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Bangsamoro Commission signs draft Bangsamoro Basic Law

By Edwin O.Fernandez COTABATO CITY, April 21 (PNA) — The Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) composed of representatives from the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has signed the final draft of the proposed law that will establish the Bangsamoro government in Mindanao, officials said Monday. Ghadzali Jaafar, MILF vice chair for political affairs, said the signing was held at the BTC office in Cotabato City on Sunday, April 20. “Except for two BTC commissioners, […]

South Korea president says conduct of ferry crew tantamount to murder

BY JU-MIN PARK JINDO, South Korea Mon Apr 21, 2014 12:10am EDT (Reuters) – South Korean President Park Geun-hye said on Monday the actions of the captain and crew of a ferry that sank last week with hundreds feared dead were tantamount to murder, as authorities arrested four more officers of the vessel. Sixty-four people are known to have died and 238 are missing, presumed dead, in the sinking of the Sewol ferry last Wednesday. Most […]

DPWH to conduct two more projects in EDSA

After the ultimate road re-blocking during the long vacation, the Department of Public Works and Highways is going to conduct two more projects. According to Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino, the repair of the Magallanes Interchange may last eight to nine months. Another project is the laying of asphalt on EDSA from Balintawak, Quezon City to Heritage Hotel in Pasay City.

Happy Earth Day to You!

Every year, on April 22, the whole world celebrates Earth Day. First celebrated in the 1970s, this worldwide event is held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in.  It was first held on April 22, 1970. Now, the event is globally coordinated by the Earth Day Network and is celebrated in more than 192 countries. In the Philippines, the event focuses on […]

Fire in Caloocan affects 1,000 families

An estimated 1,000 families were affected by a fire in Brgy. 120, Caloocan City. The fire started on Sunday, 5 in the afternoon and lasted until Monday morning at six. One was reported dead and several injured as the fire spread to nearby barangays.

Deadly gun attack in eastern Ukraine shakes fragile Geneva accord

(Reuters) – At least three people were killed in a gunfight in the early hours of Sunday near a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian separatists, shaking an already fragile international accord that was designed to avert a wider conflict. The incident triggered a war of words between Moscow and Ukraine’s western-backed government with each questioning the other’s compliance with the agreement, brokered last week in Geneva, to end a crisis that has made Russia’s ties […]

Saudi Arabia announces jump in new cases of deadly MERS virus

(Reuters) – Saudi Arabia has confirmed seven new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), adding up to 36 infections in five days, a sudden increase of a disease that kills about a third of the people infected and has no cure. MERS, a SARS-like novel coronavirus that emerged in Saudi Arabia two years ago, has infected 231 people in the kingdom, of whom 76 have died, the Health Ministry said on its website. Meanwhile, another cluster of cases […]

Japan expands army footprint for first time in 40 years, risks angering China

(Reuters) – Japan began its first military expansion at the western end of its island chain in more than 40 years on Saturday, breaking ground on a radar station on a tropical island off Taiwan. The move risks angering China, locked in a dispute with Japan over nearby islands which they both claim. Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, who attended a ceremony on Yonaguni island to mark the start of construction, suggested the military presence could be enlarged to […]