2 American Ebola patients released from hospital

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 12:39 a.m.

ATLANTA -- The two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa have been discharged from an Atlanta hospital, after nearly three weeks of treatment, officials said Thursday.

Their release poses no public health risk, Dr. Bruce Ribner of Emory University Hospital stressed. Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, and Nancy Writebol, 59, show no evidence of Ebola, and generally patients do not relapse and are not contagious once they've recovered, said Ribner, director of the hospital's infectious disease unit.

39 dead, dozens missing after Japan landslides

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 09:43 p.m.

TOKYO -- Japanese police said the death toll from rain-triggered landslides on the outskirts of Hiroshima city rose to 39 on Thursday with 51 people still missing, as search efforts continued in the devastated area.

Hillsides caved in or were swept down into residential areas in at least five valleys in the suburbs of the western Japanese city on Wednesday, crushing dozens of houses after heavy rains.

Sealed off Liberia slum calm amid Ebola outbreak

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 08:57 p.m.

MONROVIA, Liberia -- Calm returned Thursday to a slum in the Liberian capital that was sealed off in the government's attempt to halt the spread of Ebola, a day after clashes erupted between residents and security forces, but now the tens of thousands of residents worried about getting food.

Many residents of West Point, located on a peninsula in the seaside capital, are fearful they'll be cut off from food since many market traders are stuck behind the barricades.

Amy Winehouse to be commemorated with statue

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 08:54 p.m.

LONDON -- Amy Winehouse is to be commemorated with a statue in the London neighborhood where she lived and worked.

The late singer's family said the statue will be unveiled in Camden Town on September 14, her 31st birthday.

Liberal Party may hold meeting to clarify Cha-cha, term extension

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 07:05 p.m.

SOME leaders of the administration Liberal Party (LP) wanted to convene a meeting among their members to clarify issues on Constitutional amendments and term extension of President Benigno Aquino III.

In an interview at the Manila Memorial Park in Paranaque City after the commemoration of the 31st death anniversary of late Senator Benigno Aquino Jr., Senate President Franklin Drilon said that he already endorsed the proposal of Budget Secretary Florencio Abad for the LP members to hold a meeting.

Ninoy's undelivered speech in 1983

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 06:58 p.m.

ON AUGUST 21, 1983, the late Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. was set to deliver a speech upon his return to the Philippines from his self-exile in the United States, but the words were left unspoken as he was assassinated at then Manila International Airport (now NAIA).

Malacañang has posted on its website the supposed speech of Aquino:

Filipinos mark Ninoy’s 31st death anniversary

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 05:29 p.m.

MANILA -- The country’s First Family, along with the Filipino people, marked on Thursday the 31st death anniversary of former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., father of President Benigno S. Aquino III.

President Aquino and his sisters Viel, Ballsy, and Kris arrived at the Manila Memorial Park in Sucat, Parañaque City Thursday morning to attend a Holy Mass for the late senator.

Binay warns vs creeping dictatorship

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 05:22 p.m.

MANILA -- Renewing his call against charter change, Vice President Jejomar Binay said Thursday the country's democracy will be in danger if moves to extend the term of President Benigno Aquino III and clip the powers of the Supreme Court (SC) will succeed.

In his speech after accepting the Ninoy Aquino Medal of Valor in Pasay City, Binay said the Constitution granted powers to the judiciary to avoid another dictatorship, which the nation endured under the late President Ferdinand Marcos.

Manila judges, court employees challenge BIR regulation

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 04:14 p.m.

JUDGES and court employees in Manila joined other government workers in asking the Supreme Court (SC) to stop the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) from subjecting their allowances and fringe benefits to withholding tax.

In a petition for certiorari, the Regional Trial Court Judges Association of Manila and Philippine Association of Court Employees-Manila chapter assailed Revenue Memorandum Order (RMO) 23-2014 for stepping on the independence of the judiciary and lack of due process.

5 soldiers, 3 militiamen wounded in Basilan ambush

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 03:39 p.m.

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Five soldiers and three militiamen were injured in an ambush perpetrated by the Abu Sayyaf bandits in Basilan province, officials reported Thursday.

Army’s 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Officer-in-Charge Captain Franco Suelto said the Army and militia forces were traversing Barangay Sungkayut to Barangay Bohe-Suyak, Ungkaya Pukan town when ambushed by the Abu Sayyaf bandits around 9:45 a.m. Thursday.

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