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  • US Marines testify at Philippines murder trial of colleague
    US Marines testify at Philippines murder trial of colleague

    Four US Marines took the witness stand Tuesday at the murder trial of their comrade accused of killing a local transgender woman in the Philippines, lawyers who attended the closed-door proceedings said. The American servicemen were asked to testify on what the defendant, Private First Class Joseph Pemberton, had told them shortly after the October 24, 2014 killing, the lawyers said. "I think I may have killed a he or she," Lance Corporal Michael Rose told the court when asked what Pemberton …

  • Philippines says prepared to help boatpeople
    Philippines says prepared to help boatpeople

    The Philippines said Tuesday it was ready to help Rohingya and Bangladeshi boatpeople, as its Southeast Asian neighbours faced outrage for turning them away. The Philippines is obliged to help the migrants, many of whom are fleeing persecution, because it is party to the 1951 United Nations convention on refugees, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and foreign department spokesman Charles Jose both said. "We have the commitment and the obligation to extend humanitarian assistance to these asylum …

  • Robert De Niro opens Asia's 1st Nobu Hotel in Philippines
    Robert De Niro opens Asia's 1st Nobu Hotel in Philippines

    Robert de Niro and his business partners formally opened Asia's first Nobu Hotel in Manila on Monday as the luxury brand gears up for global expansion. The 321-room hotel within the bayside casino and ... …

  • Mali: Rebels capture army soldiers after fighting in north

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Separatist rebels in northern Mali said they are holding 19 soldiers from the national army following recent fighting, further aggravating tensions in the region after nearly a month of heightened violence. …

  • US: Iraq's 'will to fight' at issue after IS takeover Ramadi
    US: Iraq's 'will to fight' at issue after IS takeover Ramadi

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. defense secretary says the Islamic State group's takeover of the Iraqi city of Ramadi shows that Iraqi forces do not have the "will to fight." …

  • Federer eases into 2nd round at French Open
    Federer eases into 2nd round at French Open

    PARIS (AP) — Roger Federer got off to a smooth start on the French Open center court Sunday as he advanced to the second round of the clay-court Grand Slam tournament with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 win over Alejandro Falla. …

  • Church reels after Ireland's huge 'Yes' to gay marriage
    Church reels after Ireland's huge 'Yes' to gay marriage

    The once-dominant Catholic Church in Ireland was trying to come to terms Sunday with an overwhelming vote in favour of gay marriage, saying it needed a "new language" with which to speak to people. As jubilant "Yes" supporters nursed their hangovers after partying late into the night following Saturday's referendum result, the faithful attended mass to hear their priests reflect on the new social landscape in Ireland. "The Church has to find a new language which will be understood and heard …

  • Negotiator: Iran agrees 'managed access' to military sites

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has agreed to grant United Nations inspectors "managed access" to military sites as part of a future deal over its contested nuclear program, a negotiator said Sunday, apparently contradicting earlier comments by the nation's supreme leader. …

  • Residents rescued from flooded homes in Texas, Oklahoma
    Residents rescued from flooded homes in Texas, Oklahoma

    WIMBERLEY, Texas (AP) — Flooding in Texas and Oklahoma has led to numerous evacuations and rescues and the death of a firefighter. …

  • US Defense Secretary: Iraq's 'will to fight' at issue after Ramadi defeat (CORRECTS GARB …

    WASHINGTON (AP) — US Defense Secretary: Iraq's 'will to fight' at issue after Ramadi defeat (CORRECTS GARBLE) …