Tsunami warning issued for parts of Pacific after earthquake

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 08:51 a.m.

SYDNEY (Updated) -- A powerful earthquake struck near the South Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea on Monday, prompting officials to warn that hazardous tsunami waves could affect some coastlines in the Pacific.

Air Canada plane leaves Halifax runway on 'abrupt' landing

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 10:20 p.m.

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia -- An Air Canada plane made an "abrupt" landing and skidded off the runway at the Halifax airport in bad weather, and officials said Sunday 23 people were taken to a hospital for observation and treatment of minor injuries.

AFP: NPA forces declining

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 08:53 p.m.

MANILA –- The population of the New People’s Army (NPA) is declining as the development projects of the government are now gaining momentum in the countryside, an official said on Sunday.

As of this posting, the rebel strength all over the country is placed at 4,000.

Palace confident of public support for draft BBL passage

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 06:08 p.m.

MALACANANG expressed confidence on Sunday that the government could get more support from the public on the peace process amid the plan to hold a National Peace Summit to be led by an independent council.

With that, Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda indicated that fears of a possible break out of war in Mindanao due to the stalled peace talks would be unlikely.

Palace to Gabriela: Expand your 'myopic vision'

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 06:01 p.m.

MALACANANG is no longer surprised on the criticism made by militant Gabriela on President Benigno Aquino III's earlier comparison of his mother, late President Corazon Aquino, to heroine, Gabriela Silang.

After all, Gabriela has always never been friendly to the administration, said Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan on Sunday.

PAL to acquire 2 more Airbus jets

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 04:59 p.m.

THE Philippine Airlines (PAL) has purchased two more Airbus jets to improve its services, the management said Sunday.

The Philippine flag carrier said that it has finalized an agreement with Airbus regarding the acquisition of the two additional A321 NEO aircraft.

Philippines loans hit $11.3B in 4th quarter

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 04:52 p.m.

THE Philippine loans to finance its huge projects and programs have surged to $11.29 billion in the fourth quarter of last year, the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) said Sunday.

Palace hails Donaire, Nietes victory

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 03:18 p.m.

MALACANANG congratulated on Sunday Filipino boxers Nonito Donaire Jr., and Donnie Nietes for winning against their respective contenders in a boxing match held at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City Saturday night.

"We would like to congratulate our Filipino boxers who have done so remarkably well and showed the resiliency and the athleticism of our Filipino athletes. It goes along the way of showing that we are of a world-class quality," said Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda in a radio interview with dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

Michelle Obama declares 'Black Girls Rock!'

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 02:53 p.m.

NEWARK, New Jersey -- Michelle Obama mixed her message of education for girls with one of empowerment for black women, declaring "Black girls rock!" at the annual awards show of the same name.

The first lady was the most heralded participant at the 5th annual event, which honored Jada Pinkett Smith, Erykah Badu, Cicely Tyson, Ava DuVernay, Nadia Lopez and Helene Gayle.

Singapore bids farewell to Lee Kuan Yew in elaborate funeral

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 01:54 p.m.

SINGAPORE -- Tens of thousands of Singaporeans undeterred by heavy rains lined a 15 kilometer (9 mile) route through the Southeast Asian city-state to witness an elaborate funeral procession Sunday for longtime leader Lee Kuan Yew.

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