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Hopes dim for return of Philippine troops to Golan

Philippine U.N. Peacekeepers. AP file photo

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said he’s been told security threats on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights are not expected to ease soon, dimming hopes that UN peacekeepers can be deployed back to the region in the near future.

Posted: September 21st, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Index ranks Japan Asia’s most efficient innovator

In this photo taken Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, a family ties a written oracle to a branch of a tree at Izumo Grand Shrine in Izumo, western Japan. The shrine is one of the most ancient and important Shinto shrines in Japan, dedicated to the deity of marriage. AP/Shizuo Kambayashi

A new index ranks Japan as the most efficient among Asian countries in turning the building blocks of creativity into tangible innovations that benefit their economies and people while Myanmar, Pakistan and Cambodia are least efficient.

Posted: September 12th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

China issues travel warning for the Philippines

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China on Friday warned its citizens not to travel to the Philippines after a Chinese teenager who worked in a family-run store was kidnapped.

Posted: September 12th, 2014 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Asia arms up to counter growing Chinese might

In this May 24, 2014 photo, China's Harbin (112) guided missile destroyer, left, and DDG-139 Ningbo Sovremenny class Type-956EM destroyer, right, take part in a week-long China-Russia "Joint Sea-2014" navy exercise at the East China Sea off Shanghai, China. Several Asian nations are arming up, their wary eyes fixed squarely on one country: a resurgent China that’s boldly asserting its territorial claims all along the East Asian coast. The scramble to spend more defense dollars comes amid spats with China over contested reefs and waters. Other Asian countries such as India and South Korea are quickly modernizing their forces, although their disputes with China have stayed largely at the diplomatic level. AP

Vietnam has nearly doubled its military spending, Japan is requesting its biggest-ever defense budget and the Philippines is rushing to piece together a viable navy.

Posted: September 11th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Philippines plans to give Muslims autonomous zone

Filipino Muslims affix their signatures on a mock covenant during a rally near the Presidential Palace in support of the Bangsamoro Basic Law draft that was formally submitted by Philippine President Benigno Aquino III to both houses of Congress Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 in Manila, Philippines. AP

The president of the overwhelmingly Catholic Philippines proposed Wednesday to give Muslims in the south the ability to run their own government under their own flag, part of a peace plan aimed at ending a four-decade rebellion that has killed 150,000 people.

Posted: September 11th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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