TODAY'S HEADLINES

Gulf monarchies condemn Islamic State jihadists 31-Aug-14, 11:27 PM | Agence France-Presse

All Filipino peacekeepers in Position 68 safe despite earlier firefight - AFP 30-Aug-14, 9:57 PM | Priam F. Nepomuceno, Philippines News Agency

Lesotho PM confirms coup, flees to South Africa 31-Aug-14, 8:25 PM | Johannes Muburgh, Agence France-Presse

Filipino workers can compete with its Asian neighbors, says Palace 31-Aug-14, 11:07 PM | Philippines News Agency

FIBA World Cup: Gilas Pilipinas falls just short of overtime upset of favored Croatia 30-Aug-14, 8:43 PM | InterAksyon.com The Philippine national men’s basketball team came close to a shocking introduction to world stage after giving Group B favorite Croatia all it could handle in an 81-78 overtime loss in the opening contest of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Seville, Spain.

All Filipino peacekeepers in Position 68 safe despite earlier firefight - AFP 30-Aug-14, 9:57 PM | Priam F. Nepomuceno, Philippines News Agency Despite the attack made by Syrian rebels against Filipino-held Position 68 at the Golan Heights, all soldiers manning the outpost are safe.

MANILA, TAKE NOTE | Turkey orders 3 luxury condos demolished to preserve iconic Istanbul view 30-Aug-14, 9:40 AM | InterAksyon.com Advocates on either side of the debate over DMCI's controversial Torre de Manila project across Luneta may want to take note of this development in Istanbul.

BUSINESS NEWS

Bombardier CSeries suffers setback as first client backs off Sweden's Braathens Aviation said it no longer wishes to be the first operator of Bombardier's new CSeries jets, adding to the troubled Canadian manufacturer's woes.

Tragedy-hit Malaysia Airlines to lose 6,000 jobs in bold revamp Tragedy-hit Malaysia Airlines to lose 6,000 jobs in bold revamp The revamp comes after two disasters, the first involving a plane that went missing and the second a plane that was shot down by Ukrainian…

3 Chinese firms to form world\ 3 Chinese firms to form world's biggest mobile e-commerce platform Dalian Wanda, Tencent and Baidu will team up to for the world's biggest online-to-offline e-commerce platform.

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DAP debacle, ports congestion drag down business confidence to 3-year low 29-Aug-14, 4:44 PM | Scarlet Venilia, InterAksyon.com The BSP's business confidence index in the third quarter revisited the lows seen in 2011 when government curtailed spending.

West Africa Ebola outbreak could infect 20,000, spread further - WHO 29-Aug-14, 7:43 AM | Stephanie Nebehay and Tim Cocks, Reuters The Ebola epidemic in West Africa could infect over 20,000 people and spread to more countries, the UN health agency said on Thursday, warning that an international effort costing almost half a billion dollars is needed to overcome the outbreak.

Budget deficit narrows at start of 2H as gov't spending fails to pick up 29-Aug-14, 1:55 PM| Rain Castro, InterAksyon.com The drop in spending belied official commitment to ramp up public spending.

De Lima orders raps vs ex-Davao del Sur gov, mayor for journalist's murder 29-Aug-14, 9:50 AM| Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com (UPDATE 2 - 4:12 p.m.) Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has ordered the filing of murder charges against former Davao del Sur Governor Douglas Cagas and a town mayor for the killing of a journalist in Digos City in 2010.

After ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Pinoys come up with own dare: The MRT Rush Hour Challenge 29-Aug-14, 10:21 PM| InterAksyon.com | News5 Following the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that started in the U.S. and India's Rice Bucket Challenge, the Philippines has come up with its own version of the dare: the MRT Rush Hour Challenge.

TALE OF 2 MRT RIDERS | Before Grace Poe, transport chief Abaya takes train, but draws more flak 29-Aug-14, 5:10 PM| Radyo5 | With InterAksyon.com Before Sen. Grace Poe endured a two-hour commute Friday morning from the MRT's North Avenue station to Taft Avenue, there was DOTC Secretary Abaya riding the problematic train last Thursday afternoon. Instead of drawing praise for trying to feel people's pulse, he was criticized. Why?

U.N.: At over 3 million, half of all Syrians displaced 29-Aug-14, 6:57 PM| Reuters Syrians now constitute the world's largest refugee population under the care of UNHCR, second only in number to refugees from the Palestinian crisis under the mandate of separate U.N. agency UNRWA.

PLDT, Rocket Internet hold discussions on mobile commerce gameplan 29-Aug-14, 9:49 AM| InterAksyon.com The two companies are setting up a mobile commerce and payment solutions platform for emerging markets.

 
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