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  • Indicted senator's campaign spending questioned

    A state senator indicted on federal charges used campaign money to pay for flights to the Philippines and events at a San Francisco restaurant, activities that have possible links to gun-running and bribery allegations, a newspaper reported Friday.

  • First Lt. Mike Pelotera of the Philippine Marines and fellow marines who were deployed five months ago on board the dilapidated navy ship LT57 BRP Sierra Madre off the disputed Second Thomas Shoal, locally known as Ayungin Shoal,  on the South China Sea, arrive at a naval base in Palawan for awarding ceremony Monday, March 31, 2014 in southwestern Philippines. On Saturday, China Coast Guard attempted to block the Philippine government vessel AM700 carrying fresh troops to relieved the Nine marines as well as supplies, but the latter successfully managed to dock beside the ship housing the troops. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Old US ship home to Filipinos in China standoff

    On board the crumbling carcass of this World War II-era warship, Filipino marine 1st Lt. Mike Pelotera and his eight men make their way to a mid-level deck to raise the Philippine flag up a leaning pole and then salute it. Across the calm, turquoise waters, two Chinese coast guard ships lurk, looking on.

  • A China Coast Guard vessel attempts to block a Philippine government vessel as the latter tries to enter the China Second Thomas Disputed Shoals (local name Ayungin Shoal) to replace Philippine troops and resupply provisions Saturday, March 29, 2014 off the South China Sea. Chinese coast guard ships set up a blockade but a lone Philippine boat maneuvered past them in the high seas Saturday to deliver a fresh batch of Filipino troops and food supplies to a disputed shoal in a tense, cat-and-mouse-like confrontation witnessed for the first time by journalists in the South China Sea. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Philippine supply ship evades Chinese vessel

    A Philippine government ship slipped past a Chinese coast guard vessel Saturday and brought food and fresh troops to a marooned navy ship used as a base by Filipino troops to bolster the country's territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea.

  • A Chinese IL-76 plane searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 returns to Perth, Australia after a hunting sortie on Monday. (Xinhua news agency via Associated Press)

    Inside China: Does active role of Chinese in search for missing Malaysia jet have a dual purpose?

    Some analysts believe the search has given the Chinese military opportunities to survey waters and airspace, and gather information that would have been restricted for the People's Liberation Army.

  • Filipino Muslims wipe their tears after learning that a peace accord has been signed between Moro Islamic Liberation Front leaders and Philippine President Benigno Aquino III during a rally Thursday March 27, 2014 outside the presidential palace in Manila, Philippines. The Philippine government signed a peace accord with the country's largest Muslim rebel group on Thursday, the culmination of years of negotiations and a significant political achievement for Aquino. (AP Photo)

    Philippines and Muslim rebel group sign peace deal

    The Philippine government signed a peace accord with the country's largest Muslim rebel group on Thursday, the culmination of years of negotiations and a significant political achievement for President Benigno Aquino III.

  • A California highway patrol officer stands outside the office of Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, at the state Capitol, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. FBI spokesman Peter Lee said Yee was arrested Wednesday, he declined to discuss the charges, citing an ongoing investigation. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    California lawmaker faces gun, corruption charges

    A California state senator who authored gun control legislation asked for campaign donations in exchange for introducing an undercover FBI agent to an arms trafficker, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday.

  • Hirono sees first bill as a federal lawmaker pass

    U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii has had her first bill as a federal lawmaker signed into law, a measure speeding up tax breaks for donations made to typhoon relief in the Philippines.

  • Heat, Spoelstra to host players from Philippines

    The State Department says it is teaming with the Miami Heat and coach Erik Spoelstra this week to host 16 players and two coaches from the Philippines, which is still dealing with the aftereffects of the typhoon that struck last fall.

  • Philippines, US hurdle obstacle in military talks

    American negotiators have agreed that Philippine authorities can have access to U.S. facilities set up inside local military bases, hurdling a key obstacle in their talks on a new military accord, Philippine officials said Friday.

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