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  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • Libya makes urgent appeal to UN to lift embargo on weapons

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Libya made an urgent appeal Wednesday to the U.N. Security Council to either lift an arms embargo completely or allow exemptions so that its army can fight the rising threat of the Islamic State and other militant groups. Diplomats said Libya has made a sizeable request in the past few days for dozens of fighter jets and tanks, among other weapons. …

  • US clears officer in Ferguson case, criticizes police force
    US clears officer in Ferguson case, criticizes police force

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department cleared a white former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old on Wednesday, but also issued a scathing report calling for sweeping changes in city law enforcement practices it called discriminatory and unconstitutional. …

  • Capitol Hill Buzz: Congress resolves to flee DC pre-snow
    Capitol Hill Buzz: Congress resolves to flee DC pre-snow

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nothing gets Congress moving like the forecast of snow. …

  • Australia floats prisoner swap to save Indonesia pair
    Australia floats prisoner swap to save Indonesia pair

    Australia on Thursday suggested a prisoner swap with Indonesia in an eleventh hour bid to save two drug smugglers facing execution, as Prime Minister Tony Abbott attended a candlelight vigil for the men. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the ringleaders of the so-called "Bali Nine" drug trafficking gang, could be killed within days after being moved on Wednesday to the Indonesian island where they are due to face a firing squad. Authorities must give convicts 72 hours' notice before they are …

  • Cross Country reports 4Q loss

    On a per-share basis, the Boca Raton, Florida-based company said it had a loss of 65 cents. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs and asset impairment costs, came to 3 cents per share. The results ... …

  • Border Patrol: More immigrant deaths on South Texas border

    HIDALGO, Texas (AP) — U.S. Border Patrol agents say migrant deaths are on the rise in South Texas in recent months when compared to figures from last year. …

  • House panel subpoenas former Secretary of State Clinton's personal emails in Benghazi probe

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House panel subpoenas former Secretary of State Clinton's personal emails in Benghazi probe . …