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The World's 5 Most Disaster-Prone Cities

Asia is apparently especially risky, insurer's rankings suggest

(Newser) - In the wake of Chile's earthquake, the Guardian was wondering which cities were the riskiest to live in from a natural-disaster perspective. So they checked with a source with a vested interest in knowing precisely that: The re-insurance company Swiss Re. Here are the five cities it's most... More »

The Philippines Would Like a Word With Dan Brown

Government official unhappy with 'gates of hell' description

(Newser) - Manila officials were probably excited to learn that one of the characters in Dan Brown's latest sure-to-be blockbuster visits the city. That is, until they read the descriptions of the child-sex trade, pollution, and poverty, all of which prompted the character in Inferno to declare, "I've run... More »

Fire Leaves Thousands Homeless in Manila

Riot in shantytown after Christmas Day blaze

(Newser) - Thousands of families in Manila were left homeless on Christmas Day after a fire tore through a shantytown in the Philippine capital, the AP reports. At least 13 people were injured, including firefighters attacked by mobs trying to grab fire hoses to save their own homes. A man who claimed... More »

FBI Agent Spent Thousands on Brothels: Court Filing

He allegedly spent $1.6K on single night in club that hires underage girls

(Newser) - An undercover FBI agent spent "thousands of dollars" on brothels and clubs frequented by prostitutes, including places that hired underage girls, a lawyer charged in court documents yesterday. The agent was reimbursed $14,500 for entertainment, cocktails, and tips over a period of less than a year in 2010... More »

In Drenched Philippines, Fresh Rain, Misery

Hard rains again fall overnight, sending many fleeing again

(Newser) - Fresh rain fell on the Philippines today, ending yesterday's reprieve, thwarting rescue efforts, and again sending Filipinos scurrying for higher ground as rivers rose and resurgent flood waters washed through city streets. Many evacuees had returned home yesterday, but hard rains overnight and into today meant a second evacuation... More »

People Still Stuck on Roofs in Flooded Manila

Country overwhelmed as floods recede slightly

(Newser) - With half of Manila underwater , monsoon rains that have deluged the Philippines since Sunday are giving it a bit of a rest, allowing rescuers enough respite to pluck trapped residents from their perches. "We're still in rescue mode," says the nation's disaster response chief, calling the... More »

Wall Built to Hide Slum From Anti-Poverty Conference

Move 'just a little fixing up,' Philippine government says

(Newser) - Delegates attending an international anti-poverty conference in Manila this week were shielded from unsightly poverty by a wall hastily erected by the Philippine government, reports the AP . The makeshift wall put up before the Asian Development Bank conference hid the view of a sprawling slum along a creek from visitors... More »

Deadly Typhoon Slams Philippines

12 dead, 100K flee, Manila at standstill

(Newser) - A deadly typhoon packing 105mph winds slammed the Philippines late yesterday, shortly after some 100,000 people were evacuated from central Albay province, and the stock exchange and US embassy were shut in Manila. Nesat made landfall just before dawn on the Pacific coast and was surging toward major population... More »

Navy Man Nailed With Powder Leaps to Death at Airport

He denied drugs were his; tests find no cocaine

(Newser) - A Los Angeles-bound US Navy officer jumped to his death at the Manila airport after being caught at an X-ray machine with a packet of white power believed to be cocaine in his bags. Tests later showed the packet held no illegal drugs, reports AP. Filipino officials, however, confirmed to... More »

Dad Gets 14,400 Years for Daily Rape of Daughter

Abuse case worst ever, says Philippines court

(Newser) - A father in the Philippines who raped his 13-year-old daughter almost every day while her mother worked abroad for a year has been given a 14,400-year sentence—40 years for every rape. The rickshaw driver was originally sentenced to death, but an appeals court commuted the sentence, AP reports.... More »

Newborn Found in Airplane Trash

Mom gave birth in plane bathroom

(Newser) - A newborn baby is doing well after he was found in the trash aboard a Gulf Air flight from Bahrain to Manila. "After he was cleaned, he let out a soft cry," said an airport nurse who checked out the infant. "He was healthy, his vital signs... More »

Ex-Cop Hijacks Bus, Kills Tourists in Manila

... in a bid to get his job back

(Newser) - At least two tourists were killed today in the Philippines, after an ex-police officer took their bus hostage in a bizarre bid to get his old job back. The ex-officer, Rolando Mendoza, flagged down the bus in Manila about 10 hours ago, wearing his police uniform, CNN reports. Once on... More »

3 Busted in Plot to Bomb US Manila Embassy

Foreigners also targeted UK, Australia, Israel missions

(Newser) - Authorities in the Philippines have arrested three men from the Middle East who allegedly plotted to bomb the American embassy in Manila. One of the suspects is from Jordan, but their identities remain unknown, reports AP. The three were also targeting the embassies of the United Kingdom, Australia and Israel,... More »

Bomb Rattles Philippines Congress, Kills 3

One lawmaker, a former rebel, dies after blast near House entrance

(Newser) - A car bomb outside the Philippines House of Representatives killed three people, including one lawmaker, the AP reports. The blast killed Wahab Akbar, a congressman and former Muslim rebel. He formerly served as governor of the southern province of Basilia and helped  fight terrorists there linked to al Qaeda, the... More »

Philippine Ex-President Gets Life

Estrada guilty of plundering millions

(Newser) - Disgraced Philippine ex-president and former movie star Joseph Estrada was sentenced to life in prison today for plundering  $85 million from the nation's treasury. Estrada, 70— still popular despite his 2001 ouster amid corruption charges—returned under house arrest to his villa near Manila until his appeals are heard. More »

Scientists Race to Save Rice Crops

Floods, droughts, warming threaten world's most vital food

(Newser) - While much of the world focuses its attention on oil, 1,000 people in a lab outside Manila are worrying about the other staple the modern world depends on: rice. Because of drought, floods, and overproduction, Asian rice yields are flatlining, the Journal reports; as a result, the price of... More »

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