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

  • US billionaire says WWII Japanese ship found in Philippines
    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 …

  • Image of Asia: Fire burns more than 1,000 homes in Manila
    Image of Asia: Fire burns more than 1,000 homes in Manila

    In this photo by Bullit Marquez, a boy sits on pavement while his family retrieves items from their burned home Tuesday following an overnight fire that destroyed a slum-dwellers community in Manila, Philippines. No casualties were reported in the 9-hour fire that burned more than a thousand homes and left at least 3,000 families homeless. The Bureau of Fire and Protection was still investigating the cause of the fire. But in Manila's poorest neighborhoods, fires often are caused by poor wiring …

  • France gets rap on knuckles over smacking children
    France gets rap on knuckles over smacking children

    A top rights body said Wednesday that France was in violation of a European treaty because it did not fully ban the smacking of children, reigniting debate over the divisive issue. The Strasbourg-based Council of Europe said France's laws on corporal punishment for children were not "sufficiently clear, binding and precise". France bans violence against children but does allow parents the "right to discipline" them. French law does forbid corporal punishment in schools or disciplinary …

  • Trial begins for suspect in 2013 Boston marathon bombings
    Trial begins for suspect in 2013 Boston marathon bombings

    An American Muslim accused of carrying out the 2013 Boston marathon bombings that killed three and injured 264 others went on trial Wednesday. …

  • Kerry pushes back on Israeli criticism of Iran nuke talks
    Kerry pushes back on Israeli criticism of Iran nuke talks

    MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is pushing back against the Israeli prime minister's assertion that a developing nuclear deal with Iran should be scrapped. …

  • McDonald's to use chicken without certain antibiotics

    McDonald's plans to announce it will start using chicken raised without antibiotics important to human medicine and milk that is not treated with rbST, an artificial growth hormone. The announcement comes ... …

  • Police: Officer shot and killed in 'ambush' outside Atlanta

    FAIRBURN, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a police officer has been shot and killed in an ambush outside Atlanta. …

  • WHO declares war on hidden sugars in fight against obesity
    WHO declares war on hidden sugars in fight against obesity

    The World Health Organization on Wednesday urged a dramatic drop in the consumption of sugar, "hidden" in everything from sodas and ketchup, as it steps up the fight against obesity. The UN health agency had previously issued guidelines that sugars should make up less than 10 percent of a person's total daily energy intake, but in a new twist urged countries to strive for half that. Health-hazardous free sugars, in the form of table sugar, fructose or glucose for instance, are added to foods …

  • People must cut sugar intake to fight obesity, tooth decay - WHO
    People must cut sugar intake to fight obesity, tooth decay - WHO

    Adults and children must cut amount of sugar they consume every day in fizzy drinks and sweet foods to lower their risk of obesity and tooth decay, the World Health Organization said. People should reduce the amount to less than 10 percent of their daily energy intake -- about 50 grams or 12 teaspoons of sugar for adults which is about half the current rate in North and South America, experts at the U.N. body told Reuters. "We have solid evidence that keeping intake of free sugars to less …