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  • US-Philippines wargames to start under China's shadow
    US-Philippines wargames to start under China's shadow

    Thousands of American and Filipino soldiers on Monday will kick off expanded wargames, showcasing a deepening defence alliance as alarm bells ring over China. The 10-day exercises in the Philippines are an annual affair between the longtime allies, but this time they will involve double the number of soldiers as last year in a sign of their expanding military partnership. The Philippines is seeking more US military and diplomatic support to fend off China's increasing forcefulness in its bid …

  • Bar ban for US troops in Philippines amid murder trial
    Bar ban for US troops in Philippines amid murder trial

    The US Pacific Command has banned its troops in the Philippines from bars and nightclubs, a spokesman said Saturday, with the trial under way of a US Marine accused of murdering a transgender Filipina he met in a bar. Thousands of American and Filipino soldiers will on Monday kick off 10-day annual military excercises, according to Captain Alex Lim, a spokesman for the US forces, but there will be strict controls on their free time. Lim would not say why the restrictions were imposed but …

  • Philippine Airlines parent says back in black
    Philippine Airlines parent says back in black

    Philippine Airlines' parent firm said it had returned to profitability, the first time in three years either entity reported being in the black for an entire year. In a filing with the Philippine Stock Exchange Thursday, PAL Holdings reported an after-tax net profit of 129.74 million pesos ($2.93 million) in its fiscal year to December 31. …

  • New Hampshire Republican voters are relishing crowded field
    New Hampshire Republican voters are relishing crowded field

    NASHUA, New Hampshire (AP) — For New Hampshire Republicans, the early days of the 2016 presidential campaign feel like an embarrassment of riches. …

  • Islamic State shot and beheaded 30 people in Libya - video

    Islamic State released a video on Sunday purporting to show its militants shooting and beheading what appeared to be about 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya. Reuters was not able to verify the authenticity of the video but the killings were similar to past violence carried out by Islamic State, which has expanded its reach from strongholds in Iraq and Syria to chaotic Libya. The video portrayed Christians as crusaders out to kill Muslims and then showed about 15 men beheaded on a beach and …

  • Up to 700 feared dead after migrant boat sinks off Libya

    By Antonio Denti PALERMO, Italy (Reuters) - As many as 700 people were feared dead after a fishing boat packed with migrants capsized off the Libyan coast overnight, in what may be one of the worst disasters of the Mediterranean migrant crisis, officials said on Sunday. Twenty eight people were rescued and 24 bodies recovered from the 20 metre-long vessel, which sank around 70 miles from the Libyan coast, south of the southern Italian island of Lampedusa, the Italian coast guard said. The …

  • Serena Williams overcomes the wind and Errani in Fed Cup
    Serena Williams overcomes the wind and Errani in Fed Cup

    BRINDISI, Italy (AP) — Top-ranked Serena Williams had to fight back from a set down and figure out how to deal with strong winds before overcoming Italy's Sara Errani 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3 in a Fed Cup playoff Sunday, giving the United States a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. …

  • Pakistan recovers to score 239-6 vs Bangladesh
    Pakistan recovers to score 239-6 vs Bangladesh

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Saad Nasim and Wahab Riaz both struck half centuries to lift Pakistan to 239-6 from a precarious position in the second one-day international against Bangladesh on Sunday. …

  • Thousands of Yemeni troops along Saudi border side with President Hadi - officials

    ADEN (Reuters) - The Yemeni commander of a vast military district covering half the country's border with Saudi Arabia pledged support to Saudi-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi on Sunday, local officials said. The announcement puts at least 15,000 troops in the desert border area on the same side as the kingdom, the world's top oil exporter, after three weeks of an inconclusive bombing campaign it has led against Iran-allied Houthi rebels. (Reporting By Mohammed Mukhashaf and Mohammed …

  • 24 dead, 28 safe, hundreds missing as Med migrant boat sinks
    24 dead, 28 safe, hundreds missing as Med migrant boat sinks

    ROME (AP) — A boat believed to be crowded with 700 migrants capsized in the waters north of Libya overnight, leaving at least 24 confirmed dead and sparking fears for what could become the Mediterranean's deadliest known migrant sea disaster, Italy's Coast Guard and other officials said Sunday. …