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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 …

  • Cloud strength helps Microsoft earnings top Street
    Cloud strength helps Microsoft earnings top Street

    Results from Microsoft's first quarterly earnings release under new CEO Satya Nadella offered fresh justification for his focus on cloud computing. Microsoft Corp. on Thursday posted net income and revenue ... …

  • Google+ boss leaving the company
    Google+ boss leaving the company

    The executive credited with bringing the Google+ social network to life is leaving the Internet colossus after playing a key role there for nearly eight years. Vic Gundotra announced Thursday his departure in a post on his Google+ page, saying that he was looking forward to a "journey yet to come" and not revealing his reasons for leaving. Along with being in charge of the Google social network launched in a challenge to Facebook, Gundotra is known for his work with independent developers …

  • UN Yemen envoy says rebel group agrees to talks

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy to Yemen says the country's president and Shiite rebels have agreed to discuss the group's disarming. …

  • Visa's 2Q profit jumps 26 percent as payments grow
    Visa's 2Q profit jumps 26 percent as payments grow

    Visa Inc.'s profit jumped 26 percent in its fiscal second quarter from a year earlier as the company benefited from strong growth in payments volume, service revenue and a one-time tax gain. The latest ... …

  • Starbucks eyes soda and lunch as US sales climb
    Starbucks eyes soda and lunch as US sales climb

    Starbucks keeps finding ways to squeeze more money out of people. The Seattle-based chain reported a stronger quarterly profit Thursday as global sales at established locations rose 6 percent, including ... …

  • United Technologies to get $400 million tax deal

    State lawmakers gave final legislative approval Thursday to a $400 million tax credit deal with United Technologies Corp., but not without some concerns that Connecticut has to "play defense" ... …

  • Netflix joining line-up of 3 US cable-TV services

    Netflix's Internet video service is about to join the programming line-up of three small cable-TV providers in the U.S. The agreements with Atlantic Broadband, RCN and Grande Communications gives Netflix's ... …