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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. …

  • Official: Debris from NYC blast going to secure location
    Official: Debris from NYC blast going to secure location

    NEW YORK (AP) — Some debris from an explosion and fire in Manhattan's East Village is being taken to a secure site where it will be examined again for any human remains. …

  • Alps crash captain shouted 'open the damn door'
    Alps crash captain shouted 'open the damn door'

    The captain of a passenger jet that investigators believe was deliberately crashed into the French Alps, killing all 150 aboard, shouted at the co-pilot to "open the damn door" as he desperately tried to get back into the locked cockpit, a German newspaper reported Sunday. French officials say the plane's black box voice recorder indicates that Andreas Lubitz, 27, locked the captain out of the cockpit of the Germanwings jet and steered Flight 4U 9525 into a mountainside. They believe that the …

  • Air Canada plane skids off Halifax runway after hard landing
    Air Canada plane skids off Halifax runway after hard landing

    HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — An Air Canada plane made a hard landing in bad weather and skidded off the runway at the airport in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the airline said Sunday that 25 people were taken to hospitals for observation and treatment of minor injuries. …

  • Sarkozy, Le Pen expect boost from French local polls
    Sarkozy, Le Pen expect boost from French local polls

    France's ruling Socialists looked set for a drubbing in local polls on Sunday that were expected to boost the prospects of former president Nicolas Sarkozy and far-right challenger Marine Le Pen. A heavy defeat for the Socialists would be a bad sign in the runup to the 2017 presidential election, in which Sarkozy hopes to wrest power back from the leftist government that has struggled with a sluggish economy and high unemployment. Shortly before heading to Tunisia to take part in an …

  • Dutch bikes given to Syrian refugee camp in Jordan
    Dutch bikes given to Syrian refugee camp in Jordan

    The Dutch city of Amsterdam on Sunday donated 500 second-hand bicycles for Syrian refugees to use in the huge Zaatari refugee camp in northern Jordan. Jordan shares a 370-kilometre (230-mile) border with Syria, and of the more than 600,000 people who have fled the conflict in their homeland that the kingdom now hosts, 80,000 are at Zaatari. Amsterdam municipality indicated it hoped the refugees might use the bikes to set up small businesses. …

  • London Welsh on track to be England's worst top-flight team

    LONDON (AP) — With 18 straight defeats and just one point, London Welsh's relegation from English rugby's top flight was confirmed Sunday as the team remained on course to finish with the lowest points total in the division's 28-year history. …

  • Grandma is a centerfold: Rest home bares all for calendar
    Grandma is a centerfold: Rest home bares all for calendar

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The stars of a charity calendar are in their 80s and 90s, but that didn't stop the women from an assisted living facility in Ohio from showing a little skin. …