Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 10:13 a.m.
WIMBLEDON, England — In Andy Roddick's words, he and Novak Djokovic have been through it "a million" times — the pressure, the occasion and the formidable opponent. The Olympics, though, bring an unusual twist.
Roddick, a three-time Wimbledon finalist, and Djokovic, the 2011 champion at the All England Club, will play Tuesday in the second round of the Olympics. Both are wary of each other's weapons, and both embrace a sporting spirit that transcends individual achievement.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 09:26 a.m.
ANJU, North Korea — UN staff planned to visit storm-pounded counties in North Korea on Tuesday, after two days of heavy rain submerged buildings, cut off power, flooded rice paddies and forced people and their livestock to climb onto rooftops for safety.
The rain Sunday and Monday followed downpours earlier this month that killed nearly 90 people and left more than 60,000 homeless, officials said. The floods also come on the heels of a severe drought, fueling renewed food worries about a country that already struggles to feed its people.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 08:21 a.m.
LONDON — The US women's volleyball team defeated Brazil 3-1 on Monday at the Olympics in an early-round rematch of the Beijing Games final won by the Brazilians.
Destinee Hooker had 23 points and Jordan Larson added 18 for the top-ranked Americans, who won 25-18, 25-17, 22-25, 25-21 to improve to 2-0 in pool play at Earls Court.
Monday, July 30, 2012 - 06:16 p.m.
LONDON — Michael Phelps opened defense of his Olympic title in the 200-meter butterfly with the fifth-fastest qualifying time in the preliminaries on Monday.
Phelps has yet to have the quickest time in the morning heats at the London Games four years after he won a record eight gold medals in Beijing.
Monday, July 30, 2012 - 05:40 p.m.
MANILA (Updated 5:33 p.m.) -- Former Commission on Elections (Comelec) commissioner Vicente de Lima, the father of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, died on Monday from colon cancer. He was 83.
The younger de Lima received news of her father's death around 2:30 p.m. Her secretary, Lyn Atencio, said the Justice chief was "emotional yet composed," and immediately asked to be booked to a flight to Bicol, where her father had been residing since his retirement from government service.
Monday, July 30, 2012 - 04:57 p.m.
NEW DELHI — Northern India's power grid crashed Monday, halting hundreds of trains, forcing hospitals and airports to use backup generators and leaving 370 million people — more than the population of the United States and Canada combined — sweltering in the summer heat.
The blackout, one of the worst to hit India in a decade, highlighted the nation's inability to feed a growing hunger for energy as it strives to become a regional economic power.
Monday, July 30, 2012 - 04:24 p.m.
MANILA (7th Update, 5:23 p.m.) -- Tropical Storm "Gener" (international name: Saola) battered Metro Manila and nearby provinces with heavy rains and gusty winds since Sunday night, killing at least three and displacing 3,000 families.
Executive Director Benito Ramos of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said three people had died in the storm and another six were missing.
Monday, July 30, 2012 - 03:38 p.m.
WIMBLEDON, England — Thanks to rain, Victoria Azarenka, Venus Williams and 20 other women at the Olympics who have yet to complete a singles match could end up on court six consecutive days if they reach the gold medal round.
Sunday showers at Wimbledon forced the postponement of 32 matches and the suspension of four others, meaning just one-quarter of the day's matches were completed. Rain delays often disrupt Wimbledon's two-week Grand Slam tournament, but the Olympic event at the All England Club is just nine days.
Monday, July 30, 2012 - 03:32 p.m.
MANILA (5th Update, 3:32 p.m.) -- Malacanang issued Monday Memorandum Circular (MC) 32 suspending government work and college classes in the Metro Manila due to strong winds and heavy rains caused by Tropical Storm "Gener" (international codename: Saola).
Education and local government officials have earlier announced suspension of classes from pre-school to high school in the capital and in nearby provinces due to bad weather.
Monday, July 30, 2012 - 02:29 p.m.
MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III remained pessimistic about amending the 1987 Constitution but he has agreed to have the matter studied by his economic and legal teams, Malacanang said.
The Chief Executive on Monday met with Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte at the Palace to hear their views on Charter change (Cha-cha).