DFA BRINGS HOME FIRST BATCH OF FILIPINOS FROM SRI LANKA

MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) welcomed the arrival of 13 distressed Filipinos from Sri Lanka who returned to the Philippines on 30 July 2022. The repatriates, composed of six females, two males, and five minors,  are part of the 114 Filipinos who have signified their intent to return to the Philippines because […]

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North Korea’s Latest Threat Seen as Pretext for Nuclear Test

Experts see a fiery speech this week by Kim Jong Un as a bid to cast an expected seventh nuclear test as a justifiable response to full-scale joint military drills by the U.S. and South Korea, which are set to resume within weeks.   In the speech Wednesday, marking the 69th anniversary of the armistice […]

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Pelosi Confirms Asia Visit, Doesn’t Mention Taiwan

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirmed Sunday she is leading a congressional delegation to Asia but did not mention whether she will defy China by making a stop in Taiwan.   In a statement, Pelosi said she is leading a group of five other Democratic Party lawmakers to Asia “to reaffirm America’s strong and unshakeable […]

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Anti-Junta Forces in Myanmar Rely on Homemade Weapons

Opposition People’s Defense Forces in Myanmar are battling the ruling junta’s military with locally produced weapons, members of the PDF told VOA in recent weeks. The PDF members, mostly students and farmers with no previous weapons manufacturing experience, said they figured out how to make the weapons from YouTube and from each other. Most opposition […]

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Japanese National Detained in Myanmar

A Japanese man has been detained in Myanmar’s commercial capital Yangon, an official at Japan’s embassy confirmed Sunday, the latest foreigner ensnared in the junta-ruled nation. A military coup last year sparked rolling protests and a deadly response from the junta, with more than 2,000 people killed and at least 14,000 arrested, according to a […]

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Ramos, Ex-Philippine Leader Who Helped Oust Dictator, Dies

Former Philippine President Fidel Valdez Ramos, a U.S.-trained ex-general who saw action in the Korean and Vietnam wars and played a key role in a 1986 pro-democracy uprising that ousted a dictator, has died. He was 94. It was not immediately clear what caused his death but one of his longtime aides, Norman Legaspi, told […]

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