Top government lawyer named SC justice

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 01:29 p.m.

MANILA -- Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza has finally realized his dream to become a member of the Supreme Court (SC) after three tries and a legal battle against the screening body that excluded him from the list of final nominees.

No stay order on Napoles’ trial at Sandiganbayan

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 01:20 p.m.

MANILA -- Alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Napoles will remain on trial for plunder and graft at the Sandiganbayan.

In its en banc session on Tuesday, the Supreme Court (SC) decided to require the Sandiganbayan and the Office of the Ombudsman to comment on Napoles' petitions for certiorari within 10 days.

6 dead, 22 missing in Hiroshima landslide

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 12:31 p.m.

TOKYO -- At least six people were confirmed dead and 22 were missing after rain-sodden hills in the outskirts of Hiroshima, Japan gave way early Wednesday in several landslides.

Video footage from the national broadcaster NHK showed suburban homes in the western Japanese city surrounded by streams of mud and debris, and residents picking their way over piles of rocks and dirt.

Blast in China coal mine kills 2, traps 25 miners

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 12:26 p.m.

BEIJING -- A gas explosion at a coal mine in eastern China has killed at least two miners and trapped 25 others, the state media reported.

Twelve other miners were rescued from the privately owned mine in Huainan city in Anhui province after Tuesday's blast, one of whom suffered burns, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

Vatican: Argentina car crash kills papal relatives

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 09:48 p.m.

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Three relatives of Pope Francis died in a car crash Tuesday along a provincial highway in Argentina, the Vatican and local highway police said.

Police Superintendent Jorge Raineri said the small car carrying a nephew of the pope along with the man's wife and two young children slammed into the back of a truck. The wife and children, one two years old and the other eight months, were killed.

Liberia: Missing quarantined patients are found

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 09:22 p.m.

MONROVIA, Liberia -- All the people who were being screened for Ebola when they fled a health center during looting are now back in a hospital, a Liberian official said Tuesday.

The patients ran away when an Ebola holding facility was ransacked in Liberia's capital, Monrovia, on Saturday night, raising fears that the deadly virus might spread into the densely populated slum surrounding it.

Remains of Malaysian MH17 victims to be flown home

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 09:19 p.m.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- The remains of at least 15 Malaysians killed when a jetliner was shot down over Ukraine will be returned to their home country this week, the first Malaysian victims of the disaster to be flown home, the country's defense minister said Tuesday.

All 298 people on board died when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down on July 17. The plane was heading to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam and was shot out of the sky over an area of eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russia separatists. The victims included 43 Malaysians and 195 Dutch nationals.

Netizens outraged by rape-slay incident in Bulacan

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 08:27 p.m.

NETIZENS expressed outrage over the brutal death of a female freelance model whose body was found floating in a rice field in Calumpit, Bulacan.

The photo of Anria Galang Espiritu's remains on the rice field was posted on Twitter by the Calumpit police last August 14.

Visayas to get more power supply

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 08:17 p.m.

VISAYAS will receive additional 83 megawatts (MW) with the synchronization of a new power plant to the grid, the Department of Energy (DOE) said Tuesday.

The Global Business Power Corporation’s (GBPC) Toledo Power Company recently announced the connection of its power plant project to the grid in Toledo City, Cebu.

Ex-military general named Palace undersecretary

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 05:31 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has appointed retired General Emmanuel Bautista as undersecretary under the Office of the President (OP), a Palace official said Tuesday.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that Bautista has concurrent position of executive director of the Security, Justice, and Peace Cluster of the Cabinet.

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