(Yearender) 2012 Bicol anti-drug drive nets P3.2M worth of drugs, 252 suspects

December 31, 2012 4:36 am· Comments Off on (Yearender) 2012 Bicol anti-drug drive nets P3.2M worth of drugs, 252 suspects 

By Alfredo L. Vargas Jr.

LEGAZPI CITY, Dec. 30 – Not less than P 3.2-million worth of “shabu” (methamphetamine hydrochloride) and Marijuana were seized and 252 persons arrested in the joint efforts of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Bicol to curb supply and demand of illegal drugs in the region from January until December this year.

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Fire guts 5 houses in Bataan

December 31, 2012 4:36 am· Comments Off on Fire guts 5 houses in Bataan 

SAMAL, Bataan, Dec. 30 — Fire allegedly caused by a heated electric fan gutted down five houses in barangay West Calaguiman here on Saturday night, leaving damages estimated at more than P2 million.

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Israeli army complete evacuation of illegal West Bank outpost

December 31, 2012 4:36 am· Comments Off on Israeli army complete evacuation of illegal West Bank outpost 

JERUSALEM, Dec. 30 — The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) completed Saturday night the evacuation of the Oz Zion illegal outpost in the West Bank, one day after settlers' resistance foiled previous evacuation attempts.

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Israel allows construction materials into Gaza market

December 31, 2012 4:36 am· Comments Off on Israel allows construction materials into Gaza market 

RAMALLAH, Dec. 30 — Israel allowed Sunday the entry of gravels into the Gaza Strip for the first time since it imposed a tight blockade on the Hamas-ruled territory in 2007, a Palestinian official said.

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5 sentenced to death for killing Saudi diplomat in Bangladesh

December 31, 2012 4:36 am· Comments Off on 5 sentenced to death for killing Saudi diplomat in Bangladesh 

DHAKA, Dec. 30 — A court here Sunday awarded death penalty to five people in the murder case of Saudi diplomat Khalaf Al Ali.

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34 killed after drinking toxic cough syrup in E. Pakistan

December 31, 2012 4:36 am· Comments Off on 34 killed after drinking toxic cough syrup in E. Pakistan 

ISLAMABAD, Dec. 30 — Death toll of the people affected by the consumption of adulterated cough syrup has risen to 34 in Pakistan's eastern city of Gujranwala on Sunday, local media reported.

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Chinese man arrested for alleged unauthorized coral fishing in Japan's EEZ

December 31, 2012 4:36 am· Comments Off on Chinese man arrested for alleged unauthorized coral fishing in Japan's EEZ 

KAGOSHIMA, Japan, Dec. 30 — The Japan Coast Guard said Sunday it seized a Chinese-registered fishing boat and arrested its captain on suspicion of unauthorized coral fishing inside Japan's 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone in southern Japan.

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Nearly 400 reported killed in deadly day in Syria

December 31, 2012 4:36 am· Comments Off on Nearly 400 reported killed in deadly day in Syria 

MOSCOW, Dec. 30 -– At least 397 people were killed in Syria on Saturday in what could be the country’s bloodiest day since the start of the uprising 21 months ago, the opposition Local Coordination Committees (LCC) claimed on Sunday.

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German Magazine Mistakenly Announces Bush's Death

December 31, 2012 4:36 am· Comments Off on German Magazine Mistakenly Announces Bush's Death 

By U.S. President Bush Senior to Endorse Romney

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New charge sheet accuses former Israeli FM of fraud, breach of trust

December 31, 2012 4:36 am· Comments Off on New charge sheet accuses former Israeli FM of fraud, breach of trust 

JERUSALEM, Dec. 31 — Israel's Justice Ministry on Sunday submitted an updated indictment against former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, charging him with fraud and breach of public trust in a 12-year scandal that recently led Lieberman to resign his post.

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