Retired cop, 59, goes missing while on hike on Greek Island

A 59-year-old American tourist has been missing since Tuesday after going on a solo hike in the Greek island of Amorgos, just days after celebrity doctor Michael Mosley was found dead in Greece

Nigeria switches national anthem in what sceptics label a distraction

By Ope Adetayo ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerian President Bola Tinubu on Wednesday signed a bill switching back to a national anthem composed by a British expatriate and adopted at independence, a move some dismissed as a cynical distraction from an escalating economic crisis. "We Hail Thee" will now be used instead of "Arise O' Compatriots". The bill introduced last Thursday received an accelerated

Cayetano explains delay in construction of new Senate building

MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano bared the supposed reasons for the delay in the construction of the New Senate Building (NSB) in Taguig. In a letter sent to Senate President Francis “Chiz” Escudero dated June 7, but only shared to the media on Wednesday, Cayetano identified four major causes for the delay in the construction of the Senate’s new home. He said these include variation in the projects, procurement, the Department of...

Labour promise to become 'the party of wealth creation

Sir Keir Starmer will unveil his party's election manifesto making economic stability the first of its six 'first steps' for government and has pledged there will be no 'tax surprises'.

G7 eyes Ukraine funding plan at Italy summit

G7 leaders gather Thursday for the first day of an Italy summit, seeking to seal a deal on using frozen Russian assets to help war-torn Ukraine. Britain, meanwhile, said it would announce up to $310 million in new bilateral assistance to Kyiv at the summit, adding leaders would "explore all lawful avenues by which immobilised Russian assets can be used to support Ukraine".

Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer in Sky News election grilling

Sir Keir Starmer failed to rule out a host of tax rises last night, as he squirmed over his past support for Jeremy Corbyn .

The notorious female pirates of the Seven Seas

Historically, women weren't allowed to remain on ships once they had set sail. Old-fashioned sailor superstitions purported that women on merchant and military vessels were bad luck. But this didn't stop several women from disguising their identities to join crews, and in some cases captains ignored the rule altogether. From the Caribbean to China, there are actual accounts of female pirates dating back thousands of years, showing us that pirating wasn’t just for men. Curious? Click on to discover the women who once prowled the Seven Seas.

Learning from Myanmar's rebels, junta builds new Chinese drone fleet

(Reuters) - Myanmar's resistance fighters notched decisive breakthroughs last year by relying on a scattered fleet of drones in battles against one of Southeast Asia's most feared militaries. But as the civil war grinds on, the rebels increasingly find their familiar weapons - Chinese-made commercial drones modified to carry arms - in the unfamiliar hands of the country's ruling junta, according

'No closure' a year on from Nottingham attacks

Lee Coates hoped Calocane's trial would bring him closure but instead felt his mental health decline.

Number of Chinese warships in WPS up

THE number of Chinese warships in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) has increased, but it is still within acceptable limits, the Philippine Navy (PN) said Wednesday. Based on monitoring from June 4 to 10, a total of 146 Chinese ships were sighted in various areas in the West Philippine Sea, 22 of which were believed to be Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) warships, said Commo. Roy Vincent Trinidad. The figures are considerably higher...

Mother of rescued Gaza hostage recounts 'hard and joyful' reunion

By Rami Amichay and Michal Yaakov Itzhaki TEL AVIV (Reuters) - The mother of one of the four hostages rescued from Gaza by Israeli commandos last week described the surge of emotions that she and her family have experienced since officials rang her to say that her son was safe. "For a few minutes I probably didn't know how to react," said Evgeniia Kozlova, whose son Andrey Kozlov was one of 253

Marcos to sign Negros Island Region bill into law on June 13

BACOLOD CITY — President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is set to sign the creation of the Negros Island Region (NIR) into law on Thursday, June 13. Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson was invited to witness the ceremonial signing of Senate Bill No. 2507 and House Bill No. 7355 entitled “An Act Establishing The Negros Island Region” at the Ceremonial Hall of Malacañan Palace at 2 p.m. on Thursday. The invitation was sent to the governor by...

Remulla to Teves: Come home and stand trial

MANILA, Philippines — Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla yesterday urged expelled Negros Oriental congressman Arnolfo Teves Jr. to quit dilly dallying and return home to face charges against him in Philippine courts. Remulla issued the statement in response to Teves’ open letter to the United Nations, foreign human rights groups and Pope Francis for intercession in preventing his repatriation to the Philippines. “He should just face the...

DOTr, Jica to wrap up rail master plan by year-end

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) are aiming to complete the 30-year rail master plan covering the capital and nearby densely populated regions by the end of the year. Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista, in an interview in Parañaque last week, said the study for the big-ticket public transportation project was ongoing. “We should be able to have it before the end...

The deadliest animals on the planet

The chances of being fatally attacked by an animal might be low, but do you know which species are most likely to kill you if it does happen? These dangerous creatures come in all shapes and sizes. And while some cause large numbers of human fatalities, others are relatively unheard of but extremely lethal when contact is made. Click through the following gallery to discover the most dangerous animal in the world.

Vietnamese goes naked at NAIA-3

MANILA, Philippines — A Vietnamese woman took off her clothes at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 (NAIA-3) on June 8 after an immigration officer asked her to pay a fine for overstaying in the country. The woman, who was supposed to board a flight for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, walked up to the final security checkpoint in full view of departing passengers, security personnel and airport employees. NAIA-3 security personnel said...

United States' strange protocol in the event of an encounter with extraterrestrials

Pampanga village chief, driver slain in shooting

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga, Philippines — A barangay captain and his driver were gunned down at a gasoline station in Barangay Del Pilar in San Fernando, Pampanga on Tuesday afternoon. Matt Ryan de la Cruz, 37, of Barangay San Pedro Cutud and his driver Henry Aquino were in a Mitsubishi Montero and fueling up at the gas station when unidentified men in a Toyota Vios opened fire, according to reports reaching Central Luzon police director Brig. Gen....

50 tracks that were 'banned' from American radio after 9/11

On September 11, 2001, the world saw the deadliest terrorist attacks on American soil in US history. Following the events, Clear Channel Communications, the largest owner of radio stations in the United States, circulated an internal note containing a list of songs that directors felt were "lyrically questionable" or insensitive to play in the aftermath. The list, however, wasn't a demand not to play the songs, but rather a suggestion. This gallery features 50 of the 165 suggestions that were on the list. Did your favorite songs make the cut? Click to find out.

MMDA: 10 holiday road mishaps

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) recorded 10 road crash incidents along major roads in Metro Manila yesterday as the country observed Independence Day, a public holiday. During public holidays, the number coding policy or the unified vehicular volume reduction program is lifted. This means all vehicles can use public roads and major thoroughfares become less congested compared to regular days. The MMDA...

Barrels of suspected sodium cyanide seized from private resort

Some 37 barrels of suspected sodium cyanide worth around P2 million were confiscated from a private resort in Maasim, Sarangani. Authorities said the abandoned barrels of chemicals were allegedly to be delivered to Balut Island in Sarangani, Davao Occidental. The chemicals will be turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Soccsksargen (DENR-12). Under the Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Control Act (RA...

Kanlaon eruption: Evacuation ordered anew amid lahar threat

BACOLOD CITY, Philippines — Forced evacuation has been implemented again in three barangays in La Castellana, Negros Occidental amid heavy rain and lahar flow from Kanlaon Volcano on Tuesday. Residents of Barangays Biak Na Bato, Masulog and Cabagnaan were evacuated. Mayor Alme Rhummyla Nicor Mangilimutan said the evacuees are staying at the La Castellana South Elementary School. Mangilimutan said more than 1,400 families or 4,000 people remain...

Oakland man, 77, is arrested after shooting dead suspected burglar

Police say two men and a woman pulled up outside the man's home in a stolen vehicle on Monday evening.

DENR, mining industry forge accord on policy reforms

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the mining industry have forged a landmark agreement to pursue policy reforms that will make the local mining industry more sustainable, responsible, transparent, and attractive to investors. Among the salient points of the joint declaration are the commitment to sustainable and responsible mining practices and the enhancement of regulatory frameworks to protect...

Teodoro blasts POGOs' ill effects

DEFENSE Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. said on Wednesday that criminal syndicates posing as Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) compromise national security and taint the image of the country. "The concern is that we should stop these syndicated criminal activities operating out of our base, which weaken our financial standing, our country's ratings [and] corrupt our society," Teodoro said. Criminal activities behind POGOs were revealed...

Rural India runs dry as thirsty megacity Mumbai sucks water

Far from the gleaming high-rises of India's financial capital Mumbai, impoverished villages in areas supplying the megacity's water are running dry -- a crisis repeated across the country that experts say foreshadows terrifying problems. Government authorities both at the state level and in New Delhi say they are committed to tackling the problem and have announced repeated schemes to address the water crisis.

Imee on latest serving of warrant vs Quiboloy: It’s like a war zone

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Imee Marcos said Davao City felt like a warzone the day that policemen conducted their latest arrest attempt against fugitive televangelist and alleged rapist Apollo Quiboloy. Marcos, who happened to be in Davao City at the time of the operation, told reporters on Wednesday about her on-the-ground experience on June 10. For her, the presence of many arresting authorities was nerve-wracking. “Aaminin ko, dumaan ako...

Ban on low-level letterboxes? SNP finds yet ANOTHER thing to abolish

Homeowners face being banned from installing low-level letterboxes under plans to protect postal workers from back injuries and dangerous dogs.

Graft charges dubious – PCSO

(UPDATES) THE Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) on Tuesday called the graft and plunder complaints filed by the group Filipinos for Peace, Justice, and Progress Movement (FPJPM) before the Office of the Ombudsman against some of its top officials as "dubious and questionable." Included in the plunder and graft charges was PCSO General Manager Mel Robles. The FPJPM filed the charges against PCSO officials and questioned Robles, other...

Police guarding Biden and G7 sleep on ship with 'unusable toilets'

Police unions complained that a cruise ship moored in Brindisi for the G7 has 'unusable toilets' and ripped mattresses. It is a stark contrast to the faux medieval village housing Biden and other leaders.

Chinese vaping giant Elf Bar accused of skirting law with new device

Chinese vaping giant Elf Bar has been accused of skirting UK law with a £12.99 device that has the strength of 240 cigarettes.

Two men who tied up two women in massage parlour robbery learn fate

James Garner Daniel and Damien Charles Kleidon pleaded guilty to a string of offences in relation to the break-in at a Thai massage parlour, in Oxenford, on the Gold Coast , on July 1 last year.

Marcos says Filipinos will defend territory

PRESIDENT Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Independence Day said that Filipinos would never shy away from defending the nation's territory, stressing that real power is measured through the reason of what the people are fighting for. In his speech during the "Parada ng Kalayaan [Freedom Parade] 2024" at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila, the President urged Filipinos to honor their forefathers' sacrifices by protecting the nation and drawing strength from...

Fascinating tales from Japanese folklore and mythology

Japanese folklore encompasses the spirits, creatures, and figures enshrined in the folk traditions of Japan and the Japanese people. These legends, fables, and myths are heavily influenced by the two primary religions of Japan, Shinto and Buddhism, and have been passed down orally and through literary sources for centuries. Similarly, Japanese mythology draws on a combination of Shinto and Buddhist beliefs, where powerful deities and supernatural creatures serve as key influences in Japanese religious tradition. Often humorous but on occasion also quite disturbing, these beguiling narratives are layered with bizarre and outlandish characters associated with the forces of nature, geographical features, and the spirits of the dead. And, in some cases, they have provided a creation story for Japan itself. Intrigued? Click through for selected tales from the Land of the Rising Sun.

Marcos to Pinoys: Don’t falter, remain steadfast

MANILA, Philippines — Paying tribute to heroes who fought for Philippine independence, President Marcos yesterday vowed not to shirk from his duty to protect the country’s territory, reminding Filipinos that they may lose their freedom if they do not defend it. Speaking during the Independence Day parade in Manila, Marcos urged Filipinos to continue what their forebears started and to stand up for their rights as a free nation. “Our ancestors...

Notable People who died in 2024

What Rishi SHOULD have said about being in touch with ordinary people

Andrew Pierce said the Prime Minister would do better to stay on topic with politics and brush off critique of his background to avoid 'getting himself into that box'.

Remulla dismisses Teves' plea to UN, Amnesty

THE government on Wednesday dismissed as a delaying tactic a letter circulating online in which expelled congressman Arnolfo Teves Jr. pleads for help from international organizations, human rights groups and even Pope Francis, claiming he is being unjustly persecuted and falsely accused of murder by the Philippine government. "You all know the reality in the Philippines; please do not send me there. I do not want to be killed. Please save my...

Artists and authors who destroyed their own work

There have been numerous malicious attacks on famous works of art throughout the years, but artists and authors alike have also destroyed their own works by choice. While some believed their early work was not good enough, others destroyed their works out of protest, or indeed as a feature of the work itself. Browse through the following gallery and learn all about the artists and authors who destroyed their own work.

Russian warships enter Havana harbor under Washington's watchful eye

By Dave Sherwood HAVANA (Reuters) -A Russian navy frigate and a nuclear-powered submarine churned into Havana harbor on Wednesday, a stopover the U.S. and Cuba said posed no threat but which was widely seen as a Russian show of force as tensions rise over the Ukraine war. Curious onlookers, fishermen and police lined the Malecon seafront boulevard under gray skies to welcome the ships as they

Mystery behind why family started receiving massive power bills

The Hill family in Queensland is mystified as to why their electricity bills suddenly became astronomical when they weren't doing anything different than before.

Woman erupts with rage at Mexican restaurant after baby disturbs meal

A woman was arrested and branded a 'Karen' after publicly berating a mother in a Mexican restaurant after her baby made some noise.

Shocking cases of children who killed their own parents

Parricide is defined as the murder of a parent—either mother, father, or both. According to a 2019 study, parricide is the least common kind of murder. Perhaps that's why the rare cases of parricide are so horrifying and so highly publicized. This unusual crime is most often committed by white males who have no criminal history. It is very rare for a woman to commit parricide, but we have a few examples on this shocking list. Click through this gallery to learn about horrific crimes in which a parent was killed by their own flesh and blood.

Woman, 88, dies after car and lorry crash

The woman was a passenger in a car which collided with an HGV on the A70 at Ochiltree in East Ayrshire.

China's Premier Li is visiting New Zealand, where security fears vie with trade hopes on the agenda

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — China’s Premier Li Qiang arrived in New Zealand on Thursday, beginning a rare visit to its closest partner among Western democracies, where a celebration of trade links is expected to vie with concerns about South Pacific security on Wellington's agenda. China’s No. 2 official, Li is the first Chinese premier to visit New Zealand since a 2017 visit by Li Keqiang. He will also visit Australia and Malaysia, China's...

CRAIG BROWN'S election night 1997... part two

For those bored by the current General Election, I recommend watching the full 1997 Election Night coverage on BBC iPlayer.

1,000 days have passed since the Taliban barred girls from secondary education, the UN says

ISLAMABAD (AP) — One thousand days have passed since girls in Afghanistan were banned from attending secondary schools. That's according to the U.N. children’s agency, which said Thursday that “no country can move forward when half its population is left behind.” UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell in a statement urged Taliban authorities to allow all children to resume learning immediately, and called on the international community to...

5 intel cops face raps over drug suspect’s slay

CAMP VICENTE LIM, Laguna, Philippines — Criminal complaints have been filed against five intelligence operatives tagged in the killing of a drug suspect at the boundary of Tiaong, Quezon and San Juan, Batangas on May 28. Col. Jacinto Malinao, Batangas police director, said murder charges have been filed before the Lucena prosecutor’s office against five members of the San Juan police station. Malinao said investigation showed that no shootout...

US sanctions pro-Russia governor of Moldova's Gagauzia region

By Alexander Tanas CHISINAU (Reuters) -The United States imposed sanctions on the pro-Russia governor of Moldova's Gagauzia region on Wednesday, a move supported by the pro-Western government in Chisinau. Evgenia Gutul is a Kremlin ally who was elected last year to head the autonomous southern Moldovan region and has been at odds with the government and President Maia Sandu, who seeks to take

Female prison psychiatrist who faked four character references

A female prison psychiatrist who faked four character references in a bid to get a job has been struck off - after she accused the lawyer prosecuting her of being 'discriminatory'.