TODAY'S HEADLINES

Dry season to last until 2nd week of June -- PAGASA 24-May-15, 8:35 AM | Juzel L. Danganan, Philippines News Agency

US cop acquitted after shooting death of two African Americans 24-May-15, 1:20 AM | Agence France-Presse

4 Cebu towns experiencing dry spell now under state of calamity 24-May-15, 6:29 AM | Philippines News Agency

Authorities alarmed over NPA use of child soldiers in Eastern Mindanao 24-May-15, 8:56 AM | Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com

Thousands rejoice as El Salvador's archbishop of the poor Romero beatified 24-May-15, 7:47 AM | Carlos Mario Marquez and Marco Sibaja, Agence France-Presse

China says US actions in South China Sea 'irresponsible, dangerous' 22-May-15, 11:44 PM | Sui-Lee Wee, Reuters China said on Friday it was "strongly dissatisfied" after a US military plane flew over part of the South China Sea near where China is building artificial islands, and called on the United States to stop such action or risk causing an accident.

PPA: 2,645 passengers stranded at Matnog port; 580 cargo trucks queued up on Sorsogon highway 23-May-15, 9:52 PM | Philippines News Agency The lack of Roll-on-Roll-off (RoRo) vessels crossing from Sorsogon to Allen, Samar, has left 2,645 passengers and 580 cargo trucks bound for the Visayas and Mindandao stranded at Matnog port, a Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) official said Saturday.

Manila keeps diplomatic tack in West PHL Sea, but concedes higher risks of tension 22-May-15, 11:58 PM | Philippines News Agency | InterAksyon.com The Philippines is staying on the diplomatic track in the South China Sea issue even with tensions heightened amid reports the Chinese military shooed away US personnel flying a surveillance plane over Fiery Cross (Kagitingan) Reef last Wednesday.

VIDEO | No longer 'no plate,' it's 'no registration, no travel' 23-May-15, 7:05 AM | Mon Gualvez, News5 Because of the continued shortage of new license plates, the Land Transportation Office has taken back its controversial 'no plate, no travel' policy and replaced it with a 'no registration, no travel' rule instead.

SPECIAL REPORT | Islamic State expands its 'state' 23-May-15, 3:04 AM | Samia Nakhoul, Reuters Almost a year after Islamic State's shock capture of Mosul, Iraq's second city, the black flags of the jihadis have been raised over Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province to the west of Baghdad, seat of Iraq’s increasingly theoretical central government.

VIDEO | Emotional encounter between Kentex owners, fire victims' kin 23-May-15, 9:42 AM| Jun Loyola, News5 Some cried unabashedly, others voiced their frustration. Such was the scene during a very emotional encounter when families of victims of the fire met for the first time on Friday with the owners of Kentex Manufacturing Corp.

1 hurt as LRT trains collide at Monumento station 23-May-15, 12:41 PM| Philippine News Agency (UPDATE - 4:25 p.m.) One person was injured when two trains of the Light Rail Transit Line 1 collided at the Monumento station Saturday morning.

Irish voters back gay marriage in 'social revolution' 23-May-15, 10:53 PM| Reuters Irish voters backed same-sex marriage by a landslide in a referendum marking a dramatic social shift in the traditionally Catholic country, government ministers and opponents of the bill said on Saturday.

Saving migrant lives at sea 'top priority': UN chief 23-May-15, 5:08 PM| Agence France-Presse UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says he hopes regional nations would tackle the 'root causes' of the current exodus of boat people, fleeing persecution and poverty, at an upcoming conference in Thailand.

INTEGRATE/ISOLATE | Dutch immigrant kids take to street demanding 'white' classmates 23-May-15, 11:54 AM| Charlotte Van Ouwerkerk, Agence France-Presse Faced with an increasingly segregated education system, Dutch immigrant children have taken to the streets of their ethnically mixed Amsterdam neighborhood seeking 'white' pupils to attend their schools and help their integration.

German woman, 65 and mother of 13, has quadruplets 23-May-15, 7:28 PM| Agence France-Presse A 65-year-old German woman, who already has 13 children, has given birth to quadruplets after undergoing an artificial insemination procedure in Ukraine, RTL television reported early on Saturday.

 
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