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  • US affirms 'ironclad' promise to defend Philippines
    US affirms 'ironclad' promise to defend Philippines

    US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told his Philippine counterpart on Wednesday that Washington's pledge to defend the Pacific nation remains "ironclad" and called for an end to land reclamation in the South China Sea, officials said. In talks in Hawaii with Voltaire Gazmin, Philippine secretary of national defense, the Pentagon chief "reaffirmed" the strong ties between the two countries and discussed territorial disputes in the contested waters of the South China Sea, where Beijing has been …

  • Philippine, Vietnam troops play sports on disputed island
    Philippine, Vietnam troops play sports on disputed island

    Filipino and Vietnamese troops played football and tug-of-war on a disputed South China Sea island on Wednesday, officials said, closing ranks as their rival China ramps up construction of artificial islands. The games took place on Philippine-held Northeast Cay, just 2.7 kilometres (1.7 miles) from Southwest Cay which is controlled by Vietnam, where a similar contest was held last year. "It was a navy-to-navy confidence-building engagement," Vice Admiral Alexander Lopez, the Philippine …

  • 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 …

  • Couple whose dogs killed woman get jail, community service

    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A couple whose dogs fatally mauled a woman in Ohio have been sentenced to months of jail time and community service. …

  • Photo shows Chicago cops posing over black man with antlers

    CHICAGO (AP) — A former Chicago police detective is suing to get his job back after being fired for posing in a photograph with another officer while holding rifles over an unidentified black man wearing deer antlers. …

  • Teen sentenced to community service after starting wildfire

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A judge has ordered a 14-year-old girl to serve 400 hours of community service for causing one of the worst wildfires in San Diego County last year. …

  • US senator in Cuba says normal relations 'weeks away'
    US senator in Cuba says normal relations 'weeks away'

    HAVANA (AP) — The historic process of restoring long-severed diplomatic relationship between the U.S. and Cuba that began Dec. 17 will likely come to a successful end in a matter of weeks, a U.S. senator said during a visit to the island Wednesday. …

  • Many UN council members want Burundi elections postponed

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations Security Council president says "the predominant opinion" of members is that Burundi's elections should not take place as scheduled in late June. …

  • VEGOILS-Market factors to watch May 28

    The following factors are likely to influence Malaysian palm oil futures and other vegetable oil markets. FUNDAMENTALS * Malaysian palm oil futures ended lower on Wednesday as the contract succumbed to ... …

  • Jawbone files lawsuit against rival Fitbit

    In a clash of rival makers of fitness trackers, Jawbone is suing Fitbit and a group of employees who quit Jawbone to work for Fitbit, saying they stole trade secrets, business plans, market research, and ... …