21 killed in India landslide

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 12:31 p.m.

NEW DELHI -- Rescuers worked in rain Thursday to dig through a remote village in western India where at least 21 people died as a landslide swept away scores of houses, possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said.

National Disaster Response Force commander Alok Avasthy said continuing rains and bad roads were hampering rescue efforts in Ambegaon, a village in Pune district in Maharashtra state.

FEU Manila classes, work cancelled due to bomb threat

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 12:11 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- Classes and work are cancelled the rest of the day on Thursday at Far Eastern University (FEU) in Manila due to a bomb threat received by school authorities.

"The University officials of FEU Manila and FEU Tech have decided to call off classes today (July 31, 2014) due to a suspected bomb threat. The university is working closely with Security Personnel to address the situation and secure the campus. Please vacate the premises immediately in an orderly fashion," the university said on its official Facebook account.

DFA: Filipina nurse nabbed, raped in Libya

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 12:04 p.m.

MANILA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed Thursday reports that a Filipina nurse was abducted and raped before eventually being released in Tripoli, Libya.

In a phone interview, DFA Spokesman Charles Jose said the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli confirmed that the incident took place Wednesday morning (Tripoli time).

Inmates question new rules on good conduct incentives

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 11:53 a.m.

TWO government officials were recently ordered by the Supreme Court (SC) to comment on the petition of inmates of the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) against the constitutionality of a new classification system for good conduct and time allowances, which can be the basis for commutation of sentence, parole or even pardon by the President.

Law dean: JDF probe aimed at diverting DAP issue

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:52 a.m.

CONGRESSIONAL allies of embattled President Benigno Aquino III are perhaps trying to take away the heat from him by launching an investigation on the use of the Judiciary Development Fund (JDF), a law dean said Thursday.

Father Ranhilio Aquino, dean of the San Beda College Graduate School of Law, said public discussion must focus on how the government spent funds released through the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), which was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court (SC) on July 1.

House panel calls on China to end organ harvesting

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 12:34 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee has endorsed a resolution calling on China to immediately end what it calls state-sanctioned harvesting of human organs from prisoners.

Human rights groups have long criticized China for taking organs for transplant from executed prisoners. China said in 2012 it plans to abolish the practice in three to five years.

Palace: Peace talks with Reds may resume after release of 4 cops

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 06:24 p.m.

MALACANANG described Wednesday the release of four policemen who were abducted by communist rebels in Surigao del Norte as a "groundbreaking event" that could lead to the resumption of peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front (NDF).

Anti-Aquino protesters want probe on use of water cannon

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 06:21 p.m.

MILITANT groups will conduct an investigation into the use of water cannon to turn back protesters who marched along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City, in Monday's State of the Nation Address of President Benigno Aquino III.

Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) secretary general Renato Reyes Jr. said the protesters experienced itchiness in the body and their clothes turned pink after authorities used water cannons to disperse them.

Palace: No coup plot vs Aquino

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 06:09 p.m.

MALACANANG dismissed on Wednesday rumors of a coup plot against the government as it also rejected proposal to conduct loyalty check among the members of the military.

"There are no reports of restiveness among the rank and file of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)," Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a press briefing.

NBI: No suspect yet in car racer’s death

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 05:57 p.m.

A RANKING official of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said Wednesday it is still not finished with its parallel probe on the fatal shooting last June 12 of international race car driver Ferdinand "Enzo" Pastor.

Emerging from a meeting with Secretary Leila de Lima and Pastor's parents at the Department of Justice (DOJ), NBI Director Virgilio Mendez said they have no concrete lead yet on the motive behind Pastor's death.

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