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  • Philippines to fly over disputed South China Sea: Aquino
    Philippines to fly over disputed South China Sea: Aquino

    Philippine military and commercial aircraft will keep flying over disputed areas in the South China Sea despite Chinese warnings over the airspace, President Benigno Aquino said on Monday. "We will still fly the routes that we fly based on the international law from the various conventions we entered into," Aquino told reporters when asked whether the Philippines accepted China's position. The Chinese military last week ordered a US Navy P-8 Poseidon surveillance plane away from airspace …

  • Philippines seeks stronger commitment from U.S. in South China Sea dispute
    Philippines seeks stronger commitment from U.S. in South China Sea dispute

    The Philippines is seeking a "stronger commitment" from the United States to help its ally, the defence minister said on Monday, as China asserts its sovereignty over disputed areas of the South China Sea. China claims most of the South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year, and the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei have overlapping claims. China said on Monday it had lodged a complaint with the United States over a U.S. spy plane that flew …

  • 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 …

  • WATCH: Limited edition Iron Man Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge revealed

    Earlier this May, Samsung confirmed that it was teaming up with Marvel to launch Avengers-themed versions of the Korean tech giant's flagship phones. …

  • Poorest countries neglected by foreign aid donors: report
    Poorest countries neglected by foreign aid donors: report

    The world's poorest nations, the bulk of which are in sub-Saharan Africa, are receiving less than a third of development aid, and this support is waning, a non-governmental organisation founded by U2 frontman Bono said Tuesday. World leaders should target the most disadvantaged nations when they adopt a new set of goals to eradicate extreme poverty this September, the advocacy group ONE said in a statement. "We won't see an end to extreme poverty unless leaders shift focus to the poorest …

  • China's yuan currency 'no longer undervalued': IMF
    China's yuan currency 'no longer undervalued': IMF

    China's yuan currency, which Washington has long alleged was manipulated, is "no longer undervalued", the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday. "Our assessment now is that the substantial real effective appreciation over the past year has brought the exchange rate to a level that is no longer undervalued," the IMF said in a statement after a consultation mission to China. The value of the yuan, also known as the renminbi, has been a source of tension for years with China's major trade …

  • Apple promotes tech guru Jonathan Ive as head of design

    Apple innovator Jonathan Ive says he's been promoted to the company's chief design officer, making him one of the most powerful people in the world's most valuable company. Ive, who as a lead designer ... …

  • BRIEF-Inner Mongolia Junzheng Energy to boost capital of chemical unit by 1.5 bln yuan

    (Refiles with correct link) May 26 (Reuters) - Inner Mongolia Junzheng Energy & ChemicalIndustry Co Ltd * Says to boost capital of its chemical unit by 1.54 billionyuan ($248.23 million) Source text in Chinese: http://bit.ly/1AqXA35 Further company coverage: ($1 = 6.2038 Chinese yuan renminbi) (Reporting by Hong Kong and Singapore newsrooms) …

  • African leaders to hold summit on Burundi as violence continues
    African leaders to hold summit on Burundi as violence continues

    By Clement Manirabarusha and Goran Tomasevic BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - East African leaders will meet on Sunday at a special summit to discuss the crisis in Burundi, where police and protesters continue to clash on the streets of the capital and the opposition has boycotted peace talks. A Reuters witness saw police fire in the direction of protesters and gunfire was heard in several parts of Bujumbura early on Tuesday, where many roads are blocked and businesses closed after a month of sometimes …

  • Washington Post reporter stands trial in Iran for spying
    Washington Post reporter stands trial in Iran for spying

    Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian went on trial behind closed doors in Iran Tuesday on charges of spying, a case that has clouded a rapprochement with the United States. Rezaian's wife, Yeganeh Salehi, who is also a journalist, appeared in court alongside her husband and a female press photographer, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported. The trial is being held in Branch 15 of the Tehran revolutionary court, which usually presides over political cases or those related to …