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  • Philippines' Aquino promises police commandos extra resources after botched raid
    Philippines' Aquino promises police commandos extra resources after botched raid

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino promised police commandos better extra resources on Wednesday, weeks after 44 commandos were killed in a clash with Muslim rebels, but declined to answer questions about the botched raid, a senior officer said. On Jan. 25, police commandos sneaked into a southern rebel area to "neutralise" Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, an al Qaeda-linked bomb maker with a $5 million U.S. bounty on his head. The mission went disastrously wrong for the government when …

  • US billionaire says WWII Japanese ship found in Philippines
    US billionaire says WWII Japanese ship found in Philippines

    Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen said Wednesday he had found one of Japan's biggest and most famous battleships on a Philippine seabed, some 70 years after American forces sank it during World War II. Excited historians likened the discovery, if verified, to finding the Titanic, as they hailed the American billionaire for his high-tech mission that apparently succeeded after so many failed search attempts by others. Allen posted photos and video online of parts of what he said was the …

  • Image of Asia: Fire burns more than 1,000 homes in Manila
    Image of Asia: Fire burns more than 1,000 homes in Manila

    In this photo by Bullit Marquez, a boy sits on pavement while his family retrieves items from their burned home Tuesday following an overnight fire that destroyed a slum-dwellers community in Manila, Philippines. No casualties were reported in the 9-hour fire that burned more than a thousand homes and left at least 3,000 families homeless. The Bureau of Fire and Protection was still investigating the cause of the fire. But in Manila's poorest neighborhoods, fires often are caused by poor wiring …

  • LBJ linked Latinos, civil rights in 'Selma' speech
    LBJ linked Latinos, civil rights in 'Selma' speech

    Fifty-years ago this month, President Lyndon B. Johnson asked a joint session of Congress to respond to the brutal beatings of protesters in Selma, Alabama, by passing a federal Voting Rights Act. …

  • PM orders probe into Malaysia fund
    PM orders probe into Malaysia fund

    Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Wednesday ordered an investigation into the accounts of a state-owned investment fund amid allegations of shadowy deals and missing millions. The company, 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) has become a big political liability for the premier, who chairs its board of advisers. …

  • Exxon CEO: Get used to lower oil prices

    NEW YORK (AP) — Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson expects the price of oil to remain low over the next two years because of ample global supplies and relatively weak economic growth. …

  • Cyprus protesters demand end to 'devastating' austerity

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Several thousand demonstrators in Cyprus are calling for an end to government austerity policies they say have driven many in the bailed-out country to poverty. …

  • Blast, clashes kill dozens at intel HQ in Syria's Aleppo
    Blast, clashes kill dozens at intel HQ in Syria's Aleppo

    Dozens were killed Wednesday when Syrian rebels set off a powerful tunnel explosion targeting an intelligence headquarters in Aleppo and clashed with regime forces, a monitor said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the blast hit a building housing the air force intelligence offices in the west of Syria's second city and was followed by heavy clashes. An AFP journalist in eastern Aleppo said the blast was loud enough to be heard across the city and some residents said it had felt …

  • 'It was him' Boston bomber's lawyers admit guilt, focus on brother

    By Scott Malone and Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - An attorney for the accused Boston Marathon bomber said at the start of his trial that their client bore responsibility for the attacks that killed three people and injured 264 with a blunt admission: "It was him." But Dzokhar Tsarnaev was a secondary player in the April 15, 2013 bombings at the famous race and the fatal shooting days later of a police officer, defense attorney Judith Clarke said in her opening argument in U.S. District …

  • Mexico nabs Zetas drug cartel leader 'Z-42'
    Mexico nabs Zetas drug cartel leader 'Z-42'

    Mexican federal forces captured Zetas drug cartel leader Omar Trevino in an upper-class suburb of the northern industrial city of Monterrey on Wednesday, dealing a new blow to the feared gang. Trevino, 41, took the helm of the Zetas after his brother, Miguel Angel Trevino, or "Z-40," was captured by marines in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas in July 2013. The US State Department had offered a $5 million reward for information leading to Omar Trevino's arrest. His arrest comes on the …