FDA: Illegal food supplement alive in Mindanao

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 02:20 p.m.

MINDANAO continues to be a common destination for a food supplement product already found illegal by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

According to FDA Advisory 2014-056, they have received reports that Sehat Badan powder remains being sold in the Mindanao area.

Belmonte calls for creation of public accounts and audit committee

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 01:50 p.m.

HOUSE Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. called Monday the committee on rules to study the creation of a public accounts and audit committee amid cases filed against members of Congress over alleged misuse of government funds.

The committee would have jurisdiction to call and hold to account all national government agencies, local government units, government owned and control corporations and other instrumentalities for their use of their public funds, the House leader said during his speech at the 16th Congress' second regular session.

IN VIDEO: Militants call on Aquino to step down

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 01:05 p.m.

Militant group Anakpawis called on President Benigno Aquino III to step down during a rally held at the Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City on Monday, hours before the Chief Executive delivers his fifth State of the Nation Address at the House of Representatives. (Video by Third Anne Peralta/Sunnex)

Court employees to Aquino: Stop attacking SC

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 12:36 p.m.

JUDICIARY employees asked President Benigno Aquino III on Monday to stop ganging up on the Supreme Court (SC), which has yet to decide whether it will reverse its decision declaring key parts of his Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) unconstitutional.

PHL embassy in Libya evacuates staff

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 12:15 p.m.

THE Philippine Embassy in Tripoli is now evacuating its staff members amid the increasing violence and lawlessness in Libya.

In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said it has decided to evacuate all non-core staff of the Philippine Embassy.

Congress opens; Enrile, Estrada still in Senate roll

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 11:55 a.m.

MANILA -- Detained Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada were only marked absent in the opening of the second regular session of the 16th Congress on Monday as their suspension from office in relation to the pork barrel scam is not yet final.

Responding to a query by Senator Vicente Sotto III on the membership status of Enrile and Estrada, Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano said the Sandiganbayan order is still subject to appeal.

38 killed as Libyan forces battle militias in east

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 01:45 a.m.

CAIRO — Heavy clashes between Libyan soldiers loyal to a renegade general and Islamist-led militias killed 38 people, health officials said Sunday, as fighting between rival militias around the capital's international airport raged on and European nations warned their citizens to leave.

Forces loyal to Gen. Khalifa Hifter battled militias in the eastern city of Benghazi in clashes that started Saturday and continued through early Sunday morning, a security official said. Commando forces regained control of four military camps captured by Islamist militias in the past few days, the official said. The fighting killed eight militia fighters, including the brother of an alleged leader of an al-Qaida-inspired group, the official and a militia website statement said.

Italy's Vincenzo Nibali wins Tour de France

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 01:25 a.m.

PARIS -- Italy's Vincenzo Nibali has won the Tour de France, becoming the first Italian to win cycling's greatest race in 16 years by chiselling a lead over his main rivals a few seconds at a time and dominating them in the mountains.

The 29-year-old Sicilian, who called himself "a flag-bearer of anti-doping" during the race, finished in the main pack behind Marcel Kittel, who won Sunday's Stage 21 in a sprint finish.

Fighting intensifies near MH17 disaster site

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 01:16 a.m.

DONETSK, Ukraine — Ukrainian armed forces mounted a major onslaught against pro-Russian separatist fighters Sunday in an attempt to gain control over the area where a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed earlier this month.

Reports of the intensifying unrest prompted a postponement of a trip to the site by a team of Dutch and Australian police officers who had planned to started searching for evidence and the remaining bodies.

Pope: World War I should teach us: No more war

Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 07:11 p.m.

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis is marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I with an impassioned plea for people to "not repeat the mistakes of the past," urging them to embrace dialogue to overcome conflicts.

Francis cited current warfare between Israelis and Palestinians, as well as in Iraq and in Ukraine. He told pilgrims and tourists in St. Peter's Square Sunday that he was thinking of children — killed, maimed or orphaned by war — who "for toys, have the debris of war."

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