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  • US-Philippines wargames to start under China's shadow
    US-Philippines wargames to start under China's shadow

    Thousands of American and Filipino soldiers on Monday will kick off expanded wargames, showcasing a deepening defence alliance as alarm bells ring over China. The 10-day exercises in the Philippines are an annual affair between the longtime allies, but this time they will involve double the number of soldiers as last year in a sign of their expanding military partnership. The Philippines is seeking more US military and diplomatic support to fend off China's increasing forcefulness in its bid …

  • Bar ban for US troops in Philippines amid murder trial
    Bar ban for US troops in Philippines amid murder trial

    The US Pacific Command has banned its troops in the Philippines from bars and nightclubs, a spokesman said Saturday, with the trial under way of a US Marine accused of murdering a transgender Filipina he met in a bar. Thousands of American and Filipino soldiers will on Monday kick off 10-day annual military excercises, according to Captain Alex Lim, a spokesman for the US forces, but there will be strict controls on their free time. Lim would not say why the restrictions were imposed but …

  • Philippine Airlines parent says back in black
    Philippine Airlines parent says back in black

    Philippine Airlines' parent firm said it had returned to profitability, the first time in three years either entity reported being in the black for an entire year. In a filing with the Philippine Stock Exchange Thursday, PAL Holdings reported an after-tax net profit of 129.74 million pesos ($2.93 million) in its fiscal year to December 31. …

  • New England's snowy winter pushes back gardening season
    New England's snowy winter pushes back gardening season

    The historic barrage of snow and cold in New England this winter has pushed back the gardening season and left behind damaged bushes, trees and greenhouses as well as gardeners eager to get outside and ... …

  • Communities already spending money trickling in from casinos

    The first casino hasn't opened its doors, but some Massachusetts cities and towns already are spending gambling windfalls. Fifteen communities have received roughly $5 million from the state's three licensed ... …

  • School districts, parents at odds over breakfast in class
    School districts, parents at odds over breakfast in class

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The number of breakfasts served in the nation's schools has doubled in the last two decades, a surge driven largely by a change in how districts deliver the food. …

  • 700 Liberian Ebola workers protest for hazard pay
    700 Liberian Ebola workers protest for hazard pay

    "We took risks so we deserve our benefits," demonstrators chanted as the protest began Friday, when they disrupted a ceremony during which French charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) was to hand over management of Liberia's main Ebola unit to the government. "Tolbert Nyensuah give us our money," they said, referring to the head of the government's Ebola response team. The workers hired by MSF, which has been in the forefront of the battle against the west African …

  • Ghana's Hearts show they are not 'money-wasters'
    Ghana's Hearts show they are not 'money-wasters'

    Ghanaians Hearts of Oak proved they are not "money-wasters" with a 2-1 weekend win at Malians Djoliba to stake a strong claim for a CAF Confederation Cup play-offs place. Gilbert Fiamenyo and Paul Acquah scored second-half goals for the heavily criticised Accra outfit in a last-16 first-leg clash before Issiaka Diarra reduced arrears from a penalty in Bamako. It was the fourth victory in five CAF outings this season for the 'Phobians', who were severely criticised by former captain Jacob …

  • Dortmund poised to name Klopp's successor
    Dortmund poised to name Klopp's successor

    Borussia Dortmund hope to name Jurgen Klopp's successor as head coach in the coming week, while hot favourite Thomas Tuchel made a rare appearance at Friday's Bundesliga clash in Frankfurt. He made an unexpected showing on Friday to watch Eintracht Frankfurt's goalless draw against third-placed Borussia Moenchengladbach in the German league. Klopp's departure after eight years in charge was a shock for Dortmund after the 47-year-old steered them to the 2011 and 2012 German titles and the 2013 …

  • Afghan suicide bombing blamed on Islamic State kills 35
    Afghan suicide bombing blamed on Islamic State kills 35

    FAIZABAD, Afghanistan (AP) — A motorcycle-riding suicide bomber attacked a bank branch Saturday in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 35 people in a deadly attack the country's president said was claimed by the Islamic State group. …