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- EVERYDAY WALK IN THE PARK IS MARRED BY MAN'S SILENT STARE
DEAR ABBY: I am a woman in my 30s. Every morning I walk my dog in the park near my house. Each morning I see the same maintenance man in the park and he stares at me in a way that makes me uncomfortable. I have tried saying "Good morning," but he doesn't reply and just continues to stare. I don't think I should have to stop frequenting the park because this creepy man works there. ...
- AP PHOTOS: North Korea marks war anniversary
- Spending scandal besetting Aquino could hurt Philippines' economy
By Manuel Mogato and Karen Lema MANILA (Reuters) - The biggest political crisis that Philippine President Benigno Aquino has faced in four years in power could damage his image as a crusader against corruption and undermine his ability to deliver on reforms to sustain strong economic growth. The Supreme Court this month declared partly illegal a 145 billion pesos ($3.34 billion) economic stimulus fund that Aquino created in 2011 from budget savings, sparking a storm of controversy that has distracted the government from its work. "If this leads to a slowdown in spending, the risk to growth is on the downside," Shanaka Jayanath Peiris, International Monetary Fund resident representative in the Philippines, said on Friday. Henry Schumacher, vice president at the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, said any more delays to much-needed infrastructure would be a "disaster".
- Spokesman: Plane punctured by shrapnel
- New York Times Square Spider-Man charged with punching police officer
A street performer dressed as Spider-Man in New York City's Times Square was arrested after punching a police officer who scolded him for demanding more money from a couple he had posed with for a picture, police said on Sunday. The Saturday afternoon incident began when Junior Bishop, 25, was overheard by a police officer refusing a $1 bill from a woman with whom he'd taken a picture, insisting instead on a larger denomination, a police spokeswoman said. After the police officer told Bishop he could only accept tips but not demand money, the Brooklyn resident began yelling at him, police say.
- Israeli Arabs caught in the middle of Gaza war
- Ukraine troops advance as experts renew attempt to reach crash site
KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - At least three civilians were killed in overnight fighting in eastern Ukraine and government troops pressed ahead with their campaign against pro-Russian rebels, taking a strategic point close to where Malaysian flight MH17 crashed, officials said on Monday. Russia accuses Kiev of responsibility. Kiev said on Monday its troops recaptured Savur Mogila, a strategic piece of high ground about 30 km (20 miles) from where the Malaysia Airlines Boeing hit the ground on July 17. Experts are due to renew their efforts on Monday to reach the crash site, still in rebel-held territory.