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April 2017


Tsunami warning after magnitude 7.2 quake rocks southern Mindanao

A massive magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck off the coast of Sarangani, Davao Occidental, early this morning (Saturday, April 29) prompting a now-cancelled tsunami warning. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the 4.23am quake’s epicentre was 33 miles off the coast of Sarangani, at a depth of about…


Girl, 12, told dress “too seductive and tempting” for chess tournament

A 12-year-old girl was forced to pull out of a chess tournament in Malaysia after an organiser said her knee-length dress was“seductive” and a “temptation” when viewed from a “certain angle”. Writing on Facebook, the girl’s coach Kaushal Khandar said his student had been “extremely embarrassed” and “disturbed” by the actions of…



Killing of Abu Sayyaf leader hailed as major setback to terror group

Another Abu Sayyaf leader has been killed, the military has revealed today (Saturday, April 29). Alhabsy Misaya has been blamed for the kidnapping of dozens and Indonesian, Vietnamese and Malaysian hostages, including one who was beheaded. Army Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año told The Associated Press that that the…



Full honours for 101-year-old Filipino-American war heroine

A 101-year-old woman will receive a full military funeral to honour her contribution to the Philippine resistance during the Japanese occupation. Florence Finch, nee Ebersole, was the daughter of a Filipino mother and an American father who had earlier settled in the Philippines. After the Japanese invasion in 1942, she…




North Korea calls on ASEAN nations to support it against the US

North Korea has appealed to Southeast Asian countries for support in its confrontation with the US to prevent what it warned could be a “nuclear holocaust”. In the letter to the secretary general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho warned the situation…