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Philippines hails start of U.S. war games

The Philippines hailed the start of major war games with the United States on Monday as a timely boost to their military alliance, amid a tense territorial dispute with China. More than 6,000 Filipino and US soldiers will take part in the 12 days of exercises across the Philippines, which come as the host nation is embroiled…

Shy Hong Kongers urged to have more sex

Sex experts are urging Hong Kongers to strip off their reputation as some of the least active lovers in Asia to get more out of their sex lives and overcome challenges of privacy in a cramped city. “People say Hong Kongers have the least amount of sexual knowledge in the world. One…

Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei says internet censorship will fail

LONDON — Dissident artist Ai Weiwei warned the Chinese government that its attempts to censor the internet would inevitably fail, in an article published in Monday’s Guardian newspaper. Ai, who was held for 81 days last year as police rounded up dissidents amid online calls for Arab-style protests in China,…

Spanish king’s elephant hunting accident provokes outrage

While ordinary Spaniards cope with harsh austerity, recession and soaring unemployment, the country’s royal family has been enjoying expensive hunting trips, one of which resulted in King Juan Carlos ending up in hospital. The 74-year-old monarch’s fall in a park in Botswana provided an excuse for Spanish newspapers, who normally…

Italians celebrate International Pillow Fight Day

ROME — Some 100 people did battle with feather-filled pillows Sunday in front of central Rome’s Santa Maria in Trastevere church, to celebrate International Pillow Fight Day. The pillow warriors, most between 18 and 30 years old, lined up face-to-face, then unleashed their fiercest pillow-fight moves when the church’s bells…

Julian Assange to debut TV interview show Tuesday

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been under house arrest in Britain for 500 days, and his website is no longer a center for groundbreaking political revelations. Instead, he has now set his sights on a more traditional medium — television. Assange’s interview program, The World Tomorrow, will consist of a…

Israeli army officer probed for striking activist in the face with gun

JERUSALEM — The Israeli army has opened a probe into an incident in the West Bank during which an officer struck a demonstrator in the face with his gun, a military spokeswoman said on Sunday. “This is a very serious incident. A detailed investigation has been opened into the circumstances…

Summit of the Americas ends with U.S. still blocking Cuba

By Gerard Aziakou CARTAGENA, Colombia — Leaders from across the Americas ended a two-day summit here Sunday with no final statement, failing to agree on Cuba’s inclusion at future summits in the face of US and Canadian opposition. The vast majority of the region’s democratically elected leaders attending the talks…

Bahrain opposition starts F1 protests

DUBAI — Hundreds of Bahrainis demonstrated on Sunday after a Shiite opposition call for a week of pro-democracy protests to coincide with the F1 Grand Prix to be hosted by the Gulf state. Waving red and white Bahraini flags and holding pictures of jailed Shiite activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who is…

Afghan response to attacks ‘sign of progress’: U.S. envoy

WASHINGTON — US Ambassador Ryan Crocker to Kabul said the ability of Afghan security forces to respond to a wave of coordinated attacks Sunday across Afghanistan were a “clear sign of progress.” “We’ve seen a very professional performance by Afghan security forces,” Crocker told CNN on Sunday after militants launched…

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