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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 …

  • Filipino tests negative for Middle East virus
    Filipino tests negative for Middle East virus

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Filipino nurse who tested positive for the Middle East virus has been found free of infection in a subsequent examination after he returned home, Philippine health officials said Saturday. …

  • Filipino from Abu Dhabi tests negative for MERS
    Filipino from Abu Dhabi tests negative for MERS

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Filipino nurse who tested positive for the Middle East virus has been found free of infection in a subsequent examination after he returned home, Philippine health officials said Saturday. …

  • SKorean president: Ferry crew actions 'murderous'
    SKorean president: Ferry crew actions 'murderous'

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Monday that the captain and some crew members of the sunken ferry committed "unforgivable, murderous behavior" in the disaster, which left more than 300 people dead or missing. …

  • SCIENCE POLL

    Graphic shows responses to AP-GfK poll; 2c x 6 inches; 96.3 mm x 152 mm; …

  • President says ferry crew's actions 'tantamount to murder'
    President says ferry crew's actions 'tantamount to murder'

    The captain and crew of a South Korean ferry that capsized last week with hundreds of children on board acted in a way "tantamount to murder," President Park Guen-Hye said Monday, as four more crew members were arrested. "Not only my heart, but the hearts of all South Koreans have been broken and filled with shock and anger," said Park, who was heckled Thursday when she met relatives of the hundreds of passengers still missing -- most of them schoolchildren. …

  • Japan PM makes offering to war shrine, but skips visit
    Japan PM makes offering to war shrine, but skips visit

    Japan's Shinzo Abe offered a gift to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine Monday, but reportedly plans to stay away during the spring festival, in an apparent compromise between not angering Asian neighbours and playing to his nationalist base. The unapologetically nationalist Abe donated a sacred "masakaki" tree to coincide with the start of a three-day festival, a shrine official said, two days ahead of the arrival of US President Barack Obama. Yasukuni Shrine honours Japan's war dead, …

  • Cyclone threatens to disrupt search for missing Malaysian plane
    Cyclone threatens to disrupt search for missing Malaysian plane

    The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which vanished on March 8 with 239 people on board, has narrowed to a 10 sq km (6.2 sq mile) patch of sea floor about 2,000 km (1,200 miles) west of the Australian city of Perth. Search authorities and the Australian and Malaysian governments have said a series of sonar signals, or "pings", traced to the area may have emanated from the plane's "black box" and present the most credible lead as to its whereabouts. However no pings have been …

  • Indonesia speaks out on boatpeople amid Australia tension
    Indonesia speaks out on boatpeople amid Australia tension

    Jakarta called on governments Monday to stop "shifting responsibility" for asylum-seekers, in veiled criticism of Australia's hardline policy of towing boatloads of would-be refugees back to Indonesia. The military-led operation has caused anger in Indonesia, which has been forced to take back seven boatloads of asylum-seekers turned around by the Australian navy since December. At the opening of an international meeting on asylum-seekers in Jakarta, Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty …

  • 16-year-old survives in wheel well of Maui flight
    16-year-old survives in wheel well of Maui flight

    HONOLULU (AP) — A 16-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii on Sunday, surviving the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen, FBI and airline officials said. …