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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.
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) - A convoy of hundreds of Russian soldiers in about 50 troop trucks drove into a base near Crimea's capital Simferopol on Saturday, a Reuters reporting team in the Russian-occupied Ukrainian province said. The convoy was accompanied by 8 armoured vehicles, two ambulances, petrol tankers and other hardware. Russia says its only troops in Crimea are those normally stationed there with its Black Sea Fleet, an assertion Washington calls "(President Vladimir) Putin's fiction". Kiev says there are 30,000 Russians in Crimea. ...
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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — One of Nelson Mandela's closest confidants is still challenging the powers that be, with plenty of guidance from his ancestors, the ancient Greeks.
WASHINGTON (AP) — In late December, President Barack Obama's new legislative affairs team sent him more than a dozen recommendations for ways to improve his strained relations with Capitol Hill. The president responded with a few ideas of his own, including a request for more social events with lawmakers at the White House.
Women in industrialized nations lag behind men in most aspects of job quality, according to a new study. Women tend to be more stressed, they don't see as many opportunities for advancement and they report a lack flexibility and job security, the researchers found. "This result runs counter to the expectation that women's occupations compensate for their low wages and limited opportunities for promotion by providing better employment conditions," said study researchers Haya Stier, of Tel Aviv University, and Meir Yaish, of the University of Haifa in Israel. Stier and Yaish drew on 2005 data from the International Social Survey Programme.
Women who give birth to 10 or more children may have a reduced risk of cancer, a new study from Finland suggests. Researchers examined cancer risk in nearly 5,000 Finish women who gave birth at least 10 times before 2010. Over a three-decade period, there were 656 cases of cancer in these women, about 200 fewer cases than would be expected based on cancer rates in the general Finnish population, the study found. In fact, the rate of new cancer cases was 24 percent lower among women who delivered 10 or more babies compared to those in the general population, the researchers said.
In quaint New England towns, where white-spired churches dot a landscape of rolling farmland and leafy forests, local residents and government officials are alarmed over a deadly scourge more often linked to gritty urban ghettos: heroin addiction. In January, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin devoted his entire State of the State message to heroin, calling it "a crisis bubbling just beneath the surface." The number of babies born with opiate addiction at Vermont hospitals has increased tenfold since 2002, according to The Boston Globe. Equally grim statistics have come from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and elsewhere in the region. The death of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman from a heroin overdose in February cast a harsh spotlight on heroin abuse in the United States and elsewhere, though few people actually know what heroin is or how it works.
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces seized a town from rebels near the Lebanese border on Saturday, their latest attempt to cut off opposition fighters' fluid supply lines, state media and activists said.
"Our memories are known to be 'altered' versions of reality, and how time is altered has not been well understood," said study researcher Lila Davachi, an associate professor of Psychology at New York University. The new research shows a link between activity patterns in the hippocampus — a region known to be involved in forming memories — and how near or far away in time people placed their memories, according to the findings detailed Wednesday (Mar. 5) in the journal Neuron.
Syrian regime troops Saturday captured a rebel-held town near a famed Crusader castle in the strategic province of Homs, state media and a monitoring group said, after nearly a month of fighting. The town of Zara, near the Krak des Chevaliers castle in Homs province, fell to government forces a day after it was hit by air strikes, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. A source in the pro-regime National Defence Forces militia was quoted by state news agency SANA as saying the army had "seized full control of Zara after having wiped out the terrorists" -- the regime's term for rebel fighters. The Observatory said the town, which is mostly inhabited by the Sunni Turkmen minority, was taken after "fierce fighting between loyalist troops and fighters from Jund al-Sham and other Islamist groups." The monitoring group, which relies on activists on the ground for its reports, said there were casualties on both sides but did not give any figures.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Spring is closer than you think, and here's a sure sign: Daylight saving time arrives this weekend.
BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland girl who disappeared after her mother was found dead last week has been located following a nationwide search, authorities say.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The European Union's foreign policy chief has arrived in Iran, her first visit to the Islamic Republic as nuclear talks with world powers continue.
As world powers and international institutions cobble together aid packages for a debt-laden Ukraine on the brink of default, regular Ukrainians feeling the pinch fear they will see none of the cash. At an outdoor market north of Kiev's city centre on Friday, stallholders sold everything from colourful stuffed toys to freshly baked pastries and bouquets of flowers for International Women's Day. Nikolay, a 23-year-old from Crimea, said: "I think everyone is trying to save their money because they're getting ready in case the situation changes for the worse" on the tense Black Sea peninsula. Irina and Sergiy Lutay, a retired couple shopping for household appliances at a nearby chain store, said they had taken their savings out of the bank in January, before pro-Moscow president Viktor Yanukovych was ousted.
BEIRUT (AP) — A militant group issued a rare apology Saturday for a twin suicide bombing in Beirut that killed eight people and wounded dozens, including children from a nearby orphanage.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Vietnamese air force planes on Saturday spotted two large oil slicks close to where a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 went missing earlier in the day, the first sign that the aircraft carrying 239 people had crashed.
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Hundreds of Serbs have rallied against plans by the Serbian Orthodox Church and nationalist leaders to move the ashes of scientist Nikola Tesla from his museum in Belgrade to the country's biggest church.