Obama fulfills dreams of sushi on first night in Tokyo 2:30 am | Hiroshi Hiyama, Agence France-Presse US President Barack Obama dined Wednesday at a tiny Tokyo sushi restaurant -- a revered spot with three coveted Michelin stars but only a handful of seats -- ruled with an iron rod by its redoubtable 88-year-old owner.

FISH CONDOS, ANUYUN? Alternative fish shelter introduced in Cebu after Yolanda coral destruction 10:26 am | Philippines News Agency Fish condominiums copied from high-rise residences mushrooming all over Metro Cebu could reverse the damage on marine resources in the Visayan Sea caused by super…

ON EARTH DAY | Jimmy Carter urges US, China leadership on climate 9:11 am | Mariette Le Roux, Agence France-Presse Former US president Jimmy Carter on Tuesday urged his country and China, two of the world's biggest fossil fuel polluters, to take the lead on…

REVERSING AFFIRMATIVE ACTION? States can ignore race in university admissions - US top court 7:37 am | Chantal Valery, Agence France-Presse The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that states can disregard race as a factor in university admissions, in a fresh blow to a legacy of…

Philex, environmental biz group link up for \ 12:19 am | Tricia Aquino, InterAksyon.com Philex Mining and Philippine Business for Environmental Stewardship have forged an alliance to collaborate on programs and projects which harness the country's resources responsibly, launching…

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France lends $150M for Philippine local gov\ France lends $150M for Philippine local gov't reform France is lending the Philippines some $150 million to boost local government reform efforts.

DTI expects trade missions from Taiwan DTI expects trade missions from Taiwan Expect more Taiwanese trade missions as the Philippine government continues to promote the country as a gateway to Southeast Asia.

ANALYSIS | Amid need for add\ ANALYSIS | Amid need for add'l capacity, PH power sector seen fraught with risks, red tape As the main Philippine island of Luzon narrowly escapes a shortage, investors wanting to capitalize on the growing demand for electricity are rediscovering that regulatory…

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COMMENTARY | Time to stop following defunct economic policies 9:03 am | Anatole Kaletsky, Reuters COMMENTARY | Time to stop following defunct economic policiesThe "old ideas that have been proved wrong," including inflation targets, self-stabilizing markets, and rigid separation of monetary and fiscal policy, remain dominant where they are most dangerous — in the macroeconomic analysis of finance ministries and central banks.

ADIOS, GABO | Mexico bids farewell to Gabriel Garcia Marquez 8:42 am | Yemeli Ortega, Agence France-Presse ADIOS, GABO | Mexico bids farewell to Gabriel Garcia MarquezMexico bid farewell Monday to its beloved adopted son, Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, in a national tribute filled with the late Nobel laureate's favorite flowers and music.

P1.05 billion released for Yolanda-affected farmers – budget chief Abad 1:33 pm | Dexter San Pedro, InterAksyon.com P1.05 billion released for Yolanda-affected farmers – budget chief AbadThe Aquino administration has released P1.05 billion for farmers in areas affected by super typhoon Yolanda.

344 whiz Pinoy kids pass rigid screening for international math contests 1:08 pm | InterAksyon.com 344 whiz Pinoy kids pass rigid screening for international math contestsA total of 344 elementary and high school students passed rigid screening and tests to earn the right to represent the Philippines in various international math competitions this year, it was learned Monday.

FEATURE | Step aboard Orient Express for journey back in time 12:39 pm | Helen Rowe, Agence France-Presse FEATURE | Step aboard Orient Express for journey back in timeThe Orient Express is going nowhere and the sound effects although evocative are just a recording setting the scene for a new exhibition featuring three restored carriages and a locomotive.

GUESS | Which country in the world leads in organ donation, transplant? 8:14 am | Philippines News Agency | Xinhua GUESS | Which country in the world leads in organ donation, transplant?Which country in the world leads in organ donation and transplantation?

SPECIAL REPORT | Rising number of trafficked fishermen alarms Tawi-Tawi authorities 5:37 pm | Jake Soriano, VERA Files SPECIAL REPORT | Rising number of trafficked fishermen alarms Tawi-Tawi authoritiesTawi-Tawi authorities are alarmed at the growing number of fishermen from the Visayas who end up here after being recruited by human trafficking syndicates to engage in dangerous compressor diving.

5,000-year-old artworks in Binangonan rock wall in danger of disappearing before they can be studied 12:06 pm | Mynardo Macaraig, Agence France-Presse 5,000-year-old artworks in Binangonan rock wall in danger of disappearing before they can be studiedEngravings of people, animals, and geometric shapes dating back to 5,000 years ago are believed to be the Philippines' oldest known artworks, but encroaching urbanization, vandals, and the ravages of nature are growing threats.

What are the treasures at the eco-tourism paradise of Caramoan Peninsula? 11:57 am | Lilybeth G. Ison, Philippines News Agency What are the treasures at the eco-tourism paradise of Caramoan Peninsula?Caramoan Peninsula is blessed with fine powdery white sand, beautiful lagoons, caves, limestone cliffs, and spectacular rock formations.

ANALYSIS | China's shadow to follow Obama around Asia 9:29 am | Stephen Collinson, Agence France-Presse ANALYSIS | China\President Barack Obama will not visit China on his Asia tour next week, but its broadening shadow will be cast everywhere he goes at a time of complex regional disputes and questions about US strategy.

ANALYSIS | What does it mean for the region? World cuts military spending but not Asia 9:09 am | John Feffer, Inter Press Service ANALYSIS | What does it mean for the region? World cuts military spending but not AsiaFor the second year in a row, the world is spending a little less on the military. Asia, however, has failed to get the memo. The region is spending more at a time when many others are spending less.

Pope at Easter vigil: Spread the faith 8:54 am | Agence France-Presse Pope at Easter vigil: Spread the faithPope Francis on Saturday called on Catholics to bring the message of God "to the very ends of the earth" during an Easter vigil mass in St Peter's Basilica.

What do you need to know about MERS-CoV? DOH lists symptoms, treatment, prevention 7:59 am | Azer N. Parrocha, Philippines News Agency What do you need to know about MERS-CoV? DOH lists symptoms, treatment, preventionBut what exactly is dreaded Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)? What are its symptoms, treatment, and prevention?