World's biggest private Harry Potter collection on display

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 01:56 p.m.

MEXICO CITY — A young Mexican's fascination with Harry Potter has grown into the world's biggest private collection of toys, books, clothes and other items related to author J.K. Rowling's fantasy hero. Now, other fans have a chance to see it all.

The collection belonging to real estate lawyer Menahem Asher Silva Vargas has been certified by Guinness Awards as the largest anywhere. And it is on display at the Mexican Museum of Antique Toys in Mexico City.

Azarenka beats Venus Williams for 1st time at Qatar Open

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 08:51 a.m.

DOHA, Qatar — Victoria Azarenka defeated Venus Williams for the first time on Friday, rallying for a 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory to reach the final at the Qatar Open.

A two-time champion in Doha, Azarenka made adjustments in the second set and took a 5-1 lead in the third. Azarenka had 36 winners in a match watched by David Beckham.

Powerful undersea earthquake shakes central Indonesia

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 10:49 p.m.

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- A powerful undersea earthquake shook parts of south-central Indonesia on Friday, but no tsunami was expected because of its depth.

The US Geological Service said the temblor had a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 and hit in the Flores Sea, about 113 kilometers (70 miles) north of Nebe. It said it was centered at a depth of 547 kilometers (342 miles).

China defends its South China Sea activities as restrained

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 09:45 p.m.

BEIJING -- China defended its activities in the South China Sea as restrained and responsible Friday after the US intelligence chief called its expansion of outposts in the region an "aggressive" effort to assert sovereignty.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said the country's activities on shoals and in surrounding waters it claims are "reasonable, legitimate and legal" and that its attitude has been one of "restraint and responsibility."

Estrada asks court to lift freeze order on assets

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 09:15 p.m.

SENATOR Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada asked Friday the Sandiganbayan fifth division to lift the temporary freeze order imposed on his assets.

In his motion, Estrada said he was deprived of due process when the court issued a garnishment order against his properties amounting to P183.79 million, equal to the amount he allegedly got from the anomalous transaction he entered with the fake non-government organizations (NGOs) of detained businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles.

7 soldiers hurt in Sulu clash

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 05:38 p.m.

SEVEN government soldiers were reported injured in a firefight with Abu Sayyaf terrorists in Patikul town in Sulu on Friday, a military official said.

Armed Forces of the Philippines public affairs office chief Lieutenant Colonel Harold Cabunoc said the soldiers suffered injuries caused by a 40-millimeter mortar round fired by the bandits, numbering around 300 men.

Pimentel wants special tax break for Pacquiao

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 05:19 p.m.

SENATOR Aquilino Pimentel III wants to exempt Filipino world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao from paying income taxes in his upcoming megafight with undefeated American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2.

"Manny is now part of our history and of world sports history. Let's give him this tax incentive in recognition to his invaluable efforts to promote boxing and the country around the world," said Pimentel who is proposing a special tax exemption for the Sarangani representative.

P21-M worth of 'ukay-ukay' seized

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 04:11 p.m.

THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) seized on Friday P21-million worth of illegally imported used clothes or "ukay-ukay" at the Manila International Container Port (MICP).

BOC said the confiscated five container vans of used clothes arrived from October to November 2014 from Incheon, South Korea.

13 wounded SAF cops released from hospital

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 03:42 p.m.

THIRTEEN of the 15 wounded members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force who were confined in the PNP General Hospital in Camp Crame, Quezon City were discharged Friday, a police official said.

Man nabbed for trespassing in Lahug

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 03:16 p.m.

A MAN was arrested for allegedly trespassing a house at Maracas Street, Barangay Lahug, Cebu City at 1:05 a.m. Friday.

The police arrested Jessie Baloria, 24, a resident Barangay Lahug, after the owners of the house sought assistance from the authorities.

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