• 2,000 trapped as fighting rages in Philippine city: govt

    Two thousand fearful civilians were trapped on Sunday inside a southern Philippine city where troops are battling Islamist militants, authorities said, as the death toll from almost a week of fighting neared 100. The military intensified a bombing campaign on parts of Marawi on Mindanao island, one of the biggest Muslim cities in the mainly Catholic nation, as it accused the gunmen of atrocities including murdering women and a child. The initial fighting prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law on Tuesday across the southern third of the Philippines to quell what he said was a fast-growing threat from terrorists linked to the Islamic State (IS) group.

  • China 'strongly dissatisfied' with G7 statement on East, South China Seas

    China is "strongly dissatisfied" with the mention of the East and South China Sea issues in a Group of Seven (G7) statement, and the G7 allies should stop making irresponsible remarks, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said. China is committed to properly resolving disputes with all nations involved through negotiations while maintaining peace and stability in the East China Sea and South China Sea, spokesman Lu Kang said in a statement on Sunday. China hopes the G7 and other nations would refrain from taking positions, fully respect the efforts of countries in the region in handling the disputes, and stop making irresponsible remarks, Lu said.

  • 'Freak': meet Cuba's last self-infected HIV punk rebel

    Like many young punks, Gerson Govea saw himself as a misfit. Beyond the rum, free love and forbidden rock 'n' roll music, they took their rebellion a stage further: infecting themselves in order to get into the relative safety and comfort of a state AIDS clinic.

  • Arsenal deny Chelsea double as Ramsey seals FA Cup

    By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Arsenal denied Chelsea the double as they beat the Premier League champions 2-1 to win the FA Cup for the third time in four seasons at Wembley on Saturday. Aaron Ramsey's 79th-minute header sealed victory for Arsenal, three minutes after Diego Costa's equaliser had revived Chelsea's hopes of capping a superb season in style.

  • Australia's most notorious drug smuggler returns from Bali

    SYDNEY (AP) - Australian drug smuggler Schapelle Corby, whose trial and imprisonment on Indonesia's tourist island of Bali mesmerized her country for more than a decade, returned home Sunday.

  • Young Chinese in the red as easy credit drives up debt

    When Wu Qi and her husband traded in their Mazda 3 for a more expensive Mercedes Benz sedan, they applied for a 200,000 yuan ($29,000) bank loan to help pay for it. Quick and easy access to credit has encouraged many young Chinese to go into the red to buy cars and apartments they could not otherwise afford. "It is very easy -- the car company encourages you to borrow the money and enjoy the car," said Wu, 39, adding the couple is also paying off a one million yuan mortgage for a three-bedroom flat in Beijing.

  • Motor racing-Formula One Monaco Grand Prix starting grid

    May 28 (Gracenote) - Starting grid from the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on Sunday 1. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 2. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 3. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Mercedes 4. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Red Bull - TAG Heuer 5. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull - TAG Heuer 6. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso - Renault 7. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India - Mercedes 8. Romain Grosjean (France) Haas - Ferrari 9. Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso - Renault 10. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Renault 11. Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) Haas - Ferrari 12. ...