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  • Philippines hits back at Beijing over South China Sea
    Philippines hits back at Beijing over South China Sea

    The Philippines on Saturday shot back at Beijing's criticism of its activities in the South China Sea, saying they were "in no way comparable to China's massive reclamation activities" in the waters. It also said accusations that Manila was being "hypocritical" would not distract people from Beijing's own actions which were raising regional tensions. "The Philippines' possible undertaking of necessary maintenance and repairs on its existing facilities in the West Philippine Sea... is in no …

  • Boxing hero Pacquiao is top tax-payer in Philippines: govt
    Boxing hero Pacquiao is top tax-payer in Philippines: govt

    Boxing hero Manny Pacquiao, who faces his biggest fight against unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather, already holds top spot as the number one taxpayer in the Philippines, government records showed Saturday. A list of top individual tax-payers for 2013, posted on the Bureau of Internal Revenue website, put the boxer-turned-congressman at number one with 163.84 million pesos ($3.72 million) in taxes paid. Internal revenue chief Kim Henares confirmed that Pacquiao topped the list but stressed …

  • Philippines says China rushing construction in disputed sea
    Philippines says China rushing construction in disputed sea

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' top diplomat said Thursday that China has been rushing construction projects, including massive land reclamation, in the disputed South China Sea in hopes of forestalling any legal moves against its vast territorial claims. …

  • Bride convicted of involuntary manslaughter after wedding

    BEAVER, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania newlywed has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment in the shooting death of her niece hours after the ceremony. …

  • Fernandez, Tuktamysheva take golds at figure skating worlds
    Fernandez, Tuktamysheva take golds at figure skating worlds

    SHANGHAI (AP) — Javier Fernandez cleanly landed two quad jumps in his free skate to edge defending champion Yuzuru Hanyu and become the first Spanish men's champion at the figure skating world championships on Saturday. …

  • UK prime minister rallies party before 'knife edge' election
    UK prime minister rallies party before 'knife edge' election

    LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron said Saturday that Britain's election campaign is on a knife edge, as he rallied the Conservative party with a personal attack on his main rival. …

  • Nation's biggest nuclear firm makes a play for green money

    A big player in the troubled nuclear power industry is trying to change the rules of the energy game. Exelon Corp. says Illinois lawmakers must revamp the power market or potentially see three of that ... …

  • German pilot visited glider field near crash site as a child
    German pilot visited glider field near crash site as a child

    SISTERON, France (AP) — The German co-pilot accused of crashing a passenger plane in the French Alps frequented a gliding club near the crash site as a child with his parents, according to a member of the club. …

  • Badminton: Nehwal storms into India Open finals

    India's Saina Nehwal stormed into the women's singles final at the India Open badminton tournament Saturday, defeating Japan's Yui Hashimoto in front of a capacity home crowd in New Delhi. Nehwal, currently ranked number two in the world, is virtually assured of the top spot when the updated rankings are announced next week, after Spain's Carolina Marin, her nearest challenger and world number four, lost her semi-final match earlier in the day. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among …

  • Syria's Idlib city falls to Qaeda affiliate, allies: monitor
    Syria's Idlib city falls to Qaeda affiliate, allies: monitor

    Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate and its allies seized on Saturday the city of Idlib, the second provincial capital lost by the government, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. After five days of fighting, "Al-Nusra Front and its allies have captured all of Idlib," the Britain-based Observatory said. Al-Nusra Front, the official Syrian affiliate of Al-Qaeda, announced the capture of the northwestern city on its Twitter accounts. "Thanks be to God, the city of Idlib has been liberated," …