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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 …

  • Santiago calls on public to be vigilant on ‘psywar’ in pork scam probe
    Santiago calls on public to be vigilant on ‘psywar’ in pork scam probe

    Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago said there is a “vast, costly, and sinister disinformation operation” to induce the Ombudsman to grant motions for three senators whom she thinks are guilty of plunder. …

  • U.S. official says MH370 search likely to last for years
    U.S. official says MH370 search likely to last for years

    By Matt Siegel and Byron Kaye SYDNEY/PERTH Australia (Reuters) - The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is likely to drag on for years, a senior U.S. defence official said on Friday, as an underwater search for any trace of the plane's wreckage off west Australia appeared to have failed. The official, who declined to be identified because he is not authorised to comment on the search effort, said two weeks of scouring the Indian Ocean floor with a U.S. Navy submersible drone …

  • S&P upgrades Cyprus on better economic performance

    Credit rating agency Standard & Poor's is more upbeat about Cyprus' public finances following a better-than-expected performance since the country's financial rescue a year ago. The agency upgraded Cyprus' ... …

  • Drunk passenger triggers hijack alert on Australian flight to Bali

    By Rieka Rahadiana and Kanupriya Kapoor JAKARTA (Reuters) - The pilot of a Virgin Australia plane flying from Brisbane to the Indonesian holiday island of Bali on Friday reported a hijacking attempt after a passenger tried to enter the cockpit, an Indonesian transport official said. A Virgin Australia Airlines official said there had not been an attempt to hijack the aircraft but a "flight emergency" after a 28-year-old male passenger who was drunk had banged on the door of the cockpit trying …

  • 2 Malaysia kidnap victims now in Philippine jungle

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Muslim militants have brought a Chinese tourist and a Filipino hotel receptionist to their jungle stronghold in the southern Philippines after kidnapping the women from a dive resort in eastern Malaysia early this month, security officials said Friday. …

  • EM ASIA FX-Soft dollar gives Asia FX fragile support as yuan slips

    (Updates prices. For midday report, double-lock ) SINGAPORE, April 25 (Reuters) - Most emerging Asian currencies rose slightly on Friday, buoyed by the dollar's broad weakness amid rising tension in Ukraine, ... …

  • Volvo truck maker turns Q1 profit on strong sales

    Swedish truck maker AB Volvo says strong first-quarter sales and cost cuts helped it return to profitability during the period. In a statement, the Goteborg-based group said Friday it made a net profit ... …