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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 …

  • China to open 8 state industries for investment

    BEIJING (AP) — China's government said it would open 80 projects in eight state-run industries to private and foreign investors as part of efforts to make its slowing economy more efficient. …

  • China frees Japanese boat after boat owner pays up

    BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese court says today it has released a Japanese commercial ship after owner Mitsui O.S.K. Lines paid more than $28 million involving a dispute dating back to the wartime in the 1930s. …

  • TABLE-Asian physical rubber prices - April 24

    April 24 (Reuters) - Prices of physical rubber compared with April 23 Grade Prices Change Thai RSS3 (May) $2.15/kg +$0.05 Thai STR20 (May) $1.90/kg +$0.10 Malaysia SMR20 (May) $1.75/kg +$0.05 Indonesia ... …

  • Small Wyoming town evacuated after gas explosion
    Small Wyoming town evacuated after gas explosion

    A small town in southwest Wyoming was evacuated Wednesday after an explosion and fire at a natural gas processing facility and major national pipeline hub. There were no reports of injuries. The gas has ... …

  • House sides with ridesharing services Uber, Lyft

    The fate of how Uber and Lyft operate in Arizona is now in the hands of Gov. Jan Brewer. The Arizona House of Representatives on Wednesday gave final approval to House Bill 2262, which exempts Uber and ... …

  • Homeowner: 2 teens shot were 'vermin,' not human
    Homeowner: 2 teens shot were 'vermin,' not human

    LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man who killed two teenagers who broke into his home can be heard on an audio recording talking to himself for hours after the shooting and at one point, apparently describing the slain teens as "vermin." …

  • US states of Missouri, Florida execute two couple-killers
    US states of Missouri, Florida execute two couple-killers

    Two Americans were executed, one in the state of Missouri and the other in Florida, each for the murder of a couple. William Rousan, 57, who was convicted of killing a farm couple while trying to steal their cows, was declared dead by lethal injection shortly after midnight in Bonne Terre, Missouri, said Mike O'Connell, spokesman for the state's department of public security. Rousan was sentenced to death for plotting and carrying out the September 1993 murders of Charles Lewis, 67, and his …