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  • 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 …

  • 70 years on, survivors keep memory of Battle of Manila alive
    70 years on, survivors keep memory of Battle of Manila alive

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Seventy years have not dulled the memories of survivors of the monthlong Battle of Manila. The mass killings by Japanese forces, the loved ones lost and the desperation are etched in their minds, as is the elation when American forces finally rescued them in the closing months of World War II. …

  • Toll in Philippine clashes with Islamists rises to 26
    Toll in Philippine clashes with Islamists rises to 26

    A military assault on Islamic militants in the southern Philippines entered its fifth day on Saturday, with the toll rising to 24 guerrillas and two soldiers dead, officials said. Ten Abu Sayyaf militants were killed in a two-hour clash on Friday after the army pounded their jungle lair on Jolo island with artillery and helicopter gunships, said Colonel Alan Arrojado, who is leading the assault. Battles were raging in the mountainous and thickly forested villages of Patikul town, an area …

  • Democrats, State Department defend Hillary Clinton over email flap
    Democrats, State Department defend Hillary Clinton over email flap

    By Steve Holland and Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats scrambled on Tuesday to contain the fallout for Hillary Clinton, their favored 2016 presidential candidate, after allegations she inappropriately used her personal email for work while secretary of state. The Clinton camp quickly sought to discredit a New York Times report published late Monday that said her exclusive use of a personal email account from 2009 through 2013 and a lack of email preservation may have run afoul of …

  • Alabama Supreme Court halts gay-marriage licenses
    Alabama Supreme Court halts gay-marriage licenses

    The Alabama Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the state's probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, saying a previous federal ruling that gay-marriage bans violate the U.S. Constitution does not preclude them from following state law, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman. …

  • Agents target industry helping Chinese women have US babies
    Agents target industry helping Chinese women have US babies

    IRVINE, California (AP) — Federal agents searched more than a dozen homes Tuesday in a crackdown on so-called maternity tourism operators who arrange for pregnant Chinese women to give birth in the U.S., where their babies automatically become American citizens. …

  • Turkish jetliner skids off on runway, passengers safe

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Turkish Airlines jet landing in dense fog in the Nepalese capital Wednesday skidded off a slippery runway but there were no serious injuries, officials said. …

  • BRIEF-Zhangjiagang Furui Special Equipment plans to set up a unit in Shanghai FTZ

    March 4 (Reuters) - Zhangjiagang Furui Special Equipment CoLtd * Says plans to set up a unit in Shanghai Free-Trade Zonewith registered capital of 100 million yuan ($15.95 million) Source text in Chinese: http://bit.ly/1EirQMj Further company coverage: ($1 = 6.2712 Chinese yuan renminbi) (Reporting By Hong Kong newsroom) …

  • Clinton asks if nation wants to see a woman president

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday credited women with making a difference at all levels of government, asking an audience of Democratic women, "Don't you someday want to see a woman president?" …

  • Mexico raided migrant train 153 times in last year
    Mexico raided migrant train 153 times in last year

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities said Tuesday they staged 153 raids over the last year on a train known as "La Bestia" that rolled toward the U.S. border crowded with hundreds of Central American migrants. …