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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 …

  • 2016 prospect Jeb Bush defends Common Core school standards
    2016 prospect Jeb Bush defends Common Core school standards

    URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Friday night he is standing by his support for the Common Core school standards rejected by a segment of the GOP's most conservative members, including other potential presidential candidates. …

  • CIA director announces sweeping reorganization of spy agency
    CIA director announces sweeping reorganization of spy agency

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Director John Brennan has ordered a sweeping reorganization of the CIA, an overhaul designed to make its leaders more accountable and close espionage gaps amid widespread concerns about the spy agency's limited insights into a series of major global developments. …

  • Ohio terrorism suspect says he would've shot President Obama
    Ohio terrorism suspect says he would've shot President Obama

    CINCINNATI (AP) — A man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol called a television station from jail and said if he hadn't been arrested he would have gone to Washington and shot President Barack Obama in the head. …

  • Brazil authorizes investigation of lawmakers in Petrobras scandal
    Brazil authorizes investigation of lawmakers in Petrobras scandal

    Brazil's Supreme Court authorized the investigation of dozens of politicians, including the presidents of the senate and of the chamber of deputies over the multibillion-dollar graft case roiling state oil giant Petrobras. Those facing investigation include 22 serving congressmen and 12 senators, among them a former president, after a move marking a new front in a snowballing scandal that has caused political and social uproar, threatening to tear apart the ruling coalition. Not under …

  • Ex-Cabinet official Donna Shalala to lead Clinton Foundation
    Ex-Cabinet official Donna Shalala to lead Clinton Foundation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala has been tapped to run the Clinton Foundation as Hillary Rodham Clinton prepares for her expected 2016 presidential campaign and the philanthropy faces scrutiny of its fundraising practices. …

  • Obama in Selma for milestone march's 50th anniversary
    Obama in Selma for milestone march's 50th anniversary

    Tracing the footsteps of civil rights leaders who made his journey to the White House possible, President Barack Obama will on Saturday visit Selma, Alabama to enlist a new generation in their fight. America's first black president will mark the 50th anniversary of the fateful march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where brutal state suppression only catalyzed support for black voting rights. Accompanied by wife Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia, Obama will argue that events in the city …

  • 'No matter what it takes': Selma remembers
    'No matter what it takes': Selma remembers

    As President Barack Obama said on the eve of his visit to Selma, Alabama: the battle for civil rights is not ancient history. He meant people like 70-year-old retired firefighter Henry Allen, who five decades ago took part in history. "No matter what it took, we wanted to get the right to vote." A half century ago, then 20-year-old Allen and around 600 fellow activists tried to march from Selma to the state capital Montgomery. - Bridge named for KKK leader - As they crossed a Selma bridge …