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  • Bar ban for US troops in Philippines amid murder trial
    Bar ban for US troops in Philippines amid murder trial

    The US Pacific Command has banned its troops in the Philippines from bars and nightclubs, a spokesman said Saturday, with the trial under way of a US Marine accused of murdering a transgender Filipina he met in a bar. Thousands of American and Filipino soldiers will on Monday kick off 10-day annual military excercises, according to Captain Alex Lim, a spokesman for the US forces, but there will be strict controls on their free time. Lim would not say why the restrictions were imposed but …

  • Philippine Airlines parent says back in black
    Philippine Airlines parent says back in black

    Philippine Airlines' parent firm said it had returned to profitability, the first time in three years either entity reported being in the black for an entire year. In a filing with the Philippine Stock Exchange Thursday, PAL Holdings reported an after-tax net profit of 129.74 million pesos ($2.93 million) in its fiscal year to December 31. …

  • Philippines says South China Sea dispute a global problem
    Philippines says South China Sea dispute a global problem

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino said on Friday the territorial dispute with China in the South China Sea was of concern for the world because global trade will be hit by China's reclamation. Recent satellite images show China has made rapid progress in building an airstrip suitable for military use in contested territory in the Spratly Islands and may be planning another, moves that have been greeted with concern in the United States and Asia. IHS Jane's Defence Weekly said March 23 …

  • Bangladesh guardedly welcomes Benetton factory victim pledge

    A Bangladeshi garment industry leader on Saturday guardedly welcomed Italian retailer Benetton's pledge of more than $1 million to victims of a factory collapse that killed over 1,100 people two years ... …

  • Bach visits new IOC member Kosovo for first time

    PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach says he will personally hand out the medal if an athlete from Kosovo earns a place on the podium in next year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics. …

  • Israel, Palestinians agree on tax revenue transfer

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday that he has reached an agreement with Israel in which essential tax revenues it collects for the Palestinians will be transferred following a four-month freeze. …

  • Recession-hit Finland faces election focused on jobs, debt
    Recession-hit Finland faces election focused on jobs, debt

    HELSINKI (AP) — Finland's last election focused on the rights and wrongs of bailing out Greece. This time, the Finns are wondering how to pull their own land out of the economic dumps. …

  • Pope asks Europe to do more for migrants flooding into Italy
    Pope asks Europe to do more for migrants flooding into Italy

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is asking the European Union to do more to help Italy with the mounting numbers of desperate people needing rescue in the Mediterranean on risky boat journeys to flee war, persecution or poverty. …

  • Serena Williams beats Giorgi to give US 1-0 lead over Italy

    BRINDISI, Italy (AP) — Top-ranked Serena Williams overcame a stiff challenge in the opening set for a 7-6 (5), 6-2 win over Camila Giorgi on Saturday to give the United States a 1-0 lead over Italy in a Fed Cup World Group playoff. …

  • Czech Republic leads France 1-0 in Fed Cup semis
    Czech Republic leads France 1-0 in Fed Cup semis

    OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP) — Lucie Safarova saved five match points before beating Caroline Garcia 4-6, 7-6 (1), 6-1 as defending champion Czech Republic took a 1-0 lead over France in the Fed Cup's World Group semifinals on Saturday. …