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  • Philippine economic growth slows to three-year low
    Philippine economic growth slows to three-year low

    Philippine economic growth in the first quarter slowed to a three-year low of 5.2 percent, well below forecasts, due to lethargic government spending and weak exports, officials said Thursday. "While growth in the private sector remains robust, the slower than programmed pace of public spending, particularly the decline in public construction, has slowed down the overall growth of the economy," Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan told reporters. "Exports were the other source of the …

  • US affirms 'ironclad' promise to defend Philippines
    US affirms 'ironclad' promise to defend Philippines

    US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told his Philippine counterpart on Wednesday that Washington's pledge to defend the Pacific nation remains "ironclad" and called for an end to land reclamation in the South China Sea, officials said. In talks in Hawaii with Voltaire Gazmin, Philippine secretary of national defense, the Pentagon chief "reaffirmed" the strong ties between the two countries and discussed territorial disputes in the contested waters of the South China Sea, where Beijing has been …

  • Philippine, Vietnam troops play sports on disputed island
    Philippine, Vietnam troops play sports on disputed island

    Filipino and Vietnamese troops played football and tug-of-war on a disputed South China Sea island on Wednesday, officials said, closing ranks as their rival China ramps up construction of artificial islands. The games took place on Philippine-held Northeast Cay, just 2.7 kilometres (1.7 miles) from Southwest Cay which is controlled by Vietnam, where a similar contest was held last year. "It was a navy-to-navy confidence-building engagement," Vice Admiral Alexander Lopez, the Philippine …

  • Police: Woman, boy found shot to death in Baltimore

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Police say they found a woman and a boy around 8 years old shot to death in southwest Baltimore. …

  • Blatter says FIFA faces 'more bad news'
    Blatter says FIFA faces 'more bad news'

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Thursday that the scandal-tainted football body faces "more bad news" and that officials accused of corruption had brought shame and humiliation on the organisation. Blatter did not raise the many calls made for him to resign or Friday's election, as he opened FIFA's annual congress one day after seven top football officials were arrested as part of a US corruption inquiry. "The next few months will not be easy for FIFA. …

  • Mystery of disappearing holes in Swiss cheese solved
    Mystery of disappearing holes in Swiss cheese solved

    BERLIN (AP) — The mystery of Swiss cheese and its disappearing holes has been solved: The milk's too clean. …

  • Finland's new justice minister supportive of death penalty

    HELSINKI (AP) — Finland's incoming justice minister from the populist Finns Party says he approves of the death penalty in "some circumstances." …

  • US stocks ease in midday trade, day after Nasdaq record
    US stocks ease in midday trade, day after Nasdaq record

    Stocks are moderately lower in midday trading, a day after the Nasdaq composite closed at a record high. Energy stocks were among the biggest losers Thursday as the price of oil fell. The Dow Jones industrial ... …

  • Results of 5-year-old malnourished girl's autopsy withheld

    PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — Authorities will not release the results of an autopsy of a malnourished, dehydrated and physically abused 5-year-old Michigan girl while the investigation into her death continues. …

  • Bill Clinton hopes to keep working _ whatever Hillary does

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Former U.S. President Bill Clinton made an impassioned appeal for modern health care in the Ebola-stricken countries of West Africa and told The Associated Press afterward that he hopes to keep working for the foundation he launched regardless of what happens politically with his wife, Hillary. …