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Malaysian PM vows to remain a partner of PHL for peace and development

By Azer N. Parrocha MANILA, March 27 (PNA) — Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Thursday assured Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III that Malaysia would remain a partner for peace and development as long as it is needed. “Two years ago, I promised President Aquino that Malaysia will continue to assist with development,” Razak said in his speech during the signing ceremony of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) held in Malacanang. “This […]

NFL’s Rice indicted on assault charge after fight with fiancée

(Reuters) – The National Football League’s Ray Rice, a Pro Bowl running back, was indicted on Thursday on a charge of aggravated assault after his arrest last month for fighting with his fiancée in an Atlantic City casino, the county prosecutor’s office said. Police arrested Rice, who plays for the Baltimore Ravens and is known for his anti-bullying advocacy, and his fiancée, Janay Palmer, shortly before 3 a.m. on February 15 at the Revel Casino […]

Historic deal for lasting peace in Mindanao signed in Malacanang; this will “change the nation’s history forever”, says Malaysian PM Razak

MANILA, Philippines — The members of the Philippine government panel and of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front signed the historic Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro in Malacanang at around 5:30 p.m.Thursday after delivery of speeches that expressed hope in forging a path towards a lasting and inclusive peace in Mindanao. The CAB was signed by government peace panel chair Miriam Coronel Ferrer and MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal.  The signing was witnessed by President Aquino, […]

“A new dawn has come,” says Deles as ceremonies for peace deal signing with the MILF start in Malacañang

MANILA, Philippines — The ceremonies for the signing of the peace process has started in Malacanang, with Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process delivering the first speech thanking everybody who have worked for peace in Mindanao. “A new dawn has come,” Deles said as she regarded the outcome of the peace negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front that took almost 17 years. But Deles said that “the work is far from over.” Still, “our […]

Bangsamoro peace pact, a major contribution to peace in the country and in the world — GPH

Manila –The Philippines is ready for the signing of the peace deal that seeks to close one of the deadliest and longest-running armed conflicts in this part of Asia, which will a major contribution to peace in the country and in the world, according to the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process. Following 17 years of hard negotiations, the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will finally […]

New satellite image reveals 100 objects that could be debris from missing plane

(Reuters) – Aircraft and ships scouring the southern Indian Ocean for wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 were racing to beat bad weather on Thursday and reach an area where new satellite images showed what could be a debris field. The international search team has been bolstered to 11 military and civilian aircraft and five ships that will criss-cross the remote search site with weather conditions forecast to deteriorate later in the day. New satellite images have […]

Washington mudslide yields more bodies, but not all may be found; death toll at 24 and counting

(Reuters) – Search teams picked through mud-caked debris for a fifth day on Wednesday looking for scores of people still missing in a deadly Washington state landslide, as officials reported finding more bodies while acknowledging that some victims’ remains may never be recovered. The known death toll stood at 24, with as many as 176 people still unaccounted for near the rural town of Oso, where a rain-soaked hillside collapsed on Saturday and cascaded over […]

9 Fun Things You Can Do During Earth Hour 2014

On March 29 at 8:30 pm, WWF’s Earth Hour will begin. Started in 2007, Earth Hour is a symbolic act to get us thinking about our planet and our impact on it. But more than that, it’s also part of a simple idea to start an environmental resolution in 2014 — this is not only about one hour in the dark, it’s about creating a brighter future. Even though you’re switching off your lights and electronic appliances for the […]

Chinese Aircraft reports no sighting of missing plane debris In Southern Indian Ocean

(Reuters/CCTV) — A Chinese IL-76 aircraft returned to Perth in western Australia after finding no suspicious objects in the target area in the southern Indian Ocean on Wednesday morning. The Chinese aircraft took off to at 05:17 on Wednesday morning and began searching for missing the target sea area for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. The aircraft found no suspicious objects during its eight-hour flight covering a sea area of around 7,000 square kilometers. It flew back to Perth International Airport at […]

Malaysian PM Najib Razak to witness historic signing of peace deal with MILF in Malacanang

MANILA, Philippines — Malacanang is all ready for the historic signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) on Thursday, March 27, that will be held at the Malacanang grounds, and which will be witnessed by Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak. Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the event is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. but guests are expected to be there by 2 p.m. It will […]

Kuala Lumpur Residents Mourn Death Of MH370 Passengers

(Reuters) — Residents of Malaysia’s capital woke up to the news that search for MH370 resumed in the southern Indian Ocean on Wednesday (March 26) as they mourned the death of the passengers who were on the flight bound for Beijing. On Monday (March 24) Malaysia said new satellite data suggested the Boeing 777 had crashed, and now an international search effort is looking for physical evidence of the plane. Officials say all 239 people on board likely died. Local newspapers paid tribute […]