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Marine murder case reveals US-Philippine sore spot

1 hour 6 min ago

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — American forces are guarding Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, yet a ring of Filipino troops surrounds them. The seemingly redundant security effort around the suspect in a Philippine murder case reflects Manila's uneasy ties with Washington, its former colonial master.


SE Asia Stocks -Singapore retreats after weak manufacturing data

1 hour 35 min ago
BANGKOK, Oct 24 (Reuters) - Most Southeast Asian stock markets were flat to weaker on Friday, with the Singapore index snapping four sessions of gains after weaker-than-expected manufacturing data while ...

China, 20 other countries initiate new Asian bank

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 05:59

BEIJING (AP) — China and 20 other Asian nations signed on Friday to a new Beijing-backed international bank for Asia that Washington opposes as an unnecessary rival to established institutions such as the World Bank.


EM ASIA FX-New York Ebola case cuts Asia FX weekly gains

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 04:52
* Won down on offshore funds; KEPCO related demand eyed * Won leads weekly Asia FX appreciation * Baht slides on importers, bond inflows limits losses (Adds text, updates prices) By Jongwoo Cheon SINGAPORE, ...

A Day in the ‘City of Smiles’

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 03:55

The mere mention of Bacolod City, the capital of Negros Occidental in Western Visayas, Philippines, connotes images of intricately-designed smiling masks used for its major festival called Masskara, held every third week of October. Treat yourself to a delicious plate of chicken inasal. This Bacolod style grilled chicken is marinated in vinegar for an hour with finely minced garlic, ginger, kalamansi, brown sugar and rock salt. In Bacolod, you can feast on chicken inasal at Manokan Country flanked by unassuming restaurants serving this famous native food or you can also try it at Mang Inasal.


China's top diplomat to visit Vietnam again amid sea dispute

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 02:41

China's top diplomat will visit Vietnam next week, China said on Friday, five months after he last visited during a period of tension over a Chinese oil drilling rig working in part of the South China Sea both countries claim. State Councillor Yang Jiechi, who outranks the foreign minister, will arrive in Vietnam on Monday for meetings with Vietnam Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, China's foreign ministry said in a statement.


Top Asian News at 2:30 a.m. GMT

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 02:32
BEIJING (AP) — China has launched an experimental spacecraft to fly around the moon and back to Earth in preparation for the country's first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface. The eight-day program begun Friday is a test run for a 2017 mission that aims to have a Chinese spaceship land on the moon, retrieve samples and return to Earth. That would make burgeoning space power China only the third country after the United States and Russia to have carried out such a mission.

Top Asian News at 2:00 a.m. GMT

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 02:02
BEIJING (AP) — China has launched an experimental spacecraft to fly around the moon and back to Earth in preparation for the country's first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface. The eight-day program begun Friday is a test run for a 2017 mission that aims to have a Chinese spaceship land on the moon, retrieve samples and return to Earth. That would make burgeoning space power China only the third country after the United States and Russia to have carried out such a mission.

Top Asian News at 1:30 a.m. GMT

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 01:32
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Thursday agreed to maintain wartime control of South Korean troops in the event of an attack by North Korea for the foreseeable future, delaying the transfer of authority to Seoul that had been scheduled for 2015. Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that delaying the handoff "will ensure that when the transfer does occur, Korean forces have the necessary defensive capabilities to address an intensifying North Korean threat."

Top Asian News at 1:00 a.m. GMT

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 01:02
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Thursday agreed to maintain wartime control of South Korean troops in the event of an attack by North Korea for the foreseeable future, delaying the transfer of authority to Seoul that had been scheduled for 2015. Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that delaying the handoff "will ensure that when the transfer does occur, Korean forces have the necessary defensive capabilities to address an intensifying North Korean threat."

Top Asian News at 12:30 a.m. GMT

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:32
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Thursday agreed to maintain wartime control of South Korean troops in the event of an attack by North Korea for the foreseeable future, delaying the transfer of authority to Seoul that had been scheduled for 2015. Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that delaying the handoff "will ensure that when the transfer does occur, Korean forces have the necessary defensive capabilities to address an intensifying North Korean threat."

Top Asian News at 12:00 a.m. GMT

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:02
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Thursday agreed to maintain wartime control of South Korean troops in the event of an attack by North Korea for the foreseeable future, delaying the transfer of authority to Seoul that had been scheduled for 2015. Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that delaying the handoff "will ensure that when the transfer does occur, Korean forces have the necessary defensive capabilities to address an intensifying North Korean threat."

Retirement Advice for Millennials

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:00

#indeed_sm_wrap_2670{top:20px;left:20px;}#indeed_sm_wrap_2670 .ism_item{display:inline-block;}Facebook0Twitter0Google+0If you were born sometime between the early 1980s to early 2000s, then you are a Millennial. This is a generation that has been characterized by civic-mindedness coupled with a strong sense of social responsibility both for the local and global community. The latest group of young people to enter the workforce is considered confident, self-expressive and fervently passionate about equality.


Bautista back as PAL president, replacing Ang

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:00

Lucio Tan’s group took back full control of Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL) as representatives of San Miguel Corp. (SMC) in the airline’s board of directors, including president and chief operating officer Ramon Ang, were replaced.


MILF helping gov’t track down Sayyaf kidnappers

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:00

Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters are hunting down the Abu Sayyaf to help government troops maintain peace and order in Mindanao. Speaking to reporters, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the government has partnered with the MILF to attain that objective. “The government and the MILF are hunting down those bandits.”


Phl drafting new rules on custody

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:00

The government is drawing up implementing rules for the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), including provisions on custody of US servicemen. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima revealed this yesterday as she admitted there are “contentious issues” and “not so clear provisions” in the agreement. De Lima said the government had been reviewing VFA provisions even before the killing of transgender Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude allegedly by US Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton in a motel in Subic on Oct. 11.


Mayon permanent danger zone extended to 11 km

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:00

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has extended the permanent danger zone around Mayon Volcano to 11 kilometers (km). Phivolcs director Renato Solidum said a team of geodetic engineers and geologists were helping the provincial government of Albay install the new markers. “We will mark 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11-km danger zones temporarily and it would be the provincial government who will make the markers permanent,” Solidum said.


US pressured Phl for Smith custody

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:00

The United States put enormous pressure on the Philippine government to regain custody of Lance Corporal Daniel Smith after his rape conviction in 2006, confidential cables released by WikiLeaks showed. The STAR is reviewing cables released by WikiLeaks in 2011 in the light of the death of Filipino transgender Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude, who was allegedly killed by Marine Pfc. supposedly sent to Washington by then US ambassador Kristie Kenney revealed the actions taken by the embassy to regain custody of Smith after he was found guilty of raping a Filipina on Dec. 4, 2006.


Laude boyfriend may be deported

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:00

The military will move to have Marc Suselbeck deported as an “undesirable alien,” Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs chief Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc said yesterday. Cabunoc said the AFP Judge Advocate General has drafted a letter to the German embassy and the Bureau of Immigration detailing the misbehavior of Suselbeck. Suselbeck, the fiancé of murdered Filipino transgender Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude, along with the victim’s family scaled the perimeter fence of Camp Aguinaldo on Wednesday in the attempt to confront US Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, the principal suspect in the slaying.


LTFRB: Uber drivers face P.2-M fine

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:00

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) yesterday warned drivers of private vehicles who use the popular car service application Uber that they face a P200,000 fine. Dennis Barrion, chief of staff of LTFRB Executive Director Roberto Cabrera, urged partner drivers of the technology application to refrain from ferrying passengers as they do not have a franchise allowing them to operate. Through Uber, passengers can connect to drivers and book a trip to their destinations.