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  • 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 …

  • France's Hollande visits typhoon-hit Philippine town
    France's Hollande visits typhoon-hit Philippine town

    French President Francois Hollande met survivors of one of the world's strongest typhoons in a remote Philippine coastal town on Friday, seeking to sound a global alarm on climate change ahead of a crucial UN summit. Hollande is on a two-day trip to the Southeast Asian archipelago, regarded as a frontline state in the struggle against global warming, as part of his campaign to build diplomatic momentum ahead of the Paris summit in December. The French president is determined to broker an …

  • Egypt electoral panel preparing timetable for delayed poll
    Egypt electoral panel preparing timetable for delayed poll

    Egypt's electoral commission said Sunday it was preparing a new timetable for parliamentary polls, delaying the March 21 vote after a court ruled parts of the election law unconstitutional. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordered that the law be redrafted within a month and asked that "legal measures be undertaken to avoid delaying" the election, his office said. Egypt's constitutional court ruled that sections of the law dividing the electoral districts were unconstitutional. The electoral …

  • Turkey's Kurdish rebels hail 'historic' disarmament call
    Turkey's Kurdish rebels hail 'historic' disarmament call

    Kurdish rebels on Sunday hailed as "historic" a call for disarmament made by their jailed leader and said Turkey should speed up reforms to move the peace process forward. Abdullah Ocalan, the head of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) imprisoned on an island near Istanbul, had on Saturday urged the separatists to hold a congress on disarmament in the coming months. "Such a goodwill statement presents a unique chance to advance democracy and resolve the Kurdish issue and Turkey's basic …

  • Mali government signs peace deal, Tuareg rebels delay
    Mali government signs peace deal, Tuareg rebels delay

    The Malian government signed a peace agreement with some northern armed groups on Sunday in Algiers but the main Tuareg rebel alliance asked for more time to consult its grassroots. Militants linked to Al-Qaeda seized control of northern Mali for more than nine months until a French-led military intervention in 2013 that partly drove them from the region. The Tuareg rebel alliance that includes the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad said it had asked for a "reasonable delay" for …

  • Police: Man whose license suspended 41 times nabbed again

    YAPHANK, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a New York man whose license has been suspended 41 times has been nabbed again. …

  • New Uruguay leader Vazquez takes over from pot-friendly farmer
    New Uruguay leader Vazquez takes over from pot-friendly farmer

    Tabare Vazquez was sworn in as president of Uruguay Sunday, returning to office a decade after first leading the left to power and drawing a curtain on folksy farmer Jose Mujica's colorful rule. Mujica, a former guerrilla fighter known for legalizing marijuana, gay marriage and abortion, handed power back to his Broad Front (FA) party colleague, in a country that bars presidents from serving consecutive terms. …

  • CCTV video may show missing British girls in Istanbul

    ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish television station says it has obtained video showing three missing British teenagers at an Istanbul bus terminal before they boarded a bus to a city near Turkey's border with Syria. …

  • Kerry asks for benefit of the doubt on Iran nuclear talks
    Kerry asks for benefit of the doubt on Iran nuclear talks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is trying to ease tensions with Israel before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH'-hoo) speaks to Congress on Tuesday. …