• US affirms 'ironclad' promise to defend Philippines

    US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told his Philippine counterpart on Wednesday that Washington's pledge to defend the Pacific nation remains "ironclad" and called for an end to land reclamation in the South China Sea, officials said. In talks in Hawaii with Voltaire Gazmin, Philippine secretary of…

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    • Curry wants what LeBron has in Warriors-Cavaliers NBA Finals

      Stephen Curry and LeBron James, this season's brightest stars, are taking basketball's biggest stage. The NBA Finals start June 4 with the Golden State Warriors against the Cleveland Cavaliers, two teams who have little experience playing this time of year. Curry is aiming for what the four-time…

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      • Mayweather looms over Khan-Algieri match-up

        Britain's former world champion Amir Khan is aiming to punch his ticket to a bout with Floyd Mayweather on Friday with a victory over Chris Algieri in a non-title welterweight fight. Khan, the former unified light-welterweight world champion who headlines a card at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn,…

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        • Koko sees plunder raps vs Binay, son

          The Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee probing the Binay family on allegations of corruption has recommended the filing of plunder charges against Vice President Jejomar Binay, his son Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. and several other individuals. The recommendation is contained in a draft…

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          • Kenyan lawyer offers '50 cows' for marrying Obama's daughter

            Nairobi, May 27 (ANI): A Kenyan lawyer has asked for President Barack Obama's elder daughter Malia's hand in marriage, and is ready to offer the US First Family 50 cows, 70 sheep and 30 goats as bride price. Kiprono, who claims to be writing a letter to the US president asking him to bring Malia,…

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            • Britain's tied visa rules fuel abuse of live-in maids, nannies

              By Katie Nguyen LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Susi, a single mother from the Philippines, left for a job in Qatar, she convinced herself it was a sacrifice worth making for her children at home. For more than a year, Susi's sacrifice involved waking before dawn and working past…

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              • Washington gumbo lover leaves $2,000 tip on $93 restaurant bill

                A Washington man shocked the staff of a neighborhood restaurant earlier this week by leaving a $2,000 for a meal of beer and gumbo he shared with a friend, the proprietor said Wednesday. The man, described by Blue 44's owner Chris Nardelli as a gumbo-loving regular who lives nearby, left the tip on…

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                • Philippine, Vietnam troops play sports on disputed island

                  Filipino and Vietnamese troops played football and tug-of-war on a disputed South China Sea island on Wednesday, officials said, closing ranks as their rival China ramps up construction of artificial islands. The games took place on Philippine-held Northeast Cay, just 2.7 kilometres (1.7 miles)…

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                  • Top 10 highest-paid CEOs

                    NEW YORK (AP) -- Here are the 10 highest-paid CEOs for 2014, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive pay data firm: 1. David Zaslav, Discovery Communications, $156.1 million, up 368 percent

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                    • 'Dementor' wasp, giant stick insect among new Mekong finds

                      From a soul-sucking 'dementor' wasp named after a creature from the Harry Potter books to a half-metre long stick insect, scientists identified 139 new species in the Greater Mekong Region in 2014, according to a new report. Many of the newly-described species are already under threat from new…

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                      • Roxas-Poe in 2016 pushed

                        Administration lawmakers “campaigned” yesterday for a tandem of Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II and Sen. Grace Poe for the Liberal Party (LP) in the 2016 elections. Batangas Rep. Nelson Collantes said a Roxas-Poe team is ideal since the interior secretary could make up for…

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                        • Singapore Airlines Airbus loses power in-flight to both engines

                          A Singapore Airlines (SIA) Airbus plane carrying 194 people temporarily lost power to both engines on a recent flight to Shanghai, SIA confirmed Wednesday after a flight tracker said the plane had to descend 13,000 feet (3.96 kilometres) before normal operation was restored. The carrier said it was…

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                          • Japanese swimmer Tomita convicted of Asiad theft

                            A South Korean court on Thursday found disgraced Japanese swimmer Naoya Tomita guilty of stealing a journalist's camera at the Asian Games last year. The court in the western port city of Incheon ordered Tomita to pay a fine of one million won ($890) after being convicted of theft, according to…

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                            • Senate probes lapses in British school student’s suicide

                              The Senate committee on education conducted a hearing yesterday on the possible lapses of the British School Manila (BSM) in the suicide of an 18-year-old high school student in February. The Senate committee hearing was supposed to focus on the proposed Senate Resolution 2147 of Senators Antonio…

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                              • Putin classifies information on deaths of Russian troops on special missions

                                President Vladimir Putin on Thursday declared all deaths of Russian soldiers during special operations to be classified as a state secret, a move that comes as Moscow stands accused of sending soldiers to fight in eastern Ukraine. Putin, who has repeatedly denied any involvement of Russian troops…

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                                • Denzel Washington's daughter Olivia makes NYC stage debut

                                  Like so many other aspiring actresses, Olivia Washington is paying her dues at a small, off-Broadway theater. Washington, one of Denzel Washington's four children, played the shy and damaged Laura in a revival of Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie" in a 199-seat theater this spring. "It's my…

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                                  • DFA chief still richest in Cabinet

                                    Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario is still the richest member of President Aquino’s Cabinet, with his total net worth reaching more than P838 million in 2014. Based on his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN), Del Rosario

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