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  • IBM unveils new server model to tackle big data, analytics
    NEW YORK - International Business Machines Corp, in its latest attempt at reviving demand for its hardware products, is launching high-end system servers that it says are 50 times faster than its closest competitor at analyzing data.
  • Two children die in Pangasinan fire
    Two siblings died in a fire that razed their house in Villasis town in Pangasinan, a radio report said Wednesday.
  • Jodie Foster marries girlfriend Alexandra Hedison
    LOS ANGELES  - Jodie Foster has married her girlfriend, the photographer Alexandra Hedison, a representative for the Oscar-winning actress said on Wednesday.
  • PH seeks ‘clearer assurance’ from US
    MANILA, Philippines—With the United States assuring Japan and other Asian allies of support in their territorial disputes with China, Manila will seek a “clearer understanding” of its “strategic partnership” with Washington amid Beijing’s increasing assertiveness in the West Philippine Sea when US President Barack Obama visits the country next week.   Noting that Washington is the “only defense treaty ally of the Philippines,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. on Wednesday said the alliance “has been a cornerstone of peace and stability in the region.”   But questions remain as to how the United States will defend the Philippines a...

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  • Napoles surgery in Makati hospital successful
    MANILA, Philippines—Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged brains behind the pork barrel scam, may likely stay for at least one more week at Ospital ng Makati after a successful two-hour surgery performed on her on Wednesday.   Seven doctors from St. Luke’s Medical Center and three from Ospital ng Makati performed the surgery on Napoles at the local government hospital in Barangay Pembo in Makati City. Her uterus and two ovaries were removed.   “As of the moment, she is now in the recovery room, awake, coherent and with stable vital signs. So, we are happy about the outcome,” Dr. Efren Domingo, one of the doctors tapped to perform the surgery, told reporters at ...

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  • BOC Davao disposes P2M smuggled shoes
    Bureau of Customs personnel on Wednesday disposed of around P2 million worth of contraband shoes at the Sasa Wharf in Davao City.
  • Why Netizens doubt Janet Napoles
    Social media users remain doubtful if alleged pork barrel mastermind Janet Lim Napoles indeed told the truth in a "tell-all" meeting with Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.  
  • Napoles could be impeached as a witness, lawyer warns
    The lawyers of whistleblower Benhur Luy on Wednesday said they would like to appeal to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, in their meeting with her set next week, to allow their witnesses to look into the material points of the statement given by alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles.
  • China and rivals sign naval pact to ease maritime tensions
    BEIJING—China, the United States, Japan and more than a dozen other Asia-Pacific countries have signed a naval agreement aimed at ensuring miscommunication between ships at sea does not escalate into conflict.   The Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea, which was agreed on Tuesday in the eastern port city of Qingdao, would reduce the potential for “situations to arise that could lead to conflict in busy sea-lanes,” the state-run China Daily said.   China is embroiled in a series of territorial disputes with neighbors in the South and East China Seas that have frequently led to military jets being scrambled but not open conflict.   Beijing also f...

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  • 3 DIY Turkish recipes for summer
    Looking for a different culinary pursuit this summer? Why not try out these do-it-yourself Turkish recipes, which according to a Turkish chef, are a perfect fit for the warm season.
  • What Went Before: Manila bus hostage crisis
    On August. 23, 2010, eight Hong Kong people died after dismissed policeman Rolando Mendoza took a busload of Hong Kong tourists hostage in Manila, in a desperate attempt to be reinstated after losing his job over corruption allegations.   As the drama unfolded live on world television, police officers, instead of taking out the hostage taker by sniper fire, tried to enter the bus by breaking the door and windows with sledgehammers.   Alarmed, the hostage taker shot his hostages with an M-16, but was himself shot dead by the policemen.   In October 2010, President Benigno Aquino III called for minor criminal charges, such as “neglect of duty,” to b...

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  • Philippine Airlines to stop shipment of shark fins
    MANILA, Philippines—After environment groups lambasted the Philippines’ flag-bearer in the aviation industry, the Philippine Airlines on Wednesday evening has vowed to stop its shipping operations of shark fins.   According to a report from the South China Morning Post, conservation group Wild Life Risk and ocean advocacy group Fins Attached discovered PAL of delivering 136 bags each containing 50 kilograms of dried shark fins on April 16.   “It’s a total stop,” PAL spokeswoman Cielo Villaluna said. “We are stopping the shipment on all fronts…not just to Hong Kong.”   “PAL takes the issue of protection and conservation of endangered ...

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  • DZMM to hold 'Tabang Na' color fun run

    DZMM will hold the "Tulong Na, Tabang Na, Tayo Na, Takbo Na" color fun run on May 4 to raise funds for children affected by super typhoon Yolanda.