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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.
Already beset by a raft of corruption allegations, Turkey's prime minister now faces charges of insulting the minority Alevi community in the latest revelations to emerge from a widening phone-tapping scandal. Among the taped conversations leaked to the press over the past week, one involves Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan asking his then-justice minister Sadullah Ergin to pressure a court into convicting media mogul Aydin Dogan, a long-time foe. When explaining why the court has not reached the desired ruling, an exasperated Ergin is heard saying: "The judge is an Alevi" -- which has been interpreted by the community as an insult. Erdogan confirmed the authenticity of the tape on Wednesday, claiming it was "natural" to discuss an ongoing court case with his justice minister, but he made no mention of the apparent slight against the Alevis.
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 ...
Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. said Friday that activist investor Casablanca Capital has turned down its offer of board seats, which was made in an attempt to settle a proxy fight. Casablanca Capital LP, ...
DUBLIN (AP) — Conservative politicians from across Europe have elected former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker as their candidate for the presidency of the European Commission, the most powerful post in the European Union.
NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Coupons.com are close to doubling in their first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange.
TROY, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York church pastor who supports gun ownership rights says he plans to raffle a rifle during an upcoming Sunday service.
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — In opening statements, prosecutors say a U.S. Army general accused of sexual assault was a domineering man who coerced a captain under his command into a three-year affair. But his defense attorneys say that in journal entries, the woman never referenced fear and that she sent thousands of text messages, often sexually explicit, and contacted him even after the general tried to end the affair.
Critics are raging after an energy giant offered pizza coupons to a community near a natural gas well that exploded last month, killing a worker. News stories, TV shows and blogs — many sarcastic or outright ...
Nicolas Sarkozy is suspected of attempting to pervert the course of justice on the basis of phone taps ordered by judges investigating his links with Moamer Kadhafi, it emerged on Friday. Judges started tapping Sarkozy's phones last year after opening a formal investigation into allegations that the late former Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi helped finance his 2007 election campaign, according to respected daily Le Monde. Judicial sources confirmed to AFP that a recorded call between Sarkozy and his lawyer Thierry Herzog was the basis for a new investigation opened last week into a suspected attempt to obtain, via a friendly judge, inside information about ongoing -- and top secret -- proceedings before one of France's highest courts. The proceedings arise from another election financing scandal in which Sarkozy was embroiled and could have a profound influence on the outcome of yet another corruption case, centred on a 400-million-euro state payout to disgraced tycoon Bernard Tapie.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers stepped up hiring in February despite a blast of harsh winter weather, renewing hopes that the economy could accelerate this year.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek civil servants will walk off the job for three days this month to protest planned layoffs under the debt-mired country's bailout commitments.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto said Thursday that he is not the creator of bitcoin, adding further mystery to the story of how the world's most popular digital currency came to be.
An Indian naval officer was killed and "some" dock workers were injured Friday in a gas leak aboard a yet-to-be commissioned naval ship, the defence ministry said. The accident was the 11th involving a naval vessel in the past 11 months, the opposition Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party said. "Commander Kuntal Wadhwa has died," Commander Rahul Sinha, chief defence ministry spokesman, told AFP. The accident occurred aboard the ship called Yard 701 by its builders, the Mazagaon Dock Ltd, in Mumbai, headquarters of India's Western Naval Command.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — An Iranian-backed militant group in the Gaza Strip says it is not involved in a seized missile shipment that Israel says came from Iran and was destined for Gaza.
Stranded by floods and lost, a German backpacker survived for about 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." Dudzisz told police he was determined to continue his journey to Australia's Northern Territory and was last seen heading beyond the remote town of Mt Isa to cross the state border.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court said Friday the state's current public school funding levels are unconstitutional.
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A Greek doctor was convicted of breaking anti-racism laws for putting up a "Jews not welcome" sign outside his office and given a 16-month suspended sentence Friday.