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Philippine volcano spews lava fountains, 56,000 people flee

LEGAZPI, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippines’ most active volcano spewed fountains of red-hot lava and massive ash plumes anew Tuesday in a dazzling but increasingly dangerous eruption that has sent 56,000 villagers fleeing to evacuation cnetres.

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January 23, 2017
- Philippine volcano explodes, authorities raise alert level
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippines’ most active volcano exploded thunderously Monday, sending a huge gray column of lava fragments, ash and steam into the sky and prompting authorities .. More >>>

January 22, 2017
- Drone rescue off Australian beach heralded as world first
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- A flying drone has dropped a flotation device to two teens caught in a riptide in heavy seas off the Australian coast in what officials describe as a world-first rescue... More >>>

January 20, 2017
- Storm Friederike batters Germany with hurricane-strength winds
BERLIN (Xinhua) -- Storm Friederike brought powerful winds, heavy rain, and snowfall to parts of Germany on Thursday, causing at least one fatality and severe disruption to railway lines... More >>>

January 19, 2017
- Egypt’s Sisi says two-state solution “only way” to end Palestinian-Israeli conflict
CAIRO (Xinhua) -- Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said Wednesday that establishing a Palestinian state through the two-state solution is the only way to achieve stability, peace, prosperity and development in the region. .. More >>>

January 18, 2017
- UNICEF highlights impact of war on Yemeni children
UNITED NATIONS (Xinhua) -- The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has highlighted the impact of war on children in Yemen, saying the country has become one of the worst places in the world for children. .. More >>>

January 17, 2017
- Thousands more evacuate as eruption of Mt. Mayon looms
Philippines (Daily Inquirer) -- As of Tuesday, January 16, a total of 5,318 families or 21,823 individuals have been affected in 25 barangays in the towns of Camalig, Guinobatan, Ligao City, Daraga, Tabaco City, and Malilipot in Albay and were staying in 18 evacuation centres, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Tuesday... More >>>

January 16, 2017
- Earthquake in Peru destroys dozens of homes, kills 1 man
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- A powerful earthquake struck off Peru’s coast early Sunday, tumbling adobe homes in small, rural towns, killing at least one person and injuring dozens, officials said... More >>>

January 15, 2017
- France’s playful baby panda makes first public appearance
PARIS (AP) -- France’s first baby panda has made his grand public entrance by acting like many five-month-olds - climbing all over his mother, who looked like she just wanted to rest instead... More >>>

January 13, 2017
- Ecuador grants citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Assange
QUITO (Xinhua) -- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been granted Ecuadorian citizenship, Ecuadorian Foreign Affairs Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa said on Thursday... More >>>

January 12, 2017
- Police hunt for jewels, thieves after Ritz robbery in Paris
PARIS (AP) -- Paris police are searching for at least two thieves suspected of stealing jewels potentially worth millions from the Ritz Hotel during a dramatic heist... More >>>


January 11, 2017
- Victim search expands as California storm, mudslides kill 13
MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) -- A storm that slammed a California coastal community is over. The search for its victims is not... More >>>

January 10, 2017
- Huge Philippine procession secured tightly amid terror fears
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A massive crowd of mostly barefoot Filipino Catholics joined a raucous procession of a centuries-old black statue of Jesus Christ under extra-tight security Tuesday after the Philippines came under a disastrous militant attack last year... More >>>

January 09, 2017
- Nearly 300 immigrants rescued off Libyan coast
TRIPOLI (Xinhua) -- Libyan naval rescued 297 illegal immigrants on Sunday and recovered two bodies off the coast of the western city of Garrabulli, some 60 km east of the capital Tripoli... More >>>

January 08, 2017
- Jordan urges unified Arab efforts to deal with Trump’s Jerusalem move
AMMAN (Xinhua) -- King Abdullah II of Jordan on Saturday called for intensified Arab efforts to support the Palestinians following a decision by US President Donald Trump recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the state-run Petra news agency reported... More >>>

January 06, 2017
- 18 killed, about 260 injured in South Africa train crash
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A passenger train carrying people home after the holidays slammed into a truck in rural South Africa on Thursday, killing at least 18 people and injuring about 260 others, authorities said... More >>>

January 05, 2017
- Huge swath of US hit by winter storm bringing, snow, cold
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Residents across a huge swath of the US were hunkered down as a massive winter storm packing snow, ice and high winds, followed by possible record-breaking cold, moved up the Eastern Seaboard, with the worst conditions expected from the Carolinas to Maine... More >>>

January 04, 2017
- EU’s Brexit negotiators can’t cherry-pick: UK minister
LONDON (Xinhua) -- Brexit minister David Davis said Tuesday negotiators in Brussels cannot cherry pick terms of a new trade deal with Britain... More >>>

January 03, 2017
- California lawmakers to confront sexual misconduct scandal
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California lawmakers will grapple for the first time as a group with a growing sexual misconduct scandal when they return to Sacramento on Wednesday... More >>>

January 02, 2017
- Crash between truck and bus in Kenya kills at least 36
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A police official says a collision between a truck and a bus in western Kenya has killed at least 36 people... More >>>

December 30, 2017
- Mt Everest climbing regulations: Nepal govt comes up with stringent safety rules
KATHMANDU (The Kathmandu Post/ ANN) -- From now on, things are going to be tougher for Mt Everest aspirants as the government, in an attempt to improve safety of climbers, has announced some major changes in its policy... More >>>

December 29, 2017
- Attackers storm Shiite cultural centre in Kabul, 35 killed
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Attackers stormed a Shiite Muslim cultural centre in the Afghan capital Thursday, setting off multiple bombs and killing at least 35 people and wounding at least 56, authorities said... More >>>

- Cooperation among Asean pillars key to success
HANOI (Vietnam News) -- Collaboration among the three pillars of the Asean Community-political security, economics, and socio-cultural issues-determines Asean’s success and should be promoted, said Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung, head of Vietnam- Asean Senior Officials’ Meeting... More >>>

December 27, 2017
- November election still possible, says charter drafter
Thailand (The Nation) -- Constitution Drafting Commission spokesman Chatchai Na Chiangmai has insisted the order via Article 44 to reschedule the deadline for political parties’ activities will not delay the election scheduled in November next year.
Junta chief General Prayut Chan-o-cha last Friday issued an Article 44 order aimed at extending some deadlines in the Political Party Act, which came into effect in early October... More >>>

December 26, 2017
- Biggest seaplane graceful as a swan
China (China Daily) -- The world’s largest amphibious aircraft, the Chinese-made AG600, carried out its maiden flight on Sunday morning in Zhuhai, a coastal city in Guangdong province... More >>>

December 25, 2017
- Death toll from Philippine tropical storm Tembin rises to 200: police
MANILA (Xinhua) -- The death toll from mudslides and flooding triggered by tropical storm Tembin has risen to 200, police said here late Saturday night... More >>>

December 23, 2017
- China, Thailand inaugurate construction of high-speed railway in Thailand
PAK CHONG, Thailand (Xinhua) -- Thailand and China jointly inaugurated the construction of Thailand’s first high-speed railway from Bangkok to northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima on Thursday... More >>>

December 22, 2017
- Car rams into pedestrians in Melbourne; up to 19 injured
SYDNEY (AP) -- Two men were arrested in Australia after the SUV in which they were travelling rammed into pedestrians on a busy central Melbourne street Thursday, leaving 14 people injured in what police believe was a deliberate act... More >>>

December 21, 2017
- Only junta backers can benefit from revised political party law

Thailand (The Nation) -- Since the political party organic law was promulgated in October, all politicians have been closing in on the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), calling on it to unleash them from political restraint.. More >>>

- Hospital-acquired infection rises as possible cause of newborns’ death
South Korea (The Korea Herald) -- Early investigations point to hospital-acquired infections as the possible cause of the mysterious deaths of four newborns at a local hospital in the span of just 80 minutes last week. .. More >>>

December 20, 2017
- Police to safeguard 188 churches in Surakarta
Surakarta (the Jakarta Post) -- The Surakarta Police will deploy 1,120 officers to safeguard various areas in the city over Christmas and New Year’s, including 188 churches... More >>>

December 19, 2017
- Suicide bombers attack church in Pakistan, killing 9
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) -- Two suicide bombers struck a church in Pakistan on Sunday, killing nine people and wounding more than 50 others, authorities said, in the first attack on a church claimed by the country’s Islamic State group affiliate... More >>>

December 18, 2017
- Only junta backers can benefit from revised political party law
Thailand (The Nation) -- Since the political party organic law was promulgated in October, all politicians have been closing in on the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), calling on it to unleash them from political restraint... More >>>

December 16, 2017
- Australian probe into child abuse attacks Catholic clergical celibacy
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- An Australian inquiry into child abuse on Friday recommended that the Catholic Church lift its demand of celibacy from clergy and that priests be prosecuted for failing to report evidence of pedophilia heard in the confessional... More >>>

December 15, 2017
- Court rules marriage ban between coworkers ‘unconstitutional’
Jakarta (The Jakarta Post) -- The Constitutional Court has ruled on Thursday that a provision in the 2003 Labor Law allowing a company to ban marriages between its employees violated the 1945 Constitution.
The court argued that marriage between coworkers did not affect the rights of other people, nor would such a union undermine their productivity... More >>>

December 14, 2017
- Vietname-visa programme proves huge success
HANOI (Vietnam News) -- The trial use of online visas for the last 10 months has been deemed a success, with the number of visitors applying increasing month by month, the Department of Immigration said yesterday... More >>>

December 13, 2017
- China calls for joint efforts with Russia, India to maintain int’l stability
NEW DELHI (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Monday that China, Russia and India should play active roles in the changing global structure and work towards a world with stablisation and certainty... More >>>


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