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  • Philippine economic growth slows to three-year low
    Philippine economic growth slows to three-year low

    Philippine economic growth in the first quarter slowed to a three-year low of 5.2 percent, well below forecasts, due to lethargic government spending and weak exports, officials said Thursday. "While growth in the private sector remains robust, the slower than programmed pace of public spending, particularly the decline in public construction, has slowed down the overall growth of the economy," Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan told reporters. "Exports were the other source of the …

  • US affirms 'ironclad' promise to defend Philippines
    US affirms 'ironclad' promise to defend Philippines

    US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told his Philippine counterpart on Wednesday that Washington's pledge to defend the Pacific nation remains "ironclad" and called for an end to land reclamation in the South China Sea, officials said. In talks in Hawaii with Voltaire Gazmin, Philippine secretary of national defense, the Pentagon chief "reaffirmed" the strong ties between the two countries and discussed territorial disputes in the contested waters of the South China Sea, where Beijing has been …

  • Philippine, Vietnam troops play sports on disputed island
    Philippine, Vietnam troops play sports on disputed island

    Filipino and Vietnamese troops played football and tug-of-war on a disputed South China Sea island on Wednesday, officials said, closing ranks as their rival China ramps up construction of artificial islands. The games took place on Philippine-held Northeast Cay, just 2.7 kilometres (1.7 miles) from Southwest Cay which is controlled by Vietnam, where a similar contest was held last year. "It was a navy-to-navy confidence-building engagement," Vice Admiral Alexander Lopez, the Philippine …

  • Marco Rubio grabs some Vegas pizazz for campaign
    Marco Rubio grabs some Vegas pizazz for campaign

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tourists and shoppers idled outside the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop on Thursday, while the setting of the reality show "Pawn Stars" hosted an even odder spectacle: the 2016 Republican presidential campaign. …

  • Timeline of the career of ex-US House Speaker Dennis Hastert
    Timeline of the career of ex-US House Speaker Dennis Hastert

    CHICAGO (AP) — A federal grand jury has accused former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert of agreeing to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep an unidentified person silent about "prior misconduct" by the Illinois Republican. Before the indictment handed down Thursday, Hastert was remarkable for being a little-known state lawmaker from suburban Chicago who eventually rose to the third-highest office in the land. …

  • Volcano erupts on southern Japanese island

    TOKYO (AP) — A volcano erupted on a small island in southern Japan on Friday, and authorities told residents to evacuate the island. …

  • Authorities eye reopening of goo-struck California beaches
    Authorities eye reopening of goo-struck California beaches

    MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Crews scouring 7 miles of Southern California beaches had scooped up truckloads of mysterious oily goo Thursday and the area might be clean enough to reopen for the weekend, authorities said. …

  • National Spelling bee ends in tie for 2nd year in a row
    National Spelling bee ends in tie for 2nd year in a row

    OXON HILL, Maryland (AP) — The National Spelling Bee has ended in a tie for the 2nd straight year: Indian-Americans Vanya Shivashankar and Gokul Venkatachalam are co-champions. …

  • 10 Things to Know for Friday
    10 Things to Know for Friday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday: …

  • Asian nations meet to discuss Rohingya migrant crisis

    BANGKOK (AP) — A regional meeting aimed at tackling the growing problem of human trafficking Southeast Asia has begun in Bangkok. …