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OPINION >India-Pakistan should be bhai bhai

OPINION >India-Pakistan should be bhai bhai
by AFP, Rhaydz B. Barcia, William B. Depasupil and Candice Brillon Thousands of people fled rising floods and an approaching storm in a fresh round of evacuations in Mindanao, officials said on Friday as the death toll from a week of rains rose to 37. Nearly 13,000 people left their villages … Read more » IN THE BEGINNING WAS FACTION: Nation building still is a work in progress

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On the Nuclear Threshold - Mozilla Firefox By Joyce Battle National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 6 For more information contact: Joyce Battle 202/994-7000 or Washington, D.C. – This briefing book contains material from the National Security Archive's project on U.S. policy toward South Asia, which is documenting nuclear developments in India and Pakistan from the 1950s to the present. The Archive is collecting U.S. government records that illustrate American policies and perspectives.

MAKILING JOURNAL INDEX PAGE Makiling Journal Publisher is Chairman for Calabarzon , Federation of Provincial Press Clubs of the Philippines REP. SAN LUIS WON'T WITHDRAW SUPPORT FOR ARROYO IMPEACHMENT . . . Laguna 4th district Rep. Edgar San Luis said Wednesday last week that he will not withdraw his endorsement of an impeachment complaint against President Arroyo.

PHL to seek int'l arbitration in Spratlys dispute - Nation The Philippine government will bring the dispute over the Spratly Islands to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Monday. "The Philippines is prepared to defend its position in accordance [with] international law. We suggested the proper forum will be the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea," DFA Secretary Albert del Rosario said at a press conference. Del Rosario said he has already informed government officials of China, one of the claimants in the Spratly dispute, about their suggestion during an official visit there last week. China, however, has yet to respond.

Country’s 1st anti mining monument erected in Romblon Anti-mining advocates witnessed on Tuesday the unveiling of a Memorial in Romblon commemorating the biggest protest held in the province against mining by the Church, local officials and residents. A first in the country, the anti-mining monument is a reminder of the people’s struggle against the entry of large scale mining firms in Romblon. Romblon Governor Eduardo C. Firmalo said the province will not allow any mining activities to destroy the environment and bring suffering to the people, stressing that local government units have the autonomy to defend the general welfare of the population. "Today we commemorate the unity of our people to uphold the dignity of life and environment. As a person and public servant, I continue to adhere to the principles of genuine sustainable development, which will not sacrifice the capacity of future Romblonanons to survive,” he said.

Indian PM defends Pakistan talks Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said his country had no choice but to hold peace talks with Pakistan. He said the alternative was to go to war which was not in anyone's interest. Speaking in parliament, Mr Singh said he believed that Islamabad had made some progress in its investigation into last year's Mumbai attacks. The leaders of the two countries met recently in Egypt and agreed to restart talks, but the move was heavily criticised in India. All roads lead to Gapan City in Nueva Ecija on April 26 for a historic religious event – the 50th Canonical Coronation Anniversary of La Virgen Divina Pastora, the object of the biggest Marian pilgrimage in Central Luzon. Coinciding with the Canonical Coronation Golden Jubilee is the 28th anniversary of the declaration of the Three Kings Parish church as the National Shrine of La Virgen Divina Pastora. Rev. US, Indonesia, Urge Further Action on South China Sea The United States and Indonesia Sunday called for urgent follow up action on the agreement by China and the ASEAN countries on principles for a peaceful resolution of territorial disputes in the South China sea. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Indonesian Foreign Minister Marti Natalegawa discussed the issue in a bilateral meeting in Bali. Clinton and her Indonesian counterpart are hailing the ASEAN-China agreement but say it is only an initial step that must be followed by specific terms to end the destabilizing rivalry in the South China Sea. The two top diplomats held talks as part of a bilateral U.S.

Bishop marks golden jubilee with anti-mining calls KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/10 April) — Diocese of Marbel Bishop Dinualdo D. Gutierrez marked the 50th year of his priestly ministry yesterday with a late afternoon thanksgiving mass where hundreds of parishioners offered prayers for the protection of the environment from the impact of large-scale mining in the area. For 30 years now, Gutierrez has been the bishop of Marbel, whose pastoral jurisdiction includes the town of Tampakan, South Cotabato, host of the copper and gold project of foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines, Inc. Under his leadership, the diocese has been at the forefront in the struggle against the Tampakan project, which is planned to go on commercial stream in 2016. To commemorate his golden jubilee, Gutierrez celebrated a special mass, concelebrated by at least two dozens bishops from across the country and numerous priests under the diocesan territory. “[May the Lord God] hear the prayers of our people,” the bishop responded.

Managing the Danger from Pakistan's Nuclear Stockpile Pakistan has a large and growing nuclear arsenal. The United States has provided substantial assistance to improve the security of Pakistan’s arsenal, such that today it is largely safe and secure during peacetime. The greater danger, however, is Pakistan might place its nuclear forces on alert during a crisis with India. Such a move would disrupt many carefully designed security procedures and expose Pakistan’s nuclear weapons to much greater risks of theft or unauthorized use.

Pampanga CEBU CITY. Sun.Star website at asks citizens on their traditional sacrifices during Holy Week. (Nera Mariz Puyo/Jai Sandoval/Sunnex) CEBU CITY. President Aquino’s Spratlys plan on hold until next year SMILES IN PARADISE. US President Barack Obama shares a light moment with President Aquino and other leaders in the region during Saturday’s group picture taking of the 6th East Asia Summit at Bali International Convention Center in Bali, Indonesia, which was held after a similar summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean). Also in photo are (from left) South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Sultan of Brunei Haji Hassanal Bolkiah and Burmese Prime Minister Thein Sein. MALACAÑANG PHOTO BALI, Indonesia—Having gotten nowhere with its proposal here, the Philippines is now looking to next year’s summit of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to push for its initiative to ease the tensions in the Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

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