Michelle Obama declares 'Black Girls Rock!'

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 02:53 p.m.

NEWARK, New Jersey -- Michelle Obama mixed her message of education for girls with one of empowerment for black women, declaring "Black girls rock!" at the annual awards show of the same name.

The first lady was the most heralded participant at the 5th annual event, which honored Jada Pinkett Smith, Erykah Badu, Cicely Tyson, Ava DuVernay, Nadia Lopez and Helene Gayle.

Singapore bids farewell to Lee Kuan Yew in elaborate funeral

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 01:54 p.m.

SINGAPORE -- Tens of thousands of Singaporeans undeterred by heavy rains lined a 15 kilometer (9 mile) route through the Southeast Asian city-state to witness an elaborate funeral procession Sunday for longtime leader Lee Kuan Yew.

Nietes, Donaire beat opponents in Pinoy Pride 30

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 10:31 a.m.

CEBU CITY -- Donnie "Ahas" Nietes retained his WBO light flyweight belt after beating Mexican Gilberto Parra in the main event of Pinoy Pride 30 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Saturday night.

Boko Haram kills 41, prevents hundreds voting in Nigeria

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 09:26 a.m.

ABUJA, Nigeria — Boko Haram extremists killed 41 people, including a legislator, and scared hundreds of people from polling stations in the northeast, but millions voted across Nigeria Saturday in the most closely contested presidential race in the nation's history.

Painstaking recovery mission at Alps crash site

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:09 p.m.

SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France — The ravine echoes with helicopter rotors, the scrape of metal on stone, the rumble of sliding scree as the remnants of Germanwings Flight 9525 dislodge from the mountainside.

Iligan City has new mayor

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 03:31 p.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has sworn in Vice Mayor Roderic Marzo as Iligan City mayor on Friday.

5 die in Davao sea mishap

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 02:15 p.m.

DAVAO CITY -- Five people, including four children, died when the boat they were riding capsized off the waters in this city on Friday, a police official reported Saturday.

Philippines to resume works in South China Sea

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 02:09 p.m.

MANILA -- The Philippine government could not be stopped from its decision to resume repair and construction works in its claimed territory in West Philippine Sea or South China Sea despite recent warning of China.

Palace defends BBL independent council

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 02:03 p.m.

MALACANANG defended Saturday the creation of independent council that would help review and improve the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), saying the move was not meant to replace the work of the lawmakers.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said that the issue on BBL needs understanding of everyone.

About 4,000 fishermen stranded on Indonesian islands

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:53 a.m.

JAKARTA, Indonesia — The number of foreign fishermen stranded on several remote eastern Indonesian islands has spiraled to 4,000, including some revealed in an Associated Press investigation to have been enslaved.

Many are migrant workers abandoned by their boat captains after the government passed a moratorium on foreign fishing five months ago, according to the International Organization for Migration in Indonesia, which released the figure Friday. However, others have been trapped on the islands for years, after being dumped by fishing boats or escaping into the jungle.