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  • Philippines says peace pact should hold despite clashes
    Philippines says peace pact should hold despite clashes

    The Philippines said Wednesday it was confident a peace deal with the country's largest Muslim rebel group would hold despite fresh clashes that left four of its members dead. …

  • 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 …

  • End of NYPD Muslim surveillance program applauded
    End of NYPD Muslim surveillance program applauded

    NEW YORK (AP) — Muslim groups and civil liberties advocates applauded the decision by New York Police Department officials to disband a controversial unit that tracked the daily lives of Muslims as part of efforts to detect terrorism threats, but they said there were concerns about whether other problematic practices remained in place. …

  • VEGOILS-Palm oil hits 3-week high on China economic data

    (Updates prices) * Third-month hits 3-week peak on China data * Palm oil to extend gain to 2,703 ringgit-technicals By Lewa Pardomuan SINGAPORE, April 16 (Reuters) - Malaysian palm oil futures extended ... …

  • Ahead of the Bell: US Industrial Production
    Ahead of the Bell: US Industrial Production

    The Federal Reserve issues its March report on U.S. industrial output, which includes factories, mines and utilities. The report will be released at 9:15 a.m. Eastern time on Wednesday. RISING OUTPUT: ... …

  • 3 rescued from ship taking on water in New Orleans
    3 rescued from ship taking on water in New Orleans

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says it rescued three crew members aboard a towing vessel taking on water and reportedly grounded in Lake Pontchartrain (PON'-chuh-train). …

  • Malaysian state investor 1MDB reports surge in 2012/2013 net profit

    Malaysian state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd's (1MDB) net profit jumped 17 times in the financial year before last, according to a summary of a much delayed earnings report that comes ahead of a planned IPO of its power assets. 1MDB, whose board of advisers is chaired by Prime Minister Najib Razak and which has often been criticised for lack of transparency, gave no reason for the earnings result in the summary which was filed to the Companies Commission of Malaysia. The past two …

  • Belgian head of Congo's Virunga park shot
    Belgian head of Congo's Virunga park shot

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The Belgian director of Africa's oldest national park, a reserve in conflict-ridden eastern Congo, has been shot and seriously wounded but his condition is improving, park officials said. …

  • SE Asia Stocks-Malaysia weak; March inflation meets forecast

    BANGKOK, April 16 (Reuters) - Malaysian stocks hit three-week lows on Wednesday as investors booked profits in shares of large cap companies ahead of the release of March inflation data while the Thai ... …