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  • US Marines testify at Philippines murder trial of colleague
    US Marines testify at Philippines murder trial of colleague

    Four US Marines took the witness stand Tuesday at the murder trial of their comrade accused of killing a local transgender woman in the Philippines, lawyers who attended the closed-door proceedings said. The American servicemen were asked to testify on what the defendant, Private First Class Joseph Pemberton, had told them shortly after the October 24, 2014 killing, the lawyers said. "I think I may have killed a he or she," Lance Corporal Michael Rose told the court when asked what Pemberton …

  • Philippines says prepared to help boatpeople
    Philippines says prepared to help boatpeople

    The Philippines said Tuesday it was ready to help Rohingya and Bangladeshi boatpeople, as its Southeast Asian neighbours faced outrage for turning them away. The Philippines is obliged to help the migrants, many of whom are fleeing persecution, because it is party to the 1951 United Nations convention on refugees, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and foreign department spokesman Charles Jose both said. "We have the commitment and the obligation to extend humanitarian assistance to these asylum …

  • Robert De Niro opens Asia's 1st Nobu Hotel in Philippines
    Robert De Niro opens Asia's 1st Nobu Hotel in Philippines

    Robert de Niro and his business partners formally opened Asia's first Nobu Hotel in Manila on Monday as the luxury brand gears up for global expansion. The 321-room hotel within the bayside casino and ... …

  • 'Nut rage' Korean Air heiress freed
    'Nut rage' Korean Air heiress freed

    The former Korean Air executive jailed for disrupting a flight in a rage over macadamia nuts walked free Friday when a South Korean appeals court overturned her conviction for violating aviation safety laws. The High Court in Seoul ruled that Cho Hyun-Ah, who had been in jail since her arrest in December, was not guilty of the most serious charge of altering an aircraft's route while in flight. "The accused had no intention of hampering the safe operation of the plane," High Court judge Kim …

  • Baring Private Equity Asia to buy majority stake in Vistra Group

    May 22 (Reuters) - Vistra Group, a trust and custodialservices provider, said Hong Kong-based Baring Private EquityAsia will acquire a majority stake in the company. The group's majority shareholder, IK Investment Partners,will divest its entire stake to Baring Private Equity Asia,company spokeswoman Joanna Donne told Reuters. Vistra Group's management team will continue to have asignificant shareholding after the completion of thetransaction, the company said on Friday. (http://bit.ly/1ISNLMh) …

  • UK's Cameron uses EU summit to campaign for pre-referendum reforms
    UK's Cameron uses EU summit to campaign for pre-referendum reforms

    By Kylie MacLellan and Adrian Croft RIGA (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday began his campaign to persuade European leaders to make changes to the European Union before he holds a referendum to decide whether Britain should stay in or quit the bloc. Cameron was due to hold talks with European Council President Donald Tusk and a handful of EU government heads on the sidelines of a European Union summit with six ex-Soviet republics in Latvia. There were no formal …

  • Bank of Japan holds fire on stimulus after upbeat GDP data
    Bank of Japan holds fire on stimulus after upbeat GDP data

    The Bank of Japan on Friday held off launching more stimulus as its chief said the world's number-three economy was on the upswing, days after data showed stronger-than-expected growth in the first quarter. On Wednesday the government released figures showing Japan's economy, which sank into a brief recession last year, expanded by a better-than-expected 0.6 percent from the previous quarter. BoJ governor Haruhiko Kuroda said Friday that the stronger data was behind the bank's more upbeat …

  • Burundi protesters defy police crackdown
    Burundi protesters defy police crackdown

    Anti-government protesters in Burundi marched on the streets of the capital Bujumbura Friday, defying one of the heaviest pushes by police to end weeks of demonstrations. At least two protesters were shot dead and eight wounded in clashes on Thursday with police, the Red Cross said, the latest victims of the unrest triggered by President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term, in which more than 20 people have died. Heavy gunfire was heard all day Thursday in suburbs of the capital, with …

  • 10 Things to Know for Today
    10 Things to Know for Today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: …

  • France hits reverse on sinking tyres for artificial reefs
    France hits reverse on sinking tyres for artificial reefs

    Tourists and film stars hitting the beach at the French Riviera resort of Cannes may be blissfully unaware but lurking beneath the sparkling waves are tens of thousands of now troublesome scrap tyres, sunk deliberately to boost marine development. Back in the 1960s, it seemed like the ultimate win-win idea: sink tyres into the sea and create artificial reefs, stimulate marine life, help the fishing industry and get rid of unwanted scrap in one fell swoop. On the French Riviera coast, …