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  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • Image of Asia: Fire burns more than 1,000 homes in Manila
    Image of Asia: Fire burns more than 1,000 homes in Manila

    In this photo by Bullit Marquez, a boy sits on pavement while his family retrieves items from their burned home Tuesday following an overnight fire that destroyed a slum-dwellers community in Manila, Philippines. No casualties were reported in the 9-hour fire that burned more than a thousand homes and left at least 3,000 families homeless. The Bureau of Fire and Protection was still investigating the cause of the fire. But in Manila's poorest neighborhoods, fires often are caused by poor wiring …

  • Argentine prosecutors appeal dismissal of case against president
    Argentine prosecutors appeal dismissal of case against president

    Argentine prosecutors said Wednesday they have appealed a judge's decision to dismiss their case against President Cristina Kirchner for allegedly protecting Iranian officials accused of orchestrating a 1994 bombing. …

  • Armenia-Azerbaijan bloodletting threatens Karabakh ceasefire
    Armenia-Azerbaijan bloodletting threatens Karabakh ceasefire

    Locals sigh with relief as their Armenian village of Movses, close to the border with Azerbaijan, disappears in the lilac mist rolling down from the Kardash mountain, where Azeri snipers have fortified positions. When visibility is zero, we know the Azeris won't be shooting," said Khanum, an elderly Armenian woman who, like other Movses residents, lives in constant fear of Azeri snipers. The Armenians shoot at us when they see people gathering." The bloody Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict over the …

  • Supreme Court: Alabama may try to justify railroad tax

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Alabama should have the chance to justify a fuel sales tax that it assesses on railroads but not on competitors in the trucking and barge industries. …

  • UN extends expert panel monitoring sanctions on North Korea

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is extending the work of the panel of experts monitoring sanctions against North Korea. …

  • Badminton: All-England Open results

    All-England Open badminton results in Birmingham on Wednesday (x denotes seeding): …

  • Standard Chartered net profit falls 37%
    Standard Chartered net profit falls 37%

    Standard Chartered, which last week said chief executive Peter Sands would step down in June followed by chairman John Peace next year amid various troubles at the bank, saw net profit slide 37 percent in 2014, the second consecutive year of decline. The British lender said profit after tax came in at $2.51 billion (2.27 billion euros) for the year, down from $3.99 billion in 2013 and described the result as "disappointing". …

  • How upcoming legal cases may change the future of franchises
    How upcoming legal cases may change the future of franchises

    Are franchises small, independent businesses or should they be considered part of a much larger company? The question is at the heart of two upcoming legal cases. The outcomes could affect profits and ... …