Extra security in place as London Marathon begins

Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 04:18 p.m.

LONDON — The London Marathon is beginning, the first major international marathon since the bomb attack in Boston.

Police and organizers said Sunday that extra security measures have been put in place to assure safety at the starting and finishing points of the event.

Senator Guingona’s mom in stable condition after ambush

Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 12:36 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- Medical experts declared Gingoog Mayor Ruthie Guingona, mother of Senator Teofisto Guingona III, out of harm’s way on Sunday following an ambush that left her two companions dead.

The ambush happened around 11 p.m. Saturday while the mayor’s four-vehicle convoy was passing Sitio Dumayokod in Barangay Binakakalan in Gingoog City. The New People’s Army (NPA) claimed responsibility for the incident, but said it was the mayor’s aides who opened fire after allegedly ignoring the rebels’ policy of bringing arms in a checkpoint manned by the Guerrilla Front 4B of the North Central Mindanao Revolutionary Command.

China rushes relief after Sichuan quake kills 179

Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 11:24 a.m.

YA'AN, China (Updated, 10:49 a.m.) — Rescuers and relief teams struggled to rush supplies into the rural hills of China's Sichuan province Sunday after an earthquake left at least 179 people dead and more than 6,700 injured and caused frightened survivors spent a night in cars, tents and makeshift shelters.

The earthquake Saturday morning triggered landslides that cut off roads and disrupted phone and power connections in mountainous Lushan county, further south on the same fault line where a devastating quake wreaked widespread damage across the region five years ago.

Puerto Rico debates legalizing marijuana use

Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 08:32 a.m.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Dozens of people marched Saturday through Puerto Rico's capital amid growing support for a recent bill filed by a former police chief that aims to legalize marijuana for personal use, unleashing an unprecedented debate in this conservative United States territory.

The crowd marched to the seaside Capitol building, where Senator Miguel Pereira filed a bill this week stating it should be legal for those 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana.

Nicolas Maduro sworn in as Venezuela President

Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 12:46 a.m.

MOSCOW -- Nicolas Maduro was sworn in on Friday as Venezuela’s president following a disputed election last Sunday.

“I am calling to stop splitting the country into two camps, I am calling on everyone, including opposition politicians, to start talks on different scenarios,” Maduro said addressing the nation.

Indian girl in serious condition after rape

Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 10:32 p.m.

NEW DELHI — A 5-year-old girl was in serious condition Saturday after being raped and tortured by a man who held her in a locked room in India's capital for two days, officials said.

The girl went missing Monday and was found Wednesday by neighbors who heard her crying in a room in the same New Delhi building where she lives with her parents, said Delhi police official Deepak Mishra. The girl was found alone locked in a room and left for dead, he said.

Palace: Chacha not needed to boost business climate

Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 06:32 p.m.

MANILA -- Malacanang said Saturday that the government could further enhance the business environment even without changing the Constitution.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte was reacting to the proposal of the International Monetary Fund for the Aquino administration to relax foreign ownership rules in the country to improve business climate.

Owwa urged to provide briefer on legal receipt

Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 06:21 p.m.

MANILA -- Malacanang said Saturday that it will ask the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) to come up with an information campaign on how the public could identify the agency's legitimate official receipts.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigial Valte issued the statement following reports that fake Owwa receipts have been circulating and some overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have already been victimized.

Quake jolts China's Sichuan, killing 70

Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 04:08 p.m.

BEIJING — A powerful earthquake jolted China's Sichuan province Saturday near where a devastating quake struck five years ago, killing at least 70 people and leaving more than 2,000 hurt, prompting worries the death toll will climb.

The quake — measured by China's seismological bureau at magnitude-7 and the U.S. Geological Survey at 6.6 — struck the steep hills of Lushan county shortly after 8 a.m. toppling buildings, many of them older brick structures. Tiles fell from roofs and walls collapsed, sending people into the streets in their underwear and wrapped in blankets.

Boston bomb suspect captured, brother killed

Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 01:59 p.m.

WATERTOWN, Massachusetts (Updated, 1:11 p.m.) — Police captured the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect, found bloodied in a backyard boat after a wild car chase and gun battle that left his older brother dead and the Boston area sealed in an extraordinary dragnet.

The capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev — taken alive, though seriously wounded— lifted days of anxiety for Boston and Americans everywhere, but little was known about the motivation of the ethnic Chechen brothers.

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