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  • 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 …

  • Image of Asia: Tearing down squatters' homes near Manila
    Image of Asia: Tearing down squatters' homes near Manila

    In this photo by Bullit Marquez, a demolition crew begins to tear down a squatters' community at suburban Caloocan city, north of Manila, Philippines. Population growth and the lack of economic opportunities in rural areas have driven millions of Filipinos into the squatters' colonies that dot the sprawling metropolitan area in and around Manila. Most of the land they occupy is privately owned, and clearing the dwellings often results in violence. The landowner had offered about $1,344 in …

  • Dollar soars to more than 12-year high against yen
    Dollar soars to more than 12-year high against yen

    The greenback briefly touched 124.30 yen in Tokyo midday trading, its highest level since late 2002, before settling back to 124.11 yen. "It’s likely that the yen will continue to slowly weaken and we’ll have a global risk-on mode," said Mitsushige Akino, executive officer at Ichiyoshi Asset Management. “The US economy is OK and as Yellen said recently, the US is trying to raise rates,” he added. …

  • Warner arrested following FIFA World Cup bribe allegations
    Warner arrested following FIFA World Cup bribe allegations

    Former FIFA vice president Jack Warner was arrested in Trinidad and Tobago, hours after US prosecutors claimed he accepted bribes during host selections for the 1998 and 2010 World Cups in France and South Africa. The Trinidadian's name was on a list of nine current or former FIFA officials and five business executives who "abused their positions of trust to acquire millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks," US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in New York. Warner, 72, protested his …

  • Iran, North Korea forging ballistic, nuclear ties - dissidents

    By John Irish PARIS (Reuters) - An exiled Iranian opposition group said on Thursday a delegation of North Korean experts in nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles visited a military site near Tehran in April amid talks between world powers and Iran over its nuclear programme. The dissident National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) exposed Iran's uranium enrichment plant at Natanz and a heavy water facility at Arak in 2002. Iran says allegations of nuclear bomb research are baseless and …

  • Ex-Guantanamo inmate Khadr uncertain about firefight memory -paper
    Ex-Guantanamo inmate Khadr uncertain about firefight memory -paper

    Canadian Omar Khadr, who was once the youngest prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, is unsure about his memory of a firefight that led to his murder conviction by a U.S. military tribunal, according to an interview published on Wednesday. Khadr, 28, was the first person since World War Two to be prosecuted in a war crimes tribunal for acts committed as a juvenile. In 2010, he pleaded guilty to charges that included murdering American Army medic Christopher Speer with a grenade in a firefight in …

  • Shocking ads ignite debate about abortion ban in Chile
    Shocking ads ignite debate about abortion ban in Chile

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The video shows a woman climbing a stairwell, her belly visibly pregnant, as she offers suggestions: Make sure there are no security cameras. Be careful not to look down or you might regret it. …

  • Key numbers from a report to Congress on US education

    The American education landscape is shifting. More U.S. school-age kids live in poverty and need English-language services, according to a report released Thursday by the National Center for Education ... …

  • EPA plans temporary pesticide restrictions while bees feed

    If honeybees are busy pollinating large, blooming croplands, farmers wanting to spray toxic pesticides will soon have to buzz off, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing. A federal rule to be ... …