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  • Philippines arrests extremist in Malaysia resort kidnapping
    Philippines arrests extremist in Malaysia resort kidnapping

    Philippine forces on Wednesday arrested a Muslim extremist believed to have taken part in the kidnapping of 21 people from a Malaysian resort in 2000, a senior commander said. Such cross-border kidnappings have become more common recently with militants from the lawless southern Philippines travelling to nearby Malaysia, where there are many dive resorts popular with foreign tourists. Nabil Talahi Idjiran, a member of the Abu Sayyaf group who took part in one such raid on Malaysia's Sipadan …

  • 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 …

  • HK, Philippines compromise over tourist deaths
    HK, Philippines compromise over tourist deaths

    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong and the Philippines reached a compromise Wednesday over Hong Kong's demands for an apology for the families of eight tourists killed in a bungled response to a 2010 Manila hostage-taking that soured relations. …

  • Bahrain moves to deport Shiite cleric

    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Bahrain's Interior Ministry says the Gulf state has decided to deport a leading Shiite cleric in a move that could exacerbate tensions between the government and the Shiite-led opposition. …

  • Pakistan's army wants TV news channel shut down
    Pakistan's army wants TV news channel shut down

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's powerful army has asked a government regulator to shut down a leading private news channel over what the military calls "false" reports that the country's intelligence service shot one of its top anchors. …

  • Mourners flock to funeral of Myanmar pro-democracy hero
    Mourners flock to funeral of Myanmar pro-democracy hero

    Thousands of mourners Wednesday attended the funeral of Win Tin, a giant of Myanmar's pro-democracy movement, in an outpouring of grief for one of the country's best loved champions of freedom. Activists, political figures -- including Aung San Suu Kyi -- and ordinary citizens crowded a cemetery on the outskirts of Yangon, filing past the coffin for a last glimpse of the co-founder of Myanmar's opposition party. Many wore blue -- the colour of a prison uniform -- in tribute to Win Tin, who …

  • Ex-CEO admits stealing from prominent NYC charity

    NEW YORK (AP) — The politically connected former CEO of a prominent city charity admitted Wednesday he helped steal more than $9 million from the organization in an insurance scheme that authorities linked to campaign contributions. …

  • Bomb, shooting in Egypt kills 2 police officers
    Bomb, shooting in Egypt kills 2 police officers

    CAIRO (AP) — A senior Egyptian police officer was killed by a bomb placed under his car in a western Cairo suburb Wednesday, the latest in a series of targeted attacks on police and the military as Islamic militant groups keep up a campaign of violence since last summer's ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. …

  • Guyana residents seek improvements to 911 system

    People in the South American country of Guyana are pressuring the government to improve its 911 emergency system amid accusations that numerous calls about serious incidents are going unanswered. National ... …

  • Syrian lawmaker first to field run for presidency
    Syrian lawmaker first to field run for presidency

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A Syrian lawmaker on Wednesday registered his candidacy for the June 3 presidential election, becoming the first contender in the June 3 vote that will held in the midst of the country's civil war and has already been dismissed by the West as a farce. …