STANDOFF WITH SYRIAN REBELS | Filipino peacekeepers hold their ground in Golan Heights 28-Aug-14, 11:47 PM | | Reuters | Agence France-Presse (UPDATE 2) A standoff has ensued after Philippine peacekeepers refused to surrender their firearms and be held hostage by Syrian rebels who took hostage 43 Fijian peacekeepers of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force in the Golan Heights on Thursday, Philippine military officials said.

Chief Justice says judiciary will do duty, as PNoy repeats lament over meddling 28-Aug-14, 6:54 PM | Brian Maglungsod, (UPDATED) Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno said Thursday the judiciary would continue to perform its constitutionally mandated duty even if it may inconvenience other parties and the high court suffers criticism in the process.

Philippine economic growth picks up in 2Q 28-Aug-14, 10:01 AM | Darwin G. Amojelar, (UPDATE 4, 3:14 p.m.) Philippine GDP grew 6.4 percent in the second quarter.

MILF vows to combat Islamic State 'virus' in PH 28-Aug-14, 2:01 PM | Agence France-Presse The Moro Islamic Liberation Front has condemned extremist jihadists in Iraq and Syria, and vowed to stop the spread of their 'virus' into the Philippines.

West Africa Ebola outbreak could infect 20,000, spread further - WHO 29-Aug-14, 7:43 AM | Stephanie Nebehay and Tim Cocks, Reuters The Ebola epidemic in West Africa could infect over 20,000 people and spread to more countries, the UN health agency said on Thursday, warning that an international effort costing almost half a billion dollars is needed to overcome the outbreak.

New evidence vs Bolante, Lorenzo in fertilizer fund scam case 'will shock the world' - Ombudsman 28-Aug-14, 5:41 PM| Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, (UPDATED) Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on Thursday said government prosecutors had found new evidence that would beef up the case against former DA officials Luis Lorenzo and Joc-Joc Bolante involving the alleged plunder of P723-million fertilizer fund during the Arroyo administration.

WORLD SHOCKED | Hello Kitty is not a cat! 28-Aug-14, 12:35 PM| Tricia Aquino Cyberspace is abuzz with a mind-blowing fact uncovered by the Los Angeles Times: beloved Japanese icon Hello Kitty is not a cat. Rather, she is a girl.

585 new HIV cases in July, highest since 1984 - DOH 28-Aug-14, 4:49 PM| Philippine News Agency The Department of Health on Thursday reported 585 new HIV cases last month, the most recorded in a single month since 1984. The July figure brings the total HIV cases this year to 3,399 and is 30 percent more than the 449 recorded in the same month last year.

Brillantes promises 'semi-perfect' automated 2016 polls 28-Aug-14, 5:01 PM| Ernie Reyes, Commission on Elections Chairman Brillantes assures an almost glitch-free electoral exercise even as the poll body's P16.9B budget sails through Senate scrutiny.

Sereno on SALN request: SC justices not hiding anything, what else do they need to know? 28-Aug-14, 11:20 PM| Brian Maglungsod, Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno on Thursday said magistrates of the high tribunal were not hiding anything when they ruled against the request of the Bureau of Internal Revenue for the copies of their Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth.

Frustrated murder case filed vs suspect in shooting of Pangasinan broadcaster 28-Aug-14, 12:26 PM| Jaime Sinapit, Frustrated murder charges have been filed against the suspect in the shooting of a radio station manager in Pangasinan province on Tuesday.

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