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Chinese-Canadian man smuggled turtles in his pants

A Canadian man who repeatedly entered Michigan to buy and ship thousands of turtles to his native China only to be caught with 51 of them strapped to his legs was sentenced Tuesday to nearly five years in federal prison for smuggling. It was a tough punishment for Kai Xu,…





Negros Island’s Kanlaon volcano throws up mile-high plume of ash

The Kanlaon Volcano in Negros Island has erupted, shooting a column of ash on Tuesday evening. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology issued an advisory on the eruption, saying the activity took place at about 6.20pm and lasted for 12 minutes. Philvolcs said the eruptions “was accompanied by a booming sound”…



It’s official: Manila is the most disaster-prone city in the world

MANILA, Philippines – (AFP) – Countries and mega-cities across Asia are highly exposed to natural hazards ranging from cyclones to earthquakes, but people in sub-Saharan Africa are more vulnerable, according to a report released last week. Nearly 1.4 billion people in South Asia – India, Bangladesh, Pakistan – face at…


Devastating fire on Mount Apo continues to spread

A fire has been raging on the Philippines’ tallest peak, Mt. Apo, since Saturday of Holy Week. A report shows that the fire began in the ‘blueberry’ area near the peak of Mt. Apo – It is not yet clear who or what started the fire. So far about 100 hectares…