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Philippines says treaty obliges US to help in South China Sea

Manila said Wednesday the United States had a treaty obligation to help the Philippines if it is attacked on its own territory or in the South China Sea, as it rejected criticism of a security agreement. President Barack Obama on Tuesday declared the US would support its ally in the event of being attacked, a day after his government signed an agreement allowing a greater American military presence on Philippine bases over 10 years. Obama cited a 1951 mutual defence treaty but did not specifically mention coming to Manila's aid in the South China Sea, where China and the Philippines are in dispute over tiny islets, reefs and rocks. "Under the mutual defence treaty, the United States will come to the assistance of the Philippines if our metropolitan territory is attacked or if our armed forces are attacked in the Pacific area," Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said in a statement.

The Abused Wives of Westeros

‘Game of Thrones’ is famous for boobs, battles, and baby dragons. But fans of the ‘Ice and Fire’ series would argue that the fantastical tale is really about feminism.

The Great Lime Shortage Of 2014

Tacos and guacamole with lemon? Margaritas with…citrus juice? No key lime pie? That’s what we’re facing after disease, storms, and even drug cartels decimated this year’s crop.

Is Obama Really the Deporter-in-Chief?

Republicans say Obama is soft on illegal immigration, while immigration advocates claim he’s on track to deport more people than any other U.S. president. Is he? Well, yes and no.

Who to Blame for Sterling and Bundy

The Clippers owner and Nevada rancher will soon be forgotten as racist cranks, but if we want a new chapter of true equality and respect, we need a new politics—especially from the GOP.

Boehner-Haters: Back With a Vengeance

Tea Partiers vowed to knock him off after the 2012 election—and now they’re revving up the fight again ahead of a May 6 primary, for which he’s been forced to hit the campaign trail.

The GOP’s Senate Plan: Dominate D.C.

From abortion bans to Obamacare cuts to, maybe, an empty Supreme Court chair, the Republicans already know exactly what they’ll do if they get control of both houses of Congress.

John O’Hara and the Giddy Thrill of Ruin

Alone among his contemporaries, novelist John O’Hara resisted the implacable cynicism inspired by the Depression. Instead, he caught the upside of catastrophe.

Now They’re Crucifying People in Syria

The jihadist group so radical it got kicked out of al Qaeda has apparently hit a new and shocking low: It’s allegedly crucifying its enemies.

Fame at All Costs—Including Abortion

When a U.K. woman announced her plan to get an abortion in pursuit of a stint on ‘Big Brother,’ the Twitterverse was horrified—even pro-choicers. So can you be selectively pro-choice?

Dancing With the (Fembot) Stars

Olympian Amy Purdy might win this season of ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ and she’s a double amputee. The technology that keeps her twirling and dipping is nothing short of incredible.

Why ‘Mean Girls’ Is Still So Fetch

Why, a decade later, we are still obsessed with Tina Fey’s crackling script, the Plastics, Lindsay Lohan’s star-making performance, and whether or not butter is a carb.

Britain’s Tea Party Tantrum

Britain, meet your very own Sarah Palin—Ukip leader Nigel Farage, who is upending British politics and outraging the moderate center with his rag-tag ultra-right-wing party.

The Lifetime Ban Club

The Clippers’ racist owner is out of the NBA for good. So who’s he joining in the hall of shame? From Tonya Harding to Pete Rose, five notorious names banned from their sport for life.

CIA keeps a tight grip on its own secrets

WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA does not give up its secrets easily. Under pressure from a Senate committee to declassify parts of a congressional report on harsh interrogations of suspected terrorists, the CIA is shadowed by its reluctance to open up about its operations and its past.

Kerry to promote peace, sanctions in South Sudan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is bringing his two main tools of diplomacy — peace talks and threatened sanctions — to Africa this week to help find a way to end months of killing that is threatening to rip apart the world's newest nation, South Sudan.

Senate ready to sink effort to boost minimum wage

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hemmed in by solid Republican opposition, the Senate seems ready to hand a fresh defeat to President Barack Obama by blocking an election-year bill increasing the federal minimum wage.

Toyota move gives Perry win for possible '16 run

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — With eight months left in office, Gov. Rick Perry is away from Texas almost as much as he's home — hitting the road hard to tout his state as America's best place to do business.

US auditor: Corruption threatens Afghan progress

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a decade of work financed with American tax dollars is at stake if bribery and theft are left unabated in Afghanistan, according to a quarterly report released Wednesday by the top auditor of U.S. reconstruction spending in the impoverished nation.