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  • Philippine rebels slam military killings despite peace deal
    Philippine rebels slam military killings despite peace deal

    The Philippines' largest Muslim rebel group on Tuesday denounced the killing of four of its members in clashes with soldiers, just two weeks after a peace deal was signed to end their decades-old conflict. The military has acknowledged that gunmen from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) were among 20 people killed in a shootout on a remote southern island Friday as security forces pursued Islamic militants blamed for beheadings and kidnappings. "Four of our members were martyred," MILF …

  • Philippines unveils new plan to fight persistent poverty
    Philippines unveils new plan to fight persistent poverty

    The Philippines Monday announced plans to spend more on infrastructure and introduce other reforms to try to lift millions out of poverty. The revised Philippine Development Plan sets more ambitious economic targets to address persistent concerns that poor Filipinos are not enjoying the benefits of the country's recent dramatic economic growth. Among the new targets is the lowering of the poverty incidence from 25.2 percent of the population in 2012 to 18.0 to 20.0 percent by 2016, economic …

  • Muslim rebels to Philippine military:exercise caution to uphold peace deal
    Muslim rebels to Philippine military:exercise caution to uphold peace deal

    A leader of the Philippines' largest Muslim rebel group urged the military to take precautions on Tuesday after a clash in which 20 people were killed, exposing the fragile nature of a landmark peace accord signed only two weeks earlier. Ghadzali Jaafar, vice chairman for political affairs of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which signed the peace accord, demanded an investigation into the incident last week on the southern island of Basilan. The head of the armed forces, General …

  • China's growth slows to 7.4 percent in 1Q

    BEIJING (AP) — China's economic growth slowed further in the latest quarter but appeared strong enough to satisfy Chinese leaders who are trying to put the country on a more sustainable path without politically dangerous job losses. …

  • 2 dead after ferry sinks off South Korean coast
    2 dead after ferry sinks off South Korean coast

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled Wednesday to rescue more than 470 people, including 325 high school students on a school trip, after a ferry sank off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring 14, officials said. …

  • 2 ships collide in Va. shipping channel

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Coast Guard says two ships have collided in a main shipping channel off the Virginia coast while a 751-foot cargo ship ran aground in high winds gusting up to 70 mph. …

  • 2 ships reportedly collide in

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Coast Guard says two ships have collided in a main shipping channel off the Virginia coast while a 751-foot cargo ship ran aground in high winds gusting up to 70 mph. …

  • Protest art from Kiev's Maidan on show in Vienna
    Protest art from Kiev's Maidan on show in Vienna

    Tyres "burn" in a corner, gas masks and truncheons hang from the ceiling: as unrest rocks Ukraine, art from Kiev's Maidan is already making its debut in a Vienna museum. The exhibit is titled "I Am a Drop in the Ocean" after a slogan used by the protesters on the Maidan, or Independence Square. …

  • Man charged with hoax near marathon finish line
    Man charged with hoax near marathon finish line

    BOSTON (AP) — A man taken into custody near the Boston Marathon finish line late Tuesday, the anniversary of the deadly pressure cooker bombings, had a rice cooker in his backpack and was being charged with possession of a hoax device, police said. …

  • College Board provides a glimpse of new SAT
    College Board provides a glimpse of new SAT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Anxious students — not to mention their parents — can get a heads-up for how the redesigned SAT might look in two years. …