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Onoda, Japanese World War II soldier who waited until 1974 to surrender, dead at 91

TOKYO—Hiroo Onoda, the last Japanese imperial soldier to emerge from hiding and surrender after World War II, has died. He was 91. Onoda died Thursday at a Tokyo hospital. Chief government spokesman Yoshihide Suga expressed his condolences Friday, praising Onoda for his strong will to live. Onoda was an intelligence officer who came out of …

Czechs seize 2 rhino horns at Prague airport believed meant for southeast Asia black market

PRAGUE, Czech Republic—Czech officials say airport customs authorities have seized two horns of endangered rhinoceroses believed to be destined for the black market in southeast Asia. Customs official Sarka Miskovska says the horns, weighing 6.77 kilograms (15 pounds), were hidden in a parcel with electrical materials. Miskovska said Thursday its true content was revealed by an …

PH embassy in New Zealand celebrates Rizal Day

  The Philippine Embassy in Wellington, New Zealand commemorated the 117th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Dr. Jose P. Rizal with a flag-raising ceremony at the Embassy Chancery on 30 December 2013.   Embassy officers and staff joined the singing of the Philippine national anthem, “Lupang Hinirang,” and the recitation of the “Panunumpa sa Watawat …

PH embassy in Cyprus congratulates new ambassador to the Philippines

    Philippine Non-Resident Ambassador to Cyprus Meynardo LB. Montealegre congratulates Mr. Pantelakis D. Eliades, Political Director of Cyprus’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), on the latter’s appointment as Non-Resident Ambassador to the Philippines.   Ambassador Eliades will be based in Nicosia, Cyprus.   During Ambassador Montealegre’s visit to Cyprus on January 10, the two …

PH embassy holds annual meeting of Filipino community leaders in Switzerland

   The Philippine Embassy in Berne convened the Annual Meeting of the leaders of various Filipino organizations in Switzerland on January 11.   In his welcome message, Philippine Ambassador to Switzerland Leslie J. Baja expressed appreciation to the leaders for the full support and cooperation they have always extended to the Philippine Embassy. In particular, …

PH permanent mission to UN calls on donors to support UNDP recovery program in Visayas

  Ambassador Libran N. Cabactulan, Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations, New York co-chaired a briefing for donor countries organized by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on its US$65 million recovery program in the Philippines dubbed “Typhoon Yolanda Recovery and Resilience in the Visayas” (TRRV).   Donors represented at the briefing include Australia, …

Two Filipino caregivers accused of molesting a 98-year-old patient in California

  REDWOOD CITY, California – Russel Olvena Torralba, a Filipino nurse accused of molesting a 98-year old stroke victim in San Diego, was arrested in South Vancouver last week by Canada Border Services Agency, after a tip from U.S. marshals. Torralba, who was working as a live-in caregiver for a disabled boy in Canada, is …

Spike in endangered green turtles off Indonesia island risks destruction of food source

JAKARTA, Indonesia—Green sea turtles remain a rare sight in many parts of the world, but one Indonesian island tasked with protecting them is being overrun by far too many. New research suggests that the gentle endangered creatures are crowding into a marine reserve in numbers never recorded anywhere, gobbling seagrass to the point that they …

World sea piracy falls for third straight year in 2013 amid clampdown on Somali piracy

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia—World sea piracy fell for a third straight year in 2013, as Somali pirates were curbed by international naval patrols and improved ship vigilance, an international maritime watchdog said Wednesday. The International Maritime Bureau said global pirate attacks fell to a six-year low of 264, down from 297 in 2012 and 439 in …

No asylum seekers have reached Australia in weeks, but general says too early to call victory

CANBERRA, Australia—No asylum seeker has reached Australia by boat in more than three weeks, but the army general charged with ending the sea traffic of would-be refugees from Southeast Asia said Wednesday he was not yet prepared to declare victory. The government won elections in September last year with a promise to stop people smugglers from sending …

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