Image of Russian gay couple wins World Press Photo

An image of a gay couple locked in a tender embrace in Russia won the prestigious World Press Photo award on Thursday, highlighting the plight of sexual minorities in the country. But organisers said almost a quarter of all pictures reaching the penultimate round of the 58th edition of the contest were rejected because they were digitally enhanced. AFP's Istanbul-based photographer Bulent Kilic won first and third prizes in the Spot News category, Singles, for two haunting images taken in … [Read more...]

Sarah Geronimo’s Valentine’s Day plans

  Yahoo Southeast Asia Newsroom/NPPA Images - Sarah Geronimo and boyfriend Matteo Guidicelli (NPPA Images) Sarah Geronimo might not be be able to spend Valentine' s Day with her sweetheart Matteo Guidicelli. The "Voice of the Philippines" coach said both of them are busy with work on February 14. "Wala naman pong plano kasi pareho yata kaming may trabaho on Valentine's Day. May live po kami for 'The Voice,' tapos … [Read more...]

Senators interview SAF clash survivors

Superintendent Raymond Train and PO2 Christopher Lalan, two of the Special Action Force (SAF) police commandos who survived the Mamasapano firefight, yesterday narrated the fierce battle they had to endure in a bid to escape the bloody encounter with Muslim rebels that left 44 of their comrades dead in Maguindanao last Jan. 25. Train and Lalan gave their statements before the senators who went into executive session at around 4:30 p.m. after almost seven hours of open hearing that started at 10 … [Read more...]

Wounded Usman hiding in Maguindanao – Gov. Mangudadatu

Cotabato City – Filipino terrorist Abdul Basit Usman is wounded and hiding in the hinterlands of Maguindanao, according to Gov. Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu. “Nandiyan lang yan,” Mangudadatu told reporters during the ongoing celebration of the 4th Sagayan Festival that formally opened Monday and winds up on Saturday in Buluan town. Usman reportedly got a bullet in the arm during the encounter with Special Action Force (SAF) commandos in the operation in Barangay Pidsandawan, Mamasapano … [Read more...]

Insight – Little noticed, new Saudi king shapes contours of power

RIYADH (Reuters) - By rapidly appointing two heirs, Saudi Arabia's King Salman has pressed pause on "succession Sudoku", as one leading local journalist calls speculation over whose star is rising and whose waning in the large and secretive Al Saud ruling family. The choice of 69-year-old Muqrin for crown prince and 55-year-old Mohammed bin Nayef for deputy crown prince resolved the most important dilemma in the dynasty's recent history - how to jump from sons of its founder, King Abdulaziz, to … [Read more...]

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