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China launches its first domestically produced aircraft carrier

China has launched its first domestically produced aircraft carrier, in a demonstration of its determination to safeguard its maritime territorial claims. The 50,000-ton carrier was towed from its dockyard this morning in the northern port city of Dalian, where the Soviet-built Liaoning carrier was refurbished before being commissioned in 2012….



Philippines remains one of the most dangerous countries for journalists

The Philippines remains one of the world’s most dangerous countries for journalists, the Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontieres, RSF) said today (Wednesday, April 26). The Philippines ranked 127th out of 180 countries in its annual survey of press freedom. This is an improvement on last year, when it ranked 138th….




Bali is named world’s best tourist destination by TripAdvisor

Bali has been named the world’s best tourist destination by TripAdvisor — the first time the accolade has gone to an Asian destination. The 2017 Trav­el­ers’ Choice awards top 10 were: Bali, In­done­sia; London, United King­dom; Paris, France; Rome, Italy; New York City, United States; Crete, Greece; Barcelona, Spain; Siem…


Talks underway to bring direct flights from Dubai and Abu Dhabi to Davao

Davao could soon be better connected to the international flight network with plans to launch regular flights to Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Discussions between the Philippines and United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be held tomorrow (Wednesday, April 26) and Thursday at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu City. If approved,…


Grandmother cuts off 10-year-old girl’s finger for ‘stealing’ 20 pesos

A 10-year-old girl has been taken into care after her grandmother cut off her right forefinger after accusing her of stealing 20 pesos. Superintendent Laudemer Laude, Tagum City police chief, said they were planning to file charges against the grandmother, who has not been named to protect her granddaughter’s anonymity….


Government troops clear Islamic State-linked terror group’s camp, killing 35

Thirty-six members of the Islamic State-affiliated Maute terror group were killed in a three-day clash with government forces in Lanao del Sur, the military announced today (Monday, April 24). The gun battle, which started on Friday, ended this morning after the government forces occupied the terror group’s main camp in Piagapo town, Army spokesman…