Carter: U.S. will conduct freedom of navigation operations in South China Sea again

The United States will conduct freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea again, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a speech on Saturday (November 7) although he gave no timeline for any such actions. “We’ve done them before, all over the world,” Carter said at a defense forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California. “And we will do them again.” China claims most of the South China Sea, through which […]

Palace launches APEC information channel, public service announcement

As the country’s hosting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit goes in full swing, sky cable channel 133 will start giving the public updates on the event starting November 9. “This is part of our effort to bring the hosting to more people because, as the delegates come, coverage will be restricted but we would want our fellow Filipinos to see what will be going on inside and what the activities are,” “this is […]

U.S. defense secretary says ASEAN’s lack of consensus shows concern over South China Sea

  (Reuters) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Wednesday (November 4) defended U.S. naval presence in the South China Sea, and said the inability of ASEAN defense ministers to reach a consensus reflected their concern about China’s activity in the area. Disagreement between the United States and China over how to address rival claims in the South China Sea marred a gathering of Southeast Asian defence officials on Wednesday, with a joint statement scrapped after ministers failed to […]

Malaysia says no consensus reached at ASEAN defense forum

  (Reuters) — Disagreement between the United States and China over how to address rival claims in the South China Sea marred a gathering of Southeast Asian defence officials on Wednesday (November 4), with a joint statement scrapped after ministers failed to agree on its wording. Malaysian Minister of Defence Hishammuddin Hussein said during a news conference that a consensus had not been reached. “We couldn’t reach a consensus on the joint declaration and instead […]

Fashion’s afloat in Paris as the River Seine hosts scenic catwalk show

Models strutted down a floating runway in Paris Thursday (October 29) as fashion and culture intersected onboard a glass boat cruising down the River Seine . Spectators were treated to the unique experience of seeing models walk in beautiful dresses whilst Paris’s famous sites drifted past above their heads. The show featured designers from six different continents and was organised by Vietnamese fashion show producer Jessica Minh Anh, who also modelled in the show. Minh […]

Mask-wearing protesters stage rally anew to disturb INC activities in the US

(Eagle News) — Protesters, composed mostly of expelled members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo in California, numbering to about 60, staged a rally on Oct. 31 in Anaheim, California to disturb the holding of scheduled family fun day activities of the INC that day. The rally was also timed to coincide with the 60th birthday of INC executive minister Eduardo V. Manalo. Wearing masks and holding placards demanding reforms in the INC, the former INC […]

Russia mourns victims of Egypt plane crash

Flags were flying at half-mast on official buildings in Moscow on Sunday (November 1) as Russia mourned the Egypt plane crash victims. The Russian airliner, with 224 on board, crashed into a mountainous area of Egypt’s Sinai peninsula on Saturday (October 31) shortly after losing radar contact near cruising altitude, killing all occupants. Muscovites flocked to Sunday church services and lit candles, as priests remembered the victims in prayer. “What can I say? It is […]

Hague court to hear South China Sea dispute

The attorney representing the Philippines in a dispute with China over territorial claims to the South China Sea on Friday (October 30) said a Hague court’s decision to hear the case would test the rule of law in international maritime cases. “I think that this a real test of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the rules of international law, which are embodied therein. Either the convention is a relevant, […]

Russian airliner crashes in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula, 224 passengers aboard killed

(Reuters) — The wreckage of a Russian airliner carrying 224 passengers that crashed in Egypt killing all on board lay scattered along the Sinai peninsula’s mountainous dry landscapes on Saturday (October 31). The Airbus A321, operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia under the brand name Metrojet, was flying from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg in Russia when it went down in central Sinai soon after daybreak, the aviation ministry said. A militant group affiliated […]

Romanian government declares 3-day national mourning after Bucharest nightclub fire that killed 27

(Reuters) — A candle-lit memorial is set up outside a Bucharest nightclub on Saturday (October 31) and Romania’s government declared a three-day national mourning, after an overnight fire killed 27 people and injured 184 during a rock concert that featured fireworks used indoors. In one of the capital’s worst disasters in decades, up to 500 people, mostly young adults, stampeded for the only available exit as the club in the basement of a Communist-era sport-shoe factory […]

Indonesia declares state of emergency over haze

OCTOBER 30 — Indonesia has declared a state of emergency due to thick haze smoldering across the country for weeks, spreading haze drifting across much of Southeast Asia. The last time the country declared a national emergency was when the Indian Ocean tsunami killed more than 100,000 people in 2004.