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  • Philippine troops end offensive they say killed 139 rebels
    Philippine troops end offensive they say killed 139 rebels

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A monthlong Philippine offensive against hard-line Muslim rebels ended Monday after 139 insurgents were killed, 12 others were captured and bomb-making strongholds were seized by troops, the military chief said. …

  • 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 …

  • Review: New HTC One phone is strong contender
    Review: New HTC One phone is strong contender

    HTC's flagship One phone has a lot going for it — except for strong sales. In Samsung's and Apple's shadows, HTC barely has any market share despite having good phones. But the latest edition of the HTC ... …

  • Animal Planet lives wild with its new programming slate

    That half-century-old rock classic from The Troggs might serve as the theme song of Animal Planet. In a deft brand-freshening a few years ago, the channel broadened its focus from such critters as lions ... …

  • France's Senate debates punishing prostitutes' customers
    France's Senate debates punishing prostitutes' customers

    A French bill which aims to make it illegal to buy sex is being turned upside down by the Senate, led by the conservative opposition. The bill was approved by France's Socialist-dominated lower house of ... …

  • US stocks move higher, led by gains in energy companies
    US stocks move higher, led by gains in energy companies

    Encouraging economic data on housing and consumer spending helped drive U.S. stocks sharply higher in midday trading Monday. Energy stocks were among the biggest gainers, bucking a slide in the price of crude oil. Expectations that any increase in the Federal Reserve's key interest rate this year will be gradual also helped lift the market. …

  • Trevor Noah set to replace Jon Stewart on 'Daily Show'
    Trevor Noah set to replace Jon Stewart on 'Daily Show'

    Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old comedian from South Africa who has contributed to "The Daily Show" a handful of times during the past year, will become Jon Stewart's replacement as host, Comedy Central ... …

  • AP president: Killing of journalists should be a war crime
    AP president: Killing of journalists should be a war crime

    The president and CEO of The Associated Press called on Monday for changes to international laws that would make it a war crime to kill journalists or take them hostage. Gary Pruitt said a new framework ... …

  • President Aquino’s Lenten message: ‘Be truthful not only in words but in works’

    President AquinoAs followers of Jesus Christ, President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Monday the Filipino people should be truthful not only with their words but with their works.In his Lenten message, President Aquino said through sharing, unity and guidance and love of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Filipinos will be blessed with valuable future. ... …