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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 …

  • 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. …

  • Syria to hold presidential election on June 3

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's parliament speaker says the country will hold presidential elections on June 3. …

  • South Korea's Park says conduct of ferry crew tantamount to murder
    South Korea's Park says conduct of ferry crew tantamount to murder

    By Ju-min Park JINDO South Korea (Reuters) - South Korean President Park Geun-hye said on Monday the actions of some crew of a ferry that sank with hundreds feared dead were tantamount to murder, as a four-year-old video transcript showed the captain promoting the safety of the same route. Captain Lee Joon-seok, 69, and two other crew members were arrested last week on negligence charges, with prosecutors announcing four further arrests - two first mates, one second mate and a chief engineer …

  • SE Asia Stocks-Philippine index nears 9-month high, other markets subdued

    (Corrects reduction in poverty incidence to 18 percent, from 16.6 percent, in third paragraph) SINGAPORE, April 21 (Reuters) - Philippine shares rose to their highest in nearly nine months on Monday, boosted ... …

  • Egypt vote a two-man race between ex-army chief, leftist
    Egypt vote a two-man race between ex-army chief, leftist

    Egypt's presidential election has turned into a contest between the ex-army chief lauded by millions for ousting an Islamist government and a leftist who claims to represent the ideals of the 2011 uprising. Former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is the frontrunner in the May 26-27 vote, riding a wave of popularity after deposing Mohamed Morsi, the country's first elected and civilian president. Sisi's sole rival is Hamdeen Sabbahi, who came third in the 2012 election which Morsi won, and is …

  • Troubled history fuels Japan-China tension
    Troubled history fuels Japan-China tension

    NANJING, China (AP) — Strolling through China's sprawling memorial to a 1937 massacre by Japanese troops, a 64-year-old retired teacher said the incident remains an open wound. …

  • Russia's Lavrov says Ukraine 'crudely violating' Geneva deal

    By Vladimir Soldatkin MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused Ukraine on Monday of violating an accord reached in Geneva last week aimed at averting a wider conflict between the two neighbours. "Steps are being taken - above all by those who seized power in Kiev - not only that do not fulfil, but that crudely violate the Geneva agreement," he said. Lavrov also told a news conference that a deadly gunfight early on Sunday near the Ukrainian city of Slaviansk, which …

  • Syria presidential vote on June 3: parliament speaker
    Syria presidential vote on June 3: parliament speaker

    Syria will hold presidential elections on June 3, despite a raging civil war that has killed more than 150,000 people, the country's parliamentary speaker said on Monday. …