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October 2016

Indonesia resumes coal shipments to Philippines despite piracy fears

Indonesia will resume some shipments of coal to the Philippines, a government official said on Sunday, after a months-long halt due to concerns about piracy. Indonesia earlier this year slapped a moratorium on coal shipments to its neighbour after a string of hijackings by militants based in the southern Philippines,…



Security guard dead after accidentally shooting herself in toilet

MANILA, Philippines – A female security guard accidentally killed herself when her gun went off while she was using the toilet of the bank she was guarding. Jenny Banera, aged 39, of Radar Security Agency died at the scene when a gunshot hit her in the stomach, killing her instantly. Manila police said…


Five Asian alternatives to the Philippines for Americans

These constant musings from Malacañang about the implementation of draconian visa requirements on Americans would almost be funny, if it wasn’t for the fact that they’re not funny, not funny in the slightest. I get it that our great and fearless leader is a little upset that he was not…


New tricks: People smugglers use fake passport stamps to dupe officials

IMMIGRATION officers have uncovered a new passport scam employed by human traffickers. It is believed criminal gangs have faked or stolen official stamps in order to get their victims through airport immigration checks. The discovery came as a young woman was about to board a Cathay Pacific flight for Dubai. After…


More Republicans expect Clinton, rather than Trump, to win US election

More Republicans think Hillary Clinton, rather than Donald Trump, will win the presidency, as their party’s candidate faces allegations of sexual misconduct and his suggestion he may not honour the outcome of the election. A Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday found that 41 per cent of Republicans expected Clinton to win…


Indonesian terror chief to stay locked up in Guantanamo Bay

A SOUTH-EAST Asian terror chief blamed for a series of high-profile attacks will stay at Guantanamo Bay after US officials rejected a bid for his release. A US government body tasked with reducing the number of inmates at Guantanamo said that Indonesian militant Riduan Isamuddin, better known by his nom de…


Court postpones hearing on Peter Scully child abuse charges

TWO Australian police officers were flown into the Philippines this week to monitor the court proceedings of Peter Scully, who is facing six charges of crimes against children. Australia has shown interest in justice being served for the victims of the known child abuser Peter Gerard Scully. On Tuesday a court hearing was set to look…


Land of smiles? Thailand mulls five-year visa scheme

  A long discussion once again has hit the floor of Thailand’s tourism officials, a discussion that some believe is nearing completion. Visas for those wanting to stay extended periods of time within the country would make Thailand more competitive with neighboring countries like Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines. The…