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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 ... …

  • NATO to hold summit in Warsaw in July 2016
    NATO to hold summit in Warsaw in July 2016

    NATO announced Friday it will hold its next summit in Warsaw on July 8-9 next year as it tackles perceived threats from Russia to the east and jihadists to the south. The Polish capital is the former host of the Warsaw Pact, the anti-NATO alliance between Moscow and its eastern satellites that existed until the Soviet bloc collapsed in 1991. At their last summit in Wales in September NATO leaders agreed to bolster the alliance's eastern defences amid charges that Russia has provided troops …

  • Israel appeals to Platini to sway FIFA from Palestinian suspension bid
    Israel appeals to Platini to sway FIFA from Palestinian suspension bid

    The Israel Football Association appealed to UEFA president Michel Platini on Friday to speak out "loud and clear" against the Palestinian bid to vote the IFA out of FIFA next week. The annual FIFA Congress, which begins on May 28, includes the Palestinian Football Association's proposal to suspend the IFA from world football. IFA president Ofer Eini told Platini in a letter that FIFA had twice refused his request to have the Palestinian bid removed from the Congress agenda, mentioning FIFA's …

  • Leicester's Simpson to miss season finale after assault conviction
    Leicester's Simpson to miss season finale after assault conviction

    Leicester City on Friday confirmed they will not consider Danny Simpson for selection while they examine the assault conviction against the defender. The 28-year-old former Manchester United player denied the charge at Manchester Magistrates Court but was convicted and will be sentenced next month. Leicester finish their season at home to QPR on Sunday, having secured their status in the Premier League for another year, and the club revealed Simpson won't be involved at the King Power Stadium. …

  • U.S., Cuba make progress on restoring ties but no deal yet
    U.S., Cuba make progress on restoring ties but no deal yet

    By Daniel Trotta WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cuba and the United States reported making progress towards restoring diplomatic relations following two days of talks and pledged on Friday to continue informal negotiations in the coming weeks. The chief U.S. negotiator said the two sides may not need another formal round of talks to reach agreement, indicating major differences had been resolved. If the former Cold War rivals ultimately reach a deal to end more than half a century of estrangement, …

  • 39 dead in Mexico clash between police, armed civilians: official
    39 dead in Mexico clash between police, armed civilians: official

    At least 37 armed civilians and two federal police officers were killed in a clash Friday in western Mexico, a region torn by drug cartel violence, a federal government official told AFP. The shootout took place in the morning in the municipality of Tanhuato, in the state of Michoacan, and the death toll was a "preliminary figure," the official said on condition of anonymity. Tanhuato is near Yurecuaro, a town where a former vigilante leader who was running for mayor was shot dead during a …

  • Grenade blasts as Burundi protesters defy police crackdown
    Grenade blasts as Burundi protesters defy police crackdown

    Thousands of anti-government protesters earlier battled police in the capital Bujumbura, defying one of the heaviest pushes by security forces to end weeks of demonstrations against President Pierre Nkurunziza. Deputy police chief, General Godefroid Bizimana, said the unknown attackers aimed to kill, with three dead but also about a dozen maimed or wounded. Meanwhile, protesters torched election materials in two separate attacks south of the capital, electoral commission spokesman Prosper …

  • Clinton appears to rule out return of ground forces in Iraq
    Clinton appears to rule out return of ground forces in Iraq

    Democratic presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton says U.S. ground forces should not be sent back to Iraq. Campaigning in New Hampshire on Friday, the former secretary of state appeared to be definitive ... …