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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.
Underlying talk about taking harsh punitive measures against Russia for its military incursion into Ukraine are economic complications and worries that sanctions levied against Moscow could backfire on ...
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has imposed travel bans on those threatening the territorial integrity of Ukraine.
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are drifting mostly lower in afternoon trading Friday as tensions build in Ukraine, where the region of Crimea is preparing for a referendum on whether to split away and become part of Russia. Those concerns offset an encouraging pickup in hiring by U.S. employers last month.
HOUSTON — The historic NASA jumbo jet that ferried retired space shuttles piggyback to their museum homes is now being prepared for its own lift to where it will be put on public display. Parked on a remote tarmac at Ellington Field here in Houston, NASA's original Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) can still be recognized as the specially-modified Boeing 747 it is, but seen from a distance its silhouette looks wrong. The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), which is also known by its tail number "N905NA" or NASA 905 for short, is being readied for its final move. Forever grounded, the jumbo jet will be paired with a high-fidelity, full-scale mockup of the space shuttle (earlier named in a Texas-wide contest the "Independence") as the centerpiece of a $12 million, six-story attraction at the visitor center for NASA's Johnson Space Center.
A former member of the Aum Supreme Truth was sentenced to nine years in prison for abduction on Friday, 19 years after the doomsday cult launched a nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway, court officials said. The Tokyo District Court handed the jail term to Makoto Hirata, 48, who turned himself in at a police station two years ago after spending much of the last two decades on the run. He was one of the final fugitives who went into hiding after the rush-hour release of sarin in March 1995 killed 13 people, sickened thousands and sowed panic among Tokyo's millions of subway commuters. The victim was taken to Aum's main commune at the foot of Mount Fuji and died the next day from what has been described as tracheal obstruction after being given an injection.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Dalai Lama calls China a "great nation" but warns that its governmental system is "harmful."
It's seven in the morning and the alarm clock buzzes: a new day dawns for Oleksandr -- a Ukrainian soldier in Crimea living under siege from a foreign army. "I usually work eight to five," says the blue-eyed young soldier as he stares out from behind the gates of the base. "I refuel planes but since the Russians arrived we all sleep here in the barracks," says Oleksandr, whose family lives off base. For the moment, they're allowing food supplies through." One morning, well-armed professional soldiers turned up near the Mig fighter jet hangars where Oleksandr works.
MIAMI (AP) — Carlos Salamanca fled Venezuela's growing political turmoil in January with his wife, two teenage children and $7,000.
Authorities say they didn't find anything suspicious on an American Airlines plane that was searched after landing at Kansas City International Airport. FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton said Friday that ...
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday assured President Barack Obama that Tokyo would back US efforts to address the Ukraine crisis after Washington lined up sanctions on Russia, an official said. The pair held telephone talks in which Obama "explained the stance of the US government in the Ukraine situation", Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, the government's top spokesman, told reporters in Tokyo. "Prime Minister Abe told (Obama) that Japan will support President Obama's efforts and hopes for quick progress in the Ukraine situation," Suga added.
PARIS (AP) — Two potential Ukrainian presidential contenders are urging the U.S. and European Union to stick to a single, tough stance against Russia.
A former law partner of convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein has been charged with conspiring to violate federal campaign contribution laws. Court records show charges were filed Friday against Russell ...
A group of Japanese historians on Friday stood behind their government's 1993 apology over wartime sex slavery, slamming Tokyo's possible move to revise it as "unforgivable". On Saturday, South Korean President Park Geun-Hye warned Japan that it would face "isolation" if it pushed ahead with a move to revisit the apology. But conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government has said evidence given by "comfort women" -- a euphemism for those forced to work in military brothels -- that forms the basis of the apology is to be re-examined. Respected historians say up to 200,000 women, mostly from Korea but also from China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Taiwan, were forced to serve as sex slaves in Japanese army brothels.
By Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts on Friday banned people from secretly taking pictures or video under another person's clothing, two days after the state's top court pointed out that so-called 'upskirting' was allowed under existing laws. The state legislature had hastily drafted the bill making the practice a crime punishable by up to two-and-a-half years in jail, and Governor Deval Patrick signed it into law on Friday morning, his office said in a press release. "We are sending a message that to take a photo or video of a woman under her clothing is morally reprehensible and, in Massachusetts, we will put you in jail for doing it," Senate President Therese Murray said in a release. Massachusetts' Supreme Judicial Court had ruled on Wednesday that the state's Peeping Tom law prohibited secretly filming a person who is nude, or partially nude, but that it did not apply to people who are fully clothed.
A website that offers Illinois consumers more information about insurance costs could help address widespread confusion about choosing a plan on the government sites that are a cornerstone of President ...
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Mahamat Nour and his two friends knew they had to flee the capital of Central African Republic, where mobs decapitate Muslims in the streets and mutilate their corpses.
An international tech consulting firm confirms the federal government is investigating its use of U.S. work visas.