Monday, July 16, 2012 - 09:16 a.m.
SEOUL, South Korea — Kim Jong Un's top military official — a key mentor to North Korea's new young leader — has been removed from all posts because of illness, state media said Monday.
The decision to relieve Ri Yong Ho of his duties was made at a Workers' Party meeting Sunday, according to the North's official Korean Central News Agency. It was not immediately clear who would take Ri's place, and the North Korean media dispatch did not elaborate on Ri's condition or future.
Monday, July 16, 2012 - 09:10 a.m.
MANILA — Officials said a pregnant woman and two girls have been swept to their deaths by a rain-swollen river in the southern Philippines.
Office of Civil Defense Administrator Benito Ramos said the three were washing clothes along the bank of the Safali river in Tiboli town in South Cotabato province on Saturday when the water rapidly rose and the current swept them away.
Monday, July 16, 2012 - 12:40 a.m.
NEW YORK — With Batman lurking, the prehistoric critters of "Ice Age: Continental Drift" ran off with the box office, with the movie earning $46 million in its opening weekend.
The 20th Century Fox animated film is the fourth in the decade-long "Ice Age" series and the first in 3-D. The studio's box office estimate Sunday for the North America performance of "Continental Drift" was on par with previous "Ice Age" movies but well below the opening weekend of the second installment, "The Meltdown," with opened with $68 million.
Sunday, July 15, 2012 - 10:31 p.m.
TOKYO — Officials say at least 25 people have died and thousands of others remain cut off by floods and mudslides triggered by torrential rains in southern Japan.
Evacuation orders issued a day earlier for a quarter of a million people were lifted in most areas Sunday as the rains subsided, allowing many people to return home.
Sunday, July 15, 2012 - 08:57 p.m.
LONDON — Concert organizers pulled the plug on rock stars Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney after the pair defied the sound curfew at London's Hyde Park.
McCartney joined Springsteen at the end of the singer's headline gig Saturday night, but both stars had their microphones silenced before they could address the crowds.
Sunday, July 15, 2012 - 05:56 p.m.
BEIJING — Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said the country's economic woes will continue for some time, but that its slower growth will remain within the anticipated range.
Wen's comments Sunday came two days after Beijing announced that economic growth had fallen in the second quarter to a three-year low of 7.6 percent.
Sunday, July 15, 2012 - 04:53 p.m.
SRINAGAR, India — Police said a passenger bus has fallen into a gorge in the mountainous Indian portion of Kashmir, killing at least 15 people. At least 17 others were injured.
Police officer Anil Mangotra said the driver apparently lost control at a sharp bend on a highway near Ramban, a town nearly 150 kilometers (95 miles) south of Srinagar, the main city in Indian-held Kashmir.
Sunday, July 15, 2012 - 03:51 p.m.
LIKE in the past, the day of the State of the Nation Address (Sona) of President Benigno Aquino III will not be declared as a holiday.
Aquino is set to deliver his third Sona on July 23.
Sunday, July 15, 2012 - 02:45 p.m.
MANILA (2nd Update, 2:50 p.m.) -- Comedy King Rodolfo Vera “Dolphy” Quizon Sr. was laid to rest Sunday afternoon at the Heritage Park in Taguig City.
Dolphy's remains left the chapel at 2 p.m. and the interment rites led by Rev. Fr. Larry Paraon followed.
Sunday, July 15, 2012 - 01:16 p.m.
MANILA (3rd Update, 1:16 p.m.) -- Chinese Navy ships safely removed one of China’s warships Sunday from a disputed shoal off the western Philippines where it had run aground while on a security patrol.
The warship will sail back to port with minor damage, and no crew member was injured, Chinese Embassy spokesman Zhang Hua said in a statement.