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  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • Full-house in Kiev bar inspired by Russian propaganda
    Full-house in Kiev bar inspired by Russian propaganda

    The title of the menu, "Long live Junta", and its Hitler-like caricatures of Vladimir Putin are some of the more benign gags at a new bar in Kiev packed nightly with crowds. Opened this month, the Karatel bar, whose name translates as "The Punisher", offers a tongue-in-cheek gastronomical take on all the main cliches of Russian propaganda about Ukraine's conflict with pro-Moscow separatists in the east. The owners, some of them Ukrainian army veterans, offer a discount to active soldiers. …

  • B.B. King death probed as homicide after poison claim: coroner
    B.B. King death probed as homicide after poison claim: coroner

    Police in Las Vegas have launched a homicide investigation into the death of B.B. King, a Nevada coroner's office said Monday, after the blues guitar legend’s daughters reportedly accused his aides of poisoning him. King died at age 89 on May 14 in Las Vegas, where he kept a residence while he kept up a gruelling schedule of tours that ended only last year. Two of King's daughters -- Karen Williams and Patty King -- have alleged he was poisoned by his business manager Laverne Toney and his …

  • MOVES-Goldman Sachs names new investment banking heads in Asia

    (Adds background on bankers, Goldman deals in Asia) HONG KONG, May 26 (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs has named Andrea Vella and Kate Richdale as its new co-heads of investment banking in Asia excluding Japan, according to an internal memo, replacing Matthew Westerman who will transfer to a senior role in London. Westerman, who had been sole head of the U.S. firm's Asian investment banking division since 2013, will become chairman of investment banking for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, …

  • AP source: Cleveland reaches deal with Justice on policing
    AP source: Cleveland reaches deal with Justice on policing

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The city of Cleveland has reached a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department over a pattern of excessive force and civil rights violations by the police department, and the agreement could be announced as soon as Tuesday, a senior federal law enforcement official said. …

  • Century Properties tops off Roxas East
    Century Properties tops off Roxas East

    The 21-story Roxas East was topped off by developer Century Properties Group (CPG) this May.The tower stands as the fourth in The Residences at Commonwealth, the company's flagship residential project in Quezon City. Previous towers include Osmena West, Quezon North, and Osmena East. The development is set to have eight towers in total, all of which are designed by architectural firm Broadway Malyan. Located in a 2.4-hectare lot along Don Antonio drive, The Residences promise "uncommon" beauty, …

  • Fears for pink iguanas as Galapagos volcano erupts
    Fears for pink iguanas as Galapagos volcano erupts

    A volcano in the Galapagos Islands erupted for the first time in more than 30 years Monday, spilling streams of bright orange lava and raising fears for the world's only colony of pink iguanas. The Galapagos National Park warned on Twitter that Isabela Island, where Wolf Volcano erupted at dawn, holds "the world's only population" of the critically endangered Conolophus marthae, also known as the Galapagos rosy iguana. Park officials then flew over the zone to assess the impact of the …

  • Hong Kong leads way as most Asia markets advance
    Hong Kong leads way as most Asia markets advance

    Asian markets mostly rose on Tuesday, with Hong Kong leading the way as it played catch-up after a public holiday, but Tokyo edged back slightly from a seven-day winning run that has taken it to 15-year highs. Greece's snail-like talks with creditors over reforming its bailout conditions continue to weigh on the euro, with little sign of a deal in sight despite a repayment deadline next week. Hong Kong added 1.68 percent, with Chinese firms listed in the city lifted by hopes for more …