Two Canadians, a Norwegian, and one Filipina were kidnapped by gunmen from a resort in the southern Philippine islands, state media reported.
According to reports, the kidnapping took place Monday evening at the Oceanview Resort on Samal Island, an area lying off the coast of Mindanao.
The southern areas of the Philippines are not new to such abductions, especially with the plague caused by the involvement of Islamist militants who have been known for taking foreign hostages with them. more >>
In a voter awareness campaign video for the Burma's upcoming historic elections, Angelina Jolie Pitt has appeared to urge the Burmese people to take part in making history.
The Hollywood actress tells the people of Burma to check voter lists and make sure that they and members of their families are on the list and are registered to vote. "Make sure your name is on the list so you can vote on election day," she says.
The video was released by the Burmese government's electoral body, wherein Jolie Pitt says she saw a lot about the elections and how the campaigns affect the country as a whole, thus she is encouraging the people to exercise their rights to vote and be one of the people who will make history on Nov. 8. more >>
The Volkswagen emissions scandal discovered in the United States has spread to around 11 million vehicles worldwide, prompting governments from different countries to launch their own inquiries into the alleged cheating scheme.
The German car manufacturer said around 11 million vehicles all around the world are affected by the diesel-emission test cheating scandal. In the wake of the discovery, Volkswagen has prepared €6.5 billion ($7.2 billion) to cover the initial costs that may come up, according to the Irish Times.
On Friday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that Volkswagen used software to tweak toxic emissions measurement of some of its models. The company could face up to €16.1 billion ($18 billion) in penalties, the report details. more >>
A devoted Christian from the village of Huey in Savannakhet province, Laos, has died after his release from prison, where authorities denied him vital diabetes medication and watched him visibly deteriorate without helping. Human rights groups have said that the man, Tiang Kwentianthong, was arrested nine months ago after he was caught praying for a sick woman.
"Mr. Tiang Kwentianthong, a Christian believer of Huey village in Atsaphangthong district of Savannakhet province ... died on Sept. 17 from his diabetic condition that had become very severe," Human Rights Watcher for Lao Religious Freedom said in a statement, as reported by BosNewsLife.
The 61-year-old Tiang, who needed but was denied his diabetes medication on a regular basis, "continued to suffer severe diabetes. During his imprisonment ... he requested permission to be treated for his worsening diabetic condition but the prison officials denied his request," the group added. more >>
"Half Life 3" is still scheduled to be released in late 2017 or early 2018, despite Valve not prioritizing the development of the video game, recent rumors suggest.
Valve has not released any official update about Half-Life 3, and previous reports have said the game is no longer being prioritized. Last month, however, an alleged former Valve employee put up a Reddit post saying Half-Life 3 is still set to be out by the fourth quarter of 2017 or around the first quarter of 2018, according to Christian Today.
In the Reddit post, the user said Valve has postponed the release of Half-Life 3 to make way for the "Left 4 Dead" game. In addition, the alleged Valve ex-employee said the developer is just waiting for the fans to calm down before they take the next big decision in developing and releasing the well-hyped game, the report relays. more >>
The upcoming Nexus 6 2015 is one of the most-awaited devices to be released this year, and rumors about its possible specs and features have made their rounds on the Internet, with some reports suggesting that the smartphone may offer a metal build.
Based on recent rumors, it looks like there would be two Nexus 6 devices to be released. Huawei will launch a 5.7-inch Nexus device, while LG will release an update to the Nexus 5, according to Pocket Lint.
There are speculations that the next Nexus will be manufactured by two groups — the Huawei Nexus Angler team and the LG Nexus Bulldog team. Other reports say the next Nexus device will be officially known as the Nexus 6P, the report details. more >>