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Suspect in US Craigslist killing tells paper she killed at least 22 others as part of cult

SUNBURY, Pa. – A woman charged along with her newlywed husband with killing a man they met through Craigslist admitted to the slaying in a jailhouse interview with a newspaper and said she has killed more than 20 other people across America, claims which police said they are investigating. In an interview with The Daily …

Indonesian volcanic eruption brings life and cash as well as death and misery

  SIDOMULYO, Indonesia – The ash and debris that Indonesia’s Mount Kelud blasted from its belly brought death and misery, and disrupted international air traffic. But for many of the millions of people cleaning up Saturday in the wake of the explosive eruption, it was also a money earner and a shot of life for …

PH’s Martinez makes history at Sochi 2014

UPDATE: 1:12 AM, Feb 15) As of posting, Michael Christian Martinez is currently in seventh place in men’s free skate event in Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics late Friday night (Feb 14, Manila time). Skating to the tune of Ernesto Lecuona’s “Malagueña,” Martinez earned a score of 119.44 for his routine, which lasted four minutes and …

Former blue collar workers in Greek town turn to soup kitchens, trash as unemployment rises

PERAMA, Greece—For Perama, the ships have sailed. This working class town at Athens’ western tip once hosted some of the busiest shipyards in Greece, a maritime country with one of the world’s biggest shipping industries. Wages were good and jobs plentiful. Apartment blocks were built quickly along a steep, sea-facing hill from whose heights 2,500 …

Weekly applications for US unemployment benefits rise slightly to 339,000

WASHINGTON—The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 8,000 last week to 339,000, evidence that layoffs ticked up. Still, the increase wasn’t enough to suggest the job market is worsening. The Labor Department said Thursday that the four week average of applications, a less volatile measure, increased 3,500 to a seasonally adjusted 336,750. The …

Kerry vows US support for SKorea, urges better ties with Japan

SEOUL, South Korea—U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his South Korean counterpart warned North Korea on Thursday against any possible aggression amid mixed signals from the North over returning to denuclearization talks and improved ties with the South. Kerry, meanwhile, urged U.S. allies South Korea and Japan to repair deep divisions between them that …

For paroled foreign drug mules in Peru, years of misery and poverty trying to go home

LIMA, Peru—Profuse sweating betrayed Nicole Bartscher’s internal panic over having 10 pounds of cocaine strapped to her body as she negotiated her way through Lima’s international airport in 2010 for a flight to the Netherlands. Policewomen took the heavyset hairdresser aside, told her to strip and found the drug packages bound to her torso and …

Senate easily approves Obama’s pick of Senate veteran Baucus as next ambassador to China

WASHINGTON—The Senate easily confirmed longtime Sen. Max Baucus on Thursday to become ambassador to China, handing the job to a lawmaker well-versed in U.S. trade policy but with little expertise about military and other issues that have raised tensions with Beijing. Senators gave final approval to the nomination of the moderate Baucus, D-Mont., by 96-0. …

Former warlord refashions image and launches campaign to succeed Karzai as Afghan president

KABUL, Afghanistan—He has been called a mentor to accused 9-11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the man who welcomed Osama bin Laden to Afghanistan in the 1990s. He was accused of war crimes and atrocities, and even has a terror group named after him in the Philippines. But these days, Abdul Rab Rasoul Sayyaf has refashioned …

SKorean appeal court rules layoffs of Ssangyong Motor workers not valid

SEOUL, South Korea—A South Korean appeal court says the layoffs of 153 employees at Ssangyong Motor in 2009 were unjustified in a belated victory for auto workers who fought pitched battles with riot police at the time. The 153 were among 2,600 workers that Ssangyong tried to shed in 2009, sparking South Korea’s worst labour …

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