NATIONAL

Missing Isabela farmers found in army camp – rights group

Two farmers from Barangay Diasan, Echague, Isabela earlier reported missing by the rights group Karapatan-Cagayan Valley since November 13, 2017 have been found: in the custody of the 87th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army (IBPA) inside their headquarters at at Barangay Balabal, Jones, Isabela.
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BAWAL PASAWAY | MMDA to strictly enforce motorcycle lane starting Nov. 20

MMDA will strictly enforce the 'yellow' and motorcycle lanes along Epifanio delos Santos Ave. (EDSA) starting Monday (November 20).

‘Tino’, easterlies to bring rains over Visayas, parts of Luzon Sat.

Tropical depression Tino and the easterlies will bring scattered rains over Visayas and parts of Luzon on Saturday, the state weather bureau said.

WORLD

US urges passage of Japan proposal to extend probe of chemical weapons attacks in Syria

The US State Department on Friday urged passage of a Japan-drafted United Nations Security Council resolution to renew an international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria for one month.

Saudi Arabia swapping assets for freedom of some held in graft purge: sources

Saudi authorities are striking agreements with some of those detained in an anti-corruption crackdown, asking them to hand over assets and cash in return for their freedom, sources familiar with the matter said.
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COLLAPSE OF ISIS TERRITORIAL RULE | Iraqi forces recapture last Islamic State-held town

BAGHDAD - Iraqi forces on Friday captured the border town of Rawa, the last remaining town under Islamic State control, signalling the collapse of...

BUSINESS

IMF backs BSP plan to trim bank reserve requirement

Tighter liquidity conditions would likely be an opportune time for the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) to trim banks’ required reserves, an official of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said.

Buyers circle suddenly attractive US media companies

In the last few weeks, several of the world’s biggest telecommunications and media companies have started circling Twenty First Century Fox Inc with an eye to buying a significant piece of Rupert Murdoch’s global media and entertainment empire.

PSEi recovers; peso dips on US tax reform devt

The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) recovered Friday after a four-day slip and the peso finished the week little changed against the greenback on positive reports on the proposed tax reforms in the US.

OPINION

Beyond the government-declared week-long holidays in Metro Manila in the duration of the ASEAN meetings, this is an opportune time to note how ASEAN has only been “One Communty” for the big players of the global market and not for the region’s peoples:

SPECIAL FEATURES

ENTERTAINMENT

Jamie Wilson looms larger-than-life as big, bad antagonist in ‘Matilda The Musical’

The seasoned theater actor is drawing some of the loudest cheers in the ongoing stage musical.

Netflix’s Marvel antihero ‘The Punisher’ explores the toll of violence

The show's protagonist, vigilante sniper assassin Frank Castle, is fixated on getting revenge on the criminals that killed his family.

SPORTS

San Beda sweeps LPU to retain NCAA crown

The San Beda Red Lions clinched their second straight NCAA championship after sweeping the LPU Pirates in the best-of-three finals on Thursday at SMART-Araneta...

Kia trades LA Revilla to Phoenix after blasting Picanto’s controversial trade

The Kia Picanto has decided to part ways with top guard LA Revilla who earlier questioned the team's decision to give away the No.1...

5 surfers emerge victorious in Lanuza Surfing Festival

LANUZA, Surigao Del Sur– Neil Sanchez (Baler), Mark Aguila (Baler), Daisy Valdez (La Union), Nilbie Blancada (Siargao) and Gabriel Lerog (Siargao) came out victorious...

LIFESTYLE

Go Beyond Vitamins and Minerals—with Probiotics

Your body is not simply a machine. This means that even when you eat lots of fuel like vitamins & minerals, it won’t always be enough for your good health. Rather, your body is a complex living, breathing thing—it is home to billions of microscopic “good” bacteria, that help you maintain vitality, ward off disease, and feel great every day.

WATCH | Touching video by Lady’s Choice’s shows boy receiving his best Xmas gift ever

Savor your own tender holiday memories and enjoy this heartwarming video by Lady’s Choice.

WEEKEND GUIDE | Nov. 17-19: ‘Hair,’ Pilita in concert, VegFest Pilipinas

Let the sunshine in! Relax and check out our list of the best weekend offers—from a 1960s cult musical, an OPM icon in concert, to a vegan festival.

MOTORING

$40 BILLION PLAN | Volkswagen accelerates push into electric cars

Volkswagen approved a 34 billion euro ($40 bln) spending plan that accelerates its efforts to become a global leader in electric cars.

Tesla to unveil electric truck

Tesla Inc on Thursday will unveil a prototype electric big-rig truck, which may be able to drive itself, throwing the company into a new market.

MMDA’S REMINDER | Note traffic restrictions till Wednesday, Nov. 15

Most of the VIPs and delegates attending the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits are expected to fly out by Wednesday (Nov. 15), and authorities have advised the public to plan their trips with consideration of the traffic restrictions that remain in place until then.

TECH

WATCH | MekaMon mixes robotics and AR gaming

World's first truly gaming robot combines augmented reality and artificial intelligence to turn your living room into a battlefield.

WATCH | Vacuum-powered soft robot grabs objects and climbs walls

A Swiss team has created the first modular robotic system powered by vacuum, enabling the soft blocks to be used to climb vertical surfaces or grab objects and increasing the safety of a robot.