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Marcos threatens legal action after Philippine election loss MANILA: Ferdinand Marcos's son threatened legal action Saturday to reverse his narrow defeat in recent Philippine elections, which analysts said had been the family of the late dictator's best chance to regain the presidency.An official canvass showed Friday that Ferdinand Marcos Jnr lost the vice presidential contest to neophyte rival Leni Robredo by just over 263,000 votes.The younger Marcos, a sitting senator, had aimed for the family's biggest political victory since its humiliating downfall in 1986 after a "People Power" uprising ended 20 years of the family's rule.But he insisted Saturday election he was potentially deprived of nearly four million votes through cheating and malfunctioning vote-counting machines, and was not ruling out an election protest."The search for Senator Marcos's missing votes did not end with the canvassing," his lawyer George Garcia said in a statement Saturday.His legal team is gathering evidence in support of the planned appeal, the lawyer added.The ...

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North Korea threatens retaliation after South Korean warning shots SEOUL: North Korea threatened retaliation on Friday after South Korea fired what it said were warning shots when a patrol boat and fishing boat from the North crossed the disputed sea border off the west coast of the Korean peninsula. The two vessels from the North retreated about eight minutes after the South Korean navy fired five 40 mm artillery shots at around 7:30 a.m. local time, South Korean officials told Reuters. The North Korean ...

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G7 says 'concerned' by situation in East, South China seas ISE-SHIMA: Rising maritime tensions in Asia are a cause for concern and disputes should be resolved legally and peacefully, the leaders of the Group of Seven advanced democracies said Friday.Though no individual countries were mentioned, the contents of their declaration at the close of an annual summit appeared to be directed at China.Beijing's claim to nearly the entire South China Sea has angered some of its Southeast Asian neighbours and sparked fears over threats to ...

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G7 meets developing countries amid China concerns ISE-SHIMA: Leaders from the Group of Seven advanced democracies met Friday with representatives of emerging and developing countries in Asia and Africa.The so-called outreach programme involves Chad, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam and Laos.G7 host Japan said ahead of the meeting that it would zero in on Asia's stability and prosperity including "open and stable seas" as well as United Nations sustainable development goals, with a focus on Africa.The reference to maritime ...

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Japanese swoon over Canada's 'hunky PM' Trudeau ISE-SHIMA: From the country that gave the world "Bieber Fever", Canada's "other Justin" -- heartthrob Prime Minister Justin Trudeau -- has made quite a splash on his visit to Japan for the G7 summit.Japanese media and his growing legions of female fans have been swooning over the 44-year-old PM, who celebrated his 11th wedding anniversary on Wednesday by taking the day off to spend it with wife Sophie.Social media lit up after Canada's first couple ...

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North Korea slams Obama's 'childish' Hiroshima visit SEOUL: Nuclear-armed North Korea has ridiculed US President Barack Obama's visit to Hiroshima as the "childish" diplomatic ploy of a "nuclear war fanatic."In a commentary released late Thursday, the North's official KCNA news agency said Obama's decision to become the first sitting US president to visit the site of the 1945 atomic bomb strike was an act of stunning hypocrisy."It is a childish political calculation," the agency said."Even if Obama visits the damaged city, he ...

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G7 leaders take time out to let the love in ISE-SHIMA: A meeting of G7 leaders awkwardly transformed into an out-take from a romantic comedy as Barack Obama professed the group's "love" for Germany's Angela Merkel, who in turn found time to give Italy's premier a playful squeeze.In between talks focused on the global economy and terrorism, the US president on Friday assured a German photographer that the less-than-expressive Merkel was tops in his book.Clasping Merkel's hand, Obama declared: "We love your chancellor".The day before, ...