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  • Philippines hits back at Beijing over South China Sea
    Philippines hits back at Beijing over South China Sea

    The Philippines on Saturday shot back at Beijing's criticism of its activities in the South China Sea, saying they were "in no way comparable to China's massive reclamation activities" in the waters. It also said accusations that Manila was being "hypocritical" would not distract people from Beijing's own actions which were raising regional tensions. "The Philippines' possible undertaking of necessary maintenance and repairs on its existing facilities in the West Philippine Sea... is in no …

  • Boxing hero Pacquiao is top tax-payer in Philippines: govt
    Boxing hero Pacquiao is top tax-payer in Philippines: govt

    Boxing hero Manny Pacquiao, who faces his biggest fight against unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather, already holds top spot as the number one taxpayer in the Philippines, government records showed Saturday. A list of top individual tax-payers for 2013, posted on the Bureau of Internal Revenue website, put the boxer-turned-congressman at number one with 163.84 million pesos ($3.72 million) in taxes paid. Internal revenue chief Kim Henares confirmed that Pacquiao topped the list but stressed …

  • 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. …

  • Lee Kuan Yew Singapore state funeral: LIVE REPORT
    Lee Kuan Yew Singapore state funeral: LIVE REPORT

    05:55 GMT - Tony Abbott - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott chose to attend Lee's funeral -- despite it meaning he would miss the hugely popular Cricket World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand. New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key, however, made the "difficult" decision to be in Melbourne for the cricket final, sending the country's Governor-General Jerry Mateparae to represent the nation in Singapore instead. 05:47 GMT - World leaders arrive - World leaders have started to …

  • Ruble bounce rare ray of sunshine for crisis-hit Russian economy
    Ruble bounce rare ray of sunshine for crisis-hit Russian economy

    It's been a torrid time of late for the Russian economy as the fallout from Ukraine and tumbling oil prices have plunged the country into financial crisis. As calm returns to the Russian economy after the panicked turmoil of late last year, some analysts said that this would give authorities breathing space to fend off the worst. …

  • Saudi Arabia says strikes push Yemen rebels out of air bases
    Saudi Arabia says strikes push Yemen rebels out of air bases

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A Saudi-led airstrike campaign targeting Shiite rebels who control much of Yemen has pushed them out of contested air bases and destroyed any jet fighter remaining in the Arab world's poorest country, the kingdom has said. …

  • Singapore bids farewell to Lee Kuan Yew in elaborate funeral
    Singapore bids farewell to Lee Kuan Yew in elaborate funeral

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Tens of thousands of Singaporeans undeterred by heavy rains lined a 15 kilometer (9 mile) route through the Southeast Asian city-state to witness an elaborate funeral procession Sunday for longtime leader Lee Kuan Yew. …

  • Anticipation and angst as Europe ends milk quotas
    Anticipation and angst as Europe ends milk quotas

    European dairy farmers are facing the end of three decades of milk quotas on Wednesday with a mixture of anticipation and angst as it will allow them to serve growing demand in emerging markets, but could also cause a crash in prices. In northern Europe, farmers have hailed the move as a chance to cash in on the growing global thirst for milk, particularly in China. The Netherlands and Germany, Europe's largest producer, are gearing up for increases of 20 percent. …

  • Air Canada plane leaves Halifax runway on 'abrupt' landing

    HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — An Air Canada plane made an "abrupt" landing and left the runway at the Halifax airport in bad weather, but there were no immediate reports of injuries, authorities said early Sunday. …

  • Alps crash captain shouted 'open the damn door'
    Alps crash captain shouted 'open the damn door'

    The captain of a passenger jet that investigators believe was deliberately crashed into the French Alps, killing all 150 aboard, shouted at the co-pilot to "open the damn door" as he made desperate attempts to return to the locked cockpit, according to a German newspaper Sunday. French officials say the plane's black box voice recorder indicates that Andreas Lubitz, 27, locked the captain out of the cockpit of the Germanwings jet and deliberately flew Flight 4U 9525 into a mountainside. …