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The Philippines is to upgrade a navy base facing disputed South China Sea waters to serve the extra ships being acquired to protect its territory, the military said Thursday. Navy spokesman Lieutenant-Commander Gregory Fabic said the military would build a 500-million-peso ($11.2 million) port at Ulugan Bay, the Philippine military base nearest to the Spratly Islands. President Benigno Aquino is set to visit the base on May 20 to launch the upgrading, Fabic added. In recent years, the Philippines has been locked in an increasingly tense standoff with China involving disputed reefs and islands in the Spratlys and other areas of the South China Sea.
Furious Philippine doctors Wednesday demanded the government withdraw newspaper advertisements which they claimed portrayed them as tax cheats, days after Manila launched its latest campaign against tax-dodging in the private sector. "The Bureau of Internal Revenue should withdraw the negative ads. They create a very bad impression of doctors in the eyes of the public and are defamatory," Philippine Medical Association president Leo Olarte told AFP. He said many members were angry and some were demanding the association sue the internal revenue commissioner Kim Henares for "moral damages", adding that he was however trying to dissuade them from such a move.
CONROE, Texas (AP) — Now that prosecutors have persuaded a judge that a Texas man accused of setting an 8-year-old boy on fire as a teenager can be tried as an adult for murder, securing a conviction in a case where the victim died 13 years after the attack could prove difficult, legal experts say.
A legislative dispute in Denver pitting taxi drivers against emerging tech companies mirrors similar fights playing out across the nation. State lawmakers and city government officials in various states ...
Hong Kong businessman and Birmingham City owner Carson Yeung was on Friday sentenced to six years in jail for laundering HK$720 million ($93 million).
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called for a meeting of South American leaders over the growing turmoil facing his country, where the death toll from a month of anti-government protests hit 20. He also called for improved relations between Venezuela and the United States. Maduro's call for regional dialogue on his country's unrest came a day after he broke off relations with Panama, following its call for the rival Washington-based Organization of American States (OAS) to convene on the crisis. Maduro's government later ordered Panamanian Ambassador Pedro Pereira and three other diplomats working at the mission to leave the country within 48 hours, Panama's Deputy Foreign Minister Mayra Arosemena told reporters.
Stranded by floods and lost, a German backpacker survived for around two weeks in Australia's inhospitable Outback on a diet of insects, police said Friday. Daniel Dudzisz, 26, went missing in February south-west of Longreach in remote Queensland as he reportedly tried to walk solo more than halfway across Australia. "If you hadn't heard it with your own ears -- and my officers have -- you certainly wouldn't believe it," Inspector Mark Henderson told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. "He joked about never going hungry in the Australian Outback because of the amount of flies you can eat for their protein apparently." The German had been walking through New South Wales and Queensland states for several months and kept in regular contact with police.
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian president has defended the country's moves in Ukraine consistent with international law during a phone call with President Barack Obama.
North Korea's state media published photos Friday of Vice Marshall Choe Ryong-Hae, quashing intense speculation that the man seen as the number two to paramount leader Kim Jong-Un had been purged. The photo showing Choe accompanying Kim on an inspection of an air force unit on Thursday ran on the front page of the ruling Workers' Party official newspaper, the Rodong Sinmun.
It is a small but significant reaction that experts say shows how children with autism can benefit from playing some computer games. The Steuart W. Weller Ashburn Elementary School in Virginia is one of the specialized centers in the United States testing Microsoft's popular Xbox game console, equipped with "Kinect." With Kinect, launched by Microsoft in 2010, kids can play videogames without controllers.
One hundred and fifty million years ago, this gigantic predator dominated part of the land that would eventually become Europe. The largest known terrestrial predator in Europe so far, Torvosaurus gurneyi terrorized the prehistoric denizens of the Iberian Peninsula – which includes Spain, Portugal, Andorra, and parts of France – during the late Jurassic period. Initially believed to be from the Northern American species Torvosaurus tanneri, the dinosaur’s bones, which included the shin bone, upper jawbone, teeth, and partial tail vertebrae, were retrieved from the Lourinhã Formation in west-central Portugal. Researchers Christophe Hendrickx and Octávio Mateus realized that they were looking at an all-new species – the second named under the Torvosaurus genus.
By Anahi Rama and Lizbeth Diaz ECATEPEC, Mexico (Reuters) - So many teenage girls turned up dead in a vacant field on the outskirts of Mexico City that people nicknamed it the "women's dumping ground." They began showing up in 2006, usually left among piles of garbage. Some were victims of domestic violence, others of drug gangs that have seized control of entire neighborhoods in the gritty town of Ecatepec, northeast of the capital. Dulce Cristina Payan, 17, was one of the victims. Her father, Pedro Payan, believes the killers belonged to La Familia, a violent drug gang operating in Ecatepec, and that Dulce Cristina was murdered when she resisted rape.
China's first-ever default on a domestic corporate bond on Friday has sparked legal action by investors owed interest payments from a solar company, their lawyer said. Shanghai-based Chaori Solar Energy Science & Technology Co. said Tuesday it was unable to make full bond interest payments of 89.8 million yuan ($14.7 million). Chaori's board secretary, Liu Telong, confirmed Friday that the company was in default, Dow Jones Newswires reported. The development is being widely described as China's first ever corporate bond default, but analysts say that it could benefit the market in the long term by raising awareness of risk and making investors more selective.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama spoke with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about the situation in Ukraine and both leaders agree that Russia's actions threaten international peace and security.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has become a father again at the age of 56 after his wife gave birth to their third child in India, according to an embassy statement sent to AFP Friday. A baby girl was delivered at a private hospital in the New Delhi satellite town of Gurgaon earlier this week, the statement said. The leader, who has close ties with New Delhi, is set to retire from office after elections set for April 5 having led his war-wracked country since 2001. The child was born on Tuesday at around 9:30 am (0400 GMT), the Afghan embassy in New Delhi said in the statement.
A Malaysian couple have been sentenced to hang for murdering their Indonesian maid by starving her to death, according to reports Friday that said she weighed just 26 kilos (57 pounds) when she died. In the latest case of abuse against the legion of Indonesian migrant workers in Malaysia, the High Court ruled on Thursday that 26-year-old Isti Komariyah died of deliberate starvation in June 2011. Judge Noor Azian Shaari said Fong Kong Meng, 58 and his wife Teoh Ching Yen, 56, consistently withheld food from the young woman during the three years she worked for them. "She was 26 and weighed barely 26kg when she was taken to the University Malaya Medical Centre with bruises and scratch marks on her back, arms and forehead," The Star newspaper reported.
China's commerce minister on Friday warned industries and companies not to over-expand, after the collapse last year of a key unit of the world's biggest solar firm. China's Suntech Power, once the world's biggest maker of solar cells and panels, sought market share by driving down prices to levels some competitors claim were loss-making. However, its main Chinese unit, Wuxi Suntech, filed for bankruptcy last March with debts of hundreds of millions of dollars. "What we should take into account is that some industries should not develop overly fast, particularly expand blindly," Gao Hucheng told reporters.