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  • US billionaire says WWII Japanese ship found in Philippines
    US billionaire says WWII Japanese ship found in Philippines

    Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen said Wednesday he had found one of Japan's biggest and most famous battleships on a Philippine seabed, some 70 years after American forces sank it during World War II. Excited historians likened the discovery, if verified, to finding the Titanic, as they hailed the American billionaire for his high-tech mission that apparently succeeded after so many failed search attempts by others. Allen posted photos and video online of parts of what he said was the …

  • Philippines' Aquino promises police commandos extra resources after botched raid
    Philippines' Aquino promises police commandos extra resources after botched raid

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino promised police commandos better extra resources on Wednesday, weeks after 44 commandos were killed in a clash with Muslim rebels, but declined to answer questions about the botched raid, a senior officer said. On Jan. 25, police commandos sneaked into a southern rebel area to "neutralise" Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, an al Qaeda-linked bomb maker with a $5 million U.S. bounty on his head. The mission went disastrously wrong for the government when …

  • 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 …

  • LAGUARDIA PLANE

    030515: Graphic shows location of plane that skidded off a LaGuardia Airport runway; 2c x 3 inches; 96.3 mm x 76 mm; …

  • Australia protests Indonesia's treatment of death row men
    Australia protests Indonesia's treatment of death row men

    Australia has formally complained to Indonesia over the treatment of two men facing the firing squad, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Friday, amid reports their execution could be delayed for up to 10 days. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the ringleaders of the so-called "Bali Nine" drug trafficking gang, were moved on Wednesday to the island where they are due to be killed. Australia was dismayed at the level of security used to transport them from Bali to the so-called "execution island" …

  • BRIEF-Taiwan's Formosa Petrochemical posts 40.3 pct fall in Feb sales

    March 6 (Reuters) - Formosa Petrochemical Corp * Says February sales at T$51 billion ($1.62 billion), down40.3 percent y/y Source text in Chinese: Further company coverage: ($1 = 31.4130 Taiwan dollars) (Reporting By Hong Kong newsroom) …

  • EM ASIA FX-Won leads gains ahead of U.S. jobs; Asia FX set for weekly losses

    * Won, Taiwan dollar up on exporters, capital inflows * Ringgit leads weekly Asia FX losses (Adds text, updates prices) By Jongwoo Cheon SINGAPORE, March 6 (Reuters) - Most emerging Asian currencies edged ... …

  • Man shot by police on Skid Row is identified
    Man shot by police on Skid Row is identified

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A homeless man who was shot to death by police during a confrontation over the weekend was identified under his true name — not the stolen identity he had used for years. …

  • Harrison Ford crash lands vintage plane on golf course
    Harrison Ford crash lands vintage plane on golf course

    Harrison Ford crash-landed his World War II-era airplane on Thursday after losing engine power, suffering serious but not life-threatening injuries as he used his years of piloting prowess to bring down ... …

  • Amazon sets up shop in China on Alibaba platform
    Amazon sets up shop in China on Alibaba platform

    US online retail giant Amazon has set up shop on the business-to-consumer platform of Alibaba as it seeks a greater presence in the massive Chinese market. Amazon's storefront carries the message: "It's Day 1." Amazon and Alibaba are considered competitors in some areas but unlike the US firm the Chinese company has no product stocks of its own, simply providing a trading platform. "We welcome Amazon to the Alibaba ecosystem and their presence will further broaden the selection of products …