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Japan set to buy $240B worth of hi-tech weapons

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TOKYO -- Japan announced on Tuesday that it would buy stealth fighters, drones and submarines as part of a splurge on military hardware that would beef up defense of far-flung islands amid a simmering territorial row with China.

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Fighting the darkness after storm

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TACLOBAN CITY -- The bright Christmas lanterns that light Sto. Niño Church seem to be out of place in surroundings that the word devastation isn’t enough to describe.

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Aquino hails John Kerry assurance of US support

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MANILA -- The renewed US commitment to the security of the Philippines made by US Secretary of State John Kerry is music to President Aquino’s ears.

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Japan, ASEAN strike deal

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TOKYO - Leaders from Japan and 10 Southeast Asian countries on Saturday pledged to cooperate in ensuring freedom of navigation during a summit overshadowed by concerns over China’s growing assertiveness in the region.

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Is This Submerged Rock East Asia’s Next Flashpoint?

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There is a submerged rock in the Yellow Sea that seafaring Korean families once believed to be the home of the spirits of dead fishermen. The rock’s name in English is Socotra Rock; in Korea, it’s referred to as Ieodo, and in China the Suyan Rock.

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Filipino beauty is 2013 Miss International

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Binibining Pilipinas Bea Rose Santiago was crowned 2013 Miss International in the beauty pageant held in Tokyo Tuesday night.

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Japan seeks ASEAN backing on China with $20B pledge

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TOKYO - Japan pledged $20 billion in aid and loans to Southeast Asia on Saturday, in its latest charm offensive to woo global public opinion in a territorial dispute with China.

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18 killed after bus falls from Skyway

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MANILA, Dec. 16 -- Eighteen people were confirmed killed and over a dozen others were injured when a Don Mariano passenger bus fell off from the elevated Skyway and landed onto a passing van on the West Service Road in Parañaque City early Monday, police said.

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As power rates rise, ‘solar panels’ a hit on Quiapo sidewalk

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From P4,200, Sonny Oswa said his monthly electricity bill went down to P1,500 after turning to solar power to run six electric fans at night.

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Aquino back from Japan with ‘overflowing good news’

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MANILA -- President Aquino returned home Sunday, bringing with him what he called “overflowing good news” of investment pledges, aid and loans from Japan.

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