Vatican defrocks 2 Chilean priests for sex abuse

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 02:02 a.m.

SANTIAGO, Chile — The Vatican has defrocked two Chilean priests for committing sex abuse against adults and at least one underage minor.

US fighter jets escort plane back to Toronto

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 01:09 a.m.

TORONTO — Two United States F16 fighter jets escorted a plane bound for Panama City back to Toronto's Pearson Airport about 45 minutes after departure after a passenger threatened the aircraft.

Sunwing Airlines spokeswoman Janine Chapman said Friday that Flight 772 departed at 7 a.m. (1100 GMT) and turned around over West Virginia when an "agitated passenger directly threatened the aircraft." Chapman did not elaborate on the threat.

Soldiers clash with Abu Sayyafs; 5 dead

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 09:48 p.m.

MANILA -- Troops attacked a Moro bandit hideout on southern Basilan island, triggering a clash that killed three Abu Sayyaf members believed to have been involved in the 2011 kidnapping of an American woman and her teenage son, a military report said Friday.

Two government militiamen were killed and two others were wounded.

Group holds 2nd Annual Study Abroad Conference

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 09:31 p.m.

THE College Admissions Mentors for Peers (Camp) Philippines will hold its 2nd annual Camp Conference on August 9 at Xavier School in Greenhills.

Endorsed by the Commission on Higher Education, and supported by both local and international youth and education organizations like, EducationUSA, and the National Youth Commission, among others, the conference looks to give the necessary support and opportunities to high school students interested in studying abroad.

Sandigan orders Napoles transfer to Taguig jail

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 07:51 p.m.

THE anti-graft court ordered Friday the transfer of Janet Napoles, the alleged pork barrel scam mastermind, inside the female dormitory of Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City.

Sandiganbayan third division clerk of court Dennis Pulma said the commitment order for Napoles' transfer to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) female dormitory in Camp Bagong Diwa will be implemented immediately.

Total OFW ban up in Gaza Strip

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 06:59 p.m.

THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has officially imposed a total deployment ban for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in war-torn Gaza Strip.

In separate resolutions, the POEA also banned newly hired OFWs from leaving for work in Israel and West Bank.

DOJ official, 2 others tapped for PDAF cases

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 06:45 p.m.

A RANKING official of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and two prosecutors will assist the Office of the Ombudsman in fighting for conviction of personalities charged with plunder and graft in relation to the pork barrel scam.

They are Justice Undersecretary Jose Justiniano, Assistant State Prosecutor Hazel Decena-Valdez and State Counsel Aaron Jarveen Ho, who were personally chosen by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales.

Palace thumbs down proposal to suspend K to 12 program

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 06:36 p.m.

MALACANANG rejected Friday proposal by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to suspend the implementation of the Department of Education's (DepEd) K to 12 program.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a press briefing that the Aquino administration has been really pushing for this program.

Palace: Discussions still ongoing for master plan in 'Yolanda'-hit areas

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 06:10 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III could not approve yet the comprehensive master plan for areas hit by Typhoon "Yolanda" since discussions were still ongoing, a Palace official said Friday.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte confirmed that the proposed master plan was already submitted to Malacanang on July 1 by Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Panfilo Lacson.

UN school in Gaza caught in cross-fire; 15 killed

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 05:38 p.m.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- A UN school in Gaza crowded with hundreds of Palestinians seeking refuge from fierce fighting came under fire Thursday, killing at least 15 civilians and leaving a sad tableau of blood-spattered pillows, blankets and children's clothing scattered in the courtyard.

Palestinian officials blamed Israel for the shelling, which wounded dozens and came on the deadliest day so far of the current round of fighting. However, the Israeli military said the school "was not a target in any way" and raised the possibility the compound was hit by Hamas rockets.

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