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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 …

  • Ex-Senegalese president to retry homecoming

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A Senegalese party official says the former president plans to return home on Thursday after finally receiving permission for his plane to land for what was supposed to be his triumphant homecoming after two years abroad. …

  • Conservative group drops image of Obama from ad

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Parents whose children were killed in a Colorado theater shooting on Wednesday demanded a conservative group stop running ads featuring an image of Democratic Sen. Mark Udall visiting a hospital where other victims were recovering. …

  • Final Glance: Railroad companies

    Shares of some top railroad companies were mixed at the close of trading: CSX fell $.05 or .2 percent, to $28.16. Canadian National Railway Co. rose $.05 or .1 percent, to $57.72. Canadian Pacific Railway ... …

  • Final Glance: Leisure companies

    Shares of some top leisure companies were mixed at the close of trading: Carnival rose $.05 or .1 percent, to $37.42. Las Vegas Sands Corp. fell $2.11 or 2.6 percent, to $77.95. MGM Resorts International ... …

  • Final Glance: Supermarkets companies

    Shares of some top supermarkets companies were mixed at the close of trading: Kroger rose $.25 or .6 percent, to $45.45. Safeway fell $.07 or .2 percent, to $34.02. Supervalu rose $.78 or 11.5 percent, ... …

  • Final Glance: Telecom companies

    Shares of some top telecom companies were down at the close of trading: AT&T Inc. fell $1.37 or 3.8 percent, to $34.92. Verizon Communications Inc. fell $.49 or 1.0 percent, to $47.43. …

  • Final Glance: Gold companies

    Shares of some top gold companies were up at the close of trading: Barrick Gold Corp. rose $.26 or 1.5 percent, to $17.81. Gold Fields rose $.13 or 3.3 percent, to $4.11. GoldCorp. rose $.24 or 1.0 percent, ... …