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  • 70 years on, survivors keep memory of Battle of Manila alive
    70 years on, survivors keep memory of Battle of Manila alive

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Seventy years have not dulled the memories of survivors of the monthlong Battle of Manila. The mass killings by Japanese forces, the loved ones lost and the desperation are etched in their minds, as is the elation when American forces finally rescued them in the closing months of World War II. …

  • Toll in Philippine clashes with Islamists rises to 26
    Toll in Philippine clashes with Islamists rises to 26

    A military assault on Islamic militants in the southern Philippines entered its fifth day on Saturday, with the toll rising to 24 guerrillas and two soldiers dead, officials said. Ten Abu Sayyaf militants were killed in a two-hour clash on Friday after the army pounded their jungle lair on Jolo island with artillery and helicopter gunships, said Colonel Alan Arrojado, who is leading the assault. Battles were raging in the mountainous and thickly forested villages of Patikul town, an area …

  • France's Hollande visits typhoon-hit Philippine town
    France's Hollande visits typhoon-hit Philippine town

    French President Francois Hollande met survivors of one of the world's strongest typhoons in a remote Philippine coastal town on Friday, seeking to sound a global alarm on climate change ahead of a crucial UN summit. Hollande is on a two-day trip to the Southeast Asian archipelago, regarded as a frontline state in the struggle against global warming, as part of his campaign to build diplomatic momentum ahead of the Paris summit in December. The French president is determined to broker an …

  • Kerry, Lavrov in 'hopeful' talks as Ukraine toll tops 6,000
    Kerry, Lavrov in 'hopeful' talks as Ukraine toll tops 6,000

    The US and Russian foreign ministers expressed cautious optimism after holding talks in Geneva Monday to end fighting in Ukraine, where the UN says more than 6,000 people have died in less than a year. The meeting between John Kerry and Sergei Lavrov in Geneva was just one of several attempts at mediation on the conflict Monday, as high-stakes talks to resolve a bitter gas dispute between Kiev and Moscow took place in Brussels. …

  • Russia, Ukraine agree gas delivery deal until end March: EU
    Russia, Ukraine agree gas delivery deal until end March: EU

    Moscow and Kiev agreed a gas delivery deal until the end of March after EU-brokered talks in Brussels Monday, securing supplies to Europe after a row over supplies to rebel-held eastern Ukraine, the EU said. Gazprom, the Russian state-owned gas giant, threatened last week to halt deliveries to Ukraine and divert stocks instead to the eastern parts of the country controlled by pro-Kremlin separatists after Kiev cut them off. "I am satisfied that we managed to safeguard the full application of …

  • Bomb near top Cairo court house kills two; other blasts hit capital
    Bomb near top Cairo court house kills two; other blasts hit capital

    By Ahmed Tolba CAIRO (Reuters) - Two people were killed when a bomb exploded near a top court building in central Cairo, the health ministry said, the deadliest attack in three blasts to hit the Egyptian capital on Monday. The repeated security incidents in Cairo have raised concern over the effectiveness of security forces who have pledged to end Islamist militant violence bedevilling government efforts to revive investment and foreign tourism crucial to the economy and stability of the Arab …

  • Senate Dems block negotiations on Homeland bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats have blocked a Republican move to open formal negotiations with the House on legislation combining funding for the Homeland Security Department with restrictions on President Barack Obama's immigration policy. …

  • NASA spacecraft making first visit to dwarf planet Ceres
    NASA spacecraft making first visit to dwarf planet Ceres

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft is about to reach the end of a nearly eight-year journey and make the first rendezvous with a dwarf planet. …

  • Lawmaker reimburses private plane expenses for football game
    Lawmaker reimburses private plane expenses for football game

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock has reimbursed the U.S. government for more than $1,200 to travel to a Chicago Bears football game last November. …

  • Australia expected to announce more troops bound for Iraq

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia was expected to confirm Tuesday an increase in troops to be sent to Iraq to help train Iraqi security forces to fight the Islamic State group. …