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May, 26, 2016

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Boxing great Manny Pacquiao was proclaimed Thursday as one of the winners of Philippine Senate seats, bringing him closer to a possible crack at the presidency.
 
The Philippine economy grew faster than expected at 6.9 percent in the first quarter from the same period a year ago, its highest quarterly growth in almost three years, officials said Thursday as the government prepares to hand over leadership to the incoming administration.
 
Sri Lanka Sri Lankan troops were digging through tonnes of mud Thursday to search for more than 100 people reported missing after landslides buried two villages, claiming at least 24 lives.
 
The European Union on Thursday beefed up sanctions against North Korea over nuclear and ballistic missile tests carried out in defiance of United Nations resolutions.
 
Over 200 families feared buried by landslides in Sri Lanka
Massive landslides triggered by torrential rains crashed down onto three villages in the central hills of Sri Lanka, and more than 200 families were missing Wednesday and feared buried under the mud and debris, the Sri Lankan Red Cross said.
 
Garlands and crowds greet Foxes in Thailand
Thai fans mobbed newly crowned English Premier League champions Leicester City as they arrived on Wednesday for a publicity blitz after their fairytale title triumph.
 
Tensions flare between Thai Buddhist sect and police
Tensions between Thai police and a powerful Buddhist sect have spiked this week after an arrest warrant was issued for an abbot at the center of an alleged multi-million dollar scandal.
 
Philippine rebels to enter talks, name allies to cabinet
Philippine communist rebels waging one of Asia's longest insurgencies said Wednesday they would enter into peace talks with President-elect Rodrigo Duterte and ask him to add four of their political allies to his cabinet.
 
Disaster tourism: bitter lifeline for mud volcano survivors
Harwati forces a smile as she guides visitors around a bubbling mud volcano in Indonesia, pausing as they snap selfies on the bleak wasteland she once called home.
 
A desperate fisherman threw spanners and spark plugs to fight off circling crocodiles after his friend drowned when one of the animals capsized their small boat, reports said Wednesday.
 
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