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  • 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. …

  • 5 dead, 15 injured in Philippine bus accident
    5 dead, 15 injured in Philippine bus accident

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — At least five people including a 2-year-old boy were killed and 15 others were injured Wednesday when a passenger bus rammed a stalled truck along the highway in eastern Philippines' Camarines Sur province at the start of the Easter week exodus of vacationers to provinces, police said. …

  • Philippine Airlines parent reports bigger net loss
    Philippine Airlines parent reports bigger net loss

    Philippine Airlines' parent firm said Wednesday it suffered a net loss of $205.15 million in the nine months to December, bigger than its loss for the whole of the previous fiscal year. This topped the total net loss of 5.755 billion pesos for the 12 months to March 2013, it said in a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange. …

  • Defense says bombing suspect's family key to case
    Defense says bombing suspect's family key to case

    BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) have told a judge that understanding their client's family is key to their case. …

  • NKorea complains over barber's Kim Jong Un poster
    NKorea complains over barber's Kim Jong Un poster

    LONDON (AP) — North Korea has made a diplomatic appeal to the British government to get a London salon out of its hair. …

  • Pakistani Taliban refuse to extend ceasefire, will continue talks
    Pakistani Taliban refuse to extend ceasefire, will continue talks

    The Pakistani Taliban Wednesday said they would not extend a ceasefire called to help peace negotiations with the government, but insisted they were still committed to the talks process. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) announced a one-month ceasefire at the start of March as the government sought a negotiated end to their bloody seven-year insurgency. The TTP extended the ceasefire to April 10, but complained there had been "complete silence" from the government since then and hinted …

  • Spiking chocolate truffles with tea and basil
    Spiking chocolate truffles with tea and basil

    Chocolate truffles with tea and fresh basil? Yes! …

  • Fennel and tarragon blend in a rich clam chowder
    Fennel and tarragon blend in a rich clam chowder

    Many cream-based chowders suffer from the same problem — it's hard to taste anything but the cream. …

  • Protector of vast African park shot and wounded
    Protector of vast African park shot and wounded

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A member of Belgium's royal family who, as director of a vast national park in eastern Congo has tried to defend endangered mountain gorillas and other animals from poachers and the forests from illegal logging and charcoal production, was shot and seriously wounded as he drove in the area, officials said Wednesday. …

  • Syria at 'critical moment', China tells opposition chief
    Syria at 'critical moment', China tells opposition chief

    Syria has reached a "critical moment" as the world awaits news of fresh peace talks, China's foreign minister told the warring nation's opposition leader Ahmad Jarba in Beijing Wednesday. Wang Yi was speaking at the start of four days of talks with a delegation led by the head of the Syrian National Coalition, as Beijing attempts to portray a neutral stance in the three-year conflict. Along with Russia, China has given key diplomatic backing to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, using its veto …