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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.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Rand Paul's biggest political decision is approaching: whether to run for president in 2016 or focus solely on re-election to his U.S. Senate seat. A Republican lawmaker from his home state wants to free him from the potential dilemma by letting him run for both.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court has convicted a rebel leader of charges including murder and pillage during a deadly attack on a village in eastern Congo, but acquitted him of rape, sexual slavery and using child soldiers.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's state news agency says an appeals court has found opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim guilty on sodomy charges, overturning his earlier acquittal.
Asian markets mostly rose on Friday and the dollar held on to its New York gains after better-than-expected jobs data raised hopes for a strong payrolls report later in the day. While the crisis in Ukraine is still to be resolved, investors are focused on economic fundamentals, with confidence boosted by upbeat comments on the eurozone from the European Central Bank (ECB), while Wall Street saw another record close.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court convicts rebel in deadly 2003 attack on eastern Congo village.
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's 2012 acquittal for sodomy was overturned Friday, in a new threat to the career of a charismatic politician who helped turn around the country's once-hapless opposition.
Russia's lower and upper houses of parliament on Friday pledged to vote into law the result of a "historic" March 16 referendum in the Ukrainian region of Crimea on becoming part of Russia. The speakers of both the State Duma and Federation Council strongly implied that ratification would receive fast-track rubber-stamp approval if Crimeans -- as is widely expected -- vote to become part of Russia. The comments came as a delegation of Crimean lawmakers, led by parliament speaker Vladimir Konstantinov, visited Moscow one day after the local parliament agreed to ask President Vladimir Putin for the region to become part of Russia and resolved to put the issue to a public vote. "We will respect the historic choice of the people of Crimea," said State Duma speaker Sergei Naryshkin at a meeting with the Crimean delegation and top Russian lawmakers.
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan provincial official says a motorcycle bomb was remotely detonated in a crowded market in the country's south, killing five people and wounding eight.
State news agency says Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim found guilty of sodomy.
World stock markets were muted Friday as investors turned cautious ahead of the release of a key U.S. employment report and Chinese economic indicators. Japan's Nikkei 225 stock average gained 0.9 percent ...
Crimea's parliament has the right to hold a referendum on the region's future status and if its people vote to join Russia, Russia's upper house of parliament will support their decision, the assembly's speaker said on Friday. Dismissing suggestions that Russia was planning to invade Ukraine, Valentina Matviyenko supported the decision by parliament in Ukraine's southern region on Thursday to hold a referendum on joining Russia on March 16. "Yesterday we learned about the historic decision taken by the Crimean parliament to hold a referendum on accession, on entry into the Russian Federation," said Valentina Matviyenko, head of the Russian Federation Council.
China has expressed its "deep concern" to North Korea after South Korea said a Chinese airplane had crossed the path of a rocket launched by the isolated state, China's foreign ministry said on Friday. On Thursday, South Korea's defence ministry said a Chinese civilian plane had "passed as the ballistic missile (from North Korea) was in the course of descending". "On this issue, we have already contacted the North Korean side to convey our deep concern," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told a daily news briefing. China is North Korea's most important diplomatic and economic supporter, though Beijing's patience with Pyongyang has been severely tested following three nuclear tests and numerous bouts of saber rattling, including missile launches.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — German President Joachim Gauck is to visit a village in northwestern Greece where German troops massacred dozens of villagers during World War II, as part of a three-day trip to the country combining talks with politicians with efforts to bring closure to the wounds from the German wartime occupation of Greece.
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Opening statements were set to begin Friday in the court-martial of an Army general accused of sexually assaulting a captain under his command with whom he had a three-year affair.
Just as Mercedes Benz can look to Brabus for taking an already potent car away and making it ferocious -- BMW works with Alpina, and their latest co-creation, the BMW Alpina B6 Gran Coupe, will be going on sale in April in the US for $118,225. However, in Alpina form the powerplant is upgraded to a bi-turbo V8 and that means a 0-100km/h (62mph) time of only 3.7 seconds, a top speed of 198mph (320km/h) and 540hp to play with. The car also gets an eight-speed sports automatic gearbox and BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive system to keep everything under control, no matter how hard the car is pushed.