Oil plunge a ‘golden opportunity’ for Asia economies

Oil plunge a ‘golden opportunity’ for Asia economies

By Martin Abbugao Singapore, Singapore | AFP |  – The plunge in crude prices will give a much-needed boost to Asia’s oil-guzzling economies and provides governments a “golden opportunity” to implement crucial structural reforms such as cutting expensive energy subsidies, analysts say. A slowdown in the key export markets of Europe, China and Japan, the […]

20.01.2015 · Filled under: World News ·
Pope begins Asia visit in Sri Lanka; next is PHL

Pope begins Asia visit in Sri Lanka; next is PHL

By Claire Cozens Colombo, Sri Lanka | AFP | Monday 1/12/2015 – Pope Francis will arrive in Sri Lanka on Tuesday, days after the surprise election of a president who has pledged a new culture of tolerance in a country still recovering from civil war. The pope’s second visit to Asia will also take in […]

12.01.2015 · Filled under: World News ·
Miss South Africa crowned Miss World

Miss South Africa crowned Miss World

(LONDON-AFP) – Miss South Africa, 22-year-old Rolene Strauss, was crowned Miss World 2014 at the pageant’s final in London on Sunday, with an estimated billion viewers watching on television around the globe. Miss Hungary, Edina Kulcsar, was the runner-up and Miss United States, Elizabeth Safrit, came third in the 64th annual competition, contested by women […]

14.12.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Destinations, Entertainment, World News ·
Miss World set to be crowned in London

Miss World set to be crowned in London

(LONDON-AFP) – More than 120 beauty queens from around the world are hoping to be crowned 2014′s Miss World at a glitzy pageant in London on Sunday watched by millions on television worldwide. The event has been overshadowed by the murder of Miss Honduras, 19-year-old Maria Jose Alvarado, shot dead with her sister in their […]

14.12.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Destinations, Entertainment, World News ·
Cyclone, hurricane, typhoon: Different names, same phenomenon

Cyclone, hurricane, typhoon: Different names, same phenomenon

Paris, France | AFP |   – They may have different names according to the region they hit, but typhoons, hurricanes and cyclones are all violent tropical storms that can generate 10 times as much energy as the Hiroshima atomic bomb. Typhoon is the Asian term for a low-pressure system that is called a hurricane […]

09.12.2014 · Filled under: Environment, World News ·
Pope risks Islamic ire with toughened terrorism appeal

Pope risks Islamic ire with toughened terrorism appeal

By Angus Mackinnon VATICAN CITY  (AFP) – The pope’s suggestion that Muslims are not doing enough to counter terrorism may increase tension between the West and Islam, but it reflects sincere concern in the Church over the issue, Vatican experts said Monday. In what Church watchers described as a significant toughening of his tone, the […]

04.12.2014 · Filled under: World News ·
Pacquiao beats Algieri to retain WBO welterweight title

Pacquiao beats Algieri to retain WBO welterweight title

By Daniel HICKS MACAU  (AFP) – Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao comprehensively dismantled American Chris Algieri to retain his World Boxing Organization welterweight title at the Cotai Arena in Macau on Sunday. Pacquiao dropped Algieri to the canvas six times during the 12-round contest in the southern Chinese city to win an overwhelming unanimous decision, […]

25.11.2014 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation, World News ·
Pope says he will visit US in September 2015

Pope says he will visit US in September 2015

VATICAN CITY  (AFP) – Pope Francis said on Monday he will visit the United States in September 2015, his first trip to the country since becoming pontiff. The pope said he would travel to Philadelphia for the “World Meeting of Families,” a Church-sponsored gathering that takes place once every three years. Vatican sources said the […]

19.11.2014 · Filled under: World News ·
Get that Obama or Putin look for $44, on Chinese web

Get that Obama or Putin look for $44, on Chinese web

(BEIJING-AFP) – Chinese traders are offering the chance to get that “world leader look” by selling copies of the garb worn by Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping at this week’s APEC summit in Beijing. While the silky high-collared tunics were based on the traditional “Mao suits” once beloved by Chinese leaders, social media […]

Saudi capital’s $22.5 bn metro a race against time: official

Saudi capital’s $22.5 bn metro a race against time: official

(RIYADH-AFP) – The sprawling and congested Saudi capital is in a race against time to complete its $22.5 billion metro system within four years, a senior official said on Wednesday. Abdullah Allohaidan told AFP in an interview that the rail and bus development — whose construction is changing the face of Riyadh — is the […]

29.10.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Home & Garden, Motoring, World News ·
Unbeaten Walters KOs Donaire for title

Unbeaten Walters KOs Donaire for title

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Undefeated Jamaican Nicholas Walters knocked out Filipino star Nonito Donaire with one second remaining in the sixth round Saturday to win the World Boxing Association featherweight title. Walters landed a powerful overhand right to the left temple that sent the champion crumpling to the canvas and referee Raul Caiz counted out […]

21.10.2014 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation, World News ·
Schwarzenegger goes from Terminator to climate ‘Innovator’ Schwarzenegger goes from Terminator to climate ‘Innovator’

Schwarzenegger goes from Terminator to climate ‘Innovator’ Schwarzenegger goes from Terminator to climate ‘Innovator’

PARIS  (AFP) – Hollywood legend Arnold Schwarzenegger has gone from being the “Terminator” to the “Innovator”, France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Saturday, praising him for his work to prevent climate change. The actor turned politician was presiding over a climate change conference of the world’s regions in Paris on Friday and Saturday in the […]

20.10.2014 · Filled under: Environment, Hollywood Stars, World News ·
‘Blood moon’ awes sky watchers in Americas and Asia

‘Blood moon’ awes sky watchers in Americas and Asia

By Daniel Woolls WASHINGTON, October 8, 2014 (AFP) – Stargazers in the Americas and Asia were treated to a lunar eclipse Wednesday, a celestial show that bathed the moon in a reddish tint to create a “blood moon.” During the total lunar eclipse, light beams into Earth’s shadow, filling it with a coppery glow that […]

09.10.2014 · Filled under: World News ·
‘World Alliance of Religions: Peace Summit’ marks the beginning of a new era of peace

‘World Alliance of Religions: Peace Summit’ marks the beginning of a new era of peace

Int’l political and religious leaders commit to a new systematic approach for peace SEOUL, South Korea – Over 700 religious leaders and 50 heads of states attended the “World Alliance of Religions: Peace Summit” held on Sept. 17-19, 2014, in Seoul, South Korea, with the theme of “The Enactment of an International Law for the […]

03.10.2014 · Filled under: World News ·
PHL, France agree to continue addressing climate change

PHL, France agree to continue addressing climate change

PARIS, France  (Mabuhay) – The Philippines and France have agreed on the need for concrete and effective results for climate talks in order to move forward efforts in dealing with the threats of climate change. During a bilateral meeting between President Benigno Aquino III and French Republic President Francois Hollande here on Wednesday, both leaders […]

19.09.2014 · Filled under: World News ·
PHL, France agree to continue addressing climate change

PHL, France agree to continue addressing climate change

PARIS, France, Sept 18 (Mabuhay) – The Philippines and France have agreed on the need for concrete and effective results for climate talks in order to move forward efforts in dealing with the threats of climate change. During a bilateral meeting between President Benigno Aquino III and French Republic President Francois Hollande here on Wednesday, […]

18.09.2014 · Filled under: World News ·
UN troops withdraw from Syrian Golan: AFP

UN troops withdraw from Syrian Golan: AFP

GOLAN HEIGHTS (AFP) – Hundreds of UN troops withdrew from the Syrian to the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan on Monday, an AFP correspondent said, two weeks after Al-Qaeda-linked rebels kidnapped dozens of peacekeepers. They crossed in a UN convoy in the afternoon into the Israeli-occupied sector, the correspondent said. The peacekeepers in the Golan […]

16.09.2014 · Filled under: World News ·
Syria army, rebels clash as UN bids to free Golan peacekeepers

Syria army, rebels clash as UN bids to free Golan peacekeepers

By Menahem KAHANA GOLAN HEIGHTS  (AFP) – Syrian troops and Islamist rebels battled close to the armistice line with Israel in the Golan Heights on Monday, as the UN pressed efforts to free 44 peacekeepers held by insurgents. The unrest on Israel’s doorstep followed a spillover of mortar and gunfire into Israeli-controlled territory, putting the […]

02.09.2014 · Filled under: World News ·
Geologists warn of mega quake for north Chile

Geologists warn of mega quake for north Chile

PARIS  (AFP) – North Chile is at risk of a mega earthquake after a tremor in April released only some of the tension building along a high-risk fault zone since 1877, researchers said Wednesday. Two studies published in the journal Nature said the 8.1-8.2 magnitude quake that shook the city of Iquique, killing six people […]

16.08.2014 · Filled under: World News ·
More than 40 feared dead in Taiwan plane crash: officials

More than 40 feared dead in Taiwan plane crash: officials

By Amber WANG TAIPEI, July 23, 2014 (AFP) – More than 40 people were feared dead in a plane crash in Taiwan on Wednesday, officials said, with witnesses and local media reporting the flight came down in a storm after an aborted landing. Taiwan’s transport minister said 10 bodies had so far been recovered from […]

23.07.2014 · Filled under: World News ·