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  • Japan, USA to face off in real-world mecha robot challenge
    Japan's Suidobashi Heavy Industry has accepted US-based robotics company Megabots to a one-on-one mecha battle.
  • Warren Buffett donates record $2.84B to Gates, family charities
    Warren Buffett on Monday donated about $2.84 billion of Berkshire Hathaway Inc stock to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and four family charities, as part of the billionaire's plan to give away nearly all of his wealth.
  • Oil rebounds in Asia
    Singapore – Oil rebounded in Asia Tuesday on bargain-hunting after prices plunged a day earlier as Greek defiance against austerity measures imposed by its creditors sparked turbulence in global markets.
  • Justin Bieber posts nude photo of self on Facebook
    "Look," his caption read, and look they did.
  • 800M still hungry and poor despite progress of millennium goals —UN
    LONDON - About 800 million people still live in dire poverty and suffer from hunger despite the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) being the most successful anti-poverty push in history, the UN said on Monday.
  • COMMENTARY: Impeach first, prosecute later
    There has been a lot of debate lately about whether or not the Vice-President is immune from criminal prosecution. The direct answer to that is NO, he is not immune, to which must be added: NEITHER is the President. The present travails of former President GMA should make that abundantly clear.
  • 73 victims in Kentex fire identified, says PNP
    All except one of the 74 victims who died in the factory fire in Valenzuela City have been identified, an official from the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Tuesday.
  • Fake rice reportedly downs Batangas consumer 
    A resident of Tanuan, Batangas supposedly fell ill after eating fake rice, according to a report on GMA News' "Unang Balita" Tuesday.
  • Kris Aquino vehemently denies badmouthing Maria Ozawa in an interview
    "Kung mag-iingay sila, sana not at my expense..." Ito ang buwelta ng Queen of All Media na si Kris Aquino sa isang artikulong lumabas sa isang blogsite, kung saan nagsalita diumano siya laban sa former Japanese AV actress na si Maria Ozawa.
  • World’s oldest man dies at 112 in Japan
    TOKYO---The world's oldest man, Sakari Momoi, has died in Japan at the ripe old age of 112, an official said Tuesday.   Momoi, born months before the Wright brothers made their first successful flight, passed away late Sunday, said the official at Saitama City, north of Tokyo, where he had lived for many years.   The supercentenarian, recognized as the world's oldest male at the age of 111 last year, died of kidney failure at a homecare in Tokyo.   "We heard from his family... that his health worsened one or two weeks ago," the official said.   Momoi, a former high school principal who was born on February 5, 1903,received a certificate fro...

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  • US scientists: Warm oceans cause concern of coral bleaching
    HONOLULU---Abnormally warm ocean temperatures are creating conditions that threaten to kill coral across the equatorial Pacific, north Pacific and western Atlantic oceans, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday. Coral bleaching occurs when coral is stressed by changes in its environment, causing it to release algae living in its tissue. The coral then turns pale or white and becomes more susceptible to disease. In severe cases, the coral can die, permanently changing the habitat for fish and shellfish. "The bleaching that started in June 2014 has been really bad for corals in the western Pacific," said Mark Eakin, NOAA's Coral Reef Watch coordinator, in...

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  • Pakistani charged before UAE court for allegedly kissing Pinay at knifepoint
    A Pakistani worker has been charged before a United Arab Emirates court for allegedly kissing a Filipina pharmacist at knifepoint last January.
  • Chopper company denies whistleblower’s accusations
    The officials of a US-based chopper company who supplied the 21 helicopters procured by the Department of National Defense on Tuesday turned the table on whistleblower Rhodora Alvarez and belied the allegations she made before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee.
  • Typhoon Chan-Hom to enter PAR late Tuesday, to enhance monsoon later this week
    Typhoon Chan-Hom is not expected to make landfall, but is seen to enhance the southwest monsoon later this week, resulting in potentially heavy rains across the archipelago.
  • Korean volunteers join search for Korean divers missing off Cebu; dive shop suspended
    Volunteer Korean divers are joining the search for three Korean divers who went missing while on a fun dive off Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu amid bad weather conditions last Sunday.
  • Donald Trump not backing away from immigrant comments
    NEW YORK --- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stood firm Monday on his description of Mexican immigrants as criminals. The businessman, under fire from critics in and out of his party, issued a lengthy statement refusing to back off comments he made in the speech launching his presidential bid last month. In it, he called Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists, prompting several businesses, including NBC, Univision and Macy's, to cut ties with Trump. READ: Fil-Am celeb pulls out as Miss USA cohost over Trump's racist rant | Mexico drops out of Miss Universe over Trump tirade In his new statement, Trump said "the Mexican government is forcing their most unwant...

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  • Cop on stake out, gunned down in Cotabato province
    KIDAPAWAN CITY - A policeman was killed while reportedly monitoring illegal drug activities in Pikit, Cotabato province, on Tuesday.   Superintendent Bernard Tayong, North Cotabato police spokesperson, said PO2 Anwar Batingkay of the Pikit police was in Sitio Lamak in Barangay Poblacion when slain.   "PO2 Batingkay was alone and was doing his job in the area, which is believed to be a haven of drug traffickers," Tayong said.   A witness reportedly said that a former policeman, identified as Misuari Mangansakan, approached Batingkay and shot him before fleeing on a pickup.   Tayong said a manhunt had been launched against Mangansakan.   ...

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  • US oil prices sink nearly 8% on Greece, China worries
    NEW YORK, United States -- US oil prices sank nearly eight percent Monday on worries about slowing global growth after Greek voters rejected a bailout offer and China moved to calm financial market turbulence.   US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for delivery in August fell $4.43, closing at $52.53 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.   European benchmark Brent oil for delivery in August dropped $3.78 to $56.54 a barrel in London.   "With the crisis in Greece, with the Chinese market unstable, the demand we once saw for global oil is eroding quickly," said Carl Larry, a consultant for Frost & Sullivan in Houston.   Analys...

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  • 6 hurt in Quezon City UV Express-jeepney collision
    Six people were injured when a UV Express van rammed a passenger jeepney along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City, Radyo Inquirer 990AM said.   The jeepney driver, William Torroba, said the van tried to overtake but collided into his jeepney which swerved into the road center island in front of UP Technohub.   The report said victims were immediately treated by personnel onboard an ambulance. The accident caused moderate traffic in the area. KS/with a report from Erwin Aguilon/Radyo Inquirer 990AM

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  • South Korea court rejects bid to block Samsung treasury stock sale
    Seoul, South Korea – A South Korean court on Tuesday rejected a US hedge fund's request to block the sale of treasury stocks by construction firm Samsung C&T, clearing the path for the $8.0 billion merger of two Samsung affiliates.
  • ‘Indecent’ Vice Ganda billboards taken down in Cebu City
    CEBU CITY--Cebu City Administrator Lucelle Mercado has ordered the removal of billboards promoting the Cebu concert of TV celebrity Vice Ganda for being "sexually suggestive." She said that as chairman of the Cebu City Anti-Indecency Board, she was acting on complaints about the billboard image of the gay comedianne who wears a revealing red gown and a blonde wig surrounded by shirtless, muscled men. "It's sexually suggestive. The board hasn't met yet about it but as chairman of CCAIB, I already took action. We don't want to just wait since there are already a lot of people who've seen that," Mercado told Cebu Daily News. Local concert organizers TSE Live Inc. wasted no time...

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  • Samsung sees disappointing profit on weak Galaxy S6 sales

    FILE – Lee Jae-yong, vice president of Samsung Electronics Co., bites his lips during a press conference at the company’s headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    SEOUL, South Korea — Samsung Electronics Co. forecast lower-than-expected profit for the April-June quarter in a sign that its much-anticipated Galaxy S6 smartphones failed to lead a meaningful recovery.

    In its Tuesday earnings preview, the maker of Galaxy smartphones put its second quarter operating income at 6.9 trillion won ($6.1 billion), down 4 percent from a year earlier.

    The result represents a 15 percent gain from the previous quarter but it was lower than the consensus among analysts, which was 7.23 trillion won, according to financial data provider FactSet. Sales declined 8 percent from a year earlier to 48 trillion won, also falling short of analysts’ consensus of 52.8 trillion won. The company is scheduled to disclose its net profit and breakdown figures among its business divisions later this month.

    When Samsung began sales of its Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones in April, there were expectations that the new flagship products would lead a revival at Samsung’s handset business, which had seen a stunning decline last year. It retained the title of the world’s largest maker of smartphones but its market share declined, squeezed by Apple in the high-end segment and by Chinese companies in the low-end market. The Galaxy S6 series were born under “Project Zero,” a name that signified Samsung’s effort to start over.

    But Samsung was hit by two problems with its Galaxy S6 series. The regular version of the phone, the Galaxy S6, wasn’t as popular as expected, while the S6 Edge model, which features a display that curves on both sides — which is more difficult to produce — couldn’t keep up with demand.

    “The failure to manage the initial shipment for the Galaxy S6 series is the primary reason,” said Lee Ka-keun, an analyst at KB Securities. “Demand for smartphones and other IT products were also weak.”

    Samsung’s smartphone sales were also hit by a new law that was enforced in South Korea last year, which barred handset vendors from giving hefty subsidies to phone buyers. The measure has been a boon to Samsung’s rival Apple Inc., whose iPhone sales in South Korea grew. Apple’s newest models also featured larger screens that were similar in size to the Samsung phones, removing one of Samsung’s advantages.

    Counterpoint Technology Market Research, a market research firm, said last month Samsung sold 6 million smartphones of Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge by the end of April, selling at a faster rate than its 2014 predecessor model. But the research firm said the chance of Samsung’s flagship models overtaking Apple’s iPhone 6 series was small due to the production issue of the curved glass.

    Analysts have lowered profit forecasts on Samsung in recent weeks citing the weaker-than-expected sales of its flagship smartphones. Last month, Nomura Securities revised down Samsung’s smartphone shipment during the second quarter to 75 million units, down 11 percent from its earlier forecast. Other brokerages also cut their forecasts.

  • Nueva Ecija, Aurora to experience 10-hour brownout tomorrow

    Twenty-one towns including three cities in the provinces of Nueva Ecija and Aurora will experience a 10-hour power interruption on Wednesday (July 8), National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) announced.

    NGCP-Central Luzon Corporate Communication and Public Affairs Officer Ernest Lorenz Vidal said that consumers of the San Jose Electric Cooperative, Inc., Pantabangan Municipal Electric Services, Nueva Ecija II-Electric Cooperative Inc. Areas I and II, and Aurora Electric Cooperative Inc. will be affected by a power cutoff from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Affected areas in Nueva Ecija are San Jose, Muñoz (including the Central Luzon State University) and Palayan; towns of Aliaga, Bongabon, Carrangalan, Gabaldon, Guimba, Laur, Licab, Llanera, Lupao, Natividad, Pantabangan,  Quezon, Rizal, Sto. Domingo, Talavera, and Talugtog.

    In Aurora province, the power outage will affect the towns of Baler, Dingalan, Dipaculao, Maria Aurora, and San Luis.

    “Brownout is to facilitate repair of power transformers at the NGCP’s Cabanatuan substation and maintenance works along the Cabanatuan-Pantabangan and Cabanatuan-Baler power line,” Vidal explained.

  • Genocide, the gravest and hardest crime to prove

    Srebrenica massacre memorial gravestones 2009 in (Photo by Michael Büker via Wikimedia Commons)

    Genocide, the key charge arising from the Srebrenica massacre two decades ago, is the gravest crime in international humanitarian law, yet it is also the most difficult to prove.

    Derived from the Greek word “genos”, for race or tribe, and the suffix “cide” from the Latin for “to kill”, genocide is defined by the United Nations as an “act committed with intent to destroy in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group.”

    The word was coined in 1944 by Raphael Lemkin, a Polish Jew who took refuge in the United States, to describe crimes committed by Nazi Germany during the Holocaust.

    It was used for the first time within a legal framework by an international military tribunal at Nuremberg to try Nazi leaders for their crimes after the end of World War II in 1945. Those accused were however convicted of crimes against humanity.

    Genocide has been recognised within international law since 1948, with the advent of the UN Convention, and lists murder among a series of crimes.

    In August 2001, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) convicted ex-Bosnian Serb commander Radislav Krstic on genocide charges for the first time in Europe for his role at Srebrenica.

    Almost 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed by Bosnian Serb forces at the eastern enclave in July 1995 during the Bosnian war in a massacre that was also recognised as genocide by the UN’s highest International Court of Justice in 2007.

    The ICTY has handed down 14 convictions for genocide and other crimes committed at Srebrenica, according to the tribunal’s website.

    Currently on trial are Bosnian Serb leaders Radovan Karadzic and his military counterpart Ratko Mladic, both facing charges including genocide for their roles in the Srebrenica massacre.

    Armenia claims the World War One massacre of hundreds of thousands of Armenians by Ottoman security forces was genocide, and that an estimated 1.5 million were killed.

    Turkey rejects the claims and says up to 500,000 Armenians died in fighting and of starvation after Armenians sided with invading Russian troops.

    In 1994, the Rwandan genocide in which the UN said some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were murdered, led to the creation of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, based in Arusha, Tanzania.

    It has been handing out convictions since 1998 for the crime of genocide and complicity.

    Two former leaders of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime from 1975-79 were handed life sentences in Phnom Penh for crimes against humanity last August, and their genocide trial before a UN-sponsored tribunal continues.

    Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on an arrest warrant for genocide related to crimes committed against Darfur’s civilian population.

    Since its inception in 2002, The Hague-based ICC is the only permanent independent international court able to try the perpetrators of genocide on all continents.

  • President surprises pope with big reception line

    Pope Francis blesses the faithful gathered at independence square in Quito, Ecuador, Monday, July 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

    Ecuador’s president had a bit of surprise for Pope Francis after their meeting at the Carondolet palace Monday evening.

    The 78-year-old pontiff who’d had a long day in the sun on the coast emerged from the 50-minute session to find a reception line stretching into the distance.

    President Rafael Correa spent a quarter hour introducing the pope to dozens of people: Ecuador’s entire Cabinet, deputy ministers, military officials and others.

    The pope then walked 50 meters (150 feet) to Quito’s cathedral. Inside, he left a bouquet of white roses at the feet of a statue of the Virgin Mary, placed a rosary on its hand and briefly prayed silently.

    He then went out on the steps to address a crowd, many of whom had waited hours to see him and endured a deluge.

    But instead of giving the short speech that he had prepared, Francis offered a brief blessing for the “noble Ecuadorean people.”

  • Security in Zamboanga mosques tightened for Ramadan
    ZAMBOANGA CITY – Police and military operatives tightened security in the houses of worship for Muslims during Ramadan as authorities warned of possible attacks.
  • Baguio suspends classes at pre-school level
    BAGUIO - Baguio Mayor Mauricio Domogan suspended classes today in the pre-school level only.
  • Store owner in S. Kudarat claims P80-M lotto pot
    MANILA - A 43-year-old store owner from Sultan Kudarat has claimed the jackpot in the 6/42 Regular Lotto June 25 draw, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) said yesterday.
  • Singaporean gets 8 years for non-payment of hotel bills
    MANILA - A Singaporean has been sentenced to a maximum of eight years in prison for failing to pay his hotel bills in Dumaguete City.
  • BBL, economic measures top House agenda " Belmonte
    MANILA - The passage of economic measures and the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) remain the top priority of the House of Representatives when the 16th Congress opens its third regular session on July 27, according to Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.