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Yahoo! News: Russia PM estimates economy shrank by 2% in first quarter
Moscow (AFP) - Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday that the Russian economy likely shrank by two percent in the first three months of the year due to sanctions pressure and low oil prices.
NBCNews: Philippines Shows Photos of China's Island-Building Work in Spratlys
The Philippines released new aerial photographs of China's "massive" construction project to build artificial islands in hotly disputed waters on Monday, warning of their potential impact on regional stability, trade routes and the environment.
CBSNews: The 9 American states with the highest property taxes
(MONEYWATCH) These nine states rank as carrying the highest property tax burdens for their residents out of all 50 U.S. states, according to a new study from WalletHub.
CBSNews: Working less could be the key to doing more
Is burning the candle at both ends and working far more than the traditional workweek the best way to get the most work done? Nope. At least not according to a Stanford University study that found once you've worked 50 hours in a week, productivity plunges.
US-Philippines wargames to start under China's shadow
(AFP) Thousands of American and Filipino soldiers on Monday will kick off expanded wargames, showcasing a deepening defense alliance as alarm bells ring over China.
Yahoo! News: Dramatic satellite photos show the new islands China is building
Since January, China has been dragging huge scoops of sand from around a reef in the South China Sea and piling it into islands that can be seen in satellite photos, the New York Times reports.
CBSNews: 5 things about retirement that you aren't expecting
If you love your job, retirement can be more difficult than you might expect. Here's a look at the five hardest things about retirement that you might not be ready for.
Yahoo! News: Defense secretary says US opening new phase of Asia pivot
(AP) ? The Obama administration is opening a new phase of its strategic "rebalance" toward Asia and the Pacific by investing in high-end weapons such as a new long-range stealth bomber, refreshing its defense alliance with Japan and expanding trade partnerships, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday.
Yahoo! News: 70 years later, pain from Battle of Manila lingers
MacArthur announced on February 6: ?Manila has fallen.? But the Battle of Manila was just beginning. When it ended on March 3, what was once the ?Pearl of the Orient? became the second most devastated city in World War II after Warsaw ? with 100,000 civilians dead.
Yahoo! News: US billionaire says WWII Japanese ship found in Philippines
(AFP) "World War II battleship Musashi sank 1944 is found," Allen announced in a Twitter post that has been re-tweeted close to 19,000 times. The discovery was the end of an eight-year search for the Musashi, backed by historical data from four countries and using "advanced technology" that surveyed the seabed, Allen said in a statement on his website.
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