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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. …

  • Japan's views of WWII history rankles some US veterans
    Japan's views of WWII history rankles some US veterans

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Lester Tenney endured three hellish years as a Japanese prisoner during World War II, but with the passing of decades and repeated visits, he's made peace with his former enemy. Yet as Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prepares to address Congress next week, in the 70th anniversary year of the war's end, something rankles the U.S. military veteran about Japan's attitude toward its past. …

  • Alibaba, China Telecom tie up to sell phones
    Alibaba, China Telecom tie up to sell phones

    Chinese e-commerce leader Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and state-owned China Telecom Corp Ltd have tied up to sell inexpensive smartphones aimed at boosting mobile commerce in smaller cities and rural areas. The phones, dubbed "Tianyi Taobao Shopping Handsets", will come installed with either an app for easy access to Alibaba's flagship Taobao online shopping platform or its home-grown YunOS mobile operating system, it said in a statement late on Friday. The partnership is a bid to deepen …

  • Japan's war history will shadows PM's US visit next week
    Japan's war history will shadows PM's US visit next week

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Seventy years after the end of World War II, Japan wants to look to the future but can't shake off its past. When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits the U.S. next week, he will be promoting a regional free trade pact and stronger defense ties with America as his government loosens the shackles of Japan's pacifist constitution. …

  • Chinese feminist: Long hours of interrogations after release

    BEIJING (AP) — One of five leading Chinese feminist advocates says she went through lengthy and verbally abusive interrogations after she was conditionally released in a case that has attracted international attention. …

  • Oil from Russian trawler wreck reaches Canaries' beaches
    Oil from Russian trawler wreck reaches Canaries' beaches

    Oil from the wreck of a Russian trawler that sank off the Canary Islands last week has washed up on the beaches of the picturesque tourist islands, Spain said. The Oleg Neydenov was carrying nearly 1,500 tonnes of fuel oil when it sank on April 15 in an area environmentalists say is home to deep-sea coral and a significant population of dolphins and turtles. …

  • Today in History

    Today is Saturday, April 25, the 115th day of 2015. There are 250 days left in the year. …

  • This Country Is the Happiest in the World, United Nations Finds

    The happiest country in the world isn't in the tropics, as you might expect, but is known for its snow-covered peaks and delicious chocolate: Switzerland took the top spot in the 2015 World Happiness Report, a United Nations ranking of 158 countries. The U.N. happiness report, published every year since 2012, shows that happiness and well-being are critical indicators of a country's economic and social development, according to a statement from the United Nations. What's more, the 2015 …