Nadal loses to Ferrer in Abu Dhabi

Saturday, December 28, 2013 - 01:45 a.m.

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- Novak Djokovic overcame Jo Wilfried Tsonga to enter the final of the Mubadala Championship for the third time in three years on Friday, but he won't be facing top-ranked Rafael Nadal.

Djokovic beat Tsonga 7-6 (5), 6-3 in 74 minutes to set up a repeat of last year's final against David Ferrer, who knocked out Spanish compatriot Nadal 6-4, 6-4 with breaks in the last game of each set, in 90 minutes of quality tennis.

Python kills security guard near Bali luxury hotel

Friday, December 27, 2013 - 08:33 p.m.

BALI, Indonesia — A python strangled a security guard near a luxury hotel on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on Friday, and then escaped into nearby bushes following the deadly attack, police and a hotel employee who witnessed the incident said.

The incident happened around 3 a.m. as the 4.5-meter (15-foot) -long python was slithering across a road near the Bali Hyatt hotel, said Agung Bawa, an assistant security manager at the hotel, which is closed for renovations until 2015.

Action star Jet Li treated for overactive thyroid

Friday, December 27, 2013 - 07:39 p.m.

HONG KONG — Jet Li said he's being treated for an overactive thyroid, but he's determined to fight the condition head-on.

The Chinese action star known for his kung fu skills discussed his diagnosis during the taping of a talent show he's judging in China.

Government to strengthen campaign vs drug cartels

Friday, December 27, 2013 - 04:47 p.m.

THE Aquino government will intensify its efforts to halt the alleged operations of drug cartels following the successful drug bust in Batangas last Wednesday, a Palace official said on Friday.

In a press briefing in Malacanang, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the government will investigate how Mexican drug syndicates were able to enter the country and start their operations here.

Institutions urged to lower flag to half mast on Rizal Day

Friday, December 27, 2013 - 04:42 p.m.

MALACANANG called on Friday all institutions, both public and private, to lower the Philippine flag to half mast in solemn commemoration of Dr. Jose Rizal’s death anniversary on December 30.

This year’s Rizal Day marks the centennial of the Rizal Monument, built as the tomb and memorial to Dr. Rizal and which has since then served as the de facto symbol of the country's nationhood, said deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte.

Lawmaker pushes for ERC chair's resignation

Friday, December 27, 2013 - 02:30 p.m.

MANILA -- With the power rate hike halted by a temporary restraining order (TRO), a lawmaker continues to push for the resignation of Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) chairperson Zenaida Ducut and other members of the ERC over the hasty approval of the rate increase.

It was the ERC which approved Meralco's proposed staggered billing scheme for the power rate increase until March of next year. Under the scheme, the increase will be P2.41 per kilowatt hour (kwh) this month, P1.21 per kilowatt hour in February 2014, and P0.53 per kilowatt hour in March 2014.

Asian markets mostly up in year-end push

Friday, December 27, 2013 - 02:37 p.m.

MUMBAI, India -- Asian markets were mostly up Friday as investors followed the lead of buoyant Wall Street traders encouraged by recent numbers indicating the U.S. economy is picking up. Tokyo's benchmark Nikkei index edged down on profit-taking after it reached a five-year high the previous day.

3rd petition vs power rate hike filed

Friday, December 27, 2013 - 02:16 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- Militant groups filed on Friday before the Supreme Court (SC) the third petition against power rate hike by the Manila Electric Company (Meralco).

The petition filed by Anak Pawis Party-list Representative Fernando Hicap and other groups, including Pambansang Lakas ng mga Mamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya), Kilusang Magbubukid Ng Pilipinas, and labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno, urged the SC to set aside the December 9 resolution of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) granting the request of private respondent Meralco to implement a generation charge of P7.67 per kilowatt hour (kWh) for its December 2013 billing.

Bus plunge kills 29 in Thailand

Friday, December 27, 2013 - 01:06 p.m.

BANGKOK -- A passenger bus smashed through the guard rail on a bridge in northern Thailand and plunged into a ravine, killing 29 of the 33 people on board, police said Friday.

The bus fell 50 meters into the ravine from the Khun Pha Muang bridge on Thursday night, said Ban Klang district Deputy Chief Police Jiraphat Tanrak.

Visayas reveler loses right hand to 'Yolanda' fireworks

Friday, December 27, 2013 - 10:14 a.m.

MANILA -- It looks like Yolanda continues to claim victims in the Visayas, this time as a firework product.

The powerful firework named after the killer cyclone cost a teenager in Cebu his right hand, the Department of Health said.

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