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WATCH | Analyst: Weak stand of PH govt encourages creeping invasion by China Wed, Mar 29, 2017, 11:38 PM | Kaye Imson, News5 | InterAksyon.com

Would legalizing medical marijuana help curb the opioid epidemic? Tue, Mar 28, 2017, 8:45 AM | Ronnie Cohen, Reuters Health

Bodies of two UN experts found as violence worsens in DR Congo Wed, Mar 29, 2017, 8:56 AM | Bienvenu-Marie Bakumanya, Agence France-Presse

Cyclone-ravaged Australia like 'a war zone' Wed, Mar 29, 2017, 9:13 AM | Daniel De Carteret, Agence France-Presse

China: 'no such thing' as man-made islands in South China Sea 12:14 am | Reuters There was 'no such thing' as man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea, China's Defense Ministry said on Thursday, and reiterated that any building work was mainly for civilian purposes.

Number of Syrian refugees passes 5 million: UN Number of Syrian refugees passes 5 million: UN 6:15 pm | Agence France-Presse The tally of refugees who have fled the war in Syria now exceeds five million,…

FOCUS | Asian community rattled by Trump immigration policies FOCUS | Asian community rattled by Trump immigration policies 4:28 pm | Agence France-Presse The debate surrounding US President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown has focused almost entirely on the…

Seattle sues Trump govt for threat to sanctuary cities Seattle sues Trump govt for threat to sanctuary cities 2:32 pm | Tom James, Reuters The city of Seattle sued US President Donald Trump's administration on Wednesday over its executive…

South Korea\ South Korea's ex-president Park arrives at court for arrest hearing 9:50 am | Agence France-Presse South Korea's ousted president Park Geun-Hye arrived at court Thursday for a hearing to decide…

BUSINESS NEWS

Maynilad constructs 6 new wastewater facilities Maynilad constructs 6 new wastewater facilities West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) is constructing six new Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) in various parts of its West concession area to…

Fitch affirms investment grade rating on PH Fitch affirms investment grade rating on PH Fitch Ratings on Wednesday affirmed its investment grade rating on the Philippines, given the domestic economy's sustained robust growth.

Filipino consumers among the most optimistic about well-being - Mastercard study Filipino consumers among the most optimistic about well-being - Mastercard study The latest Mastercard Well-Being Index revealed that people in Asia Pacific remain optimistic towards their overall well-being (62.1), with those in emerging markets (65.5), led…

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Torrential rain, floods hamper Australia cyclone relief 8:48 am | Daniel De Carteret, Agence France-Presse Torrential rain, floods hamper Australia cyclone reliefTorrential rain hampered relief efforts Thursday after a powerful cyclone wreaked havoc in northeast Australia, with floods sparking emergency rescues as fed-up tourists wait to be evacuated from resort islands.

El Salvador approves law banning metal mining 7:35 am | Reuters El Salvador approves law banning metal miningEl Salvador's Congress on Wednesday approved a law prohibiting all metal mining projects in a bid to protect the poor Central American country's environment and natural resources.

US diplomat arrested over contacts with Chinese spies 7:17 am | Agence France-Presse US diplomat arrested over contacts with Chinese spiesA US diplomat who allegedly took tens of thousands of dollars in cash and gifts from Chinese intelligence agents was charged Wednesday with lying to investigators over those contacts.

MEDITERRANEAN TRAGEDY | Survivor believes more than 100 migrants dead in boat sinking 6:44 am | Steve Scherer, Reuters MEDITERRANEAN TRAGEDY | Survivor believes more than 100 migrants dead in boat sinkingA rubber boat packed with migrants sank in the Mediterranean and the presumed sole survivor - a 16-year-old Gambian boy - told rescuers he believed all other passengers drowned, the International Migration Organization said on Wednesday.

Petition demands Melania Trump move to White House or pay for own security 6:27 am | Agence France-Presse Petition demands Melania Trump move to White House or pay for own securityFirst Lady Melania Trump, who lives at the family's New York City penthouse, should move to the White House or pay for the cost of protecting Trump Tower, an online petition said Wednesday.

'No turning back': PM May triggers 'historic' Brexit 12:55 am | Guy Faulconbridge and Elizabeth Piper, Reuters \Prime Minister Theresa May formally began Britain's divorce from the European Union on Wednesday, declaring there was no turning back and ushering in a tortuous exit process that will test the bloc's cohesion and pitch her country into the unknown.

WATCH | Analyst: Weak stand of PH govt encourages creeping invasion by China 11:38 pm | Kaye Imson, News5 | InterAksyon.com WATCH | Analyst: Weak stand of PH govt encourages creeping invasion by ChinaDespite the July 2016 decision of the arbitral tribunal at the Hague favoring the Philippines in its complaint against China's 'excessive claims' in the West Philippine Sea, Beijing's construction spree continues in the area.

Philippines, China to hold direct talks on sea row: DFA 4:23 pm | Agence France-Presse Philippines, China to hold direct talks on sea row: DFAChina and the Philippines will hold direct talks on their maritime dispute in May, Filipino officials said Wednesday, as President Rodrigo Duterte seeks stronger economic ties with Beijing.

WATCH | China did not coordinate with PH on 3-month foray in Benham Rise: DFA 1:07 pm | Mae Anne Los Banos, News5 WATCH | China did not coordinate with PH on 3-month foray in Benham Rise: DFAUPDATE 11:50 P.M- The Chinese vessel that spent three months - from November 2016 to January - in Benham Rise did not coordinate with the Department of Foreign Affairs, the DFA told a Senate panel, even as NSA Hermogenes Esperon saw no threat - yet - to Manila's rights over Benham.

8 IN 10 DAYS? | Arkansas death row inmates sue to halt execution spree 9:17 am | Agence France-Presse 8 IN 10 DAYS? | Arkansas death row inmates sue to halt execution spreeDeath row inmates in Arkansas filed a lawsuit Tuesday to contest the US state's plan to end their lives over a shortened period of just 10 days.

Cyclone-ravaged Australia like 'a war zone' 9:13 am | Daniel De Carteret, Agence France-Presse Cyclone-ravaged Australia like \Towns were cut off and without power in northern Australia Wednesday after being pummeled by a powerful cyclone that washed battered yachts ashore and ripped roofs off houses in scenes compared to 'a war zone.'

Bodies of two UN experts found as violence worsens in DR Congo 8:56 am | Bienvenu-Marie Bakumanya, Agence France-Presse Bodies of two UN experts found as violence worsens in DR CongoTwo foreign UN contractors who were kidnapped in DR Congo have been found dead, one of them decapitated, the government said Tuesday, as spiraling violence in the vast country sparked international condemnation.