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Judge orders child to see mum accused of sex abuse

In a ruling, the Court of Appeal called the decision "fundamentally flawed".


Former US Marine pilot can be extradited, Australian magistrate rules

By Kirsty Needham SYDNEY (Reuters) - Former U.S. Marine pilot Daniel Duggan can be extradited from Australia to face U.S. charges of training Chinese military pilots to land on aircraft carriers, a Sydney magistrate ruled on Friday. Duggan, 55, a naturalised Australian citizen, is facing U.S. charges including money laundering and breaking arms control law by training Chinese military pilots to


Long-lost church panels set for return to Cebu

CEBU CITY—The four 19th-century pulpit panels that were earlier donated to the National Museum of the Philippines (NMP) by private collectors will be returned to a Catholic church in Boljoon town, Cebu, church officials said. Fr. Brian Brigoli, Cebu archdiocesan committee chair on cultural heritage, said that during a meeting on May 21, the NMP assured representatives of the Archdiocese of Cebu of the return of the historic panels that were...


Family's 'eternal love' for killed Gaza aid worker

The wife of John Chapman says he was "a fine example of a husband" and "a really good human being”.


South Korea imposes sanctions on North Koreans, two Russian vessels

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea on Friday imposed sanctions on seven North Korean individuals and two Russian vessels over weapons trade and other activities between Pyongyang and Moscow deemed in breach of U.N. Security Council resolutions, Seoul's foreign ministry said. The Russian vessels had been carrying a large quantity of containers between Russia and North Korea transporting military


Sunak rules out coalition with Reform after Farage says he won't stand

Rishi Sunak (pictured) has ruled out any election deals with Reform UK or a coalition if there is a hung parliament following the General Election. This comes after Nigel Farage said he would not stand.


Top Russian military officials are being arrested. Why is it happening?

It began last month with the arrest of a Russian deputy defense minister. Then the head of the ministry’s personnel directorate was hauled into court. This week, two more senior military officials were detained. All face charges of corruption, which they have denied. The arrests began after President Vladimir Putin began his fifth term and shuffled his ally, longtime Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, into a new post. It immediately raised...


Over 71,000 pass Licensure Exam for Professional Teachers

Over 71,000 passed the Licensure Exam for Professional Teachers (LEPT) given in March, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced on Friday. According to the PRC, 20,890 elementary teachers out of 44,764 examinees (46.67%) and 50,539 secondary teachers out of 85,980 examinees (58.78%) successfully passed the LEPT given on March 17, 2024 in 36 testing centers all over the Philippines. It is further announced that of the 20,890...


[Commentary] ‘Screen to Senate’: Why do Filipinos love celebrities in politics?

Genuine question: Why are Filipinos so obsessed with celebrities-turned-politicians? Like seriously, why? Well, apparently, there are a number of (serious) reasons for that, but we’re just here to talk about one that is most obvious in our society: our kink for famous names. Why’d we say kink? Other than the fact that we’re always so critical about having celebrities in the government, we never seem to make some changes about it. Hence, the use...


PCSO Lotto Draw Results, May 23, 2024 | Super Lotto 6/49, Lotto 6/42, 6D, 3D, and 2D

WATCH: Here are the winning lotto combinations of the lotto draw results for the 9 p.m. draw on Thursday, May 23.


Palace orders MinDa chief Acosta to vacate post

MANILA, Philippines — President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. asked Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Secretary Maria Belen Acosta to vacate her post "due to loss of trust and confidence." The order was given through a letter signed by Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin on May 22, 2024. In the letter, Bersamin told Acosta that Secretary Leo Tereso Magno's assumption as the new MinDA chairman took effect on May 21 when he took his oath of office.He...


Signal No. 1 up in Eastern Samar, parts of Mindanao due to Tropical Depression 'Aghon'

MANILA, Philippines -- Signal No. 1 is up over Eastern Samar in Visayas and in Dinagat Islands, Siargao Islands, and Bucas Grande Islands in Mindanao due to Tropical Depression "Aghon," the first storm to him the country in 2024, the state-run weather agency said on Friday. In an early bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Aghon was estimated some 340 kilometers east of Hinatuan,...


Russian spy chief says Ukraine was directly involved in Moscow concert hall attack, says TASS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ukrainian military intelligence was directly involved in a deadly attack on a concert hall near Moscow in which over 140 people were killed, the head of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) Alexander Bortnikov said, TASS reported on Friday. Russia has made such allegations before. Bortnikov did not provide evidence to underpin his assertion. "The investigation is ongoing,


‘Even Zambales fishermen hit by China water cannon assault’

BOTOLAN, Zambales — Fishermen in Masinloc and Sta. Cruz , Zambales also experienced a series of water cannon attacks from the Chinese Coast Guard (CCG) while fishing in Scarborough (Panatag) Shoal in the West Philippine Sea (WPS), a lawmaker said on Thursday. Zambales 2nd District Rep. Doris Maniquiz disclosed that this was revealed to her by fisherfolk from both municipalities in the amid reports of continued harassment faced by the Philippine...


536 CE was the worst year in history to be alive

The Black Death ravaged Europe in 1349 killing half of the population, but even still, historian Michael McCormick of Harvard University argues that 536 was the worst year in human history to be alive. Records from that year describe multiple continents being plunged into constant darkness by some kind of black fog, which had devastating effects on crops and the world’s food supply. The knock-on effects of this climatic disaster were countless. Experts from a variety of fields are now working together to uncover the source of the mysterious fog and the role it may have played in major world events at the time. Click on to find out what actually happened in 536 and the disastrous years that followed.


Muntinlupa village chair shot dead by 2 men

Muntinlupa Mayor Ruffy Biazon ordered the police on Thursday to catch the killers of a barangay official, saying “violence has no place” in the city. Barangay Buli Chair Ronaldo “Kaok” Loresca was shot dead on Wednesday night by two unidentified men on a motorcycle outside a store on Manuel L. Quezon Street, according to a police report. A witness described one of the suspects as dressed in a shirt with the logo of ride-hailing app JoyRide,...


Carlos put \'under guidance\' of AFP chief after leaked West PH Sea call | INQToday

WATCH: Vice Admiral Alberto Carlos has been reassigned to the military\'s general headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo after being relieved of his duties as chief of Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Command.


In Bohol, state of calamity up as agri losses hit P420 million

TAGBILARAN CITY—Bohol has been placed under a state of calamity after damage to agriculture and fisheries caused by the prolonged dry spell and drought brought about by the El Niño weather phenomenon reached at least P420 million. The declaration made by the provincial board was in response to the recommendation of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) on May 21 to allow the provincial government to tap the...


Taiwan tracks dozens of Chinese warplanes and navy vessels off its coast on 2nd day of drills

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan tracked dozens of Chinese warplanes and navy vessels off its coast Friday on the second day of a large exercise China's People’s Liberation Army held in response to the inauguration of the island’s new leadership. China has issued elaborate releases to media showing Taiwan being surrounded by forces from the ruling Communist Party's military wing, the People's Liberation Army. A new video on Friday showed animated...


Notable People who died in 2024


Why are thousands of people protesting in Taiwan?

Opposition efforts to push through a controversial bill have raised concerns about the island’s democracy.


Maldives eyes India's RuPay service 'to bolster the Maldivian Rufiyaa', launch soon

Minister of Economic Development and Trade Mohamed Saeed spoke about the upcoming launch of India’s RuPay while announcing how both India and China have agreed to use local currency in bilateral trade. However, there has been no announcement of any date for the launch.


Sean Kingston Arrested on Fraud and Theft Charges After Florida Home Raid

Sean Kingston was arrested in California on Thursday after his home in Florida was raided by police.


The world's top 10 most powerful nuclear nations

The world's bloodiest conflicts come from politic and diplomatic tensions between two or more countries, and this is why certain nations have such strict and often scary defense policies. With the current political scheme around the world, nuclear weapons have become a dangerous reality. Click here to see World Population Review ranking of the 10 countries with the most powerful nuclear weapons.


PCG boosts Batanes presence by opening monitoring post

The Philippine Coast Guard on Thursday stepped up its presence in Batanes, the country’s northernmost province near Taiwan, with the inauguration of a monitoring station in Itbayat town. Rear Adm. Armand Balilo, the PCG spokesperson for the West Philippine Sea, said the facility would increase maritime domain awareness in the province. It would likewise help the Coast Guard regularly check the situation of local fishermen in the area, he added....


Two dead and more trapped after building collapses in Majorca

Around one hundred emergency responders including police and firefighters have raced to the scene of the incident, a terrace at a beach bar in Playa de Palma


Former India PM urges lawmaker grandson to surrender in rape case

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A former Indian prime minister, an ally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urged his lawmaker grandson on Thursday to return to India and face the law in connection with rape and sexual harassment cases filed against him, amid a general election. Prajwal Revanna, 33, the grandson of former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, is a member of parliament from the Hassan constituency


Amnesty week sees 150 knives and swords handed in

A week-long amnesty was held from 13 May at police stations in Peterborough and Cambridge.


The state leaders who have actually faced justice at the ICC


Government 'must go further' for a Hillsborough Law

The government must go further to avoid a repeat of failures made after major disasters, MPs are told.


MMDA moves Magallanes flyover rehab to October

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced that the rehabilitation of the Magallanes Flyover in Makati City has been moved from this month to October. But motorists who regularly pass through Edsa should not heave a sigh of relief just yet. The MMDA also warned of heavier traffic starting in September due to the construction of a temporary steel bridge that would serve as an alternative to Guadalupe Bridge. The bridge,...


Fil-Am charged with alleged ambush murder of childhood friend

SANTA ANA – Filipino American Rhean Jalipa Fontanoza 46, was accused this week of killing his Fil-Am co-worker and childhood friend, 50-year-old Expedito Cuesta De Leon in Orange County, California. Fontanoza was charged with murder with a special circumstances allegation of a drive-by shooting and murder by lying in wait. He was also facing a sentencing enhancement for shooting a gun causing death. De Leon was shot 14 times in 19 seconds,...


Fire at chemical factory in India kills at least 9, with searchers looking for more victims

THANE, India (AP) — An explosion and fire at a chemical factory in western India killed at least nine people and 64 were injured, officials said Friday. The explosion Thursday in the factory’s boiler led to a fire that affected nearby factories and houses in Maharashtra state’s Thane district, administrative official Sachin Shejal said. Shejal said the blaze has been extinguished but rescuers were combing through the debris to find more bodies....


Cebu Pacific gets 5th jet this year; 14 more coming

MANILA, Philippines — Cebu Pacific continues to ramp up its fleet, having received a fifth jet this year even as the aviation sector struggles, with supply chain constraints clipping its wings. On Thursday, the Gokongwei-led carrier announced that it had taken delivery of an A320neo aircraft at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport earlier this week. The budget carrier expects to receive an additional 14 jets later this year. “Adding another...


When North America refused to save Jewish refugees

At the end of 1938, the Nazi pogrom against the Jewish people in Germany began, and the rest is Holocaust history. Thousands of Jewish refugees fled the country as a result, but not all of them found a safe place to stay, nor were they welcomed across the pond (at least for a specific period of time). Countries like the United States and Canada played a role in the Allied victory of World War II, but the early days of the conflict, which led to the first wave of refugees, were not easy for those seeking asylum stateside. In this gallery, we bring you the story of the time when North America refused to save Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany. Click on and get to know what happened.


Teodoro: China’s order to arrest SCS ‘trespassers’ a provocation

Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. on Friday described China’s directive to arrest “trespassers” in the South China Sea as "provocation." “It is not trespassing, ‘di ba? They threatened to arrest. That is a provocation and a violation to me of the United Nations charter,” Teodoro told reporters in an ambush interview during the Philippine Navy anniversary celebration at its headquarters in Manila. In his speech during the ceremony, Teodoro...


Papua New Guinea landslide: More than 100 killed

More than 100 people are believed to have been killed in a landslide in remote Papua New Guinea.


Inside the secret government Rwanda training base

Immigration staff are in training to put detainees on to planes - but will the Rwanda plan survive the election?


Elderly Fil-Am freed as SC resolves citizenship

The Supreme Court has ordered the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and Department of Justice (DOJ) to release a 74-year-old Filipino American who has been detained for over seven years following his arrest in 2016. In a 32-page decision promulgated in December 2023, but made public only on Wednesday, the high tribunal ruled that Walter Manuel Prescott, who was born of a Filipino mother and American father under the 1935 Constitution, is a natural-born...


Fresh twist in case of fruit picker accused of amputating man's leg

John Yalu, 29, allegedly killed Innisfail farm labourer and grandfather Kalman Tal, 66, with a circular saw in a park on February 19, 2022.


Strike 2 at SC for Marcos ‘antipoverty czar’ Gadon

The Supreme Court has again penalized disbarred lawyer and presidential antipoverty adviser Lorenzo Gadon, this time for gross misconduct when he committed perjury and made accusations based on hearsay, fining him P150,000. In a resolution dated May 21, a full copy of which is yet to be made public, the Supreme Court en banc found Gadon guilty of gross misconduct in a disbarment case filed against him by lawyer Wilfredo Garrido Jr. in 2018....


China's 'Monster' ship held intrusive patrol near Scarborough —expert

China Coast Guard 5901 known as "The Monster," the largest coast guard ship in the world, conducted a “brief intrusive patrol” near Scarborough Shoal, a maritime expert said on Friday. “Over the past 24 hours the world's largest coast guard ship, the 165-meter China Coast Guard 5901, together with the 102-meter CCG 5203, conducted a brief intrusive patrol into the Philippines' EEZ west of Scarborough Shoal,” said US Air Force official and...


Newspaper headlines: 'Faltering election start' and 'General ejection'

Thursday's headlines include Rishi Sunak admitting no asylum seekers will be sent to Rwanda before the election.


China's second day of war games around Taiwan tests ability to 'seize power'

By Bernard Orr and Yimou Lee BEIJING/TAIPEI (Reuters) -China's military carried out a second day of war games around Taiwan on Friday, with drills to test its ability to "seize power" and control key areas in exercises Beijing has said were launched to punish Taiwan's new president, Lai Ching-te. The two days of drills in the Taiwan Strait and around groups of Taiwan-controlled islands near the


Ejercito: Somebody higher than Senate may have influenced leadership change | INQToday

WATCH: Senator JV Ejercito believes \"somebody higher than the Senate\" might have influenced his colleagues to replace former Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri.


The dark history of China's ghost marriages

An ancient Chinese practice, known as mínghūn, or ghost marriage, has been around for centuries. Though unlike conventional marriage traditions, this one requires at least one of the parties to be dead! Despite having been banned for many years, the ritual continues to take place in some parts of China, and with it the black market of criminal matchmakers who sell cadavers for this purpose continues to thrive. Intrigued? Click through the following gallery to learn all about China's ghost marriages.


Marking Philippine history

How does one settle the debate over Baguio’s “official flower”? Should it be by legislation, through a city ordinance, a presidential proclamation, or an act of Congress, or should it be by acclamation, the flower with the most votes wins? Long before the city resolution from 1991 adopting Xerochrysum bracteatum aka strawflowers aka “everlasting” as the official flower of Baguio, I have always associated these dried flowers, strung into a...


Mystery as one-year-old boy is found dead in playground

Cameron Flores was found unresponsive in a playground just before 9am on Wednesday. He was rushed to hospital and declared dead. His father Schaffer Grindstaff was later arrested.


Spain restaurant roof collapse kills 4, injures 21

PALMA, Spain — The roof of a restaurant in Spain’s popular tourist island of Mallorca collapsed on Thursday, killing four people and injuring 21 others, local rescuers said. “There are four dead and around 21 injured,” an emergency services spokeswoman said, adding that “several nationalities” were among the victims. The emergency services wrote on X that seven of the victims were in a “very serious” state and nine others had “serious” injuries,...


US ‘strongly’ urges China restraint amid Taiwan drills

WASHINGTON – The United States “strongly” urged China to show restraint Thursday after it launched military drills around Taiwan following the inauguration of a new president, describing Beijing’s actions as “reckless”. Washington had “noted with concern” and was “closely monitoring” the drills that China said were punishment for Taiwanese President Lai Ching-te’s inauguration speech, a senior US official said. “We strongly urge Beijing to act...