Milk Tea Poisoning Kills 2 in Philippines

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Two peopled died while one remains in critical condition after drinking what authorities believed was contaminated milk tea in Sampaloc, Manila. Authorities...

One Dead, Israeli Girl Missing As Thai Ferry Burns, Sinks On Its Way To...

BANGKOK, THAILAND - One passenger died while a 12-year-old was still missing as a tourist boat in Thailand caught fire, causing it to sink...

Meralco Announces Electricity Rate Increase in April

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Philippine power utility firm Manila Electric Co (Meralco) announced that electricity rates in April went up by Php0.25 per kilowatthour (kWh)...

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong Reshuffles Cabinet

SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is reshuffling his cabinet and other appointed positions as part of continuing leadership renewal, the Prime Minister's...

Include Native Language in Education System, Pandikar Amin Urges Policymakers

MALAYSIA - The call of Dewan Rakyat Speaker Pandikar Amin for the inclusion of native languages in the national educational system was hailed by...

Philippine DFA To Close For Araw ng Kagitingan Holiday

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced that all DFA satellite offices and regional consular offices in the country will...

Philippine President Inaugurates Multi-Million Bridge in Isabela

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III today inaugurated the Php772.9-million (USD17.35 million) bridge in Barangay Lullutan, Ilagan City, Isabela province. In a...

Singapore Files Sedition Charges Against Filipino Nurse

SINGAPORE - Singapore authorities filed sedition charges against a Filipino nurse working in Singapore for his Facebook post that called Singaporean's "loosers". Ello Ed Mundsel...

Filipino Nurse in Singapore Faces Imprisonment for Facebook Post

SINGAPORE - A Filipino nurse working in Singapore faces three years imprisonment or a fine of SGD5,000, or both, if found guilty of sedition...

Foreigner Involved in Major Credit Card Fraud Entered Sabah Sans Immigration Check

MALAYSIA - The arrest of a Swedish man, who was jailed in Thailand for major credit card fraud, again resurrects the issue on immigration...

Malaysia Passes Anti-Terror Law Days After Arrest of 17 Suspected Militants

MALAYSIA - It took more than 15 hours for Malaysian lawmakers to decide to pass the controversial Prevention of Terrorism Act (Pota) Bill, which...

Philippines Will Not Give Up Sabah to Malaysia

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has denied reports that the Philippine government will surrender its Sabah claims in exchange for a...

Singapore Launches New Police Operations Command Center

SINGAPORE - Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has officially launched the country's new Police Operations Command Center (POCC), which will serve as the...

Execution of Australian Bali Nine Members to Push Through, Indonesian Court Says

INDONESIA - Despite Australia's appeal for clemency for the planned executions of two Australian drug smugglers, who are members of the Bali Nine, an...

Malaysia Detains 17 Militants, 2 Coming From Syria, Suspected of Plotting Terror Acts in...

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - The Malaysian police detained 17 suspected militants who were allegedly planning terror activities in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur. Malaysian...

Philippines Supports UN Disaster Awareness Initiatives

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The Philippine government said it supports a United Nations (UN) initiative raising awareness on disasters to make vulnerable communities much safer. UN...

Philippine Government Evacuates 99 Filipinos from Yemen

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The Philippine government has successfully evacuated 99 Filipino nationals from the war-torn Yemen, the official Philippine gazette reported. The Crisis Management Team...

Gold Processing Plant Owner, 2 others, Killed in Masbate Massacre

PHILIPPINES - A gold processing plant owner, his son and their family driver were killed in what police described as a massacre on Eastern...

Four-Year-Old Malaysian Girl Survives Seven-Floor Apartment Fall

MALAYSIA - In what others considered as a miracle, a four-year-old girl survived a potentially deadly seven-floor fall from an apartment building in Presint...

Three Minors Drown in Ilocos River on Black Saturday

PHILIPPINES - Three minors died in separate incidents of drowning in the rivers of Sigay and Tagudin Ilocos Sur on Black Saturday, authorities here...