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Asian Muslims start Ramadan, World Cup fever undiminished

Indonesia muslims perform an evening prayer called 'tarawih' marking the first eve of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, June 28, 2014. AP

Muslims in much of Asia began celebrating the holy month of Ramadan Sunday, but in Indonesia even threats by hardliners to raid “sinful” bars could not stop football fans heading to nightspots to watch the World Cup.

Posted: June 29th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Pacquiaos to vacation in Jerusalem


Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao is taking his family to Jerusalem again for a 15-day vacation.

Posted: June 3rd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

US senators: China sea actions ‘deeply troubling’

In this Sunday, May 4, 2014 image made from video released by Vietnam Coast Guard, a Chinese coast guard vessel, right, fires water cannon at a Vietnamese vessel off the coast of Vietnam. AP File Photo/Vietnam Coast Guard

Several US lawmakers criticized China Friday for its “deeply troubling” actions in disputed areas of the South China Sea, and urged passage of legislation that seeks peaceful solutions to rising maritime tensions.

Posted: May 10th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

How football is helping ‘Yolanda’ victims recover

Young local footballer John Wayne Regis, 19, hopes that the short film about the plight of local football players in Tacloban will encourage people all over the world to continue supporting the recovery efforts and not forget them. MATIKAS SANTOS/INQUIRER.net.

The fame and influence of the world’s most popular sport, Football, is being used as leverage by the United Nations to highlight recovery efforts in areas devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan).

Posted: March 8th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »


The kid from the mall

Michael Christian Martinez of the Philippines competes in the men’s short program figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. AP

For roughly a half hour on Friday, Michael Christian Martinez was the top male figure skater at the Sochi Olympics. He skated early in the finals, earning a score that put him ahead of several other athletes, including another young man from Kazakhstan where it was minus 27 Celsius as the competition was wrapping up. [...]

Posted: February 16th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »