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  • United States seeks access to Philippine bases as part of Asia pivot
    United States seeks access to Philippine bases as part of Asia pivot

    The United States has asked for access to Philippine military bases in eight locations to rotate troops, aircraft, and ships as Washington shifts its forces to Asia and as China expands its military presence in the South China Sea. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, in a speech in Arizona, has outlined Washington's next phase in its Asia "pivot", deploying its most sophisticated destroyers, bombers and fighters to the region. The Asia "pivot" has already seen U.S. Marines rotating through the …

  • China rejects Philippines armed robbery claim
    China rejects Philippines armed robbery claim

    Beijing on Friday dismissed an accusation by Manila that the Chinese coastguard robbed Filipino fishermen at gunpoint during a confrontation in the disputed South China Sea, calling the claim "inconsistent with the fact". The rebuttal came one day after the Philippine fisheries bureau said that fishermen aboard three vessels with clear Chinese coastguard markings boarded two fishing boats in Scarborough Shoal earlier this month and took the crew's catch. The Scarborough Shoal lies 220 …

  • Indonesia moves Filipino inmate to island before executions
    Indonesia moves Filipino inmate to island before executions

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A Filipino woman facing the death penalty in Indonesia was moved Friday to an island prison where she and nine other drug convicts are to be executed by firing squad. …

  • Nepal earthquake: Live Report
    Nepal earthquake: Live Report

    - "Scenes of destruction" - 04:42 GMT - "Cracked wide open" - Caritas Australia Program Coordinator, Nepal, Eleanor Trinchera says she "witnessed terrible scenes of destruction - hospitals were evacuated with patients being treated on the ground outside, homes and buildings demolished and some roads cracked wide open.” 04:10 GMT - "Rescue main priority" - In the same statement Caritas Nepal Director, Fr Pius Perumana SJ, says from Kathmandu: "It was the worst earthquake I have ever experienced …

  • Indonesia defiant as UN leads condemnation of looming executions
    Indonesia defiant as UN leads condemnation of looming executions

    Indonesia on Sunday signalled it was determined to push ahead with the execution of eight foreign drug convicts, despite a growing wave of global condemnation led by United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon. Authorities on Saturday gave formal notice to the eight -- from Australia, Brazil, Nigeria and the Philippines -- that they would be executed by firing squad imminently, along with an Indonesian prisoner. The group have been moved to the high-security prison island of Nusakambangan, where …

  • International rescuers, aid dispatched to Nepal quake
    International rescuers, aid dispatched to Nepal quake

    International aid groups and governments escalated efforts to dispatch rescuers and supplies to earthquake-hit Nepal on Sunday, but severed communications and landslides in the Himalayan nation posed formidable challenges to the relief effort. As the death toll passed 1,800, the US together with several European and Asian nations sent emergency crews to reinforce those scrambling to find survivors in the devastated capital, Kathmandu, and rural areas cut off by blocked roads and patchy phone …

  • Thousands in Guatemala demand president, deputy resign
    Thousands in Guatemala demand president, deputy resign

    Thousands marched in Guatemala to demand the resignation of President Otto Perez and Vice President Roxana Baldetti as a corruption scandal rocked the government. Protesters gathered for the demonstration, which they dubbed "Give Up Already," banging pans and blowing whistles as they marched to the National Palace waving the Guatemalan flag. "We do not want thieves to continue to rule us, to see us as toys, it is brazen what they do with the people of Guatemala," protester Maria Letona told …

  • Indonesia gives 72-hour executions notice

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's attorney general's office notified nine foreigners and an Indonesian convicted of drug trafficking that their executions will be carried out within days, ignoring appeals by the U.N. chief and foreign leaders to spare them. …

  • Coast Guard: 4 missing after sailboats capsize in Alabama

    MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A powerful storm capsized several sailboats participating in a regatta, and crews searched late Saturday for at least four people missing in the waters, the Coast Guard said. …