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  • Philippine Airlines quits flying shark fins amid outcry
    Philippine Airlines quits flying shark fins amid outcry

    Philippine Airlines (PAL) said Thursday it has stopped flying shark fin cargoes, joining a number of other Asia-Pacific carriers in taking a stand for marine conservation. The fins are used in shark fin soup, a much-valued delicacy in Hong Kong and China. Conservationists say booming demand for such fins has put pressure on the world's shark populations, prompting calls for measures to restrict their trade. Air New Zealand as well as South Korea's two largest airlines, Korean Air and Asiana, …

  • 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 …

  • Hong Kong, Philippines end emotional hostage row
    Hong Kong, Philippines end emotional hostage row

    Hong Kong and the Philippines announced Wednesday they had resolved an enduring and deeply emotional row over a deadly hostage crisis, allowing soured diplomatic relations to return to normal. The breakthrough came after a deal was struck on the most sensitive issues of compensation to the victims of the tragedy, which saw eight tourists from Hong Kong killed following a bus hijacking in Manila in 2010, as well as an apology. "The resolution of the incident enables the normalisation of the …

  • New Jersey forest fire burns half a square mile

    High winds and dry conditions on Thursday provided fuel for several New Jersey forest fires, including one that forced the evacuation of more than 600 homes and the early closure of a school. …

  • 13 people hurt in California school bus crash

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say at least 13 people are hurt in a school bus crash in Southern California. …

  • Water picture improves for some California towns
    Water picture improves for some California towns

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — While much of California remains in the grips of extreme drought, spring storms have eased pressure slightly and reduced the number of rural communities considered at risk of running dry. …

  • Fire Department: At least 13 injured in Southern California school bus crash

    Fire Department: At least 13 injured in Southern California school bus crash. …

  • Jamaica judge frees 2 Suriname men in cash probe

    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaican authorities say two men from Suriname were detained after they failed to explain why they were carrying $500,000 in cash. …

  • Several injuries in California school bus crash

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say several children and their bus driver are injured in a school bus crash in Southern California. …

  • Pellet gun firing causes Navy base lockdown
    Pellet gun firing causes Navy base lockdown

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A major Navy base ground to a halt for about two hours Thursday after a report of a man seen waving a weapon led to the detention of a sailor who fired a gun that shoots soft plastic pellets. …