Workers finish recovering MH17 wreckage in Ukraine

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 01:00 a.m.

PELAHIIVKA, Ukraine -- Workers have finished recovering wreckage from the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 disaster, more than four months after the passenger jet was shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine.

Under the supervision of Dutch investigators and European security officials, the recovered fragments were loaded onto a train in the village of Pelahiivka and shipped to the Ukrainian government-held city of Kharkiv on Sunday.

2 dead, 23 hurt in North Cotabato blast

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 10:29 p.m.

KIDAPAWAN CITY (Updated) -- A bomb exploded late Sunday in a billiard hall near a crowded town carnival in North Cotabato, killing two people and wounding 23 others, officials said.

Mayor Joselito Pinol said two men left the bomb, which was apparently concealed in a bag, at the billiard hall in his town of M'lang in North Corabato province.

37 homes collapse, dozens injured in Japan quake

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 10:22 p.m.

TOKYO (Updated) -- Helicopter surveys on Sunday showed more extensive damage than earlier thought from an overnight earthquake in the mountainous area of central Japan that hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics.

At least 37 homes were destroyed in two villages, and 39 people were injured across the region, including seven seriously, mostly with broken bones, officials said.

Binay: Pacquiao hurdles odds in win vs Algieri

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 05:52 p.m.

MANILA -- Ring icon Manny Pacquiao has again proven why he ranks among the best boxers in the world after successfully defending his WBO welterweight belt against American challenger Chris Algieri on Sunday, Vice President Jejomar Binay said.

"Algieri may have the advantage in height and reach, but Manny overcame that with his heart and determination. He showed us that he has the true heart of a champion and once again, made us all proud to be Filipinos," he said.

2009 massacre haunts Philippines as trial slows

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 05:41 p.m.

MANILA -- Five years after gunmen flagged down a convoy of cars in a southern Philippine province and massacred all 58 occupants, including scores of journalists, the body count continues to rise.

Just days before the Philippines marked Sunday's anniversary of the carnage with prayers and calls to end impunity, another potential witness in the ongoing trial against the politically powerful suspects was gunned down.

Pacquiao defeats Algieri

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

MACAU (Updated) -- Manny Pacquiao got the big knockdowns he was looking for, battering Chris Algieri around the ring at will Sunday in a lopsided welterweight title fight.

Pacquiao chased Algieri from the opening bell, knocking him down repeatedly and dominating. About the only thing Pacquiao didn't get was his first knockout in five years, settling instead for a lopsided 12-round unanimous decision against an opponent who seemed unwilling to engage.

Abu Sayyaf leader, soldier killed in Sulu shootout

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

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

Joint Task Group Sulu commander Colonel 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 west China kills 5; 54 hurt

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

BEIJING (Updated) -- A strong earthquake that hit a sparsely populated, mountainous area of western China killed at least five people and injured 54 others, officials said Sunday. The injured included schoolchildren in a stampede.

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

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.

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