INSIGHT | From Iraq's eastern flank, Iran-backed force advances on Tikrit 3:14 am | Thaier al-Sudani, Reuters Wearing military fatigues and a white turban, the Shi'ite cleric gave an eve-of-battle address to Iran-backed fighters preparing to attack Islamic State militants in Tikrit, praising them for defending their faith and urging them to fight honorably.

NAKNAMPUSA | This island in Japan has more cats than people NAKNAMPUSA | This island in Japan has more cats than people 10:25 pm | Chris Meyers, Reuters An army of feral cats rules a remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that…

QUESTIONS | Was Napenas just harping on lack of support in Mamasapano, or teasing truth from AFP? QUESTIONS | Was Napenas just harping on lack of support in Mamasapano, or teasing truth from AFP? 8:55 pm | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com Retired Commodore Rex Robles of RAM fame wondered if Napenas wasn't trying to tease from the military brass a tacit acknowledgement that there were, possibly,…

10 YEARS OF TOBACCO CONTROL | Gains in ASEAN counted, but risks remain as Big Tobacco targets youth 10 YEARS OF TOBACCO CONTROL | Gains in ASEAN counted, but risks remain as Big Tobacco targets youth 3:58 pm | InterAksyon.com ASEAN countries have come a long way in strengthening laws and regulations to advance tobacco control in the region in the first decade since the…

\ 'VISITA DE GUERRA' | Take a tour - and selfies - in Manila WWII sites, and win in more ways than one 6:26 am | InterAksyon.com InterAksyon.com invites readers to undertake a 'Visita De Guerra': Take selfies in five Manila landmarks heavily damaged scarred by World War II, and win gift…

Social Watch: Giving Bangsamoro P70B without accountability will not help them 9:25 pm | Lira Fernandez, InterAksyon.com Social Watch: Giving Bangsamoro P70B without accountability will not help themFunds for the envisioned Bangsamoro government should undergo thorough audit to ensure proper spending, and hold specific people responsible for how the money is spent, says Social Watch; adding that a block grant of P70B will not make the Bangsamoro entity responsible at all, as it's easy money.

'WALANG PINIPILI' | ISIS terror all too real, say 50 repatriated OFWs from Libya 7:42 pm | Eric B. Apolonio, InterAksyon.com \'It's really touch and go. They just go around, indiscriminately grabbing, abducting Christians.'

THROWBACK | The EDSA of My Mother 9:37 am | Gene Nisperos, special to InterAksyon.com THROWBACK | The EDSA of My MotherI will look at EDSA with the one lesson my mother told us that fateful afternoon. "Ang mga tao ay may kakayahang kumilos para may mabago," she said, "'Wag na wag kang hihiwalay sa kanila.'

US military trains African armies ahead of Boko Haram campaign 3:08 am | Daniel Flynn, Reuters US military trains African armies ahead of Boko Haram campaignUnder the glare of the Saharan sun, a US special forces trainer corrects the aim of a Chadian soldier as he takes cover behind a Toyota pick-up and fires at a target with his AK47 -- a drill that could soon save his life.

PEOPLE POWERLESS | Gov't celebration stops traffic, strands Metro Manilans on EDSA 2:17 pm | InterAksyon.com PEOPLE POWERLESS | Gov\Metro Manila commuters were forced to walk to their offices Wednesday morning, as EDSA northbound from Shaw Boulevard to Santolan was closed to vehicular traffic to make way for events held to commemorate the 29th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution.

WAR AND REBUILDING | Photo exhibit commemorates the destruction and liberation of Manila in WWII 10:45 am | InterAksyon.com WAR AND REBUILDING | Photo exhibit commemorates the destruction and liberation of Manila in WWIIInterAksyon.com, celebrating its 4th anniversary, has partnered with Robinson's Place, Manila, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Manila in World War II. Rare photographs and video of the Battle for Manila are on display in Robinson's Place until March 3.

'MANY SHADES OF GRAY' | Recto says Congress aims to cure defects of BBL, not impair process 9:26 am | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com \Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto on Monday said proposed changes to the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) are not meant “to mangle the bill but rectify errors so the final version will be acceptable to the “country, the citizenry and the Constitution.”

VIDEO | Ama at Anak: Homeless in Quezon City 6:02 pm | Julius Mariveles, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism VIDEO | Ama at Anak: Homeless in Quezon CityAllan Ebanez and his son, Glenn, who have been wandering the streets of Quezon City for three years, are just two of the estimated 25 million poor Filipinos. This is their story as told by PCIJ multimedia desk supervisor Julius Mariveles as part of the 'Litrato' series.

DOH halts order affecting blind massage therapists 4:34 am | Jake Soriano, VERA Files DOH halts order affecting blind massage therapistsThe Department of Health (DOH) has suspended the implementation of a blanket licensing requirement for all massage therapists in the country while working out a system of accreditation with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

France, PH setting tone for global pact on climate change; Hollande in Manila Feb. 26 11:12 pm | Imelda V. Abano, InterAksyon.com France, PH setting tone for global pact on climate change; Hollande in Manila Feb. 26In an effort to ensure a successful agreement towards the climate talks in Paris, the French government has started its series of dialogues with world leaders. Climate Change official Lucille Sering confirmed that French President Francois Hollande is visiting the country on February 26 for talks.

BIGLANG BISITA FOR SAF 44 KIN | PNoy's absence sparked anger, now his presence causes surprise 10:30 am | Video report by Renz Ongkiko, News5 | InterAksyon.com BIGLANG BISITA FOR SAF 44 KIN | PNoy\His absence sparked anger and frustration and now his presence comes as a surprise. Not a few were astonished when President Aquino unexpectedly showed up at Camp Crame Wednesday night to meet relatives of the fallen SAF troopers.

PRAISES, PRAYERS, TEARS | Kin gather for SAF 44 tribute, get help from Makati, talk privately to VP 8:31 am | Video report by Ina Zara, News5 PRAISES, PRAYERS, TEARS | Kin gather for SAF 44 tribute, get help from Makati, talk privately to VPFamilies and loved ones of the 44 members of the national police's elite Special Action Force once again gathered on Wednesday to attend the Makati government's tribute to the fallen SAF heroes.

War in Mindanao: What are the internal and external repercussions? Last of 3 parts 7:47 am | Jose Antonio A. Custodio, Special to InterAksyon.com War in Mindanao: What are the internal and external repercussions? Last of 3 partsIn the first two installments of his piece, military analyst Jose Antonio Custodio reviewed Estrada's all-out war campaign and the military preparedness should it go on an all-out war. In this last part, he will answer: What are the repercussions of returning to a war footing with the Moros?