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Japans participation in a massive Pacific trade agreement will create an enormous market for American exports and generate employment, a top US trade official said Sunday.

Australian Treasurer Wayne Swan warned a high dollar and lower terms of trade had led to a Aus$7.5 billion (US$7.7 billion) sledgehammer hit to budget revenues.

Nokia is planning a hero phone and its CEO, Stephen Elop, hinted during an earnings call that rumors surrounding larger devices and handsets with better cameras are true.

By Reynard Magtoto, VERA Files LEGAZPI City Despite the recent uproar over the energy privatization in Albay, candidates have refused to join the fray and remain mum on the issue. On April 15, the National Electrification Administration (NEA) decided to Continue reading More »

By Frederic I. Lorenzo, I-Watch and VERA Files MATALAM, North CotabatoIn a remote sitio called Pangipasan in the village of Lampayan here, Mery Jane Seriales and her fellow Manobos live off fishing and rming from the rich waters and fertile Continue reading More »

Malaysias ruling establishment has been accused of resorting to gutter politics as a bruising election campaign starts amid outrage over videos and opposition charges of sabotage.

By Cherry Joy Veniles Graphics by JB Urieta, VERA Files Its that time of year when Philippine society goes on a tailspin. The 2013 summer season blockbuster telenovela that is the election campaign is now showing, powered by a multi-billion Continue reading More »

Chinese buyers swarmed around hundreds of vehicles at the Shanghai auto show at its opening, highlighting the importance of the worlds largest car market to manucturers.

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypts Justice Minister Ahmed Mekky has resigned in protest at an assault on the judiciary by President Mohamed Mursis Islamist backers, a spokesman said on Sunday, underlining mounting tensions between the judiciary and the executive. Mekky submitted his resignation to Mursi on Saturday, said the spokesman, Ahmed Salam. It followed a protest on Friday by Mursis Islamist backers in the Muslim Brotherhood demanding the purification of the judiciary. …

Heres another lengthy round-up of startups this week from all across the region. Remember, for startup tips and story suggestions, feel free to email us . Alternatively, you can send tips here and/or …

With planned large-scale plunge into gas-fired power projects, Manila Electric Company (Meralco) officials have indicated they would be sourcing liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Middle East and Caribbean jurisdictions.

Party-list organizations need not represent marginalized sectors, Supreme Court said in a decision released Friday.

A major US arms deal with Israel sends Iran a very clear signal that military action remains an option to stop it from going nuclear, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said in Tel Aviv on Sunday.

Where do younger Filipino Catholics go on Sundays,new york asian escort model if indeed many of them no longer hear mass? They go gaga over the Internet, a local Church official said.

By Jane Chung SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea has moved two short-range missile launchers to its east coast, apparently indicating it is pushing ahead with preparations for a test launch, a South Korean

By Folad Hamdard TALUQAN, Afghanistan (Reuters) – As many as 74 schoolgirls in Afghanistans r north fell sick after smelling gas and were being examined for possible poisoning, local officials said on Sunday. While instances of poisoning are sometimes later found to be lse alarms, there have been numerous substantiated cases of mass poisonings of schoolgirls by elements of Afghanistans ultra-conservative society that are opposed to female education. Local officials said the girls became

By Mark Pere Madrona, VERA Files A group of music industry stakeholders are appealing to candidates to obtain the necessary permits before using local or foreign songs in their campaign activities, warning that they can be held liable for violating Continue reading More »

A US academic says she was gang-raped by an armed mob in Papua New Guinea and wants to publicise her ordeal to raise awareness about rampant violence against women in the desperately poor Pacific coun

By David Brunnstrom ISTANBUL (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday that the United States would double its non-lethal aid to opposition forces in Syria to $250 million. Kerry stopped short of a U.S. pledge to supply weapons to insurgents fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. But he said that the rebels foreign backers were committed to continuing support and had decided to channel all future aid through the insurgents Supreme Military Council. …

The House of Representatives will support proposals to have American military bases re-stationed in the country amid the North and South Korea conflict.

Manila (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) – After close to three years in office, he longs for a quiet, stress-free vacation.

Can several heartthrobs add momentum to the senatyahoo Yahoo! Philippines News – Latest Philippines Newsorial bid of candidates tailing the Top 12 in recent surveys?

The two brothers suspected of the Boston bombings, Chechens who grew up in America, fit the profile of a new generation of jihadists who are radicalized online and strike in their home countries.

MANILA, Philippines — A Road Train that can transport more commuters than the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) is being developed by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), with a prototype expected in September, 2013.

Seven people have already died due to dengue in Metro Manila, the Department of Health (DOH) said, yahoo as it warned about the diseases dangers during rainy season.

Communist guerrillas have wounded a town mayor and killed two of her aides in a pre-election ambush in the southern Philippines, police said Sunday.

By Ori Lewis and Steven Scheer JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israels cabinet on Sunday approved an open skies agreement to boost airline traffic to and from Europe, defying a strike by workers at El Al and two smaller airlines who fear the greater competition with foreign airlines will cost them jobs. Israels flag carrier El Al responded to the strike and government vote by announcing it would ground flights at Israels main Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv, until further notice. …

President Benigno Aquino III joined this years 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time Magazine, a recognition which Malacanang said shows the Philippines improved standing in the eyes of the world.

The World Bank gathered the might of the international community behind its audacious plan to eradicate extreme poverty within a generation.

President Benigno Noynoy Aquino III has appointed two new commissioners in the Commission on Elections (Comelec), following the refusal of appointment of earlier named officials.

Women wearing marijuana leaf masks smile at the 4/20 marijuana holiday in Civic Center Park in downtown Denver

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