Classmates celebrating 60th birthday among missing

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 07:39 p.m.

MOKPO, South Korea — Kim Jeong-keun woke up on his cabin bed to find out his friends had smeared lipstick on his face while he had been asleep, a prank harking back to their school days.

The 60-year-old Kim took it in good spirits and washed his face. After all, they were traveling together on a reunion voyage aboard The Sewol, celebrating their birthdays and remembering good old days from their elementary school in Incheon city, where the ferry departed Tuesday evening.

Fate of over 100 abducted girls in Nigeria unknown

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 06:37 p.m.

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria -- The fate of more than 100 girls and young women abducted by Islamic extremists was thrown into uncertainty Thursday when their school principal denied a report from Nigeria's military that almost all the students were free.

"Up till now we are still waiting and praying for the safe return of the students ... the security people, especially the vigilantes and the well-meaning volunteers of Gwoza are still out searching for them. The military people too are in the bush searching," the principal, Asabe Kwambura, told The Associated Press by telephone.

3 kidnap-for-ransom men nabbed

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 05:26 p.m.

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Combined police and military forces arrested three suspected members of a kidnap-for-ransom-group (KFRG) in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay, the police said Thursday.

Arrested in the village Timbang-Timbang, Alicia, Zamboanga Sibugay were Abral Abdusalam, Rating Hadjirul, and Kismir Hadjirul.

DOH warns Pinoys going to Mecca vs Mers-Cov

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 05:06 p.m.

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) is warning Filipinos who are visiting Mecca in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to be wary against the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (Mers-Cov).

5.5-magnitude quake jolts Sultan Kudarat

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 03:41 p.m.

A magnitude 5.5 earthquake jolted Sultan Kudarat Province in Mindanao Thursday noon.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the quake was recorded at 12:38 p.m., with the epicenter at 244 kilometers southwest of Palimbang in Sultan Kudarat.

Ukraine: 3 dead after Black Sea base attack

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 03:01 p.m.

KIEV, Ukraine -- Three pro-Russian militants have been killed and 13 wounded after Ukrainian troops repelled an attack on a National Guard base in the Black Sea port of Mariupol in the south-east part of the country, a government official said Thursday.

Fears rise for missing in SKorea ferry sinking

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 12:48 p.m.

MOKPO, South Korea -- Strong currents, rain and bad visibility hampered an increasingly anxious search Thursday for 287 passengers still missing a day after their ferry flipped onto its side and filled with water off the southern coast of South Korea.

Nine people, including three students and two teachers, were confirmed dead, but many expect a sharp jump in that number because of the long period of time the missing have now spent either trapped in the ferry or in the cold seawater. There was also fury among families waiting for word of passengers who were mostly high school students.

Corona virus cases in Saudi rises to 205

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 12:40 p.m.

RIYADH -- The number of MERS corona virus in Saudi Arabia rose to 205 including 71 deaths since the first case was diagnosed in 2012, the Health Ministry said in a statement.

The country reported Wednesday one new death of a Saudi citizen, 52, and five cases of MERS corona virus.

Good weather projected until Easter Sunday

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 12:02 p.m.

MANILA -- Most parts of the Philippines will have sunny to partly cloudy skies in the next two to three days as the low pressure area (LPA) dissipated, the state weather bureau said Thursday.

The LPA, earlier named tropical depression “Domeng,” lingered inside the country for two weeks.

Aquino joins Christians in observing Holy Week

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 11:21 p.m.

MANILA - President Benigno Aquino III has emphasized the sacrifices made by Jesus Christ for the salvation of humanity, as he joined fellow Christians in observing this year’s Holy Week.

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