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  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • Qualcomm's second-quarter revenue misses estimates
    Qualcomm's second-quarter revenue misses estimates

    By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc posted fiscal second-quarter revenue on Wednesday that missed expectations as it wrestles with a smartphone market that is losing steam and shifting to China, sending its shares lower. The chipmaker reported second-quarter revenue of $6.37 billion, up 4 percent from the year-ago period. Analysts on average had expected second-quarter revenue of $6.479 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Qualcomm had second-quarter net income of …

  • Man charged with murder in nursing home deaths
    Man charged with murder in nursing home deaths

    HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston nursing home resident accused of using the armrest of his wheelchair to beat two of his roommates to death is facing a capital murder charge, police said Wednesday. …

  • Chipmaker Xilinx forecasts quarterly revenue below estimates

    (Reuters) - Xilinx Inc , a maker of programmable chips, forecast current-quarter revenue largely below analysts' estimates, sending the company's shares down 6 percent in extended trading. Xilinx said it expected first-quarter revenue to stay flat to rise 4 percent from the fourth quarter. This works out to revenue of $617.8 million-$642.5 million for the quarter ending June. Analysts on average were expecting $638.4 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. (Reporting by Aurindom …

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  • All at sea: global shipping fleet exposed to hacking threat

    By Jeremy Wagstaff SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The next hacker playground: the open seas - and the oil tankers and container vessels that ship 90 percent of the goods moved around the planet. Somali pirates help choose their targets by viewing navigational data online, prompting ships to either turn off their navigational devices, or fake the data so it looks like they're somewhere else; While data on the extent of the maritime industry's exposure to cyber crime is hard to come by, a study of the …

  • Apple increases stock buyback, will split stock
    Apple increases stock buyback, will split stock

    Apple plans to buy back an additional $30 billion of its stock, raise its quarterly dividend by 8 percent and split its stock for the first time in nine years. The commitment announced Wednesday as part ... …

  • Murdered politician in Ukraine suffered 'many knife wounds': widow
    Murdered politician in Ukraine suffered 'many knife wounds': widow

    A local politician whose mutilated body was found near a rebel-held town in east Ukraine suffered many knife wounds, his anguished widow said Wednesday after identifying his body. Volodymyr Rybak, a local councillor from the pro-Western party of Ukraine's acting president, Oleksandr Turchynov, was found on the weekend along with another male corpse weighted down in a river close to the town of Slavyansk. "There was a large number of knife wounds -- it was awful," Rybak's widow Yelena told …