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  • 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 rebels slam military killings despite peace deal
    Philippine rebels slam military killings despite peace deal

    The Philippines' largest Muslim rebel group on Tuesday denounced the killing of four of its members in clashes with soldiers, just two weeks after a peace deal was signed to end their decades-old conflict. The military has acknowledged that gunmen from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) were among 20 people killed in a shootout on a remote southern island Friday as security forces pursued Islamic militants blamed for beheadings and kidnappings. "Four of our members were martyred," MILF …

  • Philippines unveils new plan to fight persistent poverty
    Philippines unveils new plan to fight persistent poverty

    The Philippines Monday announced plans to spend more on infrastructure and introduce other reforms to try to lift millions out of poverty. The revised Philippine Development Plan sets more ambitious economic targets to address persistent concerns that poor Filipinos are not enjoying the benefits of the country's recent dramatic economic growth. Among the new targets is the lowering of the poverty incidence from 25.2 percent of the population in 2012 to 18.0 to 20.0 percent by 2016, economic …

  • China e-commerce giant Alibaba seen filing for US IPO next week: sources
    China e-commerce giant Alibaba seen filing for US IPO next week: sources

    HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is expected to file the prospectus for its U.S. initial public offering next week, sources said on Wednesday, moving closer to what could be the biggest-ever listing by a technology firm. Alibaba's documents could be filed as soon as Monday, added the sources, who couldn't be named because the plans aren't yet public. The IPO could be worth more than $16 billion, surpassing the previous record for a technology share sale …

  • More than 100 remain unaccounted for after South Korea ferry sinks - reports

    SEOUL (Reuters) - More than 100 people remained missing on Wednesday after a South Korean ferry with 477 people aboard capsized off the country's southwest coast, Yonhap news agency said. Yonhap and YTN television said 368 people had been rescued from the vessel, which sank after issuing a distress call early on Wednesday. Those numbers could not be independently verified. (Reporting by Jack Kim; Editing by Ron Popeski) …

  • China's Greenland Group buys land in Iskandar Malaysia for $185 mln

    KUALA LUMPUR, April 16 (Reuters) - China's state-owned Greenland Group has bought a plot of land in Malaysia's Iskandar region for 600 million ringgit ($184.67 million) for residential and commercial use. ... …

  • College Board provides a glimpse of new SAT
    College Board provides a glimpse of new SAT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Anxious students — not to mention their parents — can get a heads-up for how the redesigned SAT might look in two years. …

  • 6 die as bus catches fire in India

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Six people were burned to death and another 12 seriously injured early Wednesday when a bus caught fire in southern India, police said. …

  • 2 ships collide, cargo ship grounded in Virginia

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Two vessels collided in a main shipping channel and a 751-foot cargo ship ran aground in the lower Chesapeake Bay on Tuesday in high winds gusting up to 70 mph, the Coast Guard said. …

  • UPDATE 2-Death toll from Washington state mudslide rises to 37
    UPDATE 2-Death toll from Washington state mudslide rises to 37

    By Jonathan Kaminsky OLYMPIA Wash. (Reuters) - The official death toll from a mudslide that buried a river valley neighborhood in the Cascade foothills of Washington state last month rose to 37 on Tuesday, after search teams extricated another body from the mud and rubble. A rain-soaked hillside collapsed above the north fork of the Stillaguamish River on March 22, unleashing a torrent of mud that swallowed up a stretch of a state highway and some three dozen homes on the outskirts of the …