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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 …

  • 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 ... …

  • Russian economy slows amid Ukraine crisis

    Russia's economy minister says growth slowed to 0.8 percent in the first quarter due to uncertainty over the crisis in Ukraine. Alexei Ulyukayev told parliament Wednesday that the situation had worsened ... …

  • UPDATE 1-China blames France's Veolia for tap water pollution
    UPDATE 1-China blames France's Veolia for tap water pollution

    By Sui-Lee Wee BEIJING (Reuters) - China has blamed French utility Veolia Environnement for "supervision problems" in its water quality standards after authorities said a cancer-inducing chemical had been found in tap water supplied by the firm at 20 times above national safety levels, state media said on Wednesday. The reading of benzene in the tap water in the northwestern city of Lanzhou was taken on Friday, forcing the city to turn off supplies in one district and warn other residents not …

  • Cuban doctors in eye of Venezuelan hurricane
    Cuban doctors in eye of Venezuelan hurricane

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — When Judith Faraiz's son was near death after a severe motorcycle accident, she put his life in the hands of God and Cuban doctors. …

  • Gunmen kill 9 on bus in Ethiopia near dam project

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopian officials say that attackers fired on a public bus in the country's west, killing nine people and wounding seven. …

  • Pro-Russians take two Ukrainian soldiers 'hostage'
    Pro-Russians take two Ukrainian soldiers 'hostage'

    Ukraine's defence ministry said on Wednesday that pro-Russian militants had taken two of its soldiers "hostage" in the separatist eastern region of Lugansk. It said several branches of Ukraine's armed forces were involved in a search for the missing soldiers, and vowed a "firm response" against those who attack Ukrainian troops. Ukraine on Tuesday launched what it called a "full-scale anti-terrorist operation" designed to flush out pro-Kremlin protesters and gunmen from state buildings across …

  • Bitcoin exchange MtGox placed in administration: CEO
    Bitcoin exchange MtGox placed in administration: CEO

    Failed Bitcoin exchange MtGox was Wednesday placed in administration by a Japanese court, with an order for bankruptcy expected to be issued soon, its administrator and chief executive said. "The Tokyo District Court decided today to dismiss the application for commencement of a civil rehabilitation and at the same time, an order for Provisional Administration was issued and Attorney-at-law Nobuaki Kobayashi (Supervisor and Examiner under the Civil Rehabilitation Procedure) was appointed …