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Japan defense ministry asks for record budget

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work, left, and Japanese counterpart Ryota Takeda, right, shake hands prior to a meeting at Defense Ministry in Tokyo Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko

Japan’s defense ministry on Friday made its biggest ever budget request, as Tokyo bolsters its military amid worries over China’s expanding naval reach.

Posted: August 29th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

PH condemns violence in Golan Heights, calls for pullout of non-peacekeepers


The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) expressed “great concern” over the recent increase in violence in the Golan Heights region and called for the withdrawal of forces not with the United Nations Disengagement Observation Force (UNDOF).

Posted: August 29th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Filipino peacekeepers won’t surrender weapons–military

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AFP spokesman Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala. Noy Morcoso lll/INQUIRER.net PHOTO

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Friday that the 75, not 81 as reported, Filipino peacekeepers in an ongoing standoff with Syrian rebels in Golan Heights would remain in their position and won’t surrender their weapons to the Syrian rebels, a spokesman said Friday.

Posted: August 29th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Unicef, DBM ink pact on gov’t monitoring and evaluation systems

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad and Unicef Philippines Representative Lotta Sylwander shake hands after signing the memorandum of agreement. PHOTO BY UNICEF PHILIPPINES

The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to strengthen monitoring and evaluation (M&E) capacities in government toward establishing a national results-based M&E system.

Posted: August 29th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

New California law lets undocumented to apply for driver’s license

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A new law will take effect on January 1, 2015 allowing practically anyone, even those who can’t prove they are in the US legally, to apply for driver’s license.

Posted: August 28th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »