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LPA spotted in Pacific Ocean, expected to enter PAR on Monday - Pagasa 20-Apr-14, 11:05 AM | Philippines News Agency

GUESS: Which country is the world's second largest banana exporter? 20-Apr-14, 7:27 AM | Philippines News Agency

First bodies pulled from submerged Korean ferry 20-Apr-14, 2:19 AM | Park Chan-Kyong, Agence France-Presse

After 53 days, Abu Sayyaf free kidnapped engineer in Jolo 20-Apr-14, 10:53 AM | Agence France-Presse Suspected Islamic militants have freed a Filipino engineer they abducted in the southern Philippines 53 days ago, the military said Sunday.

5,000-year-old artworks in Binangonan rock wall in danger of disappearing before they can be studied 20-Apr-14, 12:06 PM | Mynardo Macaraig, Agence France-Presse Engravings of people, animals, and geometric shapes dating back to 5,000 years ago are believed to be the Philippines' oldest known artworks, but encroaching urbanization, vandals, and the ravages of nature are growing threats.

Prosecutors want South Korea ferry captain's detention extended as death toll mounts 20-Apr-14, 1:08 PM | Ju-Min Park and Jungmin Jang, Reuters South Korean prosecutors investigating a ferry disaster said on Sunday they would seek to extend the detention of the ship's captain and two other crew by 10 days as they tried to determine the cause of an accident that may claim more than 300 lives.

PA-EASTER NYO NA | Govt to MILF: Help release all hostages in Mindanao 20-Apr-14, 8:26 AM | InterAksyon.com Following military reports that some Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters were involved in kidnapping activities, government chief negotiator Miriam Coronel Ferrer has asked the assistance of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and other stakeholders to give kidnap victims their freedom.

Gigi Reyes as state witness? De Lima says it's a 'big question mark' 20-Apr-14, 2:51 PM | Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com The Department of Justice on Sunday struck a tentative note amid speculations that Atty. Jessica Lucila Reyes, one of the principal respondents in the pork barrel plunder case, could end up as a state witness.

DI MAKAPILI | Sen. Jinggoy confident Atty. Gigi won't implicate him on pork scam, to be home Monday 20-Apr-14, 1:30 PM| Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com Unlike other whistleblowers, Atty. Jessica "Gigi" Reyes, the former chief of staff of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile who returned to the country Saturday, is unlikely to "spill the beans" to implicate lawmakers in the P10-billion pork barrel scam, Senator Jinggoy Estrada said Sunday.

CARDINAL TAGLE'S EASTER MESSAGE | 'Peace is a gift of the Risen Jesus' 20-Apr-14, 12:25 PM| His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila Pray for peace and to become Jesus' co-workers, encourages Cardinal Tagle.

ANALYSIS | China's shadow to follow Obama around Asia 20-Apr-14, 9:29 AM| Stephen Collinson, Agence France-Presse President Barack Obama will not visit China on his Asia tour next week, but its broadening shadow will be cast everywhere he goes at a time of complex regional disputes and questions about US strategy.

DOH urges Pinoy nurse's co-passengers from Abu Dhabi: 'You still need to get tested for MERS-CoV' 19-Apr-14, 2:15 PM| Jet Villa, InterAksyon.com | with reports from Agence France-Presse Fellow passengers of a Filipino nurse who flew home on April 15, before the man was found to have tested positive for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), still need to undergo tests, the DOH said on Saturday, even as the nurse has already been cleared of the virus.

NOOD TAYO NG METEOR SHOWER! 12 'falling stars' per hour from Monday evening to Tuesday morning 20-Apr-14, 10:26 AM| InterAksyon.com Want to see a night sky spectacle? From the evening of Monday (April 21) to the wee hours of Tuesday (April 22), the annual Lyrids meteor shower will peak, with about a dozen meteors per hour streaking across Philippine skies, the Philippine weather bureau said.

Pope at Easter vigil: Spread the faith 20-Apr-14, 8:54 AM| Agence France-Presse Pope Francis on Saturday called on Catholics to bring the message of God "to the very ends of the earth" during an Easter vigil mass in St Peter's Basilica.

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