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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 …

  • Drunk passenger causes hijack alert on Australian flight to Bali

    The pilot of a Virgin Australia plane flying from Brisbane to the Indonesian holiday island of Bali reported a hijacking attempt on Friday after a passenger tried to enter the cockpit, an Indonesian transport official said. A Virgin Australia Airlines official said there had not been an attempt to hijack the aircraft but a "flight emergency" after a drunk passenger had tried to enter the cockpit. An Indonesian air force spokesman said all passengers were unharmed and being taken off the …

  • KPN sales fall; barely profitable in first quarter

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — Royal KPN NV, the Dutch telecommunications company partly owned by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, nearly slumped to a first-quarter loss following a slide in its mobile services business and a shrinking market for business customers in the Netherlands. …

  • Vietnam Jan-April FDI up 6.7 pct y/y - govt

    Foreign investors poured an estimated $4 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) into projects in Vietnam in the first four months of 2014, up 6.7 percent from a year ago, a government agency said on Friday. Most of the investment went to the manufacturing and processing sector, followed by real estate and construction, data from the Planning and Investment Ministry's Foreign Investment Department showed. Competing with new frontier markets such as Myanmar and Cambodia, Vietnam received …

  • Baltic states lead push to cut Russia gas reliance
    Baltic states lead push to cut Russia gas reliance

    Later this year, a ship the size of an aircraft carrier will arrive at Lithuania's port of Klaipeda on the Baltic Sea. The 300-meter (984-foot) vessel is not a warship, but a floating natural gas import ... …

  • S&P cuts Russia's credit rating
    S&P cuts Russia's credit rating

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Standard & Poor's credit agency on Friday cut Russia's credit rating for the first time in more than five years, raising the financial stakes flowing from the crisis in Ukraine as tensions rise and the United States and its allies are contemplating further economic sanctions. …

  • Obama visit to South Korea tinged by mourning
    Obama visit to South Korea tinged by mourning

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Barack Obama is sitting down with South Korea's President Park Geun-hye, whose attention is unavoidably split between her economic agenda with Obama and the unfolding aftermath of a tragic ferry disaster. …

  • After Oppo, Here Comes Zopo (Updated with Specific Smartphone Models)
    After Oppo, Here Comes Zopo (Updated with Specific Smartphone Models)

    Update: NOVO7Tech revealed on its official Facebook fan page some of the Zopo smartphone models that it is going to offer. A few days after the brand’s launch, NOVO7Tech teased on its Facebook fan page the arrival of another Chinese label, Zopo Mobile. The distributor posted a photo of a Zopo smartphone on its fan page, but it did not identify the specific model of the handset. Based in Shenzhen, Zopo Mobile was established in 2012. …