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  • FBI confirms death of top militant in bloody Philippine raid
    FBI confirms death of top militant in bloody Philippine raid

    The FBI confirmed on Thursday that a senior Malaysian militant with a $5-million reward on his head was killed in a January raid in the Philippines that also left 44 police commandos dead. The confirmation provides some validation for the botched raid that plunged President Benigno Aquino's administration into crisis and jeopardised efforts to end a decades-long Muslim separatist insurgency. "After a thorough review of forensic data and information obtained from our Philippine law enforcement …

  • Super typhoon expected to weaken before reaching Philippines
    Super typhoon expected to weaken before reaching Philippines

    HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A super typhoon blamed for the deaths of at least four people on islands in the western Pacific Ocean has moved into the open sea and is expected to significantly weaken before reaching the Philippines later this weekend. …

  • Philippine leader says 'worst airport' now looking much better
    Philippine leader says 'worst airport' now looking much better

    President Benigno Aquino Wednesday hailed renovations to the Philippines' main international airport, expressing optimism it would soon shake off its ranking on one website as the world's worst airport. Almost a year after he personally apologised for the failure of air-conditioning at Terminal 1 of Manila's international airport, Aquino said the facility appeared to be completely different. "It is like I have entered a completely different airport," he told reporters as he inspected the …

  • Death toll in Chile floods rises to 24, 69 missing
    Death toll in Chile floods rises to 24, 69 missing

    The death toll from floods devastating northern Chile has risen by one to at least 24, officials said Wednesday, as President Michelle Bachelet cancelled a trip to a regional summit to cope with the crisis. Another 69 people, up by 12 from the last tally, remain missing, the National Emergency Office said. The flash floods broke out last week in the normally arid north, home to the world's driest desert. "I'm convinced that more bodies will appear," the mayor of the town of Chanaral, Yerko …

  • Suspected Kashmiri rebels kill 1 Indian policeman

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Suspected Kashmiri rebels on Thursday shot and killed one Indian policeman and wounded two army soldiers and one civilian in a fierce gunbattle in the Himalayan territory, officials said. …

  • Wife of imprisoned Greek ex-defense minister flees hospital

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The wife of an imprisoned former Greek defense minister escaped from a psychiatric hospital where she was serving her sentence on the same corruption charges as her husband, police said Thursday. …

  • Asian markets up ahead of US jobs data
    Asian markets up ahead of US jobs data

    Asian markets climbed on Thursday after the previous day's losses, with expectations for a Federal Reserve interest rate hike further dampened by a weak set of US data. …

  • Getty oil heir's death latest in string of family tragedies
    Getty oil heir's death latest in string of family tragedies

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's a family name that has long been associated with unimaginable wealth and sometimes unspeakable tragedy. …

  • Obama to criticize GOP for plan to repeal estate tax

    President Barack Obama is unhappy about plans by Republicans who control Congress to repeal the estate tax. Obama was traveling to Kentucky on Thursday to visit a Louisville-based technology company and ... …

  • Colorado theater shooting case costs $2.2M before trial
    Colorado theater shooting case costs $2.2M before trial

    DENVER (AP) — Public spending to investigate and prosecute Colorado theater shooting defendant James Holmes has surpassed $2.2 million, weeks before opening statements in his trial, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. …