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  • Image of Asia: Training to storm a beach in the Philippines
    Image of Asia: Training to storm a beach in the Philippines

    In this photo by Bullit Marquez, a U.S. Navy amphibious assault vehicle with Philippine and U.S. troops on board storms the beach during a joint exercise at the Naval Education and Training Command center in Zambales province, northwest of Manila. The Zambales shore faces the disputed Scarborough Shoal, where Chinese vessels were reported to have driven away Filipino fishermen with a water cannon and seized some of their catch in early April. Philippine military officials say the maneuvers with …

  • Pacmania sweeps Philippines ahead of Mayweather clash
    Pacmania sweeps Philippines ahead of Mayweather clash

    Manny Pacquiao's face is on shirts, dolls and postage stamps, his life story is playing in movie houses and millions are getting ready to party as the Philippine boxing hero's "fight of the century" nears. Pacmania is sweeping the Southeast Asian nation of 100 million people ahead of the May 2 Las Vegas bout against unbeaten Floyd Mayweather to decide who is the best boxer of their generation. Of course, it's the fight of the century," Manila film producer Lucky Blanco told AFP. …

  • Manila 'cute little submissive' of US: China media
    Manila 'cute little submissive' of US: China media

    The Philippines is nothing more than the "cute little submissive" of the United States, a Chinese tabloid with close ties to the ruling Communist Party said on Tuesday, criticising Manila for military exercises with Washington. The English-language editorial came a day after the Philippines launched giant 10-day war games with the US and Australia, partly aimed as a warning shot to Beijing amid competing claims in the South China Sea, home to vital shipping routes. "Of all the countries …

  • Saudi airstrikes pound Yemen's Shiite rebels, killing 20
    Saudi airstrikes pound Yemen's Shiite rebels, killing 20

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The Saudi-led coalition pounded Shiite rebels in Yemen on Tuesday, killing 20 in a city in the country's west as the civilian death toll rose to 38 from airstrikes the day before in the capital, Sanaa, officials said. …

  • Eritrea, North Korea called world's most censored states

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The small African nation of Eritrea tops even North Korea in its restrictions on the media, a new global report says. …

  • Family of Frenchman on Indonesia death row begs EU to save him
    Family of Frenchman on Indonesia death row begs EU to save him

    Relatives of a Frenchman on death row in Indonesia for drug offences begged President Francois Hollande and the European Union to save him after his appeal was rejected by the Supreme Court on Tuesday. "Our family calls on President Francois Hollande and the European Union to do everything possible to save Serge Atlaoui from the firing squad," his brother Andre told AFP, describing their "dismay", "suffering" and "lack of understanding" at the court's decision. French Foreign Minister Laurent …

  • Detroit-area officer due in court on videoed assault charge

    INKSTER, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area police officer charged with assault in the beating of a motorist is scheduled to make his first court appearance. …

  • Somali militants kill at least 10 in car bomb attack on restaurant
    Somali militants kill at least 10 in car bomb attack on restaurant

    A suicide bomber from the Somali militant group al Shabaab on Tuesday rammed a car laden with explosives into a busy restaurant in the capital Mogadishu, killing at least 10 people and wounding more than a dozen others. The car bombing took place a day after after an al Shabaab suicide bomber killed six people, including four United Nations staff, during an attack on a U.N. minivan in Garowe, a city about 1000 km (600 miles) northeast of Mogadishu. Al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab has staged a …

  • Cops: Woman arrested at JFK hid cocaine in girdle, underwear

    NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities quickly found out why an arriving passenger at John F. Kennedy International was so nervous: She had four pounds (nearly two kilograms) of cocaine hidden in her girdle and underwear. …

  • New York judge to consider claims that chimpanzees are 'legal persons'

    By Daniel Wiessner NEW YORK (Reuters) - An animal rights group has been granted a court hearing in which it will argue that two chimpanzees who live at a New York state university cannot be held captive because they are autonomous, intelligent creatures. New York State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe in Manhattan issued an order late Monday, called a writ of habeas corpus, requiring the State University of New York at Stony Brook on Long Island to defend its right in court to keep the …