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Top Asian News at 6:00 a.m. GMT

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 06:03
JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 146, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims. The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters of the 323 students are dead or missing, while nearly two-thirds of the other 153 people on board the ferry Sewol when it sank one week ago survived.

China and rivals sign pact to ease maritime tensions

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 05:43

China, the United States, Japan and more than a dozen other Asia-Pacific countries have signed a naval agreement aimed at ensuring miscommunication between ships at sea does not escalate into conflict. The Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea, which was agreed Tuesday in the eastern port city of Qingdao, would reduce the potential for "situations to arise that could lead to conflict in busy sea lanes", the state-run China Daily said. China is embroiled in a series of territorial disputes with neighbours in the South and East China Seas which have frequently led to military jets being scrambled but not open conflict. Gary Li, an analyst with the consultancy IHS, described the agreement as "the ideal thing for China to grab hold of -- the rules of the road." "It is not some kind of comprehensive 'covers all' code of conduct.


Top Asian News at 5:30 a.m. GMT

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 05:33
JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 146, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims. The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters of the 323 students are dead or missing, while nearly two-thirds of the other 153 people on board the ferry Sewol when it sank one week ago survived.

Danish soccer fans head to Thailand to make a pretty awesome live game data app

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 05:00

Champion is a Thailand-made livescore app for all those fans soccer fans who want to stay updated with their favorite teams and players.


Docu exposes destruction of PH marine resources

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 04:45

  By KIERSNERR GERWIN B. TACADENA “GUTOM (HUNGER),” Sen. Loren Legarda said is what’s in store for the Filipino people if destruction of our marine resources is not stopped. Legarda, chair of the Senate committee on Environmetn and Natural Resources, presented the grim scenario during the launch of a video documentary on Philippine Marine Biodiversity […]


Filipinos like Americans more than Americans do, survey shows

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 04:34

More than four out of five (85 percent) Filipinos view Americans favorably, recently circulated 2013 data from Washington-based think tank Pew Research Center showed.


Obama visit to Asia seen as counterweight to China

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 04:01

TOKYO (AP) — President Barack Obama's travels through Asia aim to reassure partners about the renewed U.S. commitment to the region, with an eye both to China's rising assertiveness and the fast-growing markets that are the center of gravity for global growth.


Things you need to know this morning, April 23

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 02:59

To keep you updated with the latest news here and abroad, Yahoo Philippines is giving you a roundup of morning headlines.


‘Yolanda’ fiberglass boats modern-day Noah’s ark

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 00:46
By Jane Dasal, VERA Files If you want to save the earth, build a boat. That's what a group of environmentalists is saying, especially if you want to save both the forests and fishermen affected by supertyphoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan). “Haiyan … Continue reading →

At mudslide scene, Obama mourns with survivors

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 00:02

OSO, Wash. (AP) — Swooping over a landscape of unspeakable sadness and death, President Barack Obama took an aerial tour Tuesday of the place where more than three dozen people perished in a mudslide last month. He pledged a nation's solidarity with those who are enduring "unimaginable pain and difficulty" in the aftermath of the destruction.


Obama views mudslide scene, mourns with survivors

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 22:29

OSO, Wash. (AP) — Swooping over a terrain of great sadness and death, President Barack Obama took an aerial tour Tuesday of the place where more than three dozen people perished in a mudslide last month, then mourned privately with those who lost loved ones in the destruction.


Obama surveys scene of sadness, death at mudslide

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 21:36

OSO, Wash. (AP) — Swooping over a terrain of great sadness and death, President Barack Obama took an aerial tour Tuesday of the place where more than three dozen people perished in a mudslide last month and steeled himself to mourn with those who lost loved ones in the destruction.


Obama to survey deadly Washington mudslide damage

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 20:15
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — President Barack Obama braced to share sorrows once again as he visited Washington state Tuesday to meet with victims of the mudslide that killed more than three dozen people.

Top Asian News at 6:00 p.m. GMT

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 18:03
JINDO, South Korea (AP) — For a moment there is silence in the tent where bodies from the ferry disaster are brought for identification. Then the anguished cries begin. The families who line up here to view the decomposing bodies have not known for nearly a week whether they should grieve or not. Now that they know, they sound like they're being torn apart.

Top Asian News at 5:30 p.m. GMT

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 17:32
JINDO, South Korea (AP) — For a moment there is silence in the tent where bodies from the ferry disaster are brought for identification. Then the anguished cries begin. The families who line up here to view the decomposing bodies have not known for nearly a week whether they should grieve or not. Now that they know, they sound like they're being torn apart.

Obama departs US for Asia tour

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 17:12

President Barack Obama departed Washington Tuesday for a weeklong tour of Asia in what the White House has called a "rebalancing" eastward of US foreign policy. Obama left Andrews Air Force Base at 10:30 am (1430 GMT) aboard Air Force One, on a trip that was first to make a stopover in Washington state to visit the scene of a deadly landslide. From there, the president's itinerary was to take him to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines. The visit is Obama's fifth to the region during his presidency.


Top Asian News at 5:00 p.m. GMT

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 17:03
WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official says the White House is reviewing a new series of options that would leave fewer than 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan next year. The administration asked senior military leaders to develop the options. The move reflects the long-running debate over how many U.S. troops are needed to advise Afghan forces and conduct counterterrorism missions.

Top Asian News at 4:30 p.m. GMT

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 16:33
WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official says the White House is reviewing a new series of options that would leave fewer than 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan next year. The administration asked senior military leaders to develop the options. The move reflects the long-running debate over how many U.S. troops are needed to advise Afghan forces and conduct counterterrorism missions.

Top Asian News at 4:00 p.m. GMT

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 16:03
JINDO, South Korea (AP) — For a moment there is silence in the tent where bodies from the ferry disaster are brought for identification. Then the anguished cries begin. The families who line up here to view the decomposing bodies have not known for nearly a week whether they should grieve or not. Now that they know, they sound like they're being torn apart.

Top Asian News at 3:30 p.m. GMT

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 15:33
JINDO, South Korea (AP) — For a moment there is silence in the tent where bodies from the ferry disaster are brought for identification. Then the anguished cries begin. The families who line up here to view the decomposing bodies have not known for nearly a week whether they should grieve or not. Now that they know, they sound like they're being torn apart.