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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 …

  • At least 20 Kenyan police killed in suspected al Shabaab attack - media

    At least 20 Kenyan police officers have been killed in an ambush by suspected al Shabaab gunmen in a village in the eastern county of Garissa, Kenyan media reported on Tuesday. The Standard and Daily Nation newspapers said on their websites the officers were killed in Yumbis village, 70 km (45 miles) north of the town of Garissa, on Monday evening and four of their vehicles burnt as they went to the rescue of colleagues wounded when their vehicle hit a landmine earlier in the day. Last week, …

  • EM ASIA FX-Solid dollar hits Asia FX; Singapore dlr at 1-mth low on mixed data

    * Singapore dlr fails to maintain brief rebound after GDP * Singapore April output -8.7 pct y/y, misses forecasts * Yuan dips as c.bank sets midpoint at 3-week low * Won hits 2-week low, offshore funds ... …

  • China to project its military further and stronger
    China to project its military further and stronger

    China said on Tuesday it will project its military power further beyond its borders at sea and more assertively in the air, defending the construction of artificial islands which sparked concerns in Washington. The People's Liberation Army navy will put a greater emphasis on "open seas protection", rather than "offshore waters defence" alone, the State Council, China's cabinet said in a white paper. The paper was released with China and the US at loggerheads over Beijing's rapid island …

  • Mr. Bean wants to send you a box of laughs
    Mr. Bean wants to send you a box of laughs

    Beloved comedian Mr. Bean announced Monday that he's partnering with subscription box company Nerd Block to commission June's 'British Invasion' themed box. "Given the theme of "British Invasion" and Mr. Bean's popularity as one of the British Empire's top exports, his partnership with Nerd Block for this project was the perfect fit. …

  • Fire at China nursing home kills 38
    Fire at China nursing home kills 38

    A fire at a nursing home in central China left at least 38 people dead, officials said Tuesday, with bodies burned beyond recognition and wheelchairs reduced to charred frames. The fire broke out on Monday evening in an apartment building at a privately-owned old people's home in Pingdingshan, the state news agency Xinhua said. "The bodies were so badly burned, we couldn't tell who was who," Xinhua quoted one victim's relative saying of the identification process. …

  • BRIEF-Companies issue prospectuses for Shenzhen IPOs

    May 26 (Reuters) - Companies issue prospectuses for ShenzhenIPOs. Please click the links for details. * Hangzhou Innover Technology Co Ltd : http://bit.ly/1AuQLNF * Chengdu HuaqiHoupu Holding Co Ltd : http://bit.ly/1KjbnIU (Reporting by Hong Kong newsroom) …

  • BRIEF-Zhengzhou Sino-Crystal Diamond adjusts private placement plan after dividend

    May 26 (Reuters) - Zhengzhou Sino-crystal Diamond Co Ltd * Says adjusts private placement plan after dividend, toissue 70.12 million shares at 5.82 yuan ($0.9381) per share Source text in Chinese: http://bit.ly/1IWTLp5 Further company coverage: ($1 = 6.2039 Chinese yuan renminbi) (Reporting By Hong Kong newsroom) …