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  • Pacmania sweeps Philippines ahead of Mayweather clash
    Pacmania sweeps Philippines ahead of Mayweather clash

    Manny Pacquiao's face is on shirts, dolls and postage stamps, his life story is playing in movie houses and millions are getting ready to party as the Philippine boxing hero's "fight of the century" nears. Pacmania is sweeping the Southeast Asian nation of 100 million people ahead of the May 2 Las Vegas bout against unbeaten Floyd Mayweather to decide who is the best boxer of their generation. Of course, it's the fight of the century," Manila film producer Lucky Blanco told AFP. …

  • Image of Asia: Training to storm a beach in the Philippines
    Image of Asia: Training to storm a beach in the Philippines

    In this photo by Bullit Marquez, a U.S. Navy amphibious assault vehicle with Philippine and U.S. troops on board storms the beach during a joint exercise at the Naval Education and Training Command center in Zambales province, northwest of Manila. The Zambales shore faces the disputed Scarborough Shoal, where Chinese vessels were reported to have driven away Filipino fishermen with a water cannon and seized some of their catch in early April. Philippine military officials say the maneuvers with …

  • Manila 'cute little submissive' of US: China media
    Manila 'cute little submissive' of US: China media

    The Philippines is nothing more than the "cute little submissive" of the United States, a Chinese tabloid with close ties to the ruling Communist Party said on Tuesday, criticising Manila for military exercises with Washington. The English-language editorial came a day after the Philippines launched giant 10-day war games with the US and Australia, partly aimed as a warning shot to Beijing amid competing claims in the South China Sea, home to vital shipping routes. "Of all the countries …

  • Turkey calls for more help to stop foreign fighters
    Turkey calls for more help to stop foreign fighters

    Turkey appealed for more help Tuesday in cracking down on foreign fighters flooding to join militant ranks in Iraq and Syria, revealing it had placed 12,800 people on a no-entry list. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu met with his US counterpart John Kerry in Washington to discuss wide-ranging efforts to combat a slew of upheavals in the Middle East, saying it was a "critical time for our region." Turkey's shared borders with Syria, Iraq and Iran have made it a vital crossroads in …

  • VA chief calls House budget proposal 'inadequate'

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald says a House subcommittee's plan to cut the VA's budget by more than $1.4 billion next year will "cause veterans to suffer." …

  • Hong Kong luxury home sales heat up as China investors splash stocks profits

    By Yimou Lee HONG KONG, April 22 (Reuters) - Hong Kong's stock market surge is turning up the heat in one of the world's most expensive property markets, as mainland China investors plough quick profits into million-dollar mansions in what analysts say may be a record year for home sales. The Hong Kong stocks spree has sent the benchmark Hang Seng Index to seven-year highs as mainland investors snapped comparative bargains before pocketing gains. With property prices in the city already more …

  • Neymar nets 2 as Barca beats PSG 2-0 to reach CL semifinals
    Neymar nets 2 as Barca beats PSG 2-0 to reach CL semifinals

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Neymar scored two goals as Barcelona beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 on Tuesday to seal its return to the Champions League semifinals, joining Europe's elite four teams for the seventh time in eight seasons. …

  • Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio in court over profiling case
    Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio in court over profiling case

    PHOENIX (AP) — A hearing began Tuesday to decide whether an Arizona sheriff should be held in contempt of court for violating a judge's orders in a racial profiling lawsuit that stemmed from his aggressive immigration patrols in Hispanic neighborhoods in metro Phoenix. …

  • Nissan launches production of redesigned Maxima sedan
    Nissan launches production of redesigned Maxima sedan

    Nissan on Tuesday launched the production of a redesigned version of its Maxima that the Japanese automaker hopes will revive struggling sales for its flagship sedan. At a ceremony at Nissan's sprawling ... …

  • NYPD inspector general says police should track lawsuit data

    The New York Police Department should analyze the growing roster of lawsuits filed against officers to improve their performance and flag trends of misconduct, a watchdog agency said Tuesday. Over 15,000 ... …