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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 …

  • Rail safety effort marred by squabbling
    Rail safety effort marred by squabbling

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A series of fiery train crashes spurred a push by government and industry to make safer tank cars used to ship crude oil and ethanol. But the effort is bogging down in squabbling and finger-pointing. …

  • Ex-Muslim rebels seize C. African Republic town

    BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Officials say Muslim rebels have taken control of a town in northern Central African Republic, causing residents to flee. …

  • Pakistan raises $1.1 billion with 3G, 4G licence auction
    Pakistan raises $1.1 billion with 3G, 4G licence auction

    Pakistan on Wednesday raised more than $1.1 billion in its long-delayed auction of next-generation telecommunications licences, snapped up by the country's four existing mobile network providers. The government sold off four licences to provide 3G services, which allow broadband-speed internet on mobile phones, and one for superfast 4G connections. The total is close to the $1.2 billion estimated for the sale in the federal budget for 2013-14 but below a bullish prediction of $2 billion made by …

  • Photos explore dynamics of youths' sexual identity
    Photos explore dynamics of youths' sexual identity

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — For many, it's difficult to understand Foster Noone's sexual identity. The 17-year-old uses labels of bisexual, trans and gender neutral all at once. …

  • Russia vows response if 'interests' in Ukraine attacked
    Russia vows response if 'interests' in Ukraine attacked

    Russia issued a sharp warning on Wednesday that it will strike back if its "legitimate interests" in Ukraine are attacked, raising the stakes in the Cold War-like duel with the United States over the former Soviet republic's future. "If we are attacked, we would certainly respond," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told state-controlled RT television. "If our interests, our legitimate interests, the interests of Russians have been attacked directly, like they were in South Ossetia for …

  • Turkey calls WWI Armenian killings 'shared pain'
    Turkey calls WWI Armenian killings 'shared pain'

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday offered an unprecedented, conciliatory message to Armenians on the eve of the anniversary of the massacre of Armenians almost a century ago. …

  • US court revives European suit vs. R.J. Reynolds

    A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit by the European Union alleging that U.S. tobacco company R.J. Reynolds sponsored cigarette smuggling in Europe. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New ... …