DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip—The fragile cease-fire between Israel and Hamas was back on track Sunday as the militants freed 17 more hostages, including 14 Israelis and the first American, in a third exchange under a four-day truce that the United States said it hoped would be extended. In turn, Israel released 39 Palestinian prisoners.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates—Armed assailants seized and later let go of a tanker linked to Israel off the coast of Yemen on Sunday before being apprehended by the United States Navy, officials said. Two ballistic missiles fired from Houthi-controlled Yemen then landed near a US warship aiding the tanker in the Gulf of Aden, raising the stakes amid a series of ship attacks linked to the Israel-Hamas war.
BANGKOK—An alliance of armed ethnic minority groups that launched a surprise offensive last month against Myanmar’s military has seized a major trading gate on the country’s northeastern border with China, a spokesperson for one of the groups said Sunday.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Armed assailants seized and later let go of a tanker linked to Israel off the coast of Yemen on Sunday before being apprehended by the United States Navy, officials said. Two ballistic missiles fired from Houthi-controlled Yemen then landed near a U.S. warship aiding the tanker in the Gulf of Aden, raising the stakes amid a series of ship attacks linked to the Israel-Hamas war.
THE expansion of the country’s informal sector and the growth of the gig economy may be symptoms that the country is caught in a middle-income trap, according to United Kingdom-based bank Hongkong and Shanghai Bank Corp. Ltd.
THE Philippine Economic Zone Authority (Peza) said it is currently studying the setting up of public economic zones in Mindanao and Palawan as it aims to bring in big-ticket and high-value projects, particularly in the areas of car manufacturing and electric vehicles.
THE Philippine delegation to the 31st Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum pushed the newly created Maharlika Investment Corp., which will manage the country’s Maharlika Investment Fund, saying the Philippines will serve as a desirable investment hub and safe haven for all sovereign wealth funds globally.
THE Makati Business Club (MBC) is urging the Anti-Red Tape Authority (Arta) to set up a group from the private sector that can provide inputs to its ease of doing business initiatives to become an “enabling” agency instead of a “regulatory” one.
LEADERS of the House Committee on Human Rights said on Sunday that allowing the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate will not jeopardize national sovereignty but rather will signify transparency and benefit the Philippine government, even as the government continues to consider the possibility of re-entering the ICC and the lower house will continue to hear resolutions for ICC entry into the country.
PRESIDENT Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. and First Lady Liza Araneta-Marcos welcomed over 1,700 children from select shelters and orphan care centers at the Malacañang grounds on Sunday as they led the “Balik Sigla, Bigay Saya” gift-giving day, simultaneously held in 300 satellite centers to over 17,000 children nationwide.
SENATOR Christopher “Bong” Go, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, underscored the importance of dedicating resources to health infrastructure especially in communities to bring medical services closer to the people as he attended the inauguration of a Super Health Center in Sorsogon City, Sorsogon, on Friday, November 24.
TEN newly-elected officials of the EMBO barangays placed by the Supreme Court under the jurisdiction of Taguig, together with new Sangguniang Kabataang (SK) officials, have opted to join the mass oath-taking ceremonies officiated by Mayor Abigail Binay at Makati City Hall.
POLL technology company Smartmatic Tim Corp. urged the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to junk a petition seeking to disqualify them from joining the bidding process for the 2025 automated elections.
CUTE and cuddly, toys are flooding the market. They are on store shelves and peddled along sidewalks.
THE third round of the green energy auction (GEA-3) would be moved to early next year as the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has yet to finalize the pricing mechanism for geothermal and pumped storage hydropower.
THE Ecological Waste Coalition of the Philippines (EcoWaste Coalition) is warning the public to avoid buying unsafe Christmas lights.
THE Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) said over the weekend it recorded a “slight increase” in foreign containers handled at end-October, thanks to “higher exports and imports.”
A delegation of 16 Philippine businesses engaged in food and beverages at the China International Import Expo (CIIE) secured $1.1 billion in overall sales in 2023, surpassing the $655-million sales booked last year, according to the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (Citem), the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
THE House of Representatives (HOR) is taking the lead in passing legislation that will ensure that the country’s adoption of digital technologies is responsive, inclusive, and forward-thinking as the House has long recognized the power of digitalization to transform the nation.