Sea vessels resume operations Thursday morning

December 27, 2012 11:32 am· Comments Off on Sea vessels resume operations Thursday morning 

ILOILO CITY, Dec. 27 — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has allowed sea vessels to resume their operations Thursday morning after the state weather agency has cleared Western Visayas from typhoon signal.

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Cotabato mayor condemns rash of violence, orders police to dig deeper

December 27, 2012 11:32 am· Comments Off on Cotabato mayor condemns rash of violence, orders police to dig deeper 

COTABATO CITY, Dec. 27 –- Cotabato City Mayor Japal Guiani Jr. has condemned the rash of violence that rocked the city on Wednesday as he ordered the police to thoroughly investigate and prevent recurrence of attack.

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(Roundup): UN envoy continues efforts to solve Syrian crisis

December 27, 2012 11:32 am· Comments Off on (Roundup): UN envoy continues efforts to solve Syrian crisis 

DAMASCUS, Dec. 27 — The visiting international envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, continued his meetings Wednesday in Syria's capital Damascus in the hope of reaching a solution to the prolonged crisis amid nationwide ongoing violence and clashes.

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UN chief slams attacks on towns in Central African Republic

December 27, 2012 11:32 am· Comments Off on UN chief slams attacks on towns in Central African Republic 

UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 27 — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Wednesday strongly condemned rebel groups' armed attacks on several towns in the Central African Republic, saying that these actions "gravely undermine the peace agreements in place" in the African country.

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Turkey minister says ROK could lose nuke bid

December 27, 2012 11:32 am· Comments Off on Turkey minister says ROK could lose nuke bid 

ANKARA, Dec. 27 — A Republic of Korea (ROK) bid to build Turkey's second nuclear power plant will expire soon "unless the country comes up with a favorable offer," Turkey's Energy Minister Taner Y ld z told reporters Wednesday in Ankara.

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Chinese ambassador urges political solution to Syria crisis

December 27, 2012 11:32 am· Comments Off on Chinese ambassador urges political solution to Syria crisis 

DAMASCUS, Dec. 27 — The Chinese ambassador to Syria Zhang Xun met Wednesday with the visiting UN-AU joint envoy Lakhdar Brahimi and they stressed the urgent need for a political solution to Syria's 22-months crisis.

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Egyptian opposition bloc urges anti-Morsi protests on Jan. 25

December 27, 2012 11:32 am· Comments Off on Egyptian opposition bloc urges anti-Morsi protests on Jan. 25 

CAIRO, Dec. 27 — Egypt's main opposition bloc " National Salvation Front" on Wednesday called on people to take to the streets on Jan. 25, 2013 and protest against President Mohamed Morsi's leadership.

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Russian Federal Council passes "anti-Magnitsky" Act

December 27, 2012 11:32 am· Comments Off on Russian Federal Council passes "anti-Magnitsky" Act 

MOSCOW, Dec. 27 — The Russian Federation Council, or the upper house of the parliament, approved on Wednesday a bill which would imposes entry bans on U.S. citizens who have allegedly committed crimes against Russians abroad, and persons involved in abduction or illegal imprisonment of Russians, as well as those implicated in abuse of adopted Russian children.

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Central African Republic rebel advance prompts anti-France protests

December 27, 2012 11:32 am· Comments Off on Central African Republic rebel advance prompts anti-France protests 

BANGUI, Dec. 27 — Hundreds of protesters gathered around the French Embassy in the Central African Republic on Wednesday to vent anger at the lack of support by the former colonial power in fighting the advancing Seleka rebel coalition.

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Khartoum ready for summit with Juba to implement cooperation deal

December 27, 2012 11:32 am· Comments Off on Khartoum ready for summit with Juba to implement cooperation deal 

KHARTOUM, Dec. 27 — Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Wednesday reiterated his readiness to hold a summit with his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir Mayardit anytime and anywhere to expedite implementation of a cooperation deal signed by the two countries in September.

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