US: China expanding South China Sea outposts

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 08:24 a.m.

WASHINGTON -- China is expanding its outposts in the South China Sea to include stationing for ships and potential airfields as part of its "aggressive" effort to exert sovereignty, the U.S. intelligence chief said Thursday.

Thai Airways plane hits turbulence, 11 on board injured

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 10:08 p.m.

BANGKOK -- A Thai Airways plane hit severe turbulence over Thailand that injured 11 people Thursday, the airline said.

The Airbus A340-600 landed safely at its destination, Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport, according to airline President Jarumporn Chotikasathein.

Hollande: France stands to help Philippines

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 08:47 p.m.

MANILA -- Visiting French President Fran├žois Hollande assured to help the Philippines in its future developments to be more resilient against climate change.

$57.5-M credit facility pact for Cebu BRT inked

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 08:31 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III and visiting French President Francois Hollande witnessed Thursday the signing of the credit facility agreement for the Cebu Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project.

Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima and French Agency for Development (AFD) Asia Department Head Pascaul Pacaut inked the $57.5-million loan agreement for the design, construction and supervision of the Cebu BRT project in a ceremony in Malacanang.

South Korean court abolishes law saying adultery is illegal

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 05:48 p.m.

SEOUL, South Korea -- A South Korean court on Thursday abolished a 62-year-old law that bans extramarital affairs, and the stock price of a prominent condom maker immediately shot up 15 percent.

Ebola doctor: Media, politicians fueled the public's fear

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 04:29 p.m.

NEW YORK -- A doctor who contracted the deadly Ebola virus but rode the subway system and dined out before he recovered from it said the media and politicians could have done a better job by educating people on the science of it instead of focusing on their fears.

Dr. Craig Spencer, an emergency room physician, was diagnosed with Ebola on October 23, days after returning from treating patients in Guinea with Doctors Without Borders. His was the first Ebola case in the nation's largest city, spurring an effort to contain anxieties along with the virus.

Civilian returns SAF bulletproof vest

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 04:16 p.m.

A BULLETPROOF vest owned by one of the slain police commandos was returned by a civilian from the Barangay Tukanalipao in Mamasapano, Maguindanao where the January 25 encounter between the government troops and rebel groups happened.

The vest belonged to Senior Inspector Ryan Pabalinas.

Palace rejects call to replace Deles, peace panel members

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 03:46 p.m.

MALACANANG defended Thursday government officials dealing on the peace process with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) amid call for President Benigno Aquino III to replace them.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that Aquino still has full trust in the members of the government peace panel led by Miriam Coronel-Ferrer and with Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles.

Policemen sacked over alleged Revilla-Enrile meeting

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 03:11 p.m.

A POLICE official was sacked on Thursday for allegedly allowing Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. to leave detention and join the 91st birthday celebration of fellow pork barrel scam accused Senator Juan Ponce Enrile on February 14.

Revilla and Enrile are both held at the Philippine National Police headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City over plunder and graft cases for alleged misuse of Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

German-born Pinoys have more ways to obtain dual citizenship

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 01:58 p.m.

WITH a change in policy, the German government opened more ways for Filipino dual citizens, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Thursday.

The changes took effect on December 20 last year and are applicable to Filipino children born in Germany after January 1, 2000.

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