Strong quake strikes central Japan's Nagano City

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 10:22 p.m.

TOKYO (Updated) — A strong earthquake struck a mountainous area of central Japan on Saturday night, causing at least one building to collapse and injuring several people, according to Japanese media reports. No tsunami warning was issued.

The magnitude-6.8 earthquake struck near Nagano city at 10:08 p.m. (1308 GMT) at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles), the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake's magnitude at 6.2. Since the quake occurred inland, there was no possibility of a tsunami.

Palace expects high business confidence in PHL to continue

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 07:11 p.m.

THE Aquino administration is expecting business confidence in the Philippines to continue in the coming years following a central bank survey showing high expectations for the country, a Palace official said Saturday.

The survey shows a rosy picture of business confidence for the Philippines in the last quarter of 2014.

Immigration clarifies HK journalists who heckled Aquino blacklisted

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 06:18 p.m.

THE nine Hong Kong journalists who heckled President Benigno Aquino III during his attendance to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit last year in Bali, Indonesia were indeed included in the Bureau of Immigration's (BI) blacklist.

The BI issued a clarification on Saturday, a day after Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., quoting Immigration Commissioner Siegred Mison, said that no Hong Kong journalists were blacklisted and barred from entering the country.

Palace: Aquino to consider best candidate for Comelec chief

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 06:12 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III always makes sure that he appoints the best person in any government post, a Palace official said Saturday.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte made the statement amid call by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) employees to appoint an insider as their chairman when poll chair Sixto Brillantes retires on February 15 next year.

Government committed to serve justice to massacre victims

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 06:04 p.m.

MANILA -- As the Philippines marks on Sunday the fifth year anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre, Malacañang assured Saturday that it will continue to do everything in its power to serve justice to the families of the victims of the gruesome killings despite the mounting challenges.

House lawmakers confident of Pacquiao win

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 04:57 p.m.

MANILA -- The colleagues of Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao in the House of Representatives are confident the Sarangani lawmakers will triumph over undefeated American Chris Algieri in Macau on Sunday.

Police: Al-Shabab militants kill 28 in Kenya bus

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 05:05 p.m.

NAIROBI, Kenya — Al-Shabab militants from Somalia hijacked a bus in Kenya's north and killed 28 non-Muslims on board after they had been singled out from the rest of the passengers, police officials said Saturday.

Two police officers said that the bus traveling to the capital Nairobi with 60 passengers was hijacked 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the town Mandera near Kenya's border with Somalia.

Bandits in Guinea steal suspected Ebola blood

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 01:43 a.m.

CONAKRY, Guinea -- It was a highway robbery but the bandits got more than they bargained for when they stopped a taxi van in Guinea and made off with blood samples that are believed to be infected with the deadly Ebola virus.

Authorities publicly appealed on national radio Friday to the unidentified robbers to hand over the samples that were stolen from the minibus taxi during its 265-kilometer (165-mile) trek from central Kankan prefecture to a test site in southern Gueckedou.

Pacquiao in need of signature win vs Algieri

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 01:37 a.m.

MACAU -- Boxing is a hurt business, as Manny Pacquiao found out when he ended up face down on the canvas after being knocked out just three fights ago by Juan Manuel Marquez.

It's also a risky business, and there are some in the sport who believe Pacquiao is taking a big one when he gets up Sunday morning in this gambling enclave for his welterweight title fight with Chris Algieri.

Zimbabwe: 11 die in stampede at religious service

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 01:32 a.m.

HARARE, Zimbabwe -- Eleven people died in a stampede on Friday, during a religious service held at a sports stadium in Zimbabwe.

Four people died at the stadium and seven more at the hospital, according to police commander Shadreck Mubaiwa. Those killed were attending a church service for a popular Pentecostal pastor, Walter Magaya.

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