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  • US-Philippines wargames to start under China's shadow
    US-Philippines wargames to start under China's shadow

    Thousands of American and Filipino soldiers on Monday will kick off expanded wargames, showcasing a deepening defence alliance as alarm bells ring over China. The 10-day exercises in the Philippines are an annual affair between the longtime allies, but this time they will involve double the number of soldiers as last year in a sign of their expanding military partnership. The Philippines is seeking more US military and diplomatic support to fend off China's increasing forcefulness in its bid …

  • Bar ban for US troops in Philippines amid murder trial
    Bar ban for US troops in Philippines amid murder trial

    The US Pacific Command has banned its troops in the Philippines from bars and nightclubs, a spokesman said Saturday, with the trial under way of a US Marine accused of murdering a transgender Filipina he met in a bar. Thousands of American and Filipino soldiers will on Monday kick off 10-day annual military excercises, according to Captain Alex Lim, a spokesman for the US forces, but there will be strict controls on their free time. Lim would not say why the restrictions were imposed but …

  • Philippine Airlines parent says back in black
    Philippine Airlines parent says back in black

    Philippine Airlines' parent firm said it had returned to profitability, the first time in three years either entity reported being in the black for an entire year. In a filing with the Philippine Stock Exchange Thursday, PAL Holdings reported an after-tax net profit of 129.74 million pesos ($2.93 million) in its fiscal year to December 31. …

  • Serena Williams gets a rare test from Giorgi but holds on
    Serena Williams gets a rare test from Giorgi but holds on

    BRINDISI, Italy (AP) — Nineteen Grand Slam titles. Nearly 20 years as a professional. An undefeated record this year. And not one career loss in the Fed Cup. …

  • Zuma cancels state trip as xenophobic violence in S. Africa spreads
    Zuma cancels state trip as xenophobic violence in S. Africa spreads

    South African President Jacob Zuma cancelled a state visit to Indonesia Saturday as officials scrambled to respond to deadly xenophobic violence, with scores of new arrests made in Johannesburg. A foreigner was killed in Johannesburg, where violence erupted earlier this week, following unrest in the eastern port city of Durban, police said Saturday. "(I) can confirm that a case of murder is being opened and police will be investigating circumstances of his death," police spokesman Lungelo …

  • South Texas hit with hard rain, hail and possible tornadoes

    HOUSTON (AP) — Thunderstorms and torrential rain Friday brought possible tornadoes in South Texas, flooding to Houston and lightning that police said caused an explosion sending flames into the air from an oil tank south of San Antonio. Forecasters said more severe weather is expected in the state. …

  • Southampton's EPL top-4 bid blown by late Stoke goal in loss
    Southampton's EPL top-4 bid blown by late Stoke goal in loss

    STOKE, England (AP) — Southampton's bid for a Champions League berth was undermined when it conceded a late goal in a 2-1 loss to Stoke in the English Premier League on Saturday. …

  • CALIF GAS EXPLOSION

    Map locates Fresno, Calif., site of a gas explosion; 1c x 2 inches; 46.5 mm x 50 mm; …

  • Charges dismissed against Missouri officer in shooting

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Prosecutors have dismissed charges against a Missouri police officer who was indicted in the nonfatal shooting of a suspect during an arrest last summer. …

  • West Brom beats Palace to ease relegation fears
    West Brom beats Palace to ease relegation fears

    LONDON (AP) — West Bromwich Albion eased any lingering relegation doubts as manager Tony Pulis enjoyed a 2-0 victory Saturday over his former club Crystal Palace in the Premier League. …