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  • Philippine Airlines parent says back in black
    Philippine Airlines parent says back in black

    Philippine Airlines' parent firm said it had returned to profitability, the first time in three years either entity reported being in the black for an entire year. In a filing with the Philippine Stock Exchange Thursday, PAL Holdings reported an after-tax net profit of 129.74 million pesos ($2.93 million) in its fiscal year to December 31. …

  • Philippines says South China Sea dispute a global problem
    Philippines says South China Sea dispute a global problem

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino said on Friday the territorial dispute with China in the South China Sea was of concern for the world because global trade will be hit by China's reclamation. Recent satellite images show China has made rapid progress in building an airstrip suitable for military use in contested territory in the Spratly Islands and may be planning another, moves that have been greeted with concern in the United States and Asia. IHS Jane's Defence Weekly said March 23 …

  • Clarification: Philippines-Pacquiao Film story
    Clarification: Philippines-Pacquiao Film story

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — In a story April 15, The Associated Press reported that a film on the childhood of boxer Manny Pacquiao was produced by independent filmmaker Ten17P. It was co-produced by Ten17P and Star Cinema. …

  • Obama's Earth Day trek to Fla. to highlight climate change

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to celebrate Earth Day this week with a visit to the Florida Everglades. …

  • Tuktamysheva wins free skate, US claims World Team Trophy
    Tuktamysheva wins free skate, US claims World Team Trophy

    TOKYO (AP) — World champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva of Russia was first in the women's free skate on Saturday but the United States held on to win the World Team Trophy. …

  • Pope urges global response to Italy boat people crisis
    Pope urges global response to Italy boat people crisis

    Pope Francis on Saturday urged the international community to act over a deadly surge in the numbers of migrants attempting to reach Italy via perilous sea crossings from north Africa. The pontiff's appeal came at the end of a week in which more than 450 people are feared to have drowned in the Mediterranean and more than 11,000 other would-be immigrants to Europe have been rescued by Italy's coastguard, merchant ships or vessels involved in a much-criticised European Union maritime border …

  • Spanish couple arrested in Turkey, accused of jihadist links

    MADRID (AP) — Spain's Interior Ministry says two Spanish residents have been arrested in Turkey on suspicion of having links to jihadi terrorists and membership in the Islamic State armed group. …

  • Australia arrests 5 for alleged IS-inspired terror plot
    Australia arrests 5 for alleged IS-inspired terror plot

    SYDNEY (AP) — Five Australian teenagers were arrested Saturday on suspicion of plotting an Islamic State group-inspired terrorist attack at a Veterans' Day ceremony that included targeting police officers, officials said. …

  • Sri Lanka bars central bank chief from foreign travel for three months

    Sri Lanka has imposed a three-month ban on overseas travel by its central bank governor, Arjuna Mahendran, who faces an investigation over alleged insider dealing, an official said on Saturday. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe set up a three-member panel to investigate the alleged insider dealing at a Feb. 27 bond auction after opposition parties accused Mahendran of involvement and demanded an independent inquiry. "The Bribery Commission has asked to impose a travel ban on the …

  • Rights group says Yemen fighting has damaged hospital

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Human Rights Watch says an unidentified militia fired on a hospital where rebel soldiers held a position in the southern Yemeni province of Lahj, causing damage and endangering medical personnel. …