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  • Philippines says China rushing construction in disputed sea
    Philippines says China rushing construction in disputed sea

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' top diplomat said Thursday that China has been rushing construction projects, including massive land reclamation, in the disputed South China Sea in hopes of forestalling any legal moves against its vast territorial claims. …

  • Aquino takes responsibility for bungled mission in Philippines, but no apology
    Aquino takes responsibility for bungled mission in Philippines, but no apology

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Thursday took responsibility for a bungled security operation in January that left 44 police commandos dead, but offered no public apology for the clash that has become his biggest political crisis in years. Since the secret mission, Aquino's approval and trust ratings have plunged to their lowest level in five years, and a peace process with the country's largest Muslim rebel group has stalled. "To every Filipino who has felt failure or has been hurt …

  • China wants to control South China Sea: Philippines
    China wants to control South China Sea: Philippines

    The Philippines accused China on Thursday of seeking to take control of nearly the entire South China Sea with an expansionist agenda dominated by "massive reclamation" works. Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said China's efforts were aimed at undermining a United Nations tribunal that is due to rule early next year on a Philippine challenge to its claims to the disputed waters. "China is accelerating its expansionist agenda and changing the status quo to actualise its nine-dash …

  • Nigerian leader urges peaceful vote amid electoral violence
    Nigerian leader urges peaceful vote amid electoral violence

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan urged his nation to vote peacefully and accept the results of Saturday's presidential elections, which analysts say will be the most tightly contested in the history of Africa's richest nation and its largest democracy. …

  • Thai junta chief considers martial law replacement
    Thai junta chief considers martial law replacement

    Thailand's junta chief Friday said he was considering lifting martial law, but only after passing a new order to replace it. Speaking to reporters during a trip to the beachside resort of Hua Hin, former army chief turned Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha said he had already drawn up a replacement provision. "I have prepared for it already to be used after the martial law," he said. "If I lift the martial law, you all will know," he added. …

  • Japan subs sink Tunisia in first game under Halilhodzic
    Japan subs sink Tunisia in first game under Halilhodzic

    Shinji Okazaki and Keisuke Honda came off the bench to score quickfire goals as Japan beat Tunisia 2-0 on Friday in their first outing under new coach Vahid Halilhodzic. The firebrand Franco-Bosnian wore a face like thunder as he prowled the touchline in a pinstripe suit gesticulating furiously as Japan wasted first-half chances, with debutant Kengo Kawamata coming closest by heading against the bar after 20 minutes. Honda and Shinji Kagawa were introduced on the hour mark, quickly followed …

  • Deadly Oklahoma Twister Ends Slow Start to Tornado Season
    Deadly Oklahoma Twister Ends Slow Start to Tornado Season

    A damaging tornado touched down outside Tulsa, Oklahoma, last night (March 25). A small twister was also reported in Moore, the Oklahoma City suburb that has been repeatedly ravaged by deadly twisters this decade. The two weak tornadoes ended a long dry streak for the 2015 tornado season. For only the second time since the 1950s — when good record keeping began — the first three weeks of March were tornado-free throughout the United States, according to the National Weather Service's Storm …

  • BMW recalls nearly 49K motorcycles; rear wheel can loosen

    BMW is recalling nearly 49,000 motorcycles in the U.S. and Canada because flanges that hold the rear wheel can crack if bolts are too tight. The recall covers multiple models including the 2005 to 2010 ... …

  • Audit: Maryland misallocated $28.4M for health exchange

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland misallocated $28.4 million in federal money for its flawed health care exchange and should pay the money back, according to a federal audit set to be released Friday. …

  • This Week in the Civil War

    This Week in The Civil War for Sunday, March 29: Fall of Richmond, Virginia, seat of Confederacy. …