Hong Kong to destroy huge seized ivory stockpile

Friday, January 24, 2014 - 03:08 p.m.

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong will destroy most of its huge stockpile of confiscated illegal ivory in a process that could take up to two years, officials said.

The decision announced Thursday night comes after similar action by mainland China, the US and the Philippines.

‘Hubo’ mass closes Sinulog fiesta

Friday, January 24, 2014 - 02:04 p.m.

CEBU CITY -- The Hubo mass, an annual tradition of the changing of vestments of the Holy Child Jesus' image, was held Friday to mark the end of the Sinulog 2014.

The celebration started at 4 a.m. at the Basilica del Sto. Niño's Pilgrim Center.

NDRRMC: 56 killed, 83 injured due to Agaton

Friday, January 24, 2014 - 11:21 a.m.

MANILA -- After almost two weeks of non-stop rain in the Mindanao region, 56 were reported killed while almost 40,000 families were displaced, said the government’s disaster council on Friday morning.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported that Tropical Depression Agaton has injured 83 individuals, while 10 remained missing.

160 ship passengers rescued off Talisay City

Friday, January 24, 2014 - 10:35 a.m.

MANILA -- A total of 160 passengers were rescued on Friday morning after a fast craft ran aground off Lauis Ledge in Talisay City, Cebu Thursday evening.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Public Affairs Chief Commander Armando Balilo said M/V Weesam-7 accidentally hit the sea floor while supposedly on its way to Cebu Port terminal from Ormoc City in Leyte.

Light to moderate rain over Caraga, Davao

Friday, January 24, 2014 - 08:24 a.m.

MANILA -- While the Northeast Monsoon (Hanging Amihan) continues to affect Luzon and Visayas, state weather forecasters said Friday that the Caraga region and Davao will likely experience light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms.

Meanwhile, in its 5 a.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon and of Visayas will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated light rain.

US marijuana banking regulations on the way

Friday, January 24, 2014 - 08:06 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder says the Obama administration is planning to roll out regulations soon that would allow banks to do business with legal marijuana sellers.

During an appearance Thursday at the University of Virginia, Holder said it is important from a law enforcement perspective to enable places that sell marijuana to have access to the banking system so they don't have large amounts of cash lying around.

Bieber arrested for DUI, drag-racing

Friday, January 24, 2014 - 01:22 a.m.

MIAMI BEACH, Florida — Pop star Justin Bieber was arrested on drag-racing, driving under the influence (DUI) and resisting arrest charges Thursday after allegedly speeding down a residential Miami Beach street in a yellow Lamborghini on an expired license. He is being held at a Miami-Dade County jail pending an initial appearance expected later Thursday.

Against his will, John Paul II's notes in print

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 10:43 p.m.

WARSAW, Poland — Pope John Paul II's secretary "did not have the courage" to burn all of the pontiff's notes after his death, and is now having some of them published, he said Wednesday.

The book, "Very Much in God's Hands. Personal Notes 1962-2003," comes out Feb. 5 in Poland, where the pope is still a much-loved authority. It contains religious meditations that Karol Wojtyla recorded between July 1962, when he was a bishop in Poland, and March 2003, when he was pope.

Roxas clarifies Romualdez charges

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 09:36 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II on Thursday shook the hand of Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez, who earlier accused the Cabinet official of politicizing the government's relief in Leyte in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

Pope: Internet is a 'gift from God' for dialogue

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 07:04 p.m.

VATICAN CITY (Updated) — The Internet is a "gift from God" that facilitates communication, Pope Francis said in a statement released Thursday, but he warns that the obsessive desire to stay connected can actually isolate people from their friends and family.

Francis made the observations in a message about Catholic Church communications, meditating on the marvels and perils of the digital era and what that means for the faithful going out into the world and interacting with people of different faiths and backgrounds.

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