Shi'ites chant slogans during a rally following Friday's suicide attack at a Shi'ite mosque, at Qatif

Tens of thousands turn up for funeral of Saudi suicide attack victims

Reuters - Tens of thousands of people turned out at a mass funeral in eastern Saudi Arabia for 21 Shi'ite Muslims killed last week in a suicide bombing claimed by Islamic State, a Reuters witness said. Saudi …

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    Anti-eviction campaigner promises change in Barcelona

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Leading Spanish social activist Ada Colau said Monday the fight against evictions, poverty and corruption will be her priority as new mayor of the country's second city, Barcelona. More »

    Associated Press - 2 hours 56 minutes ago
  • Once vilified, BP now getting credit for gulf tourism boom

    Once vilified, BP now getting credit for gulf tourism boom

    ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) — With the Memorial Day holiday here, fallout from the oil spill that left Gulf Coast beaches smeared with gooey tar balls and scared away visitors in 2010 is being credited, oddly, with something no one imagined back then: An increase in tourism in the region. More »

    Associated Press - 2 hours 57 minutes ago
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    Bolsas mundiales con alzas en jornada tranquila

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    Philippines seeks stronger commitment from U.S. in South China Sea dis …

    The Philippines is seeking a "stronger commitment" from the United States to help its ally, the defence minister said on Monday, as China asserts its sovereignty over disputed areas of the South China Sea. China claims most of the South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year, and the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei have overlapping claims. China said on Monday it had lodged a complaint with the United States over a U.S. spy plane that flew over parts of the disputed South China Sea in a diplomatic row that has fuelled tension between the world's two largest economies. More »

    Reuters - 4 hours ago
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    Correction: Nigeria-Fuel Crisis story

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    Associated Press - 5 hours ago
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    Associated Press - 5 hours ago
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    Reuters - 5 hours ago
  • Asia stocks extend gains, Tokyo lifted by weak yen

    Asia stocks extend gains, Tokyo lifted by weak yen

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    AFP News - 6 hours ago
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    Associated Press - 6 hours ago
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    Associated Press - 6 hours ago
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    Protester leaves Shell ship north of Seattle; 1 remains

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    Associated Press - 8 hours ago
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    AFP News - 9 hours ago
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    China lodges complaint with U.S. over spy plane flight

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    Reuters - 9 hours ago
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    Reuters - 9 hours ago
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    UK airport expansion threatens to take out entire villages

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    Associated Press - 10 hours ago
  • Philippines to fly over disputed South China Sea: Aquino
    Philippines to fly over disputed South China Sea: Aquino

    Philippine military and commercial aircraft will keep flying over disputed areas in the South China Sea despite Chinese warnings over the airspace, President Benigno Aquino said on Monday. "We will still fly the routes that we fly based on the international law from the various conventions we entered into," Aquino told reporters when asked whether the Philippines accepted China's position. The Chinese military last week ordered a US Navy P-8 Poseidon surveillance plane away from airspace …

  • Philippines seeks stronger commitment from U.S. in South China Sea dispute
    Philippines seeks stronger commitment from U.S. in South China Sea dispute

    The Philippines is seeking a "stronger commitment" from the United States to help its ally, the defence minister said on Monday, as China asserts its sovereignty over disputed areas of the South China Sea. China claims most of the South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year, and the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei have overlapping claims. China said on Monday it had lodged a complaint with the United States over a U.S. spy plane that flew …

  • Aquino: Philippines to fly usual routes over disputed reefs

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine aircraft will continue to fly their usual routes over disputed reefs in the South China Sea, the country's president said Monday, defying China's challenges to its planes and those of the United States. …

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    Cruising in Bohol

    Bohol surely packs a punch. I have not tried the iconic Bohol River Cruise on my first visit, which many tourists finds unforgivable. A cruise boat winds its way through the palm-fringed Loboc River. Like a painting that comes to life, Bohol’s countryside is vivid, fringed with forest-clad hills and vast pastoral lands. …

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    Pilgrimage in Batan Island

    Its ruggedly enchanting topography and the serene atmosphere makes Batanes seems such a friendly place. No wonder, it is flocked by tourists during the Lenten season. …

  • VERA Files: DFA misleading public in Sabah for Spratlys issue The Inbox
    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. …

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