Pacquiao defeats Algieri

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 02:28 p.m.

MACAU -- Manny Pacquiao got the big knockdowns he desperately craved, battering Chris Algieri around the ring Sunday on his way to a decision win in a lopsided welterweight title fight.

Pacquiao chased Algieri from the opening bell, knocking him down repeatedly and dominating from the opening bell.

Abu Sayyaf leader, soldier killed in Sulu shootout

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 12:49 p.m.

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- A leader of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) with P5.3 million bounty for his arrest and a soldier were killed in a shootout in the hinterlands of Sulu, a military official said.

Joint Task Group Sulu commander Col. Alan Arrojado identified the slain ASG leader as Sihata Muallom Asmad alias “Sihata Latip.”

Somalia's al-Shabab kills 28 non-Muslims in Kenya

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 10:07 a.m.

NAIROBI, Kenya -- One gunman shot from the right, one from the left, each killing the non-Muslims lying in a line on the ground, growing closer and closer to Douglas Ochwodho, who was in the middle.

And then the shooting stopped. Apparently each gunman thought the other shot Ochwodho. He lay perfectly still until the 20 Islamic extremists left, and he appears to be the only survivor of those who had been selected for death.

Strong quake in China kills 2, hurts 54

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 09:59 a.m.

BEIJING -- A strong earthquake struck a lightly populated, mountainous area of western China, killing at least two people, injuring 54 others and collapsing homes, officials said Sunday.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-5.9 quake hit Saturday about 30 kilometers (20 miles) from the town of Kangding in Sichuan province. China's seismological agency put the magnitude at 6.3.

Japan earthquake collapses homes, causes injuries

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

TOKYO (Updated 9:55 a.m.) -- A strong earthquake in the mountainous area of central Japan that hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics destroyed more than half a dozen homes in a ski resort town and injured at least 30 people, officials said.

The magnitude-6.8 earthquake struck Saturday near Nagano city shortly after 10 p.m. (1300 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.

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