemberton resulted in a brief commotion that last for about 30 minutes.

Climate walkers reach Albay

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 07:15 p.m.

LEGAZPI CITY -- Over a thousand people participated in the Albay leg of the “People’s Walk for Climate Justice” Wednesday.

Albay Governor Joey Salceda welcomed them who have walked a distance of 500 kilometers and are now more than halfway in their quest to reach Tacloban City by November 8, the first anniversary of Typhoon Yolanda’s (Haiyan) historic landfall in the Philippines.

Senators: Antonio Tiu ownership over Batangas property questionable

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 06:20 p.m.

SENATORS grilled Wednesday Chinese-Filipino businessman Tony Tiu, the chairperson of SunChamp Real Estate and Development Corp., whose vast property in Batangas is being linked to Vice President Jejomar Binay.

In a hearing of the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee, Tiu admitted that he only paid P11-million as downpayment for the 350-hectare property in Rosario, Batangas, which costs P446 million.

Aquino to Maoist rebels: We’d rather talk than fight

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 04:27 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III welcomed Wednesday any move by communist insurgents to return to the negotiating table to end several decades of rebellion in the country.

The President, during the annual Presidential Forum of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines in Marco Polo Ortigas, was asked if he is pursuing peace talks with communist rebels and wants progress before he steps down in 2016.

Pakistani Nobel laureate honored in Philadelphia

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 03:27 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA -- A Pakistani teenager awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to promote girls' education has been honored with the Liberty Medal.

Malala Yousafzai accepted the medal, which is given annually at the National Constitution Center to someone who strives to secure freedom for people around the world, on Tuesday.

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