PH bags $12-B worth of biz deals in China

BEIJING – President Rodrigo Duterte bagged around USD12.16 billion worth of business deals in his fourth visit here. On Friday, 19 business agreements were signed between Filipino and Chinese companies. These deals include one contract agreement, two purchase framework agreements, three cooperation agreements, and 13 memoranda of understanding and agreement (MOU/MOA). Duterte said the Philippine government … Read More

Palace condoles with California mass shooting victims, families

MANILA — Malacañang on Friday extended condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the mass shooting incident in California that left 12 people, including Filipino-American Alaina Punzalan Housley, dead. “The Palace offers its heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the families of those who perished in the latest mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, California … Read More

S. Korea, U.S. resume marine drills

SEOUL — South Korea and the United States resumed their combined marine drills Monday for the first time since they were suspended in June to support diplomacy with North Korea over its denuclearization. The allies began the two-week Korea Marine Exercise Program (KMEP), which involves some 500 troops, including U.S. marines from Okinawa, Japan, and military … Read More

China’s biggest wine expo to open in Sept.

BEIJING, China — Thousands of wine exhibitors, drinkers and enthusiasts will converge in the upcoming 8th China International Alcoholic Beverage Expo that will be held at the Guiyang International Conference and Exhibition Center in Guizhou province, southwest of China, on September 9-12. “The expo aims to reinforce the exchange and cooperation between specialists of alcohol industry … Read More

Italy declares state of emergency due to collapsed bridge

GENOA, Italy — The Italian government has declared the state of emergency in the Liguria region surrounding the northwest city of Genoa, a day after the dramatic collapse of a major motorway bridge that caused dozens of victims, the country’s prime minister said on Wednesday. A state of emergency request had been filed by the regional … Read More

Heat wave hits Canada

OTTAWA — A total of 90 heat warnings were in effect in eight of Canada’s 10 provinces Tuesday morning, according to Environment Canada. Environment Canada warned that much of the provinces will see temperature between 29 degrees Celsius and 32 degrees on Tuesday, with humidex values potentially topping 40. Similar conditions were expected on Wednesday. The … Read More

2 confirmed dead, more missing after dam collapses in Laos

VIENTIANE — At least two people are confirmed dead as of 4:30 p.m. local time (0930 GMT) on Tuesday, and a number of villagers are still missing after an under-construction dam collapsed causing flash flood in southern Laos, state-run online newspaper Vientiane Times quoted a senior provincial official as saying. The Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam … Read More