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  • Philippines quarantines man over MERS fears
    Philippines quarantines man over MERS fears

    Philippine health authorities said Wednesday they have quarantined a Filipino who arrived from the Middle East because he tested positive for the deadly MERS virus. The man, who arrived in the Philippines on Tuesday, is not yet showing symptoms but has been isolated in hospital, Health Secretary Enrique Ona said. The Health Department is also quarantining the man's family and tracing the people who had contact with him during his flight to see if they may also be infected with the MERS or …

  • Philippine leader apologises over 'world's worst airport'
    Philippine leader apologises over 'world's worst airport'

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino publicly apologised on Wednesday for failures in air conditioning at Manila airport, already named by an online travel guide as the world's worst. The fresh debacle at Terminal 1, used by foreign airlines, came as millions of Filipinos begin travelling for the Easter holidays during one of the hottest months of the year. The transportation ministry also issued a separate public apology Wednesday, on the eve of four-day Easter holidays in the Catholic …

  • Philippines says peace pact should hold despite clashes
    Philippines says peace pact should hold despite clashes

    The Philippines said Wednesday it was confident a peace deal with the country's largest Muslim rebel group would hold despite fresh clashes that left four of its members dead. …

  • Sales of homes for more than $10 million increase
    Sales of homes for more than $10 million increase

    Connecticut's Gold Coast is living up to its name, with a record $120 million sale of a waterfront estate in Greenwich (GREN'-ich) leading an increase in sales of homes for more than $10 million. The assessor's ... …

  • Guinea-Bissau presidential vote goes to run-off
    Guinea-Bissau presidential vote goes to run-off

    Guinea-Bissau's presidential election will go to a second round between the main party's candidate and the army-backed hopeful, the election commission said Wednesday, after no one secured a majority in the crunch poll. Jose Mario Vaz of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde (PAIGC) came first in Sunday's ballot with 40.9 percent of the vote while Nuno Gomes Nabiam garnered 25.1 percent. Almost three-quarters of Guinea-Bissau's eligible voters turned out for …

  • Indiana faces deadline on new education standards
    Indiana faces deadline on new education standards

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The national spotlight is on Indiana's education leaders as they speed toward a deadline to replace Common Core learning standards with benchmarks crafted by the state. …

  • US readies sanctions on Russia, aid for Ukraine

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is preparing to ratchet up sanctions on Russia and boost assistance for the Ukrainian military in the coming days, U.S. officials said Wednesday, as Ukraine struggles to contain a pro-Russian uprising in its eastern cities. …

  • Jaws, the prequel: Scientists find the 'Model T Ford' of sharks

    By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - You've heard of the Model T Ford, the famed early 20th-century automobile that was the forerunner of the modern car. Scientists on Wednesday announced the discovery of the impeccably preserved fossilized remains of a shark that lived 325 million years ago in what is now Arkansas, complete with a series of cartilage arches that supported its gills and jaws. Because shark skeletons are made of soft cartilage, not hard bone, finding anything more than …

  • 2 House Dems pressing inquiry into Tenn. VW vote

    Two House Democrats said Wednesday they are beginning their own inquiry into whether Tennessee state officials may have violated "or otherwise run afoul of" federal law by their alleged conduct ... …

  • Western UN envoys blast Russian 'fantasy narrative' on Ukraine
    Western UN envoys blast Russian 'fantasy narrative' on Ukraine

    By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Western ambassadors on the U.N. Security Council demanded an end to what they said was Russia's false propaganda and "fantasy narrative" on the escalating crisis in Ukraine, warning that such distortions could inflame the volatile situation. "The systematic and targeted propaganda war against Ukraine and its provisional leadership, is an extremely dangerous game," Lithuania's U.N. Ambassador Raimonda Murmokaite, who requested Wednesday's special …