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  • Filipino tests negative for Middle East virus
    Filipino tests negative for Middle East virus

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Filipino nurse who tested positive for the Middle East virus has been found free of infection in a subsequent examination after he returned home, Philippine health officials said Saturday. …

  • Filipino from Abu Dhabi tests negative for MERS
    Filipino from Abu Dhabi tests negative for MERS

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Filipino nurse who tested positive for the Middle East virus has been found free of infection in a subsequent examination after he returned home, Philippine health officials said Saturday. …

  • Philippines boosts MERS monitoring after UAE nurse scare
    Philippines boosts MERS monitoring after UAE nurse scare

    The Philippines said Saturday it was stepping up its defences against the deadly MERS virus, with the large numbers of Filipino workers in the Middle East seen as potential carriers. …

  • Official: 3 bodies retrieved from inside ferry
    Official: 3 bodies retrieved from inside ferry

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — A coast guard official says divers retrieved three bodies from inside a ferry that sunk off South Korea, raising the confirmed death toll to 36 with more than 265 people still missing, most of them high school students on a holiday trip. …

  • Easter war of words breaks out between Ukraine and Russia
    Easter war of words breaks out between Ukraine and Russia

    Politics overshadowed Easter observances in Kiev and Moscow late Saturday, with the Orthodox religious leaders in each capital trading barbs over the crisis in Ukraine -- while the US reportedly prepared to send ground forces to neighbouring Poland. Patriarch Filaret thundered to the faithful in pro-West Kiev that Russia was an "enemy" whose "attack" on Ukraine was doomed to failure because it was evil and contrary to God's will. In Moscow, the patriarch of the Russian Church, Kirill, in a …

  • Drone in Yemen kills at least 9 al-Qaida members
    Drone in Yemen kills at least 9 al-Qaida members

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A U.S. drone strike in southern Yemen killed at least nine suspected al-Qaida militants and three civilians Saturday, authorities said, as part of America's ongoing strikes in the country against what it considers the terror network's most dangerous local group. …

  • French journalists free after 10-month Syria hostage ordeal
    French journalists free after 10-month Syria hostage ordeal

    Four French journalists taken hostage in Syria last year were freed on Saturday after a 10-month ordeal in the world's most dangerous country for the media. French President Francois Hollande announced the release of Edouard Elias, Didier Francois, Nicolas Henin and Pierre Torres, saying they were "in good health despite the very challenging conditions of their captivity". Turkish soldiers found the four men abandoned in no-man's land on the border with Syria overnight, wearing blindfolds and …

  • Beatings, arson target pro-Kiev reporters in Ukraine's rebel east
    Beatings, arson target pro-Kiev reporters in Ukraine's rebel east

    Then they took two 1.5 litre (half gallon) bottles, filled with petrol, and they burnt the place." That, the daily's director Igor Abyzov tells AFP, was the attack suffered in the early hours of last Thursday by his publication Pro Gorod, the only newspaper in east Ukraine that is opposed to the pro-Russian separatist surge that has erupted in the region. Abyzov, who stands using a crutch after two thugs beat him up and broke one of his legs, said that "we are for the unity of Ukraine and …

  • Woman says beau stole her dog, TV on 1st date

    DOVER, N.J. (AP) — No stolen hearts on this first date. Instead, a New Jersey woman says a man she met on a dating website stole her dog and her flat-screen TV. …

  • At barricades, Ukraine insurgents await Easter
    At barricades, Ukraine insurgents await Easter

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine on Saturday prepared to celebrate Orthodox Easter at barricades outside government offices seized in nearly a dozen cities, despite an international agreement to disarm and free the premises. …