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Missing plane: Piracy theory gains more credence

In this Nov. 14, 2005 file photo, clouds hang over the North Sentinel Island, in India's southeastern Andaman and Nicobar Islands. India used heat sensors on flights over hundreds of uninhabited Andaman Sea islands Friday, March 14, 2014, and will expand its search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet farther west into the Bay of Bengal, officials said. The Indian-controlled archipelago that stretches south of Myanmar contains 572 islands covering an area of 720-by-52 kilometers. Only 37 are inhabited, with the rest covered in dense forests. AP

Piracy and pilot suicide are among the scenarios under study as investigators grow increasingly certain the missing Malaysia Airlines jet changed course and headed west after its last radio contact with air traffic controllers.

Posted: March 15th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Myanmar maids arrive in Hong Kong as welfare fears grow

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Hong Kong on Monday received its first official group of maids from Myanmar since the former junta-ruled nation allowed its citizens to work abroad as domestic helpers, as the city tries to plug a shortage.

Posted: February 24th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

UN warns China’s neighbors on spread of H7N9 bird flu virus

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A Chinese health worker places a pigeon-trap at a park in Shanghai. AFP FILE PHOTO

The United Nations has sounded the alarm on the risk of the H7N9 bird flu virus progressively crossing the border from China to neighboring countries as it reaches southward across the Taiwan Strait.

Posted: February 6th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Visa-free entry to Myanmar for PH passport holders

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Hot air balloons with tourists fly over ancient pagodas and temples in Bagan, Myanmar. AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Filipinos, starting January 4, 2014, may enter and stay in Myanmar for up to 14 days without a visa, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Friday.   “The visa-free entry agreement is expected to boost tourism, trade and investment between the Philippines and Myanmar,” the agency said.   On December [...]

Posted: December 27th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Asean-China groups keep friendship hopes alive

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ASEAN leaders hold hands for a photo session of Japan-ASEAN Commemorative Summit at Akasaka State Guesthouse in Tokyo on December 13, 2013. AFP FILE PHOTO

Despite the constant bickering of Southeast Asian and Chinese leaders over territorial issues, China-Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) friendship organizations have reaffirmed their commitment to promote, deepen and strengthen “mutual exchanges and cooperation.”

Posted: December 26th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

3 Filipinas killed in Malaysia car crash

Horror on the highway: Fire and Rescue department officers extricating the charred bodies from the twisted wreck. The Star-Asia News Network

Six foreigners – three Filipino women, two female Myanmar nationals and a British driver – were killed in a car accident here Wednesday morning.

Posted: December 19th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Burma, PH ink 6 agreements

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Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, right, shakes the hands of Myanmar President Thein Sein during his visit at the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila on Thursday Dec. 5, 2013. Myanmar signed six memorandums with the Philippines, including an agreement granting nonvisa entry for up to 14 days to Filipinos holding ordinary passports, on the first full day of Thein Sein’s three-day state visit here.  AP

Burma (Myanmar) signed six memorandums with the Philippines, including an agreement granting nonvisa entry for up to 14 days to Filipinos holding ordinary passports, on the first full day of President Thein Sein’s three-day state visit here.

Posted: December 6th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Myanmar’s president asks Philippines for more aid

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, right, shakes the hands of Myanmar President Thein Sein during his visit at the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila, Philippines on Thursday Dec. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila,POOL)

Myanmar’s president called Thursday for more investment and development assistance from the Philippines, saying his country needs help to catch up with the rest of Southeast Asia after emerging from nearly two decades of economic sanctions.

Posted: December 5th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Aquino to help Myanmar’s move to democracy

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, left, walks with Myanmar's President Thein Sein, right, as they inspect a guard of honor upon arrival at the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila, Philippines on Thursday Dec. 5, 2013. Thein Sein brought additional typhoon aid with him during his visit to the Philippines, where he is also expected to seek support for his country's hosting of an Asian summit next year. AP/Aaron Favila

President Benigno Aquino lauded democratic reforms in Myanmar as he signed several bilateral agreements with his visiting counterpart Thein Sein Thursday.

Posted: December 5th, 2013 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Burmese president here for 3-day state visit

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Myanmar President Thein Sein, center, inspects a guard of honor with Philippine Air Force Commanding General Lauro Catalino de la Cruz, right, upon arrival at Manila international airport, Philippines, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. Thein Sein is on a three-day state visit.  AP

President of Burma (Myanmar) Thein Sein arrived in Manila on Wednesday for a three-day state visit, during which he will sign agreements with the Philippine government, including one that would provide visa exemptions to ordinary Filipino passport holders.

Posted: December 5th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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