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Abu Sayyaf-linked kidnappers trying to slip into Jolo island

Members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) 52nd Special Action Company conducting a security check on motorists at a checkpoint in Indanan Village, Sulu province in the Southern Philippines. The Star-Asia News Network

A cat-and-mouse game is playing out between Philippine security forces and Abu Sayyaf-linked mercenaries holding two women hostages who are trying to slip into Jolo island.

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

PCG suspends 8 coast guards tagged in killing of Taiwanese fisher

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AFP FILE PHOTO

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has placed under indefinite suspension the eight PCG personnel facing homicide charges for the fatal shooting of a 65-year-old Taiwanese fisherman on May 9, 2013 off Balintang island in waters claimed by both the Philippines and Taiwan, the PCG spokesperson has told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Mission possible to Ayungin Shoal: Get around China to revisit ‘LT 57’

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HOORAY. Marine Sgt. Rey Sarmiento (R) and Pfc. Ryan Esteban react when the PH supply ship arrives March 29, alongside BRP Sierra Madre, their home for 138  days. GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

Standing on the bridge of the AM700, our small resupply vessel, Navy Lt. (s.g.) Ferdinand Gato had his eyes on the looming image of a huge rusting ship here on Ayungin Shoal.

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Featured Gallery,Features,Headlines,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Friendship Singapore style: P231M for Yolanda victims

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Singapore’s President Tony Tan Keng Yam. AFP FILE PHOTO

It was “a small gesture of friendship and solidarity” with a neighbor in need, Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam said of his country’s donation to those affected by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” five months ago.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

AFP: Normal monitoring, no new standoff at Ayungin Shoal

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VERY BASIC Austere accommodations on the BRP Sierra Madre,
the country’s fleet Marine detachment in Ayungin Shoal. PHOTO BY GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

The military on Friday denied a supposed standoff between the Filipino garrison on the BRP Sierra Madre and Chinese coast guards at the disputed Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) off Palawan province on Thursday night.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Featured Gallery,Features,Headlines,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

US: We stand by our allies

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US Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel reaffirms his country’ support for the Philippines in its territorial dispute with China. The Philippine flag flies proudly on the deck of the rusting BRP Sierra Madre. AFP and INQUIRER file photos

“There should be no doubt about resolve of the United States. We stand by our allies and we stand by our commitments,” Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel, the top US diplomat for East Asia, told a Senate panel that oversees policy in the region.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Featured Gallery,Features,Headlines,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Abu Sayyaf men abduct 2 in Malaysia–officials

Semporna-Malaysia-map

A 29-year-old Chinese national and a Filipino resort worker have been abducted from a resort off Semporna, Malaysian and Philippine officials said Thursday.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Filipinos, other Asians top success index in US

Elijah Bearsheart, left, holds his daughter, Keanala, 1, as he sits with his family, Kehala Diserly, Kiari Diserly, 3, and Yamni Pederson, 5, as they listen to testimony during the Indian Child Welfare Act summit in Rapid City, South Dakota. AP FILE PHOTO

In every region of America, white and Asian children—including Filipino-Americans—are far better positioned for success than black, Latino and American Indian children, according to a new report appealing for urgent action to bridge this racial gap.

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 in Americas,Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Sleepless on Ayungin Shoal

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VERY BASIC Austere accommodations on the BRP Sierra Madre,
the country’s fleet Marine detachment in Ayungin Shoal. PHOTO BY GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

We spent the night here on Ayungin Shoal, on board the feisty little civilian government boat that defied two huge Chinese Coast Guard ships on Saturday afternoon.

Posted: April 1st, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

UN case not a challenge to China—Aquino

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Chinese Coast Guard ships closely monitor a small Philippine vessel during resupply and troop rotation in the rusting BRP Sierra Madre.  FILE PHOTO

President Aquino on Monday said the government’s decision to pursue the arbitration case in a United Nations tribunal was not intended to provoke China but to defend Philippine territory peacefully.

Posted: April 1st, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Features,Headlines,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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