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Ship evades Chinese blockade

A China Coast Guard vessel attempts to block a Philippine government vessel as the latter tries to enter the  Ayungin Shoal to orate Philippine troops and resupply provisions Saturday, March 29, 2014. A Philippine government ship slipped past a Chinese coast guard blockade Saturday and brought food and fresh troops to a marooned navy ship used as a base by Filipino troops to bolster the country’s territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea. AP

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Philippine soldiers aboard a civilian vessel engaged on Saturday in a dramatic nearly two-hour standoff with Chinese Coast Guard ships near the disputed Ayungin (Second Thomas) Shoal claimed by both countries, an incident witnessed by journalists on board the Philippine vessel and a Philippine military plane circling the area.

Posted: March 30th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

UN: 5.5 million Syrian children affected by war

In this Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 file photo, veiled Syrian women wait with their children for vaccinations against polio at one of the Syrian refugee camps in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon. An international charity organization Save Children has warned Monday, March 10, 2014 of a health care disaster in Syria with newborns dying in hospital incubators during power cuts and children having their limbs amputated for lack of alternative treatment. AP

The number of Syrian children affected by the civil war in their homeland has doubled in the past year to at least 5.5 million — more than half the country’s children — with devastating effects on the health, education and psychological well-being of an entire generation, the United Nations children’s agency said Thursday.

Posted: March 12th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Syria army using starvation as ‘weapon of war’ – Amnesty

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The Syrian army has been using starvation as a “weapon of war” in its siege of the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus, Amnesty International said Monday.

Posted: March 10th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

South Korea offers North Korea talks on family reunions

North Koreans wave to their South Korean relatives in buses before they leave for South Korea after a separated family reunion meeting at the Diamond Mountain resort in North Korea, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. AP FILE PHOTO

South Korea on Wednesday sent a formal request to North Korea calling for talks next week on holding further reunions for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Arms makers try to cash in as Asian disputes escalate

The Royal Australian Air Force roulettes acrobatic team perform an aerial display during the Singapore Airshow in Singapore on February 17, 2012.  Some 900 exhibiting companies from over 50 countries including 60 pf top 100 global aerospace companies participate in the event.   AFP PHOTO/ROSLAN RAHMAN

Asia’s top aerospace and defense show opens Tuesday in Singapore, with major global arms makers seeking to cash in on rising military spending in China and elsewhere as territorial disputes escalate in the region.

Posted: February 9th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Archbishop urges Catholics to pray for end to war, violence, poverty

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Archbishop Socrates Villegas. FILE PHOTO

Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), has called on the Catholic faithful to start the New Year by praying for an end to war, violence, hunger and poverty.

Posted: December 29th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

China ‘seriously condemns’ Japan’s PM war shrine visit

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, second from right, follows a Shinto priest to pay respect for the war dead at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. AP FILE PHOTO

China strongly condemned Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the flashpoint Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo Thursday, saying it glorified Japan’s “history of militaristic aggression.”

Posted: December 26th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

UN warns of ‘war crimes’ in South Sudan

In this photo taken Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 and released by the U.S. Air Force, soldiers of the East Africa Response Force (EARF), a Djibouti-based joint team assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, depart from a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules in Juba, South Sudan to support with an ordered departure of personnel from the city. AP

Senior UN officials warned Tuesday that the ethnic killings being carried out in South Sudan could amount to war crimes or crimes against humanity punishable under international law.

Posted: December 25th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pope calls Pakistan church attack act of hate, war

Pope Francis. AP FILE PHOTO

Pope Francis has led several thousand people in a special prayer for the victims of the church attack in Pakistan.

Posted: September 23rd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

EU member states fear Syrian refugee influx

In this Aug. 28, 2012, file photo, Syrians who fled their homes due to fighting between the Syrian army and the rebels shout slogans as they march toward the Turkish side of the border, during a protest asking the Turkish government to let them enter to their refugee camps, at the Bab Al-Salameh border crossing, near the Syrian town of Azaz. Al-Qaida-linked gunmen in northern Syria captured a town near the Turkish border Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, following heavy clashes with mainstream, Western-backed rebels in the area, prompting Turkey to close a nearby crossing, activists and Turkish officials said. AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen, File

European Union governments are bracing for a surge in Syrian refugees that threatens to become a flood as hopes fade for a quick end to the bloody civil war.

Posted: September 21st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Damascus clubbers dance on in bid to forget war outside

Syrians dance in a night club in the capital Damascus on September 14, 2013. AFP

When night falls in Damascus, gaggles of determined revelers still head out on the town seeking to drown out the thunder of outgoing artillery fire with the boom of music.

Posted: September 17th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Obama gears for all-out push on Syria

President Barack Obama. AP FILE PHOTO

Washington was Sunday engaged in a diplomatic offensive at home and abroad with US President Barack Obama gearing for an all-out push to persuade skeptical Americans to back strikes against the Syrian regime.

Posted: September 9th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Hundreds protest over Syria war in New York’s Times Square

Demonstrators take part in a protest calling for no military attack on Syria. AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Hundreds of people protested at New York’s Times Square on Thursday over possible US plans to strike Syria’s regime which it believes to be behind a deadly chemical attack.

Posted: August 30th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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