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  • Philippines hits back at Beijing over South China Sea
    Philippines hits back at Beijing over South China Sea

    The Philippines on Saturday shot back at Beijing's criticism of its activities in the South China Sea, saying they were "in no way comparable to China's massive reclamation activities" in the waters. It also said accusations that Manila was being "hypocritical" would not distract people from Beijing's own actions which were raising regional tensions. "The Philippines' possible undertaking of necessary maintenance and repairs on its existing facilities in the West Philippine Sea... is in no …

  • Boxing hero Pacquiao is top tax-payer in Philippines: govt
    Boxing hero Pacquiao is top tax-payer in Philippines: govt

    Boxing hero Manny Pacquiao, who faces his biggest fight against unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather, already holds top spot as the number one taxpayer in the Philippines, government records showed Saturday. A list of top individual tax-payers for 2013, posted on the Bureau of Internal Revenue website, put the boxer-turned-congressman at number one with 163.84 million pesos ($3.72 million) in taxes paid. Internal revenue chief Kim Henares confirmed that Pacquiao topped the list but stressed …

  • Philippines says China rushing construction in disputed sea
    Philippines says China rushing construction in disputed sea

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' top diplomat said Thursday that China has been rushing construction projects, including massive land reclamation, in the disputed South China Sea in hopes of forestalling any legal moves against its vast territorial claims. …

  • Why getting patients on their feet may speed recovery in ICU
    Why getting patients on their feet may speed recovery in ICU

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The intensive care unit is a last frontier for physical therapy: It's hard to exercise patients hooked to ventilators so they can breathe. …

  • Small investors blame losses on brokers they once trusted
    Small investors blame losses on brokers they once trusted

    Susan Bernardo trusted her stockbroker. She wound up losing a fortune. Her broker, David Harris, advised her to sell $400,000 worth of relatively safe municipal bonds, she says, and sink the proceeds into ... …

  • Another blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh
    Another blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

    A blogger was hacked to death in the Bangladesh capital on Monday, in the latest brutal attack on the country's independent writers, a senior officer said. …

  • Asian stocks mostly higher after Yellen rate rise remarks
    Asian stocks mostly higher after Yellen rate rise remarks

    Asian stock markets were mostly higher Monday as investors digested Fed chief Janet Yellen's comments signaling U.S. interest rates were expected to rise sometime this year but when they did they would ... …

  • DR Congo chef reaches stardom after return to roots
    DR Congo chef reaches stardom after return to roots

    Racism and the financial meltdown kept Congolese master chef Christian Yumbi down and out in Belgium. "I did my best (in Belgium): I studied, opened my own business, married a Belgian woman, and spoke Flemish. Because he drove a flashy car, Yumbi said he was frequently stopped by the Belgian police, "who would ask me whether I was a football player or a drug dealer". Despite his masters degree from the prestigious Ritz Escoffier cooking school in Paris -- which he financed by washing dishes …

  • Quotations in the News

    "For us, it makes it particularly difficult that the only victim from Montabaur is suspected to have caused this tragedy, this crash — although this has not been finally confirmed, but a lot is indicating that — and we have to face this." — Michael Dietrich, pastor of the Lutheran church in Andreas Lubitz's hometown, on the Germanwings' co-pilot blamed for causing the plane crash that killed 150 people in southern France. …

  • 4 tips to avoid getting fleeced by your broker

    Can your broker or adviser be trusted? There is no way to be 100 percent certain, but far too many investors don't even take a few simple steps to protect themselves. Start by asking questions. Here are ... …