Oh vows return to top of Japanese baseball for Hawks

Fukuoka – The chairman of the SoftBank Hawks, Sadaharu Oh, expressed frustration Monday over the team’s third-place finish in the Pacific League. “Our offseason is never exciting when we don’t win a title,” the all-time home run leader in Japanese baseball said at the outset of the team’s year-end party at a Fukuoka hotel. “I

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Pascual vows more halal opportunities

TRADE and Industry Secretary Alfredo Pascual on Wednesday committed to maximize the opportunities of the halal industry as the market continues to expand in the country. Speaking at the Invest Philippines Week: Philippine Halal Economy Festival in Taguig City, Pascual said that there is an increasing demand in the halal products, especially among its Asean


Maldives swear in new, pro-Beijing president, who vows removal of Indian troops

Mohamed Muizzu was sworn in Friday as the Maldives’ president, succeeding Ibrahim Solih. Muizzu, a conservative Islamist largely seen as sympathetic to China, defeated Solih in an upset in September’s election. Muizzu vowed upon inauguration that the archipelagic nation’s “lines of independence and sovereignty will be drawn clearly,” and doubled down on a campaign promise