• US planes keep distance from Chinese 'islands' -- for now

    US surveillance aircraft and naval ships have yet to test China's territorial claims around artificial islands built in the South China Sea, but the Pentagon warned that could be "the next step". Although the United States does not recognise China's claims of sovereignty around the man-made…

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    • Japanese deported after 16 years in BI custody

      After 16 years of being incarcerated, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) finally sent home its longest staying detainee – a 47-year-old Japanese man. BI spokesperson Elaine Tan said Junichi Inoue, who has been detained since 1999, was finally deported last Wednesday. “We are glad to have finally…

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      • Binay respects Poe’s refusal to run as his VP

        Vice President Jejomar Binay said he respects Sen. Grace Poe’s pronouncement that she is not interested to be his running mate. In an interview with ABS-CBN Davao on Thursday, Binay said the possibility of Poe becoming his running mate came out when he was asked on various occasions about a…

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        • Russians seized in Ukraine: We were following Moscow's orders

          By Christian Lowe and Gabriela Baczynska MOSCOW (Reuters) - Two Russian men captured by Ukrainian forces fighting pro-Russian rebels have told a newspaper they were in Ukraine on a mission for the Russian military, contradicting Moscow's official line. Speaking from a hospital bed in Kiev, one of…

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          • 2015 NBA mock draft: Post-lottery edition

            FIRST ROUND 1. Minnesota Timberwolves – Karl-Anthony Towns (PF/C, Kentucky, Fr., 19, 7-0, 248): While Jahlil Okafor will certainly be attractive to Flip Saunders' style of play, the Timberwolves ranked as the worst defensive team in the NBA last year

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            • Businessman, partner missing

              A businessman and his business partner were believed to have been kidnapped after they went missing in January, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said yesterday. Engineer Evan Labonete, 52, and his partner Nicomedes Eguna, 55, were handling government projects including the rehabilitation…

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              • Amir Khan aims to remain undefeated in ONE Championship

                Amir Khan had one of the best 2014s of any featherweight in ONE Championship. He went 2-0, with two first round KO, both in less than two and a half minutes. His 2015 began in a similar fashion with another solid TKO victory of Bashir Ahmad and he will

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                • Bruce Willis: Baby talk is nonsense

                  Bruce Willis advises all new parents to forego the baby talk. The 60-year-old is somewhat of an expert in all things fatherhood, having raised grown-up daughters Rumer, Scout and Tallulah with first wife Demi Moore and then welcoming Mabel, three, and 13-month-old Evelyn with his current wife Emma…

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                  • Is it a UFO? Sun halo sparks fear and jokes in Mexico

                    Was it a UFO? A rainbow-like halo surrounded the sun over Mexico City on Thursday, an optical phenomenon that triggered a social media frenzy of pictures and jokes about the end of the world. "I have received some 30 phone calls from people who are scared and think that it's a bad omen, others…

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                    • France hits reverse on sinking tyres for artificial reefs

                      Tourists and film stars hitting the beach at the French Riviera resort of Cannes may be blissfully unaware but lurking beneath the sparkling waves are tens of thousands of now troublesome scrap tyres, sunk deliberately to boost marine development. Back in the 1960s, it seemed like the ultimate…

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                      • Pacman still richest House member

                        For the fifth straight year, world boxing icon and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao remained the richest member of the House of Representatives, with a net worth of P1.688 billion as of December 2014. Pacquiao also remains the lone billionaire in the chamber since he was elected in 2010 based on the…

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                        • 'Nut rage' Korean Air heiress freed

                          The former Korean Air executive jailed for disrupting a flight in a rage over macadamia nuts walked free Friday when a South Korean appeals court overturned her conviction for violating aviation safety laws. The High Court in Seoul ruled that Cho Hyun-Ah, who had been in jail since her arrest in…

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                          • Consultant, facing joblessness, claims P5.9-M lotto pot

                            A 39-year-old information technology consultant, whose job contract will expire this month, has claimed his share of the 6/45 Mega Lotto’s P17.8-million jackpot in its May 13 draw, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) announced yesterday. “I could not sleep for the past several days,…

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                            • Bid to reunite Bin Laden and son before deadly raid - documents

                              By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Just one month before Osama bin Laden was killed at his Pakistani hideout by U.S. commandos in 2011, his aides tried to reunite him with a beloved son, Hamza, who had been held under house arrest in Iran, documents released on Wednesday show. In a message…

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                              • 42ºC heat index kills 2 in Isabela

                                A 62-year-old grandmother and a 53-year-old farmer died from heat stroke as the heat index was reported to have reached 42 degrees Celsius in Isabela province since Wednesday. Heat index or apparent temperature is what the temperature feels like to a human body when both air temperature and…

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                                • Cormier, Johnson fight for Jon Jones' former belt at UFC 187

                                  Jon Jones wore that belt for the previous four years until his incredible mixed martial arts career was interrupted by his latest embarrassment outside the octagon. Cormier (15-1) took his place against Johnson (19-4) in a fight to fill the vacancy. Although their bout is a compelling stylistic…

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                                  • Woman on drugs kills 2 kids

                                    Melisa Sumanting was reportedly drunk and high on drugs when she killed Rosalina, 2, and two-month-old Romily at their home in Barangay Silangan. Sumanting was bleeding when her sister, Monalisa Bohol, found her at the house at past 3 p.m. The children were found lifeless in bed. Bohol and her…

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