Gas blast at Mexico City children's hospital, dozens injured

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 10:41 p.m.

MEXICO CITY -- A gas tank truck exploded outside a maternity and children's hospital in Mexico City on Thursday, collapsing much of it. At least one person was reported dead and dozens injured.

Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera told MVS radio that the body of a woman was found inside the hospital. He earlier told the Televisa network that at least 54 people were injured, 22 of them children.

Philippines warns Asean over China reef reclamation

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 10:36 p.m.

MANILA -- The Philippines has urged fellow Southeast Asian nations to demand that China immediately stop its land reclamation in contested South China Sea reefs, warning the 10-nation bloc's credibility may be undermined if it remains silent on the issue.

WHO: Ebola response shifts to ending epidemic

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 08:07 p.m.

LONDON -- Health officials are now focused on ending the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak rather than just slowing the deadly virus' spread, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday.

The UN health agency said the three most affected countries — Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia — have reported fewer than 100 cases in the past week, for the first time since June.

DSWD opens account for donations for families of slain cops

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 06:51 p.m.

MALACANANG said Thursday that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has established a bank account for anyone who wishes to give donations for the families of slain policemen in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the opening of the account was in line with the appeal of President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday night to the public to "extend utmost support" to the bereaved families of the 44 fallen members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force.

Palace defends Aquino's absence at Villamor

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 06:20 p.m.

MALACANANG defended President Benigno Aquino III on his absence in welcoming the remains of 42 slain members of Special Action Force (SAF) at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on Thursday.

Aquino did not show up at Villamor Air Base instead he went to Sta. Rosa, Laguna to attend the inauguration of Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation's assembly plant, drawing flak from netizens who felt he should have been there to sympathize with the families of the victims.

Bus crashes into fuel truck in Afghanistan, 23 killed

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 06:19 p.m.

KABUL, Afghanistan -- An Afghan official said at least 23 people died and 31 were injured when a bus crashed into a fuel truck on a narrow road in southern Zabul province.

Zabul's governor, Mohammad Ashraf Nasiri, said the crash, which took place on Thursday morning near the provincial capital of Qalat, was a traffic accident, most likely due to human error.

P136 minimum wage hike in Metro Manila sought

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 04:02 p.m.

THE Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) is pushing for a P136 increase in the minimum wage of workers in Metro Manila from its current rate of P466.

TUCP said there is a need to approve the pay hike if workers are to feel the inclusive growth being trumpeted by the Aquino administration.

Makati mayor to question arrest before SC

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 02:30 p.m.

MANILA -- Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. will question the legality of his arrest before the Supreme Court (SC) even as the Senate had to forcibly bring him to the session hall on Thursday to face inquiry on the alleged corruption-laden projects in his city.

McDonald's CEO steps down as sales decline

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 12:42 p.m.

NEW YORK -- McDonald's CEO Don Thompson is stepping down as the world's biggest hamburger chain fights to hold onto customers and transform its image.

The company said Thompson, who has been CEO for two-and-a-half years, will be replaced by Steve Easterbrook, a company veteran who rejoined McDonald's as its chief brand officer in 2013.

PH economic growth slows to 6.1 percent in 2014

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 12:37 p.m.

MANILA -- Philippine economic growth slowed to 6.1 percent last year, hampered by natural disasters, but still outpaced most other countries in Asia.

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