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  • 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 …

  • 70 years on, survivors keep memory of Battle of Manila alive
    70 years on, survivors keep memory of Battle of Manila alive

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Seventy years have not dulled the memories of survivors of the monthlong Battle of Manila. The mass killings by Japanese forces, the loved ones lost and the desperation are etched in their minds, as is the elation when American forces finally rescued them in the closing months of World War II. …

  • Toll in Philippine clashes with Islamists rises to 26
    Toll in Philippine clashes with Islamists rises to 26

    A military assault on Islamic militants in the southern Philippines entered its fifth day on Saturday, with the toll rising to 24 guerrillas and two soldiers dead, officials said. Ten Abu Sayyaf militants were killed in a two-hour clash on Friday after the army pounded their jungle lair on Jolo island with artillery and helicopter gunships, said Colonel Alan Arrojado, who is leading the assault. Battles were raging in the mountainous and thickly forested villages of Patikul town, an area …

  • US intelligence official: Iran involved in fight against IS

    WASHINGTON (AP) — America's top intelligence official says Iran is involved in the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq. …

  • Automakers vow not to give up on weak-selling electrics
    Automakers vow not to give up on weak-selling electrics

    GENEVA (AP) — Top automakers are vowing to press ahead with weak-selling electric vehicles and zero-emissions technology — even as they unveil powerful, expensive luxury cars aimed at a growing global automarket. …

  • EU's antitrust chief has met Google's Schmidt
    EU's antitrust chief has met Google's Schmidt

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's antitrust chief has met Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt as she seeks to resolve a four-year investigation into complaints that the Internet search giant abuses its dominance. European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager met Schmidt on Monday, her spokesman Ricardo Cardoso said in an email. In recent weeks Vestager has met more than a dozen Google complainants, including executives from Microsoft, German publisher Axel Springer, mapping …

  • Springleaf buying OneMain Financial for $4.25 billion

    Personal finance company Springleaf Holdings is buying Citigroup's OneMain Financial for $4.25 billion. OneMain Financial Holdings Inc. of Baltimore provides personal loans and has more than 1,100 neighborhood ... …

  • China Resources Enterprise warns of 2014 loss, hit by Tesco venture costs

    Retail-focused conglomerate China Resources Enterprise (CRE) expects the financial impact from the initial stages of its joint venture with Tesco to send it to a full-year loss for 2014, the company said on Tuesday. CRE, which competes with China's top hypermarket operator Sun Art Retail Group, said competition from e-commerce and an anti-extravagance crackdown by the government also hurt earnings. CRE said it will focus on expanding supermarkets, specialist stores and convenience stores. …

  • Mourners view body of slain opposition leader Boris Nemtsov
    Mourners view body of slain opposition leader Boris Nemtsov

    MOSCOW (AP) — One by one, thousands of mourners and dignitaries filed past the white-lined coffin of slain Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov on Tuesday, many offering flowers as they paid their last respects to one of the most prominent figures of Russia's beleaguered opposition. …

  • Exclusive: Huawei plans big push to sell its phones, wearable devices in U.S.
    Exclusive: Huawei plans big push to sell its phones, wearable devices in U.S.

    By Edwin Chan and Gerry Shih SAN FRANCISCO/BEIJING (Reuters) - Two years after U.S. legislators branded it a national security threat, China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is planning a campaign to win over U.S. consumers, rolling out new mobile phones and wearable devices backed by a marketing effort. China's second-largest smartphone maker, already with more than $40 billion in annual revenue from a wide range of telecom gear and products, is preparing to introduce Americans to several of its …