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Tropical storm to enter PAR on Wednesday or Thursday - Pagasa 04-May-15, 7:13 AM | Rommel Rio, News 5

Next wonder plant? Govt to research into possible health benefits of Batanes' Arius fruit 04-May-15, 9:31 AM | Jose Bimbo F. Santos, InterAksyon.com

Rehab activities to cause more brownouts in Samar - NGCP 04-May-15, 8:11 AM | Philippines News Agency

UNESCO awards press freedom prize to jailed Syria activist 04-May-15, 1:25 AM | Agence France-Presse

Basit Usman killed in Maguindanao firefight, Palace confirms 03-May-15, 1:29 PM | Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com | With Roices Naguit, News5 (UPDATE3, 9:42P.M.) Malacanang Palace has confirmed that Filipino bomb-maker Basit Usman, the target of a massive government dragnet since the January 25 Mamasapano mission where he escaped as police commandos were closing in on Malaysian terrorist Marwan, is dead.

IN PHOTOS | Mula Aparri hanggang Jolo, at sa lahat ng sulok ng mundo, Pinoys cheer Pacquiao! 03-May-15, 2:53 PM | Edwin P. Sallan, InterAksyon.com Despite the ultimately disappointing outcome, almost every Filipino still felt proud of Manny Pacquiao's gallant stand against Floyd Mayweather. Here, photos sent in by Filipinos from here and abroad show how, for a brief moment, one man unified a nation.

Manny Pacquiao reveals having shoulder injury heading into Mayweather bout 03-May-15, 3:25 PM | InterAksyon.com Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao fought with an injured shoulder against Floyd Mayweather, he revealed during the post-fight conference.

BUSINESS NEWS

Pangasinan town mayor, vice mayor, 17 others face raps for misuse of excise tax fund Pangasinan town mayor, vice mayor, 17 others face raps for misuse of excise tax fund Nineteen officials of the town of Alcala, Pangasinan were accused of allegedly misusing in 2011 the town's share from the accumulated excise tax from 1997…

\ 'Progress' in Greek debt talks after Varoufakis sidelined Greece and its European creditors are finally making progress only days after combative Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis was effectively sidelined from talks on its enormous…

Asia makes tentative start to eventful week Asia makes tentative start to eventful week MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan edged down 0.2 percent.

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British grandmother prepares for execution in Indonesia 04-May-15, 6:43 AM | Agence France-Presse A British grandmother on death row in Indonesia is writing goodbye letters to her family and believes she could be executed at any time, she wrote in an article on Sunday.

Infighting for $1-million US reward bounty killed bomber Basit Usman - Gen. Catapang 04-May-15, 9:06 AM | Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com (UPDATE, 9:50 a.m.) Filipino bomb maker Abdul Basit Usman was shot dead in an infighting among his men over the $1-million reward bounty offered by the United States government for his head, said Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff General Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. Monday.

HUMOR, AFTER THE HUGGIN' | Best Pac-May pick-up lines and jokes in social media 03-May-15, 5:48 PM| Jose Bimbo Santos, InterAksyon.com Social media immediately erupted with pick-up lines inspired by the epic Pacquiao-Mayweather fight even before the fight's conclusion.

Bodies of foreigners among 51 found in quake-hit Nepal trekking region 03-May-15, 5:00 PM| Agence France-Presse Police have found more than 50 bodies, including those of six foreigners, in Nepal's popular Langtang trekking region following last weekend's devastating earthquake, a senior local official said Sunday.

Human-trafficking victims believed found in Thai mass grave of 26 bodies 03-May-15, 2:49 PM| Reuters Dozens of police and volunteers have exhumed 26 bodies at a mass grave near a suspected human trafficking camp on a hillside deep in a southern Thai jungle, police said on Saturday.

POSTCRIPT | Pacquiao's good fight inspires Filipinos, say Philippine officials 03-May-15, 3:47 PM| Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com | with Roices Naguit, TV5 Manny Pacquiao's life story, with its inspiring triumph over adversity after each fall, has been mirrored yet again in his fight with Floyd Mayweather, despite his loss by unanimous decision. Thus ran the common thread of officials reacting to the outcome of the fight.

US says China's activity in South China Sea won't help peace 02-May-15, 1:19 AM| Emily Stephenson, Reuters The US State Department said on Friday that China's activities building on reclaimed land in the South China Sea do not contribute to peace in the region, regardless of how the facilities are used.

Singapore shuts down anti-foreigner portal that invented story of Pinoys as riot starters 03-May-15, 8:53 PM| Agence France-Presse Singapore on Sunday ordered a local man and an Australian woman facing jail time over alleged seditious articles on their online forum to shut down the portal, accusing it of threatening "public order and national harmony".

 
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