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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 …

  • Blatter calls for unity against corruption 'storm'
    Blatter calls for unity against corruption 'storm'

    FIFA leader Sepp Blatter appealed for unity among football's warring factions as he opened the congress of the world ruling body overshadowed by a major corruption scandal. …

  • Volcano erupts in southern Japan, spewing ash high into sky
    Volcano erupts in southern Japan, spewing ash high into sky

    TOKYO (AP) — A volcano erupted in spectacular fashion on a small island in southern Japan on Friday, spewing out rocks and sending black clouds of ash 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) into the sky. Authorities told people on the island to evacuate. …

  • China executes teacher for rape and abuse of 26 children
    China executes teacher for rape and abuse of 26 children

    China has executed a former teacher for raping and sexually abusing 26 children at his school, state media reported. Li Jishun was convicted of having "raped or sexually abused" 26 girls aged from 4 to 11, the official Xinhua news agency said. The abuse took place in 2011 and 2012, when he was a teacher at a primary school, it added. …

  • Iraqi authorities raise Baghdad attacks death toll to 15

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Authorities in Iraq have raised the death toll from bombings that targeted two top hotels in Baghdad to 15 people, with another 42 wounded. …

  • BRIEF-Qinghai Jinrui Mineral Development to boost coal unit's capital

    May 29 (Reuters) - Qinghai Jinrui Mineral Development Co Ltd * Says plans to boost coal unit's capital by 150 millionyuan ($24.20 million) Source text in Chinese: http://bit.ly/1ECUbsO Further company coverage: ($1 = 6.1986 Chinese yuan renminbi) (Reporting by Hong Kong and Singapore newsrooms) …

  • BRIEF-Guirenniao to set up unit in Hong Kong with registered capital of 150 mln yuan

    May 29 (Reuters) - Guirenniao Co Ltd * Says plans to set up unit in Hong Kong with registeredcapital of 150 million yuan ($24.20 million) Source textin Chinese: http://bit.ly/1Fke89j Further company coverage: ($1 = 6.1986 Chinese yuan renminbi) (Reporting by Hong Kong and Singapore newsrooms) …

  • BRIEF-Guangzhou Friendship adjusts private placement plan

    May 29 (Reuters) - Guangzhou Friendship Group Co Ltd * Says adjusts private placement plan, to issue shares at8.9 yuan per share from 9.4 yuan previously Source text in Chinese: http://bit.ly/1HW9nGf Further company coverage: (Reporting by Hong Kong and Singapore newsrooms) …