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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 …

  • China's third-ranked leader says to pay more attention to HK youth
    China's third-ranked leader says to pay more attention to HK youth

    By Clare Baldwin and Nicole Li HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's third-ranked leader wants greater attention paid to young people in Hong Kong, after they staged pro-democracy protests last year that shut down parts of the city for 2-1/2 months. Zhang Dejiang, who heads China's largely rubber-stamp parliament, the National People's Congress, said last year's "illegal acts" highlight an urgent need to focus on young people and possibly revive the idea of a patriotic curriculum, Hong Kong media …

  • Australia floats prisoner swap to save Indonesia pair
    Australia floats prisoner swap to save Indonesia pair

    Australia on Thursday proposed a prisoner swap with Indonesia in an 11th-hour bid to save two drug smugglers facing execution, while voicing "deep concern" about Jakarta's international reputation if they are killed. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the ringleaders of the so-called "Bali Nine" drug-trafficking gang, could be shot within days after being moved on Wednesday to the Indonesian island where they are due to face a firing squad. Authorities must give convicts 72 hours' notice …

  • At least 34 dead as Syria rebels attack regime intel HQ
    At least 34 dead as Syria rebels attack regime intel HQ

    Syrian rebels launched a fierce attack on an intelligence headquarters in Aleppo, leaving at least 34 dead, days after the opposition rejected a UN ceasefire plan for the city. At least 20 members of regime security forces and 14 rebels were killed Wednesday in a powerful blast and attack targeting air force intelligence offices in the west of Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. It came as President Bashar al-Assad insisted he continues to enjoy the support of the Syrian …

  • NYC mayor to tout housing plan to business leaders
    NYC mayor to tout housing plan to business leaders

    Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to bring his message of fighting income inequality to a group of influential New York City business leaders. De Blaiso will deliver a significant speech Thursday morning to ... …

  • Second Los Angeles hospital identifies 'superbug' infections
    Second Los Angeles hospital identifies 'superbug' infections

    By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A second top Los Angeles hospital has reported an outbreak of drug-resistant "superbug" infections, and dozens more potential exposures, from procedures performed with a fiber-optic instrument called a duodenoscope. The notice from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of four such infections and 67 more patients who were at risk coincided with a hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, reporting a similar outbreak involving at least five infections and more than 280 …

  • House committee subpoenas Clinton emails in Benghazi probe
    House committee subpoenas Clinton emails in Benghazi probe

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee investigating the Benghazi, Libya, attacks issued subpoenas Wednesday for the emails of Hillary Rodham Clinton, who used a private account exclusively for official business when she was secretary of state — and also used a computer email server now traced back to her family's New York home. …

  • Australia seeks Indonesia prisoner swap as executions loom
    Australia seeks Indonesia prisoner swap as executions loom

    By Lincoln Feast SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's foreign minister said on Thursday she had proposed a prisoner swap to her Indonesian counterpart in an 11th hour effort to save the lives of two Australian drug smugglers expected to face a firing squad within days. The planned executions of Myuran Sukumaran, 33, and Andrew Chan, 31, have ratcheted up diplomatic tension between Australia and Indonesia following repeated pleas for mercy on their behalf. Also facing execution are citizens of …