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  • More Filipinos pushed into poverty by Haiyan, high rice prices
    More Filipinos pushed into poverty by Haiyan, high rice prices

    Super typhoon Haiyan and surging rice prices pushed the number of Filipinos living in poverty to 25.8 percent in the first half of last year despite strong economic growth, official data released Friday showed. The 1.2 percentage point rise was compared to the 24.6 percent of people in the Philippines who were considered poor a year earlier, the Philippine Statistics Authority said in a statement. The increase followed Haiyan which struck in November 2013, killing more than 7,350 people and …

  • US billionaire says WWII Japanese ship found in Philippines
    US billionaire says WWII Japanese ship found in Philippines

    Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen said Wednesday he had found one of Japan's biggest and most famous battleships on a Philippine seabed, some 70 years after American forces sank it during World War II. Excited historians likened the discovery, if verified, to finding the Titanic, as they hailed the American billionaire for his high-tech mission that apparently succeeded after so many failed search attempts by others. Allen posted photos and video online of parts of what he said was the …

  • Philippines' Aquino promises police commandos extra resources after botched raid
    Philippines' Aquino promises police commandos extra resources after botched raid

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino promised police commandos better extra resources on Wednesday, weeks after 44 commandos were killed in a clash with Muslim rebels, but declined to answer questions about the botched raid, a senior officer said. On Jan. 25, police commandos sneaked into a southern rebel area to "neutralise" Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, an al Qaeda-linked bomb maker with a $5 million U.S. bounty on his head. The mission went disastrously wrong for the government when …

  • Brazil's top court OKs investigation into dozens of top politicians in Petrobras graft scandal

    Brazil's top court OKs investigation into dozens of top politicians in Petrobras graft scandal. …

  • Sierra Leone's ruling party expels vice president

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone's national media says that Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana has been expelled from the ruling party while he is one week into a self-imposed 3-week quarantine, following the death of one of his body guards of Ebola. The broadcaster reported that according to the constitution Sumana remains vice president of the country. …

  • Authorities provide security for holdout juror in Arias case
    Authorities provide security for holdout juror in Arias case

    PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities are providing security for the sole juror who voted to spare the life of convicted murderer Jodi Arias. …

  • Lawyer defends gender bias probe at Silicon Valley firm

    An attorney hired by one of Silicon Valley's most prestigious venture capital firms to investigate a complaint of gender discrimination defended his efforts on Friday, saying the alleged bias was not substantiated. ... …

  • Agency files complaint over baby remains at funeral home

    GARY, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Professional Licensing Agency filed a complaint Friday against a funeral home where the remains of two babies were found inside small boxes above ceiling tiles, a spokesman said. …

  • U.N. experts concerned Libya arms could be diverted to militias

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. sanctions monitors said on Friday they are concerned that if a United Nations Security Council committee approves a request by Libya's government for weapons, tanks and jets, some of the equipment could be diverted to militias supporting them. The experts, who monitor violations of an arms embargo imposed on Libya in 2011, said in a letter - obtained by Reuters - that arms could also end up in the hands of other militia after battles or if …

  • LGBT anti-discrimination bill passes Utah Senate
    LGBT anti-discrimination bill passes Utah Senate

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's Republican controlled state Senate has given speedy approval to a landmark anti-discrimination bill that protects gay and transgender people from discrimination while also protecting religious rights. …