Troops clash with MILF rebels; 30 killed

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 09:12 p.m.

COTABATO CITY (Updated) -- More than 30 police commandos were killed in a clash with Moro rebels in the southern province of Maguindanao in the biggest single-day combat loss for Philippine forces in many years, officials said.

WHO mulls reforms to repair reputation after bungling Ebola

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 08:42 p.m.

GENEVA -- The World Health Organization (WHO) is debating how to reform itself after botching the response to the Ebola outbreak, a sluggish performance that experts say cost thousands of lives.

On Sunday, WHO's executive board planned to discuss proposals that could radically transform the United Nations health agency in response to sharp criticism over its handling of the West Africa epidemic.

Korean bizman seized in Zambo Sibugay

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 05:54 p.m.

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Gunmen suspected to be members of a kidnap-for-ransom group have seized a Korean businessman in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay, the police reported Sunday.

Palace commemorates Cory Aquino’s 82nd birthday

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 05:32 p.m.

MALACANANG led the nation in commemorating the 82nd birthday of late President Corazon Aquino on Sunday.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. cited the role of President Benigno Aquino III's mother in restoring democracy in the country.

Aquino personally condoles with victims of Zambo blast

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 05:26 p.m.

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Updated) -- President Benigno Aquino III personally expressed his sympathies to the victims of the Zamboanga City bombing by flying to this city on Sunday.

Rescuers fail again to lift fuselage of AirAsia

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 05:20 p.m.

PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia -- The second attempt to lift the fuselage of the crashed AirAsia jetliner has failed as the wreckage sank back to the ocean floor when a rope linking the lifting balloons broke.

Japan stunned after video claims death of 1 of 2 IS hostages

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 04:19 p.m.

TOKYO -- From prime minister to ordinary people, Japanese responded with shock Sunday at a video purportedly showing one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed.

With national attention focusing on efforts to save the other hostage, 47-year-old journalist Kenji Goto, some also criticized Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's drive for a more assertive Japan as responsible for the hostage crisis.

Del Rosario to pay respects to King Abdullah

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 02:25 p.m.

FOREIGN Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario will personally convey the Philippine government's condolences and sympathy to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the death of King Abdullah bin Adbulaziz Al Saud.

A statement from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed on Sunday that the Secretary will proceed to the oil-rich kingdom to pay his respects to the late king.

Rockets kill 30 in Ukrainian city as rebels launch offensive

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 09:31 a.m.

KIEV, Ukraine -- Indiscriminate rocket fire slammed into a market, schools, homes and shops Saturday in Ukraine's southeastern city of Mariupol, killing at least 30 people, authorities said. The Ukrainian president called the blitz a terrorist attack and NATO and the U.S. demanded that Russia stop supporting the rebels.

Ukrainian officials rushed to defend the strategically important port on the Sea of Azov, beefing up military positions with more equipment and sending in more forces.

Blogger rues ‘digital divide’ in PH

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 01:14 a.m.

CEBU CITY – Social media would have produced more impact on the lives of Filipinos if not for relatively low, although increasing, Internet access in the country, a noted blogger said Saturday.

Tonyo Cruz, whose articles range from consumer issues to technology, said damage reports from far-flung areas hit by calamities like typhoons Ruby (international name: Hagupit) and Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) could have come faster and more efficient had there been a reliable Internet infrastructure.

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