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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 …

  • Singapore founding father Lee's condition improves slightly
    Singapore founding father Lee's condition improves slightly

    SINGAPORE (AP) — The condition of Singapore's 91-year-old founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, has improved slightly as he remains on life support in intensive care, the government said Saturday. …

  • Western leaders condemn Nemtsov killing, press Kremlin
    Western leaders condemn Nemtsov killing, press Kremlin

    BERLIN (AP) — Western leaders are condemning the assassination of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and pressing the Kremlin to ensure that the killing is investigated thoroughly. Here is a selection of comments. …

  • Vatican's finance czar defends spending by his office
    Vatican's finance czar defends spending by his office

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' finance czar has defended the expenditures of his office following reports it had racked up a half-million euros ($575,000) in bills in the last six months. …

  • Buffett reflects on his firm's success and strength

    Investor Warren Buffett says his company delivered another strong year, with $19.9 billion in profits, and he believes Berkshire Hathaway will continue thriving thanks to its collection of "remarkable ... …

  • Report: Egypt court declares Hamas a 'terrorist' group

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's state news agency is reporting that a Cairo court has declared Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, a "terrorist organization." …

  • Egypt state news agency reports that Egyptian court declares Hamas a 'terrorist organization' …

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt state news agency reports that Egyptian court declares Hamas a 'terrorist organization' …

  • Thousands protest against Newcastle march of UK branch of German anti-Islam group PEGIDA
    Thousands protest against Newcastle march of UK branch of German anti-Islam group PEGIDA

    More than 2,000 people protested on Saturday in Newcastle, northeast England, against a march held by the British branch of Germany's anti-Islam group PEGIDA which drew around 400 people, a Reuters witness said. The German organisation 'Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West' (PEGIDA), has for months been warning that Germany was being overrun by Muslims and held marches mostly in the city of Dresden. Although in Britain the local branch has had little exposure in the …