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  • Philippines' oldest artworks in danger of disappearing
    Philippines' oldest artworks in danger of disappearing

    The 127 engravings of people, animals and geometric shapes are the Southeast Asian nation's oldest known artworks, but encroaching urbanisation, vandals and the ravages of nature are growing threats. The artworks have been declared a national treasure, regarded as the best proof that relatively sophisticated societies existed in the Philippines in the Stone Age. "They show that in ancient times, the Philippines did have a complex culture. Museum scientists believe the carvings date back to …

  • Philippines boosts MERS monitoring after UAE nurse scare AFP News
    Philippines boosts MERS monitoring after UAE nurse scare

    The Philippines said Saturday it was stepping up its defences against the deadly MERS virus, with the large numbers of Filipino workers in the Middle East seen as potential carriers. …

  • Dane joins in Philippines' bloody Easter crucifixions AFP News
    Dane joins in Philippines' bloody Easter crucifixions

    A Danish man joined eight Filipinos in re-enacting the death of Jesus Christ Friday by being nailed to crosses in a bloody annual Easter spectacle in the Philippines before thousands of surprised onlookers. But local residents were surprised to see the Dane, identified by a local tourism officer as 48-year-old filmmaker Lasse Spang Olsen, participate in an act restricted to Philippine citizens after a series of embarrassing incidents involving foreigners in the past. Onlookers were surprised …

  • Top Asian News at 4:00 p.m. GMT Associated Press

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — A transcript released Sunday shows the South Korean ferry that sank was crippled with confusion and indecision well after it began listing dangerously, possibly adding to a death toll that is officially at 58 but could eventually exceed 300. Three times in succession, and about half an hour after the ferry Sewol began tilting on Wednesday, a crew member asked Jindo Vessel Traffic Services Center (VTS) whether passengers would be rescued if they abandoned ship off South …

  • SEAIR International targets Niche, charter flights MB

    The 19-year old South East Asian Airlines International (SEAIR-I) aims to serve the original boutique destinations which made it the second longest running airline in the country – Boracay, and Palawan, plus chartered flights to Taiwan. “We expect demand and traffic on our Caticlan and Puerto Princesa routes to increase up to 300% to 400% over this initial offering and we are ready to expand our capacity accordingly,” according to SEAIR-I President Avelino Zapanta. Under its new airline code …

  • Mystery gunfight in east Ukraine sparks blame, counter-blame
    Mystery gunfight in east Ukraine sparks blame, counter-blame

    By Aleksandar Vasovic SLAVIANSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Pro-Russian authorities in eastern Ukraine presented identity documents, maps and a business card to support their view that Ukrainian far-right nationalists had carried out a deadly attack early on Sunday. The nationalists and authorities in Kiev said it was a staged display to conceal the hand of Russian secret services in the gunfight, in which at least three people were killed. The truth, as in so much of the standoff over Ukraine …

  • Harper back in Nationals lineup after benching Associated Press
    Harper back in Nationals lineup after benching

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper will start Sunday in for the Nationals a day after he was replaced in the sixth inning for lack of hustle. …

  • Belgium's Gilbert wins Amstel Gold Associated Press
    Belgium's Gilbert wins Amstel Gold

    VALKENBURG, Netherlands (AP) — Philippe Gilbert of Belgium won the Amstel Gold Race for the third time on Sunday, clinching the 49th edition in the hills of the southern Netherlands. …

  • Abdullah widens lead in Afghan presidential poll AFP News
    Abdullah widens lead in Afghan presidential poll

    Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah is well ahead of his main rival in Afghanistan's presidential election, officials said Sunday after half of the ballots were counted, though a run-off vote still looks likely next month. The Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced that Abdullah was in the lead with 44.4 percent followed by former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani with 33.2 percent of the votes counted so far from the April 5 election. Hundreds of serious fraud allegations are …

  • Leverkusen beats Nuremberg 4-1 in Bundesliga Associated Press
    Leverkusen beats Nuremberg 4-1 in Bundesliga

    BERLIN (AP) — Bayer Leverkusen reclaimed fourth place in the Bundesliga with a 4-1 with at relegation-threatened Nuremberg on Sunday. …

  • Turkey Twitter accounts appear blocked after Erdogan court action
    Turkey Twitter accounts appear blocked after Erdogan court action

    By Seda Sezer ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Two anonymous Twitter accounts used to release secretly recorded conversations implicating family and associates of Turkey's prime minister and senior government officials in a corruption scandal appeared on Sunday to have been blocked. Twitter last week agreed to comply with a Turkish government request to close some accounts that officials said had breached national security or privacy regulations. Twitter said in a tweet on its policy feed: "Reminder: …

  • Automakers unveil China-focused models in Beijing Associated Press
    Automakers unveil China-focused models in Beijing

    BEIJING (AP) — Ford Motor Co. on Sunday unveiled a new Escort sedan designed in China for global sale at a Beijing auto show that highlighted the growing influence of Chinese tastes on the industry. …

  • GM boosting China production capacity to 5 million Associated Press
    GM boosting China production capacity to 5 million

    BEIJING (AP) — The president of General Motors said Sunday that the company and local partners are boosting production capacity for GM-brand vehicles in China to 5 million. …

  • New air strikes kill 25 al Qaeda militants in Yemen Reuters
    New air strikes kill 25 al Qaeda militants in Yemen

    By Mohamed Mukhashaf ADEN Yemen (Reuters) - Air strikes in southern Yemen killed about 25 suspected al Qaeda members on Sunday, local tribal sources said, in the second operation of its kind within two days. On Saturday an air strike killed 10 al Qaeda militants and three civilians in central Yemen, a country that neighbours top oil exporter Saudi Arabia and is home to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), one of the group's most lethal wings. The defence ministry did not specify the …

  • Search ends for missing on Everest, some Sherpas call for shutdown Reuters
    Search ends for missing on Everest, some Sherpas call for shutdown

    By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Rescuers have given up searching for three sherpa guides missing two days after the deadliest ever accident on Nepal's Mount Everest killed at least 13 and shocked the mountaineering world. It not possible to find the three missing persons, dead or alive," said Lakpa Sherpa, of the Himalayan Rescue Operation, speaking from base camp, the starting point for Everest expeditions. The helicopters used in the search and to ferry bodies from the mountain have …

  • 57 startups in Asia that caught our eye Tech in Asia
    57 startups in Asia that caught our eye

    Here’s our newest round-up of the featured startups on our site this week. …

  • 8 must-read tech stories in China this week Tech in Asia
    8 must-read tech stories in China this week

    China's biggest ever social media IPO - yes, Sina Weibo - was the hot topic of the week, but there were plenty more things happening too. …

  • Researchers use Twitter to predict crime AFP News
    Researchers use Twitter to predict crime

    Hidden in the Twittersphere are nuggets of information that could prove useful to crime fighters -- even before a crime has been committed. Researchers at the University of Virginia demonstrated tweets could predict certain kinds of crimes if the correct analysis is applied. The results are surprising, especially when one considers that people rarely tweet about crimes directly, said lead researcher Matthew Gerber of the university's Predictive Technology Lab. Gerber said even tweets that …

  • Ex-Apple chief plans mobile phone for India AFP News
    Ex-Apple chief plans mobile phone for India

    Former Apple chief executive John Sculley, whose marketing skills helped bring the personal computer to desktops worldwide, says he plans to launch a mobile phone in India to exploit its still largely untapped smartphone market. Inflexionpoint, an information technology supply company co-founded by Sculley, will start selling the smartphones next month in India under the new Obi Mobiles brand, the Singapore-based firm said in a statement emailed to AFP Saturday. "The smartphone share in India …

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  • The return of Gigi Reyes

    The return of Gigi Reyes

    By Ellen T.Tordesillas This is going to be fascinating. Atty. Gigi Reyes, former chief of staff of Sen. Juan Ponce-Enrile who is included among those accused of plunder in connection with the misuse of Priority Development Assistance Fund, came back … Continue reading → More »

  • Viernes Santo in Kalibo

    Viernes Santo in Kalibo

    Photos by Little Wing Luna, VERA Files Text by Mitch Meñez Kalibo, Aklan--Viernes Santo or Good Friday is the most solemn of all the days in Holy Week. It commemorates the Passion and Death of Jesus on the Cross. The … Continue reading → More »

  • Hugas Dugo

    Hugas Dugo

    Text by Kimmy Baraoidan, VERA Files Photos by Chris Quintana and Kimmy Baraoidan Pakil, Laguna--In the small town of Pakil, Laguna resides a group of men who call themselves Hugas Dugo. Most members of the group are residents of the … Continue reading → More »

  • Lenten procession more than just a spectacle

    Text and photos by Kiersnerr Gerwin Tacadena, VERA Files Baliuag, Bulacan--This town is hosting what could be the country’s biggest Lenten procession consisting of more than 100 religious statues riding on carriages or carrozas. But concerns are being raised that … Continue reading → More »

  • Holy Week in Mt Banahaw: Mysticism meets Catholicism

    Text and photos by Patricia Isabel Gloria, VERA Files Dolores, Quezon—Around this time each year, hundreds of devotees flock to Barangay Sta. Lucia in Dolores, Quezon on the slopes of Mount Banahaw to celebrate Holy Week. Here, mysticism meets Catholicism, … Continue reading → More »

  • Simbang lakad for Lolo Uweng

    Simbang lakad for Lolo Uweng

    By April Anne Benjamin, VERA Files San Pedro, Laguna--For 14 Maundy Thursdays now, Inding Amoranto has prayed the rosary while walking the eight-kilometer distance from her house to the Shrine of Jesus in the Holy Sepulcher in the village of … Continue reading → More »

  • Batangas women bear ‘the cross’ to save loved ones

    Batangas women bear ‘the cross’ to save loved ones

    Text and photos by Jane Dasal, VERA Files Nasugbu, Batangas—At the break of dawn on Good Friday, Celilia Zafra donned a black dress and shrouded her face with a black cloth. Then she walked to a place called “putol na … Continue reading → More »