7.7-magnitude quake strikes off eastern Indonesia

JAKARTA — A 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck off Maluku province of eastern Indonesia on Monday, but not was likely to generate a tsunami, the meteorology, climatological and geophysics agency said. The quake rocked at 9:53 a.m. local time (0253 GMT) with the epicenter at 245 km northeast of Maluku Baratdaya and the depth at 231 km under … Read More

Air pollution leads to 7M premature deaths yearly

GENEVA — Some 7 million people die prematurely every year from air pollution, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment said Monday ahead of World Environment Day, noting there are also success stories. David Boyd, the Special Rapporteur, urged nations to beat air pollution to fulfill their human rights obligations. “Air pollution … Read More

7.8-magnitude quake hits Peru

BEIJING — A 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit northern Peru at 3:41 p.m. Sunday (Beijing Time), according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC). The epicenter was monitored at 5.85 degrees south latitude and 75.18 degrees west longitude, and the quake struck at a depth of 100 km, the center said. (Xinhua)

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