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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 …

  • Houseplants That Purify Air: Part 3

    Air pollution is a concern in the home as much as at a busy, trafficked intersection. Indoors, our air is exposed to an array of chemicals, fumes, and some "volatile organic compounds" (VOCs) commonly released by solvents, paints, adhesives, and other innocuous household items that we use without knowing of their risks. Formaldehyde, used in paint, is a common culprit. These houseplants, according to NASA, can purify the air of VCOs and other pollutants and odors. …

  • Legislative official says China to boost military budget about 10 percent in the coming year

    BEIJING (AP) — Legislative official says China to boost military budget about 10 percent in the coming year. …

  • Australians on Indonesia death row arrive on execution island
    Australians on Indonesia death row arrive on execution island

    Two Australian drug smugglers in Indonesia were transferred Wednesday to an island where they will be executed, as the Australian leader said his country was "revolted" by their looming deaths after frantic diplomatic efforts to save them. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the ringleaders of the so-called "Bali Nine" drug smuggling gang, were woken early and given a few minutes to get ready before leaving Bali's Kerobokan jail in the early hours, said local justice ministry official Nyoman …

  • Indonesia moves Australians ahead of expected executions
    Indonesia moves Australians ahead of expected executions

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Two convicted Australian drug smugglers arrived Wednesday at an Indonesian island prison where they will be executed by firing squad with seven other foreigner prisoners and an Indonesian, as diplomatic squabbles persist over the executions. …

  • APNewsBreak: 72 passengers reach settlements in Asiana crash
    APNewsBreak: 72 passengers reach settlements in Asiana crash

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than 70 passengers aboard an Asiana Airlines flight that crashed in San Francisco two years ago have reached a settlement in their lawsuits against the airline, attorneys for the passengers and airline said in a court filing Tuesday. …

  • Malaysia still top choice for Muslim travellers: report
    Malaysia still top choice for Muslim travellers: report

    Malaysia is the most preferred global destination in the fast-growing Muslim travel market, despite two catastrophic air disasters that hit the country's flag-carrier in 2014, a survey showed Wednesday. Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Indonesia followed Malaysia in the ranking of choice holiday destinations for Muslim travellers, said a report by Islamic travel specialist Crescentrating and payments giant MasterCard. The report evaluates countries in terms of their …

  • India makes surprise interest rate cut to 7.5%
    India makes surprise interest rate cut to 7.5%

    India's central bank cut interest rates by 25 basis points on Wednesday in a surprise announcement, days after the new right-wing government's first full-year budget. …