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US-led aircraft bombing ISIS in Iraq since Monday

In this Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 photo released by the U.S. Air Force, a formation of U.S. Navy F-18E Super Hornets leaves after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker over northern Iraq, as part of U.S. led coalition airstrikes on the Islamic State group and other targets in Syria. AP

US and allied warplanes have carried out 61 air strikes against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq since Monday, including dozens in support of Kurdish forces, the military said Wednesday.

Posted: December 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Drilon urges DFA to revise VFA


Senate President Franklin Drilon called on the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday to initiate a review of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines and the United States to revise its provisions on the detention and custody of a person accused in a foreign land.

Posted: December 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

US spy jailed in Cuba for 20 years comes home

This handout photo from the Twitter account of Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. shows Alan Gross arriving at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. The US and Cuba have agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties, marking a historic shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island after a half-century of enmity dating back to the Cold War, American officials said Wednesday. The announcement came amid a series of sudden confidence-building measures between the longtime foes, including the release of American prisoner Alan Gross, as well as a swap for a U.S. intelligence asset held in Cuba and the freeing of three Cubans jailed in the U.S. Gross' wife Judy is at center. (AP Photo/Jeff Flake)

This much is known about the Cuban man who spied for the United States and was released Wednesday in a historic prisoner swap: He had access to closely held intelligence information at the highest levels of the Cuban government.

Posted: December 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

World one in revulsion vs Taliban’s bestiality

Chairs are upturned and blood stains the floor at the Army Public School auditorium the day after Taliban gunmen stormed the school in Peshawar, Pakistan, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014.  AP

The world united in revulsion. President Aquino and other world leaders stood as one on Wednesday in condemning the Taliban attack on a school in Pakistan as Karachi declared three days of mourning for the 132 children and nine school staff massacred by the terrorists on Tuesday.

Posted: December 18th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

US, Cuba declare historic breakthrough in ties

President Barack Obama speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, to announce the US will end its outdated approach to Cuba that has failed to advance US interests.  AP PHOTO/DOUG MILLS, POOL

The United States and Cuba made a historic breakthrough in their Cold War stand-off Wednesday, moving to revive diplomatic ties and launch measures to ease a five-decade US trade embargo.

Posted: December 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »