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  • Philippines says China rushing construction in disputed sea
    Philippines says China rushing construction in disputed sea

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' top diplomat said Thursday that China has been rushing construction projects, including massive land reclamation, in the disputed South China Sea in hopes of forestalling any legal moves against its vast territorial claims. …

  • Aquino takes responsibility for bungled mission in Philippines, but no apology
    Aquino takes responsibility for bungled mission in Philippines, but no apology

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Thursday took responsibility for a bungled security operation in January that left 44 police commandos dead, but offered no public apology for the clash that has become his biggest political crisis in years. Since the secret mission, Aquino's approval and trust ratings have plunged to their lowest level in five years, and a peace process with the country's largest Muslim rebel group has stalled. "To every Filipino who has felt failure or has been hurt …

  • China wants to control South China Sea: Philippines
    China wants to control South China Sea: Philippines

    The Philippines accused China on Thursday of seeking to take control of nearly the entire South China Sea with an expansionist agenda dominated by "massive reclamation" works. Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said China's efforts were aimed at undermining a United Nations tribunal that is due to rule early next year on a Philippine challenge to its claims to the disputed waters. "China is accelerating its expansionist agenda and changing the status quo to actualise its nine-dash …

  • Power supply restored after cut at Amsterdam Schipol airport
    Power supply restored after cut at Amsterdam Schipol airport

    A massive power cut caused chaos in and around the Dutch capital Amsterdam on Friday, including temporarily halting all flights at Schiphol International Airport, an airport spokeswoman and news reports said. "Normal electricity supply has been restored and we are slowly starting up, but there are still a number of inbound flights being diverted," an airport spokeswoman, who declined to be named told AFP. "We don't know how long the delay will be and we suggest passengers contact individual …

  • Texas interstate reopens after deadly tractor-trailer wreck
    Texas interstate reopens after deadly tractor-trailer wreck

    SALADO, Texas (AP) — All lanes of a major interstate have reopened in Central Texas after a deadly accident involving a tractor-trailer that slammed into a bridge beam in a construction zone. …

  • Nigerian military claim to destroy Boko Haram headquarters

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's military claims it has destroyed the headquarters of Boko Haram in Gwoza, a town in northeast Nigeria. It was not possible to verify Friday's victory that comes the day before critical presidential elections. …

  • BlackBerry beats 4Q profit forecasts

    On a per-share basis, the Waterloo, Ontario-based company said it had net income of 5 cents. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring gains, came to 4 cents per share. The results beat Wall Street expectations. ... …

  • Image of Asia: Waiting to pay respects to Singapore's Lee
    Image of Asia: Waiting to pay respects to Singapore's Lee

    In this photo by Wong Maye-E, tents in a grassy area in front of the Singapore skyline provide shade for people standing in line to pay their respects for the city-state's late founder Lee Kuan Yew at Parliament House, where his body is lying in state. Some 230,000 people have viewed Lee's coffin, and the government discouraged more people from coming to the venue because of the long waits. Prime minister for 31 years, Lee is credited with transforming the resource-poor island into a wealthy …

  • French pilots suing over leaks in German jet crash probe
    French pilots suing over leaks in German jet crash probe

    France's leading pilots union said Friday it is filing a lawsuit over leaks about the investigation into the crash of a German jet into the French Alps. Pilots around Europe are angry that information ... …

  • Small plane makes emergency landing on South Carolina road

    WELLFORD, S.C. (AP) — A small plane made an emergency landing on a road in northern South Carolina. …