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  • Ebola zone countries isolated as airlines stop flights
    FREETOWN -- The three nations at the center of the west African Ebola outbreak were left increasingly isolated Thursday as more airlines suspended flights to the crisis zone. Air France has agreed to Paris's request for a "temporary suspension" of services to Sierra Leone, leaving its capital Freetown and Monrovia in neighboring Liberia with just one regular service, from Royal Air Morocco. "In light of the analysis of the situation and as requested by the French government, Air France confirms it is maintaining its program of flights to and from Guinea and Nigeria," the flag carrier said Wednesday. Air France's decision came a day after British Airways said it was sus...

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  • Aquino belittles impeachment complaints as ‘personal attacks’
    MANILA, Philippines -- Personal attacks. That's what PresidentBenignoAquino III said of the protests held and impeachment complaints filed against him by his critics. "Iyontalagangmasyadonilaakongpine-personal (They are just attacking my character)," Aquino said during an exclusive interview withBomboRadyo. The President mentioned how his critics would continue to rally in front of his house in Times Street in Quezon City although he seldom stayed there. He also belittled the decision of a committee at the House of Representatives that found the three impeachment complaints filed against him "sufficient in form." "Mahirapnamanyatangmaginginsufficient in formdahilf...

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  • Police to summon Kim Hyun Joong over assault charge

    Kim Hyun Joong performing at his Shanghai concert (Photo: KeyEast Entertainment)

    Embattled Korean actor and singer Kim Hyun Joong will be summoned by the police in the next few days to answer charges that he beat up his girlfriend.

    The controversy has hounded the star since last week when the woman filed a complaint against him with the police accusing him of assault.

    According to the Songpa Police Station, which is investigating the case, it is discussing with KeyEast Entertainment when Kim Hyun Joong will be available to go to the station for questioning.

    “We’re in the process of discussing the exact date for Kim Hyun Joong to be summoned to the agency. We will begin the investigation this weekend (August 30-31) at the earliest,” said a representative from the police station, according to ENewsWorld.

    No exact date has been set as the police are considering Kim Hyun Joong’s commitments overseas. The star is currently on world tour and will be doing a concert in Guangzhou, China, on August 30 followed by Peru on September 7.

    “We will be focusing on checking whether or not what citizen A had claimed in the lawsuit is true or not,” the police said.

    Yesterday, Korean news site Dispatch published photos of the woman’s medical certificate and bruises on her body, which she claimed were inflicted by the star.

    The report said the woman alleged the incident happened at Kim Hyun Joong’s apartment last May 30. The photos showed bruises on the woman’s arm, chest and legs.

    KeyEast Entertainment earlier denied the charges of assault but admitted that the two are in a relationship and that there was only one instance that a physical fight between the two occurred.

    The police have completed investigating the woman and are now waiting for Kim Hyun Joong to appear at the station.
    KeyEast said Kim Hyun Joong will fully cooperate with the police in the investigation.

  • P28M pirated DVDs seized in Iloilo raid
    Some 200 sacks of pirated optical discs worth at least P28 million were seized in a raid by the Optical Media Board in Iloilo City on Wednesday afternoon.
  • Murder raps filed vs ‘mastermind,’ cop in Enzo Pastor slay
    Murder charges were filed with the Department of Justice against the alleged mastermind and confessed gunman tagged in the killing of international racing champ Enzo Pastor.
  • Henry Sy still richest man in PHL after 7 years – Forbes
    Shopping mall tycoon Henry Sy and his family remained the richest in the Philippines for the seventh consecutive year, while four newcomers have entered the Forbes Philippines Richest List.
  • One for the Aegis
      For the last many weeks, I had been told about "Rak of Aegis," a musical currently running at Peta Theater in Quezon City. Thanks to an early invitation by fellow singer and theater actor Gian Magdangal, I finally got to clear my calendar last Sunday. Gian himself greeted me at the door with my tickets. (My date for the evening was my assistant, Sheilla Habab.)   Up until then, the only thing I knew about "Rak of Aegis" was that it utilized the music of the hit group Aegis in the way that "Mamma Mia" did the music of Abba. However, the story, just like the music, is very, very Filipino.   In the fictional Barangay Venizia, Aileen (Aicelle Santos) dream...

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  • Sandigan junks bid to subpoena Benhur Luy’s bank records
    MANILA, Philippines---TheSandiganbayanon Thursday rejected the motion of Janet Lim-Napoles' lawyer Stephen David to subpoena bank records of pork barrel scam whistleblowerBenhurLuy, according to his lawyerRajiMendoza. "TheSandiganbayangranted our motion to quash subpoenaducestecumof my client's bank records," Mendoza told the Inquirer.   ...

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  • Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas gets ‘bucket’ for ALS victims
    MANILA, Philippines -- Iloilo RepresentativeNielTupasJr. on Thursday took the ice bucket challenge and vowed to donate $100 for victims of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He dared Chief Justice Maria LourdesSereno, newly appointed Associate Justice FrancisJardelezaand Senate President FranklinDrilonto take the challenge. Tupas, however, did not dare Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. to undergo the challenge. "Bakamagkasakit," he said of the veteran lawmaker. The challenge aims to spread awareness on ALS. Among those who have taken up the challenge were Internal revenue Commissioner Kim Henares and Justice Secretary Leila De Lima. RELATED STORIES Henares takes on...

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  • 23 chikungunya cases confirmed in Iloilo
    At least 23 cases of chikungunya have been confirmed in Iloilo province by the Iloilo Provincial Health Office, after the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine analyzed the blood samples of suspected cases sent to it.
  • Statement of Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan on Q2 GDP
    On the demand-side, net exports contributed 4.2 percentage points and household consumption contributed 3.6 percentage points. This profile is in line with a more positive global economy, favorable business sentiment, and robust inflows of overseas Filipinos remittances.
  • PNoy: I will celebrate the end of my term
    In a seeming indication that he is currently not inclined to extend his term, President Aquino has already detailed his plans for the day he will step down from the country's top elective post. "One year and ten months from now, palagay ko kasama ko si Usec. Marfil at saka si Asec. Delantar sa July 1, the day after bumaba tayo sa puwesto, at kakain kami ng masarap talaga tapos may streamer na nakalagay sa likod namin: kalayaan," the President said in a radio interview Thursday.
  • RICH LIST: The 50 richest in the Philippines
    MANILA, Philippines - Forbes magazine on Thursday released its list of the 50 richest Filipinos for 2014.
  • Philippine economy grew by 6.4 percent in Q2–Neda
    MANILA, Philippines--The Philippine economy posted a 6.4 percent growth in the second quarter, making the country the second fastest growing economy in theAseanregion, the National Economic Development Authority (Neda) said Thursday. The second quarter growth was higher than the 5.3 percent growth posted during first quarter of 2014. The recorded growth was driven by the growth of the industry and services sectors, which grew by 7.8 percent and 6.0 percent, respectively. The 10 percent growth in the manufacturing sector mainly contributed to the growth of the industry sector. On the other hand,Nedasaid that the growth of the services sector was due to trade, real estate,...

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  • Balisacan: Slow state spending is a cause of concern
     The slowdown in state spending in the second quarter is a "cause for concern" but the government can catch up on its expenditure plans, with overall growth still likely to hit the target for the year, Arsenio Balisacan, socioeconomic planning secretary, said on Thursday.
  • Shift work linked to greater diabetes risk
    NEW YORK - People who work night shifts, or constantly changing shifts are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared to non-shift workers, suggests a new analysis of previous studies.
  • Delivery boy dies in QC vehicle smash-up
    MANILA – A delivery boy working for a fastfood restaurant died in a 6-vehicle smash-up along Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City Thursday morning.
  • Aquino remains open to term extension: I’ll listen to my ‘bosses’
    MANILA, Philippines -- PresidentBenignoAquino III on Thursday vacillated on the issue of presidential term extension, saying the people should settle the issue while making known his openness to extending his six-year term, which ends in 2016. In an interview withBomboRadyo, Aquino said, "Sinabikonamannoong unaakong tumakbo hindiakomasokista.Peroat the same time, sabikonga makikinigakosa anumang utos ngmgaboss natin (When I first ran for President I said, I am no masochist. But at the same time, as I said, I will listen to whatever command my bosses give)." He calls the Filipino people his bosses. Aquino said people had been approaching him expressing thei...

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  • Coast Guard staff in Balintang Channel shooting seek dismissal of homicide raps
    MANILA, Philippines --The Philippine Coast Guard personnel charged with the death of a Taiwanese fisherman last year asked theBatanesregional trial court to dismiss the homicide case against them. In an eight-page motion filed August 27, SN2 (Seaman 2ndClass) Nicky ReynoldAurellio, SN1 (Seamen 1stClass)EndrandoQuiapoAguila, MhelvinAguilar BendoII, Andy GibbRonarioGolfo, SunnyGalangMasangkayand HenryBacoSolomon and Police Officer 2 Richard FernandezCorpuz, told theBatanesRTC Branch 13 Judge Ramon Barona that the government prosecutors failed to present evidence to show that the crime neither took place nor that the victim was dead. They were accused of killing Hong Shi Cheng...

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  • Syrian planes bomb border post near Israel captured by rebels
    AMMAN - Syrian jets shelled rebel positions near a border crossing close to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights that was seized by rebels in some of the heaviest clashes in the strategic area this year, rebels and residents said on Thursday.