• China state paper warns of war over South China Sea unless U.S. backs down

    A Chinese state-owned newspaper said on Monday that "war is inevitable" between China and the United States over the South China Sea unless Washington stops demanding Beijing halt the building of artificial islands in the disputed waterway. The Global Times, an influential nationalist tabloid owned…

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    • Amir Khan suspects Mayweather of finding excuses to avoid 'speculated bout'

      London, May 25 (ANI): Two-time British world champion Amir Khan has claimed that Floyd Mayweather is hoping to duck him if he loses against Chris Aligeri on Friday in New York. Amir said that Mayweather's team was hoping for a bad performance from the Briton so that they could turn around and say…

      ANI
      • Filipina maid photographs "modern slavery" in Hong Kong

        By Emma Batha LONDON, May 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Filipina maid in Hong Kong has published stark photographs of burned and beaten domestic workers to highlight the "modern slavery" she says has long been the city's shameful secret. "Hong Kong is a very modern, successful city but people…

        Reuters
        • Brides for sale: European women lured for sham marriages

          Klara Balogova was 18, penniless and heavily pregnant when she rode thousands of miles from Slovakia to England to marry a man she had never met. The marriage was arranged so the 23-year-old Pakistani groom could gain the right to live and work in Europe. Balogova was promised a clean place to stay…

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          • ‘Binay needs to answer allegations of corruption’

            Vice President Jejomar Binay should answer corruption allegations being hurled against him despite his strong showing in presidential surveys, President Aquino said yesterday. Aquino acknowledged that Binay – a long-time family friend – has been leading in pre-election popularity surveys. “The…

            Philippine Star
            • LRT: Crash due to human error

              The collision of two Light Rail Transit Line 1 trains on Saturday morning, which hurt one operator and inconvenienced thousands of commuters, was due to human error, an LRT official reported yesterday. While the investigating panel has yet to issue a formal report, LRT spokesman Hernando Cabrera…

              Philippine Star
              • NBI fixers go high tech

                Just when you thought going online to secure a National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) clearance could address the problem with fixers, you may have to think twice. Fixers are back and, this time, armed with gadgets and a Wi-Fi connection. Fixers brazenly display their gadgets, barking “online,…

                Philippine Star
                • Fashion's greatest hits, misses on the Cannes red carpet

                  Cannes' red carpet can be as kind as it is cruel when it comes to fashion. For 12 days, major Hollywood actresses such as Marion Cotillard, Emily Blunt, Naomi Watts and Sienna Miller graced the film festival's red carpet in clothes designed by the world's greatest. Here are the 68th Cannes Film…

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                  • Australia allows autistic Filipino boy to stay

                    An autistic Filipino boy whose fight against deportation from Australia prompted tens of thousands to petition the government on his behalf will be allowed to stay, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said yesterday.  Tyrone Sevilla arrived in Australia as a two-year-old with his nurse mother Maria…

                    Philippine Star
                    • U.S. fighter jets escort Air France flight to New York after threat

                      An Air France flight from Paris was escorted by two U.S. F-15 fighter jets to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Monday after an anonymous threat was made against the flight, the U.S. military said. Air France flight 22, travelling from Charles de Gaulle Airport, landed safely in…

                      Reuters
                      • Forgotten for decades, fallen NY soldier finally honored

                        Carroll Heath didn't have it easy growing up in the Great Depression. Soon after graduating high school, he enlisted in the Army and wound up in the Philippines, where he's believed to have died sometime in 1942. For 70 years, he was the forgotten soldier, his name not listed among the town's war…

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                        • AMLC: P146-M PDAF funds transferred to Napoles accounts

                          More than P146 million was transferred to the bank accounts of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles from the bank accounts of two non-government organizations allegedly used to divert the pork barrel fund of Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) bared…

                          Philippine Star
                          • Islamic State faces battle in Iraq, U.S. reassures Abadi

                            BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Islamic State poured more fighters into Ramadi as security forces and Shi'ite paramilitaries prepared to try to retake the Iraqi city, while Washington scrambled on Monday to reassure Baghdad after a U.S. official's sharp criticism of Iraqi forces. U.S. Vice President…

                            Reuters
                            • Paris Hilton: I'm down with 50 Shades

                              Paris Hilton thinks Fifty Shades of Grey is "so gorgeous". Also I like Fifty Shades of Grey, so it's a mixture of both... It's so good, it's so gorgeous," she gushed about the story to the British edition of OK! Magazine. Paris, 34, has never struggled to get a date, counting Benji Madden and Jared…

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                              • 'Beautiful Mind' mathematician John Nash killed in US car crash

                                Nobel Prize-winning US mathematician John Nash, who inspired the film "A Beautiful Mind," was killed with his wife in a New Jersey car crash. Nash, 86, and his 82-year-old wife Alicia were riding in a taxi on Saturday when the accident took place, State Police Sergeant Gregory Williams told AFP.…

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                                • Navy says submarine being built to be named USS New Jersey

                                  A submarine will be the third U.S. Navy vessel named the USS New Jersey. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced Sunday that a submarine being built now will get that name when it's completed and commissioned in about five years. U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez had been pushing for a ship to be named after…

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                                  • Fears for pink iguanas as Galapagos volcano erupts

                                    A volcano in the Galapagos Islands erupted for the first time in more than 30 years Monday, spilling streams of bright orange lava and raising fears for the world's only colony of pink iguanas. The Galapagos National Park warned on Twitter that Isabela Island, where Wolf Volcano erupted at dawn,…

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