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  • Image of Asia: Tearing down squatters' homes near Manila
    Image of Asia: Tearing down squatters' homes near Manila

    In this photo by Bullit Marquez, a demolition crew begins to tear down a squatters' community at suburban Caloocan city, north of Manila, Philippines. Population growth and the lack of economic opportunities in rural areas have driven millions of Filipinos into the squatters' colonies that dot the sprawling metropolitan area in and around Manila. Most of the land they occupy is privately owned, and clearing the dwellings often results in violence. The landowner had offered about $1,344 in …

  • Philippines to fly over disputed South China Sea: Aquino
    Philippines to fly over disputed South China Sea: Aquino

    Philippine military and commercial aircraft will keep flying over disputed areas in the South China Sea despite Chinese warnings over the airspace, President Benigno Aquino said on Monday. "We will still fly the routes that we fly based on the international law from the various conventions we entered into," Aquino told reporters when asked whether the Philippines accepted China's position. The Chinese military last week ordered a US Navy P-8 Poseidon surveillance plane away from airspace …

  • Philippines seeks stronger commitment from U.S. in South China Sea dispute
    Philippines seeks stronger commitment from U.S. in South China Sea dispute

    The Philippines is seeking a "stronger commitment" from the United States to help its ally, the defence minister said on Monday, as China asserts its sovereignty over disputed areas of the South China Sea. China claims most of the South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year, and the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei have overlapping claims. China said on Monday it had lodged a complaint with the United States over a U.S. spy plane that flew …

  • Serbia's PM Vucic in landmark visit to Albania

    TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania is preparing to welcome Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, the first Serbian leader ever to visit the nation. …

  • Punishing storms in Texas test government emergency response
    Punishing storms in Texas test government emergency response

    WIMBERLEY, Texas (AP) — Deadly severe weather over the long holiday weekend tested government alert and evacuation procedures, as officials scrambled to deal with storms and historic flooding that left more than a dozen people dead and a similar number missing. …

  • Figures of French Resistance inducted into Paris Pantheon
    Figures of French Resistance inducted into Paris Pantheon

    PARIS (AP) — In a rare ceremony, France is honoring four people who resisted the Nazis during World War II by inducting them into Paris' Pantheon mausoleum. …

  • Arab forces strike Houthi-held Yemen military port - local official

    Arab warplanes and ships bombed Yemen's largest military port in the Red Sea city of Hodaida on Wednesday, a local official said, heavily damaging the facility and partly destroying two warships. The city and its military bases are aligned with the Iran-allied Houthi militia, Yemen's dominant force, which has been bombed by a Saudi-led coalition for over two months. …

  • Video exposes divisions among Iran lawmakers over nuke talks

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranians have been captivated by a video circulating on social media that shows lawmakers arguing over the ongoing nuclear negotiations with world powers. …

  • Floodwaters deepen in Houston after city gets more rain
    Floodwaters deepen in Houston after city gets more rain

    HOUSTON (AP) — Floodwaters deepened across much of Texas on Tuesday as storms dumped almost another foot (30 centimeters) of rain on the Houston area, stranding hundreds of motorists and inundating the famously congested highways that serve the fourth-largest U.S. city. …