PHL, India sign 4 deals in state visit of India’s President Kovind; stronger ties vowed at 70th year of PHL-India relations

  (Eagle News) – Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte and Indian President Ram Nath Kovind, signed four bilateral agreements covering maritime domain, security, tourism, science and technology, and culture on Friday, October 16, during the five-day state visit in the country of the Indian leader. The state visit of the 74-year old Indian President was significant as the Philippines and India celebrated 70 years of diplomatic relations. Kovind said that the signed bilateral agreements “would further […]

Singapore hands down first conviction for terror financing

  SINGAPORE (AFP)– A Singaporean man became the first of the country’s citizens to be jailed for financing terrorism after he was convicted of sending money to a radical Islamist preacher. There have been a steady stream of arrests in Singapore related to support for Islamist extremism, and the affluent city-state’s leaders have warned it is a prime target for an attack. Ahmed Hussein Abdul Kadir Sheik Uduman was jailed for two and a half […]

Indonesia arrests two dozen after minister attack

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AFP) — Indonesian police said they have arrested more than two dozen suspected militants after members of a network linked to the Islamic State (IS) group tried to assassinate a government minister. The world’s biggest Muslim majority nation is on high alert ahead of President Joko Widodo’s second-term inauguration on Sunday, with some 27,000 troops expected to be deployed in the capital Jakarta. Authorities have also banned mass demonstrations in the lead up […]

19-year old Yulo wins historic gold for the PHL at world artistic gymnastics championship in Germany

  (Eagle News) — Filipino teenager Carlos Edriel Yulo made history as the first Filipino to win a gold medal at the world gymnastics championship on Saturday in Stuttgart, Germany. With the win, the Philippine national anthem was played for the first time at the podium during awarding ceremonies at the 49th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships late Saturday, Oct. 12. Earlier this week, Yulo had also qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He is […]

Suspected IS radical stabs Indonesian security minister

  JAKARTA, Indonesia (AFP) — An attacker allegedly “exposed to IS radicalism” stabbed Indonesian security minister Wiranto as he was stepping into a vehicle Thursday, leaving two deep wounds, police said. “Someone approached and attacked him. The local police chief and Pak (Mr) Wiranto were injured,” National Police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo said of the attack in Pandeglang on Java island, adding that a man and a woman had been arrested. Television images showed security officers […]

Fake news sparks panic among Indonesia quake victims

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AFP) — Thousands of Indonesians are still in shelters nearly two weeks after a deadly earthquake sparked a stream of fake news and hoaxes warning that an even bigger disaster was looming, the government said Monday. The local government has declared a state of emergency until Wednesday, with nearly 135,000 people in evacuation shelters and tents. Many displaced people are too scared to return to their homes in the remote Maluku islands after […]

Malaysian PM: Hong Kong leader should quit

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AFP) — Malaysia’s prime minister said Friday Hong Kong’s embattled leader should resign over the city’s increasingly violent pro-democracy protests and warned China would take “harsh action” to end the demonstrations. Hong Kong has been rocked by unprecedented protests for nearly four months, with millions taking to the streets angered by what they see as Beijing’s authoritarian rule of the semi-autonomous city. Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad — who at 94 is […]

President Duterte, Russian President Putin vow stronger bilateral relations, increased cooperation during bilateral meeting

(Eagle News) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday, during the Philippine leader’s second visit to Russia. The two leaders met at the Valdai Discussion Club in Sochi on October 3, 2019, Thursday where they vowed to strengthen the Philippines and Russia’s bilateral relations. Russian President Putin welcomed President Duterte and thanked him for coming to Russia and participating in the Valdai Discussion Club which centered “around the development […]

Malaysia threatens ride-hailing firm Grab with $21 million fine

  KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AFP) — Malaysia’s competition watchdog on Thursday threatened to hit Grab with a $21 million fine for practices that allegedly reduce competition, the latest problem for the ride-hailing giant. Grab is the biggest ride-hailing firm in Southeast Asia, and has strengthened its hold on the market since buying US rival Uber’s operations in the region last year. But the Singapore-headquartered firm has come under scrutiny from regulators in several countries due […]

Indonesia quake death toll rises to 30: govt

  JAKARTA, Indonesia (AFP) — The death toll from a powerful earthquake that rocked Indonesia’s remote Maluku islands rose to 30 on Sunday, including several toddlers, the disaster agency said. On Thursday, terrified residents ran into the streets as buildings fell in around them when the 6.5-magnitude tremor struck, sparking landslides that buried at least one of the victims. Among the confirmed dead were three young children, with many people killed by falling debris in […]

Indonesia marks one year since deadly quake-tsunami disaster

  JAKARTA, Indonesia (AFP) — Indonesia on Saturday marks one year since a devastating quake-tsunami disaster that pounded the city of Palu, killing more than 4,000 people. The 7.5 magnitude quake and subsequent deluge razed swathes of the coastal city on Sulawesi island last September. Some 4,300 people were listed as dead or missing while nearly 60,000 people are still living in makeshift accommodation after their homes were destroyed, according to the Red Cross. The […]

Indonesia quake death toll rises to 23: official

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AFP) — The death toll from a powerful earthquake that rocked Indonesia’s remote Maluku islands has risen to 23, the disaster agency said Friday, as more than 15,000 people were evacuated to shelters. Terrified residents ran into the streets as buildings fell in around them with the 6.5-magnitude tremor sparking landslides that buried at least one victim on Thursday. Among the confirmed dead was an infant, with many killed by falling debris in […]