Philippine politician injured, 4 aides killed in ambush

A member of the Philippines parliament was wounded in an ambush Thursday that left four of his aides dead, he said in a television interview. Vicente Belmonte Jr. said his two-car convoy was travelling on the national highway from the airport in the southern coastal province of Misamis Oriental when gunmen in a black vehicle fired at them, killing his two drivers and two bodyguards. The lawmaker told local broadcaster ANC about the incident by phone from his hospital bed shortly after the … [Read more...]

MMDA hit for deploying rescue teams in combat uniforms

Netizens have criticized the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) for deploying civilian rescue teams dressed in combat camouflage to critical areas in the metropolis at the height of Typhoon Ruby’s onslaught. The negative reactions were posted on the comments section in the MMDA’s Facebook account. The photos showed military attired MMDA disaster personnel distributing relief goods and some in formation receiving orders “in anticipation of the effects of Typhoon … [Read more...]

Hunting for pictures, and crocodiles, in remote Aboriginal country

By David Gray ARNHEM LAND, Australia (Reuters) - We are deep in a forest crowded by Australian paperback trees, the air thick with humidity but eerily silent save for the screeching of tropical birds, when Marcus shouts: "Look, crocodiles!" As a Reuters photojournalist, I'm a trained observer, but I can't see any crocs. I can't see anything beyond mud and what little water is left in the small billabong. Aboriginal hunters Marcus and Roy, a father and son team, take off running past a herd of … [Read more...]

‘Stronger than ever’ jihadists kill 5,042 in a month

Jihadist attacks around the world in November killed a total of 5,042 people, showing Islamist extremism is "stronger than ever" despite Al-Qaeda's declining role, a new study published on Thursday said. There were 664 attacks in 14 countries during the month, according to the joint report by the BBC World Service and the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at King's College London. The research found Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria were responsible for around … [Read more...]

Nike accuses former shoe designers of taking secrets to Adidas

By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nike Inc is accusing three of its former senior shoe designers of stealing its commercial secrets and making off for German rival Adidas AG, which announced in September the trio would staff its new urban footwear design studio in Brooklyn. A lawsuit filed in Oregon where Nike is headquartered claims at least $10 million in damages. The world's largest sportswear maker said the former designers, Marc Dolce, Mark Miner, and senior design director Denis … [Read more...]

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