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  • Image of Asia: Tearing down squatters' homes near Manila
    Image of Asia: Tearing down squatters' homes near Manila

    In this photo by Bullit Marquez, a demolition crew begins to tear down a squatters' community at suburban Caloocan city, north of Manila, Philippines. Population growth and the lack of economic opportunities in rural areas have driven millions of Filipinos into the squatters' colonies that dot the sprawling metropolitan area in and around Manila. Most of the land they occupy is privately owned, and clearing the dwellings often results in violence. The landowner had offered about $1,344 in …

  • Philippines to fly over disputed South China Sea: Aquino
    Philippines to fly over disputed South China Sea: Aquino

    Philippine military and commercial aircraft will keep flying over disputed areas in the South China Sea despite Chinese warnings over the airspace, President Benigno Aquino said on Monday. "We will still fly the routes that we fly based on the international law from the various conventions we entered into," Aquino told reporters when asked whether the Philippines accepted China's position. The Chinese military last week ordered a US Navy P-8 Poseidon surveillance plane away from airspace …

  • Philippines seeks stronger commitment from U.S. in South China Sea dispute
    Philippines seeks stronger commitment from U.S. in South China Sea dispute

    The Philippines is seeking a "stronger commitment" from the United States to help its ally, the defence minister said on Monday, as China asserts its sovereignty over disputed areas of the South China Sea. China claims most of the South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year, and the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei have overlapping claims. China said on Monday it had lodged a complaint with the United States over a U.S. spy plane that flew …

  • Prosecutors oppose moving US Sen. Menendez's corruption case

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are opposed to moving U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez's corruption case from New Jersey to Washington. …

  • Hearing resumes for girl accused of stabbing classmate

    WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Defense attorneys for one of two Wisconsin girls charged with trying to kill a friend to please a mythical horror character are continuing their push to have the 13-year-old's case transferred to juvenile court. …

  • FIFA corruption probe: LIVE REPORT
    FIFA corruption probe: LIVE REPORT

    13:46 GMT - Agents - More from AFP's Diego Urdaneta, who says agents arrived at CONCACAF HQ at about 6:00 am local time and are still inside. …

  • French court convicts Salafi for disrupting mosque prayers
    French court convicts Salafi for disrupting mosque prayers

    PARIS (AP) — A mosque won an unusual court battle on Wednesday against an ultraconservative Salafist member of the congregation regarded as disruptive and, in an apparent first for Muslims, used France's 1905 law guaranteeing secularism to argue its case. …

  • Jack Warner statement on FIFA corruption indictment

    PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — Statement issued Wednesday by former FIFA vice president Jack Warner, who has been indicted in the U.S. on corruption charges: …

  • Kazakhstan 'gay propaganda' measure deemed unconstitutional

    MOSCOW (AP) — A proposed law in Kazakhstan that would criminalize dissemination to minors of information supporting homosexual relationships has been struck down as unconstitutional. …

  • FIFA says it is a 'damaged' party in case against officials
    FIFA says it is a 'damaged' party in case against officials

    ZURICH (AP) — FIFA portrayed itself as the victim after authorities in Switzerland and the United States acted swiftly Wednesday on a pair of separate soccer corruption cases. …