Japan’s Mt. Aso erupts, causes flight cancellations

Mount Aso in Japan’s southern Kumamoto prefecture began erupting on Friday (November 28), spewing a thick cloud of ash high into the air, and causing flight cancellations. The eruption, which could be Mt. Aso’s first in the past 22 years, prompted safety alerts from Japan’s Interior Ministry  A Level 2 warning for Mount Aso was issued by Japan’s Meteorological Agency after it began spurting magma and ash. A Level 2 warning means the immediate area around the volcano’s crater […]

Vietnam warships visit Philippines amid South China Sea dispute

(Reuters) – Vietnam on Tuesday showed off its two most powerful warships in the first-ever port call to the Philippines but an official said it was not trying to challenge China’s superior naval forces amid tension in the South China Sea. Hanoi invited the diplomatic community to its Russian-built missile-guided frigates docked in Manila Bay at the start of a three-day goodwill visit. China lays claim to almost all of the entire South China Sea, believed to be […]

Ferguson In Flames

  Gunshots rang out and buildings burned in a Midwestern suburb after a grand jury decided on Monday not to indict a white police officer over the fatal August shooting of an unarmed black teenager, sparking a fresh wave of racially tinged violence. Overhead flights were restricted and police fired tear gas as rioters took to the streets of Ferguson, a suburb of St Louis, looting shops and burning cars despite appeals for restraint from […]

Hong Kong authorities begin clearing part of Mong Kok protest site

(Reuters) – Hong Kong authorities encountered little resistance as they began clearing part of a pro-democracy protest camp in the bustling district of Mong Kok on Tuesday following a court order to reopen a road. The gritty, working-class area across the harbor from the main protest site at Admiralty has been the scene of some of the most violent clashes during two months of pro-democracy demonstrations in the Chinese-ruled city. Hundreds of police stood guard […]

Ferguson erupts after officer not charged in teen’s shooting

(Reuters) – A Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer on any charges in the fatal August shooting of an unarmed black teenager unleashed a wave of violent protests Monday night similar to what engulfed the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson in August. Angry crowds took to the streets around the Ferguson, Missouri, police department after the grand jury determined there was no probable cause to charge officer Darren Wilson with […]

Madagascar PM confirms plague outbreak

(Reuters) — Madagascar Prime Minister Kolo Christophe Laurent Roger confirmed on Monday (November 24) that the country is witnessing an outbreak of plague after a previous announcement made by the World Health Organization (WHO). The World Health Organization said on Friday (November 21) that the outbreak has killed 40 people out of 119 confirmed cases in Madagascar since late August and the disease could spread rapidly in the capital of Madagascar, where after two cases and one death had been recorded. Roger reiterated the information […]

Hagel, under pressure, resigns as U.S. defense secretary

  (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned on Monday, leaving under pressure as President Barack Obama faces critical national security challenges, including fighting Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and revising plans to exit Afghanistan. It was the first major change to Obama’s Cabinet since his Democrats were routed in midterm elections three weeks ago, and Republicans, who now control both houses of Congress, are looking for a new approach from the White house. Hagel […]

Lifting of ban on HK journalists sought

  Malacañang has requested the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to review the blacklist order issued against nine Hong Kong television and radio journalists who allegedly heckled President Benigno Aquino III last year. “Ang amin pong kahilingan sa BI, dahil sila po ang nag-isyu ng Denial of Entry, ay ire-assess po nila iyong situwasyon,” Presidential Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a radio interview. (We will request the BI, because they […]

Iran nuclear talks expected to resume next month

(Reuters) – Iran and six world powers are expected to adjourn nuclear negotiations on Monday and reconvene next month after the latest round of talks failed to clinch a final deal, a source close to the talks said. Details about the adjournment and resumption of negotiations were still being worked out, though the source said on condition of anonymity that Iran could not expect any new sanctions relief for the time being. Possible venues include Vienna and Oman, the […]