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SC asks Comelec, Smartmatic to answer petition against bidding


MANILA, Philippines—The Supreme Court ordered the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and technology provider Smartmatic to comment on the petition filed by a former official that seeks to stop the bidding for the automated counting machines to be used in the 2016 presidential elections. The high court’s information chief Theodore Te said the respondents were given […]

Posted: December 2nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Aquino will appoint best candidate for Comelec chief–Palace


Malacañang assured that President Benigno Aquino III would consider the best candidate to replace Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Billantes once he retires in February 2015.

Posted: November 22nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Zambian president dies after long illness

Michael Sata

Zambian President Michael Sata, once dubbed “Mr. King Cobra” for his sharp-tongued remarks, has died in a London hospital after a long illness. Vice President Guy Scott, a white Zambian of Scottish descent, became the country’s acting president Wednesday, making him the first white leader of a sub-Saharan African nation since 1994 when South Africa moved to majority rule.

Posted: October 30th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Tunisians skeptical on eve of historic election

An electoral volunteer, right, distributes leaflets, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, to encourage the public to vote on the iconic Bourguiba Avenue which witnessed the culmination of Tunisia’s revolution against dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011, in Tunis, Tunisia. AP

In a raucous cafe in a Tunis slum, men talked in loud voices and paid little attention to the politicians debating on the television mounted on the wall. Qais Jebali swiftly made espressos behind the bar and explained why no one in the gritty neighborhood of Tadamon cared about the upcoming elections.

Posted: October 25th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Indonesian president gets rock star welcome at inauguration

Indonesian President Joko Widodo greets supporters during a celebration after his inauguration as the country's seventh president at the National Monument in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Widodo completed a journey from riverside shack to presidential palace on Monday, cheered through the streets following his inauguration by tens of thousands of ordinary Indonesians in a reminder to the opposition-controlled parliament of the strong grass-roots support that swept him to power. AP PHOTO/DITA ALANGKARA

Joko Widodo, Indonesia’s first president from outside the political and military elite, got a rock-star welcome from a cheering crowd at a celebration marking his inauguration Monday but takes power facing challenges to enact an ambitious reform agenda.

Posted: October 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »