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  • US Marines testify at Philippines murder trial of colleague
    US Marines testify at Philippines murder trial of colleague

    Four US Marines took the witness stand Tuesday at the murder trial of their comrade accused of killing a local transgender woman in the Philippines, lawyers who attended the closed-door proceedings said. The American servicemen were asked to testify on what the defendant, Private First Class Joseph Pemberton, had told them shortly after the October 24, 2014 killing, the lawyers said. "I think I may have killed a he or she," Lance Corporal Michael Rose told the court when asked what Pemberton …

  • Philippines says prepared to help boatpeople
    Philippines says prepared to help boatpeople

    The Philippines said Tuesday it was ready to help Rohingya and Bangladeshi boatpeople, as its Southeast Asian neighbours faced outrage for turning them away. The Philippines is obliged to help the migrants, many of whom are fleeing persecution, because it is party to the 1951 United Nations convention on refugees, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and foreign department spokesman Charles Jose both said. "We have the commitment and the obligation to extend humanitarian assistance to these asylum …

  • Robert De Niro opens Asia's 1st Nobu Hotel in Philippines
    Robert De Niro opens Asia's 1st Nobu Hotel in Philippines

    Robert de Niro and his business partners formally opened Asia's first Nobu Hotel in Manila on Monday as the luxury brand gears up for global expansion. The 321-room hotel within the bayside casino and ... …

  • Rodgers faces anxious wait to discover fate after Liverpool thrashing
    Rodgers faces anxious wait to discover fate after Liverpool thrashing

    Brendan Rodgers conceded his job could be on the line after Liverpool suffered their biggest ever defeat in the Premier League in a humiliating 6-1 loss at Stoke. A brace from Mame Biram Diouf plus goals from Jonathan Walters, Charlie Adam, Steven Nzonzi and Peter Crouch condemned the Reds to their worst loss since a 7-2 hammering by Tottenham in April 1963. Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard netted a goal in his 750th and final appearance for his hometown club but it was scant consolation on a …

  • 'Indignados' top in Barcelona, could govern Madrid
    'Indignados' top in Barcelona, could govern Madrid

    Spain's "Indignado" protest movement gave its ruling conservative rivals a historic battering in local elections Sunday, topping the vote in Barcelona and shattering the ruling party's majority in Madrid. The new political groups, Barcelona En Comu and Ahora Madrid, were formally launched just a few months ago but have already started to loosen the grip of the two big parties that have run Spain for nearly four decades. Thousands of supporters of both parties rallied in the streets of Madrid …

  • 170 kids on their own among migrants to arrive in Indonesia
    170 kids on their own among migrants to arrive in Indonesia

    KUALA CANGKOI, Indonesia (AP) — It was just the two of them, brother and sister, out on the open ocean with hundreds of other desperate migrants, mostly Rohingya Muslims fleeing their homes in Myanmar. For nearly three months, the siblings comforted each other when rolling waves thrashed their boat, when their empty bellies ached and when they were beaten for trying to stand up to stretch their legs. …

  • Families await 42 bodies, answers after Mexico gunfight
    Families await 42 bodies, answers after Mexico gunfight

    Families of 42 criminal suspects killed in a gunfight with federal forces in western Mexico picked up bodies at a morgue and angrily denounced the "massacre." Around 70 relatives flocked to the medical forensic services building in Morelia, capital of Michoacan state, with some questioning government accounts of a fierce battle between an armed group and federal forces. "This was not a clash, it was a massacre," said Victor Hugo Reynoso, whose brother Luis Alberto was among those killed on …

  • Japan trade gap narrows, but returns to deficit in April

    Japan's trade balance reverted to a deficit in April but narrowed sharply from the previous year as the plunge in oil prices cut fuel import costs. The 53.4 billion yen ($439.6 million) deficit in April ... …

  • Japan trade account returns to deficit in April: govt
    Japan trade account returns to deficit in April: govt

    Japan went back to a trade deficit in April after the first surplus in almost three years the previous month, but the shortfall shrank drastically year-on-year, data showed on Monday. The April deficit was much smaller than market expectations for a shortfall of more than 300 billion yen. Data from the Cabinet Office showed Japan's economy grew a faster-than-expected 0.6 percent on-quarter in the first three months of 2015 as it crawls back from a brief recession. …