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A team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen finds a sunken Japanese World War 2 warship off the coast of the Philippines. Rough Cut (no reporter nar…

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  • Sunken Japanese WWII Battleship Located in the Philippines
    Sunken Japanese WWII Battleship Located in the Philippines

    More than 70 years after it sank during World War II, the legendary Japanese battleship Musashi has been discovered off the coast of the Philippines. Billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has been leading an expedition to find the Musashi — one of the biggest battleships ever built — aboard his high-tech 414-foot-long (125 meters) yacht, the M/Y Octopus. …

  • US billionaire says WWII Japanese ship found in Philippines AFP News
    US billionaire says WWII Japanese ship found in Philippines

    Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen said Wednesday he had found one of Japan's biggest and most famous battleships on a Philippine seabed, some 70 years after American forces sank it during World War II. Excited historians likened the discovery, if verified, to finding the Titanic, as they hailed the American billionaire for his high-tech mission that apparently succeeded after so many failed search attempts by others. Allen posted photos and video online of parts of what he said was the …

  • Philippines' Aquino promises police commandos extra resources after botched raid Reuters
    Philippines' Aquino promises police commandos extra resources after botched raid

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino promised police commandos better extra resources on Wednesday, weeks after 44 commandos were killed in a clash with Muslim rebels, but declined to answer questions about the botched raid, a senior officer said. On Jan. 25, police commandos sneaked into a southern rebel area to "neutralise" Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, an al Qaeda-linked bomb maker with a $5 million U.S. bounty on his head. The mission went disastrously wrong for the government when …

  • Top Asian News at 2:00 a.m. GMT Associated Press

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert was slashed on the face and wrist by a man wielding a knife with a 10-inch blade and screaming that the rival Koreas should be unified, South Korean police said Thursday. Media images showed a stunned-looking Lippert staring at his blood-covered left hand and holding his right hand over a cut on the right side of his face, his pink tie splattered with blood. …

  • EM ASIA FX-Rupiah, ringgit, won, Philippine peso fall Reuters

    March 5 (Reuters) - The following table shows rates for Asian currencies against the dollar at 0130 GMT. CURRENCIES VS U.S. DOLLAR Change on the day at 0130 GMT Currency Latest bid Previous day Pct Move ... …

  • US ambassador to SKorea slashed on face and wrist in attack
    US ambassador to SKorea slashed on face and wrist in attack

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert was slashed on the face and wrist by a man wielding a knife with a 10-inch blade and screaming that the rival Koreas should be unified, South Korean police said Thursday. …

  • House committee subpoenas Clinton emails in Benghazi probe Associated Press
    House committee subpoenas Clinton emails in Benghazi probe

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee investigating the Benghazi, Libya, attacks issued subpoenas Wednesday for the emails of Hillary Rodham Clinton, who used a private account exclusively for official business when she was secretary of state — and also used a computer email server now traced back to her family's New York home. …

  • Storm could be winter's last big one but some want more Associated Press
    Storm could be winter's last big one but some want more

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A storm stretching from northern Texas to southern New England threatened to bring icy rains, sleet, and snow overnight Wednesday but also hopes it would be the last significant snowfall for the East Coast this winter. …

  • House passes Amtrak bill that could boost Northeast service Associated Press
    House passes Amtrak bill that could boost Northeast service

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rare burst of bipartisanship, the House moved Wednesday to boost Amtrak's popular service between Boston and Washington while giving states a greater say in the local routes they help subsidize. …

  • AP Source: Peyton Manning returning for 18th NFL season Associated Press
    AP Source: Peyton Manning returning for 18th NFL season

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Hold that gold watch. Peyton Manning is taking one more shot at the silver trophy. …

  • China lowers 2015 growth target to 'approximately 7%'
    China lowers 2015 growth target to 'approximately 7%'

    China lowered its 2015 economic growth target to "approximately seven percent" Thursday, as authorities seek a more sustainable path for the world's second-largest economy after its decades-long boom. The goal announced by Premier Li Keqiang comes after China's economy expanded 7.4 percent in 2014, the slowest pace in 24 years. Last year's target was "about 7.5 percent". China also lowered its target for annual inflation to "around three percent", Li said in his "work report" at the opening …

  • House passes Amtrak bill that could boost Northeast service Associated Press
    House passes Amtrak bill that could boost Northeast service

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rare burst of bipartisanship, the House moved Wednesday to boost Amtrak's popular service between Boston and Washington while giving states a greater say in the local routes they help subsidize. …

  • Facebook exec, NBA team up to get men to 'lean in' for women Associated Press
    Facebook exec, NBA team up to get men to 'lean in' for women

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg has enlisted NBA stars LeBron James, Stephen Curry and some of the basketball league's other top players to convince more men to join the fight for women's rights at home and at work. …

  • China lowers growth target, promises to open industries Associated Press
    China lowers growth target, promises to open industries

    BEIJING (AP) — China announced a lower economic growth target for this year and promised to open more industries to foreign investors as part of efforts to make its slowing, state-dominated economy more productive. …

  • Celulares ya alcanzaron su tamaño máximo Associated Press
    Celulares ya alcanzaron su tamaño máximo

    NUEVA YORK (AP) — Hubo una época en la que los teléfonos celulares crecían cada año. El indiscutido éxito de Samsung con los smartphones de pantalla grande incluso provocó que Apple sacara un modelo de grandes dimensiones este año. ¿Pero crecer más dificultará su uso? …

  • Online child abuse moving to Skype, Bitcoin: Europol
    Online child abuse moving to Skype, Bitcoin: Europol

    Hi-tech criminals are increasingly selling live streams of child sex over legitimate chat sites and apps such as Skype for hard-to-trace virtual currencies like Bitcoin, Europe's policing agency warned on Tuesday. "Criminals that sexually exploit children online are becoming more entrepreneurial with technological developments and are profiting financially," Europol said in a special report on commercial sexual exploitation of children online. Compiled by Europol's EC3 cybercrime centre, …

  • Russian online retailer expects boom despite consumer gloom AFP News
    Russian online retailer expects boom despite consumer gloom

    Russian retailers are being hit by consumers' loss of purchasing power, but Ulmart, the country's version of Amazon, expects to strengthen its position as people begin to count every kopeck. "We are optimistic about this year," said Ulmart board chairman Dmitry Kostygin. Founded in 2008 in Saint Petersburg, Ulmart adapted Amazon's model to Russia's logistics landscape -- bypassing the lumbering postal service to deliver to a network of pickup points located near its customers. It put an …

  • Build-your-own Google handset reconstructs smartphone AFP News
    Build-your-own Google handset reconstructs smartphone

    With a smartphone that slots together piece by piece like Lego, US Internet giant Google is trying to reinvent the mobile as most phone makers are honing sleeker handsets. The company aims to challenge its rival Apple's thin iPhones with the Google Ara project, giving smartphone aficionados the option to build their phone themselves. Anlysts say tech boffins will love it but remain cautious about how popular it may be compared to polished conventional smartphones that sit snugly in the palm. …

  • Indie game makers shaking up world of play AFP News
    Indie game makers shaking up world of play

    Independent studios are boldly taking on blockbusters in a gaming world being transformed by smartphones, tablets, and online access to play. Thousands of game makers, many from studios made up of just a handful of people if not a one-person shop, are at a Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this week to share insights in a ceaseless quest to get better at their craft. "This is the largest family reunion of game developers in the year," International Game Developers Association chief …

  • Italy adopts plans to shift into Internet fast lane AFP News
    Italy adopts plans to shift into Internet fast lane

    Italy's government adopted a six-billion-euro plan Tuesday to modernise its Internet network and improve access to broadband in hopes of shedding its reputation as one of Europe's online laggards. The plan that the government's economic development minister labelled a "digital revolution" aims to boost broadband access by 2020 in compliance with European Union objectives. A report published last year by the US consultancy Akamai found that Italy came 48th among countries in Europe, the Middle …

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