TODAY'S HEADLINES

Business, regional security top agenda of Aquino's Japan visit 30-May-15, 7:10 PM | Philippine News Agency

7.8-magnitude quake shakes Tokyo 30-May-15, 7:58 PM | Agence France-Presse

Syria barrel bombs kill 71 civilians; regime army in retreat 30-May-15, 7:35 PM | Agence France-Presse

EU politicians 'proud' to be on Russian blacklist 31-May-15, 12:11 AM | Tom Sullivan, Agence France-Presse

IS in Saudi urges more attacks against Shiites 31-May-15, 2:08 AM | Agence France-Presse

US to China: Stop ASAP South China Sea reclamations 30-May-15, 12:33 PM | Bhavan Jaipragas, Agence France-Presse (UPDATE, 2:11 p.m.) The United States on Saturday vowed to keep sending military aircraft and ships to disputed parts of the South China Sea and called for an immediate halt to reclamation works by Beijing in the tense region.

Grace Poe signs Koko report; VP dismayed, denies allegations went unanswered 29-May-15, 5:27 PM | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com | Video Report, Maeanne Los Banos UPDATE, WITH VIDEO-Sen. Grace Poe signed the Blue Ribbon sub-committee report on the alleged overpriced construction of Makati's City Hall Building 2, saying she did so because the accusations against then Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay had remained unrebutted. The Binay camp denied this.

Lawmaker blasts DepEd for backing closure of tribal schools, fielding of troops as teachers 30-May-15, 6:16 PM | InterAksyon.com An activist lawmaker blasted the Department of Education over the weekend for backing the closure of three hinterland schools for the Ata-Manobo tribe in Talaingod, Davao del Norte and their replacement with a high school where the teachers will be soldiers.

BUSINESS NEWS

NFA: No rice shortage in ARMM NFA: No rice shortage in ARMM Areas in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) need not worry about rice supply because the region has enough, an official of the National…

Oil leaps 5 percent as dollar rally stalls, U.S. rigs fall Oil leaps 5 percent as dollar rally stalls, U.S. rigs fall Oil bulls were also enthused by Friday's rig count data from Baker Hughes, which showed U.S. drillers again reducing the number of rigs in operation…

U.S. economy contracts in first quarter; dollar hurts corporate profits U.S. economy contracts in first quarter; dollar hurts corporate profits The government on Friday slashed its gross domestic product estimate to show GDP shrinking at a 0.7 percent annual rate instead of the 0.2 percent…

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Palace announces new appointments 30-May-15, 5:00 PM | Philippine News Agency Malacanang announced on Saturday new appointments to various posts here and overseas.

Migrants group urge DFA: Issue advisory amid 2nd suicide bombing in Saudi 30-May-15, 1:57 PM | InterAksyon.com The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) should issue a corresponding advisory amid an alleged suicide bombing in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, the second in a week, the Migrants rights group Migrante-Middle East said Saturday.

India reels as heat wave death toll tops 2,000 30-May-15, 6:47 PM| Agence France-Presse India's brutal weeks-long heat wave has killed more than 2,000 people, authorities said Saturday, as the government launched a mass education campaign to help people cope with scorching temperatures.

Church condemns series of killings in Calbayog 30-May-15, 12:57 PM| Jennifer S. Allegdo, Philippines News Agency The Roman Catholic Church diocese in this city has condemned the series of killing incidents victimizing local officials here.

15 wounded in mosque bomb attack at Jolo police camp 30-May-15, 11:11 AM| Agence France-Presse Fifteen people including 10 police officers were wounded in an attack on a mosque at police camp on a remote Philippine island long plagued by Islamic militancy, officials said Saturday.

VIDEO, SCHOOL BUS SHORTAGE AVERTED | LTFRB halts order to replace units 15 years and older 29-May-15, 9:50 PM| Mon Gualvez, News5 Acknowledging concerns not just of the school bus operators but also parents left with no quickly available alternative service, regulators have granted school bus operators a one-year reprieve within which to replace units that are 15 years and older.

Lawmaker blasts DepEd for backing closure of tribal schools, fielding of troops as teachers 30-May-15, 6:16 PM| InterAksyon.com An activist lawmaker blasted the Department of Education over the weekend for backing the closure of three hinterland schools for the Ata-Manobo tribe in Talaingod, Davao del Norte and their replacement with a high school where the teachers will be soldiers.

'HANDS OFF THE PHILIPPINES' | Nationalists to hold June 12 rally for sovereignty 28-May-15, 9:15 AM| InterAksyon.com Amid the increasing tensions triggered by China's aggressive reclamation in the disputed Spratly Islands, nationalist groups are gearing up for a what they envision as a massive rally on June 12 to assert the country's sovereignty.

 
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