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May, 4, 2016

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The Philippines on Sunday hailed a new accord giving the U.S. military access to five of its bases, saying this would strengthen its defensive capabilities and maritime security.
 
Lights out: Cities worldwide mark the 10th annual Earth Hour
Cities around the world turned out the lights Saturday evening to mark the 10th annual Earth Hour, a global movement dedicated to protecting the planet and highlighting the effects of climate change.
 
A Japanese submarine will make a port call in the Philippines for the first time in 15 years and visit Vietnam's Cam Ranh Bay for the first time ever, Japan's navy said.
 
China howls but Dalai Lama draws crowd at talk
The Dalai Lama appeared Friday at a Geneva human rights conference, despite mainland China's plea to diplomats to stay away from the event.
 
A new piece of debris found by a South African holidaymaker that could be a part of the missing Malaysian flight MH370 will be sent to Australia for analysis, aviation authorities said.
 
Traditional Hawaiian garments gifted to Captain James Cook before he was killed in the islands more than two centuries ago were handed back to indigenous people of the U.S. Pacific state Friday at a ceremony in Wellington.
 
Six Bangladeshi migrants caught entering Australian waters by the country's border patrol have been sent back to Indonesia on a fishing boat, an Indonesian official said Thursday.
 
Prayers, cheers as total eclipse darkens swath of Asia
People gazed at the sky in wonder and cheered while others knelt in prayer as a total eclipse of the sun unfolded over Indonesia on Wednesday, briefly plunging cities into darkness and startling wildlife.
 
Malaysian PM says hopeful Flight 370 will be discovered
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Tuesday he is hopeful that missing Flight 370 will still be found as lawmakers observed a moment of silence in Parliament to mark the second anniversary of the plane's disappearance.
 
The U.S. Air Force will continue to fly daily missions over the South China Sea despite a buildup of mainland Chinese surface-to-air missiles and fighter jets in the contested region, with both forces' militaries in discussions to avoid any miscalculations, a top U.S. general said Tuesday.
 
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