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  • Philippine economic growth slows to three-year low
    Philippine economic growth slows to three-year low

    Philippine economic growth in the first quarter slowed to a three-year low of 5.2 percent, well below forecasts, due to lethargic government spending and weak exports, officials said Thursday. "While growth in the private sector remains robust, the slower than programmed pace of public spending, particularly the decline in public construction, has slowed down the overall growth of the economy," Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan told reporters. "Exports were the other source of the …

  • US affirms 'ironclad' promise to defend Philippines
    US affirms 'ironclad' promise to defend Philippines

    US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told his Philippine counterpart on Wednesday that Washington's pledge to defend the Pacific nation remains "ironclad" and called for an end to land reclamation in the South China Sea, officials said. In talks in Hawaii with Voltaire Gazmin, Philippine secretary of national defense, the Pentagon chief "reaffirmed" the strong ties between the two countries and discussed territorial disputes in the contested waters of the South China Sea, where Beijing has been …

  • Philippine, Vietnam troops play sports on disputed island
    Philippine, Vietnam troops play sports on disputed island

    Filipino and Vietnamese troops played football and tug-of-war on a disputed South China Sea island on Wednesday, officials said, closing ranks as their rival China ramps up construction of artificial islands. The games took place on Philippine-held Northeast Cay, just 2.7 kilometres (1.7 miles) from Southwest Cay which is controlled by Vietnam, where a similar contest was held last year. "It was a navy-to-navy confidence-building engagement," Vice Admiral Alexander Lopez, the Philippine …

  • Another round of rain brings more serious flooding in Texas
    Another round of rain brings more serious flooding in Texas

    HOUSTON (AP) — Floodwaters submerged highways and threatened homes Friday in Texas as another round of heavy rain added to the damage inflicted by storms that have killed at least 22 people and left 13 missing. …

  • THE LATEST: Jordan praises performance of Prince Ali
    THE LATEST: Jordan praises performance of Prince Ali

    The latest on FIFA developments: 7:50 p.m. (1750 GMT; 1:50 p.m. EDT) Jordan is praising the performance of its soccer chief, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, who forced voting in FIFA's presidential election ... …

  • Ohio State ex-band director denied access to trustee records

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Fired Ohio State University marching band director Jonathan Waters can't have broad access to trustees' records that he had argued might help prove his gender discrimination case, a federal judge ruled Friday. …

  • Germany warns Ukraine truce turning more 'fragile'
    Germany warns Ukraine truce turning more 'fragile'

    Germany's foreign minister warned Friday that the situation in Ukraine's separatist east was turning more "fragile" and required all sides to focus their efforts on salvaging a three-month truce. Frank-Walter Steinmeier flew into Kiev just days before Ukraine's Western-backed President Petro Poroshenko's peace envoy meets pro-Russian rebel negotiators in Minsk, Belarus in a desperate bid to keep all-out warfare from resuming on the European Union's eastern frontier. …

  • China deployed artillery in S.China Sea: US officials
    China deployed artillery in S.China Sea: US officials

    China recently deployed two artillery pieces on one of its artificial islands in the contested South China Sea, US defense officials said Friday, in an unprecedented move that will heighten suspicion of Beijing's intentions. The heavy weapons, since removed, posed no security threat but their positioning -- within range of territory claimed by Vietnam -- underscored Washington's concerns that China is pursuing a huge island-building project for military purposes, officials said. The two …

  • FIFA votes amid corruption crisis: LIVE REPORT
    FIFA votes amid corruption crisis: LIVE REPORT

    17:32 GMT - Platini congratulates Ali - "I am proud that UEFA has defended and supported a movement for change at FIFA. Change which in my opinion is crucial if this organisation is to regain its credibility," UEFA boss Platini said after the vote. …

  • More cancer success with drugs that enlist immune system
    More cancer success with drugs that enlist immune system

    CHICAGO (AP) — For the first time, a major study shows that a drug targeting the body's disease-fighting immune system may improve survival for the most common form of lung cancer. …