PHL pushes job safety laws after deadly factory fire

Manila, Philippines (AFP) – Philippine officials called Sunday for criminal penalties for factory owners who violate safety standards days after a deadly fire at a footwear plant claimed 72 lives. Occupational safety standards were adopted by the Asian nation in 1978 but lack...

Philippines opens mammoth casino-resort, seeking high-rollers

Manila (Philippines) –  AFP (Joel GUINTO) A new mega-casino opened in the Philippines Monday as the fast-growing southeast Asian nation ups its bid to become a world gaming destination. Manila aims to rival Macau and Las Vegas in terms of gaming revenues, and the...

PHL only emerging Asian nation with strong momentum: OECD

PARIS, September 9, 2013 (AFP) – Growth is picking up pace in most major rich nations but momentum is slowing or stable in emerging economies, the OECD said on Monday. Economic growth is accelerating in the United States, Britain and the eurozone, while it is above trend in...