MOGADISHU: At least 276 people have been killed and 300 injured by a massive truck bomb that tore through a busy shopping district of Mogadishu, the government said Monday, making it the “deadliest attack ever” to hit war-torn Somalia. “Somalia Federal government confirmed that 276 people were killed in the blast… and 300 others wounded people were admitted at the different hospitals in Mogadishu,” the country’s ministry of information said. ‘Stand united’Mogadishu’s mayor Tabid Abdi Mohamed also visited those wounded in the blast and said the horror of the attack was “unspeakable”. The Red Cross in Somalia said five of its volunteers had also been killed during the blast many others wounded. Saturday’s blast came two days after Somalia’s defense minister and army chief both resigned from their posts without explanation.
October 16, 2017 08:48 UTC
FORMER education secretary Lourdes Reynes Quisumbing passed away on October 14. She was 96, according to a statement released by Miriam College on Monday. At the time of her appointment, Quisumbing was eight years into her term as president of Maryknoll College, now Miriam College. As education secretary, Quisumbing’s tenure marked the expansion of free public education to the secondary level, an increase in the share of education in the national budget, rationalization of higher education, and an emphasis on values education. Q’, was the widow of Carlos C Quisumbing, Sr., an engineer, and is survived by 8 out of her 10 children, 27 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, and three great-great grand children.
October 16, 2017 08:26 UTC
DUBLIN: Schools were closed on Monday as Ireland braced for an “unprecedented storm,” with authorities warning that violent winds, rain and storm surges could pose a risk to life. “Ex-hurricane Ophelia is forecast to track directly over Ireland during daytime today. It warned of “heavy rain and storm surges along some coasts will result in flooding. Met Eireann issued a nationwide “status red” alert, while a less serious amber wind warning has been issued for Northern Ireland during the afternoon. High alertOphelia is the 15th named storm of the 2017 Atlantic season, which is expected to last until the end of November.
October 16, 2017 08:15 UTC
MARAWI CITY – Displaced residents rejoiced here on Monday over Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana’s confirmation that Marawi siege leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute have been killed. Nairah Ampaso, 28, a mother of five, said “Allah answered my prayers.”ADVERTISEMENT“We prayed that these leaders will be killed. In Zamboanga City, Chinaline Tamboon said she cannot describe her happiness upon learning about the death of Maute and Hapilon. Chinaline is the widow of Marine Sergeant Brian Tamboon, a sniper who was killed in Marawi on June 29. Hapilon was among the most elusive Abu Sayyaf leaders and had outlived many second generation bandit leaders.
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October 16, 2017 07:00 UTC
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has recommended to Malacañang on Monday not to suspend government work and classes tomorrow (Tuesday), the second day of the nationwide strike of transport group Piston. Aileen Lizada, LTFRB board member, said that based on their assessment of Piston’s strike, the group’s protest action against the jeepney modernization barely affected the country’s transport sector. ADVERTISEMENTAs of noon, the LTFRB said that out of the 74 trucks and buses that they have deployed in the metropolis, only 23 have been used. Malacañang earlier suspended government work and classes in all levels nationwide on Monday in anticipation of the two-day strike. Region 12: General Santos: 20 protesters in General Santos Plaza./ac
Source:Philippine Daily Inquirer
October 16, 2017 06:56 UTC
SEOUL: Former South Korean president Park Geun-Hye’s defense lawyers resigned en masse Monday in protest at what they called a biased corruption trial, as the ex-leader described the proceedings as “political revenge.”AdvertisementsPark faces multiple charges including bribery, coercion and abuse of power for offering governmental favors to tycoons, and is being held in custody. The warrant for Park’s detention was extended for six months last week, with the court citing the risk that she could destroy evidence if released. “As we’ve reached a conclusion that any defense argument for the defendant is meaningless, all of us decided to resign,” one of them, Yoo Yeong-Ha, told the court. The court asked them to reconsider since the proceedings cannot continue without defense lawyers. Another ex-leader, Roh Moo-Hyun, committed suicide in 2009 by jumping off a cliff after he was questioned over graft allegations.
October 16, 2017 06:45 UTC
DEFENSE Secretary Delfin Lorenzana announced on Monday the death of two key leaders of the Islamic State-linked Maute group in Marawi City. AdvertisementsLorenzana said IS Southeast Asian “emir” Isnilon Hapilon and Omarkhayam Maute were among the fatalities in the early morning fighting. The defense chief said that troops were also able to rescue 17 more hostages inside the besieged city. The bodies of Hapilon and Maute will also be subjected to DNA testing. “I think Omar has a P5 million reward on his head and Isnilon has a $5 million reward on his head plus another 10 [million pesos]from the government.
October 16, 2017 05:48 UTC
LUXEMBOURG: Europe will give fresh backing to the Iran nuclear deal on Monday after US President Donald Trump threatened to tear it up in a belligerent speech that alarmed allies across the Atlantic. A senior EU official said foreign ministers were expected to express their “full support for continued implementation” of the deal negotiated with Iran over 12 years by the US, Britain, France, China, Germany and Russia. “It is clearly not in the hands of any president of any country in the world to terminate an agreement of this sort. But they say these should be dealt with in other forums and warn it would be a calamitous mistake to sacrifice the achievement of the nuclear deal. The accord is necessary, important and stops Iran becoming a nuclear power,” one EU diplomat said.
October 16, 2017 05:03 UTC
SYDNEY: An AirAsia flight from Australia to Indonesia was forced to turn back to Perth after losing cabin pressure, with passengers Monday recounting their terror as oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling. AdvertisementsAir Asia said the plane suffered a “technical issue” with Australian media reporting that the aircraft had to quickly drop from 32,000 feet (9,753 meters) to 10,000 feet 25 minutes after take-off. Video circulating online shows distressed passengers wearing oxygen masks with an alarm blaring and AirAsia staff calling for people to assume the brace position. AirAsia apologized for the scare, blaming a “technical issue” without elaborating on the cause. “AirAsia apologizes to passengers for any inconvenience caused.”Several flights have been forced back to Australia in recent months, including an AirAsia Gold Coast to Kuala Lumpur service in July that the carrier said involved a suspected bird strike.
October 16, 2017 04:41 UTC
CARACAS: President Nicolas Maduro claimed a landslide victory Sunday in closely watched regional elections in Venezuela on Sunday, based on official results that the opposition immediately rejected. “We have serious suspicions, doubts, about the results that are going to be announced in a few minutes,” Blyde told reporters at a hastily-arranged press conference even before the official results were announced. Sunday’s polls were the first contested by the opposition since the legislative elections in 2015 that gave it a majority in the National Assembly. The opposition has insisted that its governors will not be sworn in before the Constituent Assembly, which it considers illegitimate. For Maduro, the polls were an opportunity to counter allegations of dictatorship leveled at him at home and abroad after forming the Constituent Assembly.
October 16, 2017 04:30 UTC
TENSION broke between police and striking jeepney drivers at a major thoroughfare in Quezon City, after protesters were asked to give way to motorists as traffic began to build up in the area on Monday. Advertisements“We have nothing against the drivers staging a rally. Our only concern is the public that they are bothering,” National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Oscar Albayade said in an interview with reporters. Albayalde was referring to the jeepney drivers who were gathered along Aurora Boulevard in Cubao. And that’s the problem,” Albayade said.
October 16, 2017 03:56 UTC
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has confirmed that ISIS Emir in Southeast Asia Isnilon Hapilon and Maute leader Omar Maute are dead. FILE PHOTO: Isnilon Hapilon and Omar MauteLorenzana made the confirmation during a brief press conference just before noon on Monday. He however noted the deaths of the Hapilon and Maute will not result in the lifting of Martial Law in Mindanao. Lorenzana said a reward of five million pesos will be given to the person who helped the military in locating Maute. He added the reward for the arrest of Hapilon amounts to 5 million dollars from US government and another 10 million pesos from the Philippine government.
October 16, 2017 03:45 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — Foreign telco players are interested in penetrating the Philippine market, which at present remains dominated by only two – Manuel V. Pangilinan’s PLDT Inc. and Ayala-led Globe Telecom. “Those are among the foreign telco companies interested in the Philippines,” one source said. Telstra and diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) earlier explored a possible joint venture to be the third telco player in the Philippines, but the talks bogged down last year. However, no official statement from Telstra has been issued regarding future plans in the Philippines after talks with SMC bogged down in 2016. President Duterte said recently he wants a third telco player in the Philippines so that consumers can enjoy better mobile and internet service.
October 16, 2017 03:24 UTC
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Donald Trump’s campaign has been subpoenaed as part of a defamation suit for documents related to sexual assault allegations that emerged during his run for president, according to a court document. Zervos said last year that Trump had made unwanted sexual advances toward her when she met him at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles in 2007 to discuss career opportunities. Trump moved toward her aggressively during the encounter and touched her on the breast but she rebuffed him, she alleged. Zervos and several other women who made similar allegations came forward after a 2005 videotape of Trump bragging about groping women surfaced in early October. The president-elect claimed his comments on the tape were “locker-room banter,” and denounced the sex assault allegations as lies and fabricated stories.
October 16, 2017 03:22 UTC
TOKYO—A flame from the 1964 Tokyo Olympic torch that was supposed to be kept alight eternally actually went out four years ago, it emerged on Monday after red-faced officials confessed. The flame, housed in a sports training facility in the southwestern Japanese city of Kagoshima, was touted as an “Olympic sacred flame” from 1964 and received widespread media coverage when Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Games. “I saw with my eyes that the flame went out on November 21,” he added. “In addition, we kept receiving a number of requests from various people to use the ‘sacred flame’ for town festivals and weddings. “We now have a display panel explaining the that existing flame was created after the flame from the 1964 Olympics went out,” the current head of the facility Etsuko Tabata told AFP.
October 16, 2017 03:22 UTC