Category Archives: International

U.S. and Clinton to Duterte: Show some respect


The U.S. State Department and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday stressed the need for ties with the Philippines to be based on mutual respect, after Manila’s new leader raised worries about the future of the key alliance by calling President Barack Obama a “son of a bitch.”

Despite U.S. dismay over Duterte’s remarks, current and former U.S. officials played down the impact, saying they did not expect any serious damage to ties at a time of high tensions over China’s extensive territorial claims in Asia.

The State Department said a planned first meeting between Obama and his counterpart Rodrigo Duterte on the sidelines of a regional summit in Laos on Tuesday was canceled because the tone of the Philippine leader’s rhetoric raised questions about the chances of productive talks.


India: 10-month-old girl sexually assaulted by 35-year-old man

India : A 10-month-old infant was sexually assaulted by a neighbour in west Delhi’s Vikaspuri area, police said. The infant girl, whose parents work as construction labourers, was kidnapped by another construction labourer who stays near their hut when her parents were asleep , said a senior police officer.
The infant was kidnapped and the accused took her to a jungle nearby and sexually assaulted her,  She was rushed to Hospital where she is currently undergoing treatment and her condition is stable, police said.

The accused, a 35 year old man was arrested from the area. He works as a labourer and belongs to Bihar, said the officer.

Philippines: Abu Sayyaf blamed for attack in Davao City 

The #Philippine government has blamed the armed Abu Sayyaf group for a blast that killed at least 14 people in #Davao City the home city of President Rodrigo #Duterte, prompting him to declare a “state of lawlessness”.

Abu Sayyaf has claimed responsibility for the explosion in a Davao City night market, Friday, that killed at least 14 and wounded 71 others, Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mike Sueno said.

16 injured in emergency landing in Ireland



14 passengers and two flight crew have been treated in hospital in Ireland after a transatlantic flight was forced to make an emergency landing.

Aviation officials said the United Airlines flight from Houston, Texas in the US to London Heathrow had to be diverted to Shannon Airport after hitting severe turbulence.The plane landed safely early Wednesday and ambulance crews were on the runway to meet the flight.It said the flight travelled through “unexpected turbulence” which led to passengers and crew being injured before the pilot diverted the plane to Ireland.

Air traffic control officers at Shannon Airport were notified at 3.20am local time that the United Airlines aircraft UA880 was making the unscheduled landing.Some 223 passengers and 12 crew were on board and they were met by ambulance crews and paramedics.

Al Meroz Hotel Bangkok First halal food hotel opens in Thailand


After it was launched in November, Thailand’s first halal hotel is expected to help attract Muslim tourists and bolster the industry , one of the few bright spots in its economy. The Al Meroz, which boasts mosque-like architecture, has two prayer rooms and three halal dining halls. Rooms cost from 4,000 baht all the way up to 50,000 baht ($116 to $1,445) a night .