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  • Philippines, Japan coast guards hold anti-piracy drills
    Philippines, Japan coast guards hold anti-piracy drills

    Philippine and Japanese coast guard teams staged an anti-piracy drill on Wednesday, featuring the storming of a cargo vessel after a mock hijack, in a show of maritime cooperation between the two nations amid rising tension in Asian waters. Both nations face a challenge from China's growing assertiveness over territorial claims in the South China Sea and the East China Sea, where it uses coast guard and fishing vessels to press into disputed areas. Wednesday's drill was the first held by …

  • Philippines' largest telco sees costly, painful fight
    Philippines' largest telco sees costly, painful fight

    Philippine Long Distance Telephone, the country's largest telecommunications firm, said Tuesday it expects to spend nearly $1 billion in a "painful" fight to survive the consumer shift to digital from traditional phone services. The listed company said net profit for the first three months of the year was flat at 9.4 billion pesos ($211 million), and the full-year net profit would likely fall below the 34.1 billion pesos it posted last year. "It's either we pivot or we perish," PLDT chairman …

  • Filipino on US most wanted list killed: rebels, military
    Filipino on US most wanted list killed: rebels, military

    A Filipino on the United States' list of most wanted "terrorists" has been killed in a firefight in the southern Philippines, Muslim rebel leaders and the military said Monday. Abdul Basit Usman was killed in a remote mountainous area while being escorted by members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the nation's biggest rebel group, its vice chairman Ghazali Jaafar said. Security forces had been hunting Usman since he escaped from a January police raid that killed Malaysian …

  • New indictment charges owners of kennel where 21 dogs died

    A new indictment announced Wednesday reinstates animal cruelty charges against the owners of a suburban Phoenix kennel where 21 dogs died of heat exhaustion and four others were injured in June. Prosecutors ... …

  • Magical Messi ruins Guardiola homecoming
    Magical Messi ruins Guardiola homecoming

    Barcelona's Lionel Messi struck twice and set up Neymar in the final 13 minutes as Pep Guardiola's return to the Camp Nou as Bayern Munich coach ended in a 3-0 defeat in the first-leg of their Champions League semi-final. On his 100th appearance in European football, Messi's double moved him back ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo as the all-time leading scorer with 77 in the Champions League and Barca to the brink of their first final in four years. Manuel Neuer had kept Bayern in the game with a …

  • Israel's Netanyahu seals 11th-hour deal for ruling coalition
    Israel's Netanyahu seals 11th-hour deal for ruling coalition

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had succeeded in forming a new government, after reaching an 11th-hour coalition deal late on Wednesday with the far-right Jewish Home party. "I am leaving here to call the president and the speaker of the parliament to inform them that I have been able to build a government," he said in remarks at the Knesset after marathon talks with Jewish Home leader Naftali Bennett. President Reuven Rivlin's office confirmed he had received a call from …

  • Hunger striking students frustrated with university response
    Hunger striking students frustrated with university response

    Tufts University students on a hunger strike over janitor layoffs completed their third full day without food Wednesday, with some expressing growing frustration at the university's lack of response to ... …

  • Report: 1,580 IRS workers evaded taxes over 10-year period
    Report: 1,580 IRS workers evaded taxes over 10-year period

    Nearly 1,600 IRS workers were found to have willfully evaded taxes over a 10-year period, including some who were responsible for enforcing the nation's tax laws, a government watchdog said Wednesday. ... …

  • Jesse Jackson keeps pressure on Silicon Valley to diversify
    Jesse Jackson keeps pressure on Silicon Valley to diversify

    Jesse Jackson renewed his call Wednesday for the technology industry to make workforce diversity as high a priority as product innovation. The civil rights leader spoke at a gathering of corporate executives ... …