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Hong Kong chooses new Beijing-backed leader amid political tension Sun, Mar 26, 2017, 6:17 PM | James Pomfret and Venus Wu, Reuters

Myanmar rebuffs UN probe of crimes against Rohingya Sat, Mar 25, 2017, 4:23 PM | Agence France-Presse

South China Sea installations 'primarily' civilian - China premier Fri, Mar 24, 2017, 11:48 AM | Agence France-Presse

WATCH | Duterte promotes drug war in Myanmar, whose drug policies are also criticized by intl groups Tue, Mar 21, 2017, 5:52 PM | InterAksyon.com | Maricel Halili, News5

Indonesia's damaged coral needs hundred years to recover 1:49 am | Xinhua Indonesia's Maritime Affairs Coordinating Ministry said Friday the coral reefs massively damaged by a foreign cruise ship in Raja Ampat Islands, West Papua province, will take 50 to 150 years to recover.

East German boom town breaks populist, backward stereotypes 1:20 am | Marie Julien, Agence France-Presse With higher unemployment rates than western Germany and support for the anti-immigration AfD party reaching…

Russian police detain opposition leader, hundreds of protesters Russian police detain opposition leader, hundreds of protesters 12:54 am | Reuters Police detained hundreds of protesters across Russia on Sunday, including opposition leader Alexei Navalny, after…

Islamic State warns Syrian dam at risk of collapse Islamic State warns Syrian dam at risk of collapse 8:13 pm | Reuters Islamic State has warned that the Tabqa dam, which a US-backed Kurdish and Arab militia…

Hong Kong chooses new Beijing-backed leader amid political tension Hong Kong chooses new Beijing-backed leader amid political tension 6:17 pm | James Pomfret and Venus Wu, Reuters A Beijing-backed civil servant, Carrie Lam, was chosen to be Hong Kong's next leader on…

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Why can\ Why can't you accept PH bananas? Dominguez calls out Australia for closing doors for 20 years Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has called on Australia to open its market to Philippine bananas, which have remained barred in that country for over…

Maynilad, NWRB honor 14 water champions on World Water Day Maynilad, NWRB honor 14 water champions on World Water Day Maynilad Water Services, Inc. and the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) honored 14 water champions who have made a difference in the area of water…

FOCUS | Are robots set to take your jobs? Tech world debate heats up FOCUS | Are robots set to take your jobs? Tech world debate heats up Are robots coming for your job? Although technology has long affected the labor force, recent advances in artificial intelligence and robotics are heightening concerns about…

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Pro-Houthi court sentences Yemen president to death for treason 2:25 pm | Reuters Pro-Houthi court sentences Yemen president to death for treasonA Yemeni court in territory controlled by the armed Houthi movement sentenced the group's enemy in a two-year-old civil war President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and six other top officials in his government to death for 'high treason' on Saturday.

FOCUS | Are robots set to take your jobs? Tech world debate heats up 12:43 pm | Rob Lever, Agence France-Presse FOCUS | Are robots set to take your jobs? Tech world debate heats upAre robots coming for your job? Although technology has long affected the labor force, recent advances in artificial intelligence and robotics are heightening concerns about automation replacing a growing number of occupations, including highly skilled or 'knowledge-based' jobs.

HONG KONG TRANSITION | New leader picked for divided HK as China looks on 10:06 am | Agence France-Presse HONG KONG TRANSITION | New leader picked for divided HK as China looks onA mainly pro-China committee began voting for a new leader of Hong Kong Sunday to take the helm of the deeply divided city, which is fearful Beijing is curtailing its freedoms.

Cities and monuments switch off for Earth Hour 7:01 am | Agence France-Presse Cities and monuments switch off for Earth HourIconic global monuments including the Eiffel Tower, the Kremlin, the Acropolis in Athens and Sydney's Opera House plunged into darkness Saturday to mark Earth Hour and draw attention to climate change.

Myanmar rebuffs UN probe of crimes against Rohingya 4:23 pm | Agence France-Presse Myanmar rebuffs UN probe of crimes against RohingyaMyanmar rejects the UN rights council's decision to investigate allegations that security officers have murdered, raped and tortured Rohingya Muslims, saying the probe would only "inflame" the conflict.

Singapore teen dissident Amos Yee granted US asylum 10:21 am | Agence France-Presse Singapore teen dissident Amos Yee granted US asylumA Singaporean teenager who was jailed twice after insulting the island's late leader Lee Kuan Yew and religious groups has been granted political asylum in the United States, his US lawyer said Saturday.

New York state launches immigrant defense initiative 8:57 am | Agence France-Presse New York state launches immigrant defense initiativeNew York state on Friday launched an immigrant legal defense initiative with more than $1 million in public and private funding in response to 'overwhelming' demand for help from non-profit organizations.

Israel blamed for killing of Hamas official in Gaza 7:04 am | Agence France-Presse Israel blamed for killing of Hamas official in GazaGunmen in the Gaza Strip on Friday shot dead a Hamas official who was freed by Israel in a 2011 prisoner swap, the interior ministry in the Palestinian enclave said.

Egypt's Mubarak free after final charges dropped 6:42 am | Lin Noueihed, Reuters Egypt\Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president overthrown in 2011 and the first leader to face trial after the Arab Spring uprisings that swept the region, was freed on Friday after six years in detention, his lawyer said.

UK police release photo of parliament attacker amid new arrests 6:32 am | James Pheby, Agence France-Presse UK police release photo of parliament attacker amid new arrestsBritish police said Friday they had made further 'significant' arrests over the Islamist-inspired terror attack on parliament, as they released the first picture of the homegrown killer who left four people dead.

Bitter defeat for Trump as bid to repeal Obamacare collapses 6:22 am | Michael Mathes, Agence France-Presse Bitter defeat for Trump as bid to repeal Obamacare collapsesDonald Trump suffered a bitter defeat Friday in his first major legislative challenge, as the president's effort to repeal Obamacare was shot down by rebel Republican lawmakers.

ICC RULING | International Criminal Court awards 'symbolic' $250 each to Congo war crimes victims 9:52 pm | Agence France-Presse ICC RULING | International Criminal Court awards \The International Criminal Court Friday ordered 297 victims of ex-Congolese warlord Germain Katanga to each receive "a symbolic" $250 in damages for a brutal 2003 attack on their village, in the tribunal's first such award.