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  • Philippines calls on ASEAN to urge China to halt land reclamation
    Philippines calls on ASEAN to urge China to halt land reclamation

    The Philippines called on its Southeast Asian neighbours to unite in urging China to halt reclamation of land in the South China Sea, but the call failed to raise widespread support ahead of a regional summit. China claims 90 percent of the South China Sea, which is believed to be rich in oil and gas. Its claims overlap with those of Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan. Recent satellite images suggest China has made rapid progress in filling in land in contested territory …

  • Philippines urges ASEAN to stop China in South China Sea
    Philippines urges ASEAN to stop China in South China Sea

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Philippines on Sunday urged its fellow Southeast Asian countries to take immediate steps to halt land reclamation by China in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, warning that failure to do so will see Beijing take "de facto control" of the area. …

  • Philippines urges Southeast Asia to rally to halt China reclamation in disputed waters
    Philippines urges Southeast Asia to rally to halt China reclamation in disputed waters

    The Philippines on Sunday called on neighbouring Southeast Asian nations to push for an immediate halt to China's reclamation in the disputed South China Sea ahead of a regional summit. China claims 90 percent of the South China Sea, which is believed to be rich in oil and gas, with overlapping claims from Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan. Recent satellite images suggest China has made rapid progress in building an airstrip suitable for military use in contested …

  • Official: Palestinian operatives helped free Syria hostages

    JERUSALEM (AP) — A top Palestinian intelligence official provided first details Sunday of the release of two Swedish hostages held in Syria for 17 months, saying the captors drove them to a pre-arranged drop-off point, pushed them out of the car and sped off. …

  • Robbery saved 9 Greek climbers from Nepal quake
    Robbery saved 9 Greek climbers from Nepal quake

    Nine Greek climbers who were robbed by a sherpa guide in Kathmandu told Sunday of their lucky escape after heading home from Nepal the day before an earthquake triggered the deadliest disaster in Mount Everest's history. "We arrived in Kathmandu last week and there we discovered that our sherpa had disappeared with the money we had given him," Nerit Sophoclis Paitis, one of the climbers told Nerit, Greek public television. Saturday's 7.8-magnitude quake in Nepal killed more than 2,500 …

  • NEPAL EARTHQUAKE

    Map locates deadly earthquakes since 2000; 2c x 6 1/4 inches; 96.3 mm x 158 mm; …

  • Centenary of 1.5 million Armenian deaths marked in NYC
    Centenary of 1.5 million Armenian deaths marked in NYC

    NEW YORK (AP) — A rally in Times Square is marking the centennial of the deaths of as many 1.5 million Armenians under the Ottoman Empire — today's Turkey. …

  • Officials say heavy rains kill 37 in northwest Pakistan

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Officials in northwestern Pakistan say heavy rains have killed at least 37 people. …

  • Putin says can picture leaving Kremlin for 'ordinary flat'
    Putin says can picture leaving Kremlin for 'ordinary flat'

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said he can "completely imagine" leaving the Kremlin for a more modest abode and does not consider himself a member of his country's elite. "If someone can return to an ordinary flat and live there instead of in palace interiors, I think he has not lost contact with the outside world," Putin said in an interview broadcast Sunday on state television. …

  • Sevilla beats Rayo 2-0 to stay in hunt for top-4 finish

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Sevilla beat Rayo Vallecano 2-0 Sunday to stay in contention for a top-four finish in the Spanish league. …