• Philippines accuses China of turning water cannon on its fishing boats

    Filipino activists denounced China's coast guard on Tuesday for turning water cannon on Philippine fishing boats in disputed waters, near where hundreds of Filipino and American Marines landed on a beach in a mock assault. The presidential palace in Manila said China's coast guard used water cannon on Monday to drive away a group of Filipino fishermen at Scarborough Shoal, damaging some of their wooden boats. …

  • U.S. says if China used water cannons on Philippine boats, would be provocative'

    The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday that if reports that China used water cannon son Philippine fishing boats in disputed waters are accurate, it would be a provocative step. Filipino activists have accused China's coast guard of turning water cannons on civilian boats in the disputed area on Monday. …

  • Pacmania sweeps Philippines ahead of Mayweather clash
    Pacmania sweeps Philippines ahead of Mayweather clash

    Manny Pacquiao's face is on shirts, dolls and postage stamps, his life story is playing in movie houses and millions are getting ready to party as the Philippine boxing hero's "fight of the century" nears. Pacmania is sweeping the Southeast Asian nation of 100 million people ahead of the May 2 Las Vegas bout against unbeaten Floyd Mayweather to decide who is the best boxer of their generation. Of course, it's the fight of the century," Manila film producer Lucky Blanco told AFP. …

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    Pacmania sweeps Philippines ahead of Mayweather clash

    Manny Pacquiao's face is on shirts, dolls and postage stamps, his life story is playing in movie houses and millions are getting ready to party as the Philippine boxing hero's "fight of the century" nears. Pacmania is sweeping the Southeast Asian nation of 100 million people ahead of the May 2 Las Vegas bout against unbeaten Floyd Mayweather to decide who is the best boxer of their generation. Of course, it's the fight of the century," Manila film producer Lucky Blanco told AFP. …

  • Image of Asia: Training to storm a beach in the Philippines Associated Press
    Image of Asia: Training to storm a beach in the Philippines

    In this photo by Bullit Marquez, a U.S. Navy amphibious assault vehicle with Philippine and U.S. troops on board storms the beach during a joint exercise at the Naval Education and Training Command center in Zambales province, northwest of Manila. The Zambales shore faces the disputed Scarborough Shoal, where Chinese vessels were reported to have driven away Filipino fishermen with a water cannon and seized some of their catch in early April. Philippine military officials say the maneuvers with …

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  • Philippines accuses China of turning water cannon on its fishing boats Reuters

    Filipino activists denounced China's coast guard on Tuesday for turning water cannon on Philippine fishing boats in disputed waters, near where hundreds of Filipino and American Marines landed on a beach in a mock assault. The presidential palace in Manila said China's coast guard used water cannon on Monday to drive away a group of Filipino fishermen at Scarborough Shoal, damaging some of their wooden boats. …

  • U.S. says if China used water cannons on Philippine boats, would be provocative' Reuters

    The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday that if reports that China used water cannon son Philippine fishing boats in disputed waters are accurate, it would be a provocative step. Filipino activists have accused China's coast guard of turning water cannons on civilian boats in the disputed area on Monday. …

  • Spieth's father can measure an MVP Associated Press
    Spieth's father can measure an MVP

    Jordan Spieth was trending in a big way during his magical week at the Masters, when he went wire-to-wire and never let anyone closer than three shots of his lead over the final 54 holes. No one had a more vested interest in Spieth's social media impact than his father. …

  • Hungary says FBI chief insensitive, superficial on Holocaust Associated Press
    Hungary says FBI chief insensitive, superficial on Holocaust

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary has joined Poland in denouncing remarks by FBI director James Comey which seemed to equate Poland's and Hungary's roles in the Holocaust with that of Germany. …

  • Poland to buy U.S. Patriot missiles, French helicopters Reuters
    Poland to buy U.S. Patriot missiles, French helicopters

    By Wiktor Szary and Marcin Goettig WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland said on Tuesday it would buy Raytheon's Patriot missiles from the United States and provisionally selected French Airbus helicopters as it speeds up the modernisation of its military amid tensions with Russia. The choice of suppliers, in deals potentially worth $8 billion, strikes a transatlantic balance as eastern Europe's largest economy re-arms itself on NATO's front line while edging towards a bigger role in Europe's defence …

  • Volunteer deputy heading to Bahamas amid manslaughter charge Associated Press
    Volunteer deputy heading to Bahamas amid manslaughter charge

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A volunteer sheriff's deputy plans to vacation in the Bahamas while facing a second-degree manslaughter charge in Oklahoma, his attorneys told a judge Tuesday, drawing immediate criticism from the family of the man he killed. …

  • Poland to buy U.S. Patriot missiles, French helicopters Reuters
    Poland to buy U.S. Patriot missiles, French helicopters

    By Wiktor Szary and Marcin Goettig WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland said on Tuesday it would buy Raytheon's Patriot missiles from the United States and provisionally selected French Airbus helicopters as it speeds up the modernisation of its military amid tensions with Russia. The choice of suppliers, in deals potentially worth $8 billion, strikes a transatlantic balance as eastern Europe's largest economy re-arms itself on NATO's front line while edging towards a bigger role in Europe's defence …

  • Vegas welcome sign's designer never liked use of 'fabulous' Associated Press
    Vegas welcome sign's designer never liked use of 'fabulous'

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Betty Willis made Las Vegas "fabulous" with the addition of the single-word description on one of the world's most famous welcome signs. But her daughter says she never grew fond of the word's look. …

  • Teva offers to buy Mylan in $40.1B cash-and-stock deal Associated Press
    Teva offers to buy Mylan in $40.1B cash-and-stock deal

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Generic drug giant Teva formally offered to buy fellow drugmaker Mylan for about $40.1 billion in cash and stock on Tuesday, despite Mylan's cold shoulder and the certainty the proposed acquisition will bring intense scrutiny by antitrust regulators. …

  • Iranian flotilla a 'factor' in warship deployment off Yemen - Pentagon Reuters
    Iranian flotilla a 'factor' in warship deployment off Yemen - Pentagon

    By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Tuesday the presence of a large convoy of Iranian cargo ships in the Arabian Sea was one factor in the U.S. decision to deploy additional warships in the waters off war-torn Yemen but was not the primary reason for the move. Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, also said he did not believe Navy warships patrolling the region had been in direct contact with the Iranian flotilla of nine cargo ships. Warren dismissed …

  • Adultery site Ashley Madison back in business in S.Korea
    Adultery site Ashley Madison back in business in S.Korea

    The global adultery hook-up site Ashley Madison on Tuesday dubbed further efforts to ban it from South Korea as "futile" as customers greeted its return to the country with enthusiasm. Ashley Madison is "no different than many other communication platforms and to ban us will be a futile attempt if the purpose is to ban infidelity", its vice president Paul Keable told journalists in Seoul. Citing a 1953 statute that criminalises adultery, The Korea Communications Standards Commission blocked …

  • Twitter moves to stem violent threats, abuse AFP News
    Twitter moves to stem violent threats, abuse

    Twitter on Tuesday began implementing a new policy aimed at curbing use of the social network to incite violence, and to crack down on abuse and harassment on the service. The new rules are the latest implemented by social networks aiming to stem violence and harassment while attempting to safeguard freedom of online speech. "We need to ensure that voices are not silenced because people are afraid to speak up," said Twitter's head of product management Shreyas Doshi in a blog post. "To that …

  • Hackers gaining upper hand, security conference told AFP News
    Hackers gaining upper hand, security conference told

    Hackers and cyber-thieves are outmaneuvering the cybersecurity industry, which is stuck in a "Dark Ages" mindset, a major security conference was told Tuesday. Opening the RSA 2015 conference in San Francisco, RSA president Amit Yoran, said the epidemic of cyberattacks revealed over the past year show the industry is losing the battle. "No matter how high or smart the walls, focused adversaries will find ways over, under, around, and through." Yoran opened a conference of some 30,000 cyber …

  • Japan's maglev train breaks new world speed record AFP News
    Japan's maglev train breaks new world speed record

    Japan's state-of-the-art maglev train clocked a new world speed record Tuesday in a test run near Mount Fuji, smashing through the 600 kilometre (373 miles) per hour mark, as Tokyo races to sell the technology abroad. The seven-car maglev train -- short for "magnetic levitation" -- hit a top speed of 603 kilometres an hour, and managed nearly 11 seconds at over 600kph, operator Central Japan Railway said. The new record came less than a week after the company recorded a top speed of 590 kph, …

  • About time: New record for atomic clock accuracy AFP News
    About time: New record for atomic clock accuracy

    Physicists said Tuesday they have fine-tuned an atomic clock to the point where it won't lose or gain a second in 15 billion years -- longer than the universe has existed. The "optical lattice" clock, which uses strontium atoms, is now three times more accurate than a year ago when it set the previous world record, its developers reported in the journal Nature Communications. The advance brings science a step closer to replacing the current gold standard in timekeeping: the caesium fountain …

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    VERA Files: DFA misleading public in Sabah for Spratlys issue

    Note Verbale No. 15-1979 sent to Malaysia, the basis of VERA Files’ story, stated that it is reviewing the Aug. 4, 2009 protest (No. 000819) it filed with the United Nations.  The Philippines’ August 2009 protest, contained in two pages, singles out North Borneo or the old name of Sabah. Contrary to what DFA’s comment that putting out the story was a disservice to the country, VERA Files released the story in the interest of the public to help it fully understand the issues involved. More »

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    The Chusueys: Good argument for  family business

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    PH offers Sabah to win Malaysia’s support for UN case vs China

    The Philippines has offered to downgrade its claim on Sabah in exchange for Malaysia’s support for its case against China before the United Nations. The note verbale, a copy of which was obtained by VERA Files, referred to the May 6, 2009 joint submission by Malaysia and Vietnam to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) in which Malaysia claimed an extended continental shelf (350 nautical miles from baseline) that was clearly projected from Sabah. The Philippines has excellent relations with Malaysia. More »

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    A novel approach against TB in Maguindanao

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