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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 …

  • Iraq rebuts US criticism of security forces
    Iraq rebuts US criticism of security forces

    Iraq on Monday rejected accusations by the US defence chief that its security forces dodged battle in Ramadi and lack the will to fight the Islamic State group. Pentagon chief Ashton Carter argued that the May 17 fall of Ramadi, the worst defeat Baghdad has suffered in almost a year, could have been avoided. Washington has been one of Baghdad's key partners in the war to reclaim the ground lost to IS last year and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi expressed disbelief at Carter's stinging …

  • Hundreds of taxi drivers march in Mexico against Uber

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hundreds of taxi drivers marched through Mexico City chanting "Uber Out!" and demanding city authorities ban the online ride service. …

  • Tunisian soldier kills 7 in barracks rampage
    Tunisian soldier kills 7 in barracks rampage

    A Tunisian soldier the authorities say had psychological problems seized a gun at a barracks on Monday and killed seven comrades before being shot dead himself. The interior ministry said the rampage was not linked to "terrorism", but a defence ministry spokesman did not rule this out before an investigation reports on the incident. Defence ministry spokesman Belhassen Oueslati said that corporal Mehdi Jmai, who was born in 1979 and had been serving in the army since 1999, "had family and …

  • Thousands flock to mass funeral for Saudi attack victims

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Tens of thousands of mourners poured into the streets of eastern Saudi Arabia on Monday to attend a mass funeral for victims of last week's suicide bombing attack at a Shiite mosque that was claimed by the Islamic State group, attendees said. …

  • Police: 3 kids injured when waterspout uproots bounce house

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say three children have been injured after a waterspout made landfall on a Fort Lauderdale beach and sent an inflatable bounce house flying into the air. …

  • Ireland's gay marriage vote was "a defeat": Vatican daily
    Ireland's gay marriage vote was "a defeat": Vatican daily

    The Irish vote in favour of gay marriage constitutes "a defeat" that highlights a gap between the Church and modern society, the Vatican newspaper said Monday. While neither the Pope nor the Vatican have reacted officially to Friday's Irish referendum result, the Osservatore Romano daily spoke of "a challenge for the whole Church," and of "the distance, in some areas, between society and the Church." The result of the Irish vote was clear, with 62 percent of votes in favour and 38 percent …

  • Roma beats Lazio 2-1 in derby to secure 2nd in Serie A
    Roma beats Lazio 2-1 in derby to secure 2nd in Serie A

    ROME (AP) — Roma secured direct entry into the Champions League group phase with a 2-1 win over Lazio in a heated Serie A derby Monday that featured three late goals. …