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Marcos cases: Salonga son belies Calida claim
(Second of three parts) MANILA, Philippines --- Steve Salonga, son of the late Senate President Jovito Salonga, maintains that the briefcase stolen in New York during his father's visit there in March 1986 contained only duplicates of documents that could pin down Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos, and their cronies in the ill-gotten wealth cases lodged by the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG). His claim, in effect, belies Solicitor General Jose Calida's insistence that Jovito Salonga lost the original documents in the theft and that the PCGG was relying on photocopies. The Sandiganbayan has chastised the PCGG and the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) for using...Keep on reading: Marcos cases: Salonga son belies Calida claim
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Tagle’s new post may boost his chances of becoming pope
MANILA, Philippines --- A former envoy to the Holy See has expressed belief that the chance of Manila archbishop, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, of becoming the first Filipino Pope may have been boosted with his new appointment to a top Vatican post. "Speaking in practical terms and the ways of the world, of course, he will be more known by those electing the Pope. Although he is already known, he will be further known," said former Philippine ambassador to the Vatican Henrietta de Villa in an interview with reporters. "And with all the good things he will be able to do, I am sure his value to the universal Church will be seen,"she added. Pope Francis appointed Tagle on Sunday...Keep on reading: Tagle’s new post may boost his chances of becoming pope
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No arrest for communist leaders in peace talks
While President Rodrigo Duterte is undecided if he will declare a ceasefire or not, exiled rebel leader Jose Ma. Sison and other communist leaders will not be arrested should they return to the Philippines to resume the peace negotiations with the government, according to presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo. "Certainly, there will be no arrest,"Panelo said at a press briefing. Panelo said he would have to consult the President, though, regarding the recommendation of Interior Secretary Eduardo Ao and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana against the declaration of a ceasefire, arguing that any agreement with the insurgents is futile because they continue to attack government for...Keep on reading: No arrest for communist leaders in peace talks
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Danilo Victoriano conquers first place in APEC Photo Contest 2019: Kleinne Eco lands third
Filipino photographer, Danilo Victoriano, won first place in the APEC Photo Contest 2019 His photo “Wind of Change” also made it to the Popular Choice Award Another Filipino, Klienne Eco, got the third place for [Read More]
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NPA has become irrelevant, says military chief in N. Luzon
The chief of the Armed Forces' Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) has described the New People's Army (NPA) as "irrelevant" even as President Rodrigo Duterte expressed his renewed interest in resuming peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). Lt. Gen. Ramiro Manuel Rey issued the statement on Monday as he announced the recovery of firearms and ammunition believed to belong to an NPA unit operating in Aurora province. Rey said civilians helped the Army's 91st Infantry Battalion (IB) and police's mobile force companies in Aurora and Nueva Ecija province in recovering the items buried at Barangay Punglo in Maria Aurora town on Dec. 6. On Nov. 30, the 84th IB exhum...Keep on reading: NPA has become irrelevant, says military chief in N. Luzon
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Dream run ends
The fairy tale run is over and the Philippines has a silver medal to show for it. Indonesia unveiled a far superior game and quashed the gutsy fighting stand of the hosts with a 25-21, 27-25, 25-17 in the men's volleyball final of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games on Tuesday evening at PhilSports Arena. The Indonesians were truly peerless in the competition, practically breezing their way undefeated to the crown. The Filipinos settled for a second place finish, although it would rank a bit higher than any other runner-up finish in the biennial meet. For one, the Nationals reached the gold medal round for the first time in 42 years. And then there was the moral victory they s...Keep on reading: Dream run ends
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Modern, ‘very Filipino’ Mactan airport bags World Architecture Festival prize
Like David against the Goliaths, the 65,500-sq m Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Terminal 2 won top prize in the Completed Buildings-Transport Category at the World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam. It was up against Turkey's Istanbul Airport---the world's largest at 76 million sq m---and Jewel Changi in Singapore, a tropical lifestyle complex, which is double the size of MCIA T2. On the winning project, the judges, world-famous architects and industry practitioners, noted: "This is a simple and elegant new airport that uses many locally sourced materials. It is integrated into the local area through the development of a local hub and landscape plan. The internal spaces...Keep on reading: Modern, ‘very Filipino’ Mactan airport bags World Architecture Festival prize
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Unesco artist designs limited-edition Lalique panda figurines
The quintessentially French luxury lifestyle brand Lalique---world-renowned for exquisitely crafted sculptures and ornaments in lead crystal---turns east with the Philippine launch of its Panda and Aquatique collections through the Lalique boutique at Rustan's Makati. Designed by the 82-year-old Chinese artist Han Meilin, who was designated a Unesco Artist for Peace in 2015, the pair of male and female panda sculptures was inspired by Yuan Meng, the first panda to be born in France. The seated male figurine was christened Yuan-yuan, and the supine female figurine Meng-meng, after a waiting period of 100 days in deference to Chinese tradition. The pandas come in two sizes: th...Keep on reading: Unesco artist designs limited-edition Lalique panda figurines
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Doris Ho: ‘My mom wanted art to be accessible, something more people could own’
Rustan's "For the Arts" launched last week mementos and objets for the home featuring the late artist Anita Magsaysay-Ho's artworks on, among others, plates by Bernardaud. The artworks are from the private collections of the artist's daughters Doris and Helen Ho. The high-resolution images, according to Rustan's VP for merchandising, home division Marilen Tantoco, were reproduced from actual plates that Magsaysay-Ho painted while she was in Tokyo. "My mother worked in Tokyo when we were small. She worked on those plates all the time. So when Rustan's wanted to do plates for this event, I thought the best thing to do was to actually use a real plate. So they reproduced it on ...Keep on reading: Doris Ho: ‘My mom wanted art to be accessible, something more people could own’
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‘Solaire’ book: A glimpse OF vast Pinoy art collection
Art has long been a passion of businessman Enrique Razon, and much of it is on display at Solaire Resort and Casino. Through the recently launched coffee-table book, "Solaire: The Art & Design Collection," one can get a glimpse of its chair's collection. Since the integrated destination resort opened in 2013, the works of numerous artists have occupied many spaces, providing color and excitement for hotel guests and visitors. Perhaps its most visible and recognizable is the primary-colored "Sabel" sculpture by National Artist BenCab on prominent display near the Waterside restaurant. The book published by ArtPost Asia trains the spotlight on just a fraction of the resort's ...Keep on reading: ‘Solaire’ book: A glimpse OF vast Pinoy art collection
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Kondwi: The bar as art space for young café society
Makati's old town center, Poblacion, which has become the go-to spot for the city's young caf society, has continued to expand and evolve to meet the ever-changing moods of today's diverse market. Poblacion's north side, primarily a working-class bedroom community, is emerging as a prime location for venues with an artier, more experimental bent (in contrast to the rowdier tourist area along P. Burgos Street). The latest addition to Poblacion north is Kondwi at 6109 Albert Street. Self-described as "the latest addition to the burgeoning creative scene in Barangay Poblacion," Kondwi is a collaboration between celebrity-entrepreneur Marvin Agustin and sculptor Leeroy New. ...Keep on reading: Kondwi: The bar as art space for young café society
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Festive Christmas decor
It may not be your traditional Christmas decor but this mini tree is a more contemporary design with a festive theme. You will need the following materials: ...Keep on reading: Festive Christmas decor
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Six PNR coaches arrive from Indonesia to be installed for Tutuban-FTI and Malabon-FTI routes
Six new PNR coaches ordered from Indonesia arrived Monday this week This will be used for the Tutuban-FTI and the Malabon-FTI routes With this, train intervals will be 45 minutes only starting December 16 Six [Read More]
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#SEAGAMES 2019: Pinoy gold medalist, nawalan ng bahay dahil sa ipo-ipong dala ni Tisoy
Dumanas ng pagsubok ang pamilya ni Melvin Calano, isang atleta ng javelin throw bago pa siya sumabak sa SEA Games Parang sinuklian naman ito ng pagkasungkit niya ng gold medal sa SEA Games Pananalig at [Read More]
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LOTTO RESULT December 11, 2019
LOTTO RESULT December 11, 2019 – Draws for 6/55 Grand Lotto, 6/45 Mega Lotto LOTTO RESULT December 11, 2019 – Here is the official result of the 6/55 Grand Lotto and the 6/45 Mega Lotto draw for today, Wednesday, December 11, 2019. The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office or more commonly known as PCSO got five […] The post LOTTO RESULT December 11, 2019 appeared first on Philippine News.
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Case vs cop who shot worker a ‘counter-charge’ – NCRPO chief
MANILA, Philippines --- The case filed against a police officer who allegedly gunned down a construction worker in Marikina City is a mere counter-charge, Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas, acting director of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), said on Tuesday. According to Sinas, Cpl. Hejonner Soller was conducting a legitimate operation when Kim Lester Ramos, a 23-year-old construction worker, died due to a gunshot. "Upon interview with the chief of Marikina City Police Station, Col. Restituto Arcangel, the alleged case of murder, frustrated murder, and planting of evidence filed against Cpl. Hejonner Soller is a counter-charge after said police officer filed a case against ...Keep on reading: Case vs cop who shot worker a ‘counter-charge’ – NCRPO chief
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MPBL, Chooks to Go ink 5-year partnership
MANILA, Philippines---Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League and Chooks to Go entered a five-year partnership on Tuesday. Chooks to Go has promoted sports under its own umbrella, putting a nationwide 3x3 basketball league and sponsoring various athletes and teams including Gilas Pilipinas in 2017. This time, it is bolstering a league whose growth in the past years has been unprecedented. "This is just the beginning of a strong and long partnership between the MPBL and Chooks to Go. We all know Chooks to Go has been helping in sports development," said Pacquiao. "Helping us is their way of helping a very successful business venture for me." Gracing the signing were Samahang...Keep on reading: MPBL, Chooks to Go ink 5-year partnership
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256 local governments back constitutional reforms
At least 256 local chief executives have expressed their support for the government initiative of amending provisions of the 1987 Constitution, the Department of the Interior and Local Government said yesterday.
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House passes measure taxing single-use plastic
The House ways and means committee has approved a bill seeking to tax single-use plastic bags.
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Robredo to release drug war report next week
Nothing “explosive” but “recommendatory.”
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Palace says Cayetano enjoys right to be presumed innocent
House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano enjoys the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty, Malacañang maintained yesterday, after the Office of the Ombudsman said the lawmaker would be covered by its probe on the issues that hounded the Philippines’ hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
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No term extension for AFP chief — DND
Newly designated Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Gen. Noel Clement’s term will not be extended, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said yesterday.
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POGOs ignore Duterte warning on taxes
It seems that the Chinese-owned Philippine offshore gaming operators are not afraid of President Duterte as none of them has heeded his warning 10 days ago for them to pay taxes, or else…
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Water firms to drop compensation claims
The country’s two largest water concessionaires have agreed to drop more than P10 billion in compensation claims from the government as well as defer raising rates originally scheduled for early next year.
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Senate, House set to approve 2020 budget
The Senate and the House of Representatives are set to approve their common version of the proposed P4.1-trillion 2020 national budget today.
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Human Rights Day: Palace hits Reds for recruiting kids
Malacañang lambasted communist rebels for allegedly recruiting children to become child warriors just days after President Duterte expressed readiness to resume peace talks.
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After series of heartbreaks, hard work yields medal for PH men’s volleyball
MANILA, Philippines---After a long time, the Philippines is finally back on the men's volleyball podium of the Southeast Asian Games. The Philippines captured the silver medal in the 2019 Games after losing to Indonesia in straight sets, 25-21, 27-25, 25-17, but that runner-up finish still has a glimmer that shines like gold. Slowly building up a program, the Philippines tried to make an impact in the 2015 and 2017 SEA Games but the country still fell into despair in the two regional meets. "Maybe we still lacked what it takes in 2015 and 2017 but this year whoever you put in you're confident that they will deliver," said De Guzman in Filipino Tuesday at Philsports Arena. ...Keep on reading: After series of heartbreaks, hard work yields medal for PH men’s volleyball
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Fernandez promises 'caring' Argentina as he assumes presidency
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Center-leftist Alberto Fernandez was sworn in as Argentina president on Tuesday, December 10, taking over from the market-friendly Mauricio Macri amid applause and singing by lawmakers and supporters in Buenos Aires. Fernandez, whose vice president is controversial former leader Cristina Kirchner , will govern until 2023 in a country ...
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AFP to push for tougher anti-terrorism law as Mindanao martial law ends
MANILA, Philippines --- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said it would continue to push for a tougher law against terrorism, as President Rodrigo Duterte declared that he would no longer extend martial law in Mindanao. "The AFP will pursue our advocacy towards the amendment of the Human Security Act into an Anti-Terrorism Law that will not be too restrictive to security forces but has more teeth to prevent counterterrorism," AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo said in a statement Tuesday. Earlier in the day, presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that President Rodrigo Duterte would no longer ask Congress to extend martial law in Mindanao. Martial law in ...Keep on reading: AFP to push for tougher anti-terrorism law as Mindanao martial law ends
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Qatar emir skips summit but warm words point to thaw with Saudi
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Qatar's emir on Tuesday, December 10, skipped a Gulf summit billed as a potential "reconciliation conference," but leaders' calls for integration provided more signs of a thaw between Doha and regional power Saudi Arabia. In a sign of the changing mood, the Doha delegation received a ...
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Silver a win for national volleyball men’s team
MANILA, Philippines---It is said no one really wins silver medals. They just lose the gold. Don't tell that to the Philippine national men's volleyball team, who deserve to celebrate the silver medal as some sort of a victory. The Philippines lost to Indonesia in straight sets, 25-21, 27-25, 25-17, in the gold medal match in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games Tuesday at Philsports Arena. The defeat stung, yes, but the team gained some sort of moral victory, making a point as to why the country should continue backing what could be the best men's volleyball squad in history. "I hope this continues for us and I think we didn't have that much experience [as compared to Indonesia...Keep on reading: Silver a win for national volleyball men’s team
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U2’s Bono: You can’t compromise on human rights | Evening wRap
Today on Rappler: U2's Bono to Duterte: 'You can't compromise on human rights' On Human Rights Day, U2 frontman Bono delivers what he calls a soft message for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte: you can't compromise on human rights. Chinese woman kidnapped in Makati is POGO employee – police Police identify the woman in a kidnapping video circulating on social media. The video shows a ...
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U.S., Mexico, Canada to sign deal finalizing trade agreement
MEXICO CITY, Mexico – The United States, Mexico and Canada will sign an "initial deal" Tuesday, December 10, finalizing the USMCA trade agreement, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said. "There is an initial deal between the governments," the leftist leader told his daily news conference, as negotiators from the ...
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Palace hails SC for allowing live coverage of Ampatuan massacre verdict
MANILA, Philippines --- Malacaang lauded Tuesday the decision of the Supreme Court to allow live media coverage of the court verdict on the decade-old Ampatuan massacre case. READ: SC allows live coverage of Maguindanao massacre ruling The high court has allowed state-run PTV to set up cameras inside the courtroom while other media outfits will be allowed to hook up with the PTV for the live feed. In a statement, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said: "This integrated arrangement will ensure that everyone receives real-time and accurate information as the much-awaited verdict on the infamous event is made." "As the judgment on this case is of paramount interest to the ...Keep on reading: Palace hails SC for allowing live coverage of Ampatuan massacre verdict
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20 BEFORE 2020: The movements (and hashtags) that defined 2019
  2019 has been quite an exciting and interesting year with the emergence of youth movements working with older generations to change pre-existing ideologies, compel others to join causes that matter, and to tell their own stories. Thus, making "hashtag activism" even more prevalent. Ten years after Twitter first popularized hashtags, the use of hashtags has become widespread across various social media platforms. Like anything, it comes with its pros and cons, but hashtags have definitely become crucial in gaining support and increasing awareness for various causes --- from political campaigns to social movements. As we near the end of 2019, we've culled the most popular hashtag...Keep on reading: 20 BEFORE 2020: The movements (and hashtags) that defined 2019
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Same as Olympics: Tokyo Paralympic ticket demand tops supply
TOKYO --- When it comes to tickets, next year's Tokyo Paralympics will be just like the Olympics: There's more demand than there are tickets. "The interest is there and we are absolutely delighted," International Paralympic President Andrew Parsons told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday. "It shows clearly that the appetite for the Paralympic Games is there --- in Tokyo and in Japan." Parsons said there were 3.1 million tickets requested earlier this year in the first lottery phase. This exceeds the 2.3 million available. About 600,000 tickets were awarded in the first lottery, and another lottery is set for early next year. Tokyo organizers allowed Parsons to rele...Keep on reading: Same as Olympics: Tokyo Paralympic ticket demand tops supply
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WATCH: PH reigns supreme in SEA Games 2019 Day 10
CLARK, Philippines – On the penultimate day of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, the Philippines extended its dominance in several sporting events on Tuesday, December 10, at the New Clark City Athletics Stadium.  Eric Cray and Aries Toledo capped Philippine athletics' campaign on a high note as Cray clinched his fourth ...
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Margarita Fores serves U2 Pinoy dishes at Grace Park
MAKATI, Metro Manila, Philippines --- The restaurant where U2 frontman Bono, guitarist The Edge and four companions dined, after the Irish superstar rock band arrived via private plane Dec. 9 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia), was Grace Park in Rockwell, Makati. Grace Park owner Margarita Fores herself hosted the dinner. In her Instagram page, Fores posted: "And he said, 'Dance with me!' Thank you so much for giving us the chance to feed you for your first meal in Manila! @u2 We hope you loved the lechon, adobo, diwal pasta and more . #bono pinch me please and tell me this is all real!" U2's "The Joshua Tree" tour 2019 makes a stop on Dec. 11 at the Philippine...Keep on reading: Margarita Fores serves U2 Pinoy dishes at Grace Park
Espejo signs with Thai club Visakha after SEA Games silver finish
    MANILA, Philippines – Volleyball never stops for Marck Espejo. Fresh off a historic silver medal finish with the Philippine men’s volleyball team at the 2019 Southeast Asian games, the five-time UAAP MVP is set to leave for Thailand as an import for the Visakha Volleyball Club.  “Before nung game, ...
Taiwan may help if Hong Kong violence expands
TAIPEI, Taiwan --- Taiwan's top diplomat said Tuesday that his government stands with Hong Kong citizens pushing for "freedom and democracy," and would help those displaced from the semi-autonomous Chinese city if Beijing intervenes with greater force to quell the protests. Speaking to The Associated Press in the capital, Taipei, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu was careful to say his government has no desire to intervene in Hong Kong's internal affairs, and that existing legislation is sufficient to deal with a relatively small number of Hong Kong students or others seeking to reside in Taiwan. But he added that Hong Kong police have already responded with "disproportionate force" t...Keep on reading: Taiwan may help if Hong Kong violence expands
Aries Toledo retains SEA Games decathlon title
  CAPAS, Philippines – Aries Toledo sustained his strength throughout the 2019 Southeast Asian Games to defend the men's decathlon title on Tuesday, December 10 at the New Clark City Athletics stadium.  Toledo, 25, was unstoppable until the end as he topped the table with 7,033 points.  Vietnam's Van Sui Bui ...
Obstruction, abuse of power charges unveiled in Trump impeachment
WASHINGTON DC, USA (UPDATED) – Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment  Tuesday, December 10, against US President Donald Trump after weeks of arguing there is overwhelming evidence that the US leader abused his office and deserves to be removed. If the charges – abuse of power and obstruction of Congress – are ...
Families displaced by Maguindanao clashes cry for help
MANILA, Philippines – As government forces battle terrorists in the central Mindanao province of Maguindanao, thousands of people are forced to leave their homes and stay in flimsy makeshift booths in coconut groves and other open spaces. "Na-trauma na sila sa pagsabog ng kanyon at saka pagputok ng IED (They're ...
‘It Must Have Been Love’ Roxette singer dies aged 61
  The lead singer of Swedish pop duo Roxette, Marie Fredriksson, who shot to global fame in the 1990s with hits like "It Must Have Been Love", has died aged 61 after a long fight with cancer, her manager said Tuesday. Fredriksson had been diagnosed in 2002 with a severe brain tumour but went into remission and returned to the studio in 2010. Six years later, however, her doctors advised her to stop touring and rest. "It is with great sadness we have to announce that Marie Fredriksson of Roxette has passed away in the morning of Dec. 9, following a 17-year long battle with cancer," Dimberg Jernberg Management said in a statement. Roxette, formed in 1986 by Fredriks...Keep on reading: ‘It Must Have Been Love’ Roxette singer dies aged 61
SEA Games: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold
MANILA, Philippines --- Thailand coach Chris Daleo looked at his bench and shook his head in disbelief as Gilas Pilipinas had one of its stretches where it could do no wrong. To no one's surprise, the Philippines went on another clinical third quarter on its way to the gold medal after walloping Thailand, 115-81, in the 30th Southeast Asian Games. "It's just a real honor to be around these guys. Amazing to be around Chris Ross, June Mar (Fajardo), Christian (Standhardinger), watching these guys play. I was always on the other side," national team head coach Tim Cone said. "Amazing to see their devotion to the game and their devotion to flag and country. They were awesome. I ...Keep on reading: SEA Games: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold
Gilas sweeps way to 13th straight SEA Games crown
While the Thais were keeping themselves within striking distance of Gilas in the first two quarters, the Philippines had another big third quarter to thwart their opponents, outscoring them 40-15.
Ethiopia PM collects Nobel Peace Prize, urges unity against hatred
OSLO, Norway – Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed collected the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on Tuesday, December 10, appealing for unity as ethnic violence flares in his country and reconciliation efforts with neighboring former foe Eritrea have stalled. Abiy, 43, won the Nobel for his efforts to resolve the long-running conflict ...