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Indonesia hikes danger level for deadly tsunami volcano

CARITA, Indonesia (AFP) — Indonesia on Thursday raised the danger alert level for a volcano that sparked a killer tsunami at the weekend, after previously warning that fresh activity at the crater threatened to trigger another deadly wave. Authorities also widened a no-go zone around Anak Krakatoa to five kilometers (three miles) — up from a previous two kilometers — and warned shell-shocked residents to stay away from the coast, after more than 400 were […]

Indonesia rescuers scramble to reach isolated tsunami-struck towns

by Sonny Tumbelaka Agence France Presse CARITA, Indonesia (AFP) — Indonesian search and rescue teams Wednesday plucked stranded residents from remote islands and pushed into isolated communities still desperate for aid in the aftermath of a volcano-triggered tsunami that killed more than 400. Medical workers have warned that clean water and medicine supplies were running low — stoking fears of a public health crisis — as thousands of displaced survivors cram shelters and hospitals. Many […]

Death toll from Indonesia tsunami rises to 281: disaster agency

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AFP) — The death toll from a volcano-triggered tsunami in Indonesia has risen to 281, with more than 1,000 people injured, the national disaster agency said Monday, as the desperate search for survivors ramped up. “The number of victims and damage will continue to rise,” said agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. Hundreds of buildings were destroyed by the wave, which slammed into the coast of southern Sumatra and the western tip of Java about […]

Another tsunami could hit Indonesia, experts warn

by Laurence Coustal Agence France Presse PARIS, France (AFP) — Another tsunami could strike Indonesia, experts warned on Sunday, a day after more than 200 people were killed by a wave triggered by a volcanic eruption. – What caused the tsunami? – The tsunami “appears to have been caused by an underwater collapse” of part of the Anak (or “child of”) Krakatoa volcano, said David Rothery of The Open University in Britain. Anak Krakatoa is […]

222 dead as volcano-triggered tsunami hits Indonesia

by Muhammad Ary A volcano-triggered tsunami has left at least 222 people dead and hundreds more injured after slamming without warning into beaches around Indonesia’s Sunda Strait, officials said Sunday, voicing fears that the toll would rise further. Hundreds of buildings were destroyed by the wave, which hit the coast of southern Sumatra and the western tip of Java about 9:30 pm (1430 GMT) on Saturday after a volcano known as the “child” of Krakatoa erupted, […]

Singapore editor charged with defaming government

Singapore (AFP) — The editor of a Singaporean website was charged with defamation Thursday for publishing a letter alleging corruption among the city-state’s leaders, with rights groups criticizing the “heavy-handed” response from authorities. Singapore has long been criticized for restricting free speech and other political rights, as well as slapping critics with financially ruinous libel suits. The affluent financial hub is regularly ranked among the world’s least corrupt countries and its leaders are sensitive about […]

Floods kill 13 in central Vietnam

HANOI, Vietnam (AFP) — Floods caused by heavy downpours have killed 13 people in central Vietnam, officials said Thursday, as farmers scrambled to save crops and livestock ahead of more bad weather forecast for this week. Torrential rains have lashed six provinces in the centre of the country since Saturday, killing thousands of cows and chickens and flooding several cities — including the coastal resort town of Danang. More than 50 centimetres (20 inches) of […]

EXCLUSIVE: Hong Kong traders “increasingly worried” over US-China trade issue, sees ASEAN as a top new market

OPEN FOR BUSINESS exclusive interview with Deputy director for Research of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Mr. Billy Wong, in Hong Kong (Eagle News) – Hong Kong’s traders are “increasingly worried” about the ongoing trade war between the United States and China, and are now looking for new markets for their goods. Deputy director for Research of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Mr. Billy Wong, told Eagle News Service’s Online program, “Open for Business” […]

16 bodies found after attack in Indonesia’s Papua

WAMEMA, Indonesia (AFP) — Indonesian security forces have retrieved the bodies of 16 people in the aftermath of a massacre by suspected separatist rebels in restive Papua province, the military said Thursday. The confirmed deaths, believed to be of construction workers, mark the deadliest bout of violence in years to hit a region wracked by a low-level independence insurgency. The bodies will be evacuated to the town of Timika from the remote district of Nduga, […]

President Duterte recognizes “extraordinary” service of gov’t workers in PHL successful hosting of 2017 ASEAN Summit

  (Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte recognized the “extraordinary service” of government agencies, including government officials, which worked hard to make the Philippines’ hosting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in 2017 a success. The President on Monday, December 3, also bestowed the Order of Sikatuna with the Rank of Datu (Grand Cross) with Gold Distinction to ASEAN-National Organization Council Chairman Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez, and former […]

Beijing lashes out at US for South China Sea sail-by

BEIJING, China (AFP) — China on Friday scolded the United States for sending naval vessels close to disputed islands in the South China Sea where Beijing has built military installations. The US and its allies have in recent times sent planes and warships to the area for “freedom of navigation” operations, intended as a signal to Beijing of their right under international law to pass through the waters claimed by China. The USS Chancellorsville guided […]

EBC-NET 25’s entry “Kid Kuwento” brings honor to the PHL as it bags award at 2nd Southeast video festival for children

  (Eagle News) – NET 25’s entry “Kid Kuwento: Everyone can be a hero” bagged the award for the professional non-fiction category for ages seven and below in the recent the 2nd Southeast Asia Video Festival for Children. This entry from Eagle Broadcasting Corporation bested other entries from other ASEAN member countries which participated in the international children’s video festival, bringing honor to the country as it not only represented EBC, but the Philippines as […]