TODAY'S WORLD HEADLINES

Cyclone threatens to disrupt search for missing Malaysian plane 22-Apr-14, 12:46 AM | Byron Kaye, Reuters

Russia, US trade jabs over faltering Ukraine deal 22-Apr-14, 2:41 AM | Marc Burleigh and Bertrand de Saisset in Slavyansk

Saudi Arabia sacks health minister as MERS toll rises 22-Apr-14, 1:34 AM | Agence France-Presse

Manila deports 44 Taiwanese for online, phone scams 8:46 pm | Agence France-Presse The Philippines on Thursday deported 44 Taiwanese accused of online and phone scams targeting mainland Chinese, Taiwanese officials said.

King moves to reassure Saudis as MERS deaths hit 85 King moves to reassure Saudis as MERS deaths hit 85 7:04 pm | Agence France-Presse King Abdullah was in the Saudi commercial hub of Jeddah on Thursday in a bid…

Putin warns of \ Putin warns of 'consequences' as Ukrainian troops kill 'up to 5 rebels' 6:50 pm | Agence France-Presse Up to five pro-Kremlin rebels were killed in the Ukrainian military's operation on Thursday to…

Afghan policeman kills 3 Americans at Kabul hospital Afghan policeman kills 3 Americans at Kabul hospital 6:18 pm | Usman Sharifi, Agence France-Presse An Afghan policeman opened fire Thursday on staff at a Kabul hospital run by a…

OPEN LETTER | Longest held political prisoner appeals to Obama OPEN LETTER | Longest held political prisoner appeals to Obama 5:27 pm | Juanito Itaas, political prisoner 'Being a good and responsible father to your two lovely daughters, here I am, a…

BUSINESS NEWS

5 years after ERC issues rules, few utilities lining up to offer prepaid electricity 5 years after ERC issues rules, few utilities lining up to offer prepaid electricity Budget conscious Filipinos looking to add electricity to their tingi shopping list may have to wait a while longer before they can resort to prepaid…

Toyota Philippines\ Toyota Philippines' exports slump in 1Q Exports of Toyota Motor's Philippine unit slumped in the first quarter because of tepid demand.

ATI sets sights on Southeast Asia, allots P6.6B three-year capex ATI sets sights on Southeast Asia, allots P6.6B three-year capex Asian Terminal Inc (ATI) on Thursday said it is eyeing ports in Southeast Asia as well as accelerating capital spending through 2016 for its domestic…

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PHLPost launches Blessed John Paul II and John XXIII canonization postage stamps 4:46 pm | InterAksyon.com PHLPost launches Blessed John Paul II and John XXIII canonization postage stampsThe Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) is launching special commemorative stamps and souvenir sheets on Sunday, April 27, marking the Canonization of Pope John XXIII and John Paul II in Vatican City.

PHOTO | All eyes on future saint, Pope John Paul II 4:21 pm | InterAksyon.com PHOTO | All eyes on future saint, Pope John Paul IIIn many sites around the world that have set up monuments or sites related to the late charismatic pope John Paul II, the final hours leading up to Sunday, April 27 are busy ones: for burnishing, and preparing these places as tools to help people understand the life of this remarkable pope.

Body of boy who made first call for help from sinking South Korea ferry found 12:25 pm | Agence France-Presse Body of boy who made first call for help from sinking South Korea ferry foundThe body of a high school student who made the first distress call from a sinking South Korean ferry was recovered from the submerged vessel on Thursday, news reports said.

Strong quake strikes Canada's Vancouver Island but no tsunami warning issued 12:10 pm | Agence France-Presse Strong quake strikes Canada\A strong earthquake measuring 6.7 struck late Wednesday off Canada's Vancouver island in the Pacific, the US Geological Survey said.

Obama reassures Asian allies of US commitment during Japan visit 11:44 am | Linda Sieg and Matt Spetalnick, Reuters Obama reassures Asian allies of US commitment during Japan visitUS President Barack Obama used a state visit to Japan on Thursday to try to reassure Asian allies of his commitment to ramping up US engagement in the region, despite Chinese complaints that his real aim is to contain Beijing's rise.

BUDDING SALESMEN | Colorado boys caught selling grandparents' pot in school 10:48 am | Keith Coffman, Reuters BUDDING SALESMEN | Colorado boys caught selling grandparents\Two 10-year-old boys in Colorado were caught selling and swapping marijuana they pilfered from their grandparents' supplies of legally purchased pot in separate incidents at the same school, a district official said on Wednesday.

NOT SO FAST | West wants UN to extend Syria chemical arms monitoring mission 10:27 am | Louis Charbonneau, Reuters NOT SO FAST | West wants UN to extend Syria chemical arms monitoring missionSyria declared on Wednesday that it was looking ahead to the dismantling of the international mission overseeing the destruction of the conflict-torn country's chemical arsenal, though Western officials said they want the team to keep working.

US judge dismisses Tarantino lawsuit against website 10:26 am | Agence France-Presse US judge dismisses Tarantino lawsuit against websiteA US judge threw out Wednesday a lawsuit by Quentin Tarantino seeking $1 million from a gossip website for helping leak a screenplay for his latest planned movie.

Aspirin halves colon cancer risk -- if you have certain gene 9:29 am | Agence France-Presse Aspirin halves colon cancer risk -- if you have certain geneAspirin can reduce the risk of colon cancer by half, but only in people who carry high levels of a specific type of gene, a study released Wednesday found.

Debris washed up on Australian beach not from MH370 8:51 am | Agence France-Presse Debris washed up on Australian beach not from MH370The Australian Transport Safety Bureau ruled out Thursday any link between material found on a beach in southwestern Australia and the missing Malaysia Airlines jet.

Four dead in Nairobi car bomb explosion - government 7:14 am | Agence France-Presse Four dead in Nairobi car bomb explosion - governmentAt least four people, including two policemen, were killed on Wednesday when a car bomb exploded outside a police station in Nairobi near a major Somali neighborhood, Kenya's government said.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! All the world's a stage for Shakespeare's 450th birthday 6:59 am | Robin Millard, Agence France-Presse HAPPY BIRTHDAY! All the world\William Shakespeare's plays are to be performed in mid-air as Britain celebrates the 450th anniversary of his birth this week, while a tour of "Hamlet" aims to reach every country on Earth.